ID: 97602

Water and Sanitation (WASH) Engineer - Tonga

Disaster Relief Long Term Wellington

About this opportunity

- 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.

About you:

- Bachelor’s degree in water engineering, civil engineering, environmental health or a related field
- Knowledge and/or experience in designing and constructing WASH facilities
- Knowledge and/or experience in operations and maintenance of WASH facilities
- Experience in staff development
- Experience in mentoring/training

This is a 18-month assignment based in Tonga.

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.

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Time Required

18 Months

Good for
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Skilled volunteering
Interested in
  • Trades & Maintenance
  • Others
  • NZ Police Vetting
  • Medical Check

Full pre-departure and in-country briefing prior to commencing the assignment


Volunteer Service Abroad covers costs while you are on assignment, including travel, accommodation, living allowance and more