UN WASH/Construction Supervisor Careers - United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Organization: United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Head of Field Unit

About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Job Summary: The WASH/Construction Supervisor will provide technical support from the Civil Engineer, plus other UNHCR’s relevant sections in Regional Hub and Geneva, and in close collaboration with relevant District Local Governments Departments, and implementing partners

Key Duties and Responsibilities:   
  • The jobholder will co-ordinate UNHCR’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme, provide technical and capacity-building assistance in water, sanitation and hygiene sectors to population of concern using a community-based approach.
  • Offer timely technical guidance, supervision and reporting on implementation and operation management of WASH activities carried out by the Implementing Partners (IPs).
  • Jointly with technical staff of the IPs, update detailed needs and resource assessments and revise designs of technical plans as necessary taking into account practical aspects of implementation, and relevant technical specifications and guidelines.
  • Develop practical tools and guidelines to implement a mechanism for monitoring, evaluation and reporting of construction works as well as operation and management of WASH-related activities.
  • Develop capacity-building strategy to ensure follow-up and sustainability of WASH interventions at the community level.
  • Ensure beneficiaries’ participation and community mobilization in all aspects of WASH planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting activities with focus on protection risks and access especially for women, children, ethnic groups and other groups with specific needs.
  • Prepare and review technical proposals and requests received by the Office for funding submissions, undertake feasibility assessments and perform technical evaluation of the proposals.
  • The jobholder will coordinate with IPs, Government technical departments, other UN Agencies and the beneficiaries on all technical issues, and facilitate for timely and cost-effective implementation of the proposed technical activities.
  • Review on a regular basis the quantity and quality of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion services offered in the settlement.
  • Compile draft sectoral reports covering water, sanitation/hygiene and other technical areas as instructed by the Office.
  • Ensure IP compliance to the mandatory reporting requirements for the UNHCR WASH Monitoring system (WMS)
  • Conduct preliminary site investigations to obtain field data such as soil characteristics, drainage and other data required for resettlement infrastructure construction project
  • Support the Civil Engineer in the preparation of design drawings (using AUTO-Cad or Archi- Cad) for infrastructure projects
  • Assist the Civil Engineer in the preparation of cost estimates for new infrastructure and facilities renovation projects.
  • Assist the Civil Engineer, with the technical input to the preparation of tenders, during bid evaluation process and in the preparation of the contracts award approval documents.
  • Conduct field monitoring or inspection on the construction projects as instructed by Civil Engineer
  • Prepare report on construction progress and technical issues hindering the progress of construction activities and report to Civil engineer
  • Provide construction progress report used to authorize payments and filing system for construction projects information record system
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the engineer
Furthermore, UNV volunteers are encouraged to:
  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN Volunteers WASH/Construction Supervisor job  opportunity should hold a University degree in Civil Engineering or related fields of study
  • Professional working experience in WASH - Water Supply (pumps, generators, boreholes, surface water supply, water treatment, distribution pipe lines etc.), sanitation (at household and institutional level), and hygiene promotion at community level for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Strong commitment to UNHCR’s mandate
  • Previous experience in working with Government, NGOs, UN Agencies and the community
  • Excellent communication and proficiency in technical writing
  • Highly analytical skills
  • Good team player and strong interpersonal and coordination skill
  • Computer literacy and fluency in spoken and written English
  • Ability to work effectively in challenging situations including field locations with minimum supervision.
  • Willing to undertake frequent travel to all settlement areas and Transit Centre locations
  • Personal Competencies: Creativity, Communication, Commitment to Continuous learning, Team work, planning and organizing, Accountability, Client Orientation, Technological Awareness

United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations Volunteers, in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.


Deadline: 24th July 2017

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