E-Volunteer - Provincial Water Sector Advisor - Tafea

Closing Date: 27 April 2021

Location: E-volunteering

Category: Engineering & Built Environment

This assignment is a result of a partnership between Engineers without Borders New Zealand (EWBNZ) and VSA and is a 3-month part-time e-volunteering opportunity working from home.
Despite significant donor investment in the WASH sector, the Government of Vanuatu has lacked capacity to coordinate and oversee the multiple stakeholders involved, resulting in fragmented project delivery, duplications, overly complex water systems and often poor outcomes for communities. The newly formed Department of Water Resources (DoWR) is being supported by the New Zealand Government and UNICEF to address the challenges of coordinating the sector. As part of this support, a ‘National Implementation Plan for Safe & Secure Drinking Water’ (NIP) is being finalised and will provide a framework for achieving 100% access to safely managed drinking water by 2030.
The volunteer will work to strengthen the capacity of The Provincial Water Office (PWO) in Tafea and assist them in implementing a Drinking Water Safety and Security Plan (DWSSP). This will be achieved through a number of different activities including; providing technical support and advice for PWO staff utilising Zoom or other similar technologies, providing education and training support through online workshops, co-designing a professional development online programme to teach engineering graduates and technicians.
We are looking for a volunteer with:
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (civil or natural resources)
  • At least three years’ experience in water infrastructure design and construction contract administration, supervision or management
  • Experience in providing on-the-job training and mentoring
  • Able to work from home and utilise appropriate technology to engage with our partner organisation

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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 and recruit new E-Volunteers to continue to support our partner organisations in the Pacific.

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