WASH Officer

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Mogadishu, Somalia 🇸🇴

Job no: 555243
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Mogadishu
Level: P-2
Location: Somalia
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

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How can you make a difference?

Organizational Context and Purpose for the job:

Job organizational context:

This WASH Officer level 2 GJP is to be used in a Country Office (CO) where WASH is a substantial component of the Country Programme (or CPD). The WASH Officer reports to the WASH Manager (Level 4).

Purpose of the job:

The WASH Officer reports to the WASH Manager (Level 4) for supervision. The WASH Officer provides technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programming process. The Officer prepares, manages and implements a variety of technical and administrative tasks, related to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH output results of the country programme.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Programme development and planning
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  • Technical and operational support for programme implementation
  • Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
  • Networking and partnership building
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Programme development and planning:

  • Draft updates for WASH in the situation analysis, to inform the development of WASH-related outcome and output results. Research and report on trends in WASH, for use in programme development, management, monitoring, and evaluation. 
  • Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information.
  • Contribute to the development/establishment of WASH-related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH sector needs and priorities.
  • Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials/documentations, complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support progress towards the WASH-related outcome and/or output results in the country programme.
  • Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate review and approval processes.
  • Collect and analyze budget and financial data for programme planning, management, monitoring and evaluation purposes. Establish monitoring mechanisms and ensure accurate and timely monitoring of financial utilization (i.e., on low funds utilization and recommended budget reallocations) and programme implementation of all grants.

Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results:

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/ share information on implementation issues, provide solutions on routine programme implementation and alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decisions. Keep records of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare reports on results for required action/interventions at the higher level of programme management.
  • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders.
  • Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.
  • Conduct variance financial analysis of grants utilization to maximize the efficiency of the section’s funds utilization.

Technical and operational support for programme implementation:

  • Undertake field visits and surveys, collect and share reports with partners/stakeholders. Report critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems to supervisor, for timely action.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in WASH, to support programme implementation.
  • Support development and refinement of budgets and preparation of funding proposals, ensuring harmony with donor conditions as well as office needs and requirements.
  • Provide oversight on key grants, monitoring donor budget vs actual expenditures and ensure that expenditures meet donor requirements and conditionality’s and donor reports writing.

Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response:

  • Draft requisitions for supplies, services, long-term agreements and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in case of an emergency.
  • Contribute to capacity development of the section team on the use of internal corporate tools such as VISION and inSight for effective monitoring supplies, budget management and financial reporting.
  • Study and fully understand UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency.
  • Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises. 

Networking and partnership building:

  • Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve WASH output results.
  • Draft communication and information materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund-raising for WASH.
  • Participate in inter-agency meetings on UNDAF planning, to integrate and harmonize UNICEF output results and implementation strategies with UNDAF development and planning processes.
  • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:

  • Assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems). 
  • Assist in the preparation of learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
  • Assist in creating and delivering learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments. 
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

Impact of Results:

The support provided by the WASH officer will enable the country office to achieve the WASH-related output results of the country programme.  This, in turn, will contribute to the achievement of the outcome results of the country programme document.  When done effectively, the achievement of the outcome results will improve child survival, growth and development, and reduce inequalities in the country. 

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields is required: Environmental Studies, Community development, or another relevant technical field i.e Behavior change communication.
  • Additional relevant Project Management and / or accounting courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.
  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience in Programming for developing countries is required.
  • Exposure to emergency programming preferred.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Technical requirements:

Basic knowledge of four of the seven components:

  • Rural water supply for low- and middle-income countries – including water safety, sustainability
  • WASH Supplies, HACT, and Budget Management on Insight / VISION
  • Donor relation and reporting
  • NGO Implementation monitoring and Management
  • Handwashing with soap
  • WASH-in-Schools and Menstrual hygiene management
  • Analysis of national budgets and expenditure for basic WASH, and related advocacy          Basic knowledge of four of the seven components

Basic knowledge of one component:

  • Humanitarian WASH – preparedness
  • Humanitarian WASH – response and recovery    

Basic knowledge:

  • Humanitarian WASH – coordination of the response

Basic knowledge of all four components:            

  • Programme/project management
  • Capacity development
  • Knowledge management
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Basic knowledge of all four components:

  • Human rights and WASH
  • Gender equality and WASH

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

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 paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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.

Remarks:

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply

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

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 http://www.whed.net/”

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

Advertised: 16 Sep 2022 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 23 Sep 2022 E. Africa Standard Time


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