Temporary Appointment: WASH Officer (NO-A), Chisinau, Moldova (for Moldova nationals/residents only), #129371 (364 days)

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UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built: we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

For every child, sustenance

UNICEF is currently providing support to national institutions such as the Ministry of Education and Research, and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development. This support aims to contribute to achieving the Water and Sanitation Strategy 2030 targets and accelerate the delivery of improved, safely managed water and sanitation services.
The provision of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services is essential, and national institutions have expressed their commitment to prioritizing WASH interventions. To assist the national authorities in achieving this goal, UNICEF is helping to improve school infrastructure and standards, ensuring access to clean water and sanitation, and promoting hygiene practices for children of all genders, ages, and abilities.

How can you make a difference? 

The WASH Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programming process, through the application of theoretical and practical technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing and presenting programme information while learning organizational rules, regulations and procedures to support the development, implementation and monitoring of the WASH output results of the Country Programme.
The incumbent provides technical and coordination support to the Gov. of Moldova in its efforts to strengthen the enabling environment for Water Sanitation and Hygiene. The WASH Officer is to assist the national efforts in accelerating the achievement of the specific SDGs related to ensuring safely managed WASH services in educational and healthcare institutions. The individual in this role will provide technical support in planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating specific activities that align with the National WASH Policy and Strategy, the UNICEF Core Commitments to Children, and the global strategic approach.
Main tasks and responsibilities:
  • Provide support in preparing, planning, and implementing WASH-related activities.
  • Assist in the proper application of relevant WASH tools, as well as their integration into main sector programs.
  • Participate in WASH sector coordination meetings and working groups.
  • Assist the sector-led ministries in planning and documenting sector coordination meetings and support the WASH coordination with the Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development, and other relevant national and subnational government partners and CSOs.
  • Contribute to water and sanitation coordination, planning, fundraising, and reporting efforts.
  • Ensure quality implementation of WASH activities by regularly visiting the field to support staff and partners and monitor progress.

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

Minimum requirements: 

  • Education: A university degree in one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, behaviour change communication, water and sanitation engineering or another relevant technical field.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of one year of professional work experience in WASH-related programmes is required.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in Romanian and working knowledge of English is required.


  • Additional relevant courses that complement/supplement the main degree are strong assets.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency is considered an asset.
Technical Knowledge Required:
Basic knowledge of at least two of the following four components:
  • Urban and rural water supply, including water safety and sustainability.
  • Urban and rural sanitation, including centralised and on-site sanitation solutions, and sustainability.
  • Hygiene promotion.
  • National government water and sanitation (WASH) policies, plans, strategies, and water and sanitation sector actors, stakeholders, and communities.
Basic knowledge of at least two of the following four components:
  • Programme/project management.
  • Capacity development.
  • Knowledge management.
  • Monitoring and evaluation.
Additionally, basic knowledge of both of the following components:
  • Human rights and WASH.
  • Gender equality and WASH.

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

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

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 measures to include a more diverse workforce, such as paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. 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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Appointments may also be 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 canceled.


As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

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

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions 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. 

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.

Advertised: 02 Jul 2024 GTB Daylight Time
Deadline: 15 Jul 2024 GTB Daylight Time

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