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Chief WASH, P-4, Fixed Term, Caracas, Venezuela #109822 (522298)

Caracas (Venezuela)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Caracas (Venezuela)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-20

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The Chief WASH reports to the Representative or Deputy Representative for general guidance and direction. The Chief is responsible for managing and supervising all stages of the WASH programme from strategic planning and formulation to the delivery of the WASH outcome and output results. The Chief is also responsible for leading and managing the CO WASH team. The Chief WASH is accountable for ensuring that the WASH outcome and output results are achieved according to plans, allocations results in based-management approaches and methodology, UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, standards of performance and accountability framework.

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.

The Chief WASH reports to the Representative or Deputy Representative for general guidance and direction. The Chief is responsible for managing and supervising all stages of the WASH programme from strategic planning and formulation to the delivery of the WASH outcome and output results.  The Chief is also responsible for leading and managing the CO WASH team.  The Chief WASH is accountable for ensuring that the WASH outcome and output results are achieved according to plans, allocations results in based-management approaches and methodology, UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, standards of performance and accountability framework.

For every child, [insert tagline]

The Chief WASH reports to the Representative or Deputy Representative for general guidance and direction. The Chief is responsible for managing and supervising all stages of the WASH programme from strategic planning and formulation to the delivery of the WASH outcome and output results.  The Chief is also responsible for leading and managing the CO WASH team.  The Chief WASH is accountable for ensuring that the WASH outcome and output results are achieved according to plans, allocations results in based-management approaches and methodology, UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, standards of performance and accountability framework.

How can you make a difference?

1. Managerial leadership

  • Establish the annual work plan, determining priorities and performance measurements. Monitor work plan implementation, to ensure that WASH output results are achieved to schedule and performance standards. Report critical issues to the Deputy Representative and Representative for timely action.
  • Establish the annual work plan outputs, activities and developmental priorities of the WASH section staff. Provide timely guidance to enable the WASH section staff to perform their duties responsibly and efficiently.
  • Manage the WASH team building and motivation. Signal potential conflicts and take preventive action, in coordination with Human Resources staff.

2. Programme development and planning

  • Prepare the WASH inputs for the situation analysis. Provide comprehensive and current data to inform WASH policy and programme development, planning, management, and implementation. Keep abreast of global, regional and national WASH sector developments, for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in WASH programme design, management, and implementation.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss national WASH priorities, resources, strategies and methodologies to ensure the most strategic use of the collective resources of external support agencies.
  • Lead the development of the WASH outcome and output results of the country programme (or CCPD), along with related background, strategic analysis and delivery strategies, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, UNICEF’s global WASH strategy and the country programme as well as government plans and priorities, and the role of other WASH external support agencies.
  • Lead the development of output-related indicators, baselines, targets, and means of verification. Lead the development of the WASH content of the CPAP.
  • Develop and manage a fundraising strategy for WASH, aligned with the WASH output results in the country programme, and lead interactions with senior staff of donor agencies.

3. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Prepare documentation for programme reviews and analytical statements on progress and constraints of WASH outcome and output results.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes for the achievement of the WASH output results. Ensure effective collaboration with other UNICEF sectors, where needed.
  • With other external support agencies, analyze national government WASH sector programmes and projects, with a focus on WASH outcomes (behaviors), using bottleneck analysis tools available in the sector (WASH-BAT, CSOs, SDAs).
  • Manage monitoring and evaluation of the WASH programme and its components, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other partners and prepare reports for CO management and WASH sector coordination bodies.
  • Monitor, report and certify 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.
  • Ensure timely donor reporting, negotiate any changes required to agreements with donors in a timely manner. Ensure systems are in place for HACT compliance.

4. Advisory services and technical support

  • Participate in strategic discussions to influence national WASH policies and strategies, including the reduction of inequalities, contributing to global sector learning.
  • Advise senior officials in government, NGOs, UN agencies and WASH sector donors on WASH policies, strategies, and best practices.
  • Lead the preparation of policy papers, briefing notes and other strategic materials for use by management, donors, UNICEF regional offices and headquarters.
  • Coordinate the use of technical experts from the Regional Office and HQ, as and where appropriate in the WASH programme, through remote support and on-site visits.

5. Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with government counterparts, UN agencies, donor agencies, WASH institutions, NGOs, research institutes and the private sector to stimulate coordination and collaboration.
  • Oversee the analysis of national budgets for WASH, cost analysis and value-for-money studies, to advocate for improvements in sector efficiency.
  • Produce materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund-raising.
  • Represent UNICEF in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests, and priorities are fully considered and integrated with planning and agenda setting.
  • Interact with global and regional initiatives and partnerships for WASH.

6. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response

  • Ensure the annual preparation/revision of UNICEF’s preparedness for WASH in emergencies.
  • Ensure the coordination arrangements for humanitarian WASH are in place, for instant robust coordination in case of an emergency.
  • Ensure that all UNICEF WASH staff are familiar with UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency.
  • In case of an emergency, ensure that UNICEF meets its commitments for WASH in the response and early recovery.
  • Support government to strengthen WASH emergency preparedness.

7. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Organize and lead the development, implementation, monitoring, and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems), ensuring rigorous monitoring and wide sharing of results.
  • Determine priorities for learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
  • Systematically plan support and monitor the professional development of UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with the latest developments.
  • Organize the systematic assessment of WASH sector capacity gap analysis, in collaboration with government and other stakeholders, and support the design of initiatives to strengthen capacities systematically.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of [8 ]  eight years of relevant professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.
  • One year of deployment in a developing country is required.
  • Proven ability to effectively lead a team to deliver results is required.
  • Humanitarian:  At least one year of work in humanitarian situations, including one three-month mission deployment (with UN-Govt-INGO), is required.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are ;

  1. Rural water supply for low- and middle-income countries - including water safety, sustainability
  2. Rural sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, incl sustainability; applying CATS principles
  3. Urban sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, incl sustainability
  4. Handwashing with soap
  5. WASH-in-Schools and Health Centres
  6. Menstrual hygiene management
  7. National government WASH policies, plans, and strategies
  8. Analysis of national budgets and expenditure for basic WASH, and related advocacy

Basic to expert knowledge of all components

  1. Humanitarian WASH - preparedness
  2. Humanitarian WASH - response and recovery

In-depth knowledge of both components

  1. Humanitarian WASH – coordination of the response

In-depth knowledge of concept and UNICEF role

  1. Programme/project management
  2. Capacity development
  3. Knowledge management
  4. Monitoring and evaluation

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

  1. Human rights and WASH
  2. Gender equality and WASH

In-depth knowledge

 

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

 

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offer of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

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