Ethiopia nationals: WASH Project Coordinator

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 🇪🇹

Job no: 559901
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Addis Ababa
Level: NO-3
Location: Ethiopia
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.

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Ethiopia is situated in the Horn of Africa and is the second most populous country on the continent with an estimated population of 115 million. It borders six African countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan, and covers 1,104,300 square kilometers. Approximately 85 percent of the population lives in rural areas. Ethiopia represents a melting pot of ancient cultures with Middle Eastern and African cultures evident in the religious, ethnic, and language composition of its people.

Over the past two years, children and their families across Ethiopia faced multiple and complex emergencies, such as the conflict in the northern Ethiopia and the drought, which resulted in millions of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. UNICEF has programmes in Child Protection, WASH, Health, Nutrition, Social Policy, and Education and serves over 15 million children in Ethiopia. Join UNICEF Ethiopia to contribute to improving the lives of children and women.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Rural WASH Manager, the incumbent will support the coordination and monitoring of multisectoral program implementation for strengthening the resilience of people and structures in multiple regions. The purpose of the Multisectoral / WASH Specialist Project Coordinator (NoC-TA) position is to (1) effectively coordinate and monitor the implementation of the KFW/BMZ-funded ‘Strengthening the Resilience of people and Structures in drought-Affected Regions of Ethiopia’ program (estimated 75% of time) and support similar resilient WASH programs (estimated 25% of time).


  • Ensure effective planning, overall coordination, implementation, monitoring (including situation monitoring and assessments), documentation, information management, and reporting on all project interventions and all phases of implementation.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders and partners to ensure that monitoring systems are properly designed, and that data collection and analysis is coordinated and feeds into program performance monitoring.
  • Work closely internally in UNICEF with different sections (Education, Child Protection, WASH, Health, Nutrition, Social Behavior Change, Supply and Logistics) and relevant program and operation staff including Construction Engineers, Administration and Financial Specialists, and federal/field office Specialists for the relevant multi[1]sectoral programs to coordinate and monitor the KFW/BMZ-funded project. This includes programme coordination to ensure convergence between different sections, ensure alignment with programme requirements, ensure that technical and financial monitoring is conducted in coordinated manner, take overall responsibility of donor reporting and function as the main programme interface with the donor, support and manage Multisectoral partnership agreements or contracts.
  • Work closely with the Child Protection, Education, WASH, Health, Nutrition and Social and Behavior Change clusters, to ensure that there is effective convergence programming in selected sites and no duplication and overlap in the implementation of interventions.
  • Ensure that project milestones are achieved on time and alert the supervisor, Chief of WASH and donor focal person of any challenges rewiring their attention and support.

Specific tasks include the following:

  • Ensure the project oversight, including financial management, project review, project direction and results attainment in accordance with the Work Plan, under the guidance and support of the Supervisor, Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programme, and other relevant program/operation staff.
  • Support overall technical responsibility of the implementation of interventions under the ‘Strengthening the Resilience of people and Structures in drought-Affected Regions of Ethiopia’ program activities and liaison with the KFW/BMZ delegation, relevant donors, Ministries of Education, Water, Health, Women and Social Affairs, Agriculture, Labor and relevant regional bureaus.
  • Ensure preparation and timely submission of consolidated narrative, technical, progress and financial reports.
  • Ensure the availability of evidence-based project data and prepare/review/support timely preparation and submission of project briefs, and any other documentation of lessons learnt.
  • Liaise with Field Offices and Regional Bureaus and provide support to Regional and Field Office Specialists to ensure the smooth implementation and monitoring of the project activities.
  • Facilitate the extension and signing of relevant contracts and partnership agreements that will ensure effective project implementation.
  • Communicate progress, bottlenecks and issues arising with the implementation of the project in a timely and effective manner.
  • Actively monitor UNICEF-supported activities through field visits, surveys and exchange of information with partners, to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely interventions. Produce programme visit reports in accordance with UNICEF HACT procedure and other donor reporting requirements.
  • Arrange joint field monitoring trips with the KFW/BMZ delegation, relevant ministries and bureaus, UNICEF program sections and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Support in the establishment of multi-sectoral and multi-regional project coordination structures at the national, regional, and field levels where relevant.
  • Support in the setting-up of the project monitoring concept, the development of monitoring tools, and development of an activity implementing tracking tool and monitoring dashboard.
  • Ensure development and review of tools and facilitate conducting of a resilience analysis for the project, as per the process and guiding document.
  • Support, in collaboration with implementing partners, counterparts, and relevant Sections, the development and implementation of communication strategies, plans and activities to ensure the visibility of the project activities and their impact.
  • To effectively coordinate and communicate with key external stakeholders including, KFW/BMZ delegation, WFP, relevant federal line Ministries and regional bureaus and ensure that the established coordination structures of the project are functional.
  • Facilitate the revision of Project documents including updating Results Matrix, target/baseline beneficiaries, budget, timeline, problem analysis and the proposed project approach.
  • Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve WASH output results.
  • Prepare materials for WASH and Multisectoral programme advocacy – in collaboration with other sections- to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund-raising.
  • Prepare learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector / Multisectoral development.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Masters) in any of the following fields is required: Social Sciences, Economics, Statistics, Business Administration, Education, public health, engineering, or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.

*A first level University degree combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree in the field of Social Sciences, Economics, Statistics, Business Administration, Education, public health, engineering, or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.

  • A minimum of five years progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience at the national and international levels in WASH, education, Health, Nutrition or Child Protection program development and implementation including M&E activities is required.
  • Experience in coordinating humanitarian/development Multisectoral programs with different stakeholders/partners
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, 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…

  • Demonstrates Self  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)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

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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.


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: 02 Mar 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 15 Mar 2023 E. Africa Standard Time





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