Open recruitment (advertised)
Advertisement end date:10/01/2024
Description of assignment title
Expected start date
Sustainable Development Goal
6. Clean water and sanitation
National UN Volunteer Specialist
(with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments
Mission and objectives
As the United Nations lead agency on international development, UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and to build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Our work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding, and climate and disaster resilience.
UNDP’s mandate is to end poverty, build democratic governance, rule of law, and inclusive institutions. We advocate for change and connect countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.
There is a strong correlation between poverty and access to basic services and amenities. While around 65 percent of non-poor households in Timor-Leste have access to improved sanitation facilities, nearly half of the poor do not. According to the SDG 6 based analysis of the WASH data by WHO and UNICEF 2021, sanitation is particularly challenging as 43% of the total population are deprived of access to basic sanitation and 14% of the total population are deprived of basic drinking water, a problem that is higher (19%) for rural populations. Employment opportunities are very limited as the public sector is the biggest employer and private sector is very constrained, and the economy is not diversified.
In response to this, UNDP has initiated the ‘Community Infrastructure for Resilience Project (CIReP)’ to safeguarded rural communities in the targeted four Municipalities. This project will focus on constructing a total of 40 infrastructure units that include water systems, public toilets, bridges, maternity health centre, rainwater harvesting systems, gabion/retaining wall, and community centres. Having better access to community infrastructures will enable them to have enhanced access to various services. The project will benefit a total of 16000 households, 75000 (47% women) individuals in 4 Municipalities.
Moreover, the Project seeks to strengthen the Resilience of the communities in the most vulnerable areas such as Bobonaro, Ermera, Liquica and Oecusse.
The interventions will include:
Output 1. New community infrastructures are constructed, or old/damaged community infrastructure rehabilitated based on communities’ needs and priorities.
Output 2. Men and women in the communities are meaningfully engaged in the process and obtain short-term employment through the construction works in the communities.
The civil engineer specialized in Water and Sanitation will carry out activities described in the output 1 and will support water related activities in output 2 of the project. The civil engineer will deliver the following tasks:
• Review the data on the selected sites, coordinate and prepare the sites for the installation of water systems;
• Oversee the construction and quality assure water storage and distribution system, monitoring the supply of water tanks and the construction of water tank basement with the selected companies and ensure the timely delivery and quality of the supplied materials;
• Assist in data collection to design the water filtration system for drinking water supply and support the procurement process to install the filtration system;
• Report progress to the Project Manager and International civil engineer and certify payments for contractors and suppliers;
• Assist in designing and implementing small scale water supply and other constructions types assigned by the project manager and international civil engineer
27 – 80
Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.
3 years of experience in • Experience in supervising and monitoring water storage system construction projects and/or similar areas;
• Experience in managing quantitative and qualitative data;
• Experience in capacity building (delivering training) and outreach activities in water related areas;
• Experience in construction of water, sanitation irrigation system
• Proficient user of AutoCAD, COREL Draw, Sketch Up etc and able to prepare 2D and 3D drawings related to buildings.
Area(s) of expertise
Architecture and settlements, Arts and design, Engineering and construction
English, Level: Working knowledge, Required
Tetum, Level: Working knowledge, Required
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Civil engineering, architecture, and working knowledge of infrastructure standard and best practices
Competencies and values
• Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement
• Teamwork and respect for diversity
• Commitment to continuous learning
• Planning and organizing
Living conditions and remarks
As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy