India nationals: WASH Specialist

Kolkata, , IN

Job Number: 502573 | Vacancy Link
Location: India
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 70 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.


Under the supervision and guidance of the Chief of Field Office, responsible for facilitating and influencing the State Government’s evidence based policy, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and documentation for equity based WASH sector plans and programmes and convergence with other flagship programmes that benefit children and mothers in the state of West Bengal.

The incumbent works at both the state and district level. S/he also takes programmatic lead and seek technical direction and sector specific guidance from WASH Section, Delhi.


  1.  Provide leadership to state programme priority as programme lead and develop strategy papers, approaches and innovative  models for achieving convergent results for women and children focusing in priority districts.
  2.  Develop strategic partnerships with CSOs/FBOs for facilitating community based and community led social movements for  elimination of open defecation at scale.
  3.  Upstream advocacy and leveraging resources for improving the service delivery to reach the marginalized and most deprived  communities.
  4.  Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and collaboration to the Situation Analysis and its periodic update made for effective  programme planning, development and management, including emergency preparedness and response.
  5.  Knowledge management effectively promoted through drafting/finalizing key WASH sectoral programme documents and reports,  sharing good practice, lessons learned, and knowledge/information exchange.
  6.  Quality of rights-based WASH programmes effectively promoted, and coherence, synergy and value added to programme  management process through results-based management and strategies.
  7.  Sectoral work plan and activities formulated, implemented and monitored, ensuring alignment with the defined programme  strategies and approaches. Programme monitored with special attention to gender/sex disaggregation of relevant indicators.
  8.  Programme delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the  established guidelines and procedures.
  9.  UNICEF’s global goals effectively promoted through advocacy and policy dialogue in the WASH
  10.  Proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability ensured regarding supply, non-supply and emergency assistance as  well as disbursement of programme funds for the WASH
  11.  Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration including support to the IASC WASH  Cluster.


Programme/Project Planning, Development and Management.

Enhance effective programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral, planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input.

Ensure inclusion and delivery on sectoral leadership responsibilities including leadership and facilitation of the IASC WASH Cluster.

Knowledge Management.

Promote knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.

Rights-Based Programme with Results-Based Approach.

Promote the quality of rights-based WASH programme and programmes through participation in the formulation of programme/project goals, strategies and approaches. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to programme management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring.

Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for project management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches. Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex disaggregated data.

Programme Management, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting.

Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participation in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the preparation of annual WASH sector status reports.

Ensure adequate and transparent evaluation of emergency preparedness and response.

Promotion of UNICEF’s Global Goals

Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes, and reference to the WASH strategy.

UNICEF and Government Accountability.

Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability.  Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.

Advocate for due attention and support to be given to environmental and sustainable development issues (pertaining to WASH) in all sectors and line Ministries.

Ensure adequate attention is given to Disaster Risk Management, including emergency preparedness and response.

Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.

Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy, social mobilization and emergency efforts.

Overall coordination with WASH colleagues, Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project, Programme and Emergency Officers to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors.

Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of WASH programme or sectoral planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability.

Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of WASH programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve WASH programme goals, including humanitarian response.



Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Sanitation Engineering, MBA or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance.

Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication), an asset.

Work Experience

Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector. Field work experience.

Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach.

Language Proficiency

Fluency in English and Hindi. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.

Competency Profile (For details on competencies please refer to the UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.) 

Core Values (Required)

  • Commitment Diversity and Inclusion      • Integrity

 Core Competencies (Required)

  • Communication [ II ]  •  Working with People  [ II ]  •  Drive for Results  [ II ]

Functional Competencies (Required)

  • Leading and Supervising [ I ]             
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]      
  • Analyzing [ III ]                                     
  • Relating and Networking [ II ]                      
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]    
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]         

Technical Knowledge1

  1. a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required [ II ]

 (Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.) 

  • Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.
  • Advanced Technical Knowledge of the theories, principles and methods in the following areas: communication for behavior change, WASH in schools, water supply projects management, monitoring and evaluation; integrated water resource management appropriate water supply and quality technology i.e. community based water supply.

 b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) [ II ]

Knowledge of the latest theories, technology and practices in:

  • Community based sanitation i.e.: hygiene education or latrine construction and waste management.

General knowledge of:

  • Methodology of programme/project management
  • Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes
  • Knowledge of global human rights and gender issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF position and approaches.
  • UNICEF policies and strategy to address WASH issues, including those relating to conflicts, natural disasters, recovery, disaster risk reduction and environment.
  • UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
  • Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.
  • UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
  • Mid-Term Strategic Plan
  • UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide programmes impacting on WASH results.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in the use of corporate office computer system applications and software, including LAN, email, word processing, spreadsheet, database, telecommunications.
  • Knowledge of global environmental issues that pertain to sustainable development and specifically relation to children and woman, and the current UNICEF position approaches.
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness.

 c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job) [ II ]

  • Government development plans and policies
  • Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses, including the IASC Cluster approach.
  • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
  • UN security operations and guidelines.
  • UNICEF policies, strategies promoting and supporting gender equality and diversity.

[1]  Reference to UNICEF and/or UN in terms of technical knowledge requirements (a and b above) are applicable only to those who are or have been the staff members of UNICEF or the UN common system.

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 22 Jan 2017 India Standard Time
Closing Date 7 Feb 2017 India Standard Time