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Innovation: Africa (iA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose team of dedicated problem solvers work together to bring solar and water technologies to rural communities in Africa. We use solar energy to pump clean water for villages and provide schools, orphanages, and medical clinics with light and refrigeration to store vaccines and medicines. With more than 500 completed water, solar electrification, and agriculture projects, iA has provided nearly 3 million people in Africa with access to light, clean water, food security, and proper medical care. Visit to learn more about our work.


Job Summary

We are seeking a highly trained and qualified individual to join our Malawi team as a Field Civil Engineer to work in the district of Mangochi. This position works under the supervision of the local Program Manager and is responsible for overseeing iA’s solar water pumping systems, technical implementation, liaison with local solar water contractors and in-house engineers, as well as providing technical support in all sites after completion ensuring that all projects meet iA standard and structural integrity.


The Field Civil Engineer will also be responsible for all iA field activities, including identifying and selecting the beneficiaries of our projects, actively engaging in community mobilization and sensitization, establishing and maintaining regular communication with the communities we serve, implementing project-related activities, providing regular reports and ongoing monitoring of the projects. As this is predominantly in-the-field work, candidates should expect frequent travel to the field to identify new projects, oversee the construction and implementation of ongoing projects, and monitor completed projects.


Reports To

Local Program Manager & Country Director in Israel



  • Oversee all field operations related to solar powered water projects, including prospective project search, project construction/implementation, and monitoring and evaluation
  • Work closely with the local contractor to plan and design all solar water pumping systems, blueprints and implement all civil construction works
  • Where relevant, work closely with the local contractor to plan, design and implement drip irrigation systems
  • Oversee technical implementation of all water systems and serve as technical point person for all system designs, water tower construction works, water distribution point construction, structural design analysis and checking materials used during construction
  • Manage on-site work during all stages of the system construction and installation
  • Independently assess needs for maintenance work (post-installation) in projects where a malfunction exists
  • Maintain regular contact with Innovation: Africa’s engineers in Israel to successfully implement and monitor new solar technologies and remote monitoring systems
  • Continually monitor the progress of ongoing field installation and maintenance activities
  • Conduct community technical trainings and sensitization to all iA water and drip system beneficiaries on water management for water and agricultural use
  • Appropriately sensitize the communities we work with, including establishing project steering committees to maintain the project
  • Support the Program Manager to manage relationships with municipal officers, local leaders, and international stakeholders
  • Send daily updates and regular progress reports to international management team regarding prospective projects, construction and implementation of current projects, and monitor existing projects
  • Research and implementation of best construction practices and equipment in all iA projects



All candidates must possess proven practical experience working with and supervising construction works of multi-level concrete structures, and previous work with solar powered water systems will be considered an advantage.

All candidates must be detail oriented, result driven, and possess strong problem-solving skills.

Further, our ideal candidate is a team player with strong interpersonal skills, who has a demonstrated passion for working with the community. This candidate thrives in fast-paced environments and is comfortable working with a diverse international team located in various time zones.



Commensurate with experience.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or professional diploma in Civil Engineering. An educational background in water supply systems is an advantage.
  • At least 5 years of experience working with multi-level construction works. Previous experience working with a structural engineering company is an advantage. 
  • Experience working with NGOs supervising community-based civil works
  • Ability to design systems using various design applications; e.g AutoCAD. Experience working with hydraulic water supply network solvers, such as Epanet, will be considered an advantage.
  • Technologically oriented with excellent computer skills, including proficiency in email and Microsoft Office.
  • Driver’s license.
  • Ability to commit to flexible working hours
  • Native level written and spoken Chichewa (additional language skills in Yao will be considered an advantage).
  • Fluent proficiency in English; both writing and speaking.
  • Ability to relocate to the Mangochi District.

Malawi Nationals Only: Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply

Application Instructions

  • Please send your cover letter and CV as a single PDF attachment to
  • The file name should be saved as your full name.
  • Please include the position and country for which you are applying to work in the subject line of the email.

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    30 Sep, 2021

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