Board Members

Eng. Joseph O. Eyatu

KEY QUALIFICATIONS : A registered Civil Engineer with vast experience in water supply and sanitation Engineering and procurement of goods, services and civil works. Special involvement in preparation of tender documents, writing terms of references, preparation of specifications and evaluation of bids/technical/financial proposals, construction supervision for large construction projects. I have also been greatly involved in contract management. I have undertaken design of various small towns and institutional water supply and sewerage systems.

Jan- Dec 2000 MSc in Urban Engineering with Distinction, Water and Engineering Department (WEDC), Loughborough University, UK. The major courses undertaken are Water and Environmental health, Water Utilities management, community management, solid waste management, Urban water distribution, and Urban Infrastructure.

1999 Registered Engineer - Registration number 422

February 1999 Member of Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers

1987-991 B.Sc. in Civil Engineering Upper Second, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Makerere University.

Short Courses Attended

July 22, to August 2 2013, IP3, organized a course in Building Financial Models for Infrastructure Investments. The Learning Outcomes of the courses were; Identifying the key accounting and finance terms and concepts for a financial modeling; Developing best practices for spreadsheet modeling; Analyzing the key input variables to an infrastructure financing spreadsheet; and Modeling financial reports; Generating and analyzing forecast scenarios and Integrating special risk factors into financial modelling

8th -28th July 2011 Short course on Regulating Quality of Service: Planning, Compliance Monitoring, and Enforcement. This an intensive training course where participants we explored the key elements to successfully regulate and monitor quality of service as well as examine practical examples illustrating “best practices” throughout the world. Special presentations examined how to prepare monitoring checklists, how to benchmark service delivery vis a vis affordability, and processes for stakeholder communications.

July 19 30, 2010; Infrastructure Development Funds is designed to assist investment professionals and financial analysts to fully understand the practical techniques, skills, and spreadsheet models needed to analyze, structure, negotiate, and ultimately complete successful project-backed financings. By presenting effective financial model design techniques, analyzing case studies of project financing models, and participating in role-playing simulations to analyze and negotiate infrastructure project financings, participants in this program will learn how to design and structure project financing models, how to review and critique project financing models, as well as how to strengthen the structure and how to negotiate infrastructure project financings.

Aug. 10 21, 2009 Strategies & Methods in Public Private partnerships (PPP) . The objective of this course was to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the key elements in design, develop, and monitor PPP programs and contracts in a variety of sectors. Key topics covered include: PPP strategies and structuring options; pre-feasibility and screening processes; financial and contractual planning; procurement, negotiation, and monitoring procedures/processes; and institutional requirements, including PPP unit creations.

July 1997 Procurement of Works for three weeks at Green Hill Accra, Ghana conducted by Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration in Collaboration with International Trade Centre and International Labour Organization. The courses were focusing mainly on International Competitive Bidding, Local Competitive Bidding and Shopping. The course also covered preparation of Bidding documents, bid evaluation, contract preparation and implementation, payment procedures and procurement of consultancy services.

Nov. 1996 Integrated Water Resources Management for two weeks at Courtney Hotel, Harare organized by the Institute of Water and Sanitation Development together with the International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic and Environment Engineering (IHE)-Delft.

May-June 1993 Short course on Construction Management for six weeks at Bandari College, Mombasa, Kenya conducted by Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), focusing mainly on methods of procurement of consultants, cash flow projection in construction, various types of contracts in construction, and construction planning

July 1992 Short course on Procurement of Goods and Equipment for four weeks at Njiro hill, Arusha, Tanzania conducted by Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), focusing mainly on International Competitive Bidding, Local competitive Bidding and Shopping. The roles of procurement agents and pre- shipment inspection agents in the procurement process, various modes of payments and the role of international financial institutions in procurement was presented.

Experience Record
November 2013-Todate: Holding the fort for Commissioner Rural Water Supply and Sanitation. Following the promotion of Commissioner Rural Water Supply and Sanitation to Director, I was a signed the duties of holding the Fort for Commissioner Rural Water Supply and Sanitation department.

July 2007-2013 Assistant Commissioner (Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department) To plan, co-ordinate and monitor the activities for rural water supply and development implemented by Local Governments, Management and co-ordination of the eight technical support units, Continual review of the capacity of the local government for the execution of the rural water functions, and facilitating the necessary capacity building and construction of Rural Growth Centres.

Feb 2006 July 2007 Principal Engineer In charge of Planning - Water for Production Division.To ensure regulation and quality assurance of Water for Production activities both in the centre and districts. Duties include Formulation, planning and review of national standards for water for production, Monitoring and supervision of water for production services, Inspection, evaluation and coordination of water for production services and maintaining an up date information base for water for production systems and activities.


