Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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.
And we never give up.
For every child, a chance to thrive.
The WASH Specialist (Water, Climate & Urbanization) will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Regional WASH Advisor. The WASH Specialist will focus on providing advise and guidance on innovative technical, institutional, behavior change and financial solutions to water supply in the East and Southern Africa Region with a specific focus on the impacts of climate and urbanization on water supply provision, policy and adaptation. The position holder will work closely with other staff in the Section (see Section Organogram below). The Section provides guidance and technical support to WASH programming in all the 21 UNICEF countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. So, the position holder will work with colleagues in UNICEF ESARO/Headquarters in New York; provide technical support in the 21 countries in UNICEF ESARO, and work with other key strategic partners in the region.
The overall objective of the Section in the current planning period (2018-2021) is “improved access to basic service levels for drinking water and sanitation, reduced open defecation and good hygiene practices inculcated especially for the most vulnerable populations in context specific settings at household, community and facility levels”
To achieve this objective, the Section is organized into four programming pillars: (1) Drinking Water in households and communities (2) Sanitation and Hygiene in households and communities (3) WASH in Institutions, and (4) WASH in Emergencies. The Section has strong emphasis on evidence-based programming, reason for having a dedicated staff for data and knowledge management, who works closely with the WASH Advisor and other Section staff.
The successful candidate will oversee Pillar 1 – Drinking Water for Households and Communities. The key components areas under this pillar are: (1) Increasing access to climate-resilient drinking water supply (2) Developing innovative approaches to drinking water service management, financing, monitoring and sustainability (3) Water safety planning. However, as urbanization has been identified as emerging area in UNICEF’s Global Strategy for WASH (2016-2030), the successful candidate will have an expanded mandate to cover urbanization issues.
The successful candidate will be required to be innovative especially on the financing and sustainability aspects, so that the region can accelerate access to drinking water services to realize SDG 6.1. They will be involved in capacity building of UNICEF Staff and key partners; manage and develop partnerships with key partners engaged in innovative water service provision and climate resilience; and, document and share relevant initiatives in the technical areas mentioned.
How can you make a difference?
Key Functions and Accountabilities
Provide technical advice and guidance to country offices on increasing access to basic service levels for drinking water
Provide technical advice and guidance to country offices on water safety practices.
Provide technical advice and guidance to country offices on financing and sustainability of water service provision
Provide technical advice and guidance to country offices on WASH Climate Resilient Development.
Provide technical advice and guidance to country offices on Urban WASH
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
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 Leading & Supervising, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Deciding and Initiating Action.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles