Water and Sanitation Engineer

Naquora, , LB

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Naqoura The Water and Sanitation Engineer reports to the Chief Engineer.


Within delegated authority, the Water and Sanitation Engineer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Plans and manages the operation of the Water and Sanitation Unit, for both current as well as future mission’s requirements for water, environmental and sanitation.
•Prepares Water and Sanitation Unit budget as part of the overall Engineering Budget; Raises requisitions for the procurement of Water, Environmental and Sanitation goods and services.
•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 and discharge.
•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 units, military engineer officers, battalion engineer officers and procurement section.
•Performs other related duties as required.

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

Results Expected:
Effective management and supervision of engineering projects related to water, waste water and sanitation, and their preventive maintenance programme. Water, sanitation, well construction and maintenance projects progress in accordance with planned schedules.


Core Competencies:

-Demonstrated ability to serve as technically responsible specialist in the field of water, environmental and sanitary engineering related to peacekeeping or other field operations; high degree of personal initiative and willingness to accept wide responsibilities; ability to provide technical and procedural advice in a broad range of environmental areas; ability to develop, maintain and supervise accountability systems for materials and services; ability to deploy to remote locations on short notice; thorough knowledge of water, environmental and sanitation systems.
-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


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in civil engineering or related fields. Specialization in water, environmental and sanitation engineering is an advantage. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of water, environmental and sanitation engineering. or related field.Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognised by the United Nations.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

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.

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

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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