Ethiopia UNICEF Jobs United Nations Careers

UNICEF Jobs: Emergency-WASH Specialist 2021

Job Title: Emergency-WASH Specialist

Organization: UNICEF

Job no: 540344
Contract type: Temporary Appointment, 364 days
Level: P-3
Location: Ethiopia (for non-Ethiopian nationals)
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), P-3

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, Water and Sanitation 

How can you make a difference?

In coordination with sub-national and local authorities, and in line with national agreed strategies and prioritization, provide leadership and facilitate coordination processes between humanitarian actors at Shire level, as well as to ensure proper communication with the national cluster and other sectoral coordination platforms as appropriate. In support of the sub-national and local governments, as appropriate, act as interface between humanitarian WASH partners and duty bearers to ensure WASH related needs of the affected population are properly covered.

Under the technical guidance of the Chief of WASH, and general supervision of Chief of Field Office Mekelle, the Emergency WASH Specialist supports the Coordination and WASH in Emergency response activities in Shire and surrounding areas and is responsible for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the progress of WASH in emergency programmes/projects related to the Shire Area of Tigray Region. The Emergency WASH specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes, to facilitate the administration and achievement of the Emergency WASH-related output results for Tigray response. 

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Coordination mechanism established

2. Needs assessment, analysis and alert of new crisis

3. Monitoring and reporting

4. Networking and partnership building

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building 

Coordination mechanisms:

▪ Ensure appropriate coordination mechanisms between all WASH humanitarian partners at Shire level and with the national WASH cluster/coordination platform are in place, including effective links, communication and information management.

▪ Compile, analyze and keep up-to-date information on humanitarian WASH partners, their capacities and interventions at [sub-national level] (including Who, What, Where and When) and provide consolidated reports as feedback to partners and for the national WASH cluster/coordination platform.

▪ Support WASH Cluster to advocate for donors to fund WASH actors to carry out priority WASH activities in the sector concerned, while at the same time encouraging WASH actors to mobilise resources for their activities through their usual channels.

▪ Identify core WASH advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and convey these to the WASH Cluster Coordinator, local authorities, UNICEF, UNHCR, OCHA and other national WASH cluster partners.

Needs assessment, analysis and alert of new crisis

• Ensure effective and coherent WASH assessment and analysis, including identifying and closing gaps, involving all relevant partners, ensuring complementarity of their actions and identifying opportunities for collaboration that can contribute to the improvement of the humanitarian situation.

• Ensure effective links with other clusters or sectoral coordination platforms at [sub-national level] as well as with local authorities and stakeholders. 

Monitoring and reporting

• Provide sector reports & updates to WASH Cluster at national level as necessary.

• Assist with WASH outcome reporting and effective information sharing to demonstrate the closing of gaps.

• When necessary, highlight specific issues for the attention of the WASH cluster coordinator and cluster partners to ensure priority and corrective measures are taken. 

Networking and partnership building

• Build and sustain effective close working partnership with relevant government counterparts, OCHA, Other Clusters, donors, and academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results on WASH in emergency programmes.

• Prepares inputs for appeals and updates related to emergencies. Works with program sections and senior management to mobilize donor response and recovery/rehabilitation-related funding, including annual or multi-annual humanitarian appeals and documents (e.g., pitch documents). Communicates and advocates on the situation and needs of children through local and international media, as appropriate. 

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

• Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders on WASH in emergencies and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.

• Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best practices in WASH in emergency management. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.

• Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.

• Support the identification of capacities needed for implementing WASH response by partners and stakeholders and, in collaboration with the national WASH cluster, deliver training of WASH humanitarian personnel and capacity building of humanitarian partners.

Technical requirements

1. Community water supply for low- and middle-income countries – including water safety, sustainability

2. Urban sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, incl sustainability

3. Handwashing with soap

4. WASH-in-Schools and Health Centres

5. Menstrual hygiene management

6. National government WASH policies, plans and strategies

7. Analysis of national budgets and expenditure for basic WASH, and related advocacy

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in WASH e.g. Health Promotion or Education, Civil or Public Health Engineering, Public Health (MPH) and Environmental Health is required. 
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

• A minimum of 5 years of experience with either the UN and/or an NGO.

• Experience of responding in first phases of emergency

• Experience of coordinating peers as well as managing a team;

• Fluency in English (verbal and written) required, and a working knowledge of the local language would be an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are found here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Deadline: 20 May 2021 E. Africa Standard Time