Senior Water Engineer Water Supply Asset management – UNOPS


Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations Office for Project Services
Job categoriesEngineering
Job TitleSenior Water Engineer – Water Supply Asset management
Vacancy codeVA/2021/B5312/22959
Department/officeAFR, ETMCO, Sudan
Duty stationPort Sudan, Sudan
Contract typeInternational ICA
Contract levelIICA-3
Application period25-Nov-2021 to 18-Dec-2021

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Background Information – PSC

Peace and Security ClusterThe UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners.  It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients.  The Director is responsible for administering and providing oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Project Manager, the Project Engineer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Review the assessment and detailed engineering design of the proposed Integrated water supply system (including Rainwater harvesting and desalinization) under FCDO funded project,
  • Lead the development of standards operation procedures (SOP) on Dam management (repair and distillation), Leak detection, Water treatment, Failure of a production pump & Major pipe burst repair and others. 
  • Support an appropriate management model for operating the infrastructure and distribution system with cost recovery, affordability and the ‘willingness to pay principle’ taken into account jointly with stakeholder,
  • Ensure that the system should give priority to sustainable water resources production and finding alternatives such as rain water harvesting from the community building and sea water abstractions and integrated system for treatment, water kiosks, pipe network system and household connections through meter,
  • Review the Flow analysis, including analysis of the yield of the water source, minimum and maximum available discharge, and flow data. Prediction of wet season and dry season flow is also important and needs to be taken into account,
  • Review & incorporate international environmental compliance procedures in the design and implementation,
  • Preparation of Engineers Estimate, specifications, bidding documents, bid evaluation and recommend for award according to the UNOPS procurement rules and regulations,
  • During implementation responsible for Supervision, quality control, training of national staff members under utility company/ international partners and smoothly handover the system to the utility company and Government officials,  
  • Risk Management, Oversight and Quality assurance:
  • Identify and anticipate in a timely manner potential risks and issues through infrastructure expertise and knowledge, advise on mitigation measures and ensure implementation thereof, escalate critical issues / risks to the Senior Project Manager and partners so that maximum benefit to partner(s) and other stakeholders is achieved.
  • Perform any other duties deemed necessary by the Project Manager.

Knowledge Management:

  • Participate in the relevant Communities of Practice,
  • Actively interact with other Project Managers (PM) and the PM community to share case studies, lessons learned and best practice on the Knowledge System,
  • Provide feedback to Practice Leads on policy, supporting guidance with an aim towards continuous improvement of UNOPS policies,
  • Complete lessons learned as per reporting format,
  • Incorporate lessons learned from others as per planning format.


  • Training materials.
  • Lists of maintenance equipment to acquire.
  • Standard operating procedures for maintenance, leak detection, water treatment, failure of a production pump & major pipe burst repair.
  • Software package delivery for the computerized maintenance management
  • Manual of inventory management procedures.
  • Model of Fact Sheets for the asset registry 
  • Checklist templates for every water system component.
  • Models for performance computation and their evolution.
  • Standard operating procedures and the implementation of water connections.
  • Technical guideline for specifications of connection components. 
  • Terms of Reference (ToR) for the study to update the water networks plans.
  • Action plan for the rehabilitation and extension of the water distribution network.

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 Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • A Master’s Degree in Engineering with a focus on Water/hydraulic/Civil Engineering with 5 years of relevant work experience.  (A Bachelor’s Degree with 7 years of relevant work experience may substitute for an advanced university degree),
  • Knowledge and working experience on ISO 55000 – Desired,
  • Complete the UNOPS Project Management Foundation course (preferably within one year after signing this TOR).

Work Experience 

  • Minimum of 5 years of Water supply project experiences including at least three years of experience in asset management of community/town/rural water supply schemes.,
  • Knowledge of the latest applicable technologies for small town water systems in developing nations and also large municipal water systems in well-developed cities and towns.
  • Good knowledge of designing complex water supply systems managing projects i.e knowledge of Reverse Osmosis system, Rain water harvesting/ ground water recharging, electro-mechanical equipment’s and solar power system equipment.
  • Familiarity with urban water supply systems / network analysis software packages is essential. WaterCAD is an advantage and the AutoCAD, MS project or Primavera software is requirement,
  • Experience of working with local and international humanitarian/consultants communities desirable,
  • Experience of working in developing countries is an asset.
  • Good experience of working in the field.
  • Full competency in the use of all commonly used computer software – spreadsheets, and other computer programmes including Google Suite Applications is desirable.


Full working knowledge of the English language is required. A second UN language is desirable (Arabic).


Strategic Perspective

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)

Integrity & Inclusion

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion

Leading Self and Others

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles


Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Results Orientation

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.


Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Solution Focused

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Effective communication

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

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Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (I-ICA)
Contract level: I-ICA 3
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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Background Information – Sudan


The UNOPS Sudan office is based in Khartoum and works closely with the Government of Sudan and international partners to support humanitarian response, recovery and development initiatives. UNOPS is the United Nations sector lead for the Basic Infrastructure Sector in Sudan and helps partners achieve their project goals in sectors including: water resource management, education, census and elections, human resource management and mine action.

Background Information – Job-specific

The FCDO Urban Water for Sudan (UW4S) programme is working to improve the health and nutrition, as well as to reduce the economic burden, for traditional residents as well as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in five state capitals in Sudan, including Port Sudan. 

The UW4S project seeks to improve the equity of water supply and complementary sanitation and hygiene behaviour change in a sustainable manner.  It focuses on holistic planning, provides basic infrastructure and helps state authorities build their ability to sustainably manage, operate and maintain their water services, with improved engagement with citizens. 

Under the first phase of the FCDO project, information of the Port Sudan water supply situation was gathered and analysed as inputs to the Strategic Investment Plan (SIP). The study resulted in the SIP and planning documents for 14 work packages under three stages; emergency rehabilitation and TA, priority rehabilitation and long term interventions.

Urban water for Port Sudan project

The project is based on the priorities identified in the SIP, specifically, SIP work packages 1 to 4 (emergency works and Phase 2 technical assistance). This project covers components of the Stage 1 Emergency works and part of the Stage 2 Priority works capacity building and technical assistance package. The project’s scope of work is aligned with the available DFID budget and takes account of work being funded from other sources or implemented by others such as the AfDB.

The FCDO UW4S programme- Port Sudan component objective is to support sustainable water provision in Part Sudan through strengthening the capacity of the Red Sea Water Corporation.

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