Position: WASH Officer, JPO Position (P-2), Kathmandu, Nepal #98005 (Open to Finnish Nationals only)
Job no: 519716
Position type: Fixed Term Appointment
Department/Office: Kathmandu, Nepal
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), P-2
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, access to clean water
The main purpose of the job is to provide technical specialist services for WASH in Schools and WASH in Health Care Facilities under outcome 5.2, as well as to provide related capacity building to partners at multiple levels and monitor WASH in Schools and Heath Care Facility programme as part of overall WASH Programme of UNICEF Nepal Country Office considering child, gender and disability aspects including during humanitarian situation. Under outcome 5.1, the WASH officer will also be responsible for water quality monitoring in selected local government in UNICEF working area.
The WASH Officer (WASH in School and Health Care Facility) works under the supervision of Senior WASH Specialist (NOC) who looks after sanitation and hygiene at the WASH Section, and in close collaboration with WASH Officer (NOB) monitoring and knowledge management.
The WASH Officer will also be required to provide technical support on Value for Money (VfM) and sanitation marketing studies initiated under the WASH programme at the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, for 20% of the time and work under the guidance and supervision of the WASH Regional Advisor (P5) and WASH Specialist (P4) at ROSA.
How can you make a difference?
The WASH Officer will be accountable for professional technical contribution to programme/project design, planning, administration, documentation of best practices, monitoring and evaluation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme/project activities, data analysis and progress reporting, and commitment for enhancement of teamwork and capacity building, in support of achievement of planned objectives of the work plan, aligned with country programme goals and strategy.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
1. Programme/Project Management
In the area of WASH in Schools, Health Care Facility and water quality ensures the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information required for effective WASH programme and project design, implementation, management, documentation of best practices, monitoring and evaluation considering UNICEF WASH programme with due consideration of Nepal’s approved document and UNICEF global guidance note or strategy. Draft sound WASH programme budgets for review by the supervisor, including concrete steps to enhance emergency preparedness and response.
2. Programme Efficiency and Effectiveness
Enhance institutional WASH programme efficiency and effectiveness through evidence-based approach and implementation follow-on, including monitoring UNICEF inputs, local conditions and resources, flow of supply and non-supply and emergency assistance and WASH pogramme status.
3. Work Plan and Programme Documentation
Analyze collected data and information on WASH in Schools, Health Care Facility and water quality, and prepare progress reports; draft changes in WASH project work plans and assist in identification of required supplies and equipment (for both development and emergency orientated activities) as well as in the drafting of Country Programme Recommendation and other programme documentation, assuring accuracy and consistency with established rules, regulations and plans of action.
4. WASH in School, Health Care Centres and water quality monitoring programme Implementation Information and Data
Ensure the appropriateness of financial, administrative and supply documentation; verify that WASH programme expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the programme information and database (e.g. VISION/SAP, RAM). Follow up on queries or initiate corrective action on discrepancies. Collaborate with Monitoring & Evaluation section on maintaining a gender & equity focus in WASH data collection and reporting.
5. Value for Money (VfM) and Sanitation Marketing Studies
Carryout a cross sectional analysis of VfM in South Asia by reviewing what has been done by other South Asian countries, NYHQ and donors to date, understanding ‘value for people’ concept and economic impact and summarising the progress and achievements succinctly in no more than 2 pages. Producing a knowledge product to be used by country teams, advocating and explaining options for carrying out VfM. Contribute to mechanisms for measuring VfM, developing a model and organising webinars. Support sanitation marketing country assessments, industry consultation events and stakeholder partner discussions.
6. Knowledge Sharing
Compile WASH in School, Health Care Facilities and water quality programme implementation, preparedness, training and orientation materials to promote knowledge sharing with counterparts, WASH sectoral stakeholders, donors and media.
7. Communication and Networking
Ensure the effective communication and networking developed and maintained through partnership and collaboration.
• Collaborate with Operations staff to implement internal controls systems and resolve day-to-day issues or discrepancies in financial or supply management.
• Team with local Government and sectoral stakeholders counterparts to exchange information on WASH programme implementation, status, capacity and risk mapping, preparedness as well as movement, prepositioning and distribution of supplies.
• Coordinate with members of the development community, including NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the exchange of information relating to WASH sector. Where appropriate support the IASC WASH Cluster during preparedness and response to emergencies.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
• To be a national of Finland
• An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance
*A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
• A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in the UN or other international development organization or private sector, and national government and field work experience
• Experience in conducting research, development of methodologies, analysis of data and interpretation. Good documentation skills.
• Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
• Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
Last date to apply: 20 February 2019