Water and Sanitation Engineer

Mogadishu, , SO

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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and is based in Mogadishu. The Water and Sanitation (WATSAN)/ Structural Engineer will be responsible for large and difficult engineering projects, applying a full range of engineering theories and techniques in the design, construction, maintenance, repair and liquidation of major structures and facilities, and related engineering activities required for peace-keeping field missions. He/she will report to the Chief, Infrastructure Design and Implementation Section (C/IDIS), with overall guidance from the Chief of Service Delivery.


Within delegated authority, the WATSAN /Structural Engineer will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

•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 and subsurface water intakes.

Pumps and plants
•Installs, maintains, water supply systems, water treatment plants, water storage facilities, pumps, plants and controls panels of and other allied equipment.
•Installs, maintains, septic systems, sewerage network, sewage treatment plant, pumps, plants and controls panels of and other allied equipment.
•Coordinates scheduled maintenance on all the installations and equipment related to above.
•Performs emergency works and repairs of all above.
•Monitors the performance of water and waste water equipment and infrastructure in the field including boreholes, pumps, main supply, storage tanks, distribution networks and sewage

Quality control/laboratory
•Performs daily chemical and bacteriological analysis of water and treated wastewater effluent. Plumbing and sanitation.
•Supervises works related to the installation and maintenance of sanitation facilities such as: ablution units, field toilets, kitchen and laundries.

•Supervises assigned staff.
•Monitors and ensures adequate stock levels of spare parts for water supply and sewerage works and controls 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 results from daily chemical and bacteriological analysis of water and treated wastewater effluent in
report form.
•Provides field based input for preparation of scope of works for water and waste water systems.
•Initiates work orders as and when required.
•Coordinates works as necessary with engineering counterparts in specialized technical areas.
•Performs effective organization, supervision and completion of water and sanitation installation, maintenance and repair projects in a cost-effective and timely manner.
•Ensures that site safety procedures are known to personnel for the performance of their assigned duties.
•Raises requisitions for the procurement of Water, Environmental and Sanitation, goods and services.
•Carryout studies of the design office on structural civil design related to Concrete, Steel, & Timber structure for military facilities.
•Analyzes and advises on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of water supply systems, including source development, treatment, storage and distribution.
•Analyzes and advises on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of wastewater systems, including collection, treatment , discharge, waste management/disposal and recycling.
•Implements Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ environmental guidelines and advises on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of environmental systems and services
and other environmental engineering activities in the mission.
•Evaluates, reviews and revises project documents, and analyzes design specifications included in project proposals for accuracy, soundness, feasibility and cost.
•Recommends solutions to water, environmental and sanitary engineering problems.
•Develops mission policy and guidelines for general planning, operation and maintenance of the water, environmental and sanitation programs.
•Develops teamwork and close coordination with mission’s engineering maintenance units, military engineer officers, battalion engineer officers and procurement section.
•May act as a head of the Unit.
•Performs other duties as required, including emergency call-out and standby duties.


Professionalism: Ability to apply engineering skills and to participate in engineering projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparing graphs. Ability to identify and analyze engineering data of significant depth and complexity. 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.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in civil engineering or related fields. Specialization in water, environmental and sanitation engineering is desirable. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Membership for professional institutions is desirable.
Technical or vocational certificate in Water Resources, Water sample analysis, installation, operation and maintenance of water equipment is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of Structural design, water, environmental and sanitation engineering, or related field. Engineering experience in international peacekeeping, post conflict environment, field or military operations is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal assessment exercise.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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