Honduras nationals: WASH & Climate Change Officer
*Only open to Nationals of Honduras*
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Purpose of the Job
The WASH and Climate Change Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH and Climate Change programming process, through the application of theoretical and practical technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing and presenting programme information while learning organizational rules, regulations and procedures to support the development, implementation and monitoring of the WASH and Climate Change output results of the Country Programme.
Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks
1. Programme development and Planning
- Research and analyze regional/national political, WASH, child-related climate change vulnerabilities/risks and social and economic development trends. Collect, analyze, verify and synthesize information to facilitate programme development, design and preparation.
- Evidence-based advocacy and engagement with Governments and CSO partners on climate change to promote policies and programmes for child-focused climate change adaptation and mitigation actions.
- Assist in the development/establishment of WASH and child-related climate change output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH-climate change sector needs and priorities.
- Provide technical expertise to promote risk informed programming in accordance with UNICEF Strategic Plans (SP), processes and terminology, and contribute to its work plan and actions, both at national and subnational level, including supporting the setting of risk informed programming monitoring system through common benchmarks and indicators.
- Develop solid programme proposals/budget/results framework for the WASH and child-related climate change and fundraising proposal if needed, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information.
- 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 and climate change-related output results in the Country Programme.
- Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate review and approval processes.
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.
- 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 and child-related climate change, 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 and climate change output results.
- Draft communication and information materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for WASH and child-related climate change.
- Participate in inter-agency meetings/events on WASH and child-related climate change programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of 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.
- Take forward the ongoing / initiate activities to increase the participation of children and youth in risk reduction and climate action in collaboration with Social Inclusion team.
6. Innovation, knowledge management and capcity building
- Assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH and child-related climate change 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 sector development.
- Contribute to the capacity building in WASH, Child-related climate change, DRR, Preparedness, CCA, and resilience, including designing materials and trainings.
- Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.
Impact of Results
The support provided by the level 1 WASH officer will enable the Country Office to achieve the WASH-related output results of the country programme. This, in turn, will contribute to the achievement of the outcome results of the Country Programme Document. When done effectively, the achievement of the outcome results will improve child survival, growth and development and reduce inequalities in the country.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering or another relevant technical field.
*A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.
- A minimum of one year of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Fluency in Spanish and English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, or Russian) or a local language is an asset.
- Technical Requirements:
- Knowledge of four of the eight components:
- 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
- WASH-in-Schools and Health Centres
- Menstrual hygiene management
- Climate change adaptation and mitigation
- National government WASH and Climate Change policies, plans and strategies
- Analysis of national budgets and expenditure for WASH and Climate Change, and related advocacy
- Basic Knowledge of:
- Humanitarian WASH – preparedness
- Humanitarian WASH - response and recovery
- Human rights, WASH and Climate change
- Gender equality,WASH and Climate Change
- Knowledge of two of the four components:
- Programme/project management
- Capacity development
- Knowledge management
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Knowledge of four of the eight components:
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:
- Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
- Analyzing (II)
- Applying technical expertise (II)
- Learning and Researching (II)
- Planning and organizing (II)
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, 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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Opening Date Tue Mar 26 2019 18:45:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time) Central America Standard Time
Closing Date Mon Apr 15 2019 07:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)