Wash Engineer (Female)
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Overview of position
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), is the UN agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable town and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. This post is located in the UN Habitat Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (ROAP) at the Kabul duty station.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, has been working within Afghanistan since 1992 with funding support of USAID, Japanese and Australian Governments, EU, DFID, CIDA, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Kingdom of the Netherlands and several bilateral donors as well as the World Bank. During this period, its Programme expanded to include a wide range of human settlements initiatives, from small-scale neighborhood level improvement schemes to community empowerment.
UN-Habitat has presence in 09 provinces of the country, including five major cities and works in implementing its strategy through four programmers: Afghanistan Urban Safety and Security Programme (AUSSP), Clean and Green Cities (CGC), City for All (K-SMNP and MGSP) and Sustainable Human Settlements in Urban Areas to Support Reintegration in Afghanistan (SHURA):
Sustainable Human Settlements in Urban Areas to Support Reintegration in Afghanistan (SHURA):
The overarching intention of the Sustainable Human Settlements in Urban Areas to Support Reintegration in Afghanistan (SHURA) programme is to provide a platform for returnees and protracted IDPs to reintegrate and become productive citizens of Afghanistan as quickly as possible. Integrating the lessons of the past decade of responses to displacement in Afghanistan, the program is based on the identification and allocation of appropriate land to returnees and IDPs in proximity to livelihood opportunities as the foundation for self-reliance. Following the identification of sites, the settlement will be directed based on a comprehensive assessment of sites’ carrying capacity, economically, environmentally and socially.
A land allocation process based on interim tenure arrangements will allow beneficiaries to occupy land with minimal delays and will form the basis for the subsequent allocation of land titles. Humanitarian assistance will be distributed in locations where returnees and IDPs have access to adequate opportunities to become self-reliant and long term tenure security. Permanent development interventions to improve access to basic services and housing will be delivered in parallel with humanitarian assistance, augmenting self-reliance, avoiding the creation of dependent ‘camps’ and bridging the humanitarian/development ‘gap’.
The SHURA programme thus seeks to provide a platform from which returnees and IDPs can be the driving force behind their own integration and development by becoming productive members of hosting areas
Reporting Relationships – WASH Engineer
The WASH Engineer will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Engineer/ Team Leader. In close collaboration with Construction management and site development specialist, Team Engineers, Urban Planner and Programme Managers.
Responsibilities for WASH Engineer
The WASH Engineer will work at Elitafat IDP site with possible travel to other areas when needed. The main responsibilities will include working to design and improve the technical engineering implementation aspects of the UN Habitat SHURA program’s water, sanitation and hygiene facilities at the sites. The incumbent will be managing areas of water and sanitation technology including designing, quantifying, specifying of boreholes, preparing contractual documents and managing them, managing geophysical studies, submersible and hand pump installation and repairs, submersible and hand pump repair and maintenance training, designing and constructing water distribution systems, pump testing, water quality testing, hand dug well construction, and/or latrine construction. The WASH Engineer will also be responsible in coordinating and leading any emergency relief situations involving WASH efforts, creating and drafting technical designs, and submitting regular reports on the work being completed. The candidate will backstop other Engineers on site as and when required.
- Assess needs for WASH interventions (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities) at community level including public places and Health facilities.
- Ensure the project will satisfy the needs of the beneficiaries and provide oversight of water source construction and sanitation projects to ensure quality;
- Ability to work with civil 3D for design and drawing and calculation based on water supply software such as EPANET and other relevant software for calculation and design.
- Preparation of drawings (AutoCAD), BOQ/Cost Estimates and Tender documents for all WASH infrastructures;
- Ensuring the training of community handlers in technical areas including water quality testing, and building and maintaining quality water point structures;
- Help design and revise the construction/rehabilitation works component of the project work-plan, and monitor that the implementation of the construction/ rehabilitation activities respects the time-table milestones and deadlines;
- Conduct trainings regarding operation and maintenance of water supply and sanitation facilities for beneficiaries and Water management committees;
- Develop and maintain good relationships and lines of communication with relevant local authorities and communities, prior to intervention explaining UN Habitat’s role and liaising with them during all phases of the project;
- Regular monitoring of ongoing construction activities to ensure that all the activities are executing as per design, specifications and work schedule;
- Extend all possible technical support to other team members and contractors when and where required;
- Conduct site monitoring to ensure the quality of work and keep close coordination with contractors through regular meetings;
- Preparation of weekly, monthly work plans and construction progress reports;
- Preparation of feasibility studies/ reports, borehole pumping tests analysis & reporting and completion certificates;
- Verify the work done at site and recommend for the payments to contractors, cooperatives and casual labors.
- Working in harmony with all other project staff and field team for the effective and efficient day-to-day management of the SHURA IDP settlement project;
- Coordinate with other stakeholders on the ground for smooth, efficient and effective implementation of the activities;
- When need be, represent UN Habitat in coordination meetings such as WASH cluster and other cluster meetings;
- Undertake house to house survey and develop WASH sub-project proposals, budget and work plans, and provide technical input and oversight support for implementation.
- Undertake regular field visits and provide technical assistance to Municipality engineers, CDC (Community Development Councils) and GA (Gozer Assembly) members involved in planning, designing, implementation, monitoring and maintenance of the projects implementation
- Prepare weekly monitoring reports based on standard formats for submission to the Programme Support Officer with copy to the Team Leader or in his absence to the Regional Programme Manager.
- Ensure adherence to UN-Habitat operational policies, procedures and standards of conduct
- Provide daily deliverables report to the Team Lead / Senior. Engineer
- With a generous and serving spirit perform all other tasks and responsibilities assigned for the benefit of UN Habitat and perform any other task assigned by the supervisor(s).
The WASH Engineer will work at Elitafat IDP site with possible travel to other areas when needed. The main responsibilities will include working to design and improve the technical engineering implementation aspects of the UN Habitat SHURA program’s water, sanitation and hygiene facilities at the sites.
Reports to the Manager
Competencies (Select 3 Maximum)
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.