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  • Posted: May 24, 2022
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Founded in 1946, UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child in 190 countries and territories, with a special focus on reaching those in greatest need. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for poor countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from v...
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    WASH Specialist, (NO-3), South Africa Country Office, Pretoria # 120218 (Temporary Appointment 364 days)

    Purpose of the Job: The WASH Specialist reports to the Chief of Health and Nutrition (Level 5) for guidance and general supervision. The Specialist supports the development, preparation, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH programme within the country programme. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes, to facilitate the administration and achievement of the WASH-related output results in the country programme.

    This requires technical expertise in critical areas beyond a UNICEF WASH programme towards stronger climate resilient and sustainable WASH services.

    Summary Of Key Functions/accountabilities
    Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

    • Programme development and planning
    • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
    • Technical and operational support for programme implementation
    • Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
    • Networking and partnership building
    • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
    • Programme development and planning
    • Draft the WASH inputs for the situation analysis. Provide timely, comprehensive and current data to inform WASH policy and programme development, planning, management and implementation. Keep abreast of WASH sector development trends, for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in programme design, management and implementation.
    • Participate in strategic WASH programme planning discussions. Prepare WASH donor proposals, 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 external support agencies.
    • Assist in the formulation of the WASH outcome and output results, related indicators, baselines, targets and means of verification. Prepare required documentation for programme reviews.
    • Work with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies for the achievement of WASH output results in the country programme.
    • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of WASH with other UNICEF sectors, for the achievement of the WASH output results.
    • Draft assigned sections of the annual work plan, in close cooperation with government and other counterparts.
    • Programme management, monitoring, and delivery of results
    • With other external support agencies, strengthen national government WASH sector monitoring systems, with a focus on WASH outcomes (behaviors), using bottleneck analysis tools available in the sector (WASH-BAT, CSOs, SDAs).
    • 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.
    • Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in programmes and management, identify and document lessons learned.
    • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative, and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures, 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.
    • Technical and operational support for programme implementation
    • Actively monitor UNICEF-supported activities through field visits, surveys, and exchange of information with partners, to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely interventions.
    • 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.
    • Plan for 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.
    • Participate in WASH programme meetings, to review progress, with government, other sector agencies and implementation partners, involved at various stages of WASH programme implementation, to provide expert advice and guidance.
    • Draft policy papers, briefs, and other strategic materials for use by management, donors, UNICEF regional offices, and headquarters.
    • Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
    • Prepare 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.
    • Contribute to the coordination arrangement for humanitarian WASH, 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.
    • Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises.
    • Risk Informed Programming, Climate resilient WASH
    • 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.
    • Prepare materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships, and support fund-raising.
    • Participate in Inter-Agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests, and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF development planning and agenda-setting.
    • Innovation, knowledge management, and capacity building
    • Lead the development, implementation, monitoring, and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems).
    • Prepare learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
    • Create and deliver learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments.
    • Contribute to the systematic assessment of WASH sector capacity gap analysis, in collaboration with government and other stakeholders, and support the design of initiative to strengthen capacities systematically.
    • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

    Recruitment Qualifications

    An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering or another relevant technical field.

    • 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
    • Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree is a strong asset.



    •  A minimum of five years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.
    • One year of deployment in a developing country is required.

    HUMANITARIAN: At least a three-month deployment mission in a humanitarian situation (with UN-Govt-INGO) is required.

    Language Requirements

    • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

    Technical Requirements

    Expert knowledge of three components and basic knowledge of three components

    • Rural water supply for low- and middle-income countries - including water safety, sustainability
    • Rural sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, includes sustainability; applying CATS principles
    • Urban sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, includes sustainability
    • Handwashing with soap
    • WASH-in-Schools and Health Centres
    • Menstrual hygiene management
    • National government WASH policies, plans, and strategies
    • Analysis of national budgets and expenditure for basic WASH, and related advocacy
    • Impacts, adaptation, resilience and emissions on water and sanitation services associated with climate

    Basic knowledge of both components

    • Humanitarian WASH - preparedness
    • Humanitarian WASH - response and recovery,

    Basic knowledge

    • Humanitarian WASH – coordination of the response,
    • Programme/project management
    • Capacity development
    • Knowledge management
    • Monitoring and evaluation,

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

    • Human rights and WASH
    • Gender equality and WASH, In-depth knowledge

    Closing Date: 7th, June 2022

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    Executive Assistant, (GS-5), Africa Communication Services Unit, ESARO, Johannesburg, South Africa

    The Executive Assistant ensures the smooth running of day-to-day activities for the Africa Services Unit, including communications, operations, budget, travel and administrative support. The candidate must have a confident personality and a sharp eye for detail, which are essential for tactical thinking and clear communication. This role is client-facing, so the candidate must be adept at building relationships and willing to develop an understanding of the stakeholders.

    Reporting to the Chief of Communication (ASU), the candidate will be responsible for ensuring that specific project work is signed off by key stakeholders and any issues are raised to the relevant persons to be resolved. Some experience working with media and/or social media would be advantageous.

    Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

    Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

    • Communications Support
    • Administrative Support
    • Operations Support


    • On behalf of supervisor, manage incoming and outgoing correspondence, e-mails and telephone calls.
    • Communicate sensitive information to higher level managers.
    • Provide routine information pertaining to the work of the division/office.
    • Draft responses to written inquiries on routine questions.
    • Coordinate responses to sensitive inquiries.
    • Prepare briefing materials for official trips or meetings.
    • Follow up on established deadlines and ensuring timely submissions by staff on reports.
    • correspondence and other documents.


    • Maintain the supervisor’s calendar and arrange meetings.
    • Organize official travel on behalf of supervisor.
    • Prepare documentation for the supervisor’s signature reviewing for style, factual and grammatical accuracy.


    • Supports capacity development activities and conferences by making the logistical arrangements, through engaging with facilitators, caterers and hosts.
    • Maintains and updates a system which monitors the absence of staff.
    • Supports management of administrative supplies, office equipment, and updating the inventory of items.

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

    Education: Completion of secondary education is required, preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to the field of work.

    Experience: A minimum of five years of relevant administrative or clerical work experience is required.

    Language requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.


    • Strong organizational, administrative, planning and prioritization skills, and attention to detail
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Confidence to work, make astute decisions and meet tight deadlines to get the best results
    • A good judgement, sense of initiative and an enthusiastic attitude towards work
    • An understanding of both technical and creative processes for communication
    • Good knowledge of UNICEF administrative policies and procedures
    • Ability to work and adapt in a multicultural team environment to achieve common goals

    Closing Date: 5th, June 2022

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