WASH Engieer, Laputta, Pakokku, Myanmar

Organization: UN-Habitat - United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Country: Myanmar

Closing date: Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Job Title WASH Engineer

Location Laputta, Pakokku

Duration 12 months

Starting date As soon as possible

Type of Contract LICA

No. of Position 2

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity


UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN General

Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. It is the focal point for

all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system.

UN-Habitat established its presence in Myanmar in the early 1990’s and continues to implement

several normative and operational activities focusing on access to basic services in settlements, disaster

risk reduction, climate change adaptation, urban planning and management, and research and

development programmes related to housing sector. As part of the normative activities, the agency is

providing technical assistance on issues related to Habitat Agenda to its partners in Myanmar.

Myanmar is to receive financial support under the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA+

), which

was launched in 2007 to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on climate change between the European

Union (EU) and developing countries which are the most vulnerable and will be the hardest hit by the

adverse effects of climate change. The objectives of the programme, foreseen activities and outputs

developed are entirely consistent with the primary objective of the EU Global Climate Change Alliance

(GCCA) which is to step up support to target countries to implement priority adaptation and mitigation

measures and to integrate climate change issues into their development strategies.

The Myanmar Climate Change Alliance (MCCA) is a flagship programme of the Republic of the

Union of Myanmar in response to climate change, led by the Ministry of Natural Resources and

Environmental Conservation (MONREC). The programme is supported by the European Union and

implemented by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the United

Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The purpose of the programme is to assist the country in

raising awareness on implication of climate change, creating institutional, policy and technical capacity

to address climate change by integrating it in planning systems, and demonstrating methodologies to

assess and implement ecosystem-based adaptation at local level. It is further to provide inputs to

national and sectorial planning processes.

People’s needs in the context of climate change and overall development are to be captured in the

national Strategy through consulting local people in vulnerable areas at sub-national level and taking

into account policy, planning and institutional setting of sectorial areas at national level. MCCA

programme is mandated to assist Myanmar to produce a comprehensive and well-balanced Strategy as

its main component.

The MCCA programme has three result areas which are;

1. Government, civil society and the private sector in Myanmar are more aware of the

implications of climate change (Awareness & Communication)

2. Government has the capacity and support needed to integrate climate change considerations in

policies, strategies, plans and operations (Strategy formulation and technical capacity-

3. Lessons drawn on climate change from State and local level activities influence policy

making and are communicated to relevant decision-makers in the relevant sectors (Pilot

projects on climate change adaptation)

To deliver Expected Result 3, since in March 2016, thee MCCA is conducting Eco-System Based

Climate Change Adaptation project in two townships of Myanmar, Pakokku and Laputta, selected by

the MCCA Technical Working Group (TWG) because of their: 1) Exposure to the effects of climate

change and observed changes and impact 2) High vulnerability to these effects as concerns

socioeconomic, livelihood, infrastructural, production and environmental aspects; and 3) interest in

participating in the project.

The typical activities of implementing prioritized adaptive solutions through a system of community

grants that WASH Engineer may be asked to design or provide technical assistance to include- driven

community water treatment technology and supply, water storage and distribution system, sanitation,

public health, hygiene promotion/education materials for community trainings & public information

and water resource management. The key aspiration of the MCCA is to deliver high quality, highly

innovative projects within a sound community framework. Any candidates that wish to be considered

for this position must show a strong willingness to share this vision.


The WASH Engineer will work under the direct supervision of Township Coordinator and over all

guidance of National Technical Advisor and Chief Technical Advisor. The WASH Engineer will take

responsibility for the following tasks:

 Assist Township Coordinator in preparation of work plans and monitoring reports as needed

 Design and implement water storage, treatment and rain water harvesting systems - potable /

other uses

 Design and implement sanitation systems for household and/or communal toilets, household

liquid and solid wastes, and other community facilities, including drainage and vector control

in close coordination with health and education services

 Develop hygiene promotion/educational materials for community training and public


 Deliver training on water treatment and maintenance, hygiene promotion, awareness on water

harvesting to communities, water monitors/water committee and community mobilizers

 Provide any required information to the Township Coordinator in order to ensure timely cash

provision for implementation activities and technical training

 Assess condition, set up maintenance systems, train communities and staff, arrange repairs of

tanks/ponds, pumps, generators, pipe networks, drainage systems and water quality testing


 Prepare technical drawings, BOQ, specifications for water and sanitation infrastructure

 Develop, negotiate and manage contracts with service providers (may include preparing

tender documentation and evaluating capacity and quality of contractors) as required

 Supervise direct labour work teams and provide technical assistance to communities and

contractors as required

 Participate in or facilitate Water, Sanitation & Hygiene coordination meetings as needed

 Monitor to ensure the work progress, quantity and quality control over construction facilities

at assigned project sites as well as analyse and consolidate data in order to measure the

impact of project activities through M&E guidelines

 Take responsibility for daily implementation of project activities and report the progress at

assigned project sites as needed

 Supervise community contractors and communities to ensure the best use of available

resources and technical supports

 Determine the availability of local technical service providers or local materials for related

activities through the Township Coordinator, and inform National Technical Advisor and

Chief Technical Advisor

 Ensure MCCA Team develops and maintains good relationships in lines of communication

with relevant local authorities and communities, explaining MCCA’s role as UN agencies

and liaising with them during all phases of the project

 Other duties as assigned


 University degree in engineering, A G.T.I (Civil) or related discipline

 At least five years of practical, hands-on experiences in driven community water

treatment technology and water supply, sanitation, public health and water resource

management and delivering training

 Strong interpersonal and advocacy skills are mandatory for facilitating participation

of communities in project activities

 Good computer skills including Ms-Office (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) and Auto-
Cad drawing is an advantage

 Good team spirit and respect for diversity

 Proficient in written and spoken English

 Experience in working and dealing with INGOs and UN agencies will be an advantage


The application comprises a one page cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest and suitability for

the post and a CV with a Passport Photograph, updated United Nations Personal History Form (P 11)

and copy of certificates and eventually letters of recommendation.

Interested candidates (Myanmar Nationals) should submit their application in writing, clearly

indicating on the sealed envelope the Post Title and Duty Station, to UN-Habitat, No.6, Natmauk

Road, Tamwe Township, Yangon or by email with Subject: “Post Title and Duty Station” to: Email:

recruitment@unhabitat.org.mm, Cc to: recruitment.unhabitat@gmail.com

Please note that applications received after the closing date 8 November 2016 will not be given

consideration for this cycle, but will be kept in the roster. Only shortlisted candidate whose

application responds to the above criteria will be contacted for interview.

UN-Habitat regrets its inability to reply individually or attend to telephone queries on the advertised


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Deadline/closing date: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2016