WASH Specialist

Nyala, , SD

Job Number: 501130 | Vacancy Link
Location: Sudan
Work Type : Temporary Appointment

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position Accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of WASH programme to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives.


UNICEF Nyala Field Office is responsible for direct supervision and coordination of UNICEF funded activities and sector activities in Education, WASH, Health, Nutrition and HIV in South and East Darfur State. Currently, there are three National WASH Officers with two based in Nyala and one in Ed Daein, East Darfur. All three support each other for effective WASH coverage in the two states that together harbor over 1.1 million IDPs and 60,000 South Sudanese refugees.

Renewed displacements of populations from conflict in late 2015, the influx of South Sudanese refugees coupled with the departure of most International NGOs, government counterparts and partners’ capacity to prepare and respond to WASH needs in both states has weakened. This development has meant UNICEF shouldering on more responsibilities and accountabilities, including as provider of first and last resort being the WASH Cluster Lead Agency at the state and locality levels. UNICEF has the comparative advantage to provide and should engage in ensuring Strategic guidance and thinking, coordination, monitoring and reporting of WASH sector activities, building capacity of national NGOs and government counterparts to ensure  appropriate institutional, human and financial resources are in place and being absorbed for sustainable WASH programmes in South Darfur and East Darfur States. In addition, the required upstream strategic engagement with top government and NGO partners at the state and locality levels, needs an appropriate UNICEF capacity on a consistent basis to ensure the necessary strategic level decisions on policy, plans, budgets and coordination mechanisms are being taken and implemented. In this way, UNICEF can, through the GoS-UNICEF WASH programme, ensure a catalytic influence and strategic leveraging of state and locality decisions and resources for a scaled up State-wide WASH programme delivery.


  1. Timely sectoral analysis and state level strategic analysis, guidance and advise provided to government counterparts and sector partners
  • Promote the goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement and participation at every opportunity, leveraging the strength of UNICEF, and reference to the State WASH strategy
  • Ensure that WASH sector partners are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards and relevant commitments that the Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights law;
  • Ensure that WASH responses are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards, and relevant Government human rights legal obligations
  • Ensure that sector partners align in a harmonized way and with common strategies towards scaling up sanitation in rural areas and IDPs camps
  • Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve WASH programme goals, including humanitarian response
  • Advocate for due attention and support to be given to environmental and sustainable development issues (pertaining to WASH) in all sectors and line Ministries.
  • Ensure adequate attention is given to Disaster Risk Management, including emergency preparedness and response
  • Drawing lessons learned from past WASH activities, strategies and action plans develop an exit, or transition strategy for the WASH interventions and key sector partners considering sustainability of WASH services in IDPs camps, host community and rural areas.
  • Ensure effective and coherent WASH assessment and analysis, involving all relevant partners
  • Promote and adopt standardized methods, tools and formats for common use for needs assessments and analysis
  • Promote joint needs assessments and analysis with other clusters, especially Health, Nutrition and Shelter
  • Ensure integration of agreed priority cross-cutting issues in WASH assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and response (e.g. age, diversity, environment, gender, HIV/AIDS and human rights);

2. Sectoral work plan and activities formulated, implemented and monitored with special attention to gender/sex disaggregation of relevant indicators, programme delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently in compliance with the established sector guidelines and procedures.

  • Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work pan using right based and result based approaches, implementation and monitoring of sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined sector strategies and approaches. Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex disaggregated data.
  • Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participate in major WASH sector evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the preparation of annual WASH sector status reports. Ensure adequate and transparent evaluation of emergency preparedness and response
  • Ensure adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place (with OCHA support) to review impact of WASH interventions and progress against implementation plans.  This specifically needs to include an analytical interpretation of best available information in order to benchmark progress of the emergency response over time.  That is – monitoring indicators (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost.  Target population data including desegregation by sex, age etc…) of service delivery which are derived from working towards meeting previously defined standards
  • Ensure adequate WASH impact reporting and effective information sharing (with OCHA support) to demonstrate the closing of gaps.

3. Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration including support to the IASC WASH Sector.

  • Collaborate with Communication for Development and External Relation and Media Section in Khartoum to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy, social mobilization and emergency efforts.
  • Overall coordination with WASH colleagues in South and East Darfur States, Khartoum WASH Section. Collaborate with other sector professionals in West and Central Darfur States to ensure the integration of WASH activities with other sectors.
  • Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of WASH programme or sectoral planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability.
  • Interact with South and East Darfur Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of WASH programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations.

