Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Adviser

Closing Date: 09 March 2021

Location: Papua New Guinea

Category: Engineering & Built Environment

Increasing access to safe drinking water and effective sanitation services remains a huge challenge in Papua New Guinea, where only 40% of the population has access to safe drinking water.

The Catholic Diocese of Kimbe is one of the main providers of social services in West New Britain. The Diocese is looking for a volunteer to help improve access to sustainable, affordable and safe drinking water, and improved sanitation systems.

In this assignment, you will provide technical advice to support the design and implementation of effective water and sanitation systems. This also includes developing appropriate operation and maintenance resources to support the effective running of the water system and sustainability of the overall WASH infrastructure.

VSA assignments provide a unique opportunity for professional development by sharing your skills to build thriving communities in the Pacific and beyond. A key component of the project is youth mentoring and development. You will work alongside four young people from the community to undertake technical training on the water construction team. You will also provide advice and mentoring to strengthen the sustainability of improved WASH practices.

We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • A qualification in civil engineering, or a related discipline
  • Experience in design and installation of water and sanitation systems
  • Demonstrated capability in project management, preferably in WASH projects
  • An understanding of hygiene and sanitation awareness-raising activities
  • Experience in on the job training, coaching and mentoring
VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.

VSA’s response to COVID-19

Although we have temporarily put our deployment of volunteers on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties both within New Zealand and across the wider Pacific, we’re continuing to recruit and build our talent pool of prospective volunteers so we can return to supporting our partner organisations and communities in the wider Pacific as soon as we can.

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.