WASH Specialist (Re-advertisement)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Maputo, Mozambique 🇲🇿

Job no: 543345
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: P-4
Location: Mozambique
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, clean water


How can you make a difference?

Purpose of the job:

Accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of WASH programme (Sanitation and WASH in Institutions) to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives.

As Sanitation and WASH in Institutions Manager, direct, lead and manage a group of professionals and support staff to develop, manage and administer the sectoral or inter-sectoral project/programme.

Support identification of gender inequalities and implement programmes to eliminated inequalities.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/task:

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

Programme/project Planning, Development and Management.

Enhance effective programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral, planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis, with focus on Sanitation and WASH in Institutions, and its periodic update, addressing gender inequalities and determinants of inequalities through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input.

Knowledge Management

Promote knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country, especially for the Sanitation and WASH in Institutions sub-sectors. Promote lessons learned in addressing inequalities and gender inequalities.

Advise the Chief WASH on appropriate training and professional development opportunities for Sanitation and WASH in Institutions teams.

Rights-Based Programme with Results-Based Approach

Promote the quality of rights-based WASH programme and programmes through participation in the formulation of programme/project goals, strategies and approaches. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to programme management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring

Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for project management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches, with an emphasis on promoting approaches to reducing gender inequalities and achieving gender mainstreaming.

Programme Management, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting

Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participation in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the preparation of annual WASH sector status reports for the Sanitation WASH in Institutions sub-sectors.

Promotion of UNICEF’s Global Goals

Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes, and with reference to the WASH Strategy.

UNICEF and Government Accountability

Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability.  Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.

Advocate for due attention and support to be given to environmental and sustainable development issues (pertaining to WASH) in all sectors and line ministries.

Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership

•   Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve WASH programme requirements and objectives. Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and collect information. Conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners.

•  Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.

•   Overall coordination with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project or Programme or Emergency Officers to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors.

•   Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of WASH programme or sectoral planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability.

•   Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of WASH programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations.

 •  Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve WASH programme goals.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Social Sciences or engineering, Civil Engineering, , Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance.Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication), an asset.
  • A minimum of five years of of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector. Field work experience.Experience in behavioral change programs, rural development and/or sanitation as well as WASH in Institutions is highly desirableExperience in managing people is required, experience in managing a team is desirable.
  • Fluency in English and another UN language is required. Fluency in Portuguese or other Latin languages is an asset.

Technical Knowledge

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required

  (Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.) 

•  Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.

•  Advanced Technical Knowledge of the theories, principles and methods in the following areas: communication for behaviour change, Sanitation, WASH in schools, WASH at health centers , monitoring and evaluation

•  Gender and diversity awareness

 b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)

Knowledge of the latest theories, technology and practices in:

•  Community based sanitation approaches i.e.: CLTS, sanitation marketing and supply chain strengthening, hygiene education, and faecal sludge management.

General knowledge of:

•  Methodology of programme/project management

•  Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes

•  Knowledge of global human rights and gender issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNCEF position and approaches.

•  Knowledge of global environmental issues that pertain to sustainable development and specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF position and approaches.

•  UNICEF policies and strategy to address WASH issues, including those relating to conflicts, natural disasters, recovery, disaster risk reduction and environment.

•  UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.

•  Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.

•  UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.

•  Mid-Term Strategic Plan

•  UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide programmes impacting on WASH results.

•  Knowledge and proficiency in the use of corporate office computer system applications and software, including LAN, email, word processing, spreadsheet, database, telecommunications.

•  UNICEF policies and strategies promoting gender equality and equity.

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)

•  Government development plans and policies in the CO of assignment

•  Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes, specifically for Sanitation and/or Wash in Institutions

  UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions

•  UN security operations and guidelines.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Core Competencies

  1. Builds and maintains partnerships
  2. Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  3. Drive to achieve results for impact
  4. Innovates and embraces change
  5. Manages ambiguity and complexity
  6. Thinks and acts strategically
  7. Works collaboratively with others  

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: 30 Sep 2021 South Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 10 Oct 2021 South Africa Standard Time





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