WASH Specialist (Hygiene Promotion)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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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, Save lives..

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 fulfil their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

How can you make a difference?

Under the direction of the WASH Manager (Head of Section) in close coordination with other members and technical specialists of the WASH Team, and other sections as appropriate, responsible for / support the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF’s emergency response in activities and results related to safeguard and improve public health of the affected population by ensuring access to safe drinking water, excreta disposal and promoting safe hygiene practices, including appropriate use and maintenance of WASH facilities and services; ensuring overall efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF’s Core Commitment for Children in Emergencies (CCCs) and national and international humanitarian standards. The post has a focus on field monitoring and coordination of the hygiene promotion component of the WASH programme in the refugee camps and host communities.

  • Support the overall analysis of needs and priorities for the WASH sector and the definition of strategies to ensure affected population has access to appropriate excreta disposal and other sanitation related facilities and interventions; in accordance with national and international humanitarian standards.
  • Support the overall analysis of needs and priorities for the WASH sector and the definition of strategies to ensure affected population receives key information and has access to appropriate means for effective hygiene practices; in line with national and international humanitarian standards.
  • Develop an effective inventory of supplies and provide regular update on the status of supplies in warehouse, partners level and in pipeline
  • Supporting the IM responsibilities for the WASH section and ensure that data is updated and shared with the team
  • Ensure capacities are assessed among humanitarian WASH partners and stakeholders to cover identified needs and develop capacity building plans to overcome the existing gaps.
  • In close coordination with other clusters/coordination platforms – particularly Education, Health, C4D –, support partners to identify key hygiene practices to be addressed and sectors of population with whom to engage and to develop appropriate communications strategies to promote safe hygiene practices -including the development of local capacity to do so.
  • Support the activities of the WASH Field Monitoring team and liaise with implementing partners to ensure programme information and data on activities is collated and disseminated to update UNICEF and Sector monitoring and guide programme planning and reporting. 
  • Support the identification of needs for effective handwashing and hygiene practices; and support humanitarian WASH partners and stakeholders to develop agencies’ plans to address these needs.
  • Support humanitarian partners and stakeholders to systematic share information on hygiene promotion-specific situation and agencies’ implementation activities and, in coordination with the WASH cluster information manager, analyze existing data, identify remaining gaps and support the collective definition on how to overcome them.
  • Collaborate with the design and roll-out of monitoring plans to follow up the implementation of the WASH sectoral response incorporating required changes into hygiene promotion-specific activities, with special attention to special needs of women, children and people with disabilities, as well as other cross cutting areas.
  • Support monitoring of Programme supply inputs within wider framework of projected results for affected population. Undertake post distribution monitoring of WASH supplies to track delivery of supplies to end users and gather feedback on supply needs, preference and priorities of  affected population
  • Contribute to the reporting of WASH sectoral outcomes through the systematization and provision of consolidated up-to-date information.
  • Coordinate with other technical working groups to ensure the complementary of the sectoral intervention, as well as with other clusters/coordination platforms to identify opportunities for integrated/cross-sectoral interventions and to ensure the provision of WASH services in institutions is properly covered (eg. schools, health centers, etc.)

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Education: Advanced university degree or equivalent experience in Environmental Public Health, Programme Communication or Sanitation Engineering, or other field related to behaviour change and communication. Knowledge of public health and one or more other relevant areas (e.g.: behaviour change, health promotion, community development, education, etc.)
  • Experience: Experience and understanding of hygiene promotion and community mobilisation in relation to water, sanitation and hygiene activities. A minimum of 2-5 years of experience with either the UN and/or NGO.
  • Language: Fluency in English (verbal and written). Good written and spoken skills in the language of the humanitarian operation and knowledge of another UN language an asset.


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are….

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


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Opening Date Thu Apr 12 2018 05:00:00 GMT+0200 (CEST) Bangladesh Standard Time
Closing Date Sun Apr 29 2018 19:55:00 GMT+0200 (CEST)