Developing country nationals: WASH Officer

Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪

Job Number: 506948 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Kenya
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, clean water

The WASH Officer will contribute to monitoring and reinforcing the implementation of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) strategies in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region in support of accelerated achievement of specific targets related to the SDGs and other development targets.S/he will support the regional WASH Section to provide high quality and timely technical support to country offices and will support regional-led initiatives in programming innovations, knowledge management and research.

How can you make a difference?

We are looking for a dynamic WASH Officer to support to ESARO’s important work in the area of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene by contributing in the following areas:

  • Programme Development & Planning
    • Draft updates for WASH in the situation analysis, to inform the development of WASH-related outcome and output results. Research and report on trends in WASH, for use in programme development, management, monitoring, and evaluation. 
    • Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information.
    • Contribute to the development/establishment of WASH-related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH sector needs and priorities.
    • Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials/documentations, complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support progress towards the WASH-related outcome and/or output results in the Country Programme.
    • Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate review and approval process.
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
    • Work collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/ share information on implementation issues, provide solutions on routine programme implementation and alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decisions. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
    • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare reports on results for required action/interventions at the higher level of program management.
    • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders.
      Programme Management, monitoring and delivery of results.
    • Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.
  • Technical and operational support for programme implementation
    • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in WASH, to support programme implementation.
    • Undertake field visits and surveys, collect and share reports with partners/stakeholders. Report critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems to supervisor, for timely action.
  • Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
    • Draft requisitions for supplies, services, long-term agreements and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in case of an emergency.
    • Study and fully understand UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency.
    • Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises. 
  • Networking and partnership building
    • Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve WASH output results.
    • Draft communication and information materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund-raising for WASH.
    • Participate in inter-agency meetings on UNDAF planning, to integrate and harmonize UNICEF output results and implementation strategies with UNDAF development and planning processes.
    • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
    • Assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems). 
    • Assist in the preparation of learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
    • Assist in creating and delivering learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments. 
    • Participate as resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

Contract duration : 1 year fixed term appointment, renewable up to 3 years subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

To qualify as a WASH advocate for every child, you will have…

  • Be a national of a developing country  that appear on the list  of the following countries eligible for the Dutch  JPO  Programme:

  • Advanced university degree in public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering or other specialist field related to WASH is required.

A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with qualifying experience (at least 3 years of relevant working experience) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Part of the candidates’ academic training must have taken place in a developing country that appears on the following list of eligible countries of the Dutch JPO Programme.

  • Two to maximum four years of professional work experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries.
  • Oral and written proficiency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce.

Opening Date Tue Sep 05 2017 08:00:00 GMT+0200 (CEST) E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Wed Sep 27 2017 22:55:00 GMT+0200 (CEST)