Under the general guidance of the Chief of WASH Section, supports the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of WASH interventions under country programme WASH output 3 that stipulates “2.2 million vulnerable and emergency affected people having access to safe drinking water”. Thus, the post will lead the sector in providing leadership on development / emergency nexus with focus on resilience programming, youth engagement, and WASH Gender-Based Violence (GBV) programming in rural setting and integrated programming with nutrition, education and health to accelerate WASH services to rural and marginalized/vulnerable communities affected by water borne diseases, floods and other multiple deprivations on efforts towards reduction of stunting attributed to sanitation and hygiene.
How can you make a difference?
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, addressing gender inequalities and determinants of inequalities through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input.
- Ensure inclusion and delivery on sectoral leadership responsibilities including leadership and facilitation of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) WASH Cluster.
2. Knowledge Management.
- Promote knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country. Promote lessons learned in addressing inequalities and gender inequalities.
- Advise the Chief of section on appropriate training and professional development opportunities for WASH staff.
3. Rights-Based Programme with Results-Based Approach.
- Promote the quality of rights-based WASH programme and programmes 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.
- Take 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, with an emphasis on promoting approaches to reducing gender inequalities and achieving gender mainstreaming.
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 with reference to the WASH Strategy.
7. UNICEF and Government Accountability.
- Coordinate with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability. Certifie disbursements of funds, monitor and submit 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.
8. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.
- Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve WASH programme requirements and objectives. Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and collect information. Conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners.
- Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.
- Overall coordination with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project or Programme or Emergency Officers to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors.
- Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities 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.
- Facilitate sectoral orientation on the ‘Cluster Approach,’ and ensure leadership and coordination of the IASC WASH Cluster through preparedness and emergency response, whilst simultaneously ensuring delivery on the Core Commitments for Children (CCC) by the UNICEF WASH programme.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) 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.
- A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience in WASH-related programmes, with the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector. Field work experience.
- Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language 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:
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Communication [II]
- Working with People [II]
- Drive for Results [II]
- Leading and Supervising [I]
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
- Analyzing [III]
- Relating and Networking [II]
- Deciding and Initiating Action [II]
- Applying Technical Expertise [III]
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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.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
- The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
- Please note that this is a non-family duty station.
- Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.