WASH Cluster Coordinator

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Bamako, Mali
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and French


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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, hope...

UNICEF Mali is active in the conflict-affected areas by implementing activities as part of the humanitarian response but UNICEF is also the lead the WASH Cluster. In his mission, UNICEF needs a National WASH Cluster Coordinator to support the humanitarian response in defining, developing, coordinating, implementing and monitoring partner activities in the northern and central regions affected by the social and political crisis since 2012.

How can you make a difference?

On behalf of UNICEF (as the lead agency for the IASC Water, Sanitation and Hygiene cluster), and in collaboration with the local government Authorities and with implementing partners, the main purpose of the WASH Cluster Coordination post is to facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, coherent, strategic, and effective WASH response to the combined emergency crisis by a mobilized and adequately resourced group of agencies, organizations, NGOs, local communities, and other groups as necessary.

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:

  • Ensure inclusion of key WASH humanitarian partners;
  • Ensure establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms;
  • Ensure coordination with national/local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors;
  • Ensure utilization of participatory and community based approaches in WASH related assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and response;
  • Ensure integration of agreed priority cross-cutting issues in WASH assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and response (e.g. age, diversity, environment, gender, HIV/AIDS and human rights);
  • Ensure needs assessment and analysis;
  • Ensure adequate WASH related contingency planning and preparedness for potential significant changes in the nature of the emergency;
  • Ensure planning and strategy development (HRP and HNO);
  • Ensure application of standards;
  • Ensure adequate monitoring and reporting;
  • Ensure advocacy and resource mobilization;
  • Promote and support training and capacity building;
  • Provide assistance or services as a last resort;
  • Effectively use and transfer information to, from and between cluster participants and other stakeholders;
  • Interact with other clusters (including through inter-cluster coordination fora), humanitarian actors, government counterparts, and relevant authorities for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners;
  • Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms.
  • Monitor performance of the core cluster functions.

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

  • Education: Masters degree in subjects/ areas of WASH e.g Health Promotion or Education, Engineering, Environmental Health or related fields.
  • Experience: A minimum of 5 years of experience. Experience working with government agencies, local authorities, international organizations, NGOs and communities in the field of water, sanitation and participatory approaches in health and hygiene promotion. Experience on emergency response and programme coordination. Knowledge of humanitarian reform principles, international humanitarian law, inter-connectedness and reform pillars & reform updates. Knowledge of the Cluster approach guidelines and terms of Reference (and knowledge of how to apply them). Knowledge of cluster participants (their mandates, capacities, attitudes, limitations) and how to integrate them into the cluster approach.  Ability to mitigate and mediate conflict and disagreements among cluster partners. Competencies of Successful Candidate.
  • Language: Fluency in English and French is required

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are….

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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.