WASH Manager

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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, safety.

How can you make a difference?

The WASH Manager reports to the Chief of Field Office for guidance and general supervision while liaising closely with Senior Coordinator of the Inter Sectoral Coordination Group (SCG).

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Coordination

  • Ensure the inclusion of key WASH humanitarian partners in a way that respects their mandates and programme priorities, as well as national and local authorities, other governmental actors, civil society and other actors working and related to the WASH sectoral response.
  • Ensure appropriate coordination mechanisms between all WASH humanitarian partners are in place, including effective links, communication and information management, as well as technical working groups and/or sub-national coordination platforms as appropriate.
  • Ensure information on all current and potential WASH partners, their capacities and areas of work (including Who, What, Where and When) are properly collected, analyzed and fed back to partners.

2. Sectorial assessment, analysis and strategy development

  • Ensure effective and coherent WASH assessment, analysis and feedback involving all relevant partners, including the identification of gaps and conceptualize how sectoral needs can be met through collective delivery, involving all relevant partners and ensuring complementarity of their actions.
  • Facilitate WASH cluster/sector and its members/partners:
  • develop/update agreed WASH responses strategies and prioritised action plans and ensuring these are adequately reflected in the overall country strategies and appeals.
  • are aware of relevant policies, guidelines, technical standards and relevant commitments that the Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights law; and that sectoral response is in line with them.
  • develop an exit/transition strategy for the WASH sector and key sector partners.
  • Facilitate integration of agreed priority cross-cutting issues in WASH assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and response (e.g. age, diversity, environment, gender, HIV/AIDS and human rights) as well as the utilization of participatory and community-based approaches in WASH the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH response.
  • Promote WASH emergency response actions while ate the same time considering WASH within early recovery planning as well as prevention and risk reduction concerns.

3. Monitoring & reporting

  • Ensure adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place to review outcomes of WASH interventions and progress against strategy and action plans; including an analytical interpretation of best available information in order to benchmark progress over time (monitoring indicators: quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost; with target population data disaggregated by sex, age, etc.).
  • Ensure adequate WASH outcome reporting and effective information sharing (with government and other partner support) to demonstrate closing the gaps.

4. Intersectoral coordination & advocacy

  • Ensure effective links with other clusters or sectoral coordination platforms and represent the interests of the WASH sector in discussions with the UNICEF CFO and Senior Coordinator, ISCG and other stakeholders on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy.
  • Identify core WASH advocacy concerns, include resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the ISCG, UNICEF and other actors.
  • Advocate to donors to fund WASH actors to carry out priority WASH activities in the sector concerned, while mobilize at the same time encouraging WASH actors to mobilize resources for their activities through usual channels.
  • Where critical gaps in addressing WASH priorities are identified: lobby for implementing humanitarian partners (including UNICEF) to address the gaps; with advice/support from the UNICEF CFO, Senior Coordinator,  ISCG and other humanitarian partners advocate, as appropriate, on the adequate provision of resources and safe access.

 5. Management & Planning

  • Co-lead a team of staff dedicated to WASH sector (currently 7 staffs)
  • Develop annual work plan, in close cooperation with government and other counterparts from SAG.
  • Lead on Joint Response Plan (JRP) process in collaboration with partners, ISCG and governmental authorities.

6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Lead on WASH sector documentation, research and innovation.
  • Prepare learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
  • Create and deliver learning opportunities for WASH sector members to ensure sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments.
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of stakeholders.

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 eight years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.
  • Experience of WASH sector/cluster coordination will be required.
  • A minimum of 3 years' emergency experience would be an asset
  • A minimum of 5 years' experience with either the UN and/or NGO would be an asset
  • Good communication and leadership skills
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

JD Attached - Download File WASH Sector Coordinator TA - final 7.10.2020[2].docx

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...

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


*This position has been established to backfill staff for the duration of his absence until 15 November 2021.

*Internal candidates may be given preference over external candidates. The term "Internal" refers to all personnel with an ongoing employment relationship with UNICEF, including staff members on a continuing, fixed term and temporary appointment, individual contractors and full-time time-based consultants, and UNV.

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.

Advertised: 11 Oct 2020 Bangladesh Standard Time
Deadline: 20 Oct 2020 Bangladesh Standard Time