Water and Sanitation Engineer

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Special Notice

The United Nation Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.
The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the water and sanitation engineer roster
The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in United Nations field Peace Operations and Special Political missions. The Water and Sanitation Engineer typically reports to the Chief of Water and Sanitation Unit or Chief Engineer depending on the setup of the mission.


Within delegated authority, the Water and Sanitation Engineer will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be performed by all Water and Sanitation Engineers).

•Plan and manage the operation of the Water and Sanitation Engineering Unit, for both current as well as future mission’s requirements.
•Analyze and advise on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of wastewater systems, including collection, treatment and discharge.
•Conceptualize and develop mission specific water supply program and relevant water safety plans.
•Prepare Water and Sanitation Unit budget as part of the overall Engineering Budget; Provide inputs to raise requisitions for the procurement of Water and Sanitation Unit budget as part of the overall Engineering Budget.
•Analyze and advise on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of water supply systems, including source development, treatment, storage and distribution.
•Evaluate, review and revise project documents, and analyze design specifications included in project proposals for accuracy, soundness, feasibility and cost.
•Implement DPKO environmental policy and other related guidelines in regard to Water and Sanitation issues and advise on the planning, design and construction of Water, Wastewater Sanitation Infrastructure in line with such guidelines.
•Implement Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ environmental guidelines and advice on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of environmental systems and services and other environmental engineering activities in the mission.
•Recommend solutions to water, environmental and sanitary engineering problems as they arise.
•Develop mission policy and guidelines for general planning, operation and maintenance of the water, environmental and sanitation programs.
•Develop teamwork and close coordination with mission’s engineering units, military engineer officers, and procurement section.
•May act as a head of the Unit.
•Perform other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Demonstrated ability to serve as a 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.

Teamwork:-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, environmental engineering, water resources engineering or related fields. Specialization in water, environmental and sanitation engineering is desirable. A first level university degree in combination additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of water, environmental and sanitation engineering or related field is required. Engineering experience in international peacekeeping, post conflict environment, field or military operations is highly desirable. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognised by the United Nations.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position 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 assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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