Zambia nationals: Youth Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Officer (UNICEF)

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Lusaka, Zambia 🇿🇲


Description of assignment title: Youth Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Assignment country: Zambia

Expected start date: 25/07/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: 6. Clean water and sanitation

Volunteer category: National UN Youth Volunteer

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNICEF

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Lusaka


Mission and objectives

UNICEF helps build a world where the rights of every child are fully realized. It is our conviction that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created in 1946 to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. It has global authority to influence decision-makers, and a wide variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.

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.

UNICEF Zambia has over 100 employed staff that work in different programme sections. The programme sections include the Child Protection, Education, Health and HIV , Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Nutrition and Programme Monitoring and Excellence (PME) sections. The other key sections include Operations, Finance, Supplies, Administration, ICT, Human Resources, Communication, Advocacy, Partnerships and Engagement (CAPE) and Social Policy & Research. The incumbent will be part of the WASH section.

Task description
Under the overall supervision of the WASH Specialist- Enabling Environment, the UN Volunteer will perform the following tasks:

• Contribute to the WASH programme through interventions that create opportunities for adolescents to voice their priorities, promote WASH and provide recommendations to decision makers;
• Examine areas of linkages across programmes, promote the inclusion of the youth perspective in cross-cutting efforts, and participate in WASH and climate research initiatives focused on youths;
• Participate in advocacy activities designed to influence Government and other stakeholders to prioritize WASH, particularly through global commemoration days;
• Assist in developing WASH thematic briefs and providing technical inputs in support to the programmatic work of the WASH section;
• Assist in reviewing WASH public expenditure and other mapping processes as needed;
• Assist in developing terms of reference for WASH and climate activities as needed;
• Assist in drafting communication and information materials for Country Office (CO) programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fundraising for WASH programmes;
• Assist in mapping partners and their capacities, and in preparing expressions of interest for emergency preparedness and response;
• Assist in preparation and updating of annual work plans and supply plans, strategic monitoring questions and other key periodic plans as required;
• Contribute to development of skills on knowledge management and dissemination of key sector documents amongst WASH stakeholders;
• Participate in WASH task forces, working groups and meetings, and provide feedback on these (written and verbal feedback);
• Follow up on and monitor WASH activities being implemented by partner organizations;
• Support with preparations, note taking and drafting of reports for workshops, conferences and meetings i.e., mid-year and end year joint reviews with the Government, and cooperating partners.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 18 – 26

Nationality: Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

1 years of experience in water, sanitation and hygiene development issues, policies, social programme strategies, international development cooperation in the WASH sector, field of development and volunteerism, capacity development, equity and inclusion and/or WASH in schools, WASH in healthcare facilities, WASH linkages to nutrition and local government, WASH and climate change, and commercial water utility experience would be an added asset;
• Up to 2 years of experience in the area of WASH or related field is an advantage;
• Previous experience working in a professional setting;
• Professionalism and ability to work with partner organizations including Government at national, provincial and district levels;
• Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others;
• Good interpersonal, networking and communication (verbal and written) skills;
• Planning and organizing skills;
• Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team;
• Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
• Data gathering, analysis and research;
• Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions;
• Fluency in spoken and written English language is required;
• Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e., studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
• Computer skills (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, GIS, basic mapping, social media, and others).

Area(s) of expertise: Engineering and construction

Driving license:

English, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Public Health, Social Sciences, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a field relevant to International WASH related Development Assistance.

Competencies and values
• Accountability
• Adaptability and Flexibility
• Client Orientation
• Commitment and Motivation
• Commitment to Continuous Learning
• Communication
• Creativity
• Empowering Others
• Ethics and Values
• Integrity
• Professionalism
• Respect for Diversity
• Self-Management
• Technological Awareness
• Vision
• Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks
Zambia is a landlocked, middle-income country with a population estimated at 18 million. It is a resource-rich country with sparsely populated land in the centre of Southern Africa. It shares its border with eight countries (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe) that serve as an expanded market for its goods. Lusaka became the capital city of Zambia in May 1935. Lusaka’s central position in Zambia and its pleasant climate were two of the main reasons for its selection as the capital. It is a metropolis, which provides a home to about two and half million (3.3 M) inhabitants of different nationalities. It has grown to become the seat of the Government of the Republic of Zambia and as such all diplomatic missions, international organizations, industrial and commercial entities are based there. Its political, social, economic and cultural significance has also increased through the years.

Public transport is provided by private operators using minibuses and taxis. The bus routes are not mapped, and roads are often congested. Good modern housing for rent is available on the open market. The official language is English, which is widely spoken. The country is generally food secure, with sufficient local fresh fruits and vegetables available in the markets, as well as various dairy, poultry and meat products. There are several international schools using the Cambridge GCSE or IGCSE syllabi, from key stage one through to A levels. Health conditions are generally good, although malaria is endemic. Zambia is generally a safe place to live in, although not free of crime. Some prudence is required. For more info, visit:

Inclusivity statement
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy