Chief Engineer: Support to Integrated Catchment Management in Lesotho (SADC Regional)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Maseru, Lesotho
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Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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1. Project Background

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) programme “Transboundary Water Management in the SADC Region”, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), supports the SADC Secretariat in the implementation of its regional strategy for Integrated Water Resource Management.

In its next phase, the focus lies on supporting the national programme for Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) in Lesotho, which is co-financed by the EU. ICM is conceived as a multi-stakeholder initiative that includes ministries, civil society and the private sector. The programme aims at developing capacities of Basotho stakeholders and implementing concrete rehabilitation and prevention measures at catchment level.

2. Overall Responsibilities

The Chief Engineer will be part of the GIZ Technical Assistance team and support the programme’s efforts under Result 4 (ICM measures). In particular, the Chief Engineer will:

  • Lead a team of three engineers based in “regional hubs”
  • Oversee planning and implementation of infrastructure-related ICM measures at sub-catchment level, including contractors
  • Contribute to the overall strategic development of the project

3. Tasks

The Chief Engineer’s tasks will be:

  • Serving as first point of contact for stakeholders regarding infrastructure-related ICM measures
  • Coordinating programme implementation in the respective Result Area based on the programme logical framework objectives and indicators
  • Assessing capacities of partners and developing and implementing capacity development measures, including on-the-job coaching
  • Compiling prefeasibility studies, project appraisals and environmental impact assessments for climate resilient ICM projects,
  • Managing contracts with service providers and contractors, including drafting ToR, leading the procurement process and supervising technical and administrative/financial project implementation
  • Leading as line manager three engineers placed in “regional hubs” around the country, including mentoring and technical backstopping, approval of travel and leave applications, performance management and career development
  • Contributing to the project’s monitoring, reporting and knowledge management system by documenting results and lessons learnt
  • Facilitating and coordinating collaboration with local, regional and international partners for innovation and partnerships in the area of responsibility
  • Representing the programme, especially in regard to the respective Result Area, in GIZ internal and external technical forums

4. Required qualifications, competences and experience

  • Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, registered engineer
  • At least 7 years of professional experience in a leading role planning and implementing infrastructure development projects in Southern Africa
  • State-of-the-art expertise in the field of physical measures to rehabilitate and protect water and land resources (e.g. donga rehabilitation, small dams, water harvesting, terracing)
  • Experience with leading diverse teams
  • Working experience in the international development context and in the SADC region
  • Willingness to frequently travel to remote rural areas and the SADC region
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Sesotho is an asset
  • Strong socials skills, including the aability to develop rapport, motivate, inspire trust and manage conflicts, outstanding strategic and conceptual skills and independent problem solving

Suitable candidates should apply by submitting their detailed CV and a motivation letter indicating the candidate’s nationality to: , Attention Head of Unit, Dorothey Taaibosch, with the subject line: “Application for Chief Engineer: ICM Lesotho – (Regional)–

Closing date for applications: Sunday, 19 January 2020.

Interviews will be held in Maseru. Applicants from Southern African Development Community (SADC) region are encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be informed.

Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered!