The Gambia nationals: WASH Officer

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Banjul, Gambia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
English and another UN Language and Local Language


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Accountable for professional technical contribution to programme/project design, planning, administration, monitoring and evaluation of WASH programme/project activities, data analysis and progress reporting, and commitment for enhancement of teamwork and capacity building, in support of achievement of planned objectives of the work plan, aligned with country programme goals and strategy.


  1. Accurate, complete and up-to-date information made available for effective budget preparation, programme and project design, implementation, management and evaluation, including emergency preparedness and response.
  2. Programme efficiency and effectiveness enhanced through effective implementation follow-on.
  3. Progress reports and project work plans timely prepared, and effective technical assistance provided in the identification of required supplies and equipment, and in the drafting of Country Programme Recommendation and other project documentation, with specific attention to gender/sex disaggregation of relevant indicators.
  4. Appropriateness and completeness of financial and supply documentation as well as adherence to established allotments ensured.
  5. Knowledge sharing with counterparts, WASH sectorial stakeholders, donors and media promoted.
  6. Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration including support to and facilitation of the IASC WASH Cluster as appropriate

How can you make a difference?

1. Programme/Project Management

Ensure the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information required for effective WASH programme and project design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation. Draft sound WASH programme budgets for review by the supervisor, including concrete steps to enhance emergency preparedness and response.

2. Programme Efficiency and Effectiveness

Enhance programme efficiency and effectiveness through evidence base approach and implementation follow-on, including monitoring UNICEF inputs, local conditions and resources, flow of supply and non-supply and emergency assistance and WASH programme status.

3. Work Plan and Programme Documentation

Analyze collected data and information and prepare progress reports; draft changes in WASH project work plans and assist in identification of required supplies and equipment (for both development and emergency orientated activities) as well as in the drafting of Country Programme Recommendation and other programme documentation, assuring accuracy and consistency with established rules, regulations and plans of action.

4. Programme Implementation Information and Data

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 (e.g., FLS, ProMS). Follow up on queries or initiate corrective action on discrepancies. Collaborate with Monitoring & Evaluation office on maintaining a gender & equity focus in WASH data collection and reporting.

5. Knowledge Sharing

Compile WASH programme implementation, preparedness, training and orientation materials to promote knowledge sharing with counterparts, WASH sectoral stakeholders, donors and media.

6. Communication and Networking

Ensure the effective communication and networking developed and maintained through partnership and collaboration.

Collaborate with Operations staff to implement internal controls systems and resolve day-to-day issues or discrepancies in financial or supply management.

Team with local Government and sectoral stakeholders counterparts to exchange information on WASH programme implementation, status, capacity and risk mapping, preparedness as well as movement, prepositioning and distribution of supplies.

Coordinate with members of the development community, including NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the exchange of information relating to WASH sector. Where appropriate support the IASC WASH Cluster during preparedness and response to emergencies.


  • The scope of the job duties range from methodical data collection, analysis, reporting to effective monitoring and analysis of project implementation and management, with limited technical decisions on project implementation, evaluation which will impact on project efficiency and delivery. The nature of the job is mostly contributory technical work requiring substantive technical analysis and core knowledge of the functional area. The work makes substantial contribution to the achievement of planned objectives of the project teams and the Section at the solid professional quality level. The supervisor guides and oversees the work process, progress and end-results.
  • Duties include the review of appropriateness and completeness of financial and supply documentation as well as adherence to established allotments.
  • Technical expertise is required to analyze data and background information in direct support of the Situational Analysis and updates, and both emergency preparedness and response.
  • The job requires professional judgement to interpret and apply guidelines correctly; If necessary, recommend deviations from guidelines to programme/project officers, as appropriate.

The differences in the grades of jobs and positions reflect various differences, among others, in the nature and scope of work, individual contribution, professional expertise required, organizational context, risks, coordination and networking, engagement, partners, beneficiaries, clients/stakeholders relations, impact of decisions, actions and consequences, and leadership roles.

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

1. Education

University degree 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.

2. Work Experience

Two years of professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization or private sector (for IP) and national government and field work experience (for NO).

Background/familiarity with Emergency preparedness and response (and the IASC Cluster approach).

3. Language Proficiency

  • Fluency in English and a second UN language (for IP)
  • Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station (for NO).

For full details of the job description for this position, please see attachment. GJP WASH Officer Level 2 JP.doc

For details on the salary attached to the position please visit UN salaries site at: and view under National Officer Category under Level B Step 1.

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 technical competencies required for this post are 

Competency Profile (For details on competencies please refer to the UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.) 

i)  Core Values (Required)

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

ii)  Core Competencies (Required)

  • Communication  
  • Working with People 
  • Drive for Results 

Functional Competencies (Required)

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Analyzing 
  • Applying Technical Expertise  
  • Learning and Researching   
  • Planning and Organizing 

iii)  Technical Knowledge

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required 

(Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.) 

  • Essential professional knowledge of one of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.
  • Essential Technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in one or more of the following areas: Communication for behavior change, WASH in schools, rural water supply projects implementation, planning, evaluation, appropriate water supply and quality technology i.e.: community based water supply, controlling water  borne related diseases.
  • Gender and diversity awareness

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) 

  • Knowledge of the latest theories, technology and practices in:
  • Community based sanitation  i.e.: hygiene education or latrine construction and waste management.
  • General knowledge of:
    • Methodology of programme/project management
    • Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes
    • Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF position and approaches.
    • Knowledge of global environmental issues that pertain to sustainable development and specifically relation to children and woman, and the current UNICEF position and approaches.
    • UNICEF policies and strategy to address WASH issues, including those relating to conflicts, natural disasters, recovery, disaster reduction and environment
    • UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
    • Rights-based and results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.
    • UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
    • Mid-Term Strategic Plan
    • UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide programmes impacting on WASH results.
    • Knowledge and proficiency in the use of corporate office computer system applications and software, including LAN, email, word processing, spreadsheet, database, telecommunications.
    • Gender equality and diversity awareness

Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job) 

  • Government development plans and policies
  • Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses including the IASC Cluster approach.
  • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
  • UN security operations and guidelines
  • Reference to UNICEF and/or UN in terms of technical knowledge requirements (a and b above) are applicable only to those who are or have been the staff members of UNICEF or the UN common system.

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Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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