Vietnam nationals: WASH Specialist (Public Financing)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the Organization does – in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life – in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions – her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens – addressing inequity – not only will give more children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Job organizational context:

The Viet Nam Country Programme of Cooperation, 2017-2021 has a three-pronged focus on: 1) social policy and governance; 2) integrated early childhood development; and 3) partnership, advocacy and communication. The office recently carried out a mid-term review of its country programme. The MTR concluded that the office will work to transform its programmes to be more strategic, relevant, and impactful. This means dramatically reducing the number of activities undertaken with Government, and instead prioritizing fewer, more focused policy results for children that can be taken to scale by government. Public finance for children (PF4C) was identified as key to ensuring government investment for the sustainable implementation of policies and is an increasingly important focus of the country programme going forward. 

The Child Survival and Development (CSD) programme will shift to a stronger public health approach, with an increased focus on strengthening primary health care, prioritizing results at-scale in nutrition and WASH. Increased focus will be given to public financing, policy reform, expanded partnerships – including with private sector, and social norm change in critical priority areas such as addressing stunting.  The WASH programme will shift its focus in order to align with new areas of work, including privatization, sector financing, public-private partnerships, climate resilience, among others.

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of the job: Under the guidance of Chief of Child Survival and Development section, the incumbent will provide technical and managerial support to CSD programme in water, sanitation and hygiene related activities. The incumbent will help fill the growing needs for extending support to WASH public and domestic financing, private sector engagement in WASH and support Water sector reform as well.  The incumbent will be required to provide technical advice in some challenging programme areas such as water quality and water scarcity as well as sanitation programming.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities: 

  1. Programme Development and Planning on WASH public and domestic Financing;
  2. Programme development for private sector engagement and financing in WASH;
  3. Support WASH sector reforms;
  4. Provision of Technical assistance in WASH and cross cutting areas support;
  5. Networking and partnership building;
  6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building.

Full Job Description: Download File WASH Specialist (Finance) NO-C.doc

Impact of Results:

The support provided by the WASH Specialist (Public Financing) will enable the country office to achieve the WASH-related output results of the country programme. This, in turn, will contribute to the achievement of the outcome results of the country programme document. This will require enhanced focus on financing, partnerships and private sector engagement. The support provided by the incumbent must recognize the ongoing challenges faced by the children being left behind (e.g. ethnic minorities, children with disabilities, and children affected by internal migration in particular). The technical leadership of the WASH Specialist (Public Financing) will enable UNICEF to achieve critical shifts and thereby strategically influence and deliver WASH results at-scale for the most vulnerable children in Viet Nam.

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/international health, environmental sciences (with focus on WASH), engineering, public policy, economics/finance.

Working Experience:

A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience at the national and/or international levels in WASH programme management and at least 2 years’ experience in public sector financing, economic policy, budgeting at government level, private sector engagement, or other relevant areas.

Familiarity with the WASH sector in the country.

Previous work with an international organization is an advantage.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is required. 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 (II), Working with People (II) and Drive for Results (II).

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Applying technical expertise (III)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (II)

What we can offer you?  Our staff are offered attractive salary and excellent package of benefits:

Competitive salary: Ranging from USD49,066 (net annually), depending on qualifications and experience.

Pension benefits: You will become a participant in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (

Health insurance scheme: You and your eligible dependents will be covered by the UN Medical Insurance Plan (

Professional Development: The encouragement of professional development for all staff is one of UNICEF’s core values and we put this into practice through various services and initiatives. You will have different learning opportunities to strengthen your skills and competencies.

Be part of the United Nations: As an International organization that is part of the United Nations system, you will be considered an International Civil Servant and you will have career opportunities inside and outside the country.

Quality working conditions:

  • The workplace and working conditions are a huge asset for all UNICEF employees. Our staff are working in the Green One UN House- the first building in Vietnam to be awarded gold LOTUS certification from the Viet Nam Green Building Council for efficient and environmentally sustainable use of resources and operations.
  • We offer flexible working arrangements: flexible working hours, compressed work schedule, teleworking, job sharing.
  • We provides different types of leave to allow for rest and relaxation as well as unforeseen events like illness: annual leave, maternity leave (24 weeks)  paternity leave (16 weeks), adoption leave, sick leave and special leave.
  • We  provide support for pregnancy and breastfeeding ( time off from work during the day for the purpose of breastfeeding infants or expressing milk. A private room and a refrigerator for storing milk are available in the office)
  • We also provide mental well-being/ psychological support.

Candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents to the assigned requisition in UNICEF Vacancies:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. CV/P11 form (UN Personal History Form)

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.

Opening Date Tue Jul 07 2020 22:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) SE Asia Standard Time
Closing Date Tue Jul 28 2020 12:55:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time





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