WASH Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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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 WASH 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 guidance and general supervision of the WASH Section Chief and in regular consultation with WASH Officers, the Operations and Cross-sectoral team, the Specialist supports the development and preparation of the WASH program/s and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting the progress of WASH programs/projects within the country program. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of results on WASH programs/projects to improve learning outcomes and equitable and inclusive WASH, especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society.

In particular, s/he is to provide technical support and quality assurance to contribute to achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Key expected results:

  1. Support to programs/projects development and planning
  2. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results
  3. Technical and operational support to program implementation
  4. Networking and partnership building
  5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 and response

8.  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 an advocate for every child you will have…

Qualifications and Experience of Successful Candidate:

Education 

  • An Advanced University Degree in WASH, economics, psychology, sociology or other social science field is required.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in social development planning and management in WASH and related areas at the international level, some of which preferably in a developing country is required.
  • Experience in working on systems strengthening, capacity development and innovation. 
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.

 Language requirements:

  • Native-level French is required.
  • Professional written and oral accuracy and fluency in English is required

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication (II)
  • Working with people (II)
  • Drive for results (II)

Functional Competencies

  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (I)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)

Technical Competencies

  • Some understanding of the overall global development context, including issues such as: poverty, conflict and the impact of these factors on WASH and vice-versa; and inter-sectoral approaches to address such issues in collaboration with other sectors (including Social Policy, Child Protection, Nutrition, WASH, Health and Communications within UNICEF).
  • Some knowledge of global developments in WASH and international engagement strategies, including the application of the equity lens and human rights perspectives to programming.
  • Some ability to support policy dialogue: translation of analytical findings and evidence into development programmes and policy discussions around equity and learning with partners, including government, development partners, CSOs and academia in relevant areas.
  • Some WASH sector planning knowledge/ability, including the range of modalities for delivering WASH, linkages between different sub-sectors (e.g. ECD, Primary, Inclusive WASH), cost-effectiveness and efficiency issues, key institutional structures, components and processes, as well as governance issues.
  • Some WASH and policy sector analysis capacity, including understanding of the core WASH data sets, indicators, tools for analysis of equity, determinants of student access and learning, budget, cost and financing, WASH system management, political economy and application to WASH policy and strategic planning.
  • Some programme management in WASH, including programme design, costing, monitoring and evaluation and reporting.
  • Some ability to support engagement with partners (e.g. Sector Wide Approaches, Global Partnership for WASH, WASH in Emergency Clusters, WASH Provider Forums, Delivering as One, Inter-sectoral partnerships), as well as networking with other key partners.
  • Some understanding of gender and inequity issues in relation to WASH and development and the application of gender / equity analysis to policy and planning in WASH.

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