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WASH Specialist (Emergency), Fixed Term, P-4, Nairobi, Kenya, Eastern & Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO)


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1 month ago

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Job Description/Requirements

UNICEF works in some of the worldâs toughest places, to reach the worldâs most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child,  commitment .

The WASH Specialist (Emergency) reports to the Regional Adviser for general guidance and leads in the development, preparation, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Emergency WASH component of the Regional WASH programme. The WASH Specialist also provides technical guidance and management support to ensure the achievement of the WASH-related output results in the regional WASH programme. In addition, the Specialist provides advisory services to country offices and sector support agencies and interacts with government at senior levels and with senior staff in the International Development Corporations and agencies.

How can you make a difference?

The WASH â Emergency Specialist will work under the direction and guidance of the Regional Advisor WASH, to coordinate and support Country Offices in Eastern and Southern Africa Region for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of WASH humanitarian programme and interventions and as well as to improve WASH preparedness, coordination and response for emergency situations as per the Core Commitment for children and within the Humanitarian Reform/Clusters framework. The incumbent will promote and assist countries in addressing the issue of climate change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in order to strengthen sustainable development. She/he will support Country Offices identifying gender inequalities and in implementing programmes to eliminate inequalities.

Key Functions, Accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results. 1. Programme/project Planning, Development and Management Enhance effective programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral, planning including DRR, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update, addressing gender inequalities and determinants of inequalities and vulnerabilities to disasters 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. 2. Knowledge Management Promote knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience, tools and lessons learned on DRR and Clusters experience. Promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new DRR initiatives in the country. Promote lessons learned in addressing inequalities and gender inequalities. Advise the Regional Advisor on appropriate training and professional development opportunities for WASH staff. 3. 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. 4. 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, with an emphasis on promoting approaches to reducing gender inequalities, achieving gender mainstreaming and with a DRR approach. 5. 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 disaster preparedness and response. 6. Promotion of UNICEFâs 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 with reference to the WASH Strategy. 7. 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. 8. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve WASH programme requirements and objectives. Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and collect information. Conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners. Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts including for DRR. Overall coordination with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project or Programme or 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. Facilitate sectoral orientation on DRR and the âCluster Approach,â and ensure leadership and coordination of the IASC WASH Cluster through disaster preparedness and response, whilst simultaneously ensuring delivery on the CCCs by the UNICEF WASH programme.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will haveâ¦

An advanced university degree (Masterâs or higher) in relevant fields such as public health, water supply, social sciences, environmental sciences or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance. Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication), is an asset. A minimum of eight  of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector.Developing country experience required.Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach. Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEFâs Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post areâ¦

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

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