UNICEF’s support to the WASH programme in Afghanistan is designed to increase access to drinking water and access and use of basic sanitation in deprived and vulnerable communities, schools and health care facilities, contributing to reduction in child mortality and morbidity from malnutrition and WASHrelated diseases. By using cost-effective, innovative and drought-resilient approaches, higher levels of service quality and sustainable of water supply services will be achieved. Open defecation is the worst form of sanitation, posing a direct health hazard to the entire community where open defecation is still practiced. The WASH programme supports also focuses on ending open defecation by encouraging people to construct and use toilets will have a major impact on the reduction of diarrheal diseases morbidity in children under-five years of age.
Under the direct supervision of WASH/Water, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
- Supports in the assessment and development of WASH designs and work plans.
- Assist in programme monitoring WASH interventions, including end user monitoring.
- Support in training and building capacity of partners and local stakeholders.
- Support in generating periodic and timely reports on WASH interventions, both regular development programme and humanitarian response.
Furthermore, UN Youth Volunteers are required to:
- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
- Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Youth Volunteers;
- Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible
- Minimum of bachelor university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Water Supply Engineering, Water Resource Management, Civil Engineering, Hydrogeology, or a field relevant to international water supply related development assistance
- Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to 2 years) in water and sanitation related areas
- Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others;
- Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
- Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team;
- Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
- Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions;
- Fluency in spoken and written English is required, and knowledge of (additional language) is an asset;
- Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
- Computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others)