• WASH Specialist - P3 Lima
  • UNICEF in Lima, , Peru
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  • 2 weeks ago

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For every child, hope

The WASH Specialist level 3 GJP is to be used in Peru where the WASH Program is a major component of the Country Programme (or CPD). The WASH function includes the climate change agenda in UNICEF, this position reports to the Health Specialist in Peru.

How... can you make a difference?

The WASH Specialist reports to the Health Specialist for guidance and general supervision. The WASH Specialist supports the development, preparation, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH or climate change interventions within the country programme. The WASH Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes, to facilitate the administration and achievement of the WASH-related output results and facilitates the inclusion of the climate change framework in the country programme.

1. Programme development and planning

Draft the WASH and Climate Change inputs for the situation analysis. Provide timely, comprehensive, and current data to inform WASH policy and programme development, planning, management and implementation. Keep abreast of WASH sector development trends, for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in programme design, management and implementation.

Participate in strategic WASH programme planning discussions. Elaboration of the country WASH and Theory of Change, prepare WASH/Climate Change donor proposals, ensuring alignment with the UNlCEF's Strategic Plan, UNICEF's global WASH strategy and the Country Programme as well as government plans and priorities, and the role of other external support agencies.

Assist in the formulation of the WASH outcome and output results, related indicators, baselines, targets and means of verification. Prepare required documentation for programme reviews.

Work with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies for the achievement of WASH output results in the country programme. Ensuring the quality of the development of the Programme Document to implement WASH and Climate Change activities and results.

Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of WASH and climate change with other UNICEF sectors, for the achievement of the WASH output results.

Draft assigned sections of the annual work plan, in close cooperation with government and other counterparts.

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

Participate in regular field monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare reports on results for required action/interventions at the higher level of program management.

Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in programmes and management, identify and document lessons learned.

Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders..

Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.

3. Technical and operational support for programme implementation

Actively monitor UNICEF-supported activities through periodic field visits, surveys and exchange of information with partners, to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely interventions.

Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in WASH, to support programme implementation.

Plan for use of technical experts from the Regional Office and HQ, as and where appropriate in the WASH programme, through remote support and on-site visits

Participate in WASH programme meetings, to review progress, with government, other sector agencies and implementation partners, involved at various stages of WASH programme implementation, to provide expert advice and guidance.

Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic materials for use by management, donors, UNICEF regional office and headquarters.

Knowledge and compliance with the HACT policy, including UNPP, PV, Micro-assessment or audits request related to the WASH implementation

Ensuring adequate management of WASH funds and grants implementation.

4. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response

Prepare requisitions for supplies, services, long-term agreements and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in case of an emergency.

Contribute to the coordination arrangement for humanitarian WASH, for instant robust coordination in case of an emergency.

Ensure that all UNICEF WASH staff are familiar with UNICEF's procedures for responding in an emergency.

Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises.

Ensure the use of the WASH supplies to deliver results for children, implementing monitor strategies and stock oversight.

5. Networking and partnership building

Regularly visit field sites to monitor WASH project activities, engage in advocacy, and establish coordination mechanisms. Hold meetings with the housing, construction and sanitation ministry officials and regional authorities to foster partnerships and share knowledge for effective program implementation.

Prepare materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund-raising.

Participate in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNlCEF's position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF development planning and agenda setting.

6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Lead the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH and Climate Change action research and innovation (technical or systems).

Prepare learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH and Climate Change sector development.

Create and deliver learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments.

Contribute to the systematic assessment of WASH sector capacity gap analysis, in collaboration with government and other stakeholders, and support the design of initiative to strengthen capacities systematically.

Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

Deliverables/ Output:

Prepare WASH inputs for the situation analysis to inform policy and programme design.

Participate in strategic planning and prepare donor proposals aligned with UNICEF's strategies and the Country Programme.

Assist in formulating WASH and Climate Change outcome, indicators, and targets, and prepare documentation for programme reviews.

Strengthen national government monitoring systems with a focus on WASH and climate change outcome.

Conduct field monitoring and evaluation, prepare reports to identify program gaps, and document lessons learned in WASH and CC.

Monitor and report on the use of programme resources, ensuring compliance with organizational and donor standards.

Monitor and assess UNICEF-supported activities through field visits and exchanges with partners.

Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts and partners on WASH policies and best practices.

Plan for technical expert involvement from regional offices and headquarters as needed.

Prepare for emergency responses by requisitioning necessary supplies and services.

Contribute to robust coordination arrangements for humanitarian WASH activities.

Familiarize all WASH staff with emergency response procedures.

Regularly engage in field visits for monitoring, advocacy, and establishing coordination mechanisms.

Prepare materials for WASH and CC programme advocacy and support fundraising efforts.

Participate in inter-agency discussions to ensure UNICEF's interests are integrated into development planning.

Lead the development and documentation of WASH action research and innovations.

Create and disseminate knowledge products on innovative approaches and good practices.

Deliver learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff and participate in capacity building initiatives.

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

The following minimum requirements:


A Master's Degree in public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering, civil engineering or other specialist field related to WASH is required.
• A first level university degree with an additional two years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience: at least five years of professional work experience in WASH-related programs for developing countries, including one-year deployment in a developing country. And a minimum of one year of professional experience in humanitarian response in WASH.


Expert knowledge of three components and basic knowledge of three components:

Rural water supply for low- and middle-income countries ? including water safety, sustainability

Rural sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, incl sustainability;applying CATS principles

Urban sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, incl sustainability

WASH-in-Schools and Health Centres

Menstrual hygiene management

National government WASH policies, plans and strategies

Humanitarian WASH ? preparedness, response and recovery, coordination of the response

Programme/project management

Capacity development

Monitoring and evaluation

Language Requirements: Oral and written proficiency in Spanish and English is required.

The following desirables:
• Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language of the duty station (quechua, airmara, amazonic dialects, etc.) is considered as an asset.
• Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are?

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships

(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness

(3) Drive to achieve results for impact

(4) Innovates and embraces change

(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity

(6) Thinks and acts strategically

(7) Works collaboratively with others

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

UNICEF is here to serve the world's most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.


As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

UNICEF's active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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