WASH Cluster Coordinator Needed at the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)


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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: WASH Cluster Coordinator, (P-4)

Job Number: 518613
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Work Type: Fixed Term Staff

How Can You Make a Difference?

  • The incumbent provides level leadership and facilitate processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, coherent, strategic, and effective WASH response by a mobilized, organized and adequately-resourced groups of agencies, organizations, NGOs, local communities, etc.
  • In support of the government, act as interface between humanitarian WASH partners and duty bearers to ensure WASH related needs of the affected population are properly covered.

Coordination Mechanisms:

  • Ensure the inclusion of key WASH humanitarian partners in a way that respects their mandates and programme priorities, as well as national and local authorities, other governmental actors, civil society and other actors working and related to the WASH sectoral response.
  • Ensure appropriate coordination mechanisms between all WASH humanitarian partners are in place, including effective links, communication and information management, as well as technical working groups and/or sub-national coordination platforms as appropriate.
  • Ensure information on all current and potential WASH partners, their capacities and areas of work (including Who, What, Where and When) are properly collected, analysed and fed back to partners

Needs Assessment, Analysis and Strategy Development:

  • Ensure effective and coherent WASH assessment, analysis and feedback involving all relevant partners, including the identification of gaps and conceptualize how sectoral needs can be met through collective delivery, involving all relevant partners and ensuring complementarity of their actions.
  • Facilitate WASH cluster/sector and its members/partners:
  • Develop/update agreed WASH responses strategies and prioritised action plans and ensuring these are adequately reflected in the overall country strategies and appeals.
  • Are aware of relevant policies, guidelines, technical standards and relevant commitments that the Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights law; and that sectoral response is in line with them.
  • Develop an exit/transition strategy for the WASH sector and key sector partners.
  • Facilitate integration of agreed priority cross-cutting issues in WASH assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and response (e.g. age, diversity, environment, gender, HIV/AIDS and human rights) as well as the utilization of participatory and community based approaches in WASH the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH response.
  • Facilitate WASH humanitarian responses build on local capacities.
  • Promote WASH emergency response actions while at the same time considering WASH within early recovery planning as well as prevention and risk reduction concerns.

Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Ensure adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place to review outcomes of WASH interventions and progress against strategy and action plans; including an analytical interpretation of best available information in order to benchmark progress over time (monitoring indicators: quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost; with target population data disaggregated by sex, age, etc.).
  • Ensure adequate WASH outcome reporting and effective information sharing (with government and other partner support) to demonstrate closing the gaps.

Intersectoral Coordination and Advocacy:

  • Ensure effective links with other clusters or sectoral coordination platforms and represent the interests of the WASH sector in discussions with the UNICEF Chief of Filed Office and Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC/DHC) and other stakeholders on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy.
  • Identify core WASH advocacy concerns, include resource requirements, and contribute key
  • Advocate to donors to fund WASH actors to carry out priority WASH activities in the sector concerned, while mobilize at the same time encouraging WASH actors to mobilize resources for their activities through usual channels.
  • Where critical gaps in addressing WASH priorities are identified:
  • Lobby for implementing humanitarian partners (including UNICEF) to address the gaps;
  • With advice/support from the UNICEF Chief of Field Office, DHC/ RC/HC and other humanitarian partners advocate, as appropriate, on the adequate provision of resources and safe access.

Training and Capacity Building:

  • Promote and support training of WASH humanitarian personnel in areas such as Minimum Standards for Emergency WASH and capacity building of humanitarian partners, based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity;
  • Support efforts to strengthen the WASH capacity of the national/local authorities and civil society.

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

  • Education: Advanced University Degree (minimum preference at Master’s Degree level) qualification desirably in subjects/areas of WASH e.g. Health Promotion or Education, Civil or Public Health Engineering, Public Health (MPH), Environmental Health. *First level University Degree with additional 2 years of experience may be accepted in lieu of Advanced Degree.*Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are required.
  • Experience: A minimum of 8 years relevant experience with four years direct WASH emergency experience at least two of which would be based in the field at a Team Leader/WASH programme management level. A minimum of 2 years’ emergency experience. A minimum of 5 years’ experience with either the UN and/or NGO.
  • Language: Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as 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 competencies required for this post are:

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Applying technical expertise (III)
  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (II)

Application Closing Date
6th January, 2019 at 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time).

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