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Programme Coordinators x 2 - WASH & Engineering

Deadline extended - applications close Sun 4 July 2021

● Join the Water Promise Programme or the Technology Development Programme

● Contract full-time positions open to Vanuatu citizens and residents

● Based in Port Vila

The Organisation

Engineers Without Borders - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Technology Development Programmes

The Water Promise Programme

Recent studies highlight that the lack of safe water in Vanuatu presents an immediate health issue to the population. The 2018 Water Sector Analysis Report, produced by the Department of Water Resources (DoWR), UNICEF and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), identifies the poor WASH situation in Vanuatu as a critical issue. A comprehensive study on the problem and root causes was completed recently, along with a baseline of the situation of water, women and disability in Sanma and Torba. The consequences of not having safe and sufficient water in Vanuatu increase rural-urban migration, lack of new opportunities and reduced local economy within the communities, as well as poor health, dignity and well-being, and weak resilience. Two thirds of all households in Vanuatu have unreliable water access, where high variability exacerbates vulnerable situations. Only half the population has access to basic sanitation.

The Water Promise Program aims to support the Department of Water Resources to deliver its Goal to bring “Water for all by 2030”. It focuses on three sub-Activities: an onboarding process for DoWR to increase new recruits’ hard and soft skills, building an individual’s training tracking tool; a school outreach component led by Ministry of Education and Training, developing careers school outreach modules and a network of teachers able to run the modules to secondary students, in particular girls; the establishment of a Vanuatu Engineers Association offering professional development modules and a network promoting industry internships.

Technology Development Programme

The Vanuatu programme seeks to ensure that Technology benefits all Ni-Vanuatu people, with a focus on marginal groups including women and people with disabilities in both rural and peri-urban communities. It aims to develop appropriate technologies and their enabling environments to sustain their positive impact for communities.

The programme currently involves work with four different partners: regarding Government partners, we are working with the Department of Public Health (Ministry of Health - MoH) in the sanitation sector and the Department of Water Resources (Ministry of Land and Natural Resources) in the water sector; regarding NGO partners, some volunteers have been supporting the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) team at Live and Learn, as well as ADRA - the Adventist Development and Relief Agency more recently, with the start of an assessment of the sustainability issues of solar-powered pump projects.

The Positions

EWB is looking to fill in two Coordinator roles positions to cover both components of the Vanuatu Programmes for the next few years. The roles will be responsible for working closely with DoWR officials, MoET officials or MoH officials, EWB staff and other key stakeholders in the water and engineering sectors.

The post delivering the Water Promise project will be based partly in the DoWR Port Vila office (two days per week) with the remaining time in the EWB office in Port Vila, whereas the other Coordinator post will be based in the EWB office only. There will be some travel expected around Shefa province.

EWB’s Vanuatu Program is supported by the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), funded by the Australian Government, as well as the New Zealand Aid Programme.

Timeframe: 11-month contract with an initial 3-month probation period from date of contract signing (August 2021). The position is a multi-year funded position so the contract may be renewed after 11 months with the right candidate.

Funding is secured for one role with funding for the second role to be confirmed.

Essential Selection Criteria

► Recognised qualifications in WASH/Education, Project Management, or Engineering -related disciplines, and/or equivalent professional experience. (Bachelor, Diploma or Certificate level qualifications are desired)

► A minimum of 3 years in similar role(s), preferably WASH/Education or Project Management related

► Proactive, energetic and passionate about WASH or engineering services delivery

► Stakeholders management/engagement experience

► Advocacy experience (particularly WASH-related)

► Experience organising and facilitating workshops

► Demonstrated ability to support coordination and management of the successful delivery of projects

► Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to manage multiple deadlines, to pay attention to detail ensuring accuracy in outputs, and to follow guidance provided by senior supervisors and managers

► Proficiency in MS Excel and Word and fluent written and spoken Bislama and English – French also regarded

Apply Online

Applications for this role must be submitted using this link. Please click on the link to download the Job Description with details on how to apply online.


Do not email your application.

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Deadline extended - applications now closed


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