WASH Specialist, NOC at United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: WASH Specialist, NOC

Location: Abuja
Job Number: 532261
Work Type: Temporary Appointment

How can you make a difference?

  • A challenging and exciting opportunity has arisen within UNICEF Nigeria for a passionate and committed WASH Specialist in the Abuja CO.

Summary of Key Functions / Accountabilities

  • Programme development and planning
  • Programme management, monitoring, evaluation and delivery of results
  • Technical and operational support for programme implementation
  • Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
  • Networking and partnership building
  • UNICEF and Government Accountability
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Evidence Generation, Data and Information Management

Job Requirements
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following is required: Public Health, Social Sciences, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Water or Sanitary Engineering, Development Studies or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.
  • Two to four years of progressively responsible professional work experience in M&E plus reporting of community-based demand driven WASH projects, including in the use of participatory methodologies.
  • Analytical skills and report writing ability are essential together with IT skills, including experience of MS Excel or MS Access (pivot tables and functions)
  • Experience in networking amongst government agencies, NGOs, the private sector and development partners are essential.
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset

Expert knowledge of three components and basic knowledge of two components:

  • Rural and small town water supply and sanitation for low- and middle-income countries – including M&E and management of water supply projects, water safety, sustainability, CLTS
  • WASH in Schools and Health Centers
  • National government WASH policies, plans and strategies
  • Analysis of national budgets and expenditure for basic WASH, and related advocacy
  • WASH Information Management System for Nigeria

Expert knowledge of two components and basic knowledge of the other components:

  • Humanitarian WASH – preparedness
  • Humanitarian WASH – response and recovery
  • Programme/project management
  • Capacity development
  • Knowledge management
  • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting (ME&R)
  • Data management
  • ICT-based programme implementation (including the use of GIS software and ARC view)
  • Communication, presentation and training skills (including the ability to explain data analysis to non-M&E people

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies:

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others
  • Nurtures, leads and manages people

The functional competencies required for this post are…

  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (II)
  • Applying technical expertise ((III)

View our competency framework at here

Application Closing Date
Friday, 26th June, 2020 (23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time)

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
  • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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