UNICEF WASH Specialist Jobs in Kibondo - Tanzania

UNICEF WASH Specialist Jobs in Kibondo - Tanzania

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development.

The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

At the initial stage of the emergency in April 2015, UNICEF deployed internal surge capacity to provide technical support and WASH service delivery.

UNICEF has developed partnership agreements (PCAs) with implementation partners (IPs) and also leveraged rapid deployment of Tanzania Government officers from the Ministry of Health to facilitate a swift response to the influx.

Purpose of the Assignment

Owing to the high population in the refugee camp and inadequate water supply, poor environmental sanitation and hygiene conditions, there is a continuing high risk of epidemic outbreak.

A cholera outbreak was reported at the start of the emergency at Kagunga, transit points, Nyarugusu camp as well as the host community villages in Kigoma Region are still at risk of epidemics if the current conditions are not improved.

There is therefore an urgent need to strengthen WASH EPR capacity in camps as well in host communities.

Main duties/responsibilities:

  • Establish a cordial working relationship with UNHCR, partner organizations and Government of Tanzania Authorities, articulate professional input and provide technical assistance as required.
  • Ensure that wherever possible an empowering approach to working with communities and partner organisations is employed.
  • Ensure that refugees, women, men and children are involved in aspects of the programme implementation, and that all work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs, protection, and gender issues.

    Planning and Strategy

  • On an ongoing basis, collect and analyze WASH data, with focus on WASH related risks and gaps analysis.
  • Assess the existing WASH strategies for refugees and host communities and ongoing implementation activities and, together with partners, update as necessary, taking into consideration the evolving context and existing guidelines.
  • Support partners to develop and harmonize hygiene IEC materials appropriate to use in the response.
  • Coordinate procurement and distribution of hygiene related materials and supplies in accordance with the agreed WASH response strategy.
  • In consultation with UNHCR conduct emergency public health risk assessments for new refugee influxes and provide reports with proposals and recommendations for the country planning purposes.
  • Technical inputs, supervision and guidance to the UNICEF implementing partners working in the refugee camps and in host communities.
  • Oversee the implementation of Kigoma Joint Programme activities in host communities

    Emergency preparedness and response

  • Actively participate in WASH related contingency planning and preparedness for potential significant changes in the nature of the emergency and timely response.

    Training /Capacity Building:

  • Assess sector training needs, promote and carry out training of WASH humanitarian personnel in WASH in emergencies, build the capacity of partner NGOs on best practices, and ensure consistency and quality of the WASH response planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Provide technical capacity building through coaching and on-the-job training during site visits.
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the national/local authorities and civil society on WASH.
  • Support UNICEF's implementing partners and WASH partners in proposal /concept preparation, to incorporate key WASH aspects both for the refugee response and interventions in
    host communities.


  • Support UNHCR in coordinating WASH actors, both within the camps and host community.
  • Support UNHCR in coordinating the WASH response strategy, ensuring harmonization of sanitation and hygiene promotion approaches and methodologies.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the Kigoma Joint Programme interventions in host communities among the Kigoma Regional
  • Secretariat and District Councils
  • Participate in WASH/health coordination meetings including TWGs with WASH actors, government and other key players, and provide guidance on water, hygiene and sanitation issues.

    Sectoral work plan development, implementation and Monitoring

  • Work with UNHCR and WASH partners to develop an effective WASH Sectoral work plan including monitoring tools and mechanisms, with a focus on operation and maintenance/cleaning of latrines and hand washing facilities, and hygiene behavior (hygienic use of latrines, hand washing, food and kitchen management, etc.), based upon the agreed standard indicators. This needs to include an analytical interpretation of the best available information to benchmark progress of the response over time in relation to:
    Support the maintenance of the information system for monitoring gender/sex disaggregated data
  • Monitoring indicators (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost; and community participation and ownership,
  • Target population data including desegregation by sex, age of response which is derived from working towards meeting pre-defined standards.
  • In coordination with UNHCR undertake KAP surveys on hygiene behavior, as required.
  • Visit project sites and monitor hygiene and sanitation activities and conditions in the camps and host community and provide reports and recommendations for improvement.

    Program Management, Delivery, Documentation and Reporting

  • Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation.
  • Regular reporting that will include contributing to UNHCR reports (assessment/monitoring reports, sitreps, etc.), as well as Kigoma Joint Programme reporting as required.
  • Submit regular reports to UNICEF on the situation and implementation progress, including annual report as detailed below.
  • Communication, collaboration, networking and partnerships
  • Collaborate with Communication, government and WASH partners to ensure development of effective IEC materials and strategies to support advocacy, social mobilization and emergency efforts.
  • Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) to develop and maintain a sound emergency supply management system, including development of procurement and distribution plans.
  • Manage partnerships with UNICEF's implementing partners.
  • Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the various stages of WASH programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations.
  • Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve WASH programme goals.

    Background and Experience:

    The incumbent is expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Advanced university degree on water and sanitation, Civil Engineering or related technical fields.
  • At least 5 years experience in emergency water supply, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries, with proven field experience in WASH in emergencies.
  • Knowledge of the latest developments in emergency sanitation and hygiene including demonstrated experience of integrating gender & diversity issues in to public health.
  • Analytical, negotiation, communication and advocacy skills.
  • Leadership and teamwork abilities.
  • Ability to operate computer Microsoft office programs (MS Word, Excel, Power Point and Access.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Knowledge of Swahili language is an asset

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 20th May 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF WASH Specialist Jobs in Kibondo - Tanzania

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