Water and Sanitation Technician

United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)
Timbuktu, Mali
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Apply By: 
29 October 2020
5 days remaining

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Engineering Section of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Tombouctou. The Water and Sanitation Technician reports to Regional Chief Engineer.


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

• Manages contractors and military engineering unit supervise assigned staff.
• Locates viable water sources and abstraction points including surface (river, lake, steams) and ground water sources (wells, boreholes, infiltration galleries).
• Supervises drilling of wells and boreholes and construction of surface water intakes.
• Plans scheduled maintenance on all the installations and equipment related to water supply, sanitation and treatment systems.
• Oversees emergency works and repairs of various water supply, sanitation and treatment systems.
• Prepares and analyzes the reports related to the performance of water equipment in the field including boreholes, pumps, main supply, storage tanks and distribution networks.
• Monitors, records and archives reports pertaining to inspection, service and repair of purification / water treatment plants and all other water related equipment.
• Monitors and ensures adequate stock levels of spare parts for water supply and sewerage works and control panels as well as necessary tools and equipment, and provides lists of periodic requirement of same well in advance for the purpose of raising requisitions.
• Consolidates and reviews daily chemical and bacteriological analysis of water and treated wastewater effluent and recommend improvements.
• Assists in preparation of scope of works for water and waste water systems by providing field based input.
• Assists in preparation of technical evaluations.
• Approves work orders and initiates requisitions as and when required.
• Coordinates works as necessary with engineering counterparts in specialized technical areas.
• Provides guidance and practical hands-on training to staff working under his/her supervision.
• May act as a head of the Unit.
• Performs other duties as and when required including emergency call-out and standby duties.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Chief/Supervisors of other Units, staff of the Section.
Local and international contractors including the contractor’s technical personnel.
Civilian and Military UN personnel throughout the Mission.

Results Expected:
Effective management and supervision of engineering projects related to water and sanitation, and their preventive maintenance programme. Tradesmen and staff under direct supervision are well guided and able to efficiently perform work assigned. Water, sanitation, well construction and maintenance projects progress in accordance with planned schedules. Site safety procedures are known to personnel for the performance of their assigned duties.


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


High school diploma or equivalent. Technical or vocational certificate in Water Resources, Water sample analysis, installation, operation and maintenance of water equipment is required.

Work Experience

At least ten years of relevant experience in the field of Water and Sanitation. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to five years for candidates who possess a first level university degree.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.


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.

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