WASH Cluster subnational Coordinator

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo 🇨🇩

Job no: 560704
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Goma
Level: P-3
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Emergency

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, water and sanitation

How can you make a difference?

Under the general supervision of the Emergency Manager in Goma assuming the lead of clusters and the technical guidelines of the WASH Cluster Coordinator from Kinshasa, on behalf of UNICEF, and in support of the Government, the incumbent will provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective WASH  responses for the Eastern province of DRC (North Kivu, South Kivu, Ituri).

Key tasks and responsibilities :

  • Establish and maintain an appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanism;
  • Strengthen pre-existing sectoral coordination through increased predictability and accountability;
  • Build complementarity of partner actions: avoiding duplication and gaps;
  • Ensure adequate resources are mobilized and are equitably allocated for the effective functioning of the cluster and its response;
  • Effective and comprehensive integration of relevant cross-cutting issues, including age, gender, environment and HIV/AIDs;
  • Maintain flexibility within the cluster to respond to changes in the operating environment, evolving requirements, capacities and participation;
  • Effectively use and transfer information to, from and between cluster participants and other stakeholders;
  • Interact with other clusters (including through inter-cluster coordination fora), humanitarian actors, government counterparts, and relevant authorities for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners;
  • Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms.
  • Monitor performance of the core cluster functions.
  • Where there is both a national and a sub-national cluster, the post holder will ensure that there is effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination between the two levels.
  • The WASH subnational Coordinator is accountable by the UNICEF Representative in country and will be managed by the Representative or other delegated manager as appropriate.
  • Participants of the country led clusters, who will in turn ensure that they deliver on their agreed minimum commitments (see IASC Reference Module for Cluster Coordination at the Country Level, November 2012)
  • Inter-cluster coordination bodies established by the HCT/UNOCHA/ICN and other OCHA coordination platform.
  • Affected populations through agreed mechanisms.

Supporting service delivery

  • Provide a platform to ensure that service delivery is driven by the agreed strategic priorities
  • Develop mechanisms to eliminate duplication of service delivery

Informing strategic decision-making of the for the humanitarian response

  • Needs assessment and gap analysis (across other sectors and within the sector)
  • Analysis to identify and address (emerging) gaps, obstacles, duplication, and cross-cutting issues.
  • Prioritization, grounded in response analysis

Planning and strategy development

  • Develop sectoral plans, objectives and indicators directly support realization of the PDS/COHP (pole de soutien and Comite operationel hummanitaire provencial)  strategic priorities
  • Application and adherence to existing standards and guidelines
  • Clarify funding requirements, prioritization, and cluster contributions to PDS/COHP coordination platforms overall humanitarian funding considerations (Flash Appeal, CAP, ERF/CHF, CERF)


  • Identify advocacy concerns to contribute to PDS and COPH messaging  and action
  • Undertaking advocacy activities on behalf of cluster participants and the affected population
  • Monitoring and reporting the implementation of the cluster strategy and results; recommending corrective action where necessary
  • Contingency planning/preparedness for recurrent disasters whenever feasible and relevant.
  • Accountability to affected populations.

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


University degree, preferably at an advanced level, in a subject area relevant to the cluster (master in water and sanitation engineer, civil engineer, environmental sciences, or any relevant degree in relation to WASH).

Work Experience

At least 5 years progressively responsible humanitarian work experience with UN and/or NGO, including Programme management and/or coordination in the first phase of a major emergency response relevant to the cluster.

Language Proficiency 

Fluency in French oral and written and working knowledge of English. Local working language of the duty station 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 Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are:

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


This is a temporary position, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: 30 Mar 2023 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 06 Apr 2023 W. Central Africa Standard Time






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