WASH Specialist

Freetown, Sierra Leone 🇸🇱

Job Number: 498765 | Vacancy Link
Location: Sierra Leone
Work Type : Temporary Appointment

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

In view of the emerging significance to improve technical designs and options to ensure sustainability in the medium to long term, a staff member with a strong technical background in WASH facilities’ engineering is required. Under the direct supervision of the WASH Manager and the general guidance of the Chief Child Survival and Development, the WASH specialist is responsible for the formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation and quality assurance of the construction/engineering of the WASH programme to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks & Key Expected Results

Under the direct supervision of WASH Manager and the general guidance of the Chief CSD, contributes to project implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programme/project activities and progress reporting, including teamwork and capacity building of staff members under her/his supervision.

  • Participates in the formulation and development of the WASH programme goals, strategies and approaches for the UNICEF plan of cooperation.
  • Participates with UNICEF/government/and other partners in the development of WASH construction/engineering strategies, methodologies and identification of new approaches for improving WASH construction/engineering programme delivery, with emphasis on advocacy, community participation and social mobilization
  • Reviews and evaluates the technical, institutional and financial feasibility and constraints of WASH construction/engineering programmes/projects in coordination and collaboration with government and other partners. Provides technical support to government and non-government organizations at the national, regional and provincial levels in the planning, development and implementation stages of the WASH construction/engineering programmes/projects. Plans, organizes and conducts training and orientation activities for government personnel and beneficiaries, for the purpose of capacity building at the central and regional levels, and expansion of coverage of services
  • Plans and undertakes field visits, and surveys in order to monitor and evaluate WASH construction/engineering project implementation and other assigned activities. Identifies problems and proposes remedial actions. Identifies alternative courses of action, to accelerate/improve programme delivery. Develops the work-plan for the WASH construction/engineering component and monitors compliance to ensure objectives and targets are met/ achieved. Guides and supervises professional staff from the Government and implementing partners. Ensures their training needs are met, and provides on-the-job training.
  • Coordinates with Operations/Supply staff on supply and non- supply assistance activities.
  • Approves disbursement of funds ensuring proper utilization and accountability, and that activities are within established plans of action, and the programme budget allotments.
  • Coordinates activities and exchanges information/ideas with other programmes, to contribute to the achievement of overall country programme objectives.
  • Participates in establishing effective monitoring, information and reporting systems, and in the development of communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and community participation.
  • Participates in the preparation of all programme reports for management, Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance.

Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication), an asset.

Work Experience:

Eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience of which at least 5 years are within the UN or other international development organizations in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene construction/engineering programme planning, management, monitoring, and evaluation.

Field work experience required. Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach an asset.


Fluency in English required. Knowledge of another UN official language and/or the local language of the duty station is an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results

Functional Competencies

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Analyzing
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Learning and Researching
  • Planning and Organizing

Technical Knowledge  

  1. a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required

Advanced Technical Knowledge of the theories, principles and methods in the following areas: water supply projects management and engineering, monitoring and evaluation; integrated water resource management; appropriate water supply and quality technology i.e. community based water supply and communication for behavior change, WASH in schools.

  1. b) Common Technical Knowledge Required

Knowledge of the latest theories, technology and practices in:

    • Community based sanitation i.e.: hygiene education or latrine construction and waste 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, and disaster risk reduction and environment.
    • UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
    • Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Opening Date 26 Aug 2016 GMT Standard Time
Closing Date 10 Sep 2016 GMT Standard Time