Readvertisement WASH Officer, NO-2, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau # 00071581

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Guinea Bissau, one of the least developed countries in the world, was ranked 175th out of 189 countries assessed in the 2020 UNDP Human Development Report which indicates that the majority of the population is affected by multidimensional poverty. The low access to water and sanitation services are both the result of poverty and an important contributing factor to communities experiencing high burdens of water-borne diseases, and malnutrition, both of which are major causes of death in under five children. Inadequate access to water and sanitation infrastructure is also a major barrier to girls’ access to basic education. 

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the WASH Specialist, NO-3, the WASH Officer NO-2 provides technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programming process and contributes to the production of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene results at the community level by working closely with the Health, Education, Social, and Behaviour Change Communication and other sections of UNICEF Guinea Bissau Office programme. Specifically, this position supports:

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

  1. Programme development and planning
  • Draft updates for WASH in the situation analysis, to inform the development of WASH-related outcome and output results. Research and report on trends in WASH, for use in programme development, management, monitoring, and evaluation. 
  • Prepare technical reports and inputs for WASH programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information.
  • Contribute to the development/establishment of WASH-related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH sector needs and priorities.
  • Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials/documentations, complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support progress towards the WASH-related outcome and/or output results in the country programme.
  • Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate review and approval processes.
  1. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results 
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/ share information on implementation issues, provide solutions on routine programme implementation and alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decisions. Keep records of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • 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 programme management. 
  • 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. 
  • Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.
  1. Technical and operational support for programme implementation 
  • Undertake field visits and surveys, collect and share reports with partners/stakeholders. Report critical issues, bottlenecks, and potential problems to supervisor, for timely action. 
  • 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 WASH programme implementation. 
  1. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
  • Draft 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.
  • Study and fully understand UNICEF’s policies and procedures for responding in an emergency.
  • Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises. 

 5. Networking and partnership building 

  • Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve WASH output results.
  • Draft communication and information materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund-raising for WASH.
  • Participate in inter-agency meetings on UNSCDF planning, to integrate and harmonize UNICEF output results and implementation strategies with UNSCDF development and planning processes.
  • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.
  1. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems). 
  • Assist in the preparation of learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
  • Assist in creating and delivering learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments. 
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

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

  • An advanced university degree (master’s or higher) in sanitary engineering, public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, or another relevant technical field.
    *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 2 years of relevant professional work experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Portuguese and a local language is an asset.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
  • Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.

Technical requirements:

  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 promotion 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

Basic knowledge of six of the eight components

  1. Humanitarian WASH – preparedness
  2. Humanitarian WASH – response and recovery

Basic knowledge of one component

  1. Humanitarian WASH – coordination of the response

Basic knowledge

  1. Programme/project management
  2. Capacity development
  3. Knowledge management
  4. Monitoring and evaluation

Basic knowledge of all four components

  1. Human rights and WASH
  2. Gender equality and WASH

Basic knowledge

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

 

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

 

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. 

Remarks:

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be cancelled.

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.

Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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

Advertised: 12 Apr 2024 Greenwich Standard Time
Deadline: 28 Apr 2024 Greenwich Standard Time

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