Switzerland citizens: WASH Specialist (SHA-Secondment UNICEF)

 (via ReliefWeb)
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Damaskus, Syria
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and another UN Language


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Duties and 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.

The Hygiene and Sanitation Specialist will be particularly responsible to support the WASH chief in the overall implementation of the Hygiene and Sanitation Program component of the Unicef supported WASH program in Syria, with a specific focus on urban/peri-urban infrastructures in a conflict setting.

Ensure inclusion and delivery on sectoral leadership responsibilities including leadership and facilitation of the IASC WASH Cluster.

2. Knowledge Management.

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

A special focus shall be on the diffusion of adapted methods and approaches to manage large Waste Water Treatment plants, including optimized Operation & Maintenance schemes in a situation with possible disruption of consumables or energy due to a conflict situation.

3. Rights-Based Programme with Results-Based Approach.

Promote the quality of rights-based WASH programme and programmes especially targeting duty bearers (GoS) 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.

4. 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.

5. 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 adequate and transparent evaluation of emergency preparedness and response.

6. 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.

7. UNICEF and Partners 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

8. 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, Government authorities and partners 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. 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.

2. Work Experience

  • Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector.
  • Proven experience in project management and in the design and operation and maintenance of urban sanitation infrastructure projects
  • Work experience in the MENA region is an asset
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach.

3. Language Proficiency

  • Fluency in English and another UN language. Proven language skills in Arabic is an asset

4. Competency Profile

  • Core Values (Required)
    • Commitment
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Integrity
  • Core Competencies (Required)
    • Communication
    • Working with People
    • Drive for Results
  • Functional Competencies (Required)
    • Leading and Supervising
    • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
    • Analyzing
    • Relating and Networking
    • Deciding and Initiating Action
    • Applying Technical Expertise

**Technical Knowledge ** [1]****

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required

Advanced Technical Knowledge of the theories, principles and methods in the following areas:

  • Communication and effective approaches for hygiene behavior change water supply and sanitation projects management including monitoring and evaluation; integrated water resource management and water pollution control
  • Planning and design of urban sanitation infrastructure
  • Operation and maintenance of urban sanitation infrastructure
  • Sanitation safety planning (as per WHO guidelines)

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required

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/Partners 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.

Location: UNICEF Syria Country Office

Start date: asap

Duration: 12 months

Contract: Swiss Humanitarian Aid contract

This position is exclusively open to Swiss citizens or holder of a valid working permit (C permit) in Switzerland. Candidates who do not fulfil this condition will not receive response.



Odette Mauron

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

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