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Officer, Engineering (Field Technician) at Evidence Action

  • Full Time
  • Mangochi
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  • Salary: 00

Evidence Action

About Evidence Action

Evidence Action is a global non-profit organization with an approach distinctive in international development – we exclusively scale interventions that are backed by strong evidence and can be delivered with exceptional cost-effectiveness. Our programs have grown since our founding in 2013 to reach over 515 million people globally with our interventions. We deliver high impact for every dollar spent, as recognized by GiveWell, The Life You Can Save, and Charity Navigator.

We do development differently. We take a data-driven approach to identifying, scaling, and continuously improving programs which deliver immense impact, ensuring these solutions measurably improve the lives of millions. Our Deworm the World Initiative has helped governments in Africa and Asia deliver over 1.8 billion childhood deworming treatments, improving health, education, and incomes. Dispensers for Safe Water provides sustained safe water access to over 10 million people in rural Africa, preventing childhood illness and deaths.

We drive innovation. Our 6 builds the next generation of exceptional programs, taking an approach most similar to a venture capital model. We are ruthless in exiting programs which do not meet our criteria; those that advance deliver outsized impact for millions of people.

We are global. Across nine countries in Africa and Asia, our 700+ people are united by a tremendous passion for our mission and impact. We are strong because of our diversity of experience, geography, and background – with over 90% of our people in the countries where our impact is focused.

We have big ambitions. Over the next decade, we’re setting our sights higher: We aim to reach over 600 million people globally to fulfill our vision of a world where hundreds of millions of people in the poorest places have better opportunities and their lives are measurably improved. We believe in bold and urgent action – because poverty doesn’t wait, and neither should we.

We need great people. Our success to date is due to the collective work of our amazing staff. To achieve our ambitious goals, we are looking for people who share our passion for evidence, cost-effectiveness, and scale. We seek individuals who take an entrepreneurial approach, enjoy tackling hard problems, and have a bias to action and results. If our vision and approach excite you as much as it does us, we invite you to join us.

Job Purpose

The Officer position is primarily a field-based position which plays an important role in the installation and maintenance of Chlorine Dispensers and In-Line chlorination devices in delivering safe water and hygiene knowledge in the targeted communities. The officer position will be based at our Mangochi field office and reports to the Area Coordinator.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the chlorine dispenser and ILC devices maintenance in the field within the set quality standards;
  • Material inventory and maintaining appropriate security during Safe Water device assembly and after;
  • Dispensers and ILC parts repairs and maintenance at field level
  • General support to the team by raising engineering technical defects on the hardware parts that needs to be attended to;
  • Monitoring hardware components failure/defects during assembly and informing the Associate, engineering.
  • To support on new researches and innovation by carrying out bench trails at the workshop/laboratory level
  • Carrying out post-installation quality checks for leaks, chlorine levels, and correcting where necessary.
  • Carrying out chlorine dosing calibrations and testing using advanced kits ie, digital colorimeter, color wheel etc

Required Competencies and Attributes

  • High level of integrity and stewardship
  • Embraces team work and aspires and supports the ideals of working in a team work environment as a team champion
  • Passion to work in a rural community setting and willingness to use a motorcycle in the field (riding or being ridden)
  • Flexible mindset and willingness to relocate on a short notice to other field-based assignments in other regions.
  • Self-driven and highly motivated to deliver results within tight deadlines.
  • Good communication skills and mobilization skills. Ability to communicate well within the organization and with the rural communities and local leaders
  • Basic leadership skills in managing people, working with communities and teams
  • Good computer skills and comfort to advance the skills in a dynamic IT field.
  • Proactive and ambitious to support innovation and change in a dynamic working environment
  • Attitude. Positive attitude to work and to develop in a fast-paced work environment
  • Position requires ability and comfort climbing ladders and accessing water storage tanks at heights in the event you are asked to join the field team.


  • Diploma in mechanical engineering or general fitting, manufacturing and water engineering qualifications, with some relevant experience, building and construction, plumbing, welding or any other related vocational skills.
  • Experience in manufacturing industry, plastics production and assempling e.t.c
  • Basic knowledge in fabrication, pipe works, plumbing skills and experience
  • Good language skills in English and Chichewa both spoken and written. Proficiency in speaking other local languages used in target areas is a definite advantage.
  • 1-2 years’ experience working with WASH programs or water related industries communities or social enterprises/NGOs
  • Motorcycle riding skills with a valid riding license.

Physical requirements

  • Position requires ability to ride a motorcycle as a MUST.
  • Position requires ability and comfort with heights as it involves climbing ladders and accessing water storage tanks at heights.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Closing date for receiving applications will be on Friday, 28th June 2024

Equal Opportunity Statement
Evidence Action does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.