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WASH Specialist (Temporary Appointment)

Location: New Delhi
(Indian Nationals Only)

Duration: 364 days
Closing date: 18 Nov 2013

Purpose of the Post
Under the general guidance of the Chief, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and in the context of joint work with Government of India, the incumbent is responsible for development and management of the drinking water and WASH institutional development components of the WASH programme in rural areas.

The incumbent will provide expert advice and assistance to the Chief and counterparts to define drinking water and intuitional governance programming priorities in the sector and in identifying areas of convergent programming with other development sectors.  This primarily takes the form of high level technical advice and support.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Programme Planning and Development

1. Take primary responsibility for the development of strategically evidence-based drinking water and WASH institutional development programmes at national and state level leading to improved WASH results; with an emphasis on promoting approaches to reducing inequalities and achieving gender mainstreaming.

2. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to programme management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and through ongoing consultations with related sectors (health, nutrition, education, emergency, communication, advocacy and policy development). 

3. Coordinate the drinking water and WASH institutional development work planning at state level to ensure to accomplish the planned goals and objectives aligned with the overall WASH strategies

4. Ensure adequate attention is given to Disaster Risk Management, including emergency preparedness.

Knowledge Management

1. Ensure that critical gaps in data, information, knowledge and understanding relating to drinking water and WASH institutional development are recognised by key stakeholders and duly addressed within India. Promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country. Promote lessons learned in addressing inequalities and gender inequalities.

2. Contribute to the development of a learning strategy for WASH staff and partners to ensure exchange of information, experience and advise the Chief of Section on appropriate training and professional development opportunities for WASH staff.
3. Contribute to the Section’s publication plans; including peer review journal papers.

Programme Management, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting.

1. Support the Chief of WASH to ensure the proper and timely management of the WASH Programme and the resources allocated to it, at both national level and in supported states, with specific reference to drinking water and WASH institutional development components.

2. Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participate in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the preparation of annual WASH sector status reports. Ensure that outputs are monitored together with agreed inputs, and that due process is followed in regard to financial accountability and reporting

3. Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and collect information. Conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners

4. Assist in identification of funding needs and preparation of funding proposals for WASH programming using existing donor relationships as well as through the identification and establishment of new donors. Assure timely good quality reporting on WASH programmes to donors through quality checks and preparation of aggregated reports.

Advocacy and Partnership Building

1. Create public awareness of and commitment to drinking water quality and safety and promote its goals by establishing partnerships and networking with elective,  legislative, and professional bodies, research and educational institutions, NGOs, private sector organizations, community groups and the mass media.

2. Foster effective partnerships with government departments and agencies, civil society, international agencies (including but not limited to UN organizations), resource institutions and the private sector engaged drinking water quality and safety. Mobilise partnerships to focus attention and lever resources on achieving the MDGs and securing the rights of women and children.  

3. As technical expert provide UNICEF input at technical cooperation meetings with government officials, multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies, promoting sustainable drinking water programmes and robust WASH institutions. Advise major partners on UNICEF’s policies, strategy and approaches and follow up on agreements and recommendations.

4. Advocate for due attention and support to be given to environmental and sustainable development issues (pertaining to WASH) in all sectors and line ministries

Support to UNICEF’s goals

1. Contribute to the promotion of the organization goals of UNICEF through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes and with reference to the WASH strategy in general and drinking water and WASH institutional development in particular.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

a) Education

Advanced University degree in one of the disciplines, relevant to the following areas:
Water or Civil Engineering, Public Health, institutional development, public sector management or a related field associated with WASH

b) Work Experience

Eight (8) years progressively responsible professional work experience at national level in management of multi-sectoral programmes with a focus on WASH. Analytical, capacity development, institutional development and/or research skills an asset.

c) Languages
Fluency in English. Knowledge of Hindi the local working language of the duty station an asset.

d) Competency Profile: 

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  [ 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 behaviour 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. 
• Gender and diversity awareness

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 UNCEF position and approaches.
• Knowledge of global environmental issues that pertain to sustainable development and 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
• 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.
• UNICEF policies and strategies promoting gender equality and equity.

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, preparedness and the responses, including the IASC Cluster approach.
• UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
• UN security operations and guidelines.

Applications consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to ta-wash@sams.co.in by 18 November 2013.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the title and location of the post in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged. These vacancies are open to Indian Nationals only.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

 UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment.



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