WASH Specialist (P3)

New York, NY, US

Job Number: 496423 | Vacancy Link
Location: Programme Division, UNICEF NYHQ
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.

Purpose of the Position

The purpose of this position is to support the WASH Section in Programme Division to effectively lead, shape and respond to sanitation and hygiene challenges. This includes ensuring coherence between our programmatic priorities and strategies and our engagement in global and regional programming and ensuring that lessons learnt are disseminated, partnerships to maximize results for children. This position would also be responsible for achieving greater coherence and learning across regional offices and country offices on sanitation programming.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

1. 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.

2. Knowledge Management and Capacity Building for sanitation and hygiene programming

  • 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. Work with the Sanitation unit on the development of training packages to support strengthening of the sanitation and hygiene component of the WASH Strategy at country level.

3. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring

  • Support the WASH section on strengthening global, regional and country level capacity for monitoring of UNICEF’s sanitation and hygiene promotion programmes in compliance with the defined programme strategies and approaches.

4. Programme Management, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Ensure programme efficiency and delivery by supporting country in developing rigorous and transparent approaches 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.

5. 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.

6. UNICEF Accountability

  • Coordinate with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF 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) with development partners.
  • Ensure adequate attention is given to Disaster Risk Management, including emergency preparedness and response.

7. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.

  • Collaborate with Communication and other groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy efforts
  • Coordinate with other WASH staff at HQ level, Regional Advisers and Country Office colleagues. Collaborate with other Project, Programme and Emergency Officers to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors.

8. Other duties

  • Contribute to the realization of the WASH section annual work plan specifically around the Sanitation and Hygiene unit agenda.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Behavioural and other Social sciences, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance*.
  • Additional training in Community Approaches to Total Sanitation, Health and Hygiene Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication) is an asset.
  • 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.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of an additional UN language, particularly French, will be considered an asset.  

*A relevant first-level university degree (Bachelor’s), in combination with 2 years of additional relevant work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication – Level III
  • Working with People – Level II
  • Drive for Results – Level II

Functional Competencies

  • Analyzing – Level III
  • Relating and Networking – Level II
  • Deciding and Initiating Action – Level II
  • Applying Technical Expertise – Level II
  • Learning and Researching – Level II
  • Creating and Innovating – Level II
  • Planning and Organizing – Level II

To view our competency framework, please click here

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 20 Jun 2016 Eastern Standard Time
Closing Date 4 Jul 2016 Eastern Standard Time