Philippines nationals: WASH Officer

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Cotabato City, Mindanao, PH

How can you make a difference?

The WASH Officer will report directly to the WASH Officer in the Mindanao Field Office and work in constant coordination with other programme areas/staff assigned to the Marawi emergency response. The role will cover a range of activities which includes work around the areas of coordination, assessments and analysis, monitoring, policy advocacy and local capacity building. The position will be based in Cotabato City but will required frequent travel to supported areas of the Marawi emergency response.

This will involve:

1. Support the establishment and maintenance of appropriate WASH humanitarian coordination mechanisms for the Marawi emergency response:

  • Ensure UNICEF representation in the WASH sector coordination meetings and maintain networking with WASH sector partners.
  • Coordinate with national/local authorities, state institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors.
  • Ensure appropriate participatory and community-based approaches.
  • Ensure appropriate attention to priority cross-cutting issues (e.g., gender, Early Recovery, etc.)

2. Provide assistance to government and UNICEF on needs assessment and analysis for responses and early recovery.

3. Assist the government and other UNICEF implementing partners, where and when needed, in coordination of sector-wide response and early recovery including UNICEF assistance:

  • Perform logistical work on delivery of supplies in accordance with agreed parameters, desired results and deliverables.
  • Collaboration with relevant sectors/clusters to ensure integrated response to the affected children, particularly with Child Protection, Education, Health and Nutrition sectors.

4. Undertake assurance visits to ensure government and CSO implemented activities have been carried out and to satisfactory standards.

5. Provide bi-weekly monitoring and reporting on response:

  • Assurance checklists for assurance visits carried out.
  • Including policy or guidance needed to ensure continuity of WASH services for displaced children and pregnant and lactating women (PLW).
  • Arising needs and gaps.
  • Provide monitoring and technical guidance as needed on WASH service delivery to affected communities.

6. Coordinate with staff on advocacy and communication needs for affected areas:

  • Ensure WASH messages are included in the response strategies.

7. Perform other tasks as may be assigned by the WASH Officer and the field office.

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

  • Advanced University degree in one of the following fields: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering or other related disciplines. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • Five years of progressive work experience in WASH with at least one year humanitarian experience in the field as a Team Leader or management level.
  • Experience in designing and managing WASH programmes.
  • Experience in managing and analysing relative large size of data and information from different sources and producing meaningful results and recommendations an asset.
  • Ability to work in a low to medium security threat environment.
  • Ability to work flexibly and independently with limited supervision in a multicultural team environment and deliver quality results against tight deadlines.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and delivery quality outputs even under pressure.
  • Proactive coordination and networking skills required.
  • Ability to draft analytical reports/documents is required.
  • Strong computer skills including the use of various office applications and internet navigation.
  • Relevant experience in the region an advantage, as is knowledge of and experience in Mindanao particularly in Lanao del Sur.
  • Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills.
  • Fluency in English and Filipino required. Knowledge of the local language an asset.