In order to ensure wider reach out to the refugees and ensure their close involvement in the delivery and management of the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) services, the incumbent will need to establish an appropriate consultative and monitoring framework which would draw the experience and expertise of a wide range of actors both internally and externally.
The WASH officer will be responsible for provision of professional technical support and guidance on activities within the areas of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in the locations in the Areas of Responsibility (AOR). Furthermore, the incumbent is required to play a lead role in formulating appropriate project proposals and assistance activities that should be incorporated into the relevant operation programmes of UNHCR. The WASH Officer will receive the technical backup and support from the Regional WASH Officer and/or the Senior WASH Officer in HQ.
– WASH services provided to refugee and others persons of concern to UNHCR are based on UNHCR and /or internationally recognised and most up-to-date standards and policies.
– Provide guidance and recommendations on WASH programmes in the country.
ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
– University degree in water and sanitation engineering / water resources development and/or postgraduate degree in one of the civil engineering disciplines (water supply and/or hydrology) or sanitation/hygiene engineering.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
– Experience and professional training in one of irrigation, site planning, or shelter with a good understanding of the main issues in the other two sectors. To this end, an advanced degree and additional training in one or more of the above sectors would be useful.
C004L3 – Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C003L3 – Communication Level 3
C002L3 – Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C001L3 – Accountability Level 3
C005L3 – Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 – Organizational Awareness Level 3
M004L3 – Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
M003L3 – Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
M002L3 – Managing Performance Level 3
M001L3 – Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
M005L3 – Leadership Level 3
M006L3 – Managing Resources Level 3
X001L3 – Analytical Thinking Level 3
X002L3 – Innovation and Creativity Level 3
X003L3 – Technological Awareness Level 3
X004L3 – Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Level 3
X009L3 – Change Capability and Adaptability Level 3
X006L3 – Policy Development & Research Level 3
X007L3 – Political Awareness Level 3
X008L3 – Stakeholder Management Level 3
X005L3 – Planning and Organizing Level 3
Proven ability to deal with multiple tasks in courteous and service-oriented manner in demanding working condition that often has short deadlines,
Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of WASH is essential,
A proven experience in leadership, coordination and consolidation of WASH requirements and rationale allocation of resources among partners is essential to this position,
Working experience and knowledge of the region will be an added value,
Demonstrated experience in organizing and conducting training activities and information campaigns in the areas of environmental sanitation, natural resources management, water quality, bore-hole drilling, vector control and appropriate technologies are important elements for this post,
Proven technical expertise in area of WASH and Environmental assessment including surveys, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and coordination is required,
Knowledge and experience of working with local partner agencies with a capacity to provide formal and informal training,
Ability towards analytical and creative thinking for rapid solutions,
Excellent communicator with strong interpersonal and negotiation skills to deal with persons of various cultural and educational backgrounds,
High ethical and professional standards,
Team player with service oriented attitudes,
Proficiency in basic computer software such as MS Access, Excel, Powerpoint, Word, water modelling sofware, GIS, AutoCAD,
Technical proficiency, fast and accurate analysis, excellent communication skills, diplomacy and the ability to build effective partnerships are essential attributes for this post.
Nearly 20,000 South Sudanese refugees are reported to have fled across the border into
Sudan between 29 April and 6 May, arriving in White Nile and South Kordofan. This
latest influx follows intense fighting near Kodok and Tonga in Upper Nile state of South
Sudan and deteriorating humanitarian situations due to rising needs and security concerns
in areas where displaced civilians have gathered in Aburoc and the Protection of Civilian
(PoC) site in Malakal . The majority of newly arrived refugees are women and children. While the upcoming rainy season will limit civilian movements, reports from humanitarian actors in South Sudan indicate that between 35,000 and 50,000 people have been displaced in the affected areas and could try to flee to Sudan before the rainy season.
With an on-going influx of South Sudanese refugees, which has reached over 400,000 by 30 April 2017, the WASH sector is one of the main areas of the emergency response. Having received over 100,000 South Sudanese refugees just between 1 January and 30 April 2017, UNHCR and its partners have revised the 2017 planning figure for new arrivals from 60,000 to 180,000 bringing the total South Sudanese refugees in Sudan to 477,000 by 31 December 2017. The incumbent of the position will be required to spearhead the inter-agency coordination and provide guidance and technical advice support for the WASH interventions in the country with particular attention to the emergency situation in East and South Darfur, White Nile, South and West Kordofans states.
In a highly complex humanitarian environment, the incumbent will continue to provide strategic direction, leadership and operational support for WASH service provision in diverse and rapidly developing contexts ¿ from the protracted crises of Eastern Sudan to the acute emergences developing in White Nile State, South and West Kordofan states and East and South Darfur, as well as meeting priority needs of refugees residing in the host community (both urban and rural) and ensuring capacity to respond to emergency influxes, epidemic outbreaks, natural disasters and insecurity.
The incumbent is also expected to coordinate the emergency humanitarian response under the leadership and coordination of UNHCR and the Government of Sudan through the mechanism established under the Refugee Consultation Forum (RCF).
While the position will be based in Khartoum, the incumbent will be responsible for providing technical guidance and support on water, sanitation and hygiene related matters throughout the Country.
WORKING AND LIVING CONDITIONS
Khartoum is classified as `C¿ family duty station with Level II security. Khartoum features a desert climate (at times very hot and dusty), with only the months of July and August seeing significant precipitation. Its average annual temperature is about 37.1 °C (99 °F). Particularly, staff with allergy may be affected by the dust. Medical and leisure facilities are limited. It is possible to find decent houses and apartments with stable water and electricity supply. There are two international schools in Khartoum preferred by UN community which meet the language, cultural, curricula requirements.
Security Level 2 pertains in Khartoum state.
Staff sensitivity to Sudanese dress code is very important.
Assigned staff needs to have completed the BSIF; BSIF2: ASIF modules and produce copies of certification.
Driving in Khartoum poses the greatest threat to staff safety and staff should avoid the use of Tuk-Tuk taxies.
Criminality is low in Khartoum but expat accommodation is being targeted. Accordingly international staff must ensure that their accommodation is MORSS compliant and guarded.
The prevailing economic state of Sudan may lead to civil unrest and violent demonstrations as occurred in September 2013.
Excellent knowledge of English (written / oral / comprehension) is essential.
Knowledge of the local language (Arabic) is a plus
Some nationalities may face delay to get visa for Sudan
Senior WASH Officer
Khartoum, , SD