Monday, January 18, 2010

RWSSP, District Water and Sanitation Engineering Advisor (DEA), Deadline January 27, 2010.

District Water and Sanitation Engineering Advisor (DEA)

Timor Leste Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program (RWSSP) is an AusAID funded, 5 year Sector-wide approach for the development of Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (RWASH). IDSS and GHD are the Program Managers.
Closing date: 27 Jan 2010
Location: Timor-Leste


The RWSSP is a program funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and implemented through the National Directorate of Water and Sanitation Service (DNSAS) of the Ministry of Infrastructure, and the Environmental Health Division (EHD), of the Ministry of Health (MoH), of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (G-RDTL).

The Goal of the RWSSP is to improve the health and living standards of women, men, girls and boys in Timor-Leste’s rural communities, recognising the crucial contribution that access to clean water and enhanced sanitation related health behaviour can make to the improvement in health and livelihoods for rural people in Timor-Leste.

The District Water and Sanitation Engineering Advisor (DEA) inputs are needed to ensure that the CFET & non CFET development funds for the Rural Water sector are properly invested through:

  • Provision of technical advice and support to DNSAS at the district level (SAS)
  • Building the capacity of DNSAS/SAS and project partners through mentoring, training, consultation and direct support.
  • Decentralization of capability to do planning, design and supervision of contracts.
  • To actively encourage and support BESI initiative - district coordination across line ministries and in between sector actors to encourage a sector approach ot RWASH delivery
  • Assist the Sanitation Advisor in coordination of sanitation programmes at district level.

The DEA will provide quality assurance to the CFET/RWSSP/WSI funded activities. This position will be based 80% in districts.

The availability of the DEA will enable DNSAS/SAS and project partners to execute CFET/RWSSP budget and to accelerate the increase of rural water coverage of Timor-Leste.

Reports to: National Engineering Advisor (NEA)

Relationships: The DEA will work in consultation with:

  • Designated G-RDTL counterparts
  • The National Engineering Advisors
  • The Sanitation Advisor and BCC advisor
  • Other DEA
  • Other RWSSP advisers and national staff as required

Duration: 18 months (Feb 2010 to July 2011)

Additional location information: Working with SAS District Offices in designated districts (TBA)

-          expect 80% in districts

The DEA:

-          is responsible to the National Engineering Adviser (Policy & Planning) but will work closely on a day-to-day basis with the other National Engineering Advisor and other District Engineering Advisor;
-          shall comply with all program operational and administrative requirements as specified in the Program Operations Handbook; and
-          shall ensure all contractual requirements are met including:
(a) individual responsibilities under the Security Plan; and
(b) such relevant requirements as specified in the Contract between Commonwealth of Australia and International Development Support Services Pty Ltd for East Timor Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program (RWSSP).

The role of the DEA is to support and provide technical mentoring and quality assurance to DNSAS/SAS at the district level to implement CFET and RWSSP funded activities. (WSI)

The overall objectives of the DEA role include:

1.      Provide technical advice and support to DNSAS district offices (SAS) with the ongoing planning, management and implementation of the technical activities required to meet the water needs of rural Timor-Leste in the target communities; (delivery of CFET budgets to quality and time)
2.      Contribute to socializing the rural water, sanitation and hygiene guidelines;
3.      In collaboration with the Capacity Building Advisor and other advisors, identify specific technical training and mentoring required by the DNSAS/SAS technical officers and facilitate the implementation of the identified training with a specific focus on district level technical and administrative capacity
4.      Provide advice/support to the SAS in the preparation and management of annual plans and budget proposals
5.      Mentor SAS and project partners in planning, detailed engineering design, quantity survey, tender estimates and preparation of bills of quantity;
6.      Provide technical advice to the SAS to ensure that environmental risks are assessed during the planning, survey, design and implementation of all physical activities, so that there are no negative impacts;
7.      Mentor SAS and project partners in supervision and monitoring roles developing, or following all DNSAS procedures
8.      Collaborate with the DNSAS/SAS in monitoring the implementation of the CFET and RWSSP funded contracts and monthly reporting processes to DNSAS on project by project progress; and
9.      Assist the Program Team Leader to update the annual plan and the rolling work plan for the ongoing implementation of RWSSP infrastructure activities.

Skills and Experience (Qualifications/experience/skills/knowledge):

-          A degree in engineering or relevant field related to WS&S
-          Demonstrated high level knowledge and experience of the effective and sustainable provision of water and sanitation for rural communities in less developed countries
-          Proficiency in languages other than English – particularly Tetun or Bahasa Indonesian
-          Work experience in Timor-Leste desirable
-          An understanding of government budgeting, procurement and management systems
-          Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and independently with counterpart staff
-          Facilitation and conflict resolution skills
-          Strong written and oral communication skills.

Personal attributes:
Well developed inter-personal skills with an ability to: communicate effectively with others from different social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, adapt to different cultures and be a supportive member of a team.
How to apply
Email Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter to

Reference Code: RW_7ZQ2B3-88