Zimbabwe nationals: WASH Officer

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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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, good Water, Sanitation & Hygiene!

UNICEF has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1982. We are a team of passionate professionals committed to the protection and fulfillment of children’s rights. 

The current UNICEF-Government of Zimbabwe Country Programme of Cooperation (2016-2020) aims to support Zimbabwe to sustain and build upon the gains achieved for children during the 2012-2015 Country Programme of Cooperation. The programme focuses on improving the quality of social services, increasing access to services, and helping to build national and sub-national capacities to provide low-cost, high-impact interventions for all children, especially the most vulnerable.

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How can you make a difference?

A challenging and exciting opportunity has arisen within UNICEF Zimbabwe’s WASH Section, for a passionate and committed WASH Officer, NO-2 level.  The WASH Officer reports to the WASH Specialist (NO-3 level), providing technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programming process. Furthermore, the WASH Officer prepares, manages and implements a variety of technical and administrative tasks, related to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH output results of the country programme. 

This post will specifically support the ongoing emergency response activities of WASH (on COVID-19, drought, typhoid and cholera risk reduction) as well as support the WASH team on their interactions with the Ministry of Health on accelerating demand-led sanitation in Zimbabwe in line with the National Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Programme development and planning
  2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  3. Technical and operational support for programme implementation
  4. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
  5. Networking and partnership building
  6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Please refer to the attached job description for more information Download File Job description_WASH Officer NO2 level.pdf

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering or another relevant technical field.
  • Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.
  • DEVELOPMENTAL:  a minimum of two years of professional work experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.
  • HUMANITARIAN: Experience in WASH emergency programming is required.
  • Fluency in English and the local language of the duty station is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language 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…

  • Builds and maintains partnerships 
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness 
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change 
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity 
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others 

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.

Please note that UNICEF does not charge a fee or require personal banking details at any stage of the recruitment process.

Opening Date Thu May 14 2020 03:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) South Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Mon May 25 2020 17:55:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time