Water and Sanitation Engineer

Goma, , CD

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Engineering Section of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo with duty station, Goma. The Water and Sanitation Engineer (Waste Management) reports to the Chief Engineer.


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

•Participates in planning and management of the operation of the Water and Sanitation Unit, for both current as well as future mission’s requirements for water, environmental and sanitation services.

•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, recycling and discharge.

•Analyzes and advises on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of solid waste management systems and infrastructure including collection, segregation, recycling and disposal.

•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. In particular, implementation of the MONUSCO Mission Environmental Action Plan in line with the DFS Environmental Strategy as well as the Environmental Policy and the Waste Management Policy.

•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, risk management unit, finance, and procurement section.

•Coordinates implementation of water, environmental and sanitation projects with other cell/unit heads.

•Performs other related duties as required by the Chief Engineer.  

Desirable: Due to mandated implementation of the DFS Environmental Strategy, experience in design, construction and management of solid waste management systems including segregation and recycling is also desirable.

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, sanitation, and environmental and their preventive maintenance programme. Water, sanitation, well construction and maintenance projects progress in accordance with planned schedules.


-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 recognized 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 English is required. Knowledge of French language is desirable


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal discussion.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee