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Wash Officer

Location: BHOPAL 
Temporary Appointment – 364 Days
Closing date: 8 January 2014

Purpose of the Post

Under the guidance of the WASH Officer (NOB), the incumbent will be responsible for technical leadership and support in WASH for Child Survival and Development in Madhya Pradesh.

The WASH Officer (TA) provides timely and state-of-the art technical support, in knowledge management, State Government’s policy analysis, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the national Rural Drinking Water Supply Programme, Nirmal Bharat Abiyan, School and Anganwadi WASH programme as well as provision of technical assistance to focus districts.

The WASH Officer (TA) represents UNICEF in different state forums and coordinates on UNICEF’s behalf with regional partners, institutions related to WASH.

The jobholder is based in the Bhopal Field Office and works under the daily supervision of the WASH Officer (NOB). He/she works at both the State and District level.  He/she takes sector specific leadership and guidance from the WASH section in Delhi.

Major Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Facilitating Policy and Building Partnerships

Supports the WASH Officer (NOB), in developing WASH sector policies and systems of management, relevant for the survival and development of state’s children. This will be done within the framework of the WASH related National Flagship Programme of GoI (NBA including WASH in School and NRDWP), and their State-level adaptation, such as the MARYADA Sanitation Campaign for instance. Recommends evidence based corrective actions to improve efficiency and effectiveness of WASH sector programmes with special reference to national and state flagship programmes to ensure MDG’s are achieved with equity.  

Supports the WASH Officer (NOB) in convening and fostering strategic partnerships in order to strengthen the WASH programmes in the State, for overall improvement of children’s policies.

In close coordination with the WASH Officer (NOB), interacts with agencies and institutions, on the management of the WASH programme and its projects. Participates in meetings with Departments responsible for programme and project review, and follows up on the implementation of recommendations and agreements. 

Contributes to the development of collaborative strategies and actions for new approaches and convergence for the prevention of water and sanitation related diseases for replication by the State Government.

2. Programme Planning and Implementation Action 

Under the guidance of the WASH Officer (NOB) and with technical assistance from the WASH section-ICO supports the design of state specific WASH programme. When agreed, supports the WASH officer (NOB) in preparing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating UNICEF assisted WASH projects (MARYADA, SHACS, NRDWP, WASH in School) and interventions.

Provides guidance and support WASH Extenders, hired through third party HR agency, to manage and implement the WASH work plan in the State. 

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

In close coordination with the WASH Officer (NOB), 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.

In close coordination with the WASH Officer (NOB) and under the overall guidance of the Programme Manager, fosters converges with other sectors for achieving sustained results for children at the institutions like AWC, Schools, Health Centers and Children Homes with children participation. 

Prepares, jointly with the WASH Officer (NOB) programme inputs for donor proposals, status reports required for management, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.

3. Technical Assistance, Capacity Building and Knowledge Management  

Under the guidance of the WASH Officer (NOB), provide technical advice and support to government authorities and state institutes to plan and organize capacity building programmes for NBA, 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. 

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

4. Monitoring and Evaluation

Supports the WASH Officer (NOB) in facilitating 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, WASH in School and improved hygiene as well as conducting periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. 

Analyses 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 research that provides tracking on programmes of social inclusion. Supports the development and communication of a clear and convincing vision for M&E; regularly updating, harmonizing and communicating M&E plans that include identified data needs, standardized indicators, data collection procedures and tools, as well as roles and responsibilities and budgets for implementing a functional M&E system. Supports the WASH Officer (NOB) in managing the implementation of policies and procedures for routine monitoring, including reporting, data use, identifying, articulating and supporting strategic use of data for programme management.  

5. Inter-sectoral collaboration

In close coordination with the WASH Officer (NOB) and under the overall guidance of the Programme Manager, proactively collaborates within state and/or sectors with programme colleagues for convergence in programming, particularly with health, nutrition, communication for development, education and advocacy and partnership. Supporting the WASH Officer (NOB) in 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 is the convergence between WASH, Education, Health and Nutrition), to enable effective behaviour change and sustained results.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

a) Education

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

b) Work Experience 

A minimum of two (2) years 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. 

c) Languages 

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

d) Competency Profile:  

i)  Core Values (Required)


Diversity and Inclusion  


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 [ II ]           

  iv) Technical Knowledge  1

a) Specific Technical Knowledge 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, Water Safety and Security Plan, 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.

WASH in School, Children as change agent, Child friendly WASH facilities

CLTS/CATS/SLTS: concept of changing social norms against open defecation

Community engagement and empowerment: to demand improved WASH services

Supply Chain management: to ensure availability of quality WASH products and services available to the community members at reasonable price

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.

(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 cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to wo-bhp@sams.co.in by 08 January 2014.  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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