Nov 2001- Feb 2006 Senior Engineer assigned as Project Manager - Support to Small towns Water and Sanitation Project- Urban Water and Sewerage Department.

  • Overall Management of the project including quality assurance of all documents and reports of the project.
  • Support to small Towns Water and Sanitation Project is a nation wide programme for provision of water to small towns in the country. The project has over 15 full time staff at the moment and there are over 20 contracts running at the same time now.
  • The project so far has undertaken works in Kapchorwa, Bombo, Nakasongola town, Nakasongola Army barracks, Kalangala town.
  • Construction is currently on going in Katakwi town, Kyenjojo town, Ibanda town.
  • Construction is to start in Laropi, Moyo, Adjumani, Kaberebere, Bwizibwera and Biharwe.
  • Consultants for design have been procured for Koboko, Yumbe, Paidha, Kamwenge, Mayuge, Rwimi and Hima.
  • Undertake quality assurance on works and services provided by the private sector including monthly site meetings
  • Training of town council staff in quality assurance and contract management
  • Supervision of consultants and contractors providing works and services to the project.
  • Procurement of services, works and goods for the project in line with government policy of privatisation.
  • Preparation of terms of reference, and Letters of invitation for consultancy services.
  • Procurement of private operators for operations and maintenance of water supply systems.
  • Supervision of operators responsible for management of water supply systems.

Jan- Oct 2001 Senior Engineer assigned as Team Leader -Technical Support Unit No 5 (District of Mukono, Kayunga, Luweero, Nakasongola, Masindi, Hoima, Kiboga, Wakiso and Mpigi )- Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department.

  • Technical support to the districts on the use of Conditional grants for water supply and sanitation financed under Poverty Alleviation Funds(PAF).
  • Training the district staff in preparation of tender documents, specifications, terms of reference, procurement planning and construction supervision. The training was in form of workshops.
  • Review procurement documents, plans, evaluation reports and engineering reports for the districts of TSU 5.
  • Undertake quality assurance on works and services provided to the district under PAF funding.
  • Ensure exchange of experiences within the districts of the TSU 5 and preparation of workshops.

July 1999 DANIDA/GOU Member of Mid Term Review Mission

  • Part of the mission that undertook detailed review of Eastern Centres Water and Sanitation Project as part of joint DANIDA/Government of Uganda review mission covering implementation activities, basic town data, design criteria and possible water supply and sanitation options in the towns.

    1992 - 2000 Engineer assigned as Deputy Project Coordinator - Small Towns Water and Sanitation Project

  • Appraisal study for 11 small towns to obtain a full outline of the towns characteristics, a detailed investment plans, produce preliminary technical guidelines for implementation and preliminary design of the water supply and sanitation facilities to be implemented in the towns;
  • Preparation of financial proposals to various donors with preliminary designs of water and sanitation facilities with the associated costs for investment in the water sector;
  • Design of Bombo Army headquarters water supply scheme based on ground water sources including the reticulation system;
  • Design of Busia emergency water supply system with the aim of supplying water to a core area to cover about 30% of the population. The water supply system is based on a deep borehole equipped with a motorized pump feeding a forty cubic meter(40m3) elevated tank. The water is distributed through 7 stand posts spread in the town. The system is now operating;
  • Design of Naama Parish rain harvesting scheme with the aim of supplying a number of catholic institutions in the parish near Mityana town with water through out the year. Rain water harvesting was found to be the only viable option for supply of water to the institutions because of poor ground water yields and distant surface water sources in the area;
  • Preparation of terms of reference for design and construction supervision for water supply and sanitation systems in eleven small towns spread through out the country to be funded by the World Bank;
  • Preparation of tender documents for drilling of shallow wells of up to 20 metres depth and deep wells of up to 80 metres depth to be equipped with either hand pumps or motorized pumps;
  • Evaluation of technical and financial proposals submitted by Consultants for feasibility studies, detailed design and construction supervision;
  • Evaluation of Bids for drilling of production wells of up to 120 meter depth and diameter 8” in Busia and Luweero;
  • Evaluation of Bids for drilling of wells equipped with hand pumps of up to 80 meter depth and diameter 5.5” in Busia and Luweero;
  • preparation of specifications for water supply equipment and consumables;
  • preparation of specifications for water supply pipes, casings and fittings;
  • Design of extension of the sewerage system for Naalya Affordable housing Estate;

1991-1992 Engineer assigned as Sanitary Engineer - Small Towns Water and Sanitation Project

