WASH Specialist (Cluster Coordinator), Khartoum

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund

Country: Sudan

City: Khartoum

Office: UNICEF Khartoum

Grade: P-4

Job no: 499835

Work type: Fixed Term Staff

Location: Sudan

Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), P-4

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Purpose of the Position

On behalf of the IASC Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan and UNICEF (as the lead agency for the IASC WASH cluster), and in collaboration with the State Authorities, the main purpose of the WASH Cluster Coordinator post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, coherent, strategic, and effective WASH response in Sudan by a mobilized and adequately resourced group of agencies, organizations, NGOs, local communities etc. The incumbent is to assist the Government of Sudan and state authorities in WASH cluster visioning, strategy formulation and the articulation of a 'Road Map' to provide adequate WASH responses to emergency-affected populations. The incumbent will also play a support role to the UNICEF WASH section.

Key Expected Results

1. Inclusion of key humanitarian partners

  • Ensure inclusion of key WASH humanitarian partners (including OIC, ICRC, UN, INGOs, LNGOs, Government, Civil Society Organizations) in a way that respects their mandates and programme priorities.
  • Act as focal point for inquiries on the WASH cluster's response plans and operations.

2. Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms at National level and at State level

  • Ensure appropriate coordination between all WASH humanitarian partners (national and international NGOs, the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, etc), through establishment/maintenance of appropriate WASH Cluster/sector coordination mechanisms, including working groups at the National, and State levels.
  • Promote WASH emergency response actions while at the same time considering WASH within recovery and development planning through close interaction with the WASH Section. Ensure inter-cluster and programme response planning with other Clusters/sector groups specifically in the areas of child protection, education, health, nutrition, and other key sectors as appropriate.
  • Represent the interests of the WASH Cluster/sector in discussions with the Humanitarian Coordinator, OCHA, Inter Sector Working Group, and other stakeholders on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy.

3. Coordination with national/local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other actors

  • Ensure that WASH humanitarian responses build on local capacities.
  • Ensure appropriate links with national and local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors (e.g. peacekeeping forces) and ensure appropriate coordination and information exchange with them.
  • Strengthen Government Capacity to support and co-chair cluster coordination mechanisms in the Khartoum and at the State Level.

4. Attention to priority cross-cutting issues

  • Ensure integration of agreed priority cross-cutting issues in WASH assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and response (e.g. age, diversity, environment, gender, HIV/AIDS and human rights)
  • Ensure effective and coherent WASH assessment and analysis, involving all relevant partners.

5. Planning and strategy development

  • Developing/updating agreed WASH response strategies and action plans and ensuring that these are adequately reflected in the overall country strategies, such as the HPC, HNO and SRP, Contingency plans, and in the broader UNDAF as appropriate.
  • Drawing lessons learned from past WASH activities, revising strategies and action plans accordingly
  • Developing an exit, or transition, strategy for the WASH interventions and key cluster/sector partners.

6. Application of standards

  • Ensure that WASH cluster/sector participants are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards and relevant commitments that the Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights law
  • Ensure that WASH responses are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards, and relevant Government human rights legal obligations.
  • Ensure all agreed upon guidelines at country level are followed and adhered to in all WASH response.

7. Monitoring and reporting

  • Ensure adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place (with OCHA and UNHCR support) to review impact of WASH interventions and progress against implementation plans including monitoring indicators (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost. Target population data including desegregation by sex, age etc. of service delivery
  • Ensure adequate WASH impact reporting and effective information sharing (with OCHA and UNHCR support) to demonstrate the closing of gaps.
  • Ensure the cluster adapts verification, monitoring, reporting and evaluation tools with innovations as appropriate such as mobile technology, third party monitoring, pictures, etc.
  • Ensure that the cluster evaluates own performance on a regular basis and ensure corrective actions hence improved cluster coordination and response.

8. Advocacy and resource mobilization

  • Identify core WASH advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the HC, OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF, Government, and other actors.
  • Act as the media spokesperson for the cluster/sector highlighting the key issues, concerns and achievements within the cluster/sector to the outside world.
  • Advocate for donors to fund WASH actors to carry out priority WASH activities in the sector concerned, while at the same time encouraging actors to mobilize resources for their activities through their usual channels.
  • Produce and publish a quarterly WASH cluster bulletin and other regular reports as tools to show onward progress on the cluster response in relation to the workplan/response plan.

9. Training and capacity building

  • Promote and support training of WASH humanitarian personnel in areas such as Minimum Standards for Emergency WASH and capacity building of humanitarian partners, based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity
  • Support efforts to strengthen the WASH capacity of the national/local authorities and civil society
  • Build capacity of the cluster/sector partners in WASH in Emergencies, cluster coordination, transformative agenda in order to effectively understand the cluster roles and responsibilities as well as be able to fully support cluster functions

10. Accountability to Affected Populations

  • Ensuring that mechanisms, agreed upon by cluster partners are in place to consult and involve affected populations in decision-making about programme implementation
  • Ensure that there is a system for community/ beneficiary complaints and a proper investigation mechanism is in place and actions drawn in a transparent manner.

11. Support to UNICEF WASH section

  • Based on needs and gaps identified within the UNICEF WASH programme section, the incumbent will be required to support section work for up to (but no more than) 49% of its time.
  • The support to section will be discussed on a yearly basis and be part of the incumbent's annual work plan.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

1.Rights-Based Programme with Results-Based Approach.

  • Promote the quality of rights-based WASH programme and programmes through participation in the formulation of programme/project goals, strategies and approaches for the sector. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to programme management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

2. UNICEF and Government Accountability.

  • Advocate for due attention and support to be given to environmental and sustainable development issues (pertaining to WASH) in all sectors and line ministries.
  • Ensure adequate attention is given to Disaster Risk Management, including emergency preparedness.

3. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.

  • Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.
  • Overall coordination with Global and HQ Clusters. Collaborate with other sectors to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance.
  • Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication), an asset.
  • At least eight years of progressively responsible relevant professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector.
  • Field work experience.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach.
  • Excellent written and spoken English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication - Level II
  • Working with People - Level II
  • Drive for Results - Level II

Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising - Level I
  • Analyzing - Level III
  • Deciding and Initiating Action - Level II
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts - Level II
  • Relating and Networking - Level II
  • Applying Technical Expertise - Level III

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 organization.

Advertised: Oct 21 2016 E. Africa Standard Time

Application close: Nov 04 2016 E. Africa Standard Time

Source: UN Jobs

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Deadline/closing date: 
Friday, November 4, 2016