Water and Sanitation Laboratory Expert

United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei

Abyei

Result of Service

Regular sample collection and testing of UNISFA water resources in line with WHO standards

Work Location

Abyei

Expected duration

12 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief of Water and Sanitation (WatSan) Cell and working within the framework of the Facilities and Environmental Management Unit, Mission Support Division, the Water and Sanitation Laboratory Specialist shall (these duties are not all inclusive),
• Liaise frequently with the Chief of WatSan Cell and:
o Perform all tasks related to water and wastewater quality management in the Mission in accordance with International Standards like WHO Standards.
o Ensure that planned water and wastewater samples are collected as scheduled from the Mission’s team sites (including temporary operating bases) and other authorized locations.
o Conduct water and wastewater tests physically, chemically and bacterially based on relevant WHO Guideline Values or Mission SOP.
o Perform and monitor remote water and wastewater quality tests under the FRIM (Field Remote Infrastructure Monitoring) Programme and SMART camp concept.
o Prepare water quality test reports and recommendations for improvement in quality. The tests shall be in accordance with the Mission’s Standard Operating Procedures and/or WHO Standards.
o Prepare wastewater effluent quality test reports and recommendations for improvement in quality. The tests shall be in accordance with the Mission’s Standard Operating Procedures and/or WHO Standards.
o Submit the water and wastewater testing reports in due time.
o Provide lists of necessary equipment, glassware and chemical reagents in advance of the requisitioning process.
o Monitor the equipment, glassware and chemical reagent inventory.
o Liaise with Water and Sanitation Engineer for expert advice on water treatment process and quality control & monitoring; connected with the water treatment plants and other engineering sub-units, as necessary.
o Work along with water technicians in WatSan Cell and regions on the water quality related issues.
o Train staff including selected military officers and Camp Services staff on water and wastewater sampling procedures and daily field water tests.
o Carry out ORI (Operational Readiness Inspection) and COE (Contingent Owned Equipment) inspection of uniformed personnel water quality testing equipment and water quality treatment plants.
o Perform other related functions as assigned by the Chief of WatSan Cell or his proxy.

Technical knowledge
• Thorough knowledge of water and wastewater quality testing. Knowledge of water treatment processes is an advantage.
• Good knowledge of remote water/wastewater quality testing equipment.
• Good written and oral skills, including ability to prepare and present concise oral and written reports, briefings, updates and other documentation. Planning and organizational skills
• Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work plans.

Computer Skills
• Ability to operate common Microsoft office applications especially excel and word, databases, and spreadsheet applications.

Qualifications/special skills

University degree in chemistry or microbiology or technical diploma with at least 3 years apprenticeship training in water and/or wastewater laboratory testing.
A minimum of 5 years experience working in water or wastewater laboratory carrying out quality tests is required.
Experience in remote water quality monitoring is desirable.
Experience in international military or peacekeeping engineering operations is desirable
Proven ability to work effectively with military and civilian personnel of different professions, nations and cultural background is essential
Possession of a valid driver’s license is required.

Languages

Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of a second official UN language is an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED

IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development