Road Engineer – Borama, Somaliland


Vacancy Notice
Organization Profile and Background
Welthungerhilfe/German is a non-profit organization that aims to contribute to reduce hunger and poverty. Welthungerhilfe has been implementing development projects in Somaliland since 2001. These have been multi-sectoral projects implemented in Awdal, Gabiley and Maroodi-Jeh Regions. Presently, Welthungerhilfe Action is expanding to regions in the country including Sahil and Togdheer.
Position Information

Job Title
Road Engineer

Duty Station
Borama, Somaliland, with frequent field visits

Reports directly to
Head of Project

Overall supervision
Area Manager


WHH is currently planning to implement road rehabilitation/construction

project  that  seeks  to  open  up  remote  villages  to  strengthen  timely

humanitarian  response  while  supporting  trade  between  remote

communities living in Awdal region. The proposed unique low coast road

structures constructed with both local materials and technologies will also

support surface rainwater harvesting, while improving accessibility to

targeted remote villages. The successful engineer will be engaged for a

period of one year with possibility of extension based on availability of

Job Summary
funds and performance.

1.  Conduct  technical  assessment  for  the  proposed  roads  to  be

rehabilitated and suggest durable low-cost techniques that can be

adopted by the locals easily for maintenance.

2.  Train selected locals on how to maintain the rehabilitated roads

using local materials and equipment.

3.  The engineer will estimate required materials, raise PRFs and

support procurement process within the current market rates.

4.  Provide periodic supervision at the sites and guide the selected

local workers on the road rehabilitation works

5.  In collaboration with local community workers, the engineer will

suggest suitable adoptable tools and equipment that fits in the local

context for the road construction and future rehabilitation.

Required Qualifications and Experience
Skills and Competencies

The engineer will provide technical guidance to the local workers during construction of dry masonry drifts, which are slightly raised above the ground level and constructed of impervious structures, to avoid water absorption but harvest it instead.
Provides locally adoptable techniques of roads and gully stabilization under water pressure.
The engineer will strengthen the use of local transportation means such as donkey carts and handcarts during material transportations in all sites by improvising a more suitable cart that fits in the local context.
The engineer will be responsible for establishing and training road maintenance committee for every targeted village.
Compile the participants/workers list and confirm their daily work at the site prior to payment releases.
Compile progress reports in every site and submit to the head of project
Work closely with the community leaders and other stakeholders as the head of the project will recommend.
The engineer will form part of Technical Working group and will provide updates and lessons learnt for improvements.
Perform any other responsibility assigned by the supervisor.
To be flexible and willing to assist in other areas of work

Degree in civil engineering with special focus in road construction option.
More than 3 years’ experience in low-cost/local road construction in Somaliland
Experience in material costing for local road construction
Experience in surface rainwater harvesting technologies
Highly experienced in waterproofing technologies
Experience in managing many workers in different construction sites simultaneously.
Experience in training and capacitating local residents in dry masonry and other road/stabilizing techniques.
Experience in report writing.
Proficiency in both English and Somali languages

Somali; reading and writing is mandatory, English; preferred basic understanding

Works effectively well with client and stakeholders
Listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience
Identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others.
Excellent Team player; able to work in a multi-cultural environment
Willingness to travel and stay long in remote and difficult areas
Able to take initiative, self-motivated/independently working
Organized personality
Willingness to learn and to share knowledge
Creative, flexible and pro-active
Interpersonal skills and intercultural competence
Knowledge and skills in developing measures of project/program success
Leadership and people management skills
Good in time management
Strong interpersonal skills: team working skills, openness, patience, respect for target groups and generally for opinions of others

How to apply
Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should submit their application (Cover letter, updated CV and contacts of 3 professional referees) by email to with the subject of the email as “ Road Engineer by no later than on 21st December 2019. All applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the next stage of the selection process.

SOURCE: Road Engineer – Borama, Somaliland

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