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WASH Officer

Location: Bhubaneshwar 
Closing date: 24th December 2013
Purpose of the Post

The incumbent will be responsible to provide support to the State Government for planning, implementation and monitoring of the WASH programme as set out in the State Office 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 

1. Technical Assistance for Programme Development: Under the leadership of the WASH Specialist, provide technical assistance to develop WASH program focusing on (i) home hygiene, sanitation and drinking water safety (ii) WASH in schools and (iii) family/community managed water supplies and water resources.

In the districts, ensure that WASH interventions are supportive of those developed by other UNICEF sections, working in particular with health, nutrition and programme communication (U3 child survival) and with education and programme communication (girl‘s education and school and Anganwadi sanitation). 

2. Programme Monitoring and Administration for Quality Assurance: Support the accurate and timely input of administrative and financial systems. 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. Coordinate with the Operations/Supply staff on Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) assurance checks. Certify disbursements of fund, conduct programmatic spots checks, monitor and submit financial status report to WASH Specialist and Chief Field Office as required.

3. Systems strengthening and Capacity Building: Review the impact, inclusiveness and sustainability of the flagship programmes like the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA), the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP); review related monitoring systems and identify gaps for capacity building. 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, develop and support appropriate guidelines and training programs for NBA, NRDWP and SSA, to support the elimination of Open Defecation, water quality and sustainable WASH facilities and hygiene education in schools.

4. Partnership Development and Knowledge Management: 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. Contribute to knowledge sharing for evidence based policy and programme influencing.

5. Emergency Preparedness: Contribute to the capacity of counterparts and partners to prepare for and respond to a major emergency. Emphasis being on preparedness planning, training and technical support on the 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

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in Public Health, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance. Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication) will be an asset.

b) Work Experience 

Minimum 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 and experience of community mobilization and participatory monitoring will be an asset.

c) Languages 

Fluency in spoken and written English required.  Knowledge of Hindi is highly desirable.

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 ] 

iii) Functional Competencies (Required)

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [I] • Analyzing   [II]       

  • Applying Technical Expertise [II] • Learning and Researching [II]                       

  • Planning and Organizing   [I]    

iv) Technical Knowledge [ I ]

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required [ I ]

  (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.

•Gender and diversity awareness

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) [ I ]

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.

•  Gender equality and diversity awareness

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job) [ I ]

•  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. 

5) Other Skills and Attributes (Indicate what other skills and attributes required, such as computer knowledge, management or communication skills, negotiating or training ability, etc.)

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, Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS), including social marketing and a range of sanitation technologies including solid and liquid waste disposal

Knowledge of current developments in the fields of water safety plans, including qualitative sanitary risk identification, operation and maintenance (O&M) 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

Applications consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 24th December 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 organizations 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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