Bangladesh nationals: WASH Officer

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Following an outbreak of violence on 25 August 2017 in Rakhine State, Myanmar, a new massive influx of Rohingya refugees to Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh started in late August 2017. Most of the Rohingya refugees settled in Ukhia and Teknaf Upazilas of Cox's Bazar, a district bordering Myanmar identified as the main entry areas for border crossings.

The humanitarian situation for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh remains dire, with some 712,000 newly arrived refugees since August 2017. With the new influx the current total number of Rohingyas who have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh has reached over 860,000 people. Of these, there are over 445,000 children in need, making this very much a children's crisis. Weak and vulnerable girls and boys who have been uprooted from their homes, separated from their families, suffered trauma, and had their right to education taken away. There is a strong likelihood that this number will change and grow, making an already desperate situation worse.

This new influx of refugees not only aggravates the pre-existing protracted crisis of Rohingyas in Bangladesh, but also puts additional pressure on the already fragile social and economic structure of Cox's Bazar district. It is one of the worst performing districts in almost all child-related indicators and one of the most vulnerable to disasters and climate change in Bangladesh.

Whilst the initial emergency phase of the response has stabilized, the WASH needs of the Rohingya population and the host communities remain high. Overcrowded refugee camps and makeshift settlements with difficult terrain and climatic conditions make the provision of safe and sustainable WASH services challenging and contribute to the trauma and hardships that the Rohingya population continue to endure.

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of the job:

This WASH Officer position is based in Cox's Bazar Field Office to support the safe drinking water component of the WASH response to the Rohingya refugee emergency. Under the direction of the WASH Manager and in close coordination with other members and technical specialists of the WASH Team and other sections as appropriate, responsible for / support the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF's emergency response in activities and results related to safeguard and improve public health of the affected population by ensuring access to safe drinking water and the progressive restoration and improvement of water facilities and services, including appropriate use and maintenance; ensuring overall efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF's Core Commitment for Children in Emergencies (CCCs) and national and international humanitarian standards.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

1. Programme development and planning

  • Draft updates for WASH in the situation analysis, to inform the development of WASH-related outcome and output results. Research and report on trends in WASH, for use in programme development, management, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Under the framework of national WASH coordination platform/sectoral cluster, in conjunction with other WASH stakeholders and on behalf of UNICEF, support the overall analysis of sectoral needs and priorities and the definition of strategies and standards to ensure the delivery of safe drinking water to affected population, in accordance with national and international humanitarian standards.
  • Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information.
  • Contribute to the development/establishment of WASH-related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH sector needs and priorities.
  • Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials/documentations, complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support progress towards the WASH-related outcome and/or output results in the country programme.
  • Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate review and approval processes.

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/ share information on implementation issues, provide solutions on routine programme implementation and alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decisions. Keep records of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • In coordination with Health section / Health-related partners, conduct assessments and monitoring of water quality among affected populations, ensuring corrective measures are taken to address identified problems.
  • Collaborate with the design and effective implementation of a monitoring plan to follow up the implementation of UNICEF's response in the WASH sector, incorporating required changes into water- specific activities, with special attention to special needs of women, children and people with disabilities and other cross-cutting areas.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare reports on results for required action/interventions at the higher level of programme management.
  • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders.
  • Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.

3. Technical and operational support for programme implementation

  • Undertake field visits and surveys, collect and share reports with partners/stakeholders. Report critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems to supervisor, for timely action.
  • Responsible for/support the definition of UNICEF's response in the WASH sector related to ensure appropriate access to safe drinking water to affected population (strategies, outcomes, target population) as per agreed standards and CCC's benchmarks.  In coordination with other UNICEF's relevant sections and divisions, and implementing partners, develop strategies, plans and capacities to reach target population with culturally appropriate and gender sensitive interventions.
  • Develop and implement strategies and plans to recover the functionality of / rehabilitate / reconstruct or install new water distribution systems according to the identified needs and opportunities.
  • As per the sectoral definition of priorities, assess and select the most suitable solutions (most cost-effective/effective) and develop interventions for mass treatment and distribution of drinking water for the affected population.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in WASH, to support programme implementation.

4. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response

  • Draft requisitions for supplies, services, long-term agreements and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in case of an emergency.
  • Within UNICEF, collaborate with:
    • Programmes and Emergency Sections to ensure integration of UNICEF's response to the emergency, exploring opportunities for WASH to support and enhance the programmatic response in other sectors, including the provision of WASH services in schools and other child friendly spaces and institutions.
    • Operations and Supply Sections, as well as with government authorities and other implementing partners, to establish and maintain sound internal controls, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and ensure accountability.
    • Communications and Programme Communication sections to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies for advocacy, social mobilization and emergency programme implementation for the WASH sectoral response.
  • Incorporate Early Recovery and Disaster Risk informed approaches as integrated component of UNICEF's response in the WASH sector in activities related to the provision of safe water.
  • Study and fully understand UNICEF's procedures for responding in an emergency.

5. Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve WASH output results.
  • Draft communication and information materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund-raising for WASH.
  • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.
  • Interact with government and partners (including UN, Donors, NGOs, CSOs, etc.) in the different stages of the emergency programme implementation, following up on cooperation

6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or
  • systems).
  • Assist in the preparation of learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
  • Assist in creating and delivering learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments.  
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises. 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.
  • A minimum of 2 years of professional work experience in WASH-related programmes for humanitarian response is required.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is 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...

Functional Competencies:

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Learning and researching (II)
  • Planning and organizing (II)

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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.

Opening Date Mon Jun 22 2020 23:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) Bangladesh Standard Time
Closing Date Fri Jul 03 2020 13:55:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time