El Salvador nationals: WASH Officer

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
San Salvador, El Salvador
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and Spanish


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Under the close supervision and instructions of the supervisor, the WASH Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance for the implementation of country office emergency preparedness and response in WASH, through the application of theoretical and practical technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing and presenting programme information to support the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the emergency interventions in WASH to advance the survival and well-being of children, mothers and affected communities in emergency situations.

How can you make a difference?

We are looking for a dynamic and innovative WASH Officer (Emergency) to support UNICEF’s El Salvador office in the areas described below, seasoned professionals are encouraged to apply!

  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


1. Programme development and planning

Research and analyze regional/national political, WASH, health, and social and economic development trends. Collect, analyze, verify and synthesize information to identify emergency-prone conditions/situations and risks, and contribute to early warning and timely emergency preparedness.

Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information.

Assist in the development/establishment of WASH-related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH sector needs and priorities for emergency preparedness and response. Gathers information on best practices in emergency situations for the preparation of WASH contingency plans.

Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials/documentations, complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support progress towards the WASH-related outcome and/or output of UNICEF's Emergency Programme.

Assists in organizing and conducting training for the office’s staff capacity building in emergency preparedness and response in WASH, covering innovative approaches and good practices. Provides briefing, as required. Participates in other WASH emergency training workshops in the region, and contributes to enhancement of the emergency preparedness and response capability of the office staff, as well as training of WASH stakeholders on emergency preparedness and contingency planning.

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/ share information on implementation issues, suggest solutions on routine programme implementation and alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decision. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned from UNICEF's emergency experience in WASH and contributes in identifying requirements and adoption of best practices and standards for longer-term emergency operation/interventions in WASH.

Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by higher management and other stakeholders.

Monitor and report on 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. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.

Prepare inputs for programme and donor reporting.

3. Technical and operational support for programme implementation

Undertake field visits and surveys, collect and share reports with partners/stakeholders. Report critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems to supervisor, for timely action.

Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in WASH Emergency Preparedness and Response, to support programme implementation.

4. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response

Draft inputs for the preparation of WASH emergency preparedness, including the drafting of required supplies and services, long-term agreements, partnership agreements, and coordination mechanisms.

Study and fully understand UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency.

Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises.

5. Networking and partnership building

Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve WASH output results of Emergency programme.

Draft communication and information materials for WASH advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for WASH in emergencies.

Participate in inter-agency meetings/events on WASH programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of WASH output in emergency programmes/projects and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF output results and implementation strategies with UNDAF development and planning processes.

Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.

6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems).

Assist in the preparation of learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH in the Emergency sector development.

Assist in creating and delivering learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity on emergency preparedness and response remains up-to-date with latest developments.

Participate as a resource person in emergency preparedness and response capacity building for WASH initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

1. Education

An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering or another relevant technical field, such as: environmental health or agronomy.

Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.

2. Work Experience

DEVELOPMENTAL: a minimum of one year of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.

HUMANITARIAN: Training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable.

3. Language Proficiency

Fluency in English and Spanish is required.

4. Technical requirements

Basic knowledge of four of the eight components below:

  • Rural water supply for low and middle-income countries - including water safety, sustainability
  • Rural sanitation for low and middle-income countries, including sustainability; applying CATS principles
  • Urban sanitation for low and middle-income countries, including sustainability
  • Handwashing with soap
  • WASH-in-Schools and Health Centres
  • Menstrual hygiene management
  • National government WASH policies, plans and strategies
  • Analysis of national budgets and expenditure for basic WASH, and related advocacy

Basic knowledge of two of the four components below:

  • Programme/project management
  • Capacity development
  • Knowledge management
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Basic knowledge of:

  • Human rights and WASH
  • Gender equality and WASH

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity; and the core competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

For this position our required functional competencies are: Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Planning and Organizing, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Learning and Research, Adapting and Responding to Change and Coping with Pressure and Setbacks.

View our competency framework at


Please note this is a National Officer position, only Salvadoran citizens will be considered.

Please note that the National Officers (NOs) are locally recruited staff and therefore, candidates are personally responsible for any travel and accommodation arrangements.