• Technical Designer for Water and Sanitation Dossiers at Médicos Sin Fronteras

  • Posted on: 14 August, 2017 Deadline: Not Specified
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    Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian non-governmental organization best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries affected by endemic diseases.

    Technical Designer for Water and Sanitation Dossiers


    Job dimension: Produce two sets of dossiers with construction designs, bill of quantities and construction recommendations for 2 sets of sanitation infrastructures.

    Starting date of mission: September

    Duration of mission: 8 weeks


    Hospital Waste Zone

    Compile MSF standards for Hospital Waste zones in two contexts: emergency (temporary solution) and long-term solution, and prepare the draft-construction schemes that would entail each type of setting.

    Emergency set-up:

    • Simple materials to be used and easy to build structures: for example using oil drums as liners for the waste pits or Ferro-cement …Detailed list of manual content will be provided by MSF technical unit referents.
    • Incinerators and reducers can be made locally with drums or intermediate burners (preferred option) as per MSF guides, recommendations, and experience.
    • Water point and storage area should always be included
    • The area should be enclosed and restricted to trained personnel only

    Long term/Lasting solution:

    • Long term solution materials to be used
    • Incinerators and reducers should be made using De Montfort or similar as per MSF recommendations or policies
    • Water point and storage area should always be included
    • The area should be enclosed and restricted to trained personnel only
    • Area for possible extension should always be considered and enclosed

    Excreta disposal, showers and hand washing station

    Compile MSF standards for latrines in Health Structures in two different contexts: emergency (or first temporary solution), and long-term (permanent) solution.

    Emergency set-up:

    • Simple materials to be used and easy to build structures: for example using oil drums as liners for the pits or ferro cement …
    • Plastic sheeting and wood or alternative for the structure
    • Handwashing points and small water harvesting should be included
    • Handicap access, children access, and patients – staff structure should be considered.
    • Design for 3 latrines (Men-Women-children) and 2 showers (men-women).
    • Design should include the grease trap and soak away pit.

    Long term/Permanent solution:

    • Long term solution materials to be used
    • Latrines should be possible to dislodge them or even to be connected to a septic tank
    • Latrine should include access for disables and be children friendly
    • Design for 3 latrines (Men-Women-children) and 2 showers (men-women).
    • Water harvesting system, connection to sewerage system, flushing slabs, or VIP should all be considered.


    Initially, provide a draft of each of the dossiers (technical designs) by the end of the second week of the assignment, and a complete draft of the dossiers 10 days before the end of the work. A detailed chronogram will be provide at ignition of the work to assure room for technical revision, format review, draft validation, final revision,

    1. Each technical dossier should include:
    • Index showing the different items in each of set of sanitation infrastructures the dossiers
    • Each item will be divided into 3 sections as follows:
    • One initial section with technical drawings (all views, including finished ones – 3D) of the structure defined, along with the options for contextualization. This initial section should be prepared in AutoCAD and also in pdf format, with a proper scale, date of preparation, Name of the structure, and comments within the drawings to clarify possible specifications or construction needs.
    • One second section showing key construction steps for each single structure, and tips for properly conducts the implementation of the structure. This will be done mostly with 3D drawings, and will also show the different options proposed.
    • A third section listing the bill of quantities needed (better to have one visual and one just where the items are listed).
    • A complementary part in each dossier will inform of some key construction guidelines and considerations, additional recommendations for site selection, stabilization of the pits, requirements for the cement or others, lighting, for handwashing, material specifications for common construction materials, design considerations, etc.
    1. Provide a presentation of the two dossiers to the technical referents


    • The main manuscripts and documents used for reference include:
    • MSF Construction guides.
    • Public Health Engineering in Precarious Situations, 2nd Version, 2010
    • UNHCR WASH Technical designs for refugee settings ( http://wash.unhcr.org/wash-technical-designs/)
    • Some internal MSF design documents


    Education and experience

    • Engineering/Architectural background with strong skills in designing water and sanitation structures and proficient in AutoCAD
    • Professional and relief field experience. MSF experience is a key asset.
    • Essential at least two years of previous experience with a Humanitarian organization
    • Excellent written and visual communication to clearly present and illustrate the technical procedures the team needs to follow.
    • Essential to have very good command of English, as all the documents should be presented in proficient English.


    • 2 months contract.
    • Salary and secondary benefits based on MSF OCBA Reward Policy and country of residence’

    Method of Application

    • Applicants should send their curriculum vitae and cover motivation letter by August 24th2017 under the reference "WATSAN DESIGNER" to: MSFE-RRHH-NBO@barcelona.msf.org
    • MSF will contact only short-listed candidates.
    • Médecins Sans Frontieres, as a responsible employer, under article 38 of “Ley de Integración Social del Minusválido de 1982 (LISMI)” invite those persons with a recognised disability and with an interest in the humanitarian area to apply for the above mentioned position

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