El Salvador nationals: TA WASH Officer (Emergency)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
San Salvador, El Salvador
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Junior (0-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
English and Spanish
Apply By: 
23 October 2018
3 days remaining until the deadline.

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This is a Temporary Appointment with a duration of six months.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS 

 

Programme development and planning

  • Research and analyze regional/national political, WASH, health, and social and economic development trends. Collect, analyze, verify and synthesize information to identify emergency-prone conditions/situations and risks, and contribute to early warning and timely emergency preparedness.
  • Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information. Assist in the development/establishment of WASH-related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH sector needs and priorities for emergency preparedness and response. Gathers information on best practices in emergency situations for the preparation of WASH contingency plans.
  • Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials/documentations, complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support progress towards the WASH-related outcome and/or output of UNICEF's Emergency Programme.
  • Assists in organizing and conducting training for the office’s staff capacity building in emergency preparedness and response in WASH, covering innovative approaches and good practices. Provides briefing, as required. Participates in other WASH emergency training workshops in the region, and contributes to enhancement of the emergency preparedness and response capability of the office staff, as well as training of WASH stakeholders on emergency preparedness and contingency planning.

Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/ share information on implementation issues, suggest solutions on routine programme implementation and alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decision. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned from UNICEF's emergency experience in WASH and contributes in identifying requirements and adoption of best practices and standards for longer-term emergency operation/interventions in WASH.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by higher management and other stakeholders.
  • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.
  • Prepare inputs for programme and donor reporting.

Technical and operational support for programme implementation

  • Undertake field visits and surveys, collect and share reports with partners/stakeholders. Report critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems to supervisor, for timely action.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in WASH Emergency Preparedness and Response, to support programme implementation.

Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response

  • Draft inputs for the preparation of WASH emergency preparedness, including the drafting of required supplies and services, long-term agreements, partnership agreements, and coordination mechanisms.
  • Study and fully understand UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency.
  • Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises. 

Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve WASH output results of Emergency programme.
  • Draft communication and information materials for WASH advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for WASH in emergencies.
  • Participate in inter-agency meetings/events on WASH programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of WASH output in emergency programmes/projects and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF output results and implementation strategies with UNDAF development and planning processes.
  • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems). 
  • Assist in the preparation of learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH in the Emergency sector development.
  • Assist in creating and delivering learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity on emergency preparedness and response remains up-to-date with latest developments. 
  • Participate as a resource person in emergency preparedness and response capacity building for WASH initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • University degree in one of the following fields is required:  public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering or another relevant technical field.
  • Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.
  • DEVELOPMENTAL:  A minimum of one year of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.
  • HUMANITARIAN:  Training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is required.