Sierra Leone nationals: WASH Specialist (Sanitation)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Sierra Leone
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, safe and clean environment

UNICEF Sierra is implementing its New Country Programm (2020-2023). The WASH programme focuses on 3 main areas of work: (1) System Strengthening (enabling environment) which includes evidence generation and strengthened institutional capacity to ensure WASH policy implementation and coordination; (2) Sustainable service delivery to improve the coverage and quality of water services for rural and poor urban communities and WASH in institutions in development and humanitarian situation; 3) Sanitation and Hygiene practices and behaviours mainly focusing targeting communities and household to use basic sanitation facilities and demonstrate improved hygiene practices and behaviours particularly through Area Wide Approach considering the entire Chiefdoms or Districts as one unit of intervention to eliminate open defecation in UNICEF-targeted districts. UNICEF Sierra Leone is committed to deliver the Key Result for Children (KRC #8) the proportion of population practicing open defecation is reduced.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of WASH Specialist (P3 Saniation), the NOC WASH Specialist should provide professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process on WASH including support to high level engagement and advocacy, analysis for sanitation and hygiene promotion  in communities and Institutions, development planning to delivery of results, preparing, executing, managing and implementing a variety of technical and administrative program tasks to facilitate program implementation.


Support to program development and planning

  • Provide timely, comprehensive and current data to inform WASH policy and programme development, planning, management and implementation as it relates to WASH development and humanitarian situations. 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. Prepare WASH donor proposals, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, UNICEF’s global WASH strategy and the Country programme, as well as government national development plans and priorities, and the role of other external support agencies.
  • Support analysis of institutional WASH data and reporting and highlevel engagement in policy and planning processes.
  • Work with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies for the achievement of WASH output results in the country programme specifically the behavior change component.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of WASH 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.

Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response

  • Provide support to update WASH component of ERP and contingency planning for both UNICEF and IASC.
  • Provide support and strengthening of coordination and development of the WASH Cluster.
  • 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.

Technical and operational support to program implementation

  • Actively monitor UNICEF-supported response partnerships through 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 offices and headquarters.

Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve WASH output results.
  • Prepare materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund-raising.
  • Participate in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNSDCF (UNDAF) development planning and agenda setting.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Lead the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems).
  • Prepare learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development particularly in the areas of Sanitation and Hygiene  and Institutional WASH
  • 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 initiatives to strengthen capacities systematically.
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering or another relevant technical field. 
  • Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries mainly in Sierra Leone is required, specifically with at least 2 years providing technical support on WASH in schools and sanitation (namely CLTS or CATS) programmes and managing donor grants.
  • HUMANITARIAN: At least one three-month deployment mission in a humanitarian situation (with UN-Govt-INGO) is required.
  • Fluency in English is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are...

  • Leading and Supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Applying technical expertise (III)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (II)

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Opening Date Mon Jan 06 2020 12:00:00 GMT+0300 (Arabian Standard Time) Greenwich Standard Time
Closing Date Mon Jan 20 2020 02:55:00 GMT+0300 (Arabian Standard Time)