Overseas Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Adviser – Papua New Guinea
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.
Experience required for this assignment:
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
This is a 1-year assignment based in Papua New Guinea.
About volunteering with VSA:
VSA is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development.
We cover living allowances, accommodation and utilities. Travel, visas, insurance and medical costs are organised and funded by VSA.
Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.
If current VSA assignments don’t suit your skills and experience you can register your interest with us and we’ll let you know when something in your field is available.
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