Mexico nationals: WASH Officer

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Mexico City, , MX

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Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

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For every child,

UNICEF Mexico also supports humanitarian responses related to migration and internal displacements. UNICEF in its new programmatic cycle 2020-2024 will work at national level with specific interventions in CDMX and the following States: Chihuahua, Guerrero, Chiapas, Mexico City and Mexico State.

The WASH Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH in schools/MHM and WASH in emergency programming process, through the application of theoretical and practical technical skills in researching, collecting, analysing and presenting programme information while learning organizational rules, regulations and procedures to support the development, implementation and monitoring of the WASH results of the equity output under the Education Strategy of the 2020 -2025 Country Programme.

How can you make a difference?

1.     Programme development and planning

  • Research and analyse national WASH economic and development trends and its links with other key sectors to UNICEF. Collect, analyse, verify and synthesize information to facilitate programme development, design and preparation.
  • Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information.
  • Assist in the development/establishment of WASH-related output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH in schools and emergency 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   results within the Education outcome.
  • 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, suggest solutions on routine programme implementation and alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decision. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • Support the development and design of a strategy to influence the improvement of the Educational Management Information Systems (EMIS) to monitor WASH in Schools services under the SDG framework.
  • Implement, monitor and report ongoing initiatives on WiS and MHM in priority states.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by higher management and other stakeholders.
  • 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. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.
  • Prepare inputs for programme and donor reporting.

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.
  • Contribute to the development of the Communication for Development (C4D) strategy for WASH/WiS, gender equity (MHM) and with a climate resilience lens.
  • 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 inputs for the preparation of WASH emergency preparedness, including the drafting of required supplies and services, long-term agreements, partnership agreements, and coordination mechanisms.
  • 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. 
  • Support in the implementation of international standards (SPHERE, CCC’s, etc.) in government responses
  • Strengthen national/state coordination and support provision of WASH in schools and in the context of the protection of migrant children and adolescents.

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/events on WASH programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of WASH programmes/projects and 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, in alignment with UNICEF Mexico “Enterprise Content Management” strategy and UNICEF regional WASH Knowledge Management strategy and workplan.
  • 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.
  • Support inclusive gender-sensitive WASH interventions including MHM

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required:  public health, social sciences, civil engineering or another relevant technical field.


  • A minimum of one year of professional experience in WASH-related programmes in an upper-middle income context is required.
  • Work experience in WASH in emergencies is required.
  • Knowledge and work experience in the implementation of WASH in schools is considered an asset.

Language Requirements: Fluency in Spanish and English required

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, analysing, applying technical expertise, learning and researching, planning and organizing.

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.

Candidates must be citizen of Mexico to be considered eligible for this post.

Opening Date Fri Apr 17 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time) Central Daylight Time (Mexico)
Closing Date Sat May 02 2020 06:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)






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