WASH Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Nyala, , SD

The WASH Specialist reports to the Chief of field Office for guidance and general supervision, with technical direction and sector specific guidance from WASH Section, Khartoum. 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.

S/he will be responsible for facilitating and influencing the State Government’s evidence based policy, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and documentation for equity based WASH sector plans and programmes and convergence with other programmes that benefit children and mothers in the South and East Darfur states

1.           Programme development and planning

  • Enhance effective programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral, planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input
  • 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
  • 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), using bottleneck analysis tools available in the sector
  • 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.
  • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders.
  • Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.
  • Promote improved monitoring and reporting on sanitation and hygiene at state level through the development of applicable monitoring systems and frameworks. Coordinate UNICEF sanitation and hygiene research, impact assessment and evaluation efforts and ensure results are synthesized and disseminated.

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.
  • Enhance UNICEF support for Sanitation and Hygiene, through the development, revision and application of policies, strategies, guidelines and partnerships to support the two states for scaling up sanitation and hygiene programmes
  • Provide technical advice and support to government authorities, at the State level to plan and organize capacity building programmes for sanitation and hygiene promotion, and behavioral change interventions for government staff and WASH sector members, in various aspects of sanitation including Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATs) and CLTs
  • Promote the understanding, acceptance and implementation of participatory Water Safety Planning aimed at tackling the issue of contamination of drinking water, and support strengthening of the water quality testing framework and capacity in the state including the establishment of a feedback protocol.
  • 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.

4            Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response         

  • Prepare requisitions for supplies, services, and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in case of an emergency.
  • Contribute to the coordination arrangement for humanitarian WASH, for instant robust coordination in case of an emergency. 
  • Ensure that all UNICEF WASH staff are familiar with UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency.
  • Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises. 

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.
  • Engage, in coordination with the Health section, the concerned government agencies, in furthering the UNICEF interventions promoting analysis of gaps of WASH facilities in Health Centres, and assists the government interventions meant to bridge such gaps, contributing to convergent water sanitation and hygiene programming with health and nutrition programmes.
  • Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of WASH programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve WASH programme goals, including humanitarian response.
  • Regularly collaborate with programme colleagues from other Sections to ensure strong intersectoral linkages within office and among partners between WASH and concerned programmes such as Health and Nutrition and Education, M&E, UN agencies and I/NGOs.  Assist in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate programme development especially for sanitation and hygiene promotion
  • Participate in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in development planning and agenda setting.
  • Collaborate with the Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of WASH programme or sectoral planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Lead the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems). 
  • Assist in the development and/or introduction of new approaches (including gender-responsiveness of technologies and interventions), methods and practices in project management and evaluation especially of the sanitation and hygiene promotion component.
  • 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.
  • Keep abreast of research and developments in the sector and provide advice on implications for policy development, capacity building and support to the states in the field of Sanitation and Hygiene, in particular in the areas of sanitation marketing, sustainable sanitation and hygiene promotion

 Impact of Results

The support provided by the WASH Specialist NO-C will enable the Country Office to achieve the WASH-related output results of the country programme.  This, in turn, will contribute to the achievement of the outcome results of the Country Programme Document.  When done effectively, the achievement of the outcome results will improve child survival, growth and development and reduce inequalities in the country. 

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Water Supply and Sanitation Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Water Resources Management, Public Health or other specialist field related to WASH is required.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector. Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach. Experience in both development programme and humanitarian response an advantage
  • Demonstrated progressive experience with increasing responsibility focused on community led behavior change and infrastructure development/maintenance approaches such as Community Led Total Sanitation, Rural Water Self Supply, public health concepts, etc. in camps, rural and peri urban areas reducing health risks at household and community levels for affected populations in the areas of WASH.
  • Oral and written proficiency in English and Arabic is required. 

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

Opening Date Sun Feb 04 2018 08:30:00 GMT-0500 (EST) E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Sat Feb 10 2018 15:55:00 GMT-0500 (EST)