Emergency WASH Consultancy

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Emergency Hub Coordinator in the Zone(s) or UNICEF Oromia Filed Office, the WASH Emergency Consultant is responsible for the overall coordination, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of UNICEF support for emergency interventions for the IDPs and host communities in the various woredas of the Zone(s).

How can you make a difference?

Specific Tasks

The Consultant will be responsible to lead and support Emergency WASH in the following areas:

  • Provide technical support to water supply and sanitation construction works
  • Ensure that the WASH project plans, drawings or sketches are well understood by the project management consultants or technical personnel assigned either from the regional government /local authorities or construction contractor and sub constructors, provide implementation guidelines and give feedback; Identify problems, if any and propose remedial actions in consultation with UNICEF field office and ORWB ;
  • Monitor and evaluate progress of WASH construction projects against agreed implementation plans. active engagement in terms of following up on the progress, providing the needed support Accordingly, remedial measures are taken towards accelerating implementation and improving quality of services.
  • Support Regional ,zonal and woreda water and health offices in the overall emergency WASH Response , contract administration for construction / rehabilitation and maintenance of water supply and sanitation facilities in IDP sites and host communities
  • Build capacity of zona and woreda water office staff on maintaining water quality (disinfection of water sources, testing water quality for water trucking and water sources, use of household water treatment chemicals) etc.
  • Build the capacity of zonal and woreda water office staffs in data collection, compiling and reporting
  • Support zonal and woreda level WASH sector and multi-sector coordination for IDP response – play cluster coordination role at zonal level in the absence of the regional cluster coordinator.
  • Ensure WASH services are provided in line with the minimum national and SPHER standards.
  • Ensure that WASH supplies are delivered to the respective users on time and site level reports are submitted timely and identify logistics gaps and quickly report to UNICEF and RWB/RHB for immediate response.
  • Prepare emergency WASH situation update and monthly activity report based on the reporting template to be shared.
  • Represent UNICEF WASH in a zonal/woreda level task forces and other meetings.
  • Work closely with water truck monitors, WASH NFI monitors and Mobile Maintenance Team ( MMT) and ensure water trucking operations are providing efficient and quality services, NFIs are distributed to the end users on time, water and sanitation facilities are rehabilitated as per their respective TORs.  
  • Prepare and organize donor and other visits as required and prepare programme and site briefs for the visits to the zones/woredas and IDPs sites.
  • Conduct periodic supportive supervisions to the IDP sites and host communities to provide the necessary technical support and to inform decisions. 

Expected Deliverables 

  1. Monthly written progress report on the implementation of WASH Emergency response and construction works including quality assessment based on joint construction plan and on progress of quality assurance monitoring plan Monthly reports to include Problems encountered
  2. Submit bi weekly emergency WASH situation update and monthly activity report based on the reporting template to be shared.
  3. Submit monthly report on technical support provided to Regional, Zonal and woredas level water and health offices on the overall Emergency WASH responses, study and design document preparation for water supply and sanitation construction works
  4. Submit minutes and action points from sector coordination meetings and events and follow up the action points for its implementation.
  5. Submit periodic water quality (disinfection of water sources, testing water quality for water trucking and water sources, use of household water treatment chemicals) monitoring reports.
  6. Disseminate national and SPHER minimum standards for all involved in IDP responses and follow up its implementation. 
  7. Prepare IDP sites and relevant stakeholders for donor and other visits as required and prepare programme and site briefs for the visits in consultation with WASH PO.
  8. Submit IDP sites monitoring and supportive supervision monthly reports using the standard templet.
  9. Submit monthly reports of capacity building/ trainings to WASH Comittees and operators
  10. Follow up and communicate with the field office of any gap related to water truck monitors, NFI monitors and Mobile maintenance team.
  11. Prepare biweekly SiTreps  and Provide inputs to the site level 4W reporting matrix as deemed necessary. 

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

  • University degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Water engineering, Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering and related fields.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible practical experience working in emergency WASH and contract management
  • Training/experience in emergency response and management highly desirable.
  • Very good working skill in reading designs and knowledge in computer data analysis and reporting
  • 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.

The technical competencies required for this post are….

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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.