Water and Sanitation Technician

United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)

Bangui, Central African Republic 🇨🇫

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Facilities and Engineering Management Section (FEMS) of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA). The incumbent will be based in Bangui and reports to the Unit Chief and the Chief of FEMS.


Within delegated authority, the Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) Technician will be responsible for the following duties:
•Locates viable water sources and abstraction points such as ground water sources (wells, boreholes, infiltration galleries).
•Supervises drilling of wells and boreholes and construction of surface and subsurface water intakes.
•Supervises the installation and operation of water supply systems, water treatment plants, water storage facilities, pumps, plants and control panels of and other allied equipment.
•Supervises the installation and maintenance of septic systems, sewerage network, sewage treatment plant, pumps, plants and controls panels of and other allied equipment.
•Coordinates scheduled maintenance on all the installations and equipment related to above.
•Monitors the performance of water and wastewater equipment and infrastructure in the field including boreholes, pumps, main supply, storage tanks, distribution networks and sewage systems.
•Oversees MINUSCA Water and wastewater laboratory and carry out, when required, detailed laboratory analysis for physical, chemical and micro-bacteriological quality parameters, preparing reports on the status of the water quality and providing recommendations to the water treatment plant operators.
•Supervises works related to the installation and maintenance of sanitation facilities such as: ablution units, field toilets, kitchen and laundries.
•Monitors and ensures adequate stock levels of spare parts for water supply and sewerage works and controls panels as well as necessary tools and equipment; and provides lists of periodic requirements of same well in advance for the purpose of raising requisitions.
•Provides field-based input for preparation of scope of works for water and wastewater systems.
•Draft Work orders and Task Orders for various WATSAN works
•Inspects WATSAN projects during and after completion and prepare inspection reports as well as prepares project completion documents
•Revise different contractor invoices before signature by WATSAN Unit Chief.
•Raise ticket and work orders for contractors in relation to different WATSAN works as well as timely react to feedback/ requests from clients.
•Interact positively with different contractors to facilitate WATSAN projects
•Raise and process all electronic documents in support of WATSAN unit activities such as Cargo Movement, Movement of Personnel, Assets and Materials notifications…. etc.
•Performs other duties as and when required, including emergency call-out and standby duties.


Professionalism: Ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, and recommend solutions. 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.

Teamwork: 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.


High school diploma or equivalent. Technical or vocational certificate in Water Resources, Water sample analysis, installation, operation and maintenance of water equipment is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of eight (08) years of relevant experience in the tecchnical field of Water and Sanitation is required.
Knowledge of installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of water and wastewater treatment equipment is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.

The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Water and Sanitation Technician, FS 5 roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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