Internal candidates: WASH Cluster Coordinator

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Kyiv, , UA

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For every child,

Since the beginning of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, the cluster approach has ensured clear leadership, predictability and accountability in international responses to humanitarian emergencies by clarifying the division of labour among organizations and better defining their roles and responsibilities within the different sectors of the response. It has aimed to make the international humanitarian community better organised and more accountable and professional, so that it can be a better partner for the affected people, host governments, local authorities, local civil society and resourcing partners.

While, in 2018, the conflict in eastern Ukraine continues to be active with ongoing needs for humanitarian WASH support for 3.4 million people and for accompanying coordination of the WASH Cluster as per UNICEF’s global mandate, there are new opportunities with the protractive nature of the conflict. The on-going consideration of the Humanitarian Development Nexus and a changing donor paradigm imply that decreasing availability of humanitarian is expected to be replaced by increased levels of recovery-style funding. In turn, this reflects the reality that the conflict in eastern Ukraine, while still active, is complex: humanitarian WASH activities cannot be implemented in isolation from government support and social safety nets, as well as ongoing development programming. This shift is also in line with UNICEF WASH Strategy (2016-2030) stating that “The role of WASH in peacebuilding, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and environmental considerations is fundamental to building resilience. Progress achieved by communities, governments, and development partners can be disrupted by disasters, conflict, and other shocks. The negative effects of climate change and environmental degradation further compound these risks. To enhance community resilience and the resilience of sector systems, programme designs must be risk-informed.”

As a result, the role of the cluster coordination system, including for WASH, is being revisited to embrace new areas of responsibilities.

On behalf of UNICEF, the Country Lead Agency for the WASH Cluster, and in support of the Government, the purpose of this post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective WASH programming by participants in the WASH Cluster.

The WASH Cluster and Infrastructure Coordinator role will combine the existing functions of the WASH cluster, with recovery coordination focused on the wider remit of infrastructure. In Ukraine, water supply functionality is intrinsically linked to electricity supplies and urban heating, and via the Humanitarian Development Nexus to other aspects of Infrastructure.

How can you make a difference?

On behalf of UNICEF, the Country Lead Agency for the WASH Cluster, and in support of the Government, the purpose of this post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective WASH programming by participants in the WASH Cluster.

The WASH Cluster and Infrastructure Coordinator role will combine the existing functions of the WASH cluster, with recovery coordination focused on the wider remit of infrastructure. In Ukraine, water supply functionality is intrinsically linked to electricity supplies and urban heating, and via the Humanitarian Development Nexus to other aspects of Infrastructure.

  • The post holder has joint responsibility with the Cluster Lead Agency, at the national and sub-national level for the efficient management and functioning of the WASH Cluster encompassing the following:
  • Establish a coordination mechanism suitable to liaise with Government of Ukraine (GoU) and de facto authorities in Non-Government Controlled Areas elements that is inclusive of recovery and development actors, and which is sufficiently inclusive to aspects of coordination required by other infrastructure considerations, including but not limited to WASH, electricity and urban heating. Build on WASH Cluster coordination mechanisms. The current situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak or any other emergency/crisis should be included.
  • Work with the OCHA Information Management Specialist to develop appropriate supportive strategies. Adopt and promote the use of global standards for information management for inter-operability.
  • Establish and maintain information databases that consolidate, analyse and report/disseminate information critical to decision making.
  • Use GIS mapping for map production and geographic data management; Manage flows of information and dissemination in an appropriate way, including website management; Manage an inventory of relevant documents on the humanitarian situation.
  • Maintain monthly reporting from Cluster participants, including 5W (‘Who does What, Where, When and for Whom?’) databases.
  • Support the estimation of spatial and temporal gaps, overlaps and coverage of Cluster activities and projects. Work with Cluster/ participants to identify information gaps at national and sub-national levels and propose ways to bridge those gaps
  • Support the development and analysis of needs assessment and monitoring programmes. Provide Information Management leadership in assessments and monitoring, including joint assessments and training, relating to multi sectoral and WASH (and potentially other infrastructures), Humanitarian and Recovery assessments.
  • Lead on WASH Cluster and Infrastructure strategy development (Humanitarian-Development Nexus) and formulation of Contingency Plans relevant to the changing situation.
  • Lead on the preparation of Situation Report (SitRep) and other reporting inputs with emphasis on Cluster plans, targets and achievements.
  • Develop and strengthen information management and WASH programme capacity through training
  • Where there is both a national and a sub-national cluster (focal points in the eastern conflict area), ensure that there is effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination between the two levels.
  • Provide leadership or mentoring, where needed, to other coordination groups or clusters within the remit of UNICEF in Ukraine.
  • Provide advocacy representation on WASH and Infrastructure issues, in close collaboration with the UNICEF Representative and Communication team, looking to provide information, influence positive change and leverage funding through engagement.

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, behaviour change communication, sanitary engineering, Utility Engineering, Environment or Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, or another relevant technical field. Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are required.
  • DEVELOPMENTAL: A minimum of eight years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries with UN and/or NGO, including programme management and/or coordination in the first phase of a major emergency response relevant to the cluster is required. Formal training and experience in cluster coordination is required. One year of deployment in a developing country is required. HUMANITARIAN: At least six months of work in humanitarian situations, including one three-month deployment mission (with UN-Govt-INGO), is required.

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge in Russian/Ukrainian desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station 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: Formulating strategies and concepts, Analyzing, Applying technical expertise, Leading and supervising, Relating and networking, Deciding and Initiating action.

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Remarks:

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.


Opening Date Thu Jun 11 2020 02:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) FLE Daylight Time
Closing Date Thu Jun 25 2020 16:55:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time


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