AWWA encourages water professionals to participate in USAID effort to rebuild Iraqi water systems

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is encouraging water professionals throughout the nation to consider participating in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Local Governance Program to help rebuild supply and distribution water systems in Iraq.

Jun 4th, 2003

DENVER, June 4, 2003 -- The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is encouraging water professionals throughout the nation to consider participating in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Local Governance Program to help rebuild supply and distribution water systems in Iraq.

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has contracted with USAID to provide local governance support in Iraq. RTI is identifying Public Water Works Specialists to provide short-term and long-term technical assistance in Iraqi water supply/distribution systems, and to provide Iraqi counterparts with the knowledge, skills and abilities to repair and sustain Iraqi water systems.

RTI is looking for experienced water professionals who are willing to leave for Iraq within 10-14 days. The average assignment would last 2-4 months. Compensation and terms of contractual service will be negotiated between the individual, his/her employer and RTI.

"Water professionals throughout America are some of the best trained in the world," Jack Hoffbuhr, Executive Director of AWWA said. "The water situation in Iraq is still in a critical stage and present enormous humanitarian issues and challenges. This is an opportunity to help rebuild the Iraqi water system to assure that the Iraqi people are receiving safe and healthy drinking water."

The following notice provides a description of the USAID effort and contact information for those interested in participating in this program:


Public Water Works Specialists

About RTI

RTI is an independent, nonprofit organization with a distinguished history in applied research, technical assistance and training. RTI is looking for Public Work Specialist for the USAID Iraq Local Governance Program to provide short-term and long-term technical assistance in the following sectors:

Public Water Works

The Public Water Works Specialists will identify problems in the water supply/distribution system, and provide Iraqi counterparts with the knowledge, skills and abilities to repair the system to meet pre-war levels of output.

The appropriate candidate must meet the following requirements:

* College degree with specialization in civil or mechanical engineering
* 10+ years experience operating/managing water plants, pumping stations, and distribution networks
* 5+ years supervising water supply distribution management teams
* Team-oriented professional with cross-cultural awareness
* Experience with extreme conditions, including floods, dust storms, or other natural hazards
* Professional experience in the Middle East preferred but not necessary
* Willingness to relocate within two week's time

Contact Information
Please send CV and list of 3 references ASAP to:

Mitchell Rakusin
Research Triangle Institute (RTI)
3040 Cornwallis Rd.
RTP, NC 27709 USA
Tel: 919-316-3441
Fax: 919-541-6621
E-mail: mrakusin@rti.org
www.rti.org


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