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Water and Sanitation (WASH) Technical Advisor

Closing Date: 22 Sep 2019

Interview: 18 & 19 October 2019

Pre-departure Briefing: 20 - 23 November 2019

Expected Start Date: Jan or Feb 2020

Assignment Number: 41183

Duration: 3 - 18 months

Location: Tongatapu and ‘Eua, Tonga

  • Put your engineering skills to use in Tonga
  • Provide technical support to tertiary graduates and water technicians
  • Support the development and implementation of WASH facilities

Live and Learn Tonga is working with communities towards the recovery of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities following Cyclone Gita in early 2018.  It is currently in a state of transition from one small WASH programme to many, across more than 40 communities.

In this role you’ll work alongside local tertiary graduates and village water technicians to develop and build WASH facilities.  You’ll provide assistance on ensuring facilities are built to best-practice standards, as well as robust enough to withstand future environmental risks.  Key to this role will be providing on-the-job training to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the facilities.

Although you’ll be based in Nuku’alofa for this 18-month assignment, you’ll travel frequently and work with each of the 40 communities in Tongatapu and ‘Eua.

We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Technical qualification in engineering, environmental health or a related WASH field
  • Knowledge of the design, construction, operations and maintenance of water and sanitation facilities
  • Experience in staff development and training/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.

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