Humanitarian WASH Project Manager

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Angola 🇦🇴

Botswana 🇧🇼

Burundi 🇧🇮

Comoros 🇰🇲

Eritrea 🇪🇷

Ethiopia 🇪🇹

Kenya 🇰🇪

Lesotho 🇱🇸

Madagascar 🇲🇬

Malawi 🇲🇼

Mozambique 🇲🇿

Namibia 🇳🇦

Rwanda 🇷🇼

Somalia 🇸🇴

South Africa 🇿🇦

South Sudan 🇸🇸

Eswatini 🇸🇿

Tanzania 🇹🇿

Uganda 🇺🇬

Zambia 🇿🇲

Zimbabwe 🇿🇼

Mauritius 🇲🇺

Seychelles 🇸🇨

Job no: 559714
Contract type: Temporary Appointment, Consultant
Level: P-4
Location: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Seychelles
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Emergency

Seeking external candidates only  

Contract Type: Temporary Appointment (TA) or Consultancy

Duration: 3 months to 364 days 

Location: Countries based in Eastern and Southern Africa

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

Since two years, countries in the ESA region have experienced an alarming increase in the number of new, or re-emerging humanitarian emergencies, including public health (including Ebola, Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever, yellow fever, wild poliovirus, and Cholera), armed conflicts and natural disasters emergencies.

UNICEF ESAR has prioritized the critical need to support countries to rapidly scale up capacity to prevent, mitigate, and manage ongoing and anticipated emergencies as well as to enhance capacity for preparedness and response to these emergencies. 


The purpose of this external announcement is to attract suitable Communication Specialist candidates interested in working in any of the countries within UNICEF’s East and Southern Africa region to respond to emergencies for the next 36 months. The countries within each region are listed on the following website:   

How can you make a difference?

Key activities & duties

The selected candidates should have a robust experience in managing humanitarian WASH projects all along the project cycle from the beginning to the end, and familiar with emergency projects management tools used for rapid needs assessment, participatory project design, fundraising, project preparation (setting un plans and progress monitoring mechanisms and tools, contracting, smooth kick-off..), project implementation, monitoring, project evaluation.  

• Responsible for the performance of UNICEF’s response in the WASH sector and the accomplishment of WASH related CCCs in the projects under his/her supervision  

• Represent UNICEF WASH Programme in national WASH coordination platform/sectoral cluster, as required, for the overall analysis of sectoral needs and priorities and the definition of strategies and standards.  

• Contribute to the definition of UNICEF’s response in the WASH sector (strategies, outcomes, target population) as per agreed standards and CCC’s benchmarks.  Ensure strategies, plans and capacities to reach target population with culturally appropriate and gender sensitive interventions are developed in coordination with other UNICEF’s relevant sections and divisions, and implementing partners.  

• Ensure Early Recovery and Disaster Risk informed approaches are integrated as components of UNICEF’s response in the WASH sector.  

• Ensure UNICEF WASH response supports community engagement, and as appropriate, for participation in planning, construction, operation and maintenance of WASH facilities and services, based on the identified needs and priorities and the local context.  

• Ensure an effective monitoring plan is designed and implemented to follow up the implementation of UNICEF’s response in the WASH sector, incorporating required changes into planned activities with special attention to Accountability to Affected People (AAP feed-back mechanism), specific needs of women, children and people with disabilities, as well as other cross-cutting areas.  

• Contribute to WASH reporting in accordance with UNICEF’s CCC based Humanitarian Performance Monitoring criteria.  

Within UNICEF, collaborate with:  

– Senior management and section managers to provide technical and policy advice on WASH sectoral response and its strategies, planning, implementation and monitoring.  

– Other Programmes and Emergency Sections to ensure integration of UNICEF’s response to the emergency, exploring opportunities for WASH to enhance the programmatic response in other sectors.  

– the UNICEF Energy specialist for all energy related components in WASH projects with a prioritization of Renewable Energy (RE).  

– Operations and Supply Sections, as well as with government authorities and other implementing partners, to establish and maintain sound internal controls, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and ensure accountability.  

– Programme Communication or Communication for Development sections to ensure the development of effective communication materials and strategies for advocacy, social mobilization and emergency programme implementation for the WASH sectoral response, as appropriate.  

– Communication and Fundraising sections to ensure WASH is properly reflected in UNICEF’s external communications and explore opportunities to advocate for WASH specific needs, including interaction with donors.  

• Interact with government and partners, as required (including UN, Donors, NGOs, CSOs, etc.) in the different stages of the emergency programme implementation to follow up on cooperation agreements, recommendations and other UNICEF’s commitments for the emergency response, including the development of national partners’ capacity.  

• Contribute to the definition of UNICEF’s engagement and contribution into cross-sectoral assessment, analysis and evaluations of the emergency response such as Damage Loss Assessment (DLA), Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), etc.   

• In close collaboration with the WASH team (emergency and non-emergency) and other sections, explore possibilities to strengthen UNICEF’s WASH regular/development programme/intervention through recovery/reconstruction/stabilization activities.  

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


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Environmental Public Health, Water and/or Sanitation engineering, hydrogeology, social & behaviour change (for Hygiene Promotion positions).
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 5 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree: if your degree is below the Master level, you should have a technical Bachelor degree with at least 5 years of proven technical experience in water supply systems (design, installation, start-up, operation & maintenance, training of operators and managers); sanitation solutions and safe fecal sludge management, and hygiene promotion intervention to vulnerable groups, and management of teams.  

Work Experience- 

  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in countries with frequent humanitarian crisis and fragile states with at least 5 years work experience in emergency response .
  • Experience working with government agencies, local authorities, international organizations, NGOs and communities in the field of water, sanitation and participatory approaches in health and hygiene promotion  

Language Requirement:- 

  • Fluency in verbal and written English or French (depending on the country office’s official language). Knowledge of another UN language or a local language is 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:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

    1. Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)  
    1. Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2) 
    1. Works Collaboratively with others (2)  
    1. Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)  
    1. Innovates and Embraces Change (2) 
    1. Thinks and Acts Strategically (2) 
    1.  Drive to achieve impactful results (2)  
    1. Manages ambiguity and complexity (2) 

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.

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.


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.

Advertised: 27 Feb 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 13 Mar 2023 E. Africa Standard Time





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