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Wash Specialist

Location: Patna, Bihar
Closing Date: 10th February 2012

Purpose of the post:

Under the guidance of the Programme Manager, Patna Office, the incumbent will be responsible for technical support and facilitation of State Government’s policy analysis, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the national Rural Water Supply programme and Total Sanitation Campaign, School and Anganwadi Watsan programme as well as provision of technical assistance to focus districts. 

The jobholder will be based in the Patna Field Office and will work under the daily supervision of the Programme Manager. S/he works at both the State and District level and takes sector specific leadership and guidance from the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) section in Delhi.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:-

1. Facilitating Policy and Building Partnerships

 Analyses and recommends WASH sector policies, systems of management, risk allocation and coordination systems related to WASH sector programmes, relevant for the survival and development of children, relevant for the state. 

Recommends evidence based corrective actions  to improve efficiency and effectiveness of WASH sector programmes with special reference to national and state flagship programmes in these sectors to ensure MDGs are achieved with equity. 

Convenes and fosters strategic partnerships to impact on overall children’s policies, to support WASH programmes and resources in the State. Interacts with national and international agencies and commissions, on the management of programme/projects.

Participates in meetings with Ministries/Departments responsible for programme/project review, and follows up on implementation of recommendations and agreements.

Contributes to the development  of  collaborative strategies and actions for new approaches and convergence (with special focus on Polio High Risk Blocks and Integrated District)  for the prevention of water and sanitation related diseases for replication by the State Governments.

2. Programme Planning and Implementation  Action

Under the guidance of the Programme Manager and with technical assistance from the WASH section, supports the design of state specific WASH programmes.  When agreed, prepares, implements, monitors and evaluates UNICEF assisted WASH projects and interventions. Provides guidance and support to subordinate staff (to manage and implement workplan). 

Translate technical and social sector developments at national and state level to strategic programming in the integrated districts leading to improved conditions for women and children. 

Coordinates with the Operations/Supply staff/programme support on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability.

Certifies and reports disbursements and use of funds, as per UNICEF rules and procedures.  Prepares programme inputs for donor proposals, status reports required for management Board, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.

3. Technical Assistance, Capacity Building and Knowledge Management 

Provides technical advice and support to government authorities and state institutes to plan and organize capacity building programmes for community water management, water quality surveillance and response planning, sanitation and hygiene promotion in community, schools, Anganwadi centres.

Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of programme/projects.  Provides technical expertise as required, facilitates learning exchanges as well as policy influencing. Ensures critical gaps in information, knowledge and understanding relating to water supply, water safety, water resource management and sanitation and hygiene promotion are recognized and addressed by stakeholders in the states.

Creates interstate and inter-sectoral learning alliances, analyse, document and share best practices.

4. Monitoring and Evaluation

Facilitates the review of systems and capacity related to delivery of services to children and the interventions for improvements.

Undertakes field visits to monitor programmes (including cash and supply assistance) aiming at increased and more equitable coverage of rural drinking water supply, sanitation and improved hygiene as well as conducting periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners.

Analyzes and evaluates data and/or takes corrective action when necessary, to meet programme/project objectives.

Contributes to and enables the concurrent monitoring and reporting on performance indicators of Government flagship programmes and/or UNICEF–NGO managed programmes under the Project Co-operation Agreement.  Supports/undertakes research that provides tracking on programmes of social inclusion.

5. Inter-sectoral collaboration

Proactively collaborates within state and/or sectors with programme colleagues for convergence in programming, particularly with health, nutrition, polio, communication for development, education and advocacy and partnership.

Pooling resources for more effective programming across the state and building institutional capacity for stronger delivery of national programme. 

Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate programme development. Facilitates the planning and formulation of convergent action and Communication for Development initiatives in state institutions (priorities are Health, Nutrition, WASH, & HIV AIDS), to enable more effective behaviour change.

6. Emergency Preparedness and Response

Working with or acting as Emergency Focal Point to ensure that Core Commitment Children (CCCs) are met following a major disaster through strengthening of strategic preparedness plans and capacity building.

Minimum Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:

Advanced university degree in any of the following areas: Environmental Science, Hydrology or Environmental, Civil or Mechanical Engineering, Public Health or a related field associated with water supply, sanitation and hygiene behaviour change.

Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in social development and engineering, project administration, capacity building and training, monitoring and evaluation, multi-stakeholder planning and knowledge management.

Fluency in English. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station will be an asset.

Competeny Profile

i)  Core Values (Required)
• Commitment      
• Diversity and Inclusion     
• Integrity

ii)  Core Competencies (Required)
•  Communication  [ II ] 
•  Working with People  [ II ] 
•  Drive for Results  [ II ]

iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
  •  Leading and Supervising  [ I ]                 
  •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts    [ II ]       
  •  Analyzing   [ III ]                                      
  •  Relating and Networking    [ II ]                       
  •  Deciding and Initiating Action   [ II ]        
  •  Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]       

iv) Technical Knowledge   

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required

  (Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.) 
•  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. 

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)

Knowledge of the latest theories, technology and practices in:
•  Community based sanitation  i.e.: hygiene education or latrine construction and waste management.
General knowledge of:
•  Methodology of programme/project management
•  Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes
•  Knowledge of global human rights and gender issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF position and approaches.
•  UNICEF policies and strategy to address WASH issues, including those relating to conflicts, natural disasters, recovery, disaster risk reduction and environment.
•  UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
•  Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.
•  UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
•  Mid-Term Strategic Plan
•  Government development plans and policies
•  UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide programmes impacting on WASH results.
•  Knowledge and proficiency in the use of corporate office computer system applications and software, including LAN, email, word processing, spreadsheet, database, telecommunications.
•  Knowledge of global environmental issues that pertain to sustainable development and specifically relation to children and woman, and the current UNICEF position approaches.
•  Gender equality and diversity awareness

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)
•  Government development plans and policies
•  Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
•  UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses, including the IASC Cluster approach.
•  UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
•  UN security operations and guidelines.
•  UNICEF policies, strategies promoting and supporting gender equality and diversity.

Other Skills and Attributes

• In depth and current understanding and knowledge of the sector
• Analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills
• Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills.
• A strong familiarity as to how public administration systems affect delivery of results for children
• Understanding of communication for development (social mobilization and behaviour change communication)
• Knowledge of computer management and applications.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
• Sensitivity to gender concerns and social inclusion

Applications consisting of a covering letter; an up-to-date CV and a completed Personal History form (download)  should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 10th February 2012.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the post title and location in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged.

UNICEF does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training or any other fees). UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.



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