Road Engineer – Hargeisa, Somaliland


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Organization Profile and Background
Welthungerhilfe is a non-profit organization headquartered in Germany that aims to reduce hunger and poverty. It has its ETH/SOM Regional Office in Addis and a Programme Office in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Welthungerhilfe has been implementing development projects in Somaliland since 2001. Multi-sectoral projects have been implemented in the Awdal, Marodijeh, Togdheer & Sanaag Regions for the past 18 years. Presently, Welthungerhilfe has implementing projects in Awdal and Marodijeh Regions focusing on Wash, environmental and agriculture projects. The projects are funded by The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the German Government (BMZ), GIZ and WFP.
Position Information

Job Title
Road Engineer

Duty Station
Hargeisa, Somaliland

Reports directly to
Head of Project

Overall supervision
Area Manager


WHH is currently planning to implement road rehabilitation/construction

project  funded  by  WFP  that  seeks  to  open  up  remote  villages  to

strengthen timely humanitarian response while supporting trade between

remote communities living in Awdal and some parts of Gabiley 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

Job Summary
possibility of extension based on availability of 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

Required Qualifications and Experience
Skills and Competencies

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.
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 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 – Hargeisa, Somaliland

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