Micronesia nationals: WASH Officer

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia 🇫🇲

Job no: 544536
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Level: NO-1
Location: Fiji/Pacific Island Countries
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, safe environment

UNICEF works with and for disadvantaged children and adolescents across 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories. Our ambition is to get each entire country, and the entire Pacific Region, working together – as one – on behalf of its most vulnerable children. Explore the different areas of our work in the link provided here https://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/what-we-do   


The global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of effective infection prevention and control (IPC) within healthcare facilities to mitigate risks of transmission among patients and healthcare staff. UNICEF is looking for a motivated national from Micronesia for the position of WASH Officer in the Pohnpei office. The WASH officer will provide dedicated technical expertise, to support the detailed planning and implementation of the immediate and critical need for improved Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in Health Care Facilities as a key element of COVID-19 response in support of Infection and Preventions Control measures.

At the same time, the WASH Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programme, through the application of theoretical and practical technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing and presenting programme information while learning organizational rules, regulations and procedures to support the development, implementation and monitoring of the WASH programme results .

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Programme development and planning
  2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  3. Technical and operational support for programme implementation
  4. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
  5. Networking and partnership building
  6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

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

  • A 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.
  • A good understanding of national government WASH-related policies plans and strategies, and institutional arrangements is required.
  • Knowledge of the latest guidance and best practices for WASH programming in the Pacific context especially WASH in health care facilities will be a valuable asset.
  • Fluency in English and local language of the duty station

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) 

UNICEF’s competency framework:

  • Builds and maintains partnership, 
  • Demonstrates self and ethical awareness, 
  • Drive to Achieve impactful results, 
  • Innovates and embraces change, 
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity, 
  • Thinks and acts strategically, 
  • Works collaboratively with others 

View our competency framework athttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.


This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/

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

The Vacancy Announcement is open to all (internal and external candidates).

Advertised: 14 Oct 2021 West Pacific Standard Time
Deadline: 21 Oct 2021 West Pacific Standard Time





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