Water Quality Specialist job at Innovation: Africa (iA)


Innovation: Africa (IA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a team of dedicated problem solvers with a mission to bring solutions and know-how to those in need living in rural African villages. We use solar energy to pump clean water and provide schools, orphanages, and medical clinics with light and refrigeration to store vaccines and medicines. IA has completed over 1200 solar and agricultural projects, providing light, clean water, and proper medical care to more than 5.4 million people in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Malawi, Cameroon, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Job Summary
Innovation: Africa Uganda’s seeks a Water Quality Specialist to join our team based in Mbale and/ or Karamoja, Uganda. The position entails implementing and overseeing a comprehensive water quality monitoring and treatment program for all existing and future water projects, as well as working closely with the Engineering and Africa Programs departments at headquarters in Israel.

Reports To
Country Manager & Water Quality Supervisor (Local Office), Head Water Quality Specialist (HQ)

• B.Sc./M.Sc. in science-related discipline such as Environmental Sciences, Hydrology,

• (Geo/Bio) Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology or Public Health
• Advanced knowledge of water quality control and quality assurance principles and practices
• Advanced knowledge of environmental regulations, health & safety regulations, water industry and technologies
• Knowledge of general principles and procedures of water treatment and distribution
• Experience working in or with water testing laboratories
• Experience with field laboratory equipment and field sampling
• Proficiency in data science and using Microsoft Excel o Driver’s license and off-road driving experience o Ability to commit to flexible working hours
• Strong organizational skills – ability to multi-task and keep track of the water quality status and results for dozens of projects at once
• Strong communication skills, a team player
• High proficiency in English; both writing and speaking is a must and regional dialects in any two or three of such languages in the areas that we serve will be an added advantage

• Conduct field sampling and analysis; coordinate and participate in the collection, interpretation, and evaluation of water quality data.
• Submitting reports and providing immediate updates to the InnoApp database
• Operate and troubleshoot analytical equipment and instrumentation.
• Assist in coordinating laboratory services, collecting and processing samples, using equipment, managing supply inventory and on-going maintenance.
• Research and implement applicable off-grid water treatment solutions.
• Understand trends and patterns and assess compliance with regulatory standards and potential risks to consumers.
• Visit sites of concern and carry out training of local staff on how to identify potential sources of pollution or contamination, and sources of complaints about drinking water quality.
• Perform administrative duties where necessary for monitoring Country Managers to ensure timely completion of workloads.
• Conduct community sensitization meetings when visiting the projects to ensure proper use of the system, promote WASH and support the Field Officers Department, when needed, on solving community-based issues.

Commensurate with experience.

Job Experience: No Requirements

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months:

Level of Education: Bachelor Degree

Job application procedure

Please send your cover letter and CV as a single PDF attachment to ug.wqs@innovation-africa.odoo.com. Please make the file name your full name.
As an international organization, our teams are spread out between the USA, Israel and Africa, and team members are constantly on the move. We strive to use technological solutions to keep our staff in close contact, despite busy travel schedules. To ensure our operations run smoothly, we keep close communication via phone, Zoom, WhatsApp, Slack and more. This position requires the ability to keep up with this fast-paced environment, and to be comfortable working with colleagues across time zones and continents.

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