WASH Specialist

Conakry, Guinea 🇬🇳

Job Number: 499220 | Vacancy Link
Location: Guinea
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.

I. Purpose of the Position

Under the supervision of the Chief WASH, the incumbent will act as a manager for project funded by The Netherlands, European Union and lead effective and efficient planning, design, implementation and administration of within a major programme that focus on achievement of UNICEF’s programmatic priorities. The projects covers a wide range of WASH programming (CLTS, sanitation marketing, hygiene promotion, household water treatment and safe storage, WASH in community, WASH in Health, WASH in schools and WASH governance).

The incumbent will also ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives.

II. Key Expected Results

  1. Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and collaboration to the Situation Analysis and its periodic update made for effective programme planning, development and management, including emergency preparedness and response.
  2. Knowledge management effectively promoted through drafting/finalizing key WASH sectoral programme documents and reports, sharing good practice, lessons learned, and knowledge/information exchange.
  3. Quality of rights-based WASH programmes effectively promoted, and coherence, synergy and value added to programme management process through results-based management and strategies.
  4. Sectoral work plan and activities formulated, implemented and monitored, ensuring alignment with the defined programme strategies and approaches. Programme monitored with special attention to gender/sex disaggregation of relevant indicators.
  5. Programme delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.
  6. UNICEF’s global goals effectively promoted through advocacy and policy dialogue in the WASH sector.
  7. Proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability ensured regarding supply, non-supply and emergency assistance as well as disbursement of programme funds for the WASH sector.
  8. Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration including support to the IASC WASH Cluster.

III. Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

  1. Programme/project Planning, Development and Management

Enhance effective programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral, planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input.

She/he will conduct field visits to monitor project as well as conduct periodic programme review and ensure project baseline survey

Establish with various stakeholders, annual and multi-years program planning.

Establish and follow up financial project disbursement and launch the various studies and basics surveys

Make viable recommendation on project implementation alternative approaches and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively the advancement of the rights of children.

  1. Knowledge Management

Promote knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.

  1. Rights-Based Programme with Results-Based Approach

Promote the quality of rights-based WASH programme and programmes through participation in the formulation of programme/project goals, strategies and approaches. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to programme management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. 

  1. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring

Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for project management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches. Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex disaggregated data.

  1. Programme Management, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting 

Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participation in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the preparation of annual WASH sector status reports.

Ensure that reporting requirement is met. 

  1. Promotion of UNICEF’s Global Goals 

Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes, and reference to the WASH strategy. 

  1. UNICEF and Government Accountability 

Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability. Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines. 

Advocate for due attention and support to be given to environmental and sustainable development issues (pertaining to WASH) in all sectors and line Ministries. 

Ensure adequate attention is given to Disaster Risk Management, including emergency preparedness and response. 

  1. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership 
  • Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy, social mobilization and emergency efforts. 
  • Overall coordination with WASH colleagues, Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project, Programme and Emergency Officers to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors. 
  • Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of WASH programme or sectoral planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability. 
  • Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of WASH programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve WASH programme goals, including humanitarian response. 
  1. Any other tasks that may be required (within reason) to achieve the objective of this assignment.

IV. Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Education  

Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: 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.

  • Work Experience 

Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector. Field work experience.

Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach. 

  • Language Proficiency  
  1. i) Fluency in English and another UN language (for IP)
  2. ii) Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station (for NO).
  • Competency Profile (For details on competencies please refer to the UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.)

i) Core Values (Required) 

  • Commitment      
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

ii) Core Competencies (Required)

  • Communication 
  • Working with People 
  • Drive for Results

iii) Functional Competencies (Required)

      • Analyzing   

      • Relating and Networking   

      • Deciding and Initiating Action  

      • Applying Technical Expertise 

      • Leading and Supervising 

     •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts    

V. Technical Knowledge  

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required (Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.)

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

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)

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 UNICEF position and approaches.
  • UNICEF policies and strategy to address WASH issues, including those relating to conflicts, natural disasters, recovery, disaster risk reduction and environment.
  • UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
  • Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.
  • UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
  • Mid-Term Strategic Plan
  • UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide programmes impacting on WASH results.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in the use of corporate office computer system applications and software, including LAN, email, word processing, spreadsheet, database, telecommunications.
  • Knowledge of global environmental issues that pertain to sustainable development and specifically relation to children and woman, and the current UNICEF position approaches.
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

 c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)

  • Government development plans and policies
  • Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses, including the IASC Cluster approach.
  • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
  • UN security operations and guidelines.
  • UNICEF policies, strategies promoting and supporting gender equality and diversity.

Remarks

* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

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 organization.


Opening Date 21 Sep 2016 GMT Standard Time
Closing Date 5 Oct 2016 GMT Standard Time


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