WASH Cluster Coordinator

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Geneva, , CH

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. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. 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?

The main purpose of this post is to support the Global Cluster Coordination Unit/ Area of Responsibility (AoR) in effectively managing and strengthening frameworks and capacity for country-level Cluster Coordination.  This work will ensure field Cluster Coordination functions are conducted in a way that maximizes field results. 

The main purpose of this post is to support the Global Cluster Coordination Unit / AoR in effectively managing and strengthening frameworks and capacity for country-level Cluster Coordination, and through this, support timely, relevant and appropriate responses that effectively meet the needs and priorities of at risk and crisis affected people. This work will enable field Cluster Coordination mechanisms to: 

  • maximise quality and coverage of responses;
  • minimize duplication, gaps and risks;
  • continuously support stronger national leadership of coordination 

Technical support through high quality, rapidly deployable Cluster capacity in humanitarian situations to support timely, appropriate and relevant operational and strategic decision-making:

  • Deploy when a system wide Level 3 is activated and security/access allows.
  • Other prioritized, non-L3 field missions: Large-scale, rapid onset emergencies
  • Take on strategic Cluster missions to priority countries, and with a focus on Cluster assessment missions, and capacity building of staff in-country.
  • Participate in global missions related to the implementation of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Humanitarian Programme Cycle and the Reference Module for Cluster Coordination at the Country Level, e.g. alongside Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) or in support of the UNICEF led Clusters.

Leadership, capacity building and advisory services.  Support Global Cluster efforts to expand and strengthen the pool of available, high quality staff. 

  • Induction for staff who are taking on their first Cluster deployment/position.
  • On-the-job support, including provision of that support when needed, to:
  1. New staff in the field, including mentoring and ensuring the required systems, and understanding of those systems, is in place for staff to fulfill the Cluster core functions.
  2. Cluster staff who are leading key processes (such as Strategic/Humanitarian Response Plan and Cluster Coordination Performance Monitoring).
  3. Regional focal point support to country level coordinators including HNO and HRP as well as identification of longer term technical support needs.
  4. Ensure opportunities for knowledge/skills development through mentoring of identified Rapid Response Teams (RRT’s).

Cluster development, planning, monitoring, and partnership building:

  • Acting as a conduit of field realities, identifying key issues and gaps and suggest improvements or measures of escalation.
  • Support the Cluster through active participation in UNICEF Global Cluster Coordination Unit meetings; the preparation and facilitation of global Cluster meetings with partners; and representation on behalf of the Global Cluster in other relevant fora.
  • Contribute to specific technical projects related to 1) the Cluster and inter-Cluster coordination in Emergencies; 2) Inter-Agency coordination in general; and 3) Implementation of WHS and Grand Bargain commitments in Emergencies.

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

  • Education: Advanced degree in social sciences or other related field.
  • Experience: A minimum of 8 years of relevant experience. Demonstrated field coordination experience within humanitarian reform and Cluster approach environments. Strong analytical skills and a keen interest and motivation for inter-agency coordination. Demonstrated understanding of sector programming, needs assessment and monitoring.
  • Language:  Fluency in English. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is 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….

  • Leading and Supervising  [III]             
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts   [III]    
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [III]
  • Relating and Networking [III]
  • Persuading and Influencing  [II]
  • Learning and researching [I]
  • Creating and innovating [II]
  • Applying Technical Expertise  [I]
  • Planning and Organizing  [III]
  • Adapting and Responding Change  [III]
  • Coping with Pressure and Setbacks  [II]

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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 26 2018 08:00:00 GMT+0100 (GMT Daylight Time) W. Europe Daylight Time
Closing Date Wed May 09 2018 22:55:00 GMT+0100 (GMT Daylight Time)