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Water and Sanitation Technician

South Sudan

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: South Sudan
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-04


Mission and objectives

Under Resolution 2625 (2022), the Security Council determined that the situation in South Sudan continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security in the region. The Council extended the UNMISS mandate until 15 March 2023. It also emphasized that the Mission should continue advancing its three-year strategic vision defined in resolution 2567 (2021) to prevent a return to civil war, build durable peace and support inclusive, accountable governance and free, fair and peaceful elections in accordance with the Revitalized Peace Agreement. Under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, UNMISS is therefore authorized to use all necessary means to implement its mandate which includes: (a) Protection of civilians (b) Creating conditions conducive to the delivery of humanitarian assistance (c) Supporting the Implementation of the Revitalised Agreement and the Peace Process (d) Monitoring, investigating, and reporting on violations of humanitarian and human rights law: The overall ceiling for uniformed personnel is maintained at 17,000 troops and 2,101 police, including 88 corrections officers. Please refer to for more information.


UNMISS was established in 2011 under the auspices of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO); subsequently, UNMISS mandate has been renewed through resolutions 2057 (2012), 2109 (2013), 2155 (2014), 2187 (2014), 2223 (2015), 2241 (Dec. 2015), 2304 (2016) and 2327 (2016), 2392 (Dec. 2017), 2406 (Mar. 2018), 2459 (Mar. 2019), 2514 (Mar. 2020), 2567 (Mar. 2021), 2625 (Mar. 2022).

Task description

Under the direct supervision of and liaising frequently with the Field Engineer of the Field Office and/or in close coordination with the Mission Headquarter Water and Sanitation Unit; the UNV Water and Sanitation Technician is required to function within the framework of water and sanitation works in the mission for South Sudan, and will perform the following duties and responsibilities: • Installing, operating and maintaining, servicing and repairing water supply systems, water treatment plants, water storage facilities, solar WTP and solar pumping system, sewerage network, sewerage treatment plants, pumps, control panels of all plants/pumps and other allied equipment of new construction projects within a sec-tor of the Mission area; • Managing the daily tasks of plumbers and other staff working in the unit; • Managing the service contracts in the field office; • Performing surveys and preparing technical reports, drawings and material quantities; • Contributing to the planning of effective and efficient water and wastewater treatment facilities in the field office; • Ensuring that the installation of new systems and maintenance of existing systems meet the safety and environmental standards in accordance with international codes and regulations; • Performing electrical installation, in case of the absent of the electrician, for Water supply system, for WTP, for sewerage network and other minor appliances. • At least familiar with PLC network system and operation, electrical, pheumartic system for waste water treatment plant and water treatment plant system. • Providing lists of spare parts for water supply and sewerage works control panels as well as necessary tools and equipment, well in advance; • Estimating material requirements and tools or equipment needed to perform the job; • Detecting possible defects in plumbing and mechanical systems; • Carrying out scheduled periodic and emergency maintenance services on all installations and equipment; • Reporting on the proper delivery of related services to the Supervisor, Water and Sanitation Unit; • Receiving and acting on Engineering Work Order Requests (EWRs), • Designing simple water and sanitation installations and providing the necessary diagrams for laying water supply and sewerage pipe lines installations and maintenance work; • Conducting regular physical, chemical and bacteriological water quality tests to comply with WHO Guidelines; • Building capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training of national staff and counterparts; • Performing any other related water and sanitation duties as needed or assigned. • Knowledge of environmental health safety and hazard. • Knowledge to operate heavy machine is an advantage. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required 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 in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • 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 capacity development activities and transfer of skills to national personnel during the assignment; • 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. • Can perform the UN protocol on environmental health and safety in the workplace and inside camp.

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