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WASH Team Bangladesh aims to make a difference
How can you make a difference?
The incumbent of this position, under the direction of the WASH Specialist, and in close coordination with other members of the WASH Team, will be responsible for/support the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF’s emergency response activities. As well as the results related to safeguard and improve public health of the affected population, by ensuring access to safe drinking water, excreta disposal and promoting safe hygiene practices, including appropriate use and maintenance of WASH facilities and services, to ensure overall efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF’s Core Commitment for Children in Emergencies (CCCs) and national and international humanitarian standards.
1. Programme development and planning
- Under the framework of national WASH coordination platform/sectoral cluster, in conjunction with other WASH stakeholders and on behalf of UNICEF, support the overall analysis of sectoral needs and priorities and the definition of strategies and standards to ensure the delivery of safe drinking water, safe sanitation and hygiene promotion to affected population, in accordance with national and international humanitarian standards.
- Responsible for/support the definition of UNICEF’s response in the WASH sector related to ensure appropriate access to safe drinking water, safe sanitation and hygiene promotion to affected population (strategies, outcomes, target population) as per agreed standards and CCC’s benchmarks. In coordination with other UNICEF’s relevant sections and divisions, and implementing partners, develop strategies, plans and capacities to reach target population with culturally appropriate and gender sensitive interventions.
- As per the sectoral definition of priorities, assess and select the most suitable solutions (most cost-effective/effective) and develop interventions for providing access to WASH services for the affected population.
- Draft updates for WASH in the situation analysis, to inform the development of WASH-related outcome and output results. Research and report on trends in WASH, for use in programme development, management, monitoring, and evaluation.
- Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information.
- Contribute to the development/establishment of WASH-related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH sector needs and priorities.
- Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials/documentations, complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support progress towards the WASH-related outcome and/or output results in the country programme.
- Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate review and approval processes.
2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
- Collaborate with the design and effective implementation of a monitoring plan to follow up the implementation of UNICEF’s response in the WASH sector with special attention to special needs of women, children and people with disabilities and other cross-cutting areas.
- Contribute to WASH reporting in accordance with UNICEF’s CCC based Humanitarian Performance Monitoring criteria.
- Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/ share information on implementation issues, provide solutions on routine programme implementation and alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decisions. Keep records of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
- 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
- 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.
- Provide input to progress reports for management, donors and partners.
3. Technical and operational support for programme implementation
- Within UNICEF, collaborate with:
-Programmes and Emergency Sections to ensure integration of UNICEF’s response to the emergency, exploring opportunities for WASH to support and enhance the programmatic response in other sectors, including the provision of WASH services in schools and other child friendly spaces and institutions.
-Operations and Supply Sections, as well as with government authorities and other implementing partners, to establish and maintain sound internal controls, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and ensure accountability.
-Communications and Programme Communication sections to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies for advocacy, social mobilization and emergency programme implementation for the WASH sectoral response.
- Undertake field visits and surveys, collect and share reports with partners/stakeholders. Report critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems to supervisor, for timely action.
- Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in WASH, to support programme implementation.
4. Networking and partnership building
- Interact with government and partners (including UN, Donors, NGOs, CSOs, etc.) in the different stages of the emergency programme implementation, following up on cooperation agreements, recommendations and other UNICEF’s commitments for the emergency response, including capacity development of national partners.
- Ensure UNICEF’s engagement and contribution into cross-sectoral assessment, analysis and evaluations of the emergency response such as Damage Loss Assessment (DLA), Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), etc.
- 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.
- Draft communication and information materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund-raising for WASH.
- Participate in inter-agency meetings on UNDAF planning, to integrate and harmonize UNICEF output results and implementation strategies with UNDAF development and planning processes.
- Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.
5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- In coordination with other members of the WASH team, explore possibilities to strengthen UNICEF’s WASH regular/development programme/intervention through recovery/reconstruction/stabilisation activities.
- Assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems).
- Assist in the preparation of learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
- Assist in creating and delivering learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments.
- 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…
•An Advanced University Degree (Master’s) in Environmental Public Health, Civil Engineering, Programme Communication, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrogeology, Sanitation Engineering, and/or any other relevant technical field is required.
•Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree is considered an asset.
•A minimum of two (2) years of relevant work experience in the areas of emergency WASH-related programmes is required.
•Fluency in English (verbal and written) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is considered an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.