Technical Advisor - Construction Design and Quality Control

Reports to: Component Manager

Duration: Until 31 December 2023 (With the possibility of an extension until March 2025)


The BMZ - financed programme “Transboundary Water Management in SADC (TWM)” supports the implementation of regional strategies for Integrated Water Resource Management. As part of TWM the “Support to Integrated Catchment Management” project (ICM Action) is supporting the national programme ReNOKA for Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) in Lesotho, which is co-financed by the EU. ReNOKA is a multi-stakeholder initiative that includes ministries, civil society and the private sector. The national programme aims to develop capacities of Basotho stakeholders in implementing climate resilient rehabilitation and prevention measures at catchment level.

Different approaches to integrated catchment planning and implementation have been followed in Lesotho in the past. To facilitate socio-economic development and adaptation to climate change in Lesotho, ICM needs to be institutionalised and under full implementation, based on gender equality and climate adaptation principles. ReNOKA focuses on a people-centred and risk-informed approach to catchment management that advances resilience by systematically considering climate risks in the catchment management and development process as well as by fostering nature-based solutions for adaptation to climate change.

The Action is establishing a sustainable process for financing and implementation of ICM plans through Community Councils, with technical assistance from Catchment Planning Units (CPUs). In parallel, “fast track” measures are implemented by contractors and communities in hot spots of degradation.

The ICM Action is looking for a Construction Design and Quality Control Advisor to steer and monitor the implementation of effective and sustainable catchment rehabilitation measures.


The Design and Quality Control Advisor will be based in Maseru with frequent trips to the construction sites and report to the Component Manager. The Advisor will provide technical guidance and advice on the Rapid Rehabilitation Measures, Implementation of ICM Action Plans, Regional Hub office rehabilitation and Renewable Energy installations, and other construction measures that might arise under ReNOKA programme. Further the Advisor will support the Engineering Team with the management of all construction related activities with strong emphasis on design, planning, tendering, supervision and reporting of the measures. The position requires a thorough understanding of, and professional experience in implementation of labour-intensive construction activities through its entire processes. The activities to be implemented consist typically of Terracing (rehabilitation), Gabion structures, Check dams, small gabion or earth dams, Gravel Road rehabilitation, Storm water trenches, Stone bunds, Fences, Gully head stabilisation amongst others. Measures are carefully selected to address root causes of degradation in a holistic “peak-to-valley” approach.


The Design and Quality Control Advisor is required to undertake the following tasks:

Planning, design, and tendering

  • Manage in close collaboration with the Engineering Team and Government partners the planning of the implementation of construction activities foreseen by the programme, including timeframe and supervision plan.
  • Develop concepts, detailed designs and specifications for the measures that are implemented under ReNOKA programme. Where possible, draw from and re-use guidelines and designs that have been tried and tested in a pilot implementation phase and advance the application of ecosystem-based solutions.
  • Prepare all required documents for the tender processes, this includes: technical drawings, technical specifications, scope of works, terms of reference, advertisements, etc.
  • Plan and implement contractor site visits, negotiation meetings and/or any other activities required by the tender process.
  • In close coordination with the Engineering Team and the GIZ Contracts Department, lead the process of identification and selection of appropriate contractors to implement the works.


Suitable candidates should apply by submitting:

A motivation letter (concisely 1 page) stating why they should be the preferred

candidate, the value added they will bring to the ICM project and their desired salary range.

This should be accompanied by a detailed CV and indicating their nationality.

Applications should be submitted to:, with the email subject line “Application for Technical Advisor - Construction Design and Quality Control” for the attention of Head of Human Resource

NB:  Interviews will be held in Maseru, Lesotho

Closing date for applications: 12 May 2023.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be informed!

Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered!

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