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EWB is seeking proactive, adaptable and culturally-sensitive people who are passionate about sharing their technical skills and experience to achieve a positive impact with marginalised communities and to create change within the Australian engineering sector. You are dedicated to building local capacity, rather than delivering a project yourself. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply!  

Allowances These professional placements are voluntary, however an allowance is provided to support a modest but comfortable standard of living covering general day-to-day expenses and accommodation. Other costs such as Pre-Departure Training, airfares, insurance, language lessons and visas are also covered.

Assessment & Criteria As part of the assessment process, Intake 22 Field Professionals are required to participate in five-days of Pre-Departure Training (PDT) in early June 2018 (date tbc) and be available to mobilise in July 2018 (exact date tbc). 
It is important to note that these positions are only open to Australian and New Zealand citizens or permanent residents and are also subject to funding approval. We are only able to confirm the placement after successful completion of PDT. 

Application details All applications must be received by 9am AEST, Monday 9 April 2018 (Please note: applications will be assessed as they are received – so get in quick!)

Please complete the Overseas Placement Application Form and submit with your CV (maximum 2 pages) via the online portal. Please note, we are unable to assess applications that do not address the selection criteria.

To find out more about our team currently in the field, please read the profiles of our Field Professionals
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If you are interested in learning more about human centred design, a development approach that EWB is committed to, we encourage you to sign up to the Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design. It's free! The next course starts on 8th May 2018.

EWB Field Team in Timor-Leste


EWB Skills Development Program Mentor

Partner Organisation: Engineers Without Borders Australia
Location: Dili, Timor-Leste 
Duration: 13 months (flexible, min 6 months)

July 2018-August 2019

EWB’s Skills Development Program aims to strengthen the capacity of the local engineering and technical sectors, enhancing the effectiveness of its workforce to provide appropriate infrastructure and essential services to all community members.

Since 2015, EWB has been working with local partners and training providers to design and implement industry relevant training and experiential learning initiatives to improve professional skills, capacity and practical competencies of students, graduates and professionals from technical disciplines, incuding engineering and construction. 

This mentoring position will work closely with the EWB Timor-Leste program team to grow and stregthen the program, enabling them to establish a self-driven movement of people-centred engineers and technical professionals to sustain program initiatives into the future.

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Construction Trades Training Development Mentor 
Partner Organisation: Centro Nacional de Emprego e Formacao Profissional (CNEFP)
Location: Tibar, Timor-Leste
Duration: 13 months with option to exten
July 2018 - August 2019

The engineering and construction industry in Timor-Leste is still in development phase, and many companies and infrustructure projects still rely on sourcing skilled labourers from neighbouring countries as there is a skilled labour shortage in the country. This is due to limited options for quality education and training needed to cultivate a highly-skilled workforce including engineers, trades people and other technical professionals. This placement contributes to addressing this challenge and aims to enhance employment pathways for young Timorese in construction trades.

Centro Nacional de Emprego e Formacao Profissional (CNEFP) promotes and delivers quality vocational training in Timor-Leste, primarily in the construction sector. CNEFP’s reputation has grown rapidly in recent years (it is a nationally accredited Centre of Excellence) and their goal is to maintain its high standards as a training provider. 

Use your practical engineering or construction skills and passion for education to support CNEFP trainers in enhancing their construction and vocational training courses, to develop and deliver high quality and practical training for local students. Being flexible and adaptable is a must!

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WASH Technical Mentor (remote placement)
Partner Organisation: Partnership for Human Development Program, ABT Associates

Location: Bobonaro, Timor- Leste
Duration: 13 months with option to extend
July 2018- August 2019


The Australian Timor-Leste Partnership for Human Development (PHD) support the people and Government of Timor- Leste to build and sustain healthy, educated and prosperous communities. The Partnership for Human Development is funding WASH infastructure and Behaviours Sustainability Project in Bobonaro.

Use your engineering experience water and waste water construction and management to support the PHD  team  to  achieve  100%  improved  household  toilets, provide technical guidance to local WASH NGOs and strengthen the capacity of the Municipal Water Service personnel to respond to the needs of the community.

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Sanitation Technical and Business Mentor
Partner Organisation: Live and Learn Vanuatu Location: Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu (with some travel to Port Villa)
Duration: 9 months
July 2018- March 2019

Access to sanitation is considerably lower in the South Pacific Islands Countries (SPICs) than the world average and constrained by financial resources, freshwater resources, technical expertise, and challenging geographical circumstances. Alternative solutions to conventional practices are usually required in such environments.

Since 2015, EWB have been working with LLEE Vanuatu on the early stages of the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing and Innovation Program (WPSMIP). This program aimed to improve sanitation and hygiene access and behaviours by improving supply chains and demand for sanitation and hygiene and creating supportive environments in communities that enable behaviour change to occur.

In 2017, Live and Learn established Community Based Sanitation Enterprises (CBSEs) and the focus shifted to supporting and strengthening the skills and capacity of the construction team, and developing the CBSE businesses in terms of design, costing, materials and appropriately skilled team members. The next phase will involve expanding to Santo through the establishment of a CBSE in Luganville.  The focus of this role will be supporting the newly formed CBSE in Santo with some additional support being provided to the two existing CBSEs in Port Vila.

The Sanitation Technical and Business Mentor will spend approximately 40% of their time on providing business support and 60% providing technical mentoring and construction support.

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Engineers Without Borders New Zealand is also advertising positions for a Water Advisor and Hydrogeologist in the Pacific, see below!