WASH Officer (Kassala) – UNICEF


Job Description

Job no559110
Contract typeTemporary Appointment
CategoriesWASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
Advertised02 Feb 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline16 Feb 2023 E. Africa Standard Time

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, HOPE

Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofans, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.

How can you make a difference?

  1. Duties and Responsibilities:Under the direct supervision of the WASH Officer in Kassala, the incumbent will support the WASH team in the detailed planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the following UNICEF/USAID related interventions:A. Baseline and evidence generation:
    • Conduct baseline and end-line Knowledge Attitudes and Practices (KAP) and progress surveys to measure the project baseline and achievements.
    • Collaborate with USAID and its relevant implementing partners to collect supplementary data and conduct formative research to identify barriers and opportunities for sustained uptake of sanitation and hygiene practices.
    Expected deliverables/results:
    • Baseline KAP survey and in-depth analysis, which will be used to design a tailored hygiene and sanitation promotion strategy, implementation planning and measure progress against set targets periodically.
    • At the end of the project, end-line KAP and progress survey report available to measure the project achievements.
    • At least four knowledge management (KM) products to be produced based on the lessons learnt and evidence generated
    • Study reports on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Environmental and Social Safeguarding (ESS) for all major infrastructure projects.
    B. Improving access to adequate sanitation and hygiene, :
    • Based on the findings of the baseline KAP, in-depth analysis will be followed to come up with detailed implement plan for hygiene and sanitation part of the intervention.
    • Conduct a kick-off workshop on the CLTS and Market-based Sanitation approach in collaboration with UNICEF/HQ and USAID partners as relevant.
    • Rollout of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) with areawide approach to cover the target two localities with the aim of making the areas open defecation free (ODF) and increased adoption of basic level household latrine facilities. Sanitation marketing will be part of the approach deployed.
    • Work with Micro Finance Institutions (MFI) and/or local credit unions to facilitate option of sanitation financing mechanisms i.e. loan for uptake of improved sanitation products, provision of revolving funds, as well as creation/training of women saving and revolving fund in ODF communities.
    • Engage industry (such as LIXIL, to produce cost effective water closets (WCs), in partnership with the local plastic industry companies resulting in availability of affordable sanitation product options.
    • Wide reach out of communities/schools and health care facilities with Social, Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC) to reinforce and sustain the social norm shift towards healthy behaviour and practice on safe water, sanitation and hygiene (handwashing with soap).
    Expected deliverables/results:
    • Two localities certified as ODF.
    • Over 20% increase against the baseline in number of households having handwashing stations closer to the toilets and using them in the target localities.
    • Two-fold increase in the number of people using basic sanitation.
    C. Improving access to basic water supply:
    • Conduct a catchment area study covering water resources assessment, including the monitoring of groundwater, water budgeting/balance, and identification of potential water supply options to mitigate the effects of climate change.
    • Construct surface/subsurface retention structures to maximize surface water storage and groundwater recharge in selected areas based on catchment area study results.
    • Construction/rehabilitation of the water points to increase access to basic level water supply in the target communities.
    • Apply innovative, cost effective and scalable water supply models (eg solar powered schemes, water harvesting options) that can improve functionality and sustainability of services.
    • Engage private sector beyond contractual goods/service delivery with a focus on capacity building, partnership and skill development leading to active participation/contribution in WASH sector. Enhanced role of private sector in water supply management such as delegated O&M, cooperative systems.
    Expected deliverables/results:
    • Improvement of water security in the context of climate change effects in Agig locality of Red Sea state and Al-Galabat Al-Gharbia locality of Gedarif state, by ensuring sustainable basic water storage and water supply coverage to a total of 91,000 people.
    D. Strengthening WASH Sector Capacity to Achieving and Sustaining WASH Services for All:
    • Establishment of Red Sea and Gedarif States WASH Sector overall development and humanitarian coordination forums.
    • Strengthening WASH sector institutional capacity at State and Locality levels, in terms of structures, HR, equipment, and logistical means subjected to the policy environment and any restrictions on the provision of explicit support to local governments.
    • Updating Red Sea and Gedarif states, and development of Agig and Al-Galabat Al-Gharbia localities SDG6-1, 2 and 5 plans using a full participatory approach.
    • Establish a locality level monitoring and IMS and strengthen the State system.
    • Building State and Locality governmental, non-governmental stakeholders’ capacity in planning, management, and monitoring of WASH services, IWRM and climate change.
    • Empower target communities to manage their WASH services with focus on women and girls’ active participation in the community structures and management/decision-making process.

For more info  please visit:Download File WASH Officer NOB Kassala.docx 

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

  • A University degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Hydrogeology, Civil Engineering, Sanitary Engineering or Public Health.
  • Advanced degree in one of the mentioned disciplines is an asset.
  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required, management and implementation experience in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) experiences will be considered as asset.
  • Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in low-cost water, sanitation, hygiene promotion, and capacity building.
  • Relevant experience in Red Sea and/or Gedarif states and previous successful experience with UNICEF WASH will be considered as assets.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, attention to detail, teamworking skills, organization and time management, interpersonal and communication skills, management, and leadership skills.
  • Fluency in English and Arabic.

Technical requirements

Rural water supply for low- and middle-income countries – including water safety, sustainability
Rural sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, including sustainability; applying CLTS principles
Urban sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, including sustainability
Handwashing with soap
WASH-in-Schools and Health Centers
Menstrual hygiene management

Programme/project management
Capacity development
Knowledge management
Monitoring and evaluation

Human rights and WASH
Gender equality and WASH

Duty Station & Travel:

Kassala with frequent travel to Red Sea and Gedarif states.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(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 here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.


The VA is open to all candidates (internal and external candidates).

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

Eligible UNICEF National Officer (NO) and General Service (GS) Staff Members on fixed-term, continuing or permanent contracts applying to this TA may be able to retain a lien on their existing post for the duration of this TA.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Appointments are 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.

Advertised: 02 Feb 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 16 Feb 2023 E. Africa Standard Time

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