South Sudan nationals: WASH Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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Purpose of the job:

The WASH Specialist reports to the Chief of Field Office in Bor for guidance and general supervision. The WASH Specialist supports the development, preparation, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH programme within the country programme. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes, to facilitate the administration and achievement of the WASH-related output results in the country programme.

III. Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

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

1.            Programme development and planning

Draft the WASH inputs for the situation analysis.  Provide timely, comprehensive and current data to inform WASH policy and programme development, planning, management and implementation. Keep abreast of WASH sector development trends, for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in programme design, management and implementation.

 Participate in strategic WASH programme planning discussions. Prepare WASH donor proposals, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, UNICEF’s global WASH strategy and the Country programme, as well as government plans and priorities, and the role of other external support agencies.

 Assist in the formulation of the WASH outcome and output results, related indicators, baselines, targets and means of verification. Prepare required documentation for programme reviews.

Work with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies for the achievement of WASH output results in the country programme.

•Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of WASH with other UNICEF sectors, as well as  emerging areas of urbanization, resilience and climate change for the achievement of sustainable WASH output results. Draft assigned sections of the annual work plan, in close cooperation with government and other counterparts.

2              Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

With other external support agencies, strengthen national government WASH sector monitoring systems, with a focus on WASH outcomes (behaviors), using bottleneck analysis tools available in the sector (WASH-BAT, CSOs, SDAs). 

Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare reports on results for required action/interventions at the higher level of programme management.

Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in programmes and management, identify and document lessons learned.

Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders.

In collaboration with Juba Office, check works on Interim Payment Certificate (IPCs) and all reports submitted by UNICEF appointed contractors and design and supervising engineering firm(s) respectively for construction activitiesAssist in the identification and provide inputs into the assessment of partners, contractors and consultants on their capacity to implement UNICEF WASH programme including construction activities

Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.             

3              Technical and operational support for programme implementation

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.

Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners, consultants and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in WASH, to support programme implementation.

Plan for use of technical experts from Juba Country Office, Regional Office and HQ, as and where appropriate in the WASH programme, through remote support and on-site visits. 

Participate in WASH programme meetings, to review progress, with government, other sector agencies and implementation partners, involved at various stages of WASH programme implementation, to provide expert advice and guidance.

Provide timely and real time monitoring for quality assurance and feedback to consultant and contractor for the design, rehabilitation and extension of WASH facilities in urban and periurban areas under the jurisdiction of the Field Office

Ensure that all construction activities meet agreed standards and contractor/partners adhere to work plans including environmental mitigation measures when applicable

Actively engage and support institutional strengthening, governance and cost recovery of the Bor Water Supply station in line with SSUWC, UNICEF and donor strategies

Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic materials for use by management, donors, UNICEF regional offices and headquarters.

4              Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response

Prepare requisitions for supplies, services, long-term agreements and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in case of an emergency.

Contribute to the coordination arrangement for humanitarian WASH, for instant robust coordination in case of an emergency. 

Ensure that all UNICEF WASH staff are familiar with UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency.

Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises. 

5              Networking and partnership building

Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and state 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 programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund-raising.

Participate in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the state development planning and agenda setting.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Lead the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems). 

Prepare learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.

Create and deliver learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments. 

Contribute to the systematic assessment of WASH sector capacity gap analysis, in collaboration with government and other stakeholders, and support the design of initiative to strengthen capacities systematically.

Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

IV. Impact of Results

The support provided by the WASH specialist will enable the field 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. 

V. Competencies and level of proficiency required (based on UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.

Core Values

             Commitment

             Diversity and inclusion

             Integrity

Core competencies

             Communication (II)

             Working with people (II)

             Drive for results (II)        

Functional Competencies:

             Leading and Supervising (I)

             Formulating strategies and concepts (II)

             Analyzing (III)

             Applying technical expertise (III)

             Relating and networking (II)

             Deciding and Initiating action (II)

VI. Recruitment Qualifications


An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: civil or sanitary engineering, public health, behavior change communication, or another relevant technical field.

Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.


DEVELOPMENTAL:  a minimum of five years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for protracted crises is required

One year of deployment in a developing country is required.

HUMANITARIAN: At least one three-month deployment mission in a humanitarian situation (with UN-Govt-INGO) is required.

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.

VII. 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 water and sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, incl sustainability and resilience

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 Expert knowledge of three components and basic knowledge of three components

1.            Humanitarian WASH – preparedness

2.            Humanitarian WASH – response and recovery     Basic knowledge of both components

1.            Humanitarian WASH – coordination of the response        Basic knowledge

2.            Programme/project management

3.            Capacity development

4.            Knowledge management

5.            Monitoring and evaluation           Expert knowledge of two components and basic knowledge of the other two components

1.            Human rights and WASH

2.            Gender equality and WASH          In-depth knowledge

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UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Opening Date Fri Jan 10 2020 07:00:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time) E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Fri Jan 24 2020 21:55:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)