Water and Sanitation Engineer

United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS)
Mogadishu, Somalia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Mogadishu, Engineering & Facilities Management-Maintenance Section of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). The Water and Sanitation Engineer reports to the Chief Engineer through Chief Water and Sanitation Unit.


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

•Contribute to overall planning and managing the operation of the Water and Sanitation Engineering Unit, for both current as well as future mission's requirements.
•Analyze and advise on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of wastewater systems, including collection, treatment and discharge.
•Conceptualize and develop mission specific water supply program and relevant water safety plans.
•Prepare Water and Sanitation Unit budget as part of the overall Engineering Budget; Provide inputs to raise requisitions for the procurement of Water and Sanitation Unit budget as part of the overall Engineering Budget.
•Contribute to analysis and advise on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of water supply systems, including source development, treatment, storage and distribution.
•Evaluate, review and revise project documents, and analyze design specifications included in project proposals for accuracy, soundness, feasibility and cost.
•Analyzes and advises on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of water supply systems, including source development, treatment, storage and distribution, as well as borehole drilling works in accordance with planned schedules.
•Oversees UNSOS 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;
•Carry out training to AMISOM and UNSOS personnel on water quality testing and analysis, equipment maintenance, record keeping and process control of water treatment;
•Travel to front locations and conduct on site water and wastewater quality analysis as a routine support to TCC (troop) and PCC (police contributing country);

•Implement DPKO environmental policy and other related guidelines in regard to Water and Sanitation issues and advise on the planning, design and construction of Water, Wastewater Sanitation Infrastructure in line with such guidelines.
•Implement Department of Peacekeeping Operations' environmental guidelines and advise on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of environmental systems and services and other environmental engineering activities in the mission.
•Recommend solutions to water, environmental and sanitary engineering problems as they arise.

•Develop mission policy and guidelines for general planning, operation and maintenance of the water, environmental and sanitation programs.
•Develop teamwork and close coordination with mission's engineering units, military engineer officers, and procurement section.
•May act as a head of the Unit.

•Perform other related duties as required.


•Demonstrated ability to serve as technically responsible specialist in the field of water, environmental and sanitary engineering related to peacekeeping or other field operations; high degree of personal initiative and willingness to accept wide responsibilities; ability to provide technical and procedural advice in a broad range of environmental areas; thorough knowledge of operation of water and wastewater laboratory instruments, preparing of reagents, water and wastewater sampling, transporting and analysis of water and waste water samples; ability to deploy to remote locations on short notice; thorough knowledge of water, environmental and sanitation systems. •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.

•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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in civil engineering, water and environment Engineering, water resources engineering or related fields (specialization in water, environmental and sanitation engineering is an advantage) is required. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first degree in chemical engineering with emphasis on water quality analysis is also an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (05) years of progressively responsible experience in Civil engineering ,Water and Environment engineering, water resources engineering (with emphasis on specialization in water, environmental and sanitation engineering) or related fields is required.
Experience providing services in the field of Engineering to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization, or in post conflict environment or military operations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other UN official language 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 is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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.

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