Yemen: WASH Specialist, P3 (Emergency/Cholera Response) Sana’a Field Office, UNICEF Yemen (Temporary Appointment 364 Days)

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Yemen
Closing date: 15 Oct 2017

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.**UNICEF Yemen is looking for a WASH Specialist, P3 (Emergency/Cholera Response) for its Sana’a Field Office on a temporary appointment (364 Days contract duration). The Emergency WASH Specialist will work under the supervision of Chief Field Office supporting the development, preparation, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH programme within respective geographic areas of the country.**

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Programme development and planning
  2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  3. Technical and operational support for programme implementation
  4. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
  5. Networking and partnership building
  6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

  1. Programme development and planning
  2. Draft the WASH inputs for the situation analysis. Provide timely, comprehensive and current data to inform WASH policy and programme development, planning, management and implementation. Keep abreast of WASH sector development trends, for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in programme design, management and implementation.
  3. Participate in strategic WASH programme planning discussions. Prepare WASH donor proposals, ensuring alignment with the UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, UNICEF’s global WASH strategy and the Country Programme as well as government plans and priorities, and the role of other external support agencies.
  4. Assist in the formulation of the WASH outcome and output results, related indicators, baselines, targets and means of verification. Prepare required documentation for programme reviews.
  5. Work with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies for the achievement of WASH output results in the country programme.
  6. Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of WASH with other UNICEF sectors, for the achievement of the WASH output results.
  7. Draft assigned sections of the annual work plan, in close cooperation with government and other counterparts.
  8. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  9. With other external support agencies, strengthen national government WASH sector monitoring systems, with a focus on WASH outcomes (behaviors), using bottleneck analysis tools available in the sector (WASH-BAT, CSOs, SDAs).
  10. 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 program management.
  11. Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in programmes and management, identify and document lessons learned.
  12. Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders.
  13. Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.

3. Technical and operational support for programme implementation

  1. Actively monitor UNICEF-supported activities through field visits, surveys and exchange of information with partners, to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely interventions.
  2. 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.
  3. Plan for use of technical experts from the Regional Office and HQ, as and where appropriate in the WASH programme, through remote support and on-site visits.
  4. Participate in WASH programme meetings, to review progress, with government, other sector agencies and implementation partners, involved at various stages of WASH programme implementation, to provide expert advice and guidance.
  5. Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic materials for use by management, donors, UNICEF regional office and headquarters.

4. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and Emergency Cholera response

  1. Prepare requisitions for supplies, services, long-term agreements and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in case of an emergency.
  2. Contribute to the coordination arrangement for humanitarian WASH, for instant robust coordination in case of an emergency.
  3. Ensure that all UNICEF WASH staff are familiar with UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency
  4. Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises.

Results Impact: The support provided by the level 3 WASH specialist will enable the Country Office to achieve the WASH-related output results of the country programme. This, in turn, will contribute to the achievement of the outcome results of the Country Programme Document. When done effectively, the achievement of the outcome results will improve child survival, growth and development and reduce inequalities in the country.

Recruitment Qualifications of the Successful Candidate

Education:Master’s Degree in public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering or other specialist field related to WASH is required.

Work Experience: A minimum of five years of professional work experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries, including one year deployment in a developing country. Experience in active conflict settings is required and Emergency WASH/Cholera response management experience is considered highly advantageous.

Language: Oral and written proficiency in English and Arabic are required.

Technical Requirements/Expertise

  1. Rural water supply for low- and middle-income countries – including water safety, sustainability
  2. Rural sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, incl sustainability; applying CATS principles
  3. Urban sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, incl sustainability
  4. Handwashing with soap
  5. WASH-in-Schools and Health Centres
  6. Menstrual hygiene management
  7. National government WASH policies, plans and strategies
  8. Analysis of national budgets and expenditure for basic WASH, and related advocacy
  9. Humanitarian WASH – preparedness
  10. Humanitarian WASH – response and recovery

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Remarks

* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

* Please note that is a non-family duty station.

Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=507649

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