4. Humanitarian coordination mechanism strengthened and maintained in South and East Darfur States

  • Ensure appropriate coordination between all WASH humanitarian partners (national and international NGOs, the ICRC/International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, etc), through establishment/maintenance of appropriate WASH sector coordination mechanisms, including working groups at the states level;
  • Ensure that WASH coordination mechanisms are adapted over time to reflect the capacities of local actors and the engagement of development partners and Government counterpart;
  • Ensure effective links with other sector groups, working closely with the Health, Nutrition, child protection and education
  • Maintain information on all current and potential WASH partners, their capacities and areas of work (including Who, What, Where and by When).
  • Ensure that WASH humanitarian responses build on local capacities including the promotion of capacity building of relevant authorities as and when necessary
  • Ensure appropriate links with national and local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors (e.g. UNAMID) and ensure appropriate coordination and information exchange.
  • Provide assistance as a last resort, and engage sector partners to address gaps, advocate for the provision of adequate resources and access; and fill the critical gaps through direct implementation.

5. WASH Sector Emergency preparedness and response, advocacy and resource mobilization improved, sector capacity built especially for government counterparts and national NGOs  to ensure ownership and sustainability 

  • Represent the interests of the WASH sector in discussions with the Area Humanitarian Coordination Team and other stakeholders on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy;
  • Secure commitments from WASH humanitarian partners in responding to needs and filling gaps, ensuring an appropriate accountability and responsibilities within the WASH sector, with clearly defined focal points for specific issues where necessary;
  • Develop and regularly update of WASH sector   response and preparedness for existing emergencies, and potential significant changes in the nature of the emergency;
  • Ensure the complementarity of different WASH humanitarian actors, and promote WASH emergency response actions while at the same time considering WASH within early recovery planning as well as prevention and risk reduction concerns;
  • Identify core WASH advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), UNICEF and other actors;
  • Advocate for donors to fund WASH actors to carry out priority WASH activities in the sector concerned, while at the same time encouraging WASH actors to mobilize resources for their activities through their usual channels.
  • Ensure, in collaboration with sector partners, the strategic approach to the management of WASH services in each camp to enable adequate and sustainable service delivery;
  • Promote and support training of WASH humanitarian personnel and build capacity building of humanitarian partners, based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity; and support efforts to strengthen the WASH capacity of the national/local authorities and civil society.


Advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines:

  • Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Sanitary Engineering, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance.
  • Additional training in Public Health and/ or Program Communication is an asset.


  • Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme management, monitoring and evaluation, in a related field. Similar UN experience will be an asset.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach
  • LANGUAGES: Fluency in English and another UN language required.
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.


  1. i)  Core Competencies (Required)
  • Communication  [ II ]
  • Working with People  [ II ]
  • Drive for Results  [ II ]
  1. ii) Functional Competencies (Required)
  • Leading and Supervising  [ I ]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts    [ II ]
  • Analyzing   [ III ]
  • Relating and Networking    [ II ]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action   [ II ]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ III ] 

 Technical Knowledge

      a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required

  • Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF program
  • Advanced Technical Knowledge of the theories, principles and methods in the following areas: communication for behavior change, WASH in schools, water supply projects management, monitoring and evaluation;  integrated water resource management;  appropriate water supply and quality technology i.e. community based water supply.
  • Gender and diversity awareness Knowledge of the latest theories, technology and practices in:

   b) Common Technical Knowledge required (for the job group)

  • Community based sanitation i.e.: hygiene education or latrine construction
  • Community based management of water supply services

   c) General knowledge of:

Methodology of programme/project management

  • Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for sectoral program
  • Knowledge of global human rights and gender issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNCEF position and approaches.
  • Knowledge of global environmental issues that pertain to sustainable development and specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF position and approaches.
  • UNICEF policies and strategy to address WASH issues, including those relating to conflicts, natural disasters, recovery, and disaster risk reduction and environment.
  • UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
  • Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.
  • UNICEF program policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
  • Mid-Term Strategic Plan
  • UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide program impacting on WASH results.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in the use of corporate office computer system applications and software, including LAN, email, word processing, spreadsheet, database, telecommunications.
  • UNICEF policies and strategies promoting gender equality and equity

    d) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)

  • Government development plans and policies
  • Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF program
  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues, preparedness and the responses, including the IASC Cluster approach.
  • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
  • UN security operations and guidelines


Nyala, South Darfur/Sudan. The position requires frequent travel to project areas in South and East Darfur and occasional travel within Sudan

Opening Date 7 Nov 2016 E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date 21 Nov 2016 E. Africa Standard Time