WASH Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Tarawa, Kiribati
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The WASH programme focuses on five main areas of work: (1) Strengthening data, policies, planning capacities and budget allocation for WASH; (2) Enhancing the ability of individuals to change or adopt hygiene behaviours; (3) Strengthening the capacities of communities, schools and healthcare providers to ensure operation and maintenance of water and sanitation facilities; (4) Improving standards and advocating for increased budgets to support quality infrastructure and proper maintenance, as well as monitoring; (5) Strengthening capacities of governments to plan for, adapt to, and recover from the effects of hazards and disasters, as well as longer term climate changes that are impacting on water availability and WASH services

How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the UNICEF Kiribati Field Office and general guidance by the Chief of WASH of the UNICEF Pacific Office, the WASH Specialist will lead the implementation of UNICEF's water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programme in Kiribati and provide technical assistance to respective government and development partners in the following fields: WASH in schools and health care facilities; WASH and nutrition; sector coordination and monitoring; strengthening the enabling environment; community approaches to total sanitation, drinking water safety and security planning; WASH resilience as well as strengthening the national WASH Cluster in emergency preparedness and response.

The WASH Specialist will be accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH programme and ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives. She/he will be expected to direct, lead and manage WASH staff to implement the programme and will support identification of gender inequalities and implement specific activities to eliminate inequalities.

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

  • Advanced University degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, Education or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance.
  • Additional training in Early Childhood Development, Communication for Development, Gender, WASH in Schools, Monitoring and WASH in Emergencies are considered an asset.
  • Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in programme management, monitoring and evaluation in WASH-related programmes for developing countries.
  • Methodology of programme/project management and experience developing procurement processes and systems desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and demonstrated ability to engage effectively with a diverse range of people.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and analyse complex socio-economic and political issues.
  • Background/familiarity with emergency WASH programmes (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach.
  • Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF positions and approaches

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.

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


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.