WASH Specialist

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


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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, clean water

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?

The WASH Specialist will support the Ministry of Lands (MoL) Department of Water Resources (DoWR) in their efforts to reach the Government of Vanuatu's goal of delivering safely managed drinking water to all people in Vanuatu by 2030. This purpose of this position is to provide high quality, sector specific advice and support to DoWR regarding strategy, planning, management advice for the Government of Vanuatu National Implementation Plan. This support will be provided through the Vanuatu & New Zealand Water Sector Partnership. The partnership has two main components: (1) working with communities across the whole country to identify and prioritize water safety and security needs, and (2) delivering high priority water infrastructure projects to address these needs. This position will focus on increasing DoWR staff capacity to monitor contracts and supervise construction.

The WASH Specialist (TA) reports to the WASH Specialist (FT). The WASH Specialist will be expected to spend significant time working from the offices of DoWR in Port Vila and construction field sites in the Provinces. 

Applicants are required to include in their cover letter, responses to the following questions:

- Are you willing to go on Field visits to remote islands?

- How many years of experience do you have managing contractors or supervising construction?

- Approximately, how many gravity fed water systems have you designed, built or managed construction for?

Download File JD WASH Specialist P3 TA.pdf

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

  • Preferably a Master's Degree in construction management or relevant experience.
  • A minimum of five years of professional work experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries, including three years deployment in multiple developing countries. Preference given to those with UNICEF, small gravity fed water supply, construction, construction supervision, contract management and small island experience.
  • Oral and written proficiency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language (Bislama) is an asset.

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….

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, 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.


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.