WASH Specialist (WASH Cluster Technical Advisor)

Amman, , JO

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he complex crisis of Yemen (IDPs, malnutrition, cholera etc.) and security situation requires more integrated programming and strong reliance on local partners. At the same time, quality of the WASH response is not monitored as it should, but ad hoc field visits indicate there is need for improving the quality of the WASH emergency response. WASH cluster partners also have been requesting more support from the WASH cluster in terms of capacity building and technical guidance.

The WASH Cluster Technical Advisor will lead the capacity building and technical guidance for the WASH cluster at national and sub national level. This includes the development of a capacity development plan based on a capacity gap analysis and further informed by regular field monitoring. Technical guidance notes and minimum WASH packages should be prepared for integrated programming, including WASH and Nutrition, WASH emergency response for IDPs in different settlement situations, and WASH and outbreaks / communicable diseases (such as cholera, dengue and malaria). The technical advisor should also lead capacity building initiatives on humanitarian principles, the cluster approach and Inter-Agency Coordination Service (IACS)’s agreed priority cross-cutting issues, namely human rights, HIV/AIDS, age, gender and environment, and utilization participatory and community-based approaches.

How can you make a difference?

  1. Conduct a capacity needs assessment for the WASH cluster and develop a multi-year capacity building plan for the WASH cluster. Facilitate the implementation of the plan for the first year, or for the duration of the contract.
  2. Work closely with Health, Nutrition, Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC), and Shelter / Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) clusters to develop technical guidance (including minimum WASH response packages) for integrated programming, focusing on WASH and nutrition, WASH and outbreaks / communicable diseases (cholera, dengue, malaria) and WASH and Internally Displaced Person (IDPs). Facilitate the endorsement and commitment of the cluster to adopt the technical guidance and minimum WASH response packages in the WASH emergency response.
  3. Advice the SAG and WASH cluster coordinator to establish technical working groups (TWiGs) based on needs and as result of the capacity needs assessment. The TWiGs should guide the development of the technical guidance notes and capacity building activities. The technical advisor will lead the TWiG or ensure that a competent WASH partner is leading the group.
  4. Lead the development and roll out of a study to understand the effectiveness and appropriateness of ceramic water filters as part of the WASH emergency response in the Yemen context. The study should be conducted by partners who are distributing ceramic water filters (based on capacity and interest), and the technical advisor should coordinate the study with partners to ensure that the same methodology and indicators are adopted. The study should provide recommendations for future ceramic water filter distribution activities by WASH cluster partners.
  5. Facilitate WASH technical trainings (WASH in emergencies, community mobilization and awareness, Sphere) and WASH inter-sectoral trainings (linked to Nutrition, Health, Shelter / CCCM) to roll out the technical guidance provided by the WASH cluster.
  6. Identify WASH cluster technical focal points who can replicate these trainings and can act as focal point for the cluster for specific technical support upon need. Develop TORs for these focal points and facilitate their endorsement by the cluster.
  1. Facilitate capacity building for the WASH cluster of the IACS’s agreed priority cross-cutting issues, namely human rights, HIV/AIDS, age, gender and environment, utilization participatory and community-based approaches, by liaising with inter cluster focal points and contextualizing guidance notes and training materials for the Yemen WASH Cluster.  Actively support and mobilize the WASH cluster focal points for gender, protection and accountability to affected population, so that they are equipped to provide technical support to the WASH cluster partners.
  2.   Perform other duties as required

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • An advanced university degree  in a subject area relevant to the cluster, e.g. public health, civil-, environmental- or sanitary engineering *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 5 years of progressively responsible humanitarian work experience with UN and/or NGO, including programme management and/or coordination in the first phase of a major emergency response relevant to the cluster.
  • Extensive work experience outside the humanitarian sector which is relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for humanitarian experience.
  • Experience in capacity building is  an advantage.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required.Knowledge of  the local language of the duty station 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.

This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.


* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

* This post is based in Amman with frequent travel to Yemen.

Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service

Opening Date Tue Oct 31 2017 08:00:00 GMT+0100 (CET) Jordan Standard Time
Closing Date Thu Nov 09 2017 22:55:00 GMT+0100 (CET)