WASH Officer

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Tripoli, , LY

Organizational Context and Purpose for the job

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 childrens 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 societyâs 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.

Purpose for the job

Accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and coordination of WASH programme to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

According to the 2018 Libya Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), an estimated 670,000 people in Libya lack adequate access to safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation, creating serious health risks from exposure to water borne illnesses, nutrition problems and hygiene and sanitation related diseases for the vulnerable children and their families.  WASH emergency response in Libya evolves around three strategic objectives (a) provision of sufficient safe water and basic sanitation; (b) children access safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities in their learning environments including schools and health facilities; (c). strengthening community and institutional capacity.

Additionally, the protracted conflict in Libya resulted in the severe decline of water and sanitation services and led to widening gaps between demand and supply of services over the last four years. The water systems of the three main water institutions (Man-Made River Project, Desalination Company and General Company of Water and Sanitation Systems (GCWW)) are left without essential operation and maintenance services and are also lacking a proper coordination and communication mechanisms.

UNICEF is conducting national water assessments of the water systems at different parts of the country. The findings of the assessment will provide clear situation analysis of water systems and gaps to better inform and define its short and long term WASH response strategy.

Due to a growing need for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), UNICEF activated the sector by establishing the WASH Working Group to coordinate WASH response for Libya. The coordination platforms include both the humanitarian WASH sector coordination under the leadership of UN Humanitarian country team and supported by OCHA and Joint Technical Coordination Committee(JTCC) under co-leadership of UNICEF and Ministry of Planning. Dedicated capacity will be required to ensure smooth coordination of both forum with the focus on results.

UNICEF and the Libyan government have jointly developed the Country Programme Document (CPD) (2019-2020) in accordance with identified needs of children and women in Libya. WASH and Health program comprises Survive and Thrive component that will work with the government to ensure that all vulnerable boys and girls survive and thrive in a safe and clean environment

Main Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and collaboration to the water and sanitation analysis and its periodic update made for effective programme planning, development and management, including emergency preparedness and response.
  • Ensure WASH strategy areas of the CPD 2019-2020 are implemented and prioritised particularly Integrated basic services delivery, public demand and evidence-based policy and planning.
  • 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 and strategies.
  • Sectoral work plan and activities formulated, implemented and monitored, ensuring alignment with the defined programme strategies and approaches. Programme monitored 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 global goals effectively promoted through advocacy and policy dialogue in the WASH sector.
  • Appropriate 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 leadership is maintained for WASH cluster/inter-agency coordination, with links and contribution to other HCT-OCHA cluster and JTCC sector coordination mechanisms.

Competencies and level of proficiency required

Core Values

  • Commitment 
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication, Level 2 
  • Working with People, Level 1
  • Drive for Results, Level 1

Functional Competencies

Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Level 1

  • Analyzing, Level 2
  • Applying Technical Expertise, Level 2
  • Learning and Researching, Level 2
  • Planning and Organizing, Level 2

Recruitment Qualifications

Education: Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a field relevant to international WASH related humanitarian assistance.

Additional training in WASH sector coordination or Communication for Development (Programme Communication), an asset.

Experience:  Two 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; Experience in urban water/sanitation programming in Middle Income Countries is a must / strong asset.

Language experience: Fluency in English and Arabic languages (is an asset)