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WASH Specialist - Nairobi (UNICEF)
« on: June 25, 2010, 07:35:36 PM »
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Children's Fund
Closing date: 02 Jul 2010
Location: Kenya - Nairobi

Purpose of the Position

On behalf of the IASC Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia and UNICEF (as the lead agency for the IASC Water, Sanitation and Hygiene cluster), and in collaboration with the State Authorities, you will provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well coordinated, coherent, strategic, and effective WASH response in Somalia by a mobilized and adequately resourced groups of agencies, organizations, NGOs, local communities etc. and assist the Government of Somalia and state authorities in WASH cluster visioning, strategy formulation and the articulation of a ‘Road Map’ to provide safe water and sanitation to emergency-affected populations.

Key Expected Results

1. Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms:
You will ensure appropriate coordination between all WASH humanitarian partners (national and international NGOs, the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, etc…), through establishment/maintenance of appropriate WASH Cluster/sector coordination mechanisms, including working groups at the national, zonal, and regional levels,
Promote WASH emergency response actions while at the same time considering WASH within recovery and development planning through close interaction with the WASH Section “Go to School”programme; Ensure inter-cluster and programme response planning with other Cluster/sector groups specifically in the areas of protection, school feeding and water and sanitation
Represent the interests of the WASH Cluster/sector in discussions with the Humanitarian Coordinator and other stakeholders on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy;

2. Inclusion of key humanitarian partners:
You will ensure inclusion of key WASH humanitarian partners in a way that respects their mandates and programme priorities
Act as focal point for inquiries on the WASH cluster’s response plans and operations.

3. Coordination with national/local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other actors:
You will ensure that WASH humanitarian responses build on local capacities;
Ensure appropriate links with national and local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors (e.g. peacekeeping forces) and ensure appropriate coordination and information exchange with them.

4. Attention to priority cross-cutting issues:
You will ensure 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);
Ensure effective and coherent WASH assessment and analysis, involving all relevant partners

5. Planning and strategy development:
Developing/updating agreed WASH response strategies and action plans and ensuring that these are adequately reflected in the overall country strategies, such as the Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) an integral component of the CAP process.
Drawing lessons learned from past WASH activities, revising strategies and action plans accordingly;
Developing an exit, or transition, strategy for the WASH interventions and key Cluster/sector partners.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Advanced University degree in areas of WASH e.g. Health Promotion, Civil or Public Health Engineering, Public Health (MPH), Note that work experience may substitute for higher degree qualification.

Eight years of professional work experience. Four of which should be in direct WASH emergency experience of which two would be based in the field at a Team Leader/WASH programme management level, 2 years experience of responding to first phases of an emergency and minimum of 2 years experience with either the UN and/or NGO.

Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.
• Advanced Technical Knowledge of the theories, principles and methods in the following areas: communication for behavior change, WASH in schools, water supply projects management, monitoring and evaluation; integrated water resource management; appropriate water supply and quality technology i.e. community based water supply.

Fluency in English and another UN language. Knowledge of the local language of the duty station is an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate
Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.

Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.

Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.

Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.

Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.

Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates team- and department-wide activities.

Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.

Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments.

Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and gender equality in its workplace. Women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to apply
If you want a challenging career while improving the lives of children around the world UNICEF, the leading children's rights organization, would like to hear from you.

Visit us at www.unicef.org/about/employ to register in our new e-Recruitment system and apply to this and other vacancies, quoting E-VN-2010-001331. Applications must be received by 02 July 2010.

Please note that only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted.

In the selection of its staff, UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Reference Code: RW_86PSHH-61


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