United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 🇪🇹


Description of assignment title: WASH Officer

Assignment country: Ethiopia

Expected start date: 01/03/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 6. Clean water and sanitation

Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNICEF

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Addis Ababa


Mission and objectives
UNICEF Ethiopia is implementing a 5-year country programme 2020-2025 which is fully aligned with the UNSDCF. UNICEF will work collaboratively within the UNSDCF on a joint strategy to strengthen national systems for data collection, analysis, monitoring and applying adjustments to promote equity. Evidence will be used to monitor the situation of children, tracking progress towards equity and scale, and to inform advocacy to adjust policies, strategies and budgets. Monitoring and corrective actions will be undertaken through UNICEF staff, partners and third-party monitoring, and through mechanisms for community feedback and accountability to affected populations.

The WASH Officer reports to a WASH Specialist who is at Level 4 for supervision. The WASH Officer provides technical, operational, and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programming process. The Officer 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. This assignment will entail mission travel at least once a month to either Gambella, Somali, Oromia or SNNPR for the Urban/Refugee WASH projects

Task description
Under the direct supervision of P3 Wash Specialist, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  1. Support to WASH programme development and planning
    • Draft updates for WASH in the situation analysis informing the development of WASH-related outcome and output results. Research and report on trends in
    WASH, for 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 out-put 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.
  2. Support to WASH programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
    • Work collaboratively with internal and external 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 record 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 program 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 ac-countability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely
    resolution by management/stakeholders.
    • Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.
  3. Technical and operational support for programme implementation
    • Undertake field visits and surveys, collect and share reports with part-ners/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.
  4. Support to 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.
    • 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.
  5. 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 mate-rials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.
  6. 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
    • 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 resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80

Additional eligibility criteria
This assignment is funded by Japan.
HRD assignments are considered as assignments without family.

Nationality: Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

Donor priorities:


Required experience
3 years of experience in skills and experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries. Other technical skills are the following:

Basic knowledge of six of the eight components:

  1. Rural water supply for low- and middle-income countries – including water safety, sustainability
  2. Rural sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, incl sustainability; applying CATS principles
  3. Urban sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, incl sustainability
  4. Handwashing with soap
  5. WASH-in-Schools and Health Centers
  6. Menstrual hygiene management
  7. National government WASH policies, plans and strategies
  8. Analysis of national budgets and expenditure for basic WASH, and related advocacy

Basic knowledge of one component:

  1. Humanitarian WASH – preparedness
  2. Humanitarian WASH – response and recovery

Basic knowledge of all components:

  1. Programme/project management
  2. Capacity development
  3. Knowledge management
  4. Monitoring and evaluation

Basic knowledge of both components:

  1. Human rights and WASH
  2. Gender equality and WASH

Area(s) of expertise: Health

Driving license:

English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Public health, social sciences, behaviour change communication, sanitary engineering or another specialist field related to WASH.

Competencies and values
Adaptability and Flexibility
Building Trust
Commitment and Motivation
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Ethics and Values
Knowledge Sharing
Planning and Organizing
Respect for Diversity
Technological Awareness
Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks
The position is based in Addis Ababa, where life is safe and comfortable. There are many options for accommodation, and power, water, internet, and other basic amenities are guaranteed.

Inclusivity statement
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Reasonable accommodation
UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
In addition to duty station-specific vaccine requirements, appointments are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the appointment. It does not apply to UN Volunteers who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.





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