TA: WASH Cluster Coordinator

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Gaziantep, Turkey 🇹🇷

Job no: 558286
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Gaziantep
Level: P-3
Location: Turkey
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, hope

UNICEF is committed to support humanitarian coordination through the cluster approach. Introduced as part

of the humanitarian reform, the cluster approach, aims at ensuring clear leadership, predictability and

accountability in international responses to humanitarian emergencies by clarifying the division of labor

among organizations and better defining their roles and responsibilities within the different sectors involved in

the response. As a member of the IASC, UNICEF works along with stakeholders (including local authorities,

CSOs, and communities) to support humanitarian coordination and to improve the collective impact of

humanitarian response. As Cluster Lead Agency (CLA) for Nutrition, WASH, Education (co-led), and Child

Protection Area of Responsibility (AoR) within the Protection Cluster, UNICEF is committed to fulfil the core

functions defined by the IASC when the clusters are activated or when UNICEF is asked to support sectoral


How can you make a difference?

The post holder’s main tasks and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Coordination, representation and leadership: Ensure and maintain a coordination mechanism that facilitates the effective achievement of the cluster functions (as outlined by the IASC Reference Module) and the requirements of the WoS HPC (HNO, HRP and CCPM) and which builds on pre-existing coordination structures. Coordinate with the Whole of Syria WASH Cluster, ensuring alignment of work and priorities, effective communication, reporting and engagement between the levels, Lead the NWS WASH Cluster and co-ordinate with the NGO WASH Cluster co-coordinator and WASH Cluster coordination team. Ensure appropriate coordination and build partnerships with all relevant sector stakeholders including local authorities, local, national and international organizations, other AoRs and Clusters and affected populations as appropriate. Build complementarity of partner actions within the NWS WASH Cluster, pro-actively negotiating with partners to avoid and resolve duplication and gaps. Coordinate, collaborate and represent the NWS WASH Cluster with stakeholders across all sectors, including through inter-cluster coordination fora, developing cross-sectoral relationships as appropriate.
  • Needs assessment and analysis: Contribute to the planning and implementation of needs assessment and analysis, including contributing to multi-sectoral needs assessments and joint analysis of need. Analyse needs assessment data and work collaboratively with the Cluster partners to create analytical products, including contributing to a WoS HNO based on evidence-based information.
  • Strategic response planning: Contribute to strategic planning, response prioritization and the development of the sectoral response plan that is based on the HNO and aligned with WoS priorities, policies and plans. Ensure all programme delivery modalities (in-kind, cash, voucher and services) are given equal consideration in the strategic response planning and establish and implement systematic measures for supporting their consideration and use. Provide technical support to Cluster partners to ensure activities are aligned with WoS priorities and communities’ needs. Ensure that the Cluster response planning is regularly updated according to evolving needs and that it establishes indicators by which performance of the Cluster can be measured. Engage with OCHA and other AoRs/ Clusters to contribute to the development of the HRP, representing the concerns of the Cluster at the NWS level.
  • Resource mobilization and advocacy: Support partners’ resource mobilization to promote the effective functioning of the Cluster and its response. Monitor, analyse and communicate information about the Cluster financial situation and resource mobilization and identify appropriate actions to address gaps or constraints. Advocate for improved sectoral outcomes, network with advocacy allies and influence stakeholders’ decision-making.
  •  Implementation and monitoring: Monitor, evaluate and report on the coverage, equity, quality and progress of the response against the Cluster strategy, priorities and agreed results. Contribute to gap and coverage analysis to identify spatial and temporal gaps, overlaps and coverage of the Cluster humanitarian response. Monitor the Cluster adherence to IASC cluster approach principles, relevant humanitarian and sectoral agreements, standards, initiatives and guidelines and encourage partners to make improvements.
  • Operational peer review and evaluation: Participate in the annual cluster coordination performance monitoring (CCPM) exercise and annual review and contribute to other sectoral and humanitarian evaluations as appropriate.
  • Accountability to affected populations: Be accountable to the affected population by establishing inclusive and consultative feedback mechanisms and encouraging the involvement of affected population in the response. Ensure the inclusion of cross cutting issues (age, child protection, disability, gender, gender-based violence (GBV) mitigation and response and HIV & AIDS) in the Cluster activities throughout the HPC. Encourage partners to demonstrate a positive and systematic approach to inclusion and diversity. Adhere to child safeguarding and PSEA policies including procedures for challenging and reporting incidents and ensure other members of the coordination team comply.
  • Strengthen the capacity of WASH Cluster Partners: Encourage participation of actors in Cluster activities and strategic decision-making, removing barriers to access. Contribute to the development of a capacity assessment and capacity strengthening strategy for Cluster members and oversee implementation and harmonization of initiatives. Lead early warning, contingency planning, and emergency preparedness efforts for the Cluster, ensuring adequate cluster participation in inter-cluster early warning, contingency planning and emergency preparedness activities.

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, health and hygiene behavior change communication, WASH-related engineering or another relevant technical field. Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/ supplement the main degree is a strong asset. Extensive work experience relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes planning, management is required. Relevant experience in programme management in WASH related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset. Experience of working in the humanitarian coordination system is desirable. Experience in effective management of human resources/teams in high stress/risk environments is an advantage. Experience in a mixed set of country contexts, in multiple geographic regions, including a deployment mission with UN, Government or INGO is strongly desirable. Experience in humanitarian contexts is required with experience in development contexts an added advantage.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is considered an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Core Competencies

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with Others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to Achieve Impactful Results (2)
  • Manages Ambiguity and Complexity (2)

Coordination Competencies

  • Applies Humanitarian Principles, Standards and Guidelines (1)
  • Applies Key WASH Concepts and Tools (1)
  • Operates Safely and Securely (1)
  • Demonstrates Commitment to a Coordinated Response (1)
  • Promotes Cooperation and Collaboration (1)
  • Demonstrates Accountability (1)
  • Promotes Inclusion (1)
  • Provides Influential and Strategic Leadership (1)
  • Analyses and Communicates Information (1)
  • Supports Resource Mobilization (1)
  • Advocates for Improved WASH Outcomes (1)
  • Monitors the Response (1)
  • Strengthens National Capacity to Respond and Lead (1)

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 here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.


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.

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 are also 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.

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

Eligible UNICEF International Professional (IP) Staff Members on fixed-term, continuing or permanent contracts applying to this Temporary Appointment, which is dedicated to L3 (or L2) Response, may be able to retain a lien and their fixed-term entitlements. The conditions of the temporary assignment will vary depending on the status of their post and their current tour of duty, and relocation entitlements may be limited as per the relevant policies.

NO or GS applying to IP TA posts in L2/L3 emergency duty stations:

Current procedure applies; temporary assignment should be offered with a lien to the national (GS or NO category) post they encumber, for an initial maximum period of 1 year (364 days), extendible up to 2 years (729 days).

Advertised: 29 Dec 2022 GTB Standard Time
Deadline: 05 Jan 2023 GTB Standard Time





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development