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, UNICEF works in Venezuela since 1967, progressively broadening its support after the opening of a UNICEF Office in the country and the signing of the first cooperation agreement between Venezuela and UNICEF in 1991.
UNICEF works in partnership with national and sub-national authorities, civil society, academia and the private sector. Currently, UNICEF is implementing the expansion of the cooperation programme agreed with the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to better contribute to address national priorities and emerging needs faced by the most vulnerable children in the context of the economic crises.
This expansion of the programme is being implemented through technical cooperation, capacity building, supply delivery, and communication and advocacy strategies aiming to strengthen national capacity in the areas of Nutrition, Health, WASH, Protection and Education.
How can you make a difference? The WASH Specialist supports the development, preparation, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH programme within the country programme.
The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes, to facilitate the administration and achievement of the WASH-
related output results in the country programme. Key functions, accountabilities and related duties / tasks 1. Programme development and planning
Provide timely, comprehensive and current data to inform WASH programme development, planning, management and implementation.
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 (2018-
2021), UNICEF’s Global WASH Strategy and the country programme as well as government plans and priorities and the role of other key actors in the WASH sector.
Assist in the formulation of the WASH outputs, related indicators, baselines, targets and means of verification. Prepare required documentation for programme reviews.
Work with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies for the achievement of WASH output results in the country programme.
Provide technical and operational support through all stages of programming processes and ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of WASH with other UNICEF sectors (specially Health, Nutrition and Education), for the achievement of the WASH output results and the overall outcomes results.
Draft assigned sections of the annual work plan, in close cooperation with government and other counterparts. 2 Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
Support strengthening of national WASH sector monitoring system using bottleneck analysis tools available in the sector.
Prepare / assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths / weaknesses in programmes and management, identify and document lessons learned.
Monitor and report on 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 on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management / stakeholders.
Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners. 3 Technical and operational support for programme implementation
Actively monitor UNICEF-supported activities 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.
4 Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
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.
Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises.
Support and update the WASH components of the UNICEF Emergency Preparedness Platform.
Monitor and provide technical assistance to partners implementing humanitarian, resilient and development programs. 5 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 and support sector targets.
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 UNDAF development planning and agenda setting.
Identify and elaborate priority WASH components of UNICEF Advocacy Strategy and implement actions according to the Strategy.
These elements will be elaborated as a participatory approach with key actor from WASH Coordination Platform. 6 Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Prepare learning / knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
If requested, contribute to the 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 developing country work experience in WASH-related programmes.
At least one three-months deployment mission in a humanitarian situation (with UN-Govt-INGO) is required.
Fluency in Spanish and English is required. For every Child, you demonstrate UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The 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) View our competency framework at :
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. Remarks :
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.This position is a 6 months temporary appointment with possible extension.