WASH Manager Cluster (SecCrd)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Beirut, Lebanon 🇱🇧

Job no: 565358
Position type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: Lebanon
Division/Equivalent: Amman(MENA)
School/Unit: Lebanon
Department/Office: Beirut, Lebanon
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Emergency

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

UNICEF started to work in Lebanon in 1948 and established its office in 1950. For more than 70 years we’ve been working closely with the Government of Lebanon, other UN agencies, international and local NGOs, universities, and more than 100 partners to meet the needs of disadvantaged children in Lebanon. Responding to life-saving needs and ensuring equal access to quality public services, the impact of our work is felt in every aspect and every sphere of society. To learn more about our work, please refer to: https://www.unicef.org/lebanon/what-we-do

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF is committed to support humanitarian coordination through the cluster approach. Introduced as part of the humanitarian reform, the cluster approach, aims at ensuring clear leadership, predictability and accountability in international responses to humanitarian emergencies by clarifying the division of labor among organizations and better defining their roles and responsibilities within the different sectors involved in the response. As a member of the IASC, UNICEF work along with national and local stakeholders (including national and local authorities, CSOs, and communities) to support humanitarian coordination and to improve the collective impact of humanitarian response. Whether the cluster approach is activated or not, UNICEF plays a key role in both global and country-level interagency coordination for its areas of programmatic responsibility. As Cluster Lead Agency (CLA) for Nutrition, WASH, Education (co-led), and Child Protection Area of Responsibility (AoR) within the Protection Cluster, UNICEF is committed to fulfil the core functions defined by the IASC when the clusters are activated or when UNICEF is asked to support sectoral coordination.

A well-run Cluster/ Sector/ Working Group coordination team is a formal deliverable of the Cluster Lead Agency and forms a part of the agency’s work.

Under the overall direction and guidance of the Chief of Field Operations, the WASH Manager Cluster/ Sector Coordinator will provide leadership and representation of the Cluster/ Sector/ Working Group. They will facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response by participants in the Cluster/ Sector/ Working Group that is accountable to those who are affected by the emergency. In their effort to provide an efficient and effective response to the humanitarian crisis, the WASH Manager Cluster/ Sector Coordinator is responsible for building relationships with stakeholders, for securing the overall coordination of sectoral responses and for ensuring inter-sectoral collaboration.

The post holder is responsible for providing predictable, timely and strategic leadership and representation for the Cluster/ Sector/ Working Group to ensure a timely and effective Cluster/ Sector/ Working Group response. The post holder is responsible for leading multiple stakeholders, beyond their immediate team of direct reports, to work collectively towards the realization of a shared goal based on evidence in a complex humanitarian environment.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Coordination, representation and leadership
  2. Needs assessment and analysis
  3. Strategic response planning
  4. Resource mobilization and advocacy
  5. Implementation and monitoring
  6. Operational peer review and evaluation
  7. Accountability to affected populations
  8. Strengthen national and local capacity

For further information on the JD please click here Download File P4, WASH Manager Cluster (SecCrd), FT, PN#125274, JD.docx

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, health and hygiene behavior change communication, WASH-related engineering or another relevant technical field. Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/ supplement the main degree are a strong asset.


  • A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes planning, management is required with experience at international level. Experience (at least two years) in Emergency WASH and/or WASH Cluster/ Sector/ Working Group coordination is required.
  • Relevant experience in programme management in WASH related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.
  • Experience in effective management of human resources/teams in high stress/risk environments is desirable.
  • Experience in a mixed set of country contexts, in multiple geographic regions, including a deployment mission with UN, Government or INGO is strongly desirable.
  • Experience in humanitarian contexts is required with experience in development contexts an added advantage.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable. Knowledge of other UN languages is considered an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Core Competencies

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (3)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3)
  • Works Collaboratively with Others (3)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (3)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (3)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (3)
  • Drives to Achieve Impactful Results (3)
  • Manages Ambiguity and Complexity (3)

Coordination Competencies

  • Applies Humanitarian Principles, Standards and Guidelines (2)
  • Applies Key WASH Concepts and Tools (2)
  • Operates Safely and Securely (2)
  • Demonstrates Commitment to a Coordinated Response (2)
  • Promotes Cooperation and Collaboration (2)
  • Demonstrates Accountability (2)
  • Promotes Inclusion (2)
  • Provides Influential and Strategic Leadership (2)
  • Analyses and Communicates Information (2)
  • Supports Resource Mobilization (2)
  • Advocates for Improved WASH Outcomes (2)
  • Monitors the Response (2)
  • Strengthens National Capacity to Respond and Lead (2)

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.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates from industrial countries are encouraged to apply.

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 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 may also be 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.

UNICEF does not charge any fee during any stage of the recruitment process. 

Advertised: Aug 28 2023 Middle East Daylight Time
Application close: Oct 01 2023 Middle East Daylight Time





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