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Under the general guidance of the Deputy Representative, responsible for managing and supervising all stages of the WASH programme from strategic planning and formulation to the delivery of the WASH outcome and output results; leading and managing the CO WASH team and accountable for ensuring that the WASH outcome and output results are achieved according to plans, allocations, results based-management approaches and methodology, UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, standards of performance and accountability framework.
- Establish the multi-year/rolling work plan, determining priorities and performance measurements. Monitor workplan implementation, to ensure that WASH output results are achieved to schedule and performance standards.Â Report critical issues to the Deputy Representative and Representative for timely action.
- Establish the annual workplan outputs, activities and developmental priorities of the WASH section staff.Â Provide timely guidance to enable the WASH section staff to perform their duties responsibly and efficiently.
- Manage the WASH team building and motivation.Â Signal potential conflicts and take preventive action, in coordination with Human Resources staff.Â
Programme development and planning
- Prepare the WASH inputs for the situation analysis.Â Provide comprehensive and current data to inform WASH policy and programme development, planning, management and implementation. Keep abreast of global, regional and national WASH sector developments, for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in WASH programme design, management and implementation.
- Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss national WASH priorities, resources, strategies and methodologies to ensure the most strategic use of the collective resources of external support agencies.
- Lead the development of the WASH outcome and output results of the country programme (or APD), along with related background, strategic analysis and delivery strategies, ensuring alignment with UNICEFâ€™s Strategic Plan, UNICEFâ€™s global WASH strategy and the country programme as well as government plans and priorities, and the role of other WASH external support agencies.Â Lead the development of output-related indicators, baselines, targets and means of verification.Â Lead the development of the WASH content of the CPAP.Â
- Develop and manage a fundraising strategy for WASH, aligned with the WASH output results in the country programme, and lead interactions with senior staff of donor agencies.
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
- Prepare documentation for programme reviews and analytical statements on progress and constraints of WASH outcome and output results.
- Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes for the achievement of the WASH output results.Â Ensure effective collaboration with other UNICEF sectors, where needed.
- With other external support agencies, analyze national government WASH sector programmes and projects, with a focus on WASH outcomes (behaviors), using bottleneck analysis tools available in the sector (WASH-BAT, CSOs, SDAs).Â
- Manage monitoring and evaluation of the WASH programme and its components, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other partners and prepare reports for CO management and WASH sector coordination bodies.
- Monitor, report and certify the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity.
- Ensure timely donor reporting, negotiate any changes required to agreements with donors in a timely manner.Â Ensure systems are in place for HACT compliance.Â
Advisory services and technical support
- Participate in strategic discussions to influence national WASH policies and strategies, including the reduction of inequalities, contributing to global sector learning.
- Advise senior officials in government, NGOs, UN agencies and WASH sector donors on WASH policies, strategies and best practices.
- Lead the preparation of policy papers, briefing notes and other strategic materials for use by management, donors, UNICEF regional offices and headquarters.
- Coordinate the use of technical experts from the Regional Office and HQ, as and where appropriate in the WASH programme, through remote support and on-site visits.Â
Advocacy, networking and partnership building
- Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with government counterparts, UN agencies, donor agencies, WASH institutions, NGOs, research institutes and the private sector to stimulate coordination and collaboration.
- Oversee the analysis of national budgets for WASH, cost analysis and value-for-money studies, to advocate for improvements in sector efficiency.Â
- Produce materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund-raising.
- Represent UNICEF in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEFâ€™s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in planning and agenda setting.
- Interact with global and regional initiatives and partnerships for WASH.Â
Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
- Serve as WASH Cluster coordinator, working with WASH partners to ensure preparedness and response actions in the context of emergencies and humanitarian action.
- Ensure the annual preparation/revision of UNICEFâ€™s preparedness for WASH in emergencies.Â
- Ensure the coordination arrangements for humanitarian WASH are in place, for instant robust coordination in case of an emergency.Â
- Ensure that all UNICEF WASH staff are familiar with UNICEFâ€™s procedures for responding in an emergency.
- In case of an emergency, ensure that UNICEF meets its commitments for WASH in the response and early recovery.Â
- Support government to strengthen WASH emergency preparedness.Â
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- Organize and lead the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems), ensuring rigorous monitoring and wide sharing of results.
- Determine priorities for learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
- Systematically plan, support and monitor the professional development of UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments.
- Organize the systematic assessment of WASH sector capacity gap analysis, in collaboration with government and other stakeholders, and support the design of initiatives to strengthen capacities systematically.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields: Public Health, 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.
- Experience: A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required. At least one year of work in humanitarian situations, experience in the UN and/or other international development organization, national government or the private sector; Proven ability to manage medium to large programmes including staffing and budgets, with clear results. Field work experience. Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach preferable.
- Language: Fluency in English and a second UN language. Local working language of the duty station an asset.
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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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.
* Employment offer is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.