UNICEF is a leading humanitarian and development agency working globally
for the rights of every child. Child rights begin with safe shelter,
nutrition, protection from disaster and conflict and traverse
cycle: pre-natal care for healthy births, clean water and sanitation,
health care and education.
Job Title: WASH Specialist, P-3
Job Number: 498534
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff
Purpose of the Position
Under the overall direction of the Chief of WASH, UNICEF Abuja,
facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic,
adequate, coherent, and effective response of WASH partners in
Emergency; and effectively coordinate the implementation of UNICEF WASH
Key Expected Results
- Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and collaboration to the
Situation Analysis and its periodic update made for effective programme
planning, development and management, including emergency preparedness
- Knowledge management effectively promoted through
drafting/finalizing key WASH sectoral programme documents and reports,
sharing good practice, lessons learned, and knowledge/information
- Quality of rights-based WASH programmes effectively promoted, and
coherence, synergy and value added to programme management process
through results-based management and strategies.
- Sectoral work plan and activities formulated, implemented and
monitored, ensuring alignment with the defined programme strategies and
approaches. Programme monitored with special attention to gender/sex
disaggregation of relevant indicators.
- Programme delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out
efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the
established guidelines and procedures.
- UNICEF’s global goals effectively promoted through advocacy and policy dialogue in the WASH sector.
- Proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability ensured
regarding supply, non-supply and emergency assistance as well as
disbursement of programme funds for the WASH sector.
- Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership
and collaboration including support to the IASC WASH Cluster.
Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
WiE Sector Coordination in Abuja (approx. 30% of the time)
- Collect, analyze and report on WiE working group activities and
resources using existing tools (5W, gap table…) or develop new
coordination tools if requested. Train the partners on their use.
- Establish and maintain information databases that consolidate,
analyse and report/disseminate information including development of
maps, critical to decision making.
- Facilitate joint needs assessment with WiE sector partners to
determine WASH sector priorities and an appropriate intervention by
UNICEF, based on the local emergency situation affecting children, their
families and community.
- Ensure that there is effective communication, reporting, engagement
and coordination between the WiE working groups at the national and
- Represent the WaSH sector in coordination meeting with OCHA and
participate to coordination efforts leaded by OCHA (Information
Management, multi-sectorial Emergency preparedness plan, multi-sectorial
- In coordination with the Ministry of Water Resources, co-lead and prepare coordination meetings according to guidelines.
- Timely delivery of assistance and supplies is provided, urgent
staffing requirements are identified, and the appropriate use of UNICEF
resources is monitored for effective project delivery.
- Lead on the preparation of SitRep inputs with emphasis on WiE
Working Group plans, targets and achievements. Monitoring and reporting
the implementation of the WiE Working Group strategy and results;
recommending corrective action where necessary.
Effective Management of Assigned UNICEF WiE Projects (70%)
- Identifies implementing/operational partners and establishes
implementing arrangements including preparation of needed documents for
implementing the assigned projects.
- Implements and manages Output-15 of the WASH Annual Work Plan in
coordination with Field offices. Undertakes field visits to emergency
project areas, to assess local conditions and monitor project progress.
Makes technical decisions on project administration (e.g., activates,
requests or re-programmes allocation of emergency funds).
- Ensures that adequate attention is paid to promote donor visibility in-line with the project requirements.
- Emergency preparedness and response strategies are mainstreamed in
Sectoral work plans. Sectoral input is provided for all related
documents for the office’s Emergency Preparedness and Response, as well
as for the Situation Analysis and the Country Programme Document.
- Contribute to the preparation of Emergency appeals and project
proposals (Flash Appeal, CAP, ERF/CHF, CERF), and concerted efforts are
put forward to mobilize donor response and
- Manage an inventory of relevant documents on the humanitarian situation.
- Communicates and advocates on the situation and needs of children through local and international media, as appropriate.
- Contributes to the development of standards/ guidelines for
humanitarian interventions and undertakes capacity building activities
for government partners and CSOs.
- Ensures that the project funds are managed and reported duly considering UNICEF procedures and internal timelines.
- Ensures that the funds are utilized in accordance with the approved
project documents and any deviation is notified in advance for approval
by the donor.
- Contributes to the preparation of quality reporting on the project
progress and completion including identification of potential human
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
University degree, preferably at an advanced level, in a subject area
relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering,
Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or
to the international WASH cluster. Extensive work experience relevant to
this post may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications.
Formal training in cluster coordination an advantage.
2. Work Experience
- At least 7 years progressively responsible humanitarian work
experience with UN and/or NGO, including programme management and/or
coordination in the first phase of a major emergency response relevant
to the cluster.
- Understands the rationale behind Humanitarian Reform, its main
components and recent developments including the Transformative Agenda.
- Communicates, works and networks effectively with a wide range of
people to reach broad consensus on a well-coordinated response, and
demonstrates leadership where required.
- Understands key technical issues for the WASH in Emergency (WiE)
Working Group sufficiently well enough to be able to: engage with WiE
Working Group participants; make full use of their experience and
knowledge; guide strategy and plans; communicate and advocate on
Fluency in English required and another UN language desirable
Competencies of Successful Candidate
1. Core Values
- Diversity and Inclusion
2. Core Competencies
- Communication [ II ]
- Working with People [ II ]
- Drive for Results [ II ]
3. Functional Competencies
- Leading and Supervising [ I ]
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
- Analyzing [ III ]
- Relating and Networking [ II ]
- Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]
- Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]
* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be
available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should Click Here to Apply
Application Deadline: 29 Aug 2016 W. Central Africa Standard Time