Regional Adviser WASH (P-5)

Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪

Job Number: 496064 | Vacancy Link
Location: Reg Serv Division, Nairobi Regn’l
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

In the capacity of Regional Adviser, the Regional Adviser WASH supports and advises the Regional Director, the Regional Management Team and Country Offices and Governments in developing policies, strategies, programmes and systems for the designated areas of responsibilities. Responsible for providing technical leadership, management advice, and programme support and capacity building to country offices throughout the Region. Facilitates application, adaptation and achievement of UNICEF global and regional goals, polices, and strategies in the area of WASH programme for countries of the Region. Provides UNICEF WASH programmes with innovative leadership including expert advice, vision, oversight, knowledge management, articulating policies and strategies, situation appraisal, harmonization of programme strategy, capacity building, support for monitoring and evaluation, representation, networking and strategic partnership creation.

Key Expected Results

  1. Programme policies, strategies, and approaches for the region are developed and advocated. Regional Director, Deputy Director, the Regional Management Team and Country Offices are advised on strategy, policy, programme and advocacy. UNICEF’s regional programme, strategy, policy and advocacy guidelines are developed and disseminated to Country Office programme staff.

  2. Strategy coordination to facilitate harmonization and implementation of regional and country strategies is formed in collaboration with management at country, regional, and HQ levels. Guidance and support are provided to form strategic alliances with national partners to influence on programme strategy and plan.

  3. Up-to-date technical expertise is maintained, expanded and disseminated throughout the Organization, and shared with regional/national institutions/partners.

  4. Country Offices, Regional Office staff and national partners lead regional programme development, implementation and management processes due to continual, effective capacity building.

  5. Regional and Country Offices expand, lead and deliver programmes at a high quality standard in area of expertise due to strong technical leadership.

  6. Regional financial resources are enhanced by effective advocacy and leveraging.
  7. Accurate, coherent and reliable regional information is collected, analysed and reported for monitoring and evaluation purposes and evidence based advocacy.

  8. UNICEF is effectively represented and programme goals and strategies are widely advocated with high level and senior government officials, multi-lateral agencies, bi-lateral agencies, NGOs, other UN agencies, and donors.

  9. Effective communication, partnerships, representation and networking are forged to develop harmonized programme interventions and expand programmes and networks.

  10. Emergency preparedness is assessed, needs for emergency support are identified, and emergency responses with effective coordination are provided.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

  1. Advisory Capacity and Policy Development

Exercise advisory role and provide guidance, coordination and initiatives in policy and strategy development, including in relation to oversight of the implementation of UNICEF programmes. Advise and support the Regional Director, the Deputy Regional Director, Representatives and other Advisers and managers on programme strategy, policy, and advocacy. Submit recommendations and position papers for use in the development of UNICEF global/regional programme policy. Contribute to the formulation, refinement, adaptation, articulation and communication of UNICEF’s regional programme strategies, priorities and approaches. Contribute to the development of UNICEF policy and operational strategies in the areas of WASH by collecting data and assembling perspectives and experiences from the region on these issues, analyzing them in the context of UNICEF’s corporate priorities and making recommendations to the WASH Section at HQ.

  2. Strategy Coordination

Facilitate harmonization of regional and country strategies and approaches in the achievement of programme goals with other Regional Advisors, Country Representatives and Deputy Representatives. Guide and support on cross-cutting interventions, working with counterparts and team members to establish overall programme plan, monitor compliance and performance standards, and ensure coordination of activities, information and experience to achieve programme objectives. Provide policy guidance and technical support to national partners toward the development of national policy/strategies for UNICEF-assisted programmes. Promote and facilitate the cost-effective integration of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene methodologies in the country programmes by providing technical support during the Country Programme Exercise, developing culturally appropriate implementation guides for both sectoral and inter-sectoral programmes.

  3.  Knowledge Management

Serve as regional focal point of technical expertise. Monitor developments in technical area, as well as political and social developments, at the national and regional levels. Contribute to the regional WASH knowledge by analyzing and disseminating available data, information systems, and trends in the areas of WASH as well as the trends and their implications for country programming. Synthesize best practices for drinking water, sanitation and hygiene from ongoing programmes/projects and disseminate the knowledge. Identify knowledge gaps and develop the knowledge base on policies and operational strategies for drinking water supply, environmental sanitation and hygiene in the region by, inter alia establishing/sustaining a network of UNICEF staff and regional experts to exchange experience, case studies and data.  Document investment cases for leveraging resources for drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. Stay abreast on emerging issues in the field, especially around WASH system strengthening, and remain updated in other very close fields like Health, Nutrition, CSD and Education to ensure an integrated approach towards WASH related MDGs.

