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Ethiopia: Deputy Chief of Party Job Vacancy in Ethiopia

Organization: AECOM International Development Inc.
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 20 Aug 2018

BACKGROUND: Under a 4-year contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that runs through November 2019, AECOM is implementing the USAID Lowland Water Sanitation and Hygiene (Lowland WASH) Activity to support increased access to improved drinking water supply sources and sanitation facilities on a sustainable basis; promote widespread adoption of key hygiene behaviors; improve efficiency and sustainability of food production from irrigated and rain-fed agricultural systems; and advance water resource governance and data management. The Activity aims to expand sustainable water use for agriculture in Somali, Afar and SNNPR (lowland areas) regions of Ethiopia with populations vulnerable to drought and climate change. The 4 components of the Activity are as follows:

  1. Increased access to improved drinking water supply sources on a sustainable basis;

  2. Increased adoption of key hygiene behaviors and increased access to improved, sustainable sanitation;

  3. Improved efficiency and sustainability of food production from irrigated and rain-fed agricultural systems; and

  4. Improved water resource governance and data management.

TITLE: Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)- National Hire

LOCATION: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

SUPERVISOR: Chief of Party (COP)

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: On or about October 2018 to o/a November 2019


The AECOM DCOP will assist the COP in activity oversight, including communications, report writing, stakeholder and client engagement, technical, administrative, operational, and logistical management of the Activity. The DCOP will regularly engage with AECOM subcontractors to make sure the planned activities under the first three components are implemented as per their contracts and other required standards, policies and best practices. The DCOP will assist the COP in overseeing the M&E functions for timely and quality reporting of the project’s results, as well as documenting best practices and lessons learned to share with USAID, the Government of Ethiopia, development partners, and other key stakeholders to influence policy and practice at a wider scale. In the absence of the COP, the DCOP will be responsible to lead the implementation of the project.

The overall duties under this position will include:

  • Supervising the WASH Construction Engineer, Health and Communication Specialist, Grants Specialist, and Agricultural Agronomist;

  • Ensuring that the Activity’s design and review of new and rehabilitation of water schemes is properly reviewed and approved and disseminated to implementing partners; providing interface and coordination with third-party firms on design, review and inspections of Lowland WASH water schemes; and provide guidance and direction to project subcontractors;

  • Working with the WASH Construction Engineer to ensure the proper construction management oversight of subcontractor water scheme work under Component 1;

  • Working with the Health and Communication Specialist to ensure that S&H sub-activities under component two are properly planned, monitored and executed;

  • Working with the Grants Specialist, Health and Communications Specialist, and Operation Manager to ensure that grant activities are properly monitored and implemented;

  • Working with the Agricultural Agronomist to ensure that NRM and SSI sub-activities under Component 3, are properly planned, executed and monitored;

  • Communicating with stakeholders within the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity and the SNNPR, Somali and Afar Regional Water Bureaus, and other entities;

  • Organizing and performing field visits to ensure progress on components 1,2, and 3 and to provide interface with implementing partners and governmental stakeholders;

  • Coordinate with technical staff to ensure a common approach, synergy and sharing of Component 1,2, and 3 related information;

  • Working with the WASH Engineer to facilitate the adoption of the Lowland WASH Engineering Design Guidelines and Construction Standards for rural water schemes by the SNNP, Somali, Afar Regional Water Bureaus and the MoWIE;

  • Advise and support the operation staff on tender evaluation, contract preparation;

  • Assist the COP to track the progress of activities, ensure the collecting of program indicators and provide on-time internal status reports and external donor reports;

  • Assisting the COP in the writing of monthly, quarterly, annual reports, and other reports;

  • Engage with the AECOM home office project management unit (PMU) as needed for project compliance and communications;

  • Support the Lowland WASH Gender Inclusion Action Plan;

  • Contribute to Lowland WASH communications; and

  • Coordinate and liaise with subcontractors, GoE officials, Client, and stakeholders.


Applicants should possess:

  • A University Degree in Civil Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, Irrigation Engineering, or other related fields. A master’s degree is preferred;
  • A thorough working understanding of the methodology of construction project management;
  • Ten (10) years or more of progressively responsible managerial work experience implementing WASH and/or productive water use projects, water development activities, natural resource management, and multiple use water service in Ethiopia or in the Horn of Africa;
  • Proven ability to manage a team;
  • Experience working in the lowlands of Ethiopia and on international WASH programs;
  • Experience in engaging with IGOs, NGOs, local contractors, grantees, and local governments;
  • Experience writing technical/ progress reports in English; excellent English-speaking skills;
  • At least ten (10) years’ experience providing training, coaching, mentoring, and capacity building on engineering and construction related topics;
  • Professional, motivated, open, creative, mature, responsible, flexible, and culturally sensitive;
  • Manages time effectively; monitors performance against deadlines and milestones; and
  • Experience in applying a participatory approach; working with the private and public sector on water development activities is an added advantage.

How to apply:

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and updated resume with at least three references and contact information through The application process closes at close of business on August 20 ,2018. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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