WASH Specialist (Urban Programming), Addis Ababa

Closing date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Job no: 517665

Position type: Fixed Term Staff

Location: Ethiopia

Division/Equivalent: Nairobi Regn'l(ESARO)

School/Unit: Ethiopia

Department/Office: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

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.

For every child, Dignity

UNICEF Ethiopia has been working in Ethiopia for the last 65 years supporting the national and regional efforts towards the progressive realization of the rights of children and women.

We do this by supporting the achievements of the Growth and Transformation Plan II as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our programmes in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Child Protection, Education and Social Policy and Evidence on Social Inclusion.

In addition, UNICEF Ethiopia has been leading the support in humanitarian programmes relentlessly working towards responding to emergency needs.

UNICEF is supporting the government of Ethiopia towards achieving the National WASH programme designed to achieve the second phase of GTP-II. The programme is intended to increase the number of people having access to water and sanitation, through strengthening the service delivery, enabling environment, and knowledge management of the WASH sector

In order to achieve the planned results, UNICEF is supporting the WASH component of the national Growth and Transformation Plan-II in five principal areas:

  • Advance sanitation and hygiene promotion and marketing (including adolescent and BABY-WASH) in zones with high stunting, diarrhoea and trachoma prevalence;
  • Leverage resources from the ONEWASH pooled fund for accelerated institutional WASH coverage;
  • Innovate to improve the functionality and resilience of water supply in water insecure districts;
  • Intensify urban sanitation and pro-poor water service delivery; and
  • Strengthen sector coordination for development and emergency programming through innovative research and knowledge generation.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the WASH section Chief, responsible for the management of the urban WASH component within the UNICEF country programme.


Under supervision of the Chief of WASH (L5), be primary responsible for the overall management and implementation of the Urban WASH programme. This includes overall programme management of multi-year, large value grants. Specific attention to be given to procurement and contract management, financial management and programme oversight and coordination of government, private sector, academic and NGO partners.

Technical focal point for knowledge management of urban WASH programme with specific inputs to and leadership of high level impact studies, sustainability checks and infrastructure audits.

Overall technical field coordination of UNICEF urban WASH project officers in 4 regions of Ethiopia and regular field monitoring visits of upto 10 days per month.

Assist WASH section Chief in the national level coordination of both the DAG (Donor Assistance Working Group) specialist group on urban WASH and the ONEWASH SWAp forum to ensure the regular dissemination of field evidence from the UNICEF supported urban WASH programme in this forum.

Develops the work plan for the sector and monitors compliance to ensure objectives and targets are met and achieved. Guides and supervises professional and support staff. Ensures their training needs are met, and provides on-the-job training.

Coordinates with Operations/Supply staff on supply and non- supply assistance activities. Approves disbursement of funds ensuring proper utilization and accountability, and that activities are within established plans of action, and the programme budget allotments.

Coordinates activities and exchanges information/ideas with other programmes, to contribute to achievement of overall country programme objectives. Participates in establishing effective monitoring, information and reporting systems, and in the development of communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and community participation.

Participates in the preparation of all programme reports for management, Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.

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

  • EDUCATION (Indicate the level of formal education and precise field and/or training and field of specialization required.)

University degree in Social Sciences or a related technical field.

  • WORK EXPERIENCE (Indicate the length and type of practical expericence required at the national and international levels.)

Eight years progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme planning, management, monitoring, and evaluation, in a related field.

  • LANGUAGES (Indicate the language requirements.)

Fluency in English and another UN language required.

Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station 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 technical competencies required for this post are….

i) Core Values (Required)

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

ii) Core Competencies (Required)

  • Communication [ II ]
  • Working with People [ II ]
  • Drive for Result [ II ]
  • Functional Competencies (Required)
  • Leading and Supervising [ II ]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
  • Analyzing [ II ]
  • Relating and Networking [ II ]
  • Persuading and Influencing [ II ]
  • Creating and Innovating [ II ]

View our competency framework at


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.


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.

Advertised: Nov 06 2018 E. Africa Standard Time

Application close: Nov 21 2018 E. Africa Standard Time

Source: UN Jobs

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Deadline/closing date: 
Wednesday, November 21, 2018