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WASH Officer, NO-B, Kiritimati, Kiribati Field Office, UNICEF Pacific, # 128609 (Temporary Appointment, 364 days)

Tarawa

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Tarawa
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

The UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office is hiring a WASH Officer at the NO-B level to be based in Kiritimati Field Office, Kiribati. Under the supervision of the WASH Specialist, the WASH Officer will provide technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programming process.

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built: we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

For every child, access. 

In the Pacific we work in Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu: These 14 Pacific island countries are home to 2.3 million people, including 1.2 million children and youth, living on more than 660 islands and atolls stretching across 17.2 million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean, an area comparable to the combined size of the United States of America and Canada. Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu are classified as Fragile States according to World Bank/OECD criteria. 

All 14 Pacific Island countries and territories have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but only a third are on track with reporting obligations. Explore the different areas of our work in the link provided here www.unicef.org/pacificislands

How can you make a difference? 

Under the supervision of the WASH Specialist in Kiritmati and further guidance from the WASH teams in Tarawa and Fiji, this WASH Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programming process, through the application of practical technical skills and procedures to support the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH output results of the Country Programme.  

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:  

  1. Programme development and planning 
  • Draft updates for WASH in the situation analysis, to inform the development of WASH-related outcome and output results. Research and report on trends in WASH, for use in programme development, management, monitoring, and evaluation.   
  • Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information. 
  • Contribute to the development/establishment of WASH-related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH sector needs and priorities. 
  • Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials/documentations, complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support progress towards the WASH-related outcome and/or output results in the country programme. 
  • Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate review and approval processes. 
  1. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results 
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/ share information on implementation issues, provide solutions on routine programme implementation and alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decisions. Keep records of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned. 
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare reports on results for required action/interventions at the higher level of programme management. 
  • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders. 
  • Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners. 
  1. Technical and operational support for programme implementation 
  • Undertake field visits and surveys, collect and share reports with partners/stakeholders. Report critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems to supervisor, for timely action. 
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in WASH, to support programme implementation. 
  1. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response 
  • Draft requisitions for supplies, services, long-term agreements and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in case of an emergency. 
  • Study and fully understand UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency. 
  • Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises.   
  1. Networking and partnership building 
  • Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve WASH output results. 
  • Draft communication and information materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund-raising for WASH. 
  • Participate in inter-agency meetings on UNDAF planning, to integrate and harmonize UNICEF output results and implementation strategies with UNDAF development and planning processes.  
  • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes. 
  1. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building 
  • Assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems).   
  • Assist in the preparation of learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development. 
  • Assist in creating and delivering learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments.   
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders. 

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

Education: 

  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required:  public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering or another relevant technical field.  
  • Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset. 

Experience:  

  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required. 
  • Technical knowledge in rural water supply, sanitation including water safety, sustainability and application of CLTS principles. 
  • Experience in national government WASH policies, plans and strategies as well as analysis of national budgets and expenditure for basic WASH and related advocacy. 
  • Basic knowledge in programme/ project management, capacity development, knowledge management and monitoring & evaluation. 

Language:  

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate... 

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values 

UNICEF competencies required for this post are… 

  • Builds and maintains partnerships (1) 
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (1) 
  • Drive to achieve results for impact (1) 
  • Innovates and embraces change (1) 
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1) 
  • Thinks and acts strategically (1) 
  • Works collaboratively with others (1) 

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here

Remarks: 

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. 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. 

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. 

For national professional officer positions, only applicants with the nationality or staff with a work permit for the respective country will be considered. 

In regard to higher educational qualifications, UNICEF only considers degrees obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/ 

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. 

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This vacancy is now closed.
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