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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Location:  Hyderabad
Closing date - 15 August 2012

Purpose Of The Post

Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Field Office, with technical/programming guidance provided by Chief, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme ICO, provides support to the State Government for planning, implementation and monitoring of the district focused water supply, water safety, hygiene behaviour, WASH in Schools and Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) components of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme (WASH) in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka as set out in the Annual Work Plan;  giving special focus to programmes and strategies to address particular needs of children and women from disadvantaged groups of the community.
Major Duties And Responsibilities

A) Technical Assistance for Programme Development

1. Provide technical assistance to develop WASH project components focusing on (i) home hygiene, sanitation and drinking water safety (ii) WASH in schools and (iii) family/community managed water supplies and water resources.

2. Ensure that WASH interventions are supportive of those developed by other UNICEF sections, working in particular with health, nutrition and programme communication (Child Survival and Development) and with education (girl‘s education and school and Anganwadi sanitation).

B) Systems Strengthening and Capacity Building

3. Review the impact, inclusiveness and sustainability of the flagship programmes like the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA); review related monitoring systems and identify gaps for capacity building.

4. Assist the state departments and district authorities to strengthen their programmes and inter-departmental convergence to achieve measurable improvements in the adoption of key hygiene practices. Adopt and develop appropriate guidelines and training for TSC, WASH in schools and water quality/safety programmes.   

C) Project Monitoring and Administration for Quality Assurance

5. Ensure the accurate and timely input of programme information in programme management system (VISION). Monitor Direct Cash Transfers to Government, liquidations and supplies. Ensure the generation and issuance of programme/project status reports, budget review, annual reports, programme analysis, etc. required for management and donors for monitoring and evaluation purposes. Identify and review constraints, taking corrective action when necessary to meet project objectives.

6. Coordinate with the Operations/Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability. Certify disbursements of fund, Monitor and submit financial status report to Chief Field Office as required.

D) Partnership Development and Knowledge Management

7. Establish, facilitate and reinforce effective partnerships and foster collaboration with the Department of Panchayati Raj, Tribal Welfare Department, the State Water and Sanitation Mission (SWSM), SSA, Municipal Authorities, and credible academic and research partners, NGO’s and other institutions to enhance advocacy efforts and to improve convergence and the impact of programme interventions.

8. Contribute to knowledge sharing for evidence based policy and programme influencing.

E) Emergency Preparedness

9. Contribute to the capacity building of counterparts and partners to prepare for and respond to a major emergency. Emphasis being on preparedness planning, training and pre-positioning of essential supplies to the needs of the most vulnerable community members at risk from exclusion in disasters. 

Qualifications, Skills And Attributes

a) Education

University Degree in Public Health, Civil Engineering (Water and Sanitation) Social Development or related technical field.

b) Work Experience

Two (2) years of professional work experience in rural water supply and environmental sanitation. Experience at state and district level including project formulation, design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Experience of community mobilization and participatory monitoring an asset.

c) Languages

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

d) Competency Profile

i)  Core Values (Required)
• Commitment       • Diversity and Inclusion      • Integrity
ii)  Core Competencies (Required)
•  Communication  [ II ]  •  Working with People  [ I ]  •  Drive for Results  [ I ]

ii) Functional Competencies (Required)

  •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts  [ I ]            •  Analyzing   [ II ]      
  •  Applying Technical Expertise   [ II ]                        •  Learning and Researching    [ II ]                      
  •  Planning and Organizing   [ I ]   
 iii)  Technical Knowledge   

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required

  (Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.) 
•  Essential professional knowledge of one of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.
•  Essential Technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in one or more of the following areas: Communication for behavior change, WASH in schools, rural water supply projects implementation, planning, evaluation, appropriate water supply and quality technology i.e.: community based water supply, controlling water  borne related diseases.

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 issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF position and approaches.
•  Knowledge of global environmental issues that pertain to sustainable development and specifically relation to children and woman, and the current UNICEF position and approaches.
•  UNICEF policies and strategy to address WASH issues, including those relating to conflicts, natural disasters, recovery, disaster 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
•  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.

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced

•  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.

e) Other Skills and Attributes

• Advanced knowledge of the theory and practice of community participation, decentralised management, and demand responsive approaches to rural water supply
• Knowledge of technical and non-technical aspects of rural sanitation, including social marketing and a range of sanitation technologies including solid and liquid waste disposal
• Knowledge of current developments in the fields of water quality mitigation and assurance, including qualitative risk approach for managing arsenic, fluoride and bacteriological contamination.
• Ability to prepare and deliver specialist training in any of the technical areas identified in this JD.
• Sensitive to issues of social exclusion and practical measures that can strengthen the participation of women and marginalised groups in water supply, sanitation and hygiene related initiatives
• Familiar with national policy and guidelines relating to water supply and sanitation, and institutional set-up at state and district level
• Demonstrable analytical and planning skills
• Good communication  and negotiation skills, with emphasis on report writing in English
• Good computer skills, including MS-Word and Excel
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization

Reference to UNICEF and/or UN in terms of technical knowledge requirements (a and b above) are applicable only to those who are or have been the staff members of UNICEF or the UN common system.

Applications consisting of a covering letter; an up-to-date CV and a completed Personal History form (download)  should be sent to devpro@pmsind.co.in by 15 August 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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