Afghanistan nationals: WASH Officer (Emergency)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Kabul, Afghanistan
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Afghanistan has been in protracted conflict for over thirty-five years, which has seriously hampered poverty reduction and development, strained the fabric of society and depleted its coping mechanisms. In addition to the conflict that is estimated to force 430,000 people out of their homes [internally displaced people (IDPs)] in 2018, the revised Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) clearly highlights other three major drivers of humanitarian situation in the country: 1. Drought (estimated 750,000 people are facing severe water shortage), 2. Cross-border movement (470,000 returnees from Pakistan and Iran) and 3. People affected by other natural disasters, e.g. flood and landslide (230,000 people). These drivers also affect a significant number of host-communities that share the limited resources/facilities with displaced population. As depicted in HRP and UNICEF HAC (humanitarian action for children), drought is affecting a very large population and is the top priority for WASH, Nutrition and Health sector for UNICEF and its government partners. WASH cluster which is led by UNICEF and co-lead by government is aiming to reach 1.5 million people with assistance and half of this (750,000 people) are drought affected: UNICEF’s HAC aims to reach about 30% of the cluster target, i.e. 450,000 people in 2018.

What we do: 

Work for UNCIEF: 

How can you make a difference?

In line with CPD 2015-2020 and the Rolling Work plan 2018-2018, UNICEF Afghanistan is supporting emergency affected children and their families with lifesaving WASH assistance across the country.

The main purpose of this assignment is to support the UNICEF’s WASH sections to effectively managing the emergency response in Afghanistan. Under the overall guidance of Emergency WASH Manager, the WASH Officer (NOB TA - Emergency WASH), will provide technical and coordination support to UNICEF’s emergency WASH Programme. The officer will routinely visit UNICEF supported emergency projects in different zones and provide technical guidance, monitor implementation and review the effectiveness of response in meeting the WASH needs of affected children and families in line with UNICEF’s core commitments of children (CCC) and Afghanistan WASH Cluster standards and strategies. The officer will be an emergency focal points for UNICEF and provide timely information to WASH cluster on agency’s response including attending monthly and ad hoc WASH cluster meetings as needed.

The WASH Officer reports to the WASH-in-Emergency Manager for supervision. The WASH Officer provides technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programming process. The Officer prepares, manages and implements a variety of technical and administrative tasks, related to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH output results of the country Programme.




1. Programme development and planning:

  • Draft updates for Emergency WASH situation analysis, to inform the development of HNO and HRO related outcome and output results. Research and report on trends in WASH in Emergency, for use in HAC and HRP development, management, monitoring, and evaluation. 
  • Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of WASH in Emergency (WinE) 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.


    • Effective participation in HNO /HRP discussion organized by the WASH cluster.
    • WASH caseloads agreed with IPs are processed /approved in a timely manner (within 24 hours of receipt of assessment report).
    • WASH input is provided for HAC situation analysis and monthly update in a timely manner.

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • 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.
  • Keep records of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • Support verification of the progress made by the contractor/NGOs at the time of each payment.


    • Attend at least one Zonal and One ACO annual Programme review meeting and provide inputs.
    • Maintain records /files for the reports submitted by standby PCA partners and keep track on the follow-up action planned. 
    • PCA partners liquidate DCTs in a timely manner (zero DCT over six months).

3. Technical and operational support for Programme implementation

  • 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 country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in WASH, to support Programme implementation.


    • At least one Programme visit to the project area per month and timely submission of report (within 3 days of visit) with clear recommendation for improvements.
    • Fully familiar with UNICEF policies, strategies and best practices, especially in WinE and guide and support partners on their implementation. 

4. Specific to Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response

  • The officer will be a focal point for WinE and will draft requisitions for supplies, services, to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WinE.
  • Study and fully understand UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency.
  • Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises. 


    • Inventory of WASH relief items are well maintained and stocks timely replenished in all four zonal offices. 
    • Monthly update of WinE response matrix including 80% of UNICEF target on WinE response met.

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 output results.
  • Participate in inter-agency meetings on WinE planning, to integrate and harmonize UNICEF WinE output results and implementation strategies within ONE UN.


    • MRRD/PRRD staff are provided with timely information and guidance on the WinE projects including orientation on WinE guidelines.
    • Emergency High risk PRRDs (12-15 PRRDs) have annually updated their contingency plan.
    • Participate in WASH cluster meeting and provide timely and accurate information on UNICEF’s response.


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


  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required: civil engineering, mechanical engineering or public health engineering. Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.


  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.
  • Experience in humanitarian WASH responses is strongly preferred.
  • Must have Computer skills or proficient user of Auto Cad latest version, including internet navigation, and various office applications
  • Monitoring and supervision skills

Language: Fluency in English and local languages of the duty station (Dari and/or Pashto) is required.

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.

Functional Competencies:  

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Learning and researching (II)
  • Planning and organizing (II)

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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.

Remarks: Only attested university degrees or degrees from accredited universities are acceptable.