Thursday, March 3, 2016

Wash Specialist (NOC) - UNICEF (Apply by: March 15, 2016)

Wash Specialist (NOC), Gandhinagar, Gujarat


Temporary Appointment – 2.5 Months

Closing date: 15th March 2016

If you are a passionate and committed professional and want to make a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s rights organization working for the rights of children, seeks a temporary appointment for the post of WASH Specialist.


Under the supervision of Chief, Field office, WASH Specialist will be working in collaboration with other programme sector, namely Education, Health, Child Development & Nutrition Specialist of UNICEF Gandhinagar and with the State Government, District Administration NGOs, communities and their representative, the Staff Member (SM) will be responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring of the sanitation, hygiene behaviour and water supply components of the WASH Programme in Gujarat for the period of three months.

1. Analyses existing WASH sector policies and policy environment, systems of management, budget allocation and coordination systems around WASH sector programmes relevant for children in the state. Reviews the impact, inclusiveness and sustainability of interventions of the Swachh Bharat Mission and the National Rural Water Supply Programme (NRDWP) and UNICEF support to these programmes. Recommends corrective actions to be taken by the respective State offices to improve efficiency and effectiveness of WASH sector programmes. 
2. Analyses the SBM guidelines, and other relevant national and state flagship programmes, budgetary allocations, programme planning process, implementation mechanisms and other relevant documents, to identify and position key WASH interventions with Government, Use the State SHACs to prioritize key WASH communication messages and interventions, Identifies the key platforms for delivery of the WASH messages and leverages such platforms to achieve the sanitation results in the state.
3. Provides technical advice and support to government authorities, at the State and district levels and State level Institutes to plan and organize Capacity Building Programmes for sanitation and hygiene promotion, and behavioural change interventions for government staff and members of identified Key Resource Centres, in various aspects of sanitation including Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATs)
4. Promotes the understanding, acceptance and implementation of participatory Water Safety Planning aimed at tackling the issue of contamination of drinking water. Supports strengthening of the Water quality testing framework and capacity in the state including the establishment of a feedback protocol.
5. Provide technical advice and advocacy support to state government, to facilitate planning and actions towards WASH in Schools/Swachh Vidyalaya and Anganwadi Centres, especially, institutionalizing handwashing with soap before mid-day meals in both facilities and construction and use of inclusive WASH facilities. 
6. Engages, in coordination with the Health section, the concerned government agencies, in furthering theUNICEF interventions promoting analysis of gaps of WASH facilities in Health Centres, and assists the government interventions meant to bridge such gaps.
7. Carries out Documentation of the Best Practices in drinking water supply and sanitation in the state. Creates interstate and inter-sectoral learning alliances, analyse, document and share best practices.
8. Supports the State in developing a protocol for the declaration of Open defecation free communities, and the verification of such status.
9. Proactively collaborates within state and/or sector with programme colleagues to give and receive knowledge and assistance. Facilitates the planning and formulation of Communication for Development initiatives in state institutions to enable more effective behaviour change with respect to sanitation habits.


a) Education
Advanced university degree in any of the following: Environmental Science, Hydrology or Environmental, Civil or Mechanical Engineering, Public Health or a related field associated with water supply, sanitation and hygiene behaviour change. 

b) Work Experience 
Minimum five years progressively responsible professional work experience in social development and engineering, project administration, capacity building and training, monitoring and evaluation, multi stakeholder planning and knowledge management.

c) Languages 
Fluency in English. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset. 

I. Core Values (Required)
• Commitment 
• Diversity and Inclusion 
• Integrity

II. Core Competencies (Required)
• Communication [II] 
• Working with People [II] 
• Drive for Results [II] 

III. Functional Competencies (Required)
• Leading & Supervising [I]
• Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
• Analyzing [ III ]
• Relating and Networking [ II ]
• Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]
• Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]


a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required (Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.) 

• Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.
• Advanced Technical Knowledge of the theories, principles and methods in the following areas: communication for behavior change, WASH in schools, water supply projects management, monitoring and evaluation; integrated water resource management appropriate water supply and quality technology i.e. community based water supply. 

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) Knowledge of the latest theories, technology and practices in:

• Community based sanitation i.e.: hygiene education or latrine construction and waste management. General knowledge of:
• Methodology of programme/project management
• Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes on sanitation and water supply
• Knowledge of global human rights and gender issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF position and approaches.
UNICEF policies and strategy to address WASH issues, including those relating to conflicts, natural disasters, recovery, and disaster risk reduction and environment. 
UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
• Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF. 
UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
• Mid-Term Strategic Plan 
• Government development plans and policies 
UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide programmes impacting on WASH results. 
• Knowledge and proficiency in the use of corporate office computer system applications and software, including LAN, email, word processing, spreadsheet, database, telecommunications.
• Knowledge of global environmental issues that pertain to sustainable development and specifically relation to children and woman, and the current UNICEF position approaches.

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job) 

• Government development plans and policies 
• Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
• UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses, including the IASC Cluster approach.
• UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
• UN security operations and guidelines. 

d) Other skills and attributes: 

• In depth and current understanding and knowledge of the sector
• Analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills
• Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills. 
• A strong familiarity as to how public administration systems affect delivery of results for children
• Understanding of communication for development, social mobilization and social and behaviour change communication
• Knowledge of computer management and applications.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
• Sensitivity to gender concerns and social inclusion

Reference to UNICEF and/or UN in terms of technical knowledge requirements (a and b above) are applicable only to those who are or have been the staff members of UNICEF or the UN common system.

If you meet the above mentioned requirements, please send the following documents to by 15th March 2016: 

• A completed and signed Personal History form (P-11) - mandatory
• An updated CV 
• A letter of motivation 

The Personal History form (P-11) should be which can be downloaded from Completion of all fields is required.

In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the title and location of the post in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged. This vacancy is open to Indian Nationals only.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organizations.

UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment.

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