Laos nationals: Water Supply Specialist

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Job no: 498432
Work type: Fixed Term Staff
Location: Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), NO-3

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Vientiane, Lao PDR, requires an experienced and qualified Lao National Officer to fill the position of Water Supply Specialist, IMIS No. 98803 at (NO-C) level to be based in UNICEF Country Office in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Duties and responsibilities:  
Under general supervision of the Chief of WASH. Accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of WASH programme to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives. The incumbent will perform the following tasks:

 1. Programme/project Planning, Development and Management:

Enhance effective programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral, planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating

and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring

and analysis, and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input. Ensure inclusion and delivery on sectoral leadership

responsibilities including leadership and facilitation of the IASC WASH Cluster.

  1. Knowledge Management:

Promote knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.

  1. Rights-Based Programme with Results-Based Approach:

Promote the quality of rights-based WASH programme and programmes through participation in the formulation of programme/project

goals, strategies and approaches. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to programme management processes using a results

based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

  1. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring:

Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for project management,

implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches.

Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex disaggregated data.

  1. Programme Management, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting:

Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participation in major evaluation

exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the preparation of annual

WASH sector status reports. Ensure adequate and transparent evaluation of emergency preparedness and response.

  1. Promotion of UNICEF’s Global Goals:

Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes, and reference to the WASH strategy.

  1. UNICEF and Government Accountability:

Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and

Government accountability. Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in

compliance with the regulations and guidelines. Advocate for due attention and support to be given to environmental and sustainable

development issues (pertaining to WASH) in all sectors and line Ministries. Ensure adequate attention is given to Disaster Risk

Management, including emergency preparedness and response.

  1. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership:

Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials

and strategies to support advocacy, social mobilization and emergency efforts. Overall coordination with WASH colleagues, Regional

Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project, Programme and Emergency Officers to ensure the integration of the

project/sectoral programme with other sectors. Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to

establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of WASH programme or sectoral planning and implementation, to coordinate

financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability. Interact with Government and other partners,

NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of WASH programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and

recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building

measures to achieve WASH programme goals, including humanitarian response.

 Qualifications and experience:

  • 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 development assistance.
  • Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication), an asset.
  • Five 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.
  • Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station.

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