Water/National Implementation Plan Project Management Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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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, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

The Vanuatu WASH programme focuses on five main areas of work: (1) Strengthening data, policies, planning capacities and budget allocation for WASH; (2) Enhancing the ability of individuals to change or adopt hygiene behaviours; (3) Strengthening the capacities of communities, schools and healthcare providers to ensure operation and maintenance of water and sanitation facilities; (4) Improving standards and advocating for increased budgets to support quality infrastructure and proper maintenance, as well as monitoring; (5) Strengthening capacities of governments to plan for, adapt to, and recover from the effects of hazards and disasters, as well as longer term climate changes that are impacting on water availability and WASH services

How can you make a difference? 

In December 2017, UNICEF and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) signed an agreement for a Water Sector Partnership 2017-2021, Inception Phase.  The Vanuatu Department of Water Resources (DoWR) signed a related agreement with the same title.

The initial Inception Phase, lasting up to one year, will: (1) support DoWR to strengthen the WASH evidence base, information management and understanding of the water related risks facing rural ni-Vanuatu. And (2) Support DoWR to operationalise the National Implementation Plan (NIP), and pilot the Capital Assistance Programme (CAP) for funding a limited number of priority water projects.  A second phase will be a broader longer term programme of support to strengthen the DoWR’s institutional and technical capacity for them to become a high functioning department that effectively implements the NIP to achieve the goal of 100% access to safely managed drinking water by 2030.

Specific program outputs for the initial phase include:

Output 1  Support DoWR to establish a national water-related information base

1.1 Strengthen information systems and information management capability within DoWR

1.2 Compile and review existing WASH related datasets to support strengthened WASH sector problem analysis

1.3 Support DoWR to establish a water quality monitoring system that has provincial reach

1.4 Continue to strengthen the problem definition through analysis of Drinking Water Safety and Security Planning (DWSSP) and water quality data to identify water related problems and needs in rural Vanuatu

Output 2  Implement the NIP for Safe & Secure Drinking Water

2.1 Support DoWR to finalise the NIP, DWSSP and CAP and develop costed workplans for implementing the NIP

2.2 Provide Institutional Support to DoWR to Operationalise and Implement the NIP

2.3 National and provincial level training on DWSSP and rollout of DWSSPs to communities

2.4 Support DoWR to Pilot the NIP and CAP

2.5 Human Resource Development, capacity and training needs Assessment to Implement the NIP

To qualify as a/an [champion or advocate] for every child you will have…

  • A post-graduate degree in project management, planning civil or water engineering, public utility management or a related field.
  • At least 10 years experience in project management preferably in water supply, civil engineering, public utilities in a developing country context, Pacific country experience desirable.
  • Proven experience in procurement and financial management including designing and running RFPs, budgeting, contract management and reporting.
  • Proven experience in capacity development role, including assessing and delivering on training needs, preferably in public sector.
  • Proven high level communication, reporting and teamwork skills in cross-cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrated high level communication, facilitation and people management skills cross-culturally including an ability to coordinate with a diverse range of stakeholders and motivate others.
  • Ability to operate at a high level, up to Ministerial level, in a complex, changing environment, anticipate risk and respond flexibly to changing circumstances.
  • Experience in monitoring and reporting, particularly the preparation of concise, evidence-based project reports.
  • Strong computing skills including project management and information management software, word processing (Word) and spreadsheets (Excel).
  • Understanding of gender issues in water and capacity building.
  • Experience in integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk management into water sector infrastructure and service delivery.
  • Knowledge of public utilities.
  • Experience working in Vanuatu, Pacific Islands or Small Island Developing States.
    1. Water sector knowledge and experience, including management.
    2. Capacity development experience in government or SOE’s, including needs assessments and delivering training plans.
    3. Project management, planning and financial management including procurement. 
    4. Cross-cultural and Pacific working experience.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) 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.

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,

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Opening Date Thu Dec 28 2017 22:00:00 GMT+0100 (CET) Central Pacific Standard Time
Closing Date Sun Jan 14 2018 13:55:00 GMT+0100 (CET)