Intern - WASH Engineer - Laisamis

Catholic Relief Services

Engineering & Technology

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Marsabit, Kenya (On-site) Be the First to Apply

Job Description

Location: Laisamis, Marsabit, Kenya

Period:  6 months


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Catholic Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. 

CRS is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity, race or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners, including the Government to implement its programs.

CRS opened operations in Kenya in 1965. For over 50 years, we have worked throughout the country to implement programs in agriculture, livelihoods, health and nutrition, water, sanitation, emergency relief and peace building. We have built deep relationships with the Government of Kenya and the Catholic Church through ongoing collaboration and support.


CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions is leading the USAID Nawiri Program, a USAID Office of Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) funded Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) in Kenya. The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce persistent levels of acute malnutrition in Kenyaâs arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) counties of Isiolo and Marsabit.

Nawiri is implementing a combination of an array of nutrition-sensitive and specific activities to address persistent acute malnutrition in 12 wards of Marsabit county namely North horr, Dukana, Illeret, Maikona, Turbi-Bubisa, Laisamis, Loglogo, Korr-Ngurunit, Kargi-South horr, Loiyangalani, Karare and Golbo. 


The general purpose of the CRS internship program is to provide learning opportunities to young Kenyan graduates while creating a pool of employable persons for both short- and long-term humanitarian aid and development-related careers.

The internship programme applies to graduates who have completed studies in the relevant field of study within the last two years and willing to commit to the program for six months. 


The Intern - WASH Engineer will:

Acquire practical training and experience and develop career and life skills needed for 21st century workplace, Participate in the creation of major impact on the Sustainable Development Goals and the National and County development goals, Development of leadership skills in graduate engineers by ingraining them with engineering principles to effectively participate in the running of WASH and Resilience Engineering infrastructure, systems and processes.


The intern will be part of the Nawiri Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Environment team. Their main role is to support the County Departments of Water and Sanitation and Preventive Health (Public Health) in the provision of WASH services. The intern will support the implementation of Nawiri program activities with close supervision and guidance from the County Departments of Water and Sanitation and Preventive Health (Public Health) and the Nawiri program staff to foster learning and development by the end of the internship period.

Clear internship objectives will be developed at the beginning of the internship period, assessed, and monitored on a regular basis, and final appraisal conducted at the end of the internship period to ensure that the intern achieves their learning and development objectives. 


In close consultation with the Nawiri County WASH Lead, County Departments of Water and Sanitation and Preventive Health (Public Health), the Nawiri SC/Ward Coordinator and the Nawiri consortium partners, the Intern - WASH Engineer will learn while providing support to the implementation of planned WASHE activities. These will include:

Participation in Nawiri weekly activity planning. Under the guidance of the Nawiri WASH lead, he/she will support in sketching and designing, planning (initial outlines and full plans), monitoring and control and operations and maintenance of water supply, water treatment, flood defence structures and other water-related projects. In collaboration with Caritas and County Departments of Water and Sanitation and Preventive Health (Public Health), facilitate the participatory designs and planning, joint monitoring, developing of the infrastructure operations and maintenance plans, water safety plans,  Participate and provide support during community level activities including household visits, community dialogues and public consultations among other activities as guided by the WASH officers. Compile activity reports and field visit reports at end the of each activity using standard tools including putting together weekly progress reports. Participate in team meetings including the WASHE CoP meetings as part of learnings. Liaising with clients, contractors, government agencies, local authorities and suppliers to ensure effective and effective implementation of WASHE activities to comply with quality standards including SLI, CLA, EHS etc. Maintaining professional relationships with project participants. Any other activities assigned by the line manager.

Required/Desired Foreign Language:  English and Swahili

Travel Required:  90% of the time to targeted wards of Marsabit.

Key Working Relationships: 

Supervisory: None

Supervision:  Reports to Senior Project Officer - WASH

Internal:  Nawiri WASH Lead, Nawiri Environmental Compliance Lead and the Marsabit County WASH Lead, Sub County Coordinators and Sub County WASH Project Officers.

External:  Donor,Private sector actors including financial institutions, government agencies/officials, Local/international NGOs, and UN agencies operating in the project area.



Basic Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Water and Environmental Engineering (Agricultural/Civil/Mechanical/Chemical Engineering) from Kenyan Universities/Reputable Colleges.  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills Demonstrated ability to write good reports. Proficiency in the use of computer aided drawing/design, modelling and monitoring applications. Willingness to learn new things in a rapidly changing context. Willingness to stay long days in remote field locations. Graduates with demonstrated good character, creativity, honesty and integrity, positive attitude, and ability to learn. Demonstrated Commitment to respect, equity, diversity, and inclusion including gender equality.

Agency REDI Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff. When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals. These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results. 

Personal Accountability â Consistently takes responsibility for oneâs own actions. Acts with Integrity - Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission. Is considered honest. Builds and Maintains Trust - Shows consistency between words and actions. Collaborates with Others â Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams. Open to Learn â Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.

Agency Leadership Competencies:

Lead Change â Continually looks for ways to improve the agency through a culture of agility, openness, and innovation. Develops and Recognizes Others â Builds the capacity of staff to reach their full potential and enhance team and agency performance. Strategic Mindset â Understands role in translating, communicating, and implementing agency strategy and team priorities.


The internship program participants will not be entitled to a salary as this is not considered employment. However, they will be provided with a monthly stipend and a medical and Group Personal Accident cover as per HR Compensation provisions. 

CRS is under no obligation whatsoever to hire a graduate intern during or after their completion of the internship program.

What we offer: 

CRS offers an opportunity for graduates to learn and work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world. 

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRSâ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. 

CRS Kenya strives to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come and work, stay, and do their best.

CRS provides equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and does not discriminate based on race, colour, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental disability or handicap, medical condition and any other status protected by law. As an equal opportunity employer, CRS will recruit, hire, train and promote persons solely on their qualifications and abilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

By applying to this opportunity, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff and interns to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviours related to the above safeguarding-related topics.

About Us

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRSâ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

About the Team

CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people - especially children and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Info

Job Identification3000972 Job CategoryProgram Management Posting Date10/05/2023, 07:57 AM Apply Before10/19/2023, 04:59 PM Degree LevelBachelor's Degree Job ScheduleFull time Job ShiftDay Locations APHIA IMARISHA Project Field Office , MARSABIT, Marsabit, KE (On-site)

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