Water and Sanitation Technician

Mogadishu, , SO

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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Support Office for Somalia, duty station Mogadishu. The Water and Sanitation Technician at this level reports to the Chief of Section.


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

Hydrology/ hydrogeology
• Locates viable water sources and abstraction points including surface (river, lake, steams) and ground water sources (wells, boreholes, infiltration galleries).
• Supervises drilling of wells and boreholes and construction of surface and subsurface water intakes.

Pumps and plants
• Installs, maintains, water supply systems, water treatment plants, water storage facilities, pumps, plants and controls panels of and other allied equipment.
• Installs, maintains, 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.
• Performs emergency works and repairs of all above.
• Monitors the performance of water and waste water equipment and infrastructure in the field including boreholes, pumps, main supply, storage tanks, distribution networks and sewage systems.

Quality control/laboratory
• Performs daily chemical and bacteriological analysis of water and treated wastewater effluent.

Plumbing and sanitation
• Supervises works related to the installation and maintenance of sanitation facilities such as: ablution units, field toilets, kitchen and laundries.

• Supervises assigned staff.
• 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 requirement of same well in advance for the purpose of raising requisitions.
• Consolidates results from daily chemical and bacteriological analysis of water and treated wastewater effluent in report form.
• Provides field based input for preparation of scope of works for water and waste water systems.
• 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.
Local and international contractors including contractor’s technical personnel.
Civilian and military personnel throughout the Mission.
Contractors and suppliers executing projects.

Results Expected:
Effective organization, supervision and completion of water and sanitation installation, maintenance and
repair projects in a cost-effective and timely manner. Tradesmen and staff under direct supervision are well
guided and able to efficiently perform work assigned. Water and sanitation and routine or preventive
maintenance projects progress in accordance with planned schedules. Site safety procedures are known to
personnel for the performance of their assigned duties.


Demonstrated knowledge and experience in infrastructure and maintenance project implementation; demonstrated technical skills; initiative and practical problem-solving skills; ability to correctly interpret and assess diagnostic test results, faults or deficiencies and to determine the necessary corrective actions in an efficient and timely manner; ability to maintain accurate records and inventories; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; 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

Client Orientation:
-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
-Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client


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

At least eight years of relevant experience in the field of Water and Sanitation. At least 3 years of working experience in field of water, environmental and sanitation engineering or related field is required. Knowledge of waste water treatment plant operations and maintenance is desirable. Engineering experience in international peacekeeping, post conflict environment, field or military operations is highly desirable


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency ( oral and written ) in English is required. Working knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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 At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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