Re-Advertisement: WASH Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Democratic Republic of the Congo 🇨🇩

Job no: 544467
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Level: P-3
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
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, Life

The WASH situation in the Equator and surrounding provinces is complicated with increased events of flooding because of climate change, the occurrence of infectious diseases like Ebola, COVID-19, Cholera, Malaria to name but few as well as the inflow of refugees recently from CAR. The recent outbreaks underlined the importance to overhaul the WASH infrastructures in Health centres, in schools, in rural as well as in Urban communities.

We are looking for motivated, and energetic professionals with a wide WASH competence and experience to help achieve further WASH goals in the country. Join our team and help create a better world for every child.

How can you make a difference?

Under the direction of the WASH Manager / Chief of WASH, in close coordination with other members and technical specialist of the WASH Team and other sections as appropriate, responsible for / support the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF’s emergency as well as developmental response in activities and results related to safeguard and improve public health of the affected population by ensuring access to safe drinking water, excreta disposal and promoting safe hygiene practices, including appropriate use and maintenance of WASH facilities and services; ensuring overall efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF’s Core Commitment for Children in Emergencies (CCCs) and national and international humanitarian standards.

  • Under the framework of national WASH coordination platform/sectoral cluster, in conjunction with other WASH stakeholders and on behalf of UNICEF, support the overall analysis of sectoral needs and priorities and the definition of strategies and standards to ensure the delivery of safe drinking water, safe excreta disposal facilities and promotion of safe hygiene practices to affected population, in accordance to national and international humanitarian standards.
  • Responsible for/support the definition of UNICEF’s response in the WASH sector (strategies, outcomes, target population) as per agreed standards and CCC’s benchmarks.  In coordination with other UNICEF’s relevant sections and divisions, and implementing partners, develop strategies, plans and capacities to reach target population with culturally appropriate and gender sensitive interventions.
  • Incorporate Early Recovery and Disaster Risk informed approaches as integrated component of UNICEF’s response in the WASH sector.
  • Assure in collaboration with the WASH section the definition and implementation of the most appropriate WASH response strategy to mitigate the risks related to the variety of Environmental Health risks in the area.
  • Based on the identified needs and priorities and the local context, identify suitable ways for community engagement, and as appropriate, for participation in planning, construction, operation and maintenance of WASH facilities and services. This in a variety of contexts like schools, medical infrastructures as well as rural and urban contexts.
  • Based on the identified needs, priorities and the local context; develop and implement strategies and plans to provide emergency sanitation facilities including handwashing and bathing/washing facilities, considering menstrual hygiene management aspects, to ensure people have access to a safe and dignified place for excreta disposal.
  • Develop and implement strategies and plans to eliminate open defecation and to progressively improve sanitary conditions for affected returning / moving out from camps and other temporary settlements.
  • Within UNICEF, collaborate with:
    • Programmes and Emergency Sections to ensure integration of UNICEF’s response to the emergency as well as development goals, exploring opportunities for WASH to support and enhance the programmatic response in other sectors, including the provision of WASH services in schools and other child friendly spaces and institutions.
    • Operations and Supply Sections, as well as with government authorities and other implementing partners, to establish and maintain sound internal controls, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and ensure accountability.
    • Communications and Programme Communication sections to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies for advocacy, social mobilization and emergency programme implementation for the WASH sectoral response.
    • In coordination with other members of the WASH team, explore possibilities to strengthen UNICEF’s WASH regular/development programme/intervention through recovery/reconstruction/stabilization activities.

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

  • Advanced university degree preferably in Water/Environmental Engineering, Public Health, Social Science, Environmental Health, or other relevant fields. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes preferablle in emergency infrastructure projects of the construction/engineering of WASH facilities.
  • One year of deployment in a developing country is required.
  • Experience working with government agencies, local authorities, international organizations, NGOs and communities in the field of water, sanitation and, health and hygiene promotion.
  • Experience working in Ebola, Covid-19, Cholera and Malaria outbreaks (vector control)
  • Experience implementing WASH/IPC interventions in Medical Infrastructure
  • Experience implementing WASH/IPC in refugee or displaced settings in rural as well as urban context.
  • Fluency in French (verbal and written). Good knowledge of English. 

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.

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.


This position is re-advertised for the sole purpose of further expanding the candidate pool qualified female candidates. Previous applicants need not reapply as their original application will be duly considered. 

Applications from qualified French-speaking female candidates are strongly encouraged.

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

Advertised: 08 Oct 2021 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 17 Oct 2021 W. Central Africa Standard Time