Sierra Leone nationals: WASH Officer

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Freetown, , SL

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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, clean water!

UNICEF Sierra is implementing its New Country Programme (2020-2023). The WASH programme focuses on 3 main areas of work: (1) System Strengthening (enabling environment) which includes evidence generation and strengthened institutional capacity to ensure WASH policy implementation and coordination; (2) Sustainable service delivery to improve the coverage and quality of water services for rural and poor urban communities and WASH in institutions in development and humanitarian situation; 3) Sanitation and Hygiene practices and behaviours mainly focusing targeting communities and household to use basic sanitation facilities and demonstrate improved hygiene practices and behaviors particularly through Area Wide Approach considering the entire Chiefdoms or Districts as one unit of intervention to eliminate open defecation in UNICEF-targeted districts. UNICEF Sierra Leone is committed to deliver the Key Result for Children (KRC #8) the proportion of population practicing open defecation is reduced.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general supervision of the Chief of WASH, the NOB WASH Officer (Water Supply) should provide professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process on WASH. 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. The incumbent will perform as below:


1. Programme development and planning

  • Draft updates for WASH in the situation analysis, to inform the development of WASH-related outcome and output results.
  • 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.
  • Oversee and coordinate WASH project contracts (design, construction, supervision and goods supply) across entire project scope.
  • Assist the team in the drafting and issuance of project proposals, RFP’s, tenders, budgets, cash flows and preliminary schedules.
  • Attend all meetings and be highly involved in the technical and financial bid evaluations, ensuring compliance with UNICEF procurement regulations at all times.
  • Brief all Implementation partners/contractors and ensure all are in full understanding of contract conditions, standards, specifications and scope of works. Act as focal point for all contract enquiries.
  • Verify all payments and ensure deliverables have been met across all project related contracts for services and goods.

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 specifically the water supply, 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.
  • Build Government partners capacity to develop, implement and monitor Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDR) programme linking with WASH and climate change.

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.
  • Provide technical support to government and NGO partners to design climate resilient and sustainable and safe water supply systems in rural and town-oriented villages.

7. Quality Assurance

  • Always ensure High quality design is achieved throughout all project phases.
  • Advise on the design of WASH structures taking into consideration appropriateness of design, materials and environmental conditions for the context.
  • Help prepare project proposals, timeframes, schedules, specifications and cost estimates as required.
  • Approve draft and final submissions for all design components and associated documentation, always ensuring high quality design standards are being achieved.
  • Approve contractor’s quality monitoring tools at the beginning of all works.
  • Develop and implement quality control programs and ensure compliance.
  • Coordinate construction efforts with all Implementing partners/contractors for project completion by predetermined deadlines.
  • Use project management tools to monitor working hours, budget, actual works completed. If any of the above-mentioned items are not being met, advise and propose mitigation measures necessary to correct and take appropriate action.
  • Conduct regular site inspections at all project sites to ensure UNICEF supervisory regulations are being upheld.

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

  • Advanced university degree in Civil, Engineering or a relevant technical discipline related to design/construction of Water Supply Systems from a recognized University/Institution. Candidates with  bachelor’s in civil engineering or equivalent can be considered with 5 years of related work experiences in lieu of advanced University degree.
  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience in WASH-related programme specifically survey, design, construction supervision of Water Supply both gravity fed and pumping systems are required.
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

The functional competencies required for this post are…

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Learning and researching (II)
  • Planning and organizing (II)

View our competency framework at

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 Wed Feb 19 2020 12:00:00 GMT+0300 (Arabian Standard Time) Greenwich Standard Time
Closing Date Sat Feb 29 2020 02:55:00 GMT+0300 (Arabian Standard Time)





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