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Wash (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) Specialist

(This vacancy is for Indian nationals only.)
Location: Patna, Bihar
Closing Date: 8th May 2012

Purpose of the post:

Under the guidance of the Programme Manager (NOD), the incumbent will be responsible for providing technical support and facilitation for 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 is based in the Patna Field Office and works under the daily supervision of the Programme Manager. He/she will work at both the State- and District levels.  He/she will take- sector specific leadership and guidance from the 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 one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: - Public Health, Geology, Hydrology, Civil or Mechanical Engineering or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance. Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication) an asset.

Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector. Field work experience. Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) will be an asset.

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

Competency Profile   
(For details on competencies please refer to the UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.) 

i. Core Values (Required)

• Commitment      
• Diversity and Inclusion     
• Integrity

ii. Core Competencies (Required)

•  Communication 
•  Working with People 
•  Drive for Results 

iii. Functional Competencies (Required)

•  Leading and Supervising  
•  Formulating Strategies and Concepts  
•  Analyzing  
•  Relating and Networking   
•  Deciding and Initiating Action  
•  Applying Technical Expertise 
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.

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 8th May 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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