  4.  Capacity Building

Design a regional programme with Regional and HQ Advisors to upgrade the capacity of key counterpart staff, as well as UNICEF Regional and Country Office staff, in area of expertise. Provide technical inputs for capacity development efforts of UNICEF staff in country offices and, upon Country Offices’ request, of their partners, in the integrated WASH strategy planning and budgeting based on results against WASH related MDGs. Develop the capacity of UNICEF staff to stay abreast on emerging issues in the field of WASH, and remain current in related fields to ensure an integrated approach toward WASH related MDGs.

  5.  Technical Leadership and Quality Assurance

Combine cutting-edge technology and programme innovation with operational and political perspectives that empower and position UNICEF programmes in WASH as a leader in the field and support WASH MDGs. Advocate and provide leadership for the scaling up of UNICEF’s WASH strategy implementation, through a results based approach. Support country programme development, monitoring and evaluation. Provide country offices with documentation and research related to WASH. Strengthen capacity for planning and budgeting WASH strategy. Encourages and guide research institutions, information, education and communication partners, NGOs, UN Agencies and other development partners in the region to work to identify solutions to drinking water supply, environmental sanitation and hygiene problems by helping to design such studies and to identify resources. 

  6.  Advocacy and leveraging

Enhance the financial resources available for drinking water, sanitation and hygiene activities in the region, by advising on leveraging with Governments and donors, supporting country offices on the preparation of project proposals and reports and, in close consultation with PFO, coordinating with regionally active donors.

  7.  Regional Monitoring and Assessment

Partner with the HQ Advisor, the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor and Country Monitoring and Evaluation Officers in the development and review of indicators and participatory approaches for programme monitoring and evaluation. Ensure that current information about the situation of children and women, the performance and coverage of programmes, programme evaluation, the attainment of the MDGs and other goals, regional capacity building in monitoring and evaluation, and best practices is widely available to UNICEF country and regional offices.

  8.  Representation

Represent and advocate for UNICEF in meetings with high level and senior government officials, agencies, NGOs, and donors. Contribute to better consultative processes and networking with donors.

Participate in the inter-agency meetings in the collaboration with the UN country team in support of the attainment of the MDGs.

  9.  Communication, Networking and Partnership

As the credible voice of the Region for a technical sector, enhance UNICEF’s regional technical leadership role by forging internal and external partnerships in the development of harmonized programme interventions, through high level representation in regional fora, with senior partners and stakeholders.

Develop and maintain partnerships with the Communication/Programme Communication Advisor to develop innovative strategies for information, advocacy and resource mobilization.

Build strategic alliances with various international and regional partners, national associations, entrepreneurs, academics, religious organizations and NGOs.

Strengthen strategic partnerships for WASH. Establish institutional links with UN agencies and other relevant entities to improve the drinking water, sanitation and hygiene system. Strengthen collaboration with other UNICEF Regional Offices for interregional cross fertilization.

  10.  Emergency Preparedness and Response

Ensure that adequate emergency preparedness measures are taken in the region by the relevant Field Offices through the development and updating of country contingency plans and establishment of early warning mechanisms.

Develop and maintain databases on country/regional information crucial for the planning and implementation of emergency plans.

Assist in developing and conducting emergency training courses specifically designed for regional Emergency Response Teams. In the event of an emergency, be deployed as a member of the Emergency Response Team.

Lead and/or participate in needs assessment mission in conjunction with HQ Divisions and field staff. Support funding appeals in consultation with the country office and HQ.

Develop longer-term operational and staffing structures to take over from the Emergency Response Team.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Sanitation Engineering, or Geology, a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance. Additional training in Public Health and/ or Programme Communication an asset*.

  • Ten years progressively responsible professional work experience in all aspects of programme management, and/or advisory support, in the technical area or programme sector resulting in recognized expertise in the technical area.

  • Knowledge of WASH in humanitarian and development settings desirable.

  • Experience in working in the Eastern and Southern Africa region is desirable.

  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language and/or Portuguese is an asset.
*A relevant first-level university degree (Bachelor’s), in combination with 2 years of additional relevant work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication – Level III
  • Working with People – Level III
  • Drive for Results – Level III

Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising – Level III
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts – Level III
  • Analyzing – Level III
  • Relating and Networking – Level III
  • Deciding and Initiating Action – Level III
  • Persuading and Influencing – Level II

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Opening Date 23 May 2016 E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date 7 Jun 2016 E. Africa Standard Time