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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, bias or favoritism. 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 supporting the equitable development of nations.
The Country Programme of Cooperation between the Government of Mozambique and UNICEF (CPD) for 2022-2026 aims to support Mozambique to accelerate efforts towards achieving the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and meeting its commitment to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of children, in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action. It derives from the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), 2022–2026 and aligns with the Government Five-Year Plan 2020–2024, the National Development Strategy 2015–2035 and relevant sector policies and programmes.
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A challenging and exciting opportunity has arisen within UNICEF Mozambique’s Maputo Country Office for a passionate and committed WASH Specialist (Emergencies), P-3 level, Temporary Appointment for 364 days (Open to non-Mozambican nationals).
The WASH Specialist (Emergency) P3 level reports to the WASH Manager (Emergency) P4 level for general guidance and direction. The specialist supports the Manager in managing the WASH in Emergency output program in the country, especially for response to natural disaster and epidemics, as well as Disaster Risk Reduction which include preparedness and resilience building. The specialist provides support for the development, preparation, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH in Emergency programme within the country programme. The specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes, to ensure the achievement of the WASH in Emergency related output results in the country programme.
Management support to the UNICEF WASH Manager (Emergency), with focus on WASH in Emergency output
Programme development and planning, with focus on WASH in Emergency output
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results, with focus on WASH in Emergency output
Advisory services and technical support, with focus on WASH in Emergency output
Advocacy, networking and partnership building, with focus on WASH in Emergency output
Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building, with focus on WASH in Emergency output
Advise the WASH Manager (Emergency) and Chief of WASH in establishing the annual work plan and annual workplan outputs, activities and developmental priorities of WASH section staff involved in WASH in Emergency output, determining priorities and performance measurements. Monitor workplan implementation, to ensure that WASH in Emergency output results are achieved to schedule and performance standards. Report critical issues to the WASH Manager (Emergency) for timely action.
Provide technical advice to WASH section staff on all aspects of programming and implementation, with focus on WASH in Emergency output.
Perform the full duties of the WASH Emergency Manager in his/her absence.
Contribute to the WASH in Emergency related situation analysis. Provide comprehensive and current data to inform WASH in Emergency policy and programme development, planning, management and implementation. Keep abreast of WASH in Emergency sector developments, for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in WASH in Emergency programme design, management and implementation.
Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss national WASH in Emergency priorities, resources, strategies and methodologies to ensure the most strategic use of the collective resources of external support agencies.
Participate in strategic WASH programme planning discussions and the formulation of the WASH in Emergency outcome and output results, related indicators, baselines, targets and means of verification, ensuring alignment with the UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, UNICEF’s global WASH strategy and the country programme as well as government plans and priorities, and the role of other WASH external support agencies.
Prepare WASH in Emergency donor reports, ensuring alignment with the WASH output results in the country programme.
Contribute to internal emergency planning processes and participate in internal emergency coordination forums.
Draft documentation for programme reviews and analytical statements on progress and constraints of WASH in Emergency outcome and output results.
Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes for the achievement of the WASH in Emergency output results. Ensure effective collaboration with other UNICEF sections, where needed.
With other external support agencies, analyze national government WASH sector programmes and projects, with a focus on WASH in Emergency outcomes, using tools available in the sector.
Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other partners and prepare reports for the WASH Manager (Emergency) and CO management.
Monitor, report and certify the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report issues to the WASH Manager (Emergency), for timely resolution.
Prepare WASH in Emergency sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.
Participate in strategic discussions to influence national WASH in Emergency policies and strategies, including the reduction of inequalities, contributing global sector learning.
Advise senior officials in government, NGOs, UN agencies and WASH sector donor agencies on WASH in Emergency policies, strategies and best practices.
Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic materials for use by management, donors, UNICEF regional offices and headquarters.
Plan for the use of technical experts from the Regional Office and HQ, as and where appropriate in the WASH in Emergency programme, through remote support and on-site visits.
Participate in national WASH Cluster forums and contribute to technical working groups and forums.
Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with government counterparts, UN agencies, donor agencies, WASH institutions, NGOs, research institutes and the private sector to stimulate coordination and collaboration in the WASH in Emergency sector.
Support analysis of national budgets for WASH in Emergency, cost analysis and value-for-money studies, to advocate for improvements in sector efficiency.
Produce materials for WASH in Emergency 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 planning and agenda setting.
Interact with global and regional initiatives and partnerships for WASH in Emergency.
Manage all aspects of UNICEF’s preparedness for WASH in emergencies.
Ensure the coordination arrangements for humanitarian WASH are in place, 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.
Lead on preparedness planning, including contingency agreements, long-term agreements with suppliers, supply pre-positioning arrangements and planning, and disaster risk reduction interventions.
Develop the WASH components of the UNICEF emergency preparedness platform, including contribution to the HRP and WASH Cluster contingency planning.
Consolidate internal progress on humanitarian response, including situational reports, cluster reporting, and ad-hoc internal planning and response initiatives.
Take up leadership/managerial role in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises.
Manage the implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH in Emergency action research and innovation (technical or systems), ensuring rigorous monitoring and wide sharing of results.
Prepare learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH in Emergency sector development.
Support the professional development of UNICEF WASH in Emergency staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments.
Initiate and contribute to the systematic assessment of WASH in Emergency 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.
An advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, engineering or another relevant technical field.
Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are required.
DEVELOPMENTAL: a minimum of five years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required. One year of deployment in a developing country is required.
HUMANITARIAN: At least three years of professional experience in a humanitarian situation (with UN-Govt-INGO) is required.
Experience and knowledge of the WASH Cluster system required. Knowledge of disaster risk reduction and experience with cholera programming considered an asset.
Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Portuguese preferred. Knowledge of Spanish or Italian is considered as an asset.
UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
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.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable male from developing countries are encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
Please note that entry qualifications have been revised to align with the requirements of the position. Candidates who applied previously do not need to reapply.
Advertised: 03 Sep 2022 South Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 19 Sep 2022 South Africa Standard Time
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