Sierra Leone nationals: WASH Officer

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Freetown, Sierra Leone 🇸🇱

Job no: 559879
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Freetown
Level: NO-2
Location: Sierra Leone
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.

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Please access UNICEF Sierra Leone information here and  here

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of the Job

The WASH officer will support the country office to achieve the WASH-related output results of the country programme and will contribute immensely to the adoption of safe sanitation and hygiene behaviours (including effective menstrual hygiene management), in communities and institutions (schools and PHUs). This will in turn help to achieve overall outcome results aimed at improving child survival, growth and development, and reducing inequalities. 

Summary of Key Functions/Accountabilities:

The WASH Officer will be responsible for providing technical, operational and administrative assistance to the WASH Programme specifically Hygiene in the UNICEF Office in Sierra Leone and the Iceland-supported “Improving Access to Climate Resilient WASH services for improved livelihoods and child-friendly environment in rural fishing communities” project. The WASH Officer (Hygiene), reports to the Sanitation Specialist (P3) for supervision. The Officer prepares, manages and implements a variety of technical and administrative tasks, related to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH (Hygiene) component of output results of the country programme including

1.         Programme development and planning

2.         Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

3.         Technical and operational support for programme implementation

4.         Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response

5.         Networking and partnership building

6.         Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Please access the full JD here TOR – WASH Officer Level 2_TA.pdf

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


  • A first university degree in one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, behaviour change communication or another relevant technical field.
  • Additional courses/training in Health and Hygiene Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication) is an asset.


  • Two years of professional work experience in WASH related programme with key partners including national and sub-national government agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and the private sector.
  • Experience of high-level advocacy for resource mobilization is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF position and approaches.
  • Knowledge of global environmental issues that pertain to sustainable development and specifically relation to children and women.
  • Background/familiarity with emergency preparedness and response.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.  Fair understanding of gender equality and diversity awareness
  • ICT Requirements: Good computer skills, including internet navigation, teleconferencing, file sharing, word processing, data processing using spreadsheet, power-point preparation, and other office applications.
  • Technical Requirements: Basic knowledge of the following:
  • Rural water supply for low- and middle-income countries – including water safety, sustainability
  • Rural sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, including sustainability; applying CATS and market-based sanitation approaches
  • Urban sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, incl sustainability
  • Proper handwashing (with soap under running water)
  • WASH-in-Schools and Health Centres
  • Menstrual hygiene management
  • National government WASH policies, plans and strategies
  • Analysis of national budgets and expenditure for basic WASH, and related advocacy Basic knowledge of humanitarian WASH – preparedness and/or humanitarian WASH – response and recovery
  • Humanitarian WASH and coordination of response
  • Knowledge of programme/project management, capacity development, knowledge management and monitoring and evaluation
  • Knowledge of human rights and WASH and gender equality and WASH

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 Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others (7) Nurtures, leads and manages people.

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.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable Sierra Leoneans are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  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.

Advertised: 01 Mar 2023 Greenwich Standard Time
Deadline: 14 Mar 2023 Greenwich Standard Time





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