Local recruitment: Field Engineer Associate

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Majuro, Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands 🇲🇭


The project “Addressing Climate Vulnerability in the Water Sector (ACWA) in the Marshall Islands)” implemented by the Government of the Republic of Marshall Islands (GoRMI) in collaboration with UNDP became operational in January 2020 with the objective to address expected impacts of climate change on water security on Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI).

RMI is a small island developing state in the Pacific. The nation is a large-ocean state, with a total land area of only 182 km², spread across over 2 million km² of ocean. There are 24 inhabited atolls and islands, which are mostly remote and lie merely 2 m above sea level on average. There are no rivers, streams or lakes in RMI and the number of small surface ponds is very limited.

GoRMI, with the assistance of UNDP, has developed a project on adaptation to climate change impacts to water supply in RMI. The project is co-financed by GoRMI and Green Climate Fund (GCF). The project will build resilience to the impacts of climate change on water supply, particularly in 24 atolls and islands that are highly vulnerable to drought. The project will invest in improving water security, water resilience and water governance through:

  • Water Security – Improving household and community rainwater harvesting and storage structures to increase resilience of water supply in 77 rural communities in the outer islands and atolls accounting for approximately 28% of RMI’s population, including 7,630 (49%) women, currently at risk.
  • Water Resilience – Securing groundwater resources from contamination due to inundation caused by wave overtopping of seawater.
  • Water Governance – Strengthening the technical capacities of national and subnational institutions and key stakeholders to integrated climate change risks into water governance processes so that management of climate change risks are coordinated, effective, participatory, equitable, and sustained over the long-term when risks are expected to worsen.

The project aligns with GoRMI’s key climate change policies and strategies and has been developed through extensive consultation with government, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and beneficiary communities. The proposed project is aligned with RMI’s NDC and country work programme to the GCF. The NDA has issued a letter of no-objection and the proposed project is aligned with the work programme of the AE (UNDP) selected by the NDA.

  • This GCF project will be executed by UNDP, in close partnership with the GoRMI, given UNDP’s extensive experience in implementing climate change adaptation projects globally. The project implementation will be led by a team based in Majuro, RMI and Suva, Fiji.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Field Engineer Associates will primarily focus on the design recommendation and other fieldworks, but will also have involvement in other aspects of the project as described below.

The duties of the Field Engineer Associate will include, but are not limited to:

  • With guidance from Project Manager/Field Engineer and Chief Technical Advisor, undertake field surveys in the target communities to achieve the following:
    • Confirm the existing available household rainwater tanks (including those not attached to buildings) during the validation phase of implementation.
    • Confirm the status quo for suitable household roofs during the validation phase of implementation.
    • Confirm the existing conditions for household rainwater harvesting improvements based on site surveys during the validation phase of implementation.
    • Survey the condition and sizing of all existing community building RWH systems and storage tanks during the validation phase of implementation (including confirmation of the number of suitable community buildings in each community, roof style and available roof area for rainwater harvesting).
    • Field siting of all tanks, gutters and downpipes
    • Field survey and inventory, assessment of each groundwater well for inundation risk (confirm height well needs to be lifted)
    • Completion of a database recording all field survey data including technical and geospatial data for all rainwater harvesting infrastructure.
  • Assist Field Engineers run a rainwater-harvesting model and assess water balance calculations for each community building using the updated infrastructure data, taking into account climate change and increasing future demand projection;
  • Recommend a fit technical design and detailed drawings for individual RWH structure on each island/atoll.
  • Participate in the review of recommendations from other experts on the team to incorporate climate resilience/adaptation into both physical and non-physical designs and actual construction works and its components;
  • Review groundwater monitoring network and provide recommendations on further development
  • Submit to Filed Engineers Program of Works, Bill of Qunatities with Detailed Unit Price Analysis, Estimated Construction Duration and Materials Specification for a specific project per cluster in a community or island/atoll.
  • Support Procurement Officer and other PMU (Project Management Unit) staffs for transportation, shipping, handling and warehousing of project material wherever necessary.
  • With guidance from Field Engineers, support and supervise community members and other relevant keyholdersers for installation and construction works on rainwater harvesting system and groundwater well rehabilitation.
  • Undertake assessment & validation activities, including regular construction monitoring, inspection and decommissioning.
  • Spare parts inventory at community/atoll levels – provide information to allow shipping of parts required.
  • Coordinate with EPA/Community-Based Water Committees (CWCs) for development of community specific water plans and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Contribute to training of Area Coordinators, Site Coordinators, CWCs, government staff, community members and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Any other responsibilities that may be assigned by the Project Manager.


Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education:

  • Secondary Education with specialized training in civil engineering, carpentry, masonry work.

Min. years of relevant Work experience:

  • Minimum three (3) years of experience in planning and construction implementation of water infrastructure projects, preferably in vulnerability and risk assessment and adaptation related projects;
  • With knowledge and experience in the implementation of development initiatives, including knowledge of climate change adaptation measures and climate proofing of infrastructure in coastal zones;
  • Working experience within the Pacific region in general is a strong asset;
  • Excellent communication, analysis and writing skills;
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office package and computer aided drafting applications and;
  • Good interpersonal skills (the field engineer associate will contact various stakeholders of the project).

Required skills and competencies:

  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software applications (MS Word, Excel, etc.).

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Knowledge in 2D & 3D computer aided drafting.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Fluency in English (oral and written) is a requirement whilst proficiency in the Marshallese language is desirable.


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