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  • WASH Specialist (Hygiene), (P-3) at UNICEF

  • Posted on: 21 August, 2019 Deadline: 10 September, 2019
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  • United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (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 fulfil their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

    WASH Specialist (Hygiene), (P-3)


    Job Number: 525805
    Location: Maiduguri, Borno
    Work Type: Temporary Appointment

    Job Descriptions

    How can you make a difference?

    • Support the overall analysis of needs and priorities for the WASH sector and the definition of strategies to ensure affected population has access to appropriate excreta disposal and other sanitation related facilities and interventions; in accordance with national and international humanitarian standards.
    • Support the overall analysis of needs and priorities for the WASH sector and the definition of strategies to ensure affected population receives key information and has access to appropriate means for effective hygiene practices; in line with national and international humanitarian standards.
    • Ensure capacities are assessed among humanitarian WASH partners and stakeholders to cover identified needs and develop capacity building plans to overcome the existing gaps.
    • Support partners to identify key hygiene practices to be addressed and sectors of population with whom to engage and to develop appropriate communications strategies to promote safe hygiene practices -including the development of local capacity to do so –, to reduce health risks with reference to both physical and behavioral aspects.
    • Support the activities of the WASH field monitoring team and liaise with implementing partners to ensure programme information and data on activities is collated and disseminated to update UNICEF and Sector monitoring and guide programme planning and reporting.
    • Support the development of sectoral implementation plans to progressively accomplish the agreed outcomes on hygiene promotion; identifying whether any remaining gaps exist and present them to the broader WASH cluster coordination to identify suitable options to cover them.
    • Promote the inclusion of menstrual hygiene management support as part of specific hygiene promotion interventions and the overall WASH response, ensuring women and girls special needs are considered and reflected. Support partners for the development of agencies’ implementation plans to do so.
    • Support the identification of needs for the distribution of non-food items related to public health and for effective handwashing and hygiene practices; and support humanitarian WASH partners and stakeholders to develop agencies’ plans to address these needs and post-distribution monitoring, including leading the review of the Hygiene Kits strategy for informed direction which may include phasing out particular items, voucher system, cash, cost sharing etc.
    • Support humanitarian WASH partners to incorporate Early Recovery and Disaster Risk Reduction informed approaches in their emergency response interventions.
    • Support humanitarian partners and stakeholders to systematic share information on hygiene promotion-specific situation and agencies’ implementation activities and, in coordination with the WASH sector information manager, analyze existing data, identify remaining gaps and support the collective definition on how to overcome them.
    • Collaborate with the design and roll-out of monitoring plans to follow up the implementation of the WASH sectoral response incorporating required changes into hygiene promotion-specific activities, with special attention to special needs of women, children and people with disabilities, as well as other cross cutting areas.
    • Contribute to the reporting of WASH sectoral outcomes through the systematization and provision of consolidated up-to-date information.
    • Coordinate with other technical working groups to ensure the complementarity of the sectoral intervention, as well as with other clusters/coordination platforms to identify opportunities for integrated/cross-sectoral interventions and to ensure the provision of WASH services in institutions is properly covered (e.g. schools, health centers, etc.)
    • Highlight specific hygiene-related issues for the attention of the WASH Sector Coordinator to ensure priority and corrective measures are taken, and national authorities and cluster partners are properly informed.

    Job Requirements
    To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

    • An advanced university degree (Master's or higher) in Environmental Public Health, Programme Communication or Sanitation Engineering, or other field related to behavior change and communication.
    • A minimum of 5 years of experience in public health and one or more other relevant areas (e.g.: behavior change, health promotion, community development, education, etc.).
    • Experience and understanding of hygiene promotion and community mobilization in relation to water, sanitation and hygiene activities.
    • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
    • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a local language of the North East Nigeria 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:
    Core competencies:

    • Communication
    • Working with people
    • Drive for results

    Functional Competencies:

    • Leading and supervising
    • Formulating strategies and concepts
    • Analyzing
    • Relating and networking
    • Deciding and Initiating action
    • Applying technical expertise

    View our competency framework at:

    Method of Application

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    • 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.
    • 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.

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