Tajikistan nationals: National WASH Officer (Engineer)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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The position will provide support to the UNICEF Tajikistan Country Office, specifically the Early Years and Learning programme which aims to provide adequate Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) in selected schools and Maternities across the country. More specifically, the position will provide technical guidance, input and supervision for the design, construction/implementation, monitoring and quality assurance and management of context appropriate and cost-effective WASH construction works supported by UNICEF; engage with relevant government sectors at national and Oblast/District levels and facilitate relevant approvals of constructions works.
The WASH Officer provides technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programming process. The Officer prepares, manages and implements a variety of technical and administrative tasks, related to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH output results of the country programme.

How can you make a difference?

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
Programme planning management, monitoring and delivery of results:
• Conduct site inspection, facilitating the bidding and selection of contractors, communication and securing of required clearances with UNICEF supplyeadquarters and support in coordination with the relevant government Ministries/departments.
Technical and operational support for programme implementation:
• Provide technical assistance in quality assurance/control of the management and implementation of the UNICEF supported water and sanitation facilities construction in schools and health facilities, including for the development of architectural/engineering designs and BoQs in school and maternities.
1. Programme development and planning:
• Draft updates for WASH in the situation analysis, to inform the development of WASH-related outcome and output results. Research and report on trends in WASH, for use in programme development, management, monitoring, and evaluation. 
• Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information.
• Contribute to the development/establishment of WASH-related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH sector needs and priorities.
• Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials/documentations, complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support progress towards the WASH-related outcome and/or output results in the country programme.
• Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate review and approval processes.
2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results:
• Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/ share information on implementation issues, provide solutions on routine programme implementation and alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decisions. Keep records of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
• 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.
• 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.
• Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.
3. Technical and operational support for programme implementation:
• Undertake field visits and surveys, collect and share reports with partners/stakeholders. Report critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems to supervisor, for timely action.
• Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners 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.
4. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response:
• Draft 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.
• Study and fully understand 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 national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve WASH output results.
• Draft communication and information materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund-raising for WASH.
• Participate in inter-agency meetings on UNDAF planning, to integrate and harmonize UNICEF output results and implementation strategies with UNDAF development and planning processes.
• Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.
6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:
• Assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems).
• Assist in the preparation of learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
• Assist in creating and delivering learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments. 
• Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.
Impact of Results:
The support provided by the WASH officer will enable the country 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.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

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

Core Values
Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability
Core competencies
Communication (II); Working with people (I);Drive for results (I) 
Functional Competencies:
Formulating strategies and concepts (I), Analyzing (II), Applying technical expertise (II),Learning and researching (II)
Planning and organizing (II)
Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering or another relevant technical field.
Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.
Experience: A minimum of two years of professional work experience in WASH-related programmes in the context of Tajikistan  is required. Familiarity with national and UNICEF WASH standards is desirable.
Language Requirements: Fluency in Russian and Tajik, good working knowledge of English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language is considered as an asset
Technical requirements:
Basic knowledge of six of the eight components:
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 sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, incl. sustainability
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

Basic knowledge of one component:
1. Humanitarian WASH – preparedness
2. Humanitarian WASH – response and recovery 

Basic knowledge of:
1. Humanitarian WASH – coordination of the response
Basic knowledge of all four components:
1. Programme/project management
2. Capacity development
3. Knowledge management
4. Monitoring and evaluation 
Basic knowledge:
1. Human rights and WASH
2. Gender equality and WASH 

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The link to review detailed Generic Job Profile would be available at the following links: www.untj.org/jobs, www.unicef.org/tajikistan/resources, www.facebook.com/uniceftajikistan.
The candidates, who are interested to apply for the position, should follow the electronic application’s instructions at: http://jobs.unicef.org/cw/en-us/job/529980?lApplicationSubSourceID=
It requires the applicant to upload the detailed CV and academic degrees/diplomas. UN candidates should upload at least two latest performance evaluation reports.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.


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

Opening Date Thu Feb 20 2020 07:00:00 GMT+0300 (Arabian Standard Time) West Asia Standard Time
Closing Date Wed Mar 04 2020 21:55:00 GMT+0300 (Arabian Standard Time)






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