Technical Officer (WASH)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Copenhagen, Denmark 🇩🇰

Job no: 565677
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Copenhagen
Level: P-2
Location: Denmark
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

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, hope

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does – in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life – in its social, political, economic, civic, and cultural dimensions – her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education, and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens – addressing inequity – not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also accelerating the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

Part of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) unit, within the Water Sanitation and Education Center (WSEC), and under the leadership of the (WASH) Technical Manager, the Technical Officer (WASH) is responsible to maintain Unicef WASH product portfolio, to establish technical requirements, to identify and to evaluate suitable supply sources contributing to the procurement of WASH programmatic commodities for humanitarian assistance and development programme, while applying sustainable procurement best practices.

The Technical Officer (WASH) uses personal programmatic experience and communication skills to coordinate the above with programme and supply colleagues in UNICEF HQ, Regional and Country Offices.

Key functions and responsibilities:

  • Maintains UNICEF WASH product portfolio, ensuring correct and up to date information is available in the material database as well as external and internal UNICEF product catalogue.
  • Reviews and develops technical supply requirements and specifications to ensure appropriateness and taking organizational transversal priorities into consideration (i.e., sustainability and accessibility criteria). Advises requesting offices on technical matters relating to the commodity of specialization. Clarifies inadequate product reference and specifications with requesting office, proposing substitute or alternative as necessary.
  • Establishes and maintains list of potential suppliers related to WASH products, ensuring geographical diversity and supplier database accurate information.
  • Evaluates technical offers received through a solicitation. When necessary, requests and coordinates sample evaluation with Quality Assurance Center. Provides technical evaluations to contracting function and supports preparation of contract award recommendation as necessary.
  • Keeps abreast of the global WASH supply landscape to improve the suitability and range of WASH products relevant to UNICEF humanitarian and development programmes. Maintains and share a database of new WASH related products with potential application towards UNICEF goals.
  • Provides technical assessment and relevance related to Country Office Supply Plan, Local Procurement Authorization, Contribution in Kind (CIK) and Procurement Services request, when necessary.
  • Contributes to the preparation of procurement strategies and notes as well as the development of publication, and dissemination, of guidelines and lessons related to WASH products, including the maintenance of the WASH supply intranet.

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


  • First University degree (Bachelor’s degree) in a relevant engineering field, such as mechanical, water, wastewater, or environmental engineering.

Work Experience

  • Minimum two years of progressively responsible professional experience relevant to WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).
  • International experience in the field of WASH programmes in developing countries in humanitarian context. Additional international experience in development context is preferred.
  • Experience relevant to commodity group. Knowledge of worldwide sources, suppliers and markets.


  • Fluency in English required. Knowledge of French is preferred. Fluency in additional UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

 UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at:

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Advertised: 06 Sep 2023 Romance Daylight Time
Deadline: 19 Sep 2023 Romance Daylight Time





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