WASH Cluster Coordinator

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Sana'a, Yemen 🇾🇪

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.

For every child, hope…

At UNICEF Yemen, we are focusing on delivering lifesaving services and supplies for the most vulnerable children and their families. The conflict in Yemen has taken a serious toll on civilians and has exacerbated pre-crisis humanitarian needs. Millions of Yemenis are facing severe food insecurity and malnutrition. The conflict has also destroyed infrastructure and damaged public services. A key achievement of UNICEF Yemen has been to scale-up and improve assistance where it is most needed. In WASH, we have widely distributed hygiene kits to displaced people, provided water storage tanks for people in rural areas, and provided solid waste management. We have also provided improved water sources and sanitation services to millions of internally displaced people and host communities – nearly half of whom are children. Challenges remain, though, and we need dynamic and results-driven people to join our team and help create a better world for every child.  

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF is the Cluster Lead Agency for the WASH Cluster, the Nutrition Cluster, Child Protection Working Group, and co-lead for the Education Cluster and GBV AoR. UNICEF is establishing a talent pool of Cluster/AoR Coordinators across the five sectors. On behalf of UNICEF, and in support of the Government, the purpose of this post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response by participants at country level for one of the above-mentioned Clusters and/or AoR. Establish and maintain an appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanism; Strengthen pre-existing sectoral coordination through increased predictability and accountability; Build complementarity of partner actions: avoiding duplication and gaps; Ensure adequate resources are mobilized and are equitably allocated for the effective functioning of the cluster and its response; Effective and comprehensive integration of relevant cross-cutting issues, including age, gender, environment and HIV/AIDs; Maintain flexibility within the cluster to respond to changes in the operating environment, evolving requirements, capacities and participation; Effectively use and transfer information to, from and between cluster participants and other stakeholders; Interact with other clusters (including through inter-cluster coordination fora), humanitarian actors, government counterparts, and relevant authorities for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners; Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms. Monitor performance of the core cluster functions.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • Education: University degree, preferably at an advanced level, in a subject area relevant to the cluster. Extensive work experience relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications. Formal training in cluster coordination an advantage.
  • Experience: At least 8 years 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.
  • Language:  Fluency in English is essential. Knowledge of Arabic would be 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

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

* Please note that is a non-family duty station.

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 Jan 31 2018 07:00:00 GMT+0100 (CET) Arab Standard Time
Closing Date Tue Feb 13 2018 21:55:00 GMT+0100 (CET)