WASH Engineer

Committed To Good (CTG)

Kabul, , AF

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Overview of position
Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: 

The position is located with the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Regional Programmes Division and based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The Regional Programmes Division is responsible for consolidating and enhancing the linkages between UN Habitat’s activities in the field with the Strategic Plan, the 2030 Agenda, and the UN-Habitat’s overall future priorities and to make sure that they are appropriate to the country context.

UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific manages UN-Habitat’s project portfolio in the Asia and Pacific region. It ensures that country priorities are in alignment with the UN-Habitat’s organizational policies and strategic objectives and brings through its Regional Representative to the attention of the Executive Management Committee (EMC) opportunities and challenges in the region, allowing for timely feedback and responses to urgent demands and requests from the Member States.

The Afghanistan Programme is a strategic partner of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in promoting sustainable urban development. Since 1992, UN-Habitat has worked closely with the government, municipal and local authorities, especially Afghan communities, contributing to the physical and social reconstruction of the country. Our work has focused on assisting the government in the development of urban policies and regulations; strategic urban planning; increasing municipal revenue; establishing community-based organizations; addressing the land and housing needs of IDPs and returnees and contributing to the provision of basic urban services.

The 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

The WASH/DESIGN Engineer will be reporting on a day-to-day basis to Senior Engineer & team leader and will adequately, continuously and comprehensively keep the Team Leader informed. S/he will have the following duties and responsibilities.
Role objectives

The WASH/DESIGN Engineer will work at Eltefat Township Shakardar  District 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/DESIGN  Engineer will also be responsible in coordinating and leading any emergency relief situations involving WASH/DESIGN  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.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Assess needs for WASH/DESIGN 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.
  • Preparation of design (Water CAD, Water gems), drawings (AutoCAD), BOQ/Cost Estimates and Tender documents for all WASH/DESIGN 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.
  • 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/DESIGN  cluster and other cluster meetings;
  • With a generous and serving spirit perform all other tasks and responsibilities assigned for the benefit of UN Habitat.
  • Undertake house to house survey and develop WASH/DESIGN 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 project’s implementation                                              
  • Prepare weekly monitoring reports based on standard formats for submission to the Team Leader or in his absence to the Programme Manager.
  • Ensure adherence to UN-Habitat operational policies, procedures and standards of conduct
  • Provide daily deliverables report to the Team Lead / Snr. Engineer
  • Perform any other task assigned by the supervisor(s).

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
  • Close coordination with government stake holder (water supply department)
  • Collaboration and working closely with Social Organizers and Community Development Councils
  • Ministry of Urban Development and Lands (MUDL)
  • Afghanistan Lands Authority (ARAZI)

Results Expected:
  • Water supply sub project design, estimation, BoQs implantation in Eltifat site.
  • Monitoring and quality control of WASH projects in Eltifat township.
  • Hand over the projects to the relevant government stake holder
Project reporting
report to manager.
Key competencies• Professionalism: Ability to identify and resolve budgetary problems and identify sources for data collection. 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.





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