WASH Specialist

Addis Ababa, , ET

Job Number: 501430 | Vacancy Link
Location: Ethiopia
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff

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

Under the general guidance of the WASH section Chief, responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the National Level Sector-wide Approach (SWAp) and National WASH Cluster Coordination of Emergency and Resilience  programme within the UNICEF country programme.(in the absence of a Chief, Sectoral Section).

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks 

1. Under supervision of the Chief of WASH (L5), be primary responsible for the overall management and implementation of WASH policy programme Component: Policy development & strategic Planning for WASH. This includes provision of technical support on policy development and strategic planning issues, as well as all aspects related to the monitoring and evaluation of the DAG, MDG and PARPA targets.

2. Actively engage on Sector-Wide Approach for (SWAp), through provision of technical advice on development and implementation of SWAp related instruments including development of monitoring tools and indicators for measuring sector performance (both financial and programmatic) towards achievements of national targets.

3. Provide overall leadership and coordination of WASH Cluster for Ethiopia by providing support to government/and other partners in the development of strategies, methodologies and identification of new approaches for improving programme delivery in the emergency and Disaster/Resilience agenda, with specific emphasis on fund mobilisation and support to resilience programme development and implementation in water insecure areas.

4. Provide assistance on sector coordination related mechanisms to ensure wider engagement of sector partners at all levels in development of harmonised common vision and approaches. Assist on documenting sector best practices and experiences ensuring that lessons learned feeds into policy and strategy development for the sector.

5. Undertakes field visits, and surveys in order to monitor and evaluate project implementation. Identifies problems and proposes remedial action. Identifies alternative courses of action, to accelerate/improve programme delivery. 

6. Develops the workplan for the sector and monitors compliance to ensure objectives and targets are met and achieved. Guides and supervises professional and support staff. Ensures their training needs are met, and provides on-the-job training.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Masters degree in water and sanitation, public health engineering combined with a relevant bachelors degree
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in water supply, sanitation and hygiene enabling environment with specific skills in wash policy, coordination, financing and monitoring
  • Fleuncy in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian) is an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication – Level II
  • Working with people – Level II 
  • Drive for results – Level II 

Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising – Level II 
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts – Level II 
  • Analyzing – Level II 
  • Relating and Networking – Level II 
  • Deciding and Initiating Action – Level II 
  • Applying Technical Expertise – Level II 

To view our competency framework, please click here

Technical Knowledge 

Specific Technical Knowledge Required

  • Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.
  • 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.

Common Technical Knowledge Required

Knowledge of the latest theories, technology and practices in:

  • Community based sanitation  i.e.: hygiene education or latrine construction and waste management.

General knowledge of:

  • Methodology of programme/project management
  • Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes
  • Knowledge of global human rights and gender issues, 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, disaster risk reduction and environment.
  • UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
  • Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.
  • UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
  • Mid-Term Strategic Plan
  • UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide programmes 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.
  • Knowledge of global environmental issues that pertain to sustainable development and specifically relation to children and woman, and the current UNICEF position approaches.
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced 

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

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Opening Date 17 Nov 2016 E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date 1 Dec 2016 E. Africa Standard Time