Ambae Volcano Response WASH Support via ReliefWeb

Government of Vanuatu

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In September 2018, all the residents of Ambae island (population: 11,600, children: 5,200) in Vanuatu were evacuated to neighboring islands when the Alert Level for Manaro Volcano was raised to 4 indicating imminent violent eruption. The volcano simmered down after a month and the government organized a phased repatriation of the residents back to the island. Government of Vanuatu (GoV) Department of Water Resources (DoWR) conducted an assessment and wrote a proposal for assistance. Among other support, UNICEF agreed to give funds to the government so that they could provide first flush to rainwater systems and rehabilitate gravity fed water systems. DoWR hired contractors who conducted Drinking Water Safety and Security plans and created preliminary designs to rehabilitate gravity fed water systems on the island. However, the volcano’s activity increased on 13th April 2018 and under Decision 57/2018 the Council of Ministers declared a state of emergency on Ambae Island for 3 months. Some people have relocated to other islands, but relocation is voluntary and many have decided to stay on Ambae but relocate to safer parts of the island. Some of these populations are currently dependent on rain water, trucking of water from one fresh water borehole or broken gravity fed systems. Some boarding schools have relocated to the Island of Maewo.

Purpose of Assignment:

The purpose of this assignment is to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for those remaining on Ambae and those voluntarily relocating to new locations. This may include some support for household, community and school WASH.

Scope of Work/ Work Assignments:

The institutional contractor will work on the islands of Ambae, Maewo, Pentecost and/or Santo to mentor GoV DoWR staff to ensure quality rehabilitation of gravity fed water systems in the safe zone on Ambae. installation of first flush rainwater systems, and other tasks as assigned. This may include building the capacity of DoWR staff to design water supply systems and supervise the work of construction contractors. It may also include building the capacity of Ministry of Health (MoH) staff to lead sanitation and hygiene activities.

Work Schedule:

The institutional contractor will work full-time from the date hired (anticipated 1 July 2018) until 31 December 2018.

Payment Schedule

Payments will be made monthly based on submission of a progress report, certified by the supervisor.

Deliverables/End Products

The institutional contractor will be paid on a monthly based on days worked. Each monthly report should include:

  • Work plan until December 31, 2018 (Updated monthly, including construction schedule and monitoring plan)

  • Designs, GoV Budget versus actuals and training reports created by DoWR staff being mentored, if applicable

  • Capacity Building activities undertaken to date

  • Photographs of activities for communication team

Internal Information to be completed by Requesting Section

Consultant’s Work Plan and Official Travel Involved:

The individual contractor is required to make his/her own travel arrangements from Place of recruitment to duty station and back on the most direct route and economical travel class. Travel costs and living allowance will be reimbursed to the consultant upon submission of invoice and travel documents, not to exceed travel and living allowance. All related internal/external official travel of the individual contractor will be organized by the individual contractor and costs reimbursed accordingly. The consultant is also required to organize his own visa to the duty station –DoWR will provide a support letter to assist with visa approval.

Consultant’s Work Place:

The individual contractor should spend most of their work time either at the Department of Water Resources provincial office or field construction sites.

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required:


A post-graduate degree in project management, construction management, or civil engineering. Significant relevant experience can be considered in lieu of a post-graduate degree.


At least 5 years of experience:

  • Managing rural water supply construction projects.

  • Working in a low-income country in remote field sites. Pacific country experience desirable.

  • Supervising construction contractors.

  • Mentoring, training and building the Capacity of national or provincial level Government staff.

  • Designing gravity fed water supply systems

  • Promoting sanitation and hygiene improved habits


English and local language


  • Communication

  • Working with People

  • Drive for Results

  • Applying technical expertise

  • Planning and Organizing

  • Following Instructions and Procedures

How to apply:

Please Submit a CV and cover letter to Esther Sandrin Teitoka [email protected]. In the cover letter, please clearly state the following:

  • Daily Rate
  • Required Living Allowance
  • Years of Experience in Vanuatu or the Pacific
  • Years of Rural Water System Design and Construction Experience Applications will be considered as they are received. Therefore, please apply as soon as possible.