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Engineering (WASH) Interns ( 3 Positions) Jobs at Lutheran World Federation

Location: Kitgum, Pader & Agago, Uganda

LWF World Service is the humanitarian and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation. We are a widely recognized, international, faith-based organization working in over 20 countries. We seek to bring people of all backgrounds together in the common quest for justice, peace, and reconciliation in an increasingly complex and fragmented world.

A commitment to the human rights of every individual, regardless of their status, guides our work, actions, and operations. We are particularly known for our timely, compassionate, and professional humanitarian work, and for our field presence in hard-to-reach areas. Our work is people-centered and community- based. Above all, we work with the most vulnerable, and in order to claim and uphold their rights, we engage proactively with local government and community structures.


LWF Uganda works closely with United Nations agencies (UNHCR, UNFPA, UNICEF, WFP), PRM, EU/ECHO, BFTW, etc. LWF Related and faith-based agencies and their back donors.

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LWF is seeking to provide an internship opportunity to 03 female engineering interns from recognized universities and tertiary institutions to train in the Engineering field, particularly in the WASH sector. The purpose of this internship opportunity is to therefore, give the females an opportunity to gain practical experience in our WASH projects to build their capacity so they can compete for job openings in the sector. The interns will be coached and mentored by some of the best and well-experienced professionals in the sector, providing them with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges the sector faces to enable them to positively pursue their careers as a result.


Job Title: Engineering (WASH) Interns

No. of Positions: Three (3)

Place of Assignment: LWF/DWS Kitgum, Pader & Agago.

Reports To: WASH Officer

Starting date: July

Duration of Contract: 4 months

The closing date for applications: 19 June 2023

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of the WASH Officer, the engineering intern is to work in close coordination with relevant stakeholders in the districts to ensure ensures that water, sanitation, and hygiene programs, and awareness are implemented effectively, professionally, and in accordance with the culture and practices of the local population.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

WASH Programming/Implementation:

Ensuring quality and integrity of implementation, including adherence to technical guidelines, administrative systems, and established deadlines.

Day-to-day coordination to ensure timely implementation of activities under the program in relation to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion in the local context;

Provide technical guidance in the designing, planning, management and implementation of the water and sanitation programme;

Contributing to contingency planning for possible WASH emergency response if required;

Contributing to the preparation of internal and external reports for the NGO and donors, including expenditure plans and situation reports


Collaborating and coordinating with the government, NGOs, and other relevant agencies on WASH issues at district level with your supervisor;

Participating in district and WASH meetings and other relevant humanitarian/recovery coordination meetings;

Team Management: 

Supervising and managing the community-based water and sanitation team in the field; including Water User Committees, Handpump mechanics, VHTs, etc

Management of several water sanitation teams activated in parallel to drill boreholes, install the water points and educated and trains the community on how to maintain them and use them;

Technical Monitoring;

Day-to-day follow up of program activities;

Monitoring all water and sanitation sites to ensure adherence to technical and quality standards;

Reception of the hardware (new boreholes, rehabilitated /repaired water sources and systems and latrines, pumps, tools box);

Responsible for ensuring the project is running in accordance with the project plan and to time;

Internal reporting:

Assist in designing and implementing surveys and assessments related to the field of water and sanitation when needed

Selecting, modifying or designing appropriate water and sanitation infrastructure, and suitable community-based maintenance and repair systems;

Designing and ensuring the effective promotion of appropriate hygiene and sanitation messages;

Preparing reports in line with the reporting schedule and to donor requirements;

Designing and conducting training for community representatives, and partners on water supply, maintenance, and hygiene and sanitation extension.

Developing and documenting written protocols and standard operating procedures for the water and sanitation programmes.


Undertaking any other related tasks, or other responsibilities as may be assigned by the supervisor


Key Competences:

Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.

Planning & Organizing – Strong organizational skills including proven ability to plan and coordinate own work as well as that of others, and to work under tight deadlines; identifies priority activities and assignments and adjust priorities based on exigency


Education, Qualifications & Experience Required

Should have completed the final year of a Bachelor’s degree/Ordinary Diploma/Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering/Construction/Water Engineering/Environmental Engineering/Public Health engineering course from a university or technical institution that is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education during the past year.

This opportunity is reserved for first-time female entrants to the field. This means that they do not have to have any experience in the sector.

Should be interested in pursuing a career in the WASH sector in rural water supply and the O&M of rural water supply.

Should have a completion certificate/testimonial showing they have completed their course

Must be fluent in English, knowledge of any local language particular to area of operation is a plus.


LWF/DWS is an equal opportunity employer, irrespective of gender, race or religious affiliation.  Female candidates possessing the above requirements are encouraged to apply. LWF/DWS is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for humanitarian agencies. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect the organization’s commitment to the prevention of abuse and exploitation of beneficiaries.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

Application closes: Jun 18, 2023


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