Water and Sanitation Engineer
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Org. Setting and Reporting
Under the overall Supervision of the Chief Facilities and Environmental Management Services (FEMS), the incumbent will be responsible but not limited to the construction operations in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). The incumbent will be located in Mogadishu.
Within delegated authority, the Water and Sanitation Engineer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Develop short and long- range plans and manages the operation of the Water and Sanitation Unit, for both current as well as future mission's requirements for water, environmental and sanitation, and operation/maintenance of DPKO mission facilities and infrastructure, taking into consideration that DPKO missions are typically established in areas with a risk-environment of medium to high threat, and in areas with minimal power, communications, transport and service infrastructure. Mission facilities typically include modularized camps for troops and civilian staff, logistics bases and airbases with all required utility infrastructure for electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems and security works.
•Prepares Water and Sanitation Unit budget as part of the overall Engineering Budget; Raises requisitions for the procurement of Water, Environmental and Sanitation goods and services.
•Analyzes and advises on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of water supply systems, including source development, treatment, storage and distribution.
•Analyzes and advises on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of wastewater systems, including collection, treatment and discharge.
•Implements Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ environmental guidelines and advises on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of environmental systems and services and other environmental engineering activities in the mission.
•Evaluates, reviews and revises project documents, and analyzes design specifications included in project proposals for accuracy, soundness, feasibility and cost.
•Recommends solutions to water, environmental and sanitary engineering problems.
•Develops mission policy and guidelines for general planning, operation and maintenance of the water, environmental and sanitation programs.
•Develops teamwork and close coordination with mission’s engineering units, military engineer officers, battalion engineer officers and procurement section.
•May act as a head of the Unit.
•Performs other related duties as required.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Chief/Supervisors of other Units, staff of the Section and other technical sections.
Local and international contractors including the contractor’s technical personnel.
Other agencies and NGOs operating in the area.
Civilian and Military UN personnel throughout the Mission.
Effective management and supervision of engineering projects related to water, waste water and sanitation, and their preventive maintenance programme. Water, sanitation, well construction and maintenance projects progress in accordance with planned schedules.
-Demonstrated ability to serve as technically responsible specialist in the field of water, environmental and sanitary engineering related to peacekeeping or other field operations; high degree of personal initiative and willingness to accept wide responsibilities; ability to provide technical and procedural advice in a broad range of environmental areas; ability to develop, maintain and supervise accountability systems for materials and services; ability to deploy to remote locations on short notice; thorough knowledge of water, environmental and sanitation systems.
-Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
-Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
-Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
-Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
-Places team agenda before personal agenda
-Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
-Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings
Planning & Organizing:
-Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
-Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
-Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
-Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
-Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
-Uses time efficiently
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in civil engineering or related fields. Specialization in water, environmental and sanitation engineering is an advantage. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in engineering projects including water and sanitation systems. Knowledge of methodologies for project planning, execution and evaluation of engineering compliance standards and proven ability in analytical work is required. Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) - or similar international organization or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post conflict setting is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second United Nations official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal discussion.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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