WASH Cluster Coordinator

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Baghdad, Iraq
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience 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 full 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, care

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does - in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life - in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions - her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens - addressing inequity - not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also accelerating the equitable development of nations to attain SDG.


How can you make a difference?

You will provide leadership and support to the national and subnational WASH coordination structures within the Humanitarian Cluster Approach. To fulfill this function, you will secure the overall cluster coordination of child WASH responses. 

Moreover, you will support the development of a strategy to facilitate transitioning of WASH cluster to sector.  The proposed transitioning should also reflect advocacy for government to take over leadership of the coordination, and the information management with technical support from UNICEF and other WASH partners on capacity building and filling the gap for any resources and technical needs.

The WASH Cluster Coordinator plays the role of a facilitator of the coordination process at Iraq national and sub-national levels.  The success of the WASH Cluster will be dependent on the level of participation and contributions that the Cluster Coordinator can generate from the various WASH actors to strengthen the response and achieve greater results.


To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • Education: 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 required.
  • Experience: A minimum of five years (of which at least 3 in the field) with either the UN and/or NGO, especially in emergency settings, of progressively responsible professional experience in WASH in emergencies.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in English, Fluency in written and spoken Arabic is highly desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

The value and competencies required for this post are….

Core Values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core Competencies

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

Functional Competencies

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

You can learn about our values and competency framework at https://www.unicef.org/careers/get-prepared.

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.

Advertised: 12 Feb 2021 Arabic Standard Time
Deadline: 26 Feb 2021 Arabic Standard Time