WASH Specialist (Hygiene and Menstrual Health)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
New York, NY, United States
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’s WASH Section works towards Goal Area 4 in the new Strategic Plan 2018-2021: “Every child lives in a safe and clean environment” and aims to achieve two specific WASH-related outcomes:  countries have implemented programmes to increase equitable access to safe ​and sustainable drinking water services in communities; and countries have implemented programmes to increase equitable access to sanitation and hygiene and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations. These two outcomes mirror closely the SDG targets 6.1 and 6.2. Achieving results in these areas will allow us to contribute to the broader Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, in particular nutrition (SDG2), health (SDG3) and education (SDG4).

You will provide technical guidance and management support to facilitate the achievement of the WASH-related output results in the strategic plan. You will work with information from regional, country offices and cross-sectoral partners within UNICEF (such as ADAP, Gender, UNGEI, Education and Nutrition) as well as external partners including NGOs and academia working on hygiene, including gender-focused and WASH in Schools programming and contributes to the capacity development of UNICEF field staff.

How can you make a difference?

1. Strengthen global alliance for menstrual health and hygiene

  • Support the planning, organizing and content development of the Annual MHM in Schools
  • Virtual Conference and MHM in Ten through collaboration cross-sectoral and external partners.
  • Engage in and influence discussions led by Education, Gender and ADAP in collaboration with WASH designated focal points in these areas. This includes attending meetings and providing input and feedback on work plan and products developed by these cross-sectoral groups.
  • Support the global WASH in Schools network (70 plus partner organizations) in aligning their work plan activities around gender and MHM through regular meetings and sharing of best practices and lessons learned.

2. Enhance hygiene programming capacity and formative research

  • Support the senior adviser on developing a capacity building strategy for the hygiene component of the strategic plan, including emergencies.
  • Support senior advisor in managing the Global Handwashing Partnership and coordination with other global hygiene groups.
  • Conduct a stock take of handwashing and other hygiene programmes in UNICEF and update and maintain an online mapping repository on 'who does what' and 'where' on Handwashing
  • Develop research agenda looking at hygiene "beyond handwashing", including Baby WASH.
  • Under the supervision of the Senior Adviser for sanitation and hygiene, support the emergency team in coordinating a review of hygiene promotion in emergencies.
  • Support the revision of the Hygiene in Emergencies toolkit.

3. Support to regions and country offices on hygiene promotion programming

  • Provide technical experts to the Regional Office and CO, as and where appropriate in the WASH programme, through remote support and on-site visits
  • Support to country and regional offices to develop or review context-specific technical materials
  • Provide technical support to L2/L3 emergencies on hygiene promotion.

4. Enhance WASH-Nutrition programming capacity

  • Develop, update and maintain an online mapping repository on 'who does what' and 'where' on integrated WASH and Nutrition programming.
  • Engage in and influence discussions led by Nutrition. This includes attending meetings and providing input and feedback on work plan and products developed by these cross-sectoral groups.
  • Prepare materials for WASH-Nutrition advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support global grant implementation and fund-raising

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

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in public health, education, environmental health, social sciences and engineering or equivalent experience in specific programming area and/or in relevant field is required.
  • Specialized studies in the area of WASH in Schools and/or Menstrual Hygiene Management, Communication for Development (C4D) or social and behavior change communication (SBCC) is an asset.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of solid professional work experience at the national and international levels in in WASH development and emergency programming in developing countries including at least one year focused specifically in the area of WASH in Schools, Menstrual Hygiene of hygiene behavior change programming is required.
  • Prior experience in research and gender aspects of programming will be considered an asset.
  • Emergency field experience working in humanitarian situations, including deployment missions (with UN-Govt-INGO) is an asset.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. To view our competency framework, please click here.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.