Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur
Posting Title:WATER AND SANITATION ENGINEER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office:AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur
Duty Station:EL FASHER
Posting Period:10 July 2021 – 17 July 2021
Job Opening Number:21-Engineering-UNAMID-159500-J-El Fasher (M)
Staffing ExerciseN/A

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is within the Liquidation Team of the African Union- United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), at El Fasher Log Base. The incumbent will report to the Chief, Engineering and Environmental Protection Section.


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

1.Water Supply, Sanitation & Wastewater

•Participates in planning and management of the operation of the Water and Sanitation Unit, during the liquidation of the mission, based on the requirement to continuously reduce the footprint.
•Monitors ongoing operations of the Unit, undertaking regular site visits of and carries out physical inspections and verification of UN property.
•Liaises with the Technical Sections, Procurement Section and Movement Control Section at the mission on matters related to Inventory Control:
•Prepares Water and Sanitation Unit budget as part of the overall Engineering Budget; Raises requisitions for the procurement of Water, Environmental and Sanitation goods and services.
•Analyze and advise on decommissioning of water supply/solid waste systems, wastewater treatment plants, in accordance with the liquidation procedures.
•May act as a head of the Unit.
•Performs other related duties as required by the Chief of the Section.

2. Real Estate Portfolio & Assets Management

•Act upon decisions made by the Chief of the Section on declaring surplus assets in Umoja.
•Coordinate with the UNGSC and UNCT on transfers to other projects or operations, coordinate related action within the Mission to initiate inter-entity transfers.
•Based on cost-benefit analyses and decision briefs from the Technical Units, initiate write-off action in Umoja and follow up on the end-to-end process until final disposal with the respective action owners in the Mission.
•In collaboration with the Asset Accounting User (FA.15 – Property Management) and the Senior Asset Accounting User (FA.16 – Finance), lead the implementation of the periodic impairment review program.
•Monitor consumption patterns, identify slow moving stock, initiate inventory write-off/disposal action in Umoja.
•Coordinate the participation of Asset Management Unit (AMU) staff and technical experts, where required, during the inspection of incoming/outgoing goods.
•Request physical counts in Umoja for further action by the IWS.
•Ensure that the staff members in the AMU are provisioned with the required Umoja roles.
•Identify training requirements (including on Umoja and Business Intelligence) and propose measures for capacity building.
•Supervise the Engineering Asset Management Unit and ensure delivery of mandated tasks.
•Assists the Chief Engineering Section with Umoja reporting (ECC and BI), data analysis, and liquidation reports.


Professionalism: Good knowledge of liquidation processes including data management, enterprise business processes, enterprise resource planning systems, lead time validation, supply chain performance measures, in accordance with the UN rules, regulations and procedures; ability to work independently in managing difficult, and time sensitive situations as well as conflicting priorities; proven analytical and evaluative skills. 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.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations, including impartiality, fairness, honesty and truthfulness, in daily activities and behaviors; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressures in decision making; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interests; does not abuse power or authority; takes prompt action on cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in civil engineering or related fields is required. Specialization in water, environmental and sanitation engineering is desirable. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification in project management is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (05) years of progressively responsible experience in scientific and engineering aspects or related fields.
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 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

• This position is temporarily available until 31/12/2021. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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