WASH Specialist (Cholera)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 


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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, a safe and clean environment

UNICEF Haiti assists in increasing WASH coverage and strengthening sustainable management systems in 15 cholera-persistent communes with low access to services, in synergy with the health, nutrition and education components. Lessons learned from ongoing programmes serve to strengthen the links among national, regional, municipal and community systems and to develop models for scale-up.

Furthermore, UNICEF Haiti develops strategic partnerships through the Water and Sanitation for All partnership, including by providing support to a sector-wide approach to ensure harmonization and complementarity among key actors. Government coordination and information systems is an integral component of effective sector management.

How can you make a difference?

 The WASH specialist is accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of WASH programme to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives.

Key Expected Results

  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 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 IASC WASH Cluster.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring.

 -Takes 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. Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex dis-aggregated data.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 reference to the WASH strategy.

  1. UNICEF and Government Accountability.

 -Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability.  Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits 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 and response

  1. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.

 -Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy, social mobilization and emergency efforts.

 -Overall coordination with WASH colleagues, Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project, Programme and 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, including humanitarian response.

To qualify for a champion, you will need


An advanced 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), is an asset.

*First university degree with additional two-years of relevant work experience is acceptable in lieu of an advanced university degree*.

Work Experience

at least five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN, international development organization, NGO, national government or Private sector.

 Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) required. Prior experience with cholera and IASC Cluster approach is  an asset.


Fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset .

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Integrity

UNICEF's Core Competencies

  • Communication [ II ]
  • Working with People  [ II ]
  • Drive for Results  [ II]

Required Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising  [ I ]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts  [ II ]      
  • Analyzing   [ III ]        
  • Relating and Networking    [ II ]                      
  • Deciding and Initiating Action   [ II ]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]        

View our competency framework at


Specific Technical Knowledge Required [ II ]

  • Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes especially emergency preparedness and response.
  • Advanced Technical Knowledge of the theories, principles and methods in the following areas: cholera epidemiology, communication for behavior change, WASH in schools, water supply projects management, monitoring and evaluation; integrated water resource management appropriate water supply and quality technology i.e. community based water supply.

Common Technical Knowledge Required  [ II ]

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 and gender issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF position and approaches.
  • UNICEF policies and strategy to address WASH issues, including those relating to conflicts, natural disasters, recovery, disaster risk reduction, cholera elimination 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.
  • Knowledge of global environmental issues that pertain to sustainable development and specifically relation to children and woman, and the current UNICEF position approaches.
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

  Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced  [ II ]

  • 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.
  • UNICEF policies, strategies promoting and supporting gender equality and diversity.

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.


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.

Opening Date Tue Nov 12 2019 09:00:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) Eastern Standard Time
Closing Date Wed Nov 27 2019 23:55:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time