Fiji nationals: Temporary Appointment WASH Officer

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Suva, Fiji 🇫🇯

Job no: 553622
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Suva
Level: NO-1
Location: Fiji/Pacific Island Countries
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

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, an opportunity 

UNICEF works with and for disadvantaged children and adolescents across 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories. Our ambition is to get each entire country, and the entire Pacific Region, working together – as one – on behalf of its most vulnerable children. Explore the different areas of our work in the link provided here   

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF is seeking candidates for the position of WASH Project Officer at the NO-1 level at the UNICEF Pacific Office based in Suva, Fiji. The WASH Project Officer works under the supervision of the Chief of WASH and support the overall WASH programme particularly in contribution management of the entire WASH programme funds and supplies throughout the planning and implementation, and results monitoring and reporting process.

The vacancy is a maternity leave backstop for 6 months with a possibility of extension based on programme needs. 

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Ensure programme funds are effectively monitored for optimum use, drafting and maintaining programme budgets, developing standardized unit costs, and tracking country-specific implementation and utilization through the work planning process.
  2. Ensure the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information required for budget and invoice monitoring and effective utilization.
  3. Analyze collected data and information and prepare financial and related programme KPI reports; draft changes in WASH project work plans and assist in the identification of required supplies and equipment (for both development and emergency orientated activities).
  4. Ensure the appropriateness of financial, administrative and supply documentation; verify that WASH programme expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the programme information and database.
  5. Conduct orientation to relevant partners and the Pacific WASH country teams in budget monitoring and reporting to ensure compliance with UNICEF and office procedures.
  6. Assist in managing and monitoring WASH supplies and ensuring field offices meet deadlines on prepositioning and distribution supplies and orders

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

  • Advance University degree in Office/Project Management, Business Administration, Finance and/or Accounting with two years of professional work experience in the above-mentioned fields or a first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional financial management experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree
  • Additional training/certificate in general project management is an asset.
  • Knowledge of UN and UNICEF operational/financial procedures and fund management tools are significant assets.
  • Previous UN or other international development organization, private sector or national government is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships

(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness

(3) Drive to achieve results for impact

(4) Innovates and embraces change

(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity

(6) Thinks and acts strategically

(7) Works collaboratively with others 

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. 

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children.

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

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

The VA is open to all (internal and external candidates).

This is a national officer position and is open to nationals of the Republic of the Fiji Islands. Non-nationals will not be considered for this role. 

Advertised: 05 Aug 2022 Fiji Standard Time
Deadline: 15 Aug 2022 Fiji Standard Time