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WASH Specialist

Location: Ranchi
Closing date: 13th May 2014

Purpose of the Post

Under the guidance of the Chief of Field Office, and working closely with the UNICEF WASH Specialist, Health & Nutrition Specialists as well as the Communication for Development/SPPME Officers, and with the State Government, District Administration , NGOs, communities and their representatives, the Staff Member (SM) will be responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring of the sanitation, hygiene behaviour and water supply components of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programme in the state.  

To the extent possible, interventions are to be informed by evidence of people’s knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to water supply, sanitation and hygiene, especially of women, children and the poor. Interventions are to be designed to promote social inclusion and reinforce UNICEF-supported initiatives in other sectors. 

The SM is based in the UNICEF Field Office, under the daily supervision of the Chief of Field Office, and works in close consultation with other sectoral colleagues, especially Health, Nutrition, Education, and Communication for Development. She/he works at both the State and District levels.  She/he also takes leadership and sector specific technical guidance from the WASH Section at Delhi, including adherence to quality assurance processes for knowledge management for results

Major Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Influencing Policy and Building Partnerships: Analyzes existing WASH sector policies and policy environment, systems of management, risk, and coordination systems around WASH sector programmes relevant for children in Jharkhand. Review the impact, inclusiveness and sustainability of the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) and the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP); and other convergent flagships, and UNICEF WASH support to these programmes. Recommends corrective actions to be taken by the State government departments to improve efficiency and effectiveness of WASH sector programmes to ensure progress towards the MDG’s and the post-2015 agenda.

Advocate and influence government policy, programmes and interventions for the elimination of open defecation, WASH in schools (and linkages with child nutrition and health), hygiene practices and safe water as they relate to the approaches outlined in the Country Programme Action Plan and guided by the Section. 

Convenes strategic partnerships to impact on overall child rights policies programmes and resources in the States, to support child survival, growth and development, the learning environment and adolescent programming through a WASH lens. 

Interacts with national and international agencies and commissions, on the management of programmes. Participates in meetings with Departments responsible for programme review, and follows up on implementation of recommendations and agreements.

Assists in the development and/or introduction of new programmatic approaches, methods and practices in programme management and evaluation for at scale replication by the State Government.

2. Technical Assistance, Capacity Building and Knowledge Management: Provides well-targeted technical advice and support to government authorities and state institutes to ensure critical WASH interventions and behaviours for mothers and children and their communities, in the main result areas of: eliminating open defecation/hygiene, water safety planning and quality, and WASH in Schools. This will also involve the identification, planning and facilitation of various capacity development actions.

Provides technical expertise as required, facilitates learning exchanges and inter-sector collaboration and convergence, as well as policy influencing.

Ensures critical gaps in information, knowledge and understanding relating to drinking water supply, water safety, and sanitation and hygiene promotion are recognized and addressed by key stakeholders in the states. Create interstate and inter-sectoral learning alliances, analyses data and documents and shares best practices.

3. Work planning and Implementation of Plan of Action: Responsible for the development and implementation of a strategically well focused WASH programme in Jharkhand leading to improved (flagship) government Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education programmes and ensures compliance with specific assigned objectives. Seeks to converge WASH as appropriate, with other flagships that impact the child and mother. Provides guidance and support to subordinate staff (TAs and Consultants) to manage and implement the work plan. 

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 Sections on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability.

Provides programmatic inputs for donor proposals, as well as status reports required for programme management.

4. Capacity-building and technical assistance to Government: Assists government authorities and non-government partners to plan and organize capacity-building initiatives. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of education projects. 

Provides technical expertise as required, facilitates learning exchanges as well as policy influencing.

5. Monitoring and Evaluation: Facilitates the review of systems and capacity related to delivery of services to children and the interventions to improve such systems and capacities. 

With guidance from the Technical Section, proposes designs for assigned programmes.  When agreed, prepares, implements, monitors and evaluates the assigned UNICEF- assisted programme. Analyzes and evaluates data and/or takes corrective action when necessary, to meet programme 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.

Integrates input/advice from the relevant Technical Section. Supports/undertakes operational research that provides tracking on programmes of social inclusion and equity.

Contributes to Section/State knowledge management plans.

6. Inter-sectoral collaboration: Proactively collaborates within state and/or sector with programme colleagues to give and receive knowledge and assistance. Ensures pooling of resources for more effective programming across the state.

Provides technical inputs, with support of the C4D and A&C Programme for the planning and formulation of behavior and social change initiatives around the WASH component of Child to enable more effective behaviour change at various levels. 

7. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Preparedness and Response: Working with DRR Focal Point to ensure that CCCs are met following a major disaster through strengthening of strategic preparedness plans and capacity building.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

a) Education

Master’s degree from a recognized university in any of the following: Environmental Science, Hydrology, Civil or Mechanical Engineering, Public Health or a related field associated with water supply, sanitation and hygiene behaviour change.

b) Work Experience 

Minimum five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in design, administration, capacity building and training, monitoring and evaluation of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes at national or state level.

c) Languages 

Fluency in written and spoken English and working knowledge of Hindi required.

d) Competency 

Competency Profile 

i)  Core Values (Required)

Commitment       • Diversity and Inclusion      • Integrity

ii)  Core Competencies (Required)

•  Communication  [ II ]  •  Working with People  [ II ]  •  Drive for Results  [ II ] 

ii) 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 ]               

iii)  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.

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. 

Other skills and attributes:

In depth and current understanding and technical knowledge of the sector

Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills. 

Understanding of communication for development, social mobilization and social and behaviour change communication

Knowledge of computer management and applications.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, P11 ( download)and an up-to-date CV should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 13th May 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 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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