WASH Cluster and Infrastructure Coordinator

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Kyiv, , UA

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Purpose of the Position

On behalf of UNICEF, the Country Lead Agency for the WASH Cluster, and in support of the Government, the purpose of this post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective WASH programming by participants in the WASH Cluster.

The WASH Cluster and Infrastructure Coordinator role will combine the existing functions of the WASH cluster, with recovery coordination focused on the wider remit of infrastructure. In Ukraine, water supply functionality is intrinsically linked to electricity supplies and urban heating, and via the Humanitarian Development Nexus to other aspects of Infrastructure.


The post holder is accountable to:

  • UNICEF Representative, who will in turn ensure that the post holder is provided with all necessary support and guidance.
  • WASH Cluster and Sector coordination participants, who will in turn ensure that they deliver on their agreed minimum commitments (see  IASC Reference Module for Cluster Coordination at the Country Level, November 2012)
  • WASH Cluster coordination and Humanitarian development Nexus (Infrastructure Collective Outcome) partners and team members, who will in turn support the post holder in line with their terms of reference.
  • Inter-cluster coordination bodies established by the HCT and UNOCHA
  • Affected populations through agreed mechanisms


The post holder has joint responsibility with the Cluster Lead Agency, at the national and sub-national level for the efficient management and functioning of the WASH Cluster encompassing the following:

  • Establish a coordination mechanism suitable to liaise with GoU and de facto elements that is inclusive of recovery and development actors, and which is sufficiently inclusive to aspects of coordination required by other infrastructure considerations, including but not limited to WASH, electricity and urban heating.  Build on WASH Cluster coordination mechanisms.
  • Respond to the Cluster / Sector participants’ needs for information.  Adapt existing in-country information management approaches for collecting, analysing and reporting activities and resources, and identifying information gaps, relating to water supply, sanitation, hygiene promotion, electricity supply, urban heating systems and other related infrastructure.
  • Work with the OCHA Information Management Specialist to develop appropriate supportive strategies. Adopt and promote the use of global standards for information management for inter-operability.
  • Establish and maintain information databases that consolidate, analyse and report/disseminate information critical to decision making.
  • Use GIS mapping for map production and geographic data management; Manage flows of information and dissemination in an appropriate way, including website management; Manage an inventory of relevant documents on the humanitarian situation.
  • Maintain monthly reporting from Cluster participants, including 5W (‘Who does What, Where, When and for Whom?’) databases.
  • Support the estimation of spatial and temporal gaps, overlaps and coverage of Cluster activities and projects. Work with Cluster/ participants to identify information gaps at national and sub-national levels and propose ways to bridge those gaps
  • Support the development and analysis of needs assessment and monitoring programmes. Provide Information Management leadership in assessments and monitoring, including joint assessments and training, relating to multi sectoral and WASH (and potentially other Infrastructures), Humanitarian and Recovery assessments.
  • Lead on WASH Cluster and Infrastructure strategy development and formulation of Contingency Plans relevant to the changing situation.
  • Lead on the preparation of Situation Report (SitRep) and other reporting inputs with emphasis on Cluster plans, targets and achievements.
  • Develop and strengthen information management and WASH programme capacity through training
  • Where there is both a national and a sub-national cluster (focal points in the eastern conflict area), ensure that there is effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination between the two levels.
  • Provide leadership or mentoring, where needed, to other coordination groups or clusters within the remit of UNICEF in Ukraine.
  • Provide advocacy representation on WASH and Infrastructure issues, in close collaboration with the UNICEF Representative and Communication team, looking to provide information, influence positive change and leverage funding through engagement.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, behaviour change communication, sanitary engineering, Utility Engineering, Environment or Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, or another relevant technical field. Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are required.

Experience: DEVELOPMENTAL: A minimum of eight years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries with UN and/or NGO, including programme management and/or coordination in the first phase of a major emergency response relevant to the cluster is required. Formal training and experience in cluster coordination is required. One year of deployment in a developing country is required.

HUMANITARIAN: At least six months of work in humanitarian situations, including one three-month deployment mission (with UN-Govt-INGO), is required.

Language Requirements: 

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge in Russian I Ukrainian desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

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

Functional Competencies:

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

Technical competencies:

  • Understands the rationale behind Humanitarian Reform, its main components and recent developments including the Transformative Agenda, and related tools, mechanisms and processes..
  • Demonstrates commitment to Humanitarian Principles – http://www.unocha.org/sites/dms/Documents/OOM-humanitarianprinciples_eng_June12.pdf
  • Demonstrates commitment to Principles of Partnership (Global Humanitarian Platform)
  • Communicates, works and networks effectively with a wide range of people to reach broad consensus on a well- coordinated response, and demonstrates leadership where required
  • Thinks and acts strategically and ensures that cluster activities are prioritised and aligned within an agreed strategy
  • Demonstrates commitment to the cluster and independence from employing organisation
  • Builds, motivates and leads the WASH cluster and Infrastructure coordination team
  • Understands key engineering and technical issues for the WASH cluster sufficiently well enough to be able to engage with cluster and sector participants, utility companies and government on engineering risk, design and supply issues;  make full use of their experience and knowledge; guide strategy and plans; communicate and advocate on important  issues.