WASH Cluster Coordinator

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Ethiopia 🇪🇹

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For every child, a future

The humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia due to the armed conflict between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Federal Government which started in November 2020 has moved into its sixth month. The security situation in Tigray remains volatile and unpredictable. According to the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), the conflict in the Tigray region has prompted a major displacement within the region and outside, with a large part of the regions 5.7 million inhabitants in need of emergency assistance and protection.

While the entire internally displaced persons (IDP) caseload across Tigray and neighbouring regions are still being determined, it is estimated that there are over 1 million IDP’s in Tigray region.  Mekelle city alone, according to internal UNICEF reports, has over 38,000 IDPs located in several sites, reports have been received about the additional caseload of IDPs including in Adigrat (128,000), Shire (564,000), Axum (48,500), Adwa (234,400), and Abi-Adi (7,300).

As a consequence of the conflict, the relocation of refugees from Hitsats and Shimelba to May-Ayni and Adi-Harush camps is ongoing with a high number (estimated at 38,000refugess) remaining unaccounted for, including unaccompanied and separated children (UASC). UNHCR and ARRA are yet to provide an updated information on the numbers of refugees in the Region, it is estimated there around 60,000 men, women, girls and boys that are registered as refugees in Tigray region.  A complete communication blackout was experienced again in February 2021 affecting the humanitarian operations, and limiting the ability to collect, assess and share information on emerging humanitarian needs. With better access for humanitarian actors, serious allegations of violence and atrocities are being reported. Access to most towns and rural villages is still a challenge as insecurity is still an issue due to the ongoing fighting in the region.

Most water supply infrastructure have been damaged or looted, as a result of the conflict. Consequently, people in the communities and in IDP sites are experiencing severe water supply shortages. Sanitation and hygiene conditions are poor and the risks of disease outbreak is considered very high. Based the OCHA sitrep from 19 April 2021[1], COVID-19 services have been drastically reduced and, according to WASH Cluster estimates, around 250 motorized water pumping systems in towns are out of order due to lack of fuel and electricity, damage, looting, and vandalizing. Concerningly, the status of some 11,000 hand pumps in rural areas is unknown due to access constraints. The situation is particularly dire in sites for internally displaced people.

In view of the foregoing it is evident that there are several players and actors and there is urgent need to coordinate the activities of all stakeholders providing emergency WASH services to the affected populations. This will require someone will appropriate skills and experience of complex emergencies and demonstrated ability to work effectively with different organisations.

How can you make a difference?

On behalf of UNICEF, the Country Lead Agency for the WASH Cluster, and in support of the Government, the purpose of this post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective WASH programming by participants in the WASH Cluster at Tigray level.

In coordination with sub-national and local authorities, and in line with national agreed strategies and prioritization, provide leadership and facilitate coordination processes between humanitarian actors at Tigray level, as well as to ensure proper communication with the national cluster and other sectoral coordination platforms as appropriate.  In support of the sub-national and local governments, as appropriate, act as interface between humanitarian WASH partners and duty bearers to ensure WASH related needs of the affected population are properly covered.

Under the technical guidance of the Chief of WASH, and general supervision of Chief of Field Office Mekelle, the Sub-National Cluster Coordinator supports the Coordination and WASH in Emergency response activities in Tigray and surrounding regions and is responsible for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the progress of WASH in emergency programmes/projects related to the Tigray crisis. The Sub-National Cluster Coordinator provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes, to facilitate the administration and achievement of the Emergency WASH-related output results for Tigray response.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Coordination mechanism established and functional
  2. Needs assessment, analysis and alert of new crisis
  3. Monitoring and reporting
  4. Networking and partnership building
  5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Coordination mechanisms

  • Ensure appropriate coordination mechanisms between all WASH humanitarian partners at Mekele level and with the national WASH cluster/coordination platform are in place, including effective links, communication and information management.
  • Compile, analyze and keep up-to-date information on humanitarian WASH partners, their capacities and interventions at Tigray level (including Who, What, Where and When) and provide consolidated reports as feedback to partners and for the national WASH cluster/coordination platform.
  • Support WASH Cluster to advocate for donors to fund WASH actors to carry out priority WASH activities in the sector concerned, while at the same time encouraging WASH actors to mobilise resources for their activities through their usual channels.
  • Identify core WASH advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and convey these to the WASH Cluster Coordinator, local authorities, UNICEF, UNHCR, WHO, OCHA and other national WASH cluster partners.

Needs assessment, analysis and alert of new crisis

  • Ensure effective and coherent WASH assessment and analysis, including identifying and closing gaps, involving all relevant partners, ensuring complementarity of their actions and identifying opportunities for collaboration that can contribute to the improvement of the humanitarian situation.
  • Ensure effective links with other clusters or sectoral coordination platforms at [sub-national level] as well as with local authorities and stakeholders.

Monitoring and reporting

  • Provide sector reports & updates to WASH Cluster at Mekele and national level as necessary.
  • Assist with WASH outcome reporting and effective information sharing to demonstrate the closing of gaps.
  • When necessary, highlight specific issues for the attention of the WASH cluster coordinator and cluster partners to ensure priority and corrective measures are taken.

Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain effective close working partnership with relevant government counterparts, OCHA, Other Clusters, donors, and academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results on WASH in emergency programmes.
  • Prepares inputs for appeals and updates related to emergencies. Works with program sections and senior management to mobilize donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding, including annual or multi-annual humanitarian appeals and documents (e.g., pitch documents). Communicates and advocates on the situation and needs of children through local and international media, as appropriate.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders on WASH in emergencies and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best practices in WASH in emergency management. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.
  • Support the identification of capacities needed for implementing WASH response by partners and stakeholders and, in collaboration with the national WASH cluster, deliver training of WASH humanitarian personnel and capacity building of humanitarian partners.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) relevant to public health, social sciences, behaviour change communication, sanitary engineering, Utility Engineering, Environment or Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, or another relevant technical field.
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience with a UN and/or NGO, including inter-agency coordination of WASH-related programmes for developing countries with UN and/or NGO, including programme management and/or coordination in the first phase of a major emergency response relevant to the cluster is required.
  • Formal training and experience in cluster coordination 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 UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others
  • Nurtures, leads and manages people

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and supervising – (I)
  • Formulating strategies and concepts – (II)
  • Analyzing – (III)
  • Relating and networking – (II)
  • Persuading and influencing – (II)
  • Deciding and iniating action  – (II)
  • Applying Technical Expertise – (III)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

This is a non-family/emergency duty station. Compensation packages apply accordingly.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.


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