WASH Engineer

  • Full-time
  • Contract type: National employment contract

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that makes a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty by helping them raise incomes and access basic services. We focus on three sectors – Agriculture, Energy, and Water – and have a long-term, local presence in 24 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our team of just over 1,300 people is the backbone of SNV.

We apply our practical know-how to deliver results at scale. Driven by the Sustainable Development Goals, we are dedicated to a society in which all people are free to pursue their own sustainable development, and no one is left behind. This commitment to equity directs us to focus on gender and youth. By connecting our global expertise with our extensive and longstanding in-country experiences, we help realise locally-owned solutions.

Our services include advice, brokering and stakeholder engagement, advocacy, fund management, results-based financing, and delegated management.

We realise our impact through direct results and systems change.  Our projects directly benefit millions of people and drive systems change – strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets to help many more people work their way out of poverty, well beyond the scope of projects.

We are committed to operational excellence and are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation, implementing our mission exclusively through project financing. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence every day.

For more information on SNV, visit our website: www.snv.org


SNV Nepal was our first office in Asia, commencing in 1980. Since then we have directly impacted the lives of people in some of the poorest districts of the country. Currently we operate in 4 of 7 provinces across Nepal. Our work is aligned with the development priorities of the government of Nepal and integrates the strengthening of the new federal structure at federal, provincial and local level. To know more about SNV Nepal project visit https://snv.org/country/nepal#projects  

WASH SDG programme:

SNV implements the WASH SDG programme in four cities of Nepal: Khadak, Nepalgunj, Chandannath and Birendranagar. The overall goal of the WASH SDG programme is to improve health and quality of life of men and women across all social and ethnic groups through access to sustainable, inclusive, safe sanitation and improved hygiene practices. SNV is promoting disability inclusive development so that WASH facilities will be safe, accessible, and usable by everyone. SNV’s WASH SGD project since its inception has focused to frame solutions within a ‘citywide service chain approach’ and, define and promote viable options for business models for FSM (Faecal Sludge Management) services. SNV aims to work with local authorities to seek sustainable financing for viable FSM business models, business plans, encourage private sector participation and explore pathways for repayable funding. It aims to sustainably improve access to, and use of, safe drinking water for at least 450,000 people, sanitation for at least 2 million people and improve the hygiene behaviours of 1,6 million people before the end of 2022. The programme is built on three core strategic objectives: (1) increase demand for improved WASH facilities and practices; (2) improve the quality-of-service provision; and (3) improve governance of the sector. In addition, gender, and social inclusion (GESI) and climate vulnerability and resilience (CVR) are integrated transversally in each of the three strategic objectives.

SNV Nepal is looking for a talented engineer (Nepali citizen) to join the SNV WASH team 

Job Description

Scope of works:

Under the overall supervision of the Project manager, or WASH Technical Advisor, the Wash Engineer will be responsible for carrying out the following functions and tasks:

