Water Construction and Management Specialist

Date: 13 May 2023

Location: Kupang, Indonesia

Company: Plan International


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. In Indonesia, Plan International operates since 1969, and in 2017 Yayasan Plan International Indonesia (YPII/Plan Indonesia) was established as national entity of Plan International in Indonesia. YPII is currently starting to implement the new Country Strategy 5 (CS 5) covering fiscal year 20123 to 2027, where the country purpose is in line with the global Plan International’s Purpose “to advance children rights and equality for girls”. Our ambition is to enable at least 1 million girls and young women to learn (gain skills for work), lead (empower to take action on issues that matter to them), decide (have control over their own lives and bodies) and thrive (grow healthy and protected from violence). It means that we will take actions to identify and facilitate the removal of obstacles that prevent children, especially girls, and young women from enjoying their rights and participating fully in Indonesian society. This goal will be achieved by implementing quality programmes and projects as well as influencing decision makers and key stakeholders to make the required changes.

Role Purpose

Water Construction and Management Specialist will play a key role in ensuring the achievement of the programme objectives which relates to accountable and measurable impact of YPII programme implementation. S/he is accountable for successful implementation of CS5 organizational objective. S/he will support the Area Program Manager, Program Implementation Area Managers, and the country leadership team in striving to strengthen YPII’s position as one of the leading organizations working to promote girls’ rights and agency by strengthening monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management for accountability and measurable impact through providing robust data/information on decision making.

Three program implementation areas (PIA) of Plan Indonesia converge on the goal of improving the well-being of sponsor children and youth. Five basic services are identified as fundamental to sponsor children’s well-being: birth certificate, basic vaccination, clean water, sanitation, and basic education (12 years). Besides strengthening the agency and leadership of children and youth to attain these basic services, Plan Indonesia is also working to increase the service providers' capacity and commitment, cultivating community-based support as well as parents' and caregivers' knowledge, attitudes, and practices to fulfil children, adolescence and youth rights.

Water Construction and Management Specialist’s main roles and in consultation with the Area Program Manager, the PIAs Managers, and AH-EVACY-SP Program Manager shall include: designing, planning, implementing (technical oversights), monitoring and reporting on the program’s water activities. She/he shall be responsible for the daily implementation, monitoring, and regular consultation with program partners on water program components. Ensure linkage, synergies and complementarity with other sectorial interventions, i.e. sanitation and hygiene as well as proper coordination, consultation and information sharing with partner’s communities and other stakeholders.


Dimensions of the Role

Reporting to Area Program Manager, and consulting with PIAs Manager and AH-EVACY-SP Program Manager, the Water Construction and Management Specialist is responsible for the daily technical implementation, supervision, monitoring and reporting of the field activities, and for ensuring proper coordination with all stakeholders in three program implementation areas in East Nusa Tenggara: Soe, Nagekeo, and Lembata Districts. The position requires extensive field work and movement between several worksites.

Key Responsibility areas are as follows:

  • Planning and design of water program in three PIAs
  • Supervisory responsibilities in the implementation of water construction and management including monitoring and controlling the construction budget, time, and quality.
  • Reporting of field activities
  • Coordination with stakeholders




       Planning and Design

  • Lead preliminary hydro-geological and topo-surveys and compiling data on the existing water sources in close liaison with District Government’s Water department
  • Identification and technical assessment of feasible water sources or most technically appropriate water supply at the community/village level
  • Work in partnership with government authorities, consultant, etc. to prepare technical designs of feasible water supply program.
  • Ensure the design of construction of water systems (groundwater or surface water), protection, abstraction, storage, treatment, and distribution for new systems or rehabilitation of existing systems align with Plan’s quality standard and government’s regulations
  • Contribute to the budgeting process and give inputs to the financial management of the water program on technical areas
  • Preparing bidding documents, materials, workplan, and technical work specifications


Monitoring and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Together with Field Development Officers (FDOs) and related Program Coordinators (PCs), regular monitoring of ongoing water construction activities to ensure all the activities are as per the design, specifications and work schedule and also verify the work done at site and recommend for payments to contractors
  • Consolidate and provide technical guidance and support to PIAs on all water related issues, to ensure quality, cost-effectiveness, sustainability and environmental soundness in their implementation.
  • Ensure the integration of water and sanitation components
  • Ensure that procurements are timely initiated, monitored by the logistics team
  • Together with Field Development Officers (FDOs) and related Program Coordinators (PCs), build and strengthen capacity of water management committees to ensure the program sustainability.



