South Sudan nationals: WASH Officer (Emergency)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
South Sudan
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Terms of Reference

WASH Officer Emergency NOB
Purpose Supporting the WASH Emergency and in collaboration with IRRM Teams and WASH Cluster in various locations, Emergency WASH Specialist will provide support, guidance, and frontline emergency WASH activities in and around the IDP location sites and other emergency affected locations
Expected fee NOB
Location Juba ( with Field Visits)
Duration 364
Start Date October 2019
Reporting to Emergency WASH Specialist

IDP numbers have continued to increase in various locations in South Sudan because of ongoing conflict between the government and anti-government forces. According to OCHA reports, 0ver 4.6 million affected person are vulnerable and in need of WASH services. The cholera outbreak, floods and the threat famine are some of the emergencies that WASH Partners in collaboration with other sections are responding to ensure minimum impact on lives and health of children and women. And their communities.
As of the January 2017, approximately 1.8 million people are estimated to have been displaced although actual number is anticipated to be much higher given the scale and recurrent fighting and the limited information about conditions in some of the more remote and insecure areas of the country. The patterns of displacement evolve constantly with changing security situation. Over 200,000 people have sought protection from the violence in UN peacekeeping bases, with the largest concentrations in Bentiu (110,000 people), in Juba (38,000 people), Malakal (6,000) and Bor (3,000) and Wau (41,000). There are an estimated 1 million people who have fled the violence crossing into the neighboring countries of Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.

Due to the large number of IDPs outside the PoC areas, the limited number of NGOs responding to the crisis and the surmounting gaps, UNICEF as the lead WASH Cluster Agency and provider of the last resort need to increase the capacity to provide the backstopping support required to respond effectively to the current crisis. Therefore, the Emergency WASH officer NOB will ensure that WASH activities are enhanced, and appropriate hygienic behaviors are sustained in IDP sites through RRM missions. The WASH Specialist will work under the overall coordination of Chief of WASH in collaboration with the RRM team members providing support to the NGOs, where partners are available; and to communities existing structures such as faith led groups, women groups, etc. to plan, implement and monitor WASH interventions in the camp and surrounding communities. Extensive capacity is required to make effective and efficient emergency response interventions.

Specific Tasks
• The incumbent will support WASH emergency activities in and out of the POC areas, participate in assessments, planning and evaluation with other WASH partners during any emergency response.
• Where required the Emergency WASH Officer will conduct, training, monitoring and reporting, and assist implementing partners in providing effective and coherent WASH response to the IDPs.
• Coordinates UNICEF WASH partner’s responses in camps and undertakes ongoing visits to UNICEF supported and partner project sites, assesses local conditions and resources required, and monitors WASH activities in the camps and develop proposals and recommendations.
• Provides leadership to Rapid Response Teams, undertakes follow-up action on emergency WASH response activities and contributes in development of programmatic tools and approaches that can be mainstreamed across partner operations like the IRRM reporting template, Assessment tools and check lists.
• Collects and analyzes water hygiene and sanitation related data coming from the IRNA assessment reports and recommends appropriate action.
• Represents UNICEF in WASH cluster meetings, EP&R and steering committee in the review of HRP proposals and ensures that UNICEF interest is adequately represented.
• In the absence of the focal person for Ebola, represents UNICEF in National EVD task force meetings and in the absence of the lead for IPC WASH, chairs meetings for the IPC- WASH TWG.
• Works closely with partners, ensuring Health and Hygiene promotion activities, IEC materials and trainings are appropriate and well targeted to protect children & teenagers from sporadic diseases.
• Undertakes follow-up action on emergency WASH response activities and contributes remedial actions and prepares relevant reports.
• Establishes co-operation with WASH Partners on ground so that UNICEF support is effectively utilised and responses to affected population are met in a timely manner
• Works closely with WASH supplies focal person to ensure that emergency WASH supplies are timely delivered during any emergency response and well distributed to beneficiaries.
• Participates in WASH coordination meetings with key international and national actors involved on local levels, provide advice, develop and share a proposed strategy in WASH & inter-sectoral group meetings to effectively implement WASH response.

Expected Deliverables
• Mission reports on activities and highlighting gaps in visited locations and also contributing in preparing annual emergency reports.
• Monthly situation updates on WASH emergency responses, missions including the level of stock in the field, outcome indicators in the different location and POC areas
• Updated NGOs intervention and WASH capacity mapping in the IDP camps.
• Highlighting any issues for further follow-up and action.

Expected background and Experience
The incumbent is expected to meet the following:
• University degree in water and sanitation or related technical fields.
• At least 2 years’ experience in emergency water supply, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries, with proven field experience in sanitation and hygiene in emergencies.
• Knowledge of the latest developments in emergency sanitation and hygiene, including demonstrated experience of integrating gender & diversity issues in to public health.
• Negotiation, communication and advocacy skills.
• Teamwork abilities.
• Ability to operate computer Microsoft office programs (MS Word, Excel, Power Point and Access).
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
• Fluency in English. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset considering that the refugees are from an Arabic speaking country.
Administrative Arrangements
The WASH Officer (Emergency) will be deployed in all IDP locations with the support from both Country and field offices.

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Opening Date Fri Aug 30 2019 08:00:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time) E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Fri Sep 13 2019 22:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)