WASH Specialist NO-3, Enugu, Nigeria At Unicef

Closing date: Monday, 17 July 2023

WASH Specialist, NO-3, Enugu, Nigeria #6970 (Fixed Term)-For Nigerian nationals only.

Job no: 563680

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Nigeria Division/Equivalent: Dakar (WCAR), Senegal

School/Unit: Nigeria

Department/Office: Enugu, Nigeria

Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

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.

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In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children’s rights in partnership with the government, civil society, children, and families. UNICEF Nigeria is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally – click the link to learn more about UNICEF in Nigeria: https://www.unicef.org/nigeria/.

How can you make a difference?

To consolidate the gains already achieved in evidence generation, the WASH specialist will support the institutionalization and scale-up of M & M&E, evidence generation, and data management in the sector. S/he will ensure that monitoring and reporting mechanisms are in place to track progress in achieving targets in the WASH programme. S/he will also ensure that adequate support and advisory services are rendered to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR) and state-line ministries in the roll-out of systems and strategies for effective monitoring, reporting, evidence generation, and data management at the sub-national level. Transfer requisite skill and capacity for data and information management to the various actors at the local level. The Specialist will manage systems for periodic data updates and ensure that measures are in place to facilitate the use of data and evidence generated for policy formulation, planning, and budgeting at all levels. Ultimately, this will enhance sector governance, accountability, value for money, and overall programme sustainability

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  •  Programme development and planning
  •  Programme management, monitoring, evaluation, and delivery of results
  •  Technical and operational support for programme implementation
  •  Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
  •  Networking and partnership building
  •  UNICEF and Government Accountability
  •  Innovation, knowledge management, and capacity building
  •  Evidence Generation, Data, and Information Management
  •  Evidence-based advocacy to leverage state human and financial resources
  •  Emergency response coordination

Please refer to the attached job description for more information ……

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, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, water or sanitary engineering, or any other relevant technical field.
  •  A minimum of five years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required including emergency WASH response.
  •  A minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional work experience in M&E plus reporting of community-based demand-driven WASH projects, including in the use of participatory methodologies.
  •  Analytical skills and report writing ability are essential together with IT skills, including advanced experience in MS Excel or data analysis and infographic software (pivot tables and functions).
  •  Experience in networking amongst government agencies, NGOs, the private sector, and development partners is essential.
  •  Experience in leveraging state resources for sustainable access to WASH facilities for women and children.
  •  Fluency in English. Knowledge of another official UN language or the local language of the duty station is an asset.

Expert knowledge of three components and basic knowledge of two components

  •  Rural and small-town water supply and sanitation for low- and middle-income countries – including M&E and management of water supply projects, water safety, sustainability, CLTS
  •  WASH in Schools and Health Centers
  •  National government WASH policies, plans, and strategies
  •  Analysis of national budgets and expenditures for basic WASH and related advocacy
  •  WASH Information Management System for Nigeria
  •  Emergency WASH response and coordination

Expert knowledge of two components and basic knowledge of the other components

  •  Humanitarian WASH – preparedness
  •  Humanitarian WASH – response and recovery
  •  Programme/project management
  •  Capacity development
  •  Knowledge management
  •  Monitoring, evaluation, and reporting (ME&R)
  •  Data management
  •  ICT-based programme implementation (including the use of GIS software and ARC view)
  •  Communication, presentation, and training skills (including the ability to explain data analysis to non-M&E people

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 Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  •  Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (11)
  •  Works Collaboratively with others (11)
  •  Builds and Maintains Partnerships (11)
  •  Innovates and Embraces Change (11)
  •  Thinks and Acts Strategically (11)
  •  Drives to achieve impactful results (11)
  •  Manages ambiguity and complexity (11)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.


UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Appointments are also 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.

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

Advertised: Jul 04 2023 W. Central Africa Standard Time

Application close: Jul 17 2023 W. Central Africa Standard Time

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  •  Closes Jul 17 2023WASH Specialist, NO-3, Enugu, Nigeria #6970 (Fixed Term)-For Nigerian nationals only. in Nigeria

    A challenging and exciting opportunity has arisen within the UNICEF Nigeria field office in Enugu for a passionate and committed WASH Specialist to provide technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes, as well as monitoring and reporting support at national and sub-national levels to facilitate the administration and achievement of the WASH-related output results in the country program.


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