  • Provide qualitative and quantitative records and reports of construction/activities progress
  • Prepare cash forecast in liaison with the other program staff in line with the work plans
  • Propose anticipated budget realignment in discussion with PIAs managers
  • Document and disseminate best practices on water resources management in PIAs coordination and other meetings in field level as may be required
  • Prepare learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall water program development



  • External: In coordination with the Area Programme Manager and PIAs Managers actively liaise with the government authorities’ entities and any other relevant stakeholder to ensure that PIAs water activities are coordinated to avoid duplication, violation of national regulations. Ensure that all relevant permits and authorizations are obtained from the local authorities to guarantee project stability and good relations with the local government.
  • Internal: Under the direction of the Area Program Manager and PIAs Manager, coordinate the implementation of activities with PIA units and ensure that inter-sectoral activities/approaches are planned and coordinated with the respective units/programs.


Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GESI)

  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in project design, during implementation and as principles applied in day-to-day work.
  • Participates actively in capacity building and learning event on Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion.
  • Submits required documentation (reports, checklists, action plans) to implement policy, standards, and approach on Safeguarding and GESI.
  • Understands and puts into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GESI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), ensuring that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Key relationships




  1. Field Development Officers (FDOs) and related Program Coordinators (PCs): working together to collect baseline data and information, to coordinate with the communities and relevant authorities in village, sub district, and district levels
  2. Finance Admin: coordination in administration and financial process, documentations, including payments
  3. Logistics and Procurement: related to bidding process, procurement and purchasing
  4. PIAs Managers: water program strategy and implementation in each PIA
  5. Area Program Manager: liaise with relevant stakeholders and strategic program direction in PIAs
  6. AH EVACY SP Program Manager:  technical supervision to maintain the delivery of appropriate construction/engineering activity to PIAs, including the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation – following the relevant PII and Government Regulation




  1. Dinas PUPR: data about water resources, technical inputs/consultations, reporting
  2. Pokja AMPL: program inputs, coordination
  3. Village/Sub District/District Governments: permits, coordination, community organization, water management, etc. 


Technical expertise, skills and knowledge



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the Civil Engineering/Water Resource/Environmental Engineering or other related fields
  • 5 years progressive relevant working experience in rural community water program/project, preferably working on development projects/programs.
  • Experience in design and supervision of piped water schemes, boreholes development and rehabilitations, and constitution and training of water management committees
  • Demonstrate capacity in constructively engaging communities, local authorities and local partners
  • Computer skills in Ms. Office, EPANET and AUTOCAD


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in the Civil Engineering/Water Resource/Environmental Engineering or other related fields
  • Over 5 years of experience working on water program/project
  • Experience from both private and INGO sectors is an advantage
  • Knowledge of main donor requirements including sponsorship program donors
  • Previous water program/project experience in East Nusa Tenggara
  • Knowledge and skill on GIS are desirable
  • Good level of spoken and written English
  • Excellent organization, coordination, report writing skills




Lasting impact  

We strive to achieve a significant and sustainable impact on the lives of children and young people, especially children and young women from marginalized groups. 

Equal, inclusive, empowering 

We respect all people, value differences, and promote equality across our programs and workplaces. 

Transparent & accountable 

We create a working climate and partnership that is trusting, honest, transparent, and accountable for the decisions we make and the impact our work has on our stakeholders 

Smart & lifelong learning 

Every time, there are new things that we can learn, so we are eager to seek knowledge that is beneficial for ourselves and the organization. 

Adaptive & innovative 

We are aware that existing problems and future challenges cannot always be solved with a conventional mindset, so we are constantly innovating in search of breakthroughs. 


We collaborate with various parties, both internally and externally, based on good faith and the principles of partnership that apply in the organization to achieve common goals.  

Taking Measured-Risk 

We realize that risk is part of decision-making, so being brave to take measured risks is the key for us to keep moving forward to be superior and at the forefront. 


Physical Environment


Based at PSO Kupang with frequently travel to PIAs (Soe, Nagakeo, and Lembata), government offices and partner organization both in office and on the field.


Level of contact with children


Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children


All applications will be treated in confidence. Only short-listed candidates will be notified and invited for interviews. Please submit your letter of application and detailed curriculum vitae in English by apply now not later than 30th April 2023.  

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy (PSHEA).

As an international child centred community development organisation, Yayasan Plan International Indonesia  is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Yayasan Plan International Indonesia  believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation is based on a culture of inclusivity . We strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team in every office and country is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.


The Plan Indonesia Staff Transfer Policy does not apply to this staff recruitment process. Those who are allowed to apply are staff with a minimum work period of 1 year in the current position and a minimum annual appraisal of 3.