Provincial Water Sector Adviser - Sanma

Closing Date: 19 June 2023

Category: Engineering & Built Environment

Provincial Water Sector Adviser - Department of Water Resources

Change your scene and become a VSA Volunteer and share your experience, knowledge, and skills to transform the lives of many. Work with our partner organisation to create a fair future for all. 
VSA will organise and fund, flights, visas, insurance, accommodation, living allowance and utilities while on assignment. 

About volunteering with VSA 
VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. We provide skilled Kiwi volunteers to support organisations in the Pacific and beyond through capacity building, both in country and virtually. 
Please note VSA Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident. 
Our Partner Organisation - Department of Water Resources

The Department of Water Resources (DoWR) is part of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.
Initially known as the Department of Geology, Mines and Water Resources, the DoWR was legally established in December 2016. The rationale behind this new department was to merge all of the water related activities across different ministries, which also highlights the Vanuatu Government’s focus on
water as a priority resource.

The purpose of the DoWR is to ensure there is sustainable and equitable access to safe water for the population of Vanuatu.

Their goals are to have:

  • Clear regulatory framework in place and roles between departments established to provide for transparent and accountable regulation and management of water resources
  • An adequate structure with sufficient capacity to deliver on the National Water Strategy
  • Water Supply infrastructures being operated and maintained by communities (with technical and management support) and have drinking water safety and security plans developed
  • Available water resources and catchments identified, managed and protected
  • Water quality monitoring and maintenance processes in place, meeting agreed standards
  • Appropriate and sustainable water infrastructure installed to meet domestic, customary use targets and needs sustainable economic development
  • An information and response mechanism in place that allows for mutual information sharing and accountability between government and stakeholders
The Country

Experience the beautiful islands and friendly hospitality of Vanuatu.

The Assignment

In this assignment the VSA volunteer and DoWR will have an ongoing relationship with the VSA Programme Manager in terms of assignment monitoring, reporting, and personal support.

This assignment is a partnership assignment between VSA, Engineers Without Borders New Zealand (EWBNZ), and the Vanuatu Department of Water Resources (DoWR). 

EWBNZ will provide professional support for the volunteer and the DoWR –including support to complete initial environment and risk surveys, ongoing technical advice and support.

The volunteer may have an engineering, plumbing or construction management background, noting that the 3 outcomes in the following section could be readjusted pending on the exact experience of the candidates.

Working alongside local staff the volunteer will provide:
• On the job mentoring and advice
• Develop and deliver on-site training for the provincial water offices;
• Coordinate combined training/workshops
• Provide PWOs with access to Engineers Without Borders New Zealand (EWB) Technical Support Hub.

The Volunteer

Are you someone who wants to make a difference, have a sense of adventure and like the challenge of being outside your comfort zone?  VSA Volunteers are technical experts who impart their skills and knowledge to the local community. You will need to be flexible, adaptable, resourceful, resilient with a passion for Aotearoa and the wider Pacific community. 

We're looking for a volunteer with the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, advanced plumbing certificate/experience, a Bachelor’s in construction management or a related field
  • 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.
Apply Now!

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • 12 Months volunteering assignment in beautiful Vanuatu
  • Your knowledge is needed! Impart your skills to make a difference
  • Flights, accomodation and other expenses covered by VSA

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