India nationals: WASH Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Panta, BR, IN

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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does in programs, 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.  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.

How can you make a difference?

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children in the world’s thereby ensuring a better future for every child, this is the chance to make a difference. Under the supervision and guidance of the Program Manager, Chief of Field Office and Chief, WASH Section, the incumbent 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 flagship programmes that benefit children and mothers in the state of Bihar.

The incumbent works at both the state and district level. S/he also takes programmatic lead and seek technical direction and sector specific guidance from WASH Section, Delhi.

 KEY END-RESULTS

1. Provide leadership to state programme priority as programme lead and develop strategy papers, approaches and innovative models for achieving convergent results for women and children focusing in priority districts.

2. Develop strategic partnerships with CSOs/FBOs for facilitating community based and community led social movements for elimination of open defecation at scale.

3. Upstream advocacy and leveraging resources for improving the service delivery to reach the marginalized and most deprived communities.

4. Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and collaboration to the Situation Analysis and its periodic update made for effective programme planning, development and management, including emergency preparedness and response.

5. Knowledge management effectively promoted through drafting/finalizing key WASH sectoral programme documents and reports, sharing good practice, lessons learned, and knowledge/information exchange.

6. Quality of rights-based WASH programmes effectively promoted, and coherence, synergy and value added to programme management process through results-based management and strategies.

7. Sectoral work plan and activities formulated, implemented and monitored, ensuring alignment with the defined programme strategies and approaches. Programme monitored with special attention to gender/sex disaggregation of relevant indicators.

8. Programme delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.

9. UNICEF’s global goals effectively promoted through advocacy and policy dialogue in the WASH sector.

10.  Proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability ensured regarding supply, non-supply and emergency assistance as well as disbursement of programme funds for the WASH sector.

11. Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration including support to the IASC WASH Cluster.

ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS  

Programme/Project Planning, Development and Management

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.

Ensure inclusion and delivery on sectoral leadership responsibilities including leadership and facilitation of the IASC WASH Cluster.

Knowledge Management

Promote knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.

Rights-Based Programme with Results-Based Approach

Promote the quality of rights-based WASH programme and programmes through participation in the formulation of programme/project goals, strategies and approaches. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to programme management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

 Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring

Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for project management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches. Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex disaggregated data.

Programme Management, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting

Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participation in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the preparation of annual WASH sector status reports.

Ensure adequate and transparent evaluation of emergency preparedness and response.

Promotion of UNICEF’s Global Goals

Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes, and reference to the WASH strategy.

UNICEF and Government Accountability

Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability.  Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.

Advocate for due attention and support to be given to environmental and sustainable development issues (pertaining to WASH) in all sectors and line Ministries

Ensure adequate attention is given to Disaster Risk Management, including emergency preparedness and response.

Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership

Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy, social mobilization and emergency efforts.

Overall coordination with WASH colleagues, Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project, Programme and Emergency Officers to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors.

Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and 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.

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.

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

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

Education 

Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance.

Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication), an asset.

Work Experience

Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector. Field work experience.

Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach.

Language Proficiency  

Fluency in English and Hindi. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.

Core Values (Required) 

Commitment       • Diversity and Inclusion      • Integrity

Core Competencies (Required)

Communication  [ II ]  •  Working with People  [ II ]  •  Drive for Results  [ II ]

Functional Competencies (Required) 

•Leading and Supervising  [ I ]             

•Formulating Strategies and Concepts    [ II ]      

•Analyzing   [ III ]                                     

•Relating and Networking    [ II ]                      

•Deciding and Initiating Action   [ II ]    

•Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]       

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all national, religious, gender and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

Remarks:

•This is a Fixed-Term Appointment. The vacancy is open to Indian Nationals only. Selected applicant will have an initial two (2) year fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory performance.

•Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.

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DEGREE REQUIRED

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