Chief (WASH)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Addis Ababa, , ET

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UNICEF Ethiopia has been working in Ethiopia for the last 65 years supporting the national and regional efforts towards the progressive realization of the rights of children and women.

We do this by supporting the achievements of the Growth and Transformation Plan II as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our programmes in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Child Protection, Education and Social Policy and Evidence on Social Inclusion.

In addition, UNICEF Ethiopia has been leading the support in humanitarian programmes relentlessly working towards responding to emergency needs.

UNICEF is supporting the government of Ethiopia towards achieving the National WASH programme designed to achieve the second phase of GTP-II. The programme is intended to increase the number of people having access to water and sanitation, through strengthening the service delivery, enabling environment, and knowledge management of the WASH sector

In order to achieve the planned results, UNICEF is supporting the WASH component of the national Growth and Transformation Plan-II in five principal areas:

  1. Advance sanitation and hygiene promotion and marketing (including adolescent and BABY-WASH) in zones with high stunting, diarrhoea and trachoma prevalence;
  2. Leverage resources from the ONEWASH pooled fund for accelerated institutional WASH coverage;
  3. Innovate to improve the functionality and resilience of water supply in water insecure districts;
  4. Intensify urban sanitation and pro-poor water service delivery; and
  5. Strengthen sector coordination for development and emergency programming through innovative research and knowledge generation.

More on the background and WASH Programme in Ethiopia

How can you make a difference?

The UNICEF Ethiopia Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Chief is responsible to lead and manage one of the largest and diverse UN WASH programme

Responsible as the WASH sector co-chair for both the Donor Assistance Group (DAG) and the ONEWASH Sector Wide Approach, the WASH Chief will lead the WASH enabling environment towards the goals of SDG 6.1 and SDG 6.2.

Responsible under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative for development, planning, design, implementation and management of the UNICEF assisted Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme throughout Ethiopia.

The post administers an annual programme budget of USD 40 million and includes Urban, Rural, Emergency and Refugee WASH interventions through 40 UNICEF WASH staff in 8 field offices.

Specific Responsibilities :

Managerial leadership

  • Establish the annual work plan, determining priorities and performance measurements. Monitor workplan implementation, to ensure that WASH output results are achieved to schedule and performance standards and sector humanitarian /cluster leadership and alignment.  Report critical issues to the Deputy and Representative for timely action.
  • Establish the annual workplan outputs, activities and developmental priorities of the WASH section staff.  Provide timely guidance to enable the WASH section staff to perform their duties responsibly and efficiently.
  • Manage WASH team results orientation, building, motivation and knowledge management.  Signal potential conflicts and take preventive action, in coordination with Human Resources staff. 

Programme development and planning

  • Oversee the preparation of the WASH inputs for the situation analysis.  Ensure that comprehensive and current data / trends/ innovations is used to inform climate resilient and financially sustainable WASH policy and programme development, planning, management and implementation. Keep abreast of global, regional and national WASH sector developments, for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in WASH programme design, management and implementation.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and partners to discuss national WASH priorities, resources, strategies and methodologies to ensure the most strategic use of the collective resources of external support agencies, including government leadership of the sector, especially in disaster risk preparedness, planning and response.
  • Lead the development of the WASH outcome and output results of the country programme (or CCPD), along with related background, strategic analysis and delivery strategies, ensuring alignment with the UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, UNICEF’s global WASH strategy and the country programme as well as government plans and priorities, and the role of other WASH external support agencies.  Lead the development of output-related indicators, baselines, targets and means of verification.  Lead the development of the WASH content of the CPAP. 

Programme management, monitoring and quality control of results

  • Prepare documentation for programme reviews and analytical statements on progress and constraints of WASH outcome and output results.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes for the achievement of the WASH output results, including through innovation.  Ensure effective collaboration with other UNICEF sectors,.
  • With other external support agencies, analyze national government WASH sector programmes and projects, with a focus on WASH outcomes (behaviors), using bottleneck analysis tools available in the sector (WASH-BAT, CSOs, SDAs). 
  • Manage monitoring and evaluation of the WASH programme and its components in line with latest trends and developments in the sector, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other partners and prepare reports for CO management and WASH sector coordination bodies.
  • Monitor, report and certify the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity.
  • Ensure timely donor reporting, negotiate any changes required to agreements with donor in a timely manner.  Ensure systems are in place for HACT compliance
  • Ensure the development and management of a fund-raising strategy for WASH, aligned with the WASH output results in the country programme, and lead interactions with senior staff of donor agencies.

Advisory services and technical support

  • Participate in strategic discussions to influence national WASH policies and strategies, including the reduction of inequalities, contributing to global sector learning.
  • Support government to co-lead the WASH sector, incorporating humanitarian preparedness, planning, financing, implementation and monitoring, resilience building  as part of the sector plan
  • Advise senior officials in government, NGOs, UN agencies and WASH sector donors on WASH policies, strategies and best practices.
  • Lead the preparation of policy papers, reports, briefing notes and other strategic materials for use by management, donors, UNICEF regional offices and headquarters.
  • Coordinate the use of technical experts from the Regional Office and HQ, as and where appropriate in the WASH programme, through remote support and on-site visits.

Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with government counterparts, UN agencies, donor agencies, WASH institutions, NGOs, research institutes and the private sector to stimulate coordination and collaboration.
  • Oversee the analysis of national budgets for WASH, cost analysis and value-for-money studies, to advocate for improvements in sector efficiency along side climate resilient and financially sustainable options . 
  • Produce materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund-raising.
  • Represent UNICEF in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in planning and agenda setting.
  • Interact with global and regional initiatives and partnerships for WASH, contributing to global knowledge management 

Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response

  • Support government to co-lead the WASH sector, incorporating humanitarian preparedness, planning, financing, implementation and monitoring, resilience building  as part of the sector plan
  • Ensure the annual preparation/revision of UNICEF’s preparedness for WASH in emergencies. 
  • Ensure the coordination arrangements for humanitarian WASH are in place, for instant robust coordination in case of an emergency. 
  • Ensure that all UNICEF WASH staff are familiar with UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency.
  • In case of an emergency, ensure that UNICEF meets its commitments for WASH in the response and early recovery.
  • Support government to strengthen WASH emergency preparedness

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Ensure robust knowledge management through documentation, dialogue and linking up with regional and global developments in WASH
  • Organize and lead the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems), ensuring rigorous monitoring and wide sharing of results.
  • Determine priorities for learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
  • Systematically plan, support and monitor the professional development of UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments.
  • Organize the systematic assessment of WASH sector capacity gap analysis, in collaboration with government and other stakeholders, and support the design of initiatives to strengthen capacities systematically

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering or another relevant technical field.Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are required

  • DEVELOPMENTAL:  a minimum of ten years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.One year of deployment in a developing country is required.Proven ability to effectively lead a team to deliver results is required   

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

  • Fluency in English is required. 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.

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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 Tue Jun 19 2018 08:00:00 GMT+0200 (CEST) E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Wed Jul 11 2018 22:55:00 GMT+0200 (CEST)