  • Lead technical work on sanitation service chains in the context of urban sanitation in project working areas.
  • Review and prepare the technical documents (designs and BoQs) of planned infrastructure works.
  • Conduct site visits regularly to the wash projects under implementation and supervise construction works of infrastructure projects ensuring that they comply the design and required technical specifications and ensure the progress and quality of implemented works in close coordination with WASH Technical team of Muncipality.
  • Control the quality of works, safety, and environmental aspects, and ensure their compliance with contract terms and support in the documentation of the implementation process of the projects.
  • Work on institutional capacity building with Municipality and stakeholders on WASH financing and priority investments – linked to WASH infrastructure.
  • Provide guidance and support day to day generation and use of FSM tools and databases and operation and management.
  • Ensure quality models of Operation and Maintenance of FSM treatment sites including development of SoPs and supporting sanitation services chains which support financial sustainability.
  • Lead and facilitate to municipality to implement service modality of FSTP including whole sanitation value chain as guided by Business Model
  • Lead and support to municipality to implement the SOP of Occupational Health and safety (OHS) as guided by FSM Bylaws.
  • Lead/Support in developing different technical guidelines (guidelines for septic tank emptying services; measures to be taken during desludging of septic tanks; guidelines and regulations for private emptiers and informal emptiers) including monitoring and support to institutions on SoPs in schools and healthcare facilities.
  • Lead and facilitate in upgrading WASH facilities at school and health posts (toilet access, HWF, MHM, Waste management, FSM-onsite treatment, Water supply etc.) through user friendly design, drawing, estimation preparation, prepare project agreement and appropriate GEDSI and climate considerations.
  • Lead and Support and facilitate in developing follow up and monitoring of WASH facilities/ accessibility improvement
  • Lead and Support in developing mechanism to monitor, regulate and supervise safe emptying, transport, and disposal practices (supported by local government and sanitation stakeholders)
  • Lead in developing training modules as per required basis, working closely with sanitation service provides (municipality and private service provider).
  • Able to manage consultants, contractors, and suppliers. Steers (functionally) colleagues, and mentors technically and operationally partners and other stakeholders towards improved performance in infrastructure
  • Monitors improvement areas and gives guidance and feedback to colleagues
  • Support / facilitate to Local Support Partner (LSP) in budget planning, implementation of program and monitoring &evaluation and timely reporting.


  • As a minimum, Bachelor’s degree (completed) in civil or environmental engineering. A Master’s degree is desirable.
  • Experience of at least 5 years in water and sanitation infrastructure: water resources, piped networks, water quality, faecal sludge or wastewater containment, treatment, and disposal/reuse. This includes survey, design, estimation, drawing and execution, in various management and technical capacities.
  • Experience of at least 5 years in the WASH sector in Nepal, including urban and rural settings, at the local or national levels.
  • Familiarity with the main topics in the national and international WASH community, around sustainable infrastructure, and services.  
  • Skills in engineering software such as AutoCAD, Water CAD, EPANET.  
  • Proficiency in Nepali, and very good command of spoken and written English.
  • Pro-activeness and capacity to work with significant degrees of autonomy. 
  • Ability to encourage and facilitate productive stakeholder dialogue.

Level indicators:


  • Know-how: Deploys practical and applied knowledge of specialized methods on operations, gained through higher education and employment history.
  • Complexity: Processes, organizes, checks, and monitors information and results, reports nonconformity, and identifies causes when results are not met. Gives input for reporting and performs reporting activities. Engages with and influences local external stakeholders.
  • Supervision: Supervises work (local partner organizations, and consultants and suppliers if applicable), provides procedures and instructions. Identifies any procedural issues and consults supervisors on these.
  • Impact: Executes and give support to actions that require administrative skills.  


  • Communication: Ability to communicate clearly and to adapt one’s language and style to different audiences, making sure messages are understood. Audiences are typically: community members, municipality officials, civil servants, CBOs, NGOs and INGOs, consultants and suppliers, SNV colleagues and superiors.
  • Flexibility: Ability to change one’s behavior or views if this is required to achieve a set goal. Goals are typically the project’s objectives, plans and design.
  • Perseverance: Ability to hold on to views and plans despite adversity. Problem-solving mentality and capacity to identify effective practical solutions to issues.  
  • Result orientation: Ability to take direct action to attain or exceed objectives. This refers principally to the result framework (expected outcomes and impacts) of the project.
  • Focus on quality: Ability to set high-quality delivery standards, and to strive for continuous improvement and quality assurance. Take ownership of the project’s quality expectations at the local level and work towards meeting those. 
  • Coaching: Ability to encourage, support and guide local partner organizations (and consultants or suppliers if applicable), strengthening their knowledge and capacity to deliver.  

Additional Information

Contract Duration     : 1 year (with possibility of extension)

Contract Type            : National Employment Contract

Expected Start Date  :  ASAP

Duty Station               : Nepajgunj or Surkhet 

Working at SNV : SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of WASH team.

How to Apply:

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and letter of motivation indicating salary expectations by clicking on the "I'm interested" button before January 22, 2023.. 

We will require that you provide us with the full details of three people who are willing to act as a reference. We will not contact these references without your explicit permission.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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