Duties and Qualifications
The WASH Officer will be responsible for provision of professional technical support and guidance on activities within the areas of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in the locations in the Areas of Responsibility (AOR). Furthermore, the incumbent is required to play a lead role in formulating appropriate project proposals and assistance activities that should be incorporated into the relevant operation programmes of UNHCR. The WASH Officer is normally supervised by Snr Programme Officer and will receive the technical backup and support from the Regional WASH Officer and/or the Senior WASH Officer in HQ.
In order to ensure wider reach out to the refugees and other persons of concern and ensure their close involvement in the delivery and management of the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) services, the incumbent will need to establish an appropriate consultative and monitoring framework which would draw the experience and expertise of a wide range of actors both internally and externally.
- WASH services provided to refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR are based on UNHCR and /or internationally recognised and most up-to-date standards and policies.
- Sound technical support and advice are provided to the operations under AOR in the field of WASH.
- There is viable monitoring and evaluation system in place for data collection, analysis and interpretation to serve as evidence base for planning and interventions.
- Provide technical assistance to UNHCR offices and programmes under AOR in the development, integration and mainstreaming of appropriate and cost effective WASH programmes.
- Undertake needs and resource assessments with Governments and partners in order to prioritize needs and activities in provision of services to refugees and others persons of concern to UNHCR.
- Support operations under AOR to define the level and scope of UNHCR involvement, expressed in terms of overall and operational objectives during emergency situations as well as in care and maintenance and repatriation/reintegration programmes.
- Support operation under AOR to participate in review and analysis of relevant project proposal and budgetary submissions presented by UNHCR partners.
- Ensure that project plan and proposal submitted to UNHCR for funding adhere to internationally accepted standard.
- Maintain and update WASH contingency plan for potential epidemics, refugee and returnee movement.
- Work in a multi-sectorial and coordinated approach in co-operation with Governments, UN agencies, non-Governmental organizations (NGO¿s) and other humanitarian partners.
- Work closely with UNHCR programme, field and protection staff to identify priority WASH and key data requirements for programme planning and monitoring to ensure that minimum UNHCR and international standards are being met.
- Use community-based approaches, including clear involvement of refugees and other persons of concern in the hygiene promotion and others sector that are related to WASH.
- Ensure regular update and share information within UNHCR as well as with relevant Government, UN and NGO counterparts and donor communities.
- Monitor and evaluate country-level WASH programmes against standard UNHCR and international indicator to ensure that programmes are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost effective manner.
- Make provisions for the installation of WASH services in any new camp or camp extension identified for the settlement of refugees and other persons of concern.
- Facilitate capacity strengthening activities of UNHCR and its implementing/operational partners to address key areas of WASH importance to refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR.
- Build the capacity and competence of UNHCR¿s Public Health and WASH staff.
- Ensure WASH is adequately addressed in in-house capacity building activities of the agency such as emergency and operations training.
- Provide other related duties as required.
- Provide guidance and recommendations on WASH programmes in the country.
- Represent UNHCR in WASH meetings as well as in technical monitoring of activities.
ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in water and sanitation engineering / water resources development / civil engineering disciplines (water supply and/or hydrology) or sanitation/hygiene engineering plus minimum 6 years of previous work experience relevant to the function. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master¿s) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
- At least 3 years of this experience should be in a capacity directly relevant to the current position in an international humanitarian organisation dealing with large scale emergencies or displaced/refugee situations.
- Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of WASH.
- Demonstrated experience in organising and conducting training activities and information campaigns in the areas of environmental sanitation, natural resources management, water quality, bore-hole drilling, vector control and appropriate technologies.
- Proven technical expertise in area of WASH assessment including surveys, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and coordination.
- Exposure to UNHCR mandate, its priorities and principles.
- Knowledge and experience of working with local partner agencies with a capacity to provide formal and informal training.
- Proficiency in basic computer software such as MS Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, water modelling software, GIS.
- Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
- Experience and professional training in one of irrigation, site planning, or shelter with a good understanding of the main issues in the other two sectors. To this end, an advanced degree and additional training in one or more of the above sectors would be useful.
- Applied knowledge in UNHCR programme management, project formulation, programme cycles and reporting standards.
- Previous exposure to cluster approach, preferably both at the global policy level and at field level.
- Expertise in planning, formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting on humanitarian operations.
- Knowledge of additional UN languages.
This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR WASH Officer positions. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 - Communication Level 3
C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
X002L3 - Innovation and Creativity Level 3
X003L3 - Technological Awareness Level 3
X005L3 - Planning and Organizing Level 3
The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
For those people applying for High Risk Duty Stations, we strongly encourage them – before deciding to apply- to read the country specific security and welfare country profiles which can be found on the Intranet under Support Services - Duty of Care (https://intranet.unhcr.org/en/support-services/duty-of-care.html). Ensuring staff are better informed is part of the increased attention UNHCR is paying to Duty of Care.
Staff after having applied to High Risk Duty Stations will have access to country specific information webinars with Field Safety Section (FSS) and Staff Welfare Section (SWS) colleagues and provided with a tool to test their psychological preparedness for serving in High Risk Duty Stations. Applicants who applied for a position in a High Risk country will receive, after the deadline for applications has expired, a joint invitation from the Staff Welfare Section (SWS) and the Field Safety Section (FSS) to participate in these webinars. During the Webinars, latest updates on security and well-being will be provided, and FSS and SWS will address questions raised by participants. Applicants are highly encouraged to benefit, when applicable, from all measures as they provide most up-to-date security and well-being information helpful to assess staff’s readiness to serve in a High Risk Duty Station. A Staff Welfare Officer will also be available, if and when required, to discuss with interested applicants the results of the psychological preparedness tool as well as readiness for assignment in High Risk Duty Stations.
Please note that the closing date for vancancies in the Addendum 3 is Thursday 24 January 2019 (midnight Geneva time)