UNHCR WASH Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

UNHCR WASH Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

  • The WASH Officer will be responsible for provision of professional technical support and guidance on activities within the areas of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in the locations within the Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

  • All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description.

  • They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks.

  • In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


    Leadership and Coordination

  • Coordinate activities of WASH implementing partners, together with other UN agencies, governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other partners to ensure delivery of WASH services to beneficiaries (PoC and host community) meets UNHCR and /or nationally recognised and most up-to-date standards and policies.

  • Where there are PoC living outside of camps/settlements, strongly lead and collaborate with partners to ensure the enjoyment of the human right to water and sanitation by all PoC.

  • Work closely with government and partners, following the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), to unlock resources (humanitarian and development) for the design and construction of community-centred infrastructure, improved hygiene conditions, safe management of water and sanitation services and service provision upgrades in refugee hosting areas.

  • Promote all decision making regarding WASH services to take in to account the needs and capacities of PoC, and the solutions proposed by PoC.

  • Facilitate WASH coordination among partners, ensuring that inclusive and good practice coordination structures for all technical sectors covered are in place, and that sector coordination functions at national and field levels are in line with operational and partner requirements.

  • Address gaps and overlaps in UNHCR funded WASH programmes and unmet needs, and the activities are oriented to address priority WASH issues.

  • Manage and provide support to a multi-sector ¿technical unit¿ in the AoR, including sector functions covering site planning, shelter, health, nutrition, and environment.

  • Provide support to national government(s) for inclusion of PoC within national SDG 6 development plans (Urban and Rural) and financing mechanisms and service delivery systems.

  • Support key WASH strategic partnerships with development and humanitarian agencies to support inclusion of refugee WASH services within national systems and development financing mechanisms.

  • Engage with Urban WASH actors (GAUC, UCLG, UNHABITAT, Municipal Authorities, Utilities, and relevant government line ministries) for preparedness planning, inclusion in pro-poor tariffs, and provision of WASH services to PoC hosted in urban areas.

    WASH Strategy, Planning and Programme Support

  • Maintain a WASH strategy which identifies the targets and approaches for water supply, excreta management, personal and environmental hygiene (including menstrual health), solid waste management, vector control, and institutional WASH facilities.

  • The strategy should include a contingency plan for potential epidemics, refugee and returnee movement.

  • Jointly with WASH partners and other stakeholders, update detailed needs and resource assessments and revise designs and technical plans, taking into account practical aspects of implementation, long-term sustainable solutions, and relevant technical specifications and guidelines.

  • Closely advise and assist the UNHCR programme staff on the development of WASH aspects of the programme including planning, budgeting and input to financial management of the programme.

  • Ensure PoC are consulted during planning, design, implementation, and monitoring of WASH services using an age, gender and diversity approach.

  • Ensure the WASH Strategy includes all UNHCR PoC, and considers at a minimum WASH access data collection, and advocacy for inclusion of all PoC
    (both in camp and out of camp) within national systems of WASH service provision

    Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

  • Ensure that the needs of women, children, the elderly and people living with disabilities are adequately addressed in planning and implementing WASH activities.

  • Support operations to define the scope of UNHCR involvement, expressed in terms of overall and operational objectives during emergency, transition, and protracted phases.

  • Lead in the review and analysis of partner project proposals and budgetary submissions.

  • Use community-based approaches, including clear involvement of women, girls, boys, and men, elderly, persons with disabilities in the design of WASH related infrastructure, products, and services.

  • Provide technical assistance to UNHCR offices and programmes in the development, integration and mainstreaming of appropriate client-focused and cost effective WASH programmes.

  • Develop or ensure development of information, education and communication materials through community consultations, collaborating with women, girls, boys, men, elderly, persons with disability, and other potentially marginalised groups.

  • Assess needs and facilitate capacity strengthening activities of UNHCR and its implementing/operational partners to address key areas of WASH importance to PoC.

  • Build the capacity and competence of UNHCR¿s staff on both hardware and software components of WASH

  • Ensure community capacity building is carried out through multi-discipline teams working with women, girls, men, and boys of the community to train and empower them on WASH related aspects including: menstrual health, hygiene promotion, operation and maintenance, monitoring and reporting, and other topics.

    Monitoring, Evaluation and Quality Assurance

  • Monitor and evaluate WASH programmes against standard UNHCR and SDG indicators to ensure that programmes are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive, client-focused, and cost effective manner.

  • Ensure robust monitoring and evaluation is carried out following UNHCR¿s WASH monitoring system using standard resources for data collection, analysis and interpretation.

    Reporting and Accountability

  • Foster PoC¿s access to feedback and accountability mechanisms for the WASH services.

  • Collate and analyse data on the satisfaction of PoC with regards to WASH services.

  • Prepare regular sectorial reports and submit material for preparation of periodic project monitoring reports as required.

  • Report regularly on WASH activity implementation by all WASH partners, while maintaining accurate records of all relevant performance indicators.

  • Ensure adequate reporting, timely updates and briefings to donor and management.

  • Perform other related duties as required.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education & Professional Work Experience

  • Years of Experience / Degree Level
    For P3/NOC - 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

    Field(s) of Education

  • Agriculture Civil Engineering Environmental Sciences Hydrology

  • Geology Natural Resources Management Project management Construction

  • Public Health Rural Development Community Development Social Science

  • Anthropology Sociology Social work Social Developmnt

  • Architecture Urban policy & planning Water resource /development

  • Water/Sanitation Engineering or other relevant field.

    Relevant Job Experience


  • Proven expertise in the area of WASH including surveys, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and coordination.


  • Knowledge and understanding of water and wastewater hydraulics and physical, chemical and biological properties; solid waste management practices, vector control and hygiene promotion/awareness raising strategies.

  • Knowledge and understanding of relationship between water, wastewater, solid waste, vector control to public health indicators, and value of hygiene promotion/awareness raising and behaviour change methodologies.

    Functional Skills

  • WA-WASH-related Technologies

  • SP-Environmental Sanitation

  • SP-Experience in Irrigation or Site Planning or Shelter

  • SP-Natural Resources Management

  • SP-Vector Control

  • WA-Drinking-Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance

  • SP-WASH Assessment including survey, implementation, monitoring and coordination

  • TR-Experience with local partners that provide formal & informal trainings

  • IT-Computer Literacy IT-Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • PG-Programme Management (project formulation, programme cycles and reporting standards)

  • MS-Reporting skills

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR WASH Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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