WASH Adviser – FIJI

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WASH Adviser – FIJI
Vacancy Notice: 2014-012
Duty Station: Suva
Country: Fiji
Job Level: P-3
Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
Closing Date: 30 September 2014
Under the general supervision of the WASH Specialist, the advisor will support the implementation of the UNICEF
Pacific WASH strategy and provide support to Tier 1 countries of Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu in policy,
planning, monitoring and reporting for the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector; help improve sector
coordination and prioritisation of water, sanitation and hygiene projects and provide technical assistance to
respective governments and development partners in the following fields: access to safe water supply and
sanitation, community approaches to total sanitation (including hygiene behaviour), WASH in Schools (including
menstrual hygiene management), emergency preparedness and response; as well as increasing risk resilience
(including drinking water safety planning and child-vulnerability mapping and support to strengthen national
capacity and quality monitoring). Given the high levels of exposure to natural hazards in the Pacific region the
Adviser is expected to provide capacity building support to National WASH clusters for emergency preparedness in
Tier 1 countries and be available for deployment as part of the Pacific Humanitarian Team emergency response
throughout the Pacific region as situations warrant.
 Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and collaboration to the Situation Analysis and its periodic update made
for effective programme planning, development and management, including emergency preparedness and
 Knowledge management effectively promoted through drafting/finalizing key WASH sectoral programme
documents and reports, sharing good practice, lessons learned, knowledge/information exchange, and
generate data/evidence for advocacy by undertaking operations research.
 Quality of rights-based WASH programmes effectively promoted, and coherence, synergy and value added to
programme management process through results-based management and strategies.
 Designs, prepares, implements, monitors and evaluates projects ensuring alignment with the defined WASH
programme strategies and approaches. Analyzes and evaluates data to ensure achievement of objectives
and/or takes corrective action when necessary to meet programme/project objectives. Contributes to the
development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in project management and
 Undertakes field visits to monitor programme implementation with special attention to gender/sex
disaggregation of relevant indicators and conducts periodic programme reviews with government counterparts
and other partners. Programme delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently, rigorously and
transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.
Meets with national and international agencies covering the management of programme/projects. Participates
in meetings with ministries responsible for programme / project review, and follows up on implementation of
recommendations and agreements.
Assists government authorities in planning and organizing training programmes. Identifies training needs and
objectives for the purpose of capacity building, programme sustainability as well as promotion and advocacy.
UNICEF’s global goals effectively promoted through advocacy and policy dialogue in the WASH sector and
participates in inter-sectoral collaboration with other colleagues.
Proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability ensured regarding supply, non-supply and
emergency assistance as well as disbursement of programme funds for the WASH sector.
Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration including support to
the IASC WASH Cluster and the Pacific Humanitarian Team
We welcome applicants who have the following educational background, skills and experience:
 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, Communication for Development, Water and Sanitation Policy,
Community Approaches to Total Sanitation, WASH in Schools and WASH in Emergencies are considered an
 Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in
programme management, monitoring and evaluation, in a related field.
 Methodology of programme/project management. Experience developing procurement processes and systems
 Strong written and oral communication skills and demonstrated ability to engage effectively with a diverse range
of people.
 Demonstrated ability to think strategically and analyse complex socio-economic and political issues.
 Background/familiarity with emergency WASH programmes (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster
 Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF
positions and approaches.
 Fluency in English and another UN language required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty
station is an asset.
 Good judgment, initiative, high sense of responsibility, organizational, negotiating and analytical skills.
 Good writing and communication skills
 Good knowledge of computer management and applications.
 Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonies and effective working
relationships both within and outside the organization.
 Core values required in commitment, diversity and inclusion and integrity
 Core competencies required in communication, drive for results and working with people
 Functional competencies in leading and supervising, analysing, deciding and initiating action, formulating
strategies and concepts, relating and networking and applying technical expertise.
If interested please include in your application:
 A covering letter describing how you meet each of the requirements listed above.
 Your current Curriculum Vitae (work and education history) and UN Personal History Form (P11)
 The two most recent performance appraisals or performance evaluation reports (PER)
 The names, addresses, emails and phone details of three supervisor referees
All applications must be submitted online to pacificvacancies@unicef.org and addressed to:
The Human Resource Specialist
Vacancy Notice: 2014/012 – WASH Advisor, Suva
Private Mail Bag,
Suva, FIJI
A detailed Job Description and the UN Personnel History Form (P11) can be obtained on the UNICEF Pacific
website: http://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/vacancies.html
Regret letters will only be sent to short listed candidates. All applications are treated with strict confidentiality.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male from
all nationals, from any religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become
a part of our organization.