• 4 months ago
  • Salary MWK 000 /

Job Description

Dowa Integrated Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Program (DI-WASH Phase 3)

United Purpose (UP) Malawi is an international non-governmental organisation working to create opportunities for lasting improvement in peoples’ lives. We work in partnership with others to support a range of livelihoods and food security, WASH and health, sustainable energy and gender equality programmes reaching over 1,000,000 people a year across Malawi. Globally, we work in nine countries across Africa, Asia and South America, however our Malawi programme is by far and away our largest and most established country programme. UP currently operates in 17 districts in Malawi, supporting 24 on-going projects, and a team of 180.

Since 2012, we have distributed emergency food and cash assistance to over 1 million people making us one of the key emergency response players in the country. This includes reaching over 200,000 people after the devastating 2019 floods with immediate supplies, coordinating WASH in evacuation camps, and recovery support across nine districts and being one of the first responders in WASH during the COVID-19 outbreak in Malawi.

UP Malawi is seeking to recruit a talented and dynamic team to start work 1st February 2021 for our Charity: Water funded WASH programme, called Dowa Integrated Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (DI-WASH). Since January 2019, UP has been implementing the first two phases of DI-WASH in Dowa District primarily targeting underserved communities in four TA’s in close collaboration with relevant Government line ministries’ and WASH actors. UP will be implementing phase 3 of the DI-WASH Program effective 1st January 2021. The goal of the program is to reduce morbidity and mortality of rural people of Dowa, especially under five children caused by WASH related diseases. The objective is to increase access to safe water and improved sanitation and hygiene practices in target communities and selected schools and ensure sustainable operation and maintenance of WASH facilities by beneficiaries in partnership with the district councils and private sector. The project is targeting population of over 55,000 people with an annual budget of $1,000,000.

The team we are recruiting must all be firmly committed to delivering lasting positive improvements to the communities that we serve, and delivering UP’s mission and upholding our values of integrity, dignity, and environmental respect. The contracts will run until approximately December 2021 performance and funding). UP invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill the following vacancies:

The availability of these positions are contingent upon contract signing and funding disbursement to UP Malawi.

Civils Technician (3 x based in Dowa – Mponela Office)

Job Purpose:
To construct community WASH facilities in line with GoM standards. S/he will be reporting to the District
Manager for day-to-day activities and to the Construction Engineer for technical guidance.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Repair/rehabilitation of broken down boreholes, civil works construction and Afridev pump installation.
  • Making sure that proper standards construction are maintained
  • Keeping accurate records of construction activities and assisting in preparing progress reports.
  • Mapping of all WASH facilities using mWater platform
  • Ensure implementation of project activities in line with UP’s safeguarding policy and procedures. This includes ensuring promotion of feedback channels to project participants and reporting concerns and feedback.
  • Keeping appropriate records of and arranging for the maintenance /service of field equipment.
  • Assisting in other water and sanitation program activities as requested by the Engineer.

The successful candidate will have:

  • At least grade 1 in brick laying and minimum of MSCE qualification
  • Demonstrable understanding of safeguarding risks and mitigating actions.
  • High levels of integrity, honesty, strong ethics but also a quick learner
  • At least three years practical field experience in borehole construction/rehabilitation and hand pump and submersible pump installation and construction of gravity fed systems
  • Good understanding of participatory demand driven and community based management to rural water supply and sanitation
  • Computer knowledge, especially word processing, spreadsheets and internet

How to apply:
Qualified and interested candidates who meets the stated requirements must submit a completed Application Form.

Please note that CVs and cover letters will not be accepted. Please visit to download the Application Form, and then submit the completed form via email only to [email protected]. When submitting, please put YOUR NAME [POSITION APPLIED] in the email title. Any applications that do not include this in the title will not be considered.
No hard copy / physical applications will be accepted.

Closing date for the receipt of completed application forms is mid-day of Thursday 10th December 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For more information about UP, please visit our website at

UP is an equal opportunity employer, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.


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