Water and Sanitation Assistant

United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq

Kuwait 🇰🇼

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Engineering Section of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Kuwait. The incumbent will report to the Operations and Maintenance Supervisor.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Monitors and determines effective engineering solutions in consultation with the supervisor for problems arising during the implementation of projects.
• Prepares reports pertaining to inspection services and repairs of engineering equipment and premises.
• Follows up and applies adherence to safety programmes during the implementation of the engineering project.
• Assists installation of new water supply and sewerage works and maintain existing systems.
• Ensures that the water supply and sewerage work installations meet the safety standards in accordance with international codes and regulations.
• Assists in carrying out scheduled periodic and emergency maintenance services on all installations and equipment.
• Periodically inspects ongoing projects and report to the Sector Engineer on progress, timelines and any setbacks or alterations that may occur.
• Inspects engineering works carried out by civilian contractors and ensure all stages are completed satisfactorily prior to payment.
• Assists in preparation of technical reports, drawings, and material quantities.
• Assists in preparation of material specifications for the purpose of raising requisitions.
• Provides lists of spare parts for water supply and sewerage works and control panels as well as necessary tools and equipment, well in advance.
• Liaises with Water and Sanitation Engineer for expert advice on water supply and sewerage works, electrician on electrical matters and other engineering sub-units, as necessary.
• Provides instructions on end-use care and servicing of water supply and sewerage works.
• Trains user’s Technicians on proper operation, upkeep, general maintenance of water supply and sewerage works and monitoring quantity levels of supply of spare parts for routine scheduled maintenance, as well as maintenance of logbooks, maintenance records and spare parts’ consumption records.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


PROFESSIONALISM: Experience with standard techniques and practices of operation and maintenance of sewage work and maintain existing system. 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; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


High School diploma is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of three (03) years of progressively responsible experience in water supply and sewerage works, treatment plants and pump installations is required.

Experience with standard techniques and practices for maintenance of various types of treatment plants and pump systems is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Knowledge of English is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a technical test which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Recruitment against this position is on a local basis; applicants in the General Service category shall meet the relevant employment requirements of the host country (Kuwait), including fulfilling visa or work permit stipulations. If you fulfill the visa and work permit stipulations for Kuwait, please specify in your cover letter and attach a copy of your visa and work permit under ‘attachments” of your application in Inspira.

All non-Kuwaiti applicants need to have a valid work permit and residency Visa for Kuwait and need to upload a copy of such work permit residency documents.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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