WASH Specialist (Emergencies)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Mexico City, Mexico 🇲🇽

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Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, 

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, 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 favouritism. 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 fulfil 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.

The WASH Specialist (Emergencies) is to be used in a Country Office (CO) where WASH is a component of the Education Programme, within the Country Programme. The WASH Specialist reports to the Chief of Education P4 and works closely with the Education Specialist (Emergencies). The work of the WASH Specialist (Emergencies ) will contribute to the achievement of the Output II.2 of the Country Programme (2020 – 2025) of UNICEF Mexico: “Education systems at federal and state levels are strengthened and increase the provision of equal opportunities and adequate conditions to children and adolescents to access, be retained and complete inclusive and quality education, leading to relevant learning outcomes, with a focus on those at risk of dropping out, out-of-school or affected by emergencies, including migrant children.

How can you make a difference?

The WASH Specialist reports to the Chief of Education for guidance and general supervision. The Specialist supports the development, preparation, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH programme within the country programme. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes, to facilitate the administration and achievement of the WASH-related output results in the country programme. Furthermore, the WASH Specialist will collaborate closely with the Education in Emergency Specialist (P3), the TA for WASH in Schools, and the heads of the field offices in Ciudad Juárez, Tapachula y Tijuana.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Programme development and planning

2. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response

3. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

4. Technical and operational support for programme implementation

5. Networking and partnership building

6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

1. Programme development and planning

  • Draft the WASH inputs for the situation analysis.  Provide timely, comprehensive, and current data to inform WASH policy and programme development, planning, management, and implementation, including emergency response in WASH. Keep abreast of WASH sector development trends, for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in programme design, management and implementation.
  • Participate in strategic WASH programme planning discussions. Prepare WASH donor proposals, ensuring alignment with 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 external support agencies.
  • Assist in the formulation of the WASH outcome and output results, related indicators, baselines, targets and means of verification. Prepare required documentation for programme reviews.
  • Work with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies for the achievement of WASH output results in the country programme.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and ensure integration, coherence, and harmonization of WASH with other UNICEF sectors, for the achievement of the WASH output results.
  • Draft assigned sections of the annual work plan, in close cooperation with government and other counterparts.

2. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response

  • Prepare requisitions for supplies, services, long-term agreements, and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in case of an emergency.
  • Contribute to the coordination arrangement for humanitarian WASH, 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.
  • Take up leading roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises. 

3. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • With other external support agencies, strengthen national government WASH sector monitoring systems, with a focus on WASH outcomes (behaviours), using bottleneck analysis tools available in the sector (WASH-BAT, CSOs, SDAs). 
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare reports on results for required action/interventions at the higher level of programme management.
  • Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in programmes and management, identify and document lessons learned.
  • Monitor and report on 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. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders.
  • Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors, and partners.

4. Technical and operational support for programme implementation

  • Actively monitor UNICEF-supported activities through field visits, surveys, and exchange of information with partners, to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely interventions.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, and best practices in WASH, to support programme implementation.
  • Plan for 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. 
  • Participate in WASH programme meetings, to review progress, with government, other sector agencies and implementation partners, involved at various stages of WASH programme implementation, to provide expert advice and guidance.
  • Draft policy papers, briefs, and other strategic materials for use by management, donors, UNICEF regional offices and headquarters.

5. Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve WASH output results.
  • Prepare materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund-raising.
  • Participate in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests, and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF development planning and agenda setting.

6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Lead the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems). 
  • Prepare learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
  • Create and deliver learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up to date with latest developments. 
  • Contribute to the systematic assessment of WASH sector capacity gap analysis, in collaboration with government and other stakeholders, and support the design of initiative to strengthen capacities systematically.
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

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

Education

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

Experience: 

  • DEVELOPMENTAL: a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.
  • One year of deployment in a developing country is required.
  • HUMANITARIAN: At least one three-month deployment mission in a humanitarian situation (with UN-Govt-INGO) is required.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in Spanish and English required.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

  • 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.

Advertised: 07 Jul 2021 Central Daylight Time (Mexico)
Deadline: 21 Jul 2021 Central Daylight Time (Mexico)


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