WASH Officer (Ebola Response Rosters)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job no: 558550
Contract type: Temporary Appointment, Consultant
Level: P-2
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.

An outbreak of Sudan Ebola Virus (SDV) started in September 2022 and spread to 9 districts in Uganda, elevating the risk for cross border spread to neighboring countries (Tanzania, Rwanda, South-Sudan, Burundi, Kenya and DRCongo).

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 WASH Officer candidates interested in working in any of the countries within UNICEF’s East and Southern Africa region to respond to Ebola outbreaks for the next 36 months. The countries within each region are listed on the following website: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/index.html.   

How can you make a difference?

Key activities & duties

1-Coordination with district WASH and Health Officers, to support and conduct WASH needs assessment/gap analysis in the affected institutions and communities as required

2. Working closely with other WASH/IPC pillar teams in the affected areas to conduct WASH needs assessment in the HCFs and communities at risk, including enforcement of the Public Health Act (PHA)

3. Facilitate and participate in the various platforms at the district (District Task Force, WASH/IPC sub-pillar meetings, Partner meetings etc., to ensure improved coordination and collaboration in the response

4. As required, provide training/mentorship on IPC/WASH to selected/target staff at health care facilities, schools and HCFs and in communities

5. Monitor and coordinate the distribution of WASH/IPC supplies to targeted health care facilities and schools

6. Work closely with RCCE teams to conduct community engagement to address WASH needs

7. Daily reporting to UNIECF ZO and UCO on status, progress, gaps and recommendations on the response, to facilitate timely decision making and response

8. Facilitate requisitions for supplies with various District Local Governments needs arise and follow up on last mile distribution and utilization.

9. And any other duties assigned by the supervisor, as may be required.

Impact of Result

The support provided by the WASH officer will enable the country office to achieve the WASH-related output results of the country programme. This, in turn, will contribute to the achievement of the outcome results of the country programme document. When done effectively, the achievement of the outcome results will improve child survival, growth and development, and reduce inequalities in the country.

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


  • University degree in Public Health, Environmental Health, Sanitary Engineering or related field Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.

Work Experience- 

  • At least 2 years of experience in the relevant areas of water, sanitation and hygiene, water quality, public health, environmental health. Previous experience in Ebola preparedness/response is essential. Knowledge of Infection Prevention Control protocols (WHO, CDC)
  • Preferably experience in controlling outbreaks of EVD and/or other VHFs Strong sense of team spirit, diplomacy Ability to build and maintain partnerships across government and NGOs Innovative and resourceful mindset to make solutions work in adverse conditions
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions and flexible approach in undertaking his assignment within a rapidly changing environment. Willing to frequently travel within the assigned country.

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 

Technical requirements

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 Centres

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 six of the eight components

1. Humanitarian WASH – preparedness

2. Humanitarian WASH – response and recovery Basic knowledge of one component

  • 1. Humanitarian WASH – coordination of the response Basic knowledge
  • 2. Programme/project management

3. Capacity development

4. Knowledge management

5. Monitoring and evaluation Basic knowledge of all four components

  • 1. Human rights and WASH
  • 2. Gender equality and WASH Basic knowledge

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…

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (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.

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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