Water and Sanitation Technician

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

Bentiu, , SS

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), duty station Bentiu. The Water and Sanitation Technician at this level usually reports to a more senior technician or to the Unit/Section Chief and is responsible for plumbing works associated with water and sanitation facilities.


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

  • Leads a team of assigned staff.
  • Installs, operates, maintains, services and repairs sanitation facilities such as: ablution units, bathrooms and toilets, laundries and kitchen water and waste water systems.
  • Installs and maintains plumbing and pipe work.
  • Carries out scheduled maintenance on all the installations and equipment related to above.
  • Performs emergency works and repairs of all above.
  • Prepares reports of field activities pertaining to inspection, service and repair works
  • Organizes materials and tools for assigned team.
  • Initiates work orders as and when required.
  • Coordinates works as necessary with engineering counterparts in specialized technical areas.
  • Performs other duties as and when required, including emergency call-out and standby duties.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Staff members in the work unit and section. 
Civilian and military personnel throughout the Mission. 
Contractors and suppliers executing projects.

Results Expected:
Ability to work hands-on. Completion of water and sanitation installation, maintenance and repair works in accordance with technical specifications and a cost-effective and timely manner. Water and sanitation and routine or preventive maintenance projects progress in accordance with planned schedules. Site safety procedures are known for the performance of assigned duties.


Professionalism: 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Accountability: -Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Technical or vocational certificate in water and santiation is required.

Work Experience

At least six years of relevant experience in the field of water and sanitation works.


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


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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.