  • Feasibility study of 60 small towns spread through out the country with the aim of obtaining basic engineering data consisting of existing facilities, physical data of the towns, available water sources and potential sources of water for supplying the towns. Design models were then prepared for all the viable technology options in the towns;
  • Assistant Site Supervisor JICA II Feeder roads Project
  • During the vacation was assigned to work with the resident Engineer on the feeder roads project in Mayuge district then Iganga.
  • Responsible for supervision of labour crews, truck and machine operators/drivers.
  • Construction of culverts across roads.
  • Trainee Engineer on Soroti Catholic Mission
  • During vacation I was assigned to work with the Engineer on the construction of clinic and churches for the diocese
  • I was exposed to preparation of architectural plans, construction supervision and preparation of bills of quantities for buildings.
  • Trainee Engineer on Mbarara- Kabale road with Ministry of Works
  • During Industrial training I was assigned to work with the resident engineer on the Mbarara Kabale road construction
  • I was exposed to preparation of sub-grade, base course and wearing surface for road foundation.
  • Surveying of roads before and after construction.
  • Construction of drainage, cutting and filling
  • All road construction works from sub-grade to the surface dressing.
  • Other Assignments
    2011 -to date Board member Engineers Registration Board(ERB). Responsible for regulation of the practice of Engineering, registrations of engineers, among others. This is my second term on the Board.

    2006- 2013 Regional Project Steering Committee Member for Uganda. Chairman for two year rotational term (Sio-Malaba-Malakisi River Basin Management Project)

    The Sio-Malaba-Malakisi River Basin Management Project aims to realise the objective of establishing a sustainable framework for the joint management of the water resources of the Sio-Malaba-Malakisi catchments; in order to prepare for sustainable development oriented investments to improve the living conditions of the people and to protect the environment. This objective will be realised through implementation of the four (4) project components that are expected to generate seven (7) key results/outputs in the short term and long term. The project is contributing to poverty reduction in the sub-catchments through implementation of the small scale investment projects and formulation of the sub-basin investment strategy.

    Through these projects, there will be reversal of environmental degradation in the catchment and promotion of economic growth. The project in the short term is contributing to increased joint and transboundary investments in the two participating countries, which will lead to increased regional cooperation, thus contributing to regional peace and security.

    2007- 2011 Task Force Member for Uganda (Project Planning and Management Component)
    Water Resources Planning and Management project is one of the eight projects of the Shared Vision program under the Nile Basin Initiative. The development project objective is to enhance analytical capacity for basin-wide perspective to support development, management, and protection of Nile Basin water resources. The Project Management Unit (PMU) is hosted by the Government of Ethiopia and located at Addis Ababa. The project has four components:

    1. Water Policy Good Practice Guides and Support
    2. Project Planning and Management Good Practice Guides and Support
    3. Nile Basin Decision Support System
    4. Regional Coordination and Facilitation

    The Project Planning and Management Component is meant to enhance capacity in Nile Basin countries for planning and managing multi-country projects, contributing to improved IWRM and design & implementation of SAP.

    A Task Force for PPM Component, consisting of an appointed representative from each Nile riparian country participating in the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) has been established for the SVP Water Resources Planning and Management Project. The two SAPs have been requested to nominate a representative for each of them to be a member of the PPM Task Force. The objective of the PPM Task Force is to advise and to provide technical input to the PPM component, within the framework of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). PPM Task Force members will provide input to the regional work program as well as facilitating the coordination and implementation of component activities in the NBI countries.

    The PPM Task Force will advice the PPM Lead Specialist of the WRPM Project and will coordinate with NBI national offices in their respective country and SAPs as relevant.

    Scope of Responsibility

    The primary responsibilities of the PPM Task Force Member include, but not limited to:

    • Ensure the PPM component responds to the needs at regional level, within the overall framework of the NBI and its Shared Vision.
    • Provide technical advice to the PPM Lead Specialist.
    • Provide input to the component workplan and budget.
    • Provide input to and guide the development of guidelines for PPM, including review and quality assurance.
    • Provide input on the criteria and application process for the PPM Support Facility.
    • Facilitate the implementation of the project activities in the NBI countries
    • Liaison with relevant agencies, staff and stakeholders on PPM related issues
    • Ensure the effective implementation of workshops and other activities
    • Coordinate with other WRPM Project related activities, including the national DSS unit and the Water Policy component
    • Liaise with NBI institutions, including the Nile-TAC members, the national NBI office, other SVP and SAP projects, and the SVP project management unit located within the country, on component related matters
    • Maintain contact with project planning and management -related projects to capture synergies and avoid duplication of efforts
    • Participate in regional/national meetings and other activities.
    • Provide input to PPM-Lead Specialist to support component reporting and monitoring.


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