WASH Specialist

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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the Organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give more children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Purpose of the job: The WASH Specialist reports to the Chief of Field office (Level 4) for guidance and general supervision. The Specialist supports the development, preparation, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH programme within the country programme. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes, to facilitate the administration and achievement of the WASH-related output results in the country programme.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

  1. Programme development and planning
  • Draft the WASH inputs for the situation analysis.  Provide timely, comprehensive and current data to inform WASH policy and programme development, planning, management and implementation. Keep abreast of WASH sector development trends, for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in programme design, management and implementation.Participate in strategic WASH programme planning discussions.
  • Prepare WASH donor proposals, ensuring alignment with the UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, UNICEF’s global WASH strategy and the Country Programme as well as government plans and priorities, and the role of other external support agencies.
  • Assist in the formulation of the WASH outcome and output results, related indicators, baselines, targets and means of verification. Prepare required documentation for programme reviews.
  • Work with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies for the achievement of WASH output results in the country programme.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of WASH with other UNICEF sectors, for the achievement of the WASH output results.
  • Draft assigned sections of the annual work plan, in close cooperation with government and other counterparts.

     2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results 

  • With other external support agencies, strengthen national government WASH sector monitoring systems, with a focus on WASH outcomes (behaviors);
  • 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;
  • Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in programmes and management, identify and document lessons learned;
  • Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.

     3.Technical and operational support for programme implementation

  • Actively monitor UNICEF-supported activities through field visits, surveys and exchange of information with partners,   to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems;
  • and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely interventions;
  • 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;
  • Plan for use of technical experts from the Regional Office and HQ, as and where appropriate in the WASH programme, through remote support and on-site visits;
  • Participate in WASH programme meetings, to review progress, with government, other sector agencies and implementation partners, involved at various stages of WASH programme implementation, to provide expert advice and guidance.
  • Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic materials for use by management, donors, UNICEF regional office and headquarters.

     4. Data base and NTIC management

  • In charge of the support of the development of the national data base;
  • Ensure coordination between partners for the development of the national Atlas;
  • Provide analysis for the development of the country WASH program, based on results extracted from the national WASH data base;
  • Develop innovations based on the use of NTIC to provide timely inputs to the national data base. 

     5. 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;
  • Prepare materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund-raising;
  • Participate in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF development planning and agenda setting.

     6.Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Lead the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems);
  • Prepare learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development;
  • Create and deliver learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments.
  • Contribute to the systematic assessment of WASH sector capacity gap analysis, in collaboration with government and other stakeholders, and support the design of initiative to strengthen capacities systematically.
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

Recruitment Qualifications

Education:

Master’s Degree in public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering or other specialist field related to WASH or Monitoring is required.

A Bachelor’s Degree combined with 2 additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s Degree.

Experience:

DEVELOPMENTAL:  a minimum of five years of professional work experience in WASH/ M&E or data base management -related programmes for developing countries, including one year deployment in a developing country.

Language Requirements:

Oral and written proficiency in English and French is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

Remarks

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

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 organization.

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 Wed Dec 13 2017 03:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST) W. Central Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Tue Dec 26 2017 17:55:00 GMT-0500 (EST)


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