Job Number: 496792 | Vacancy Link
Location: Regional Services Division, Bangkok
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Purpose of the Position
Under the overall guidance of the EAPRO Regional Adviser WASH (direct supervisor), this post specifically supports the generation, analysis and use of up-to-date gender and equity sensitive knowledge and evidence to guide policy, advocacy and action plans on water, sanitation and hygiene for children and women in East Asia and Pacific region, and provide state-of-the-art specialist technical support to the UNICEF Country Offices in South Asia for the scaling up of innovative sanitation and hygiene programming, implementation of global and regional priorities, and to improve related capacity of WASH staff in UNICEF EAPRO, including support use of tools aimed at reducing inequalities (including gender).
Assist the Regional Advisor WASH in managing and administering the WASH output result of UNICEF EAPRO
Key Expected Results
- Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and collaboration to the Situation Analysis and its periodic update made for effective programme planning, development and management.
- Knowledge management effectively promoted through drafting/finalizing key WASH sectoral programme documents and reports, sharing good practice, lessons learned, and knowledge/information exchange.
- Quality of rights-based WASH programmes effectively promoted, and coherence, synergy and value added to programme management process through results-based management.
- Sectoral work plan and activities formulated, implemented and monitored, ensuring alignment with the defined programme strategies and approaches, with special attention to gender/sex disaggregation of relevant indicators.
- Programme delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.
- UNICEF’s global goals effectively promoted through advocacy and policy dialogue in the WASH sector.
- 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.
- Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration, including assistance to sectoral leadership of the IASC WASH Cluster.
Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
1. 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, addressing gender inequalities and determinants of inequalities 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.
2. 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. Promote lessons learned in addressing inequalities and gender inequalities.
- Advise the Representative / Deputy Representative on appropriate training and professional development opportunities for WASH staff.
3. 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.
4. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring
- Supports 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, with an emphasis on promoting approaches to reducing gender inequalities and achieving gender mainstreaming.
5. 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.
6. 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 with reference to the WASH Strategy.
7. 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.
8. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership
- Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve WASH programme requirements and objectives. Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and collect information. Conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners.
- Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.
- Overall coordination with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project or Programme or 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.
- Supports facilitation sectoral orientation on the ‘Cluster Approach,’ and ensure leadership and coordination of the IASC WASH Cluster through preparedness and emergency response, whilst simultaneously ensuring delivery on the CCCs by the UNICEF WASH programme.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil 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.
- Eight 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.
- Advanced knowledge of programming in sanitation and hygiene, especially community led sanitation approaches, handwashing with soap, from action research, innovation to supporting programming at scale.
- Advanced Technical Knowledge of the theories, principles, and methods in the following areas: communication for behaviour change, WASH in schools, water supply projects management, monitoring and evaluation; integrated water resource management; appropriate water supply and quality technology i.e. community based water supply, sanitation marketing, social mobilization, social movements, social norms change.
- Knowledge of Public Financing, public expenditure reviews and performance based budgeting an asset.
- Advanced knowledge and experience in key aspects in Knowledge Management such as i) knowledge and evidence generation through action research, data analysis and reviews in critical WASH and related areas; ii) knowledge products development of such as case studies, policy / advocacy briefs and iii) knowledge sharing through various platform and networks
- Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is considered an asset.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Communication – Level II
- Working with People – Level II
- Drive for Results – Level II
- Leading and Supervising – Level I
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts – Level II
- Analyzing – Level III
- Relating and Networking – Level II
- Deciding and Initiating Action – Level II
- Applying Technical Expertise – Level III
To view our competency framework, please click here.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
Opening Date 19 Jul 2016 S.E. Asia Standard Time
Closing Date 2 Aug 2016 S.E. Asia Standard Time