WASH Officer, Maseru, Lesotho, (Open for Nationals of Lesotho only)


Job no: 519633
Work type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: Lesotho
Categories: Health, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), NO-1

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Organizational Context and Purpose for the job:

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the Organization does in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society most disadvantaged citizens  addressing inequity not only will give more children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Job organizational context:

The WASH Officer level 1 GJP is being used in the Lesotho Country Office (LCO) where WASH is a substantial component of the Country Programme (or CCPD). This WASH Officer at NO-A level reports to the WASH Specialist who is at Level P-3.

Purpose of the job: This WASH Officer NO-A reports to the WASH Specialist who is at Level P-3.

The WASH Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programming process, through the application of theoretical and practical technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing and presenting programme information while learning organizational rules, regulations and procedures to support the development, implementation and monitoring of the WASH output results of the Country Programme.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Programme development and planning

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

3.Technical and operational support for programme implementation

4. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response

5. Networking and partnership building

6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

1. Programme development and planning

Research and analyze regional/national political, WASH, health, ECD and social and economic development trends. Collect, analyze, verify and synthesize information to facilitate programme development, design and preparation.

Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information.

Assist in the development/establishment of WASH-related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH sector needs and priorities.

Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials/documentations, complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support progress towards the WASH-related outcome and/or output results in the Country Programme.

Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate review and approval processes.

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/ share information on implementation issues, suggest solutions on routine programme implementation and alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decision. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.

Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by higher management and other stakeholders.

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. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.

Prepare inputs for programme and donor reporting.

3. Technical and operational support for programme implementation

Undertake field visits and surveys, collect and share reports with partners/stakeholders. Report critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems to supervisor, for timely action.

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.

4. Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response

Draft inputs for the preparation of WASH emergency preparedness, including the drafting of required supplies and services, long-term agreements, partnership agreements, and coordination mechanisms.

Study and fully understand UNICEF procedures for responding in an emergency.

 Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises. 

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.

Draft communication and information materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for WASH.

Participate in inter-agency meetings/events on WASH programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of WASH programmes/projects and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF output results and implementation strategies with UNDAF development and planning processes.

Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.

6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems). 

Assist in the preparation of learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.

Assist in creating and delivering learning opportunities for UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments.

Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

Competencies and level of proficiency required 

Core Values


Diversity and inclusion


Core competencies

Communication (II)

Working with people (I)

Drive for results (I) 

Functional Competencies:

Formulating strategies and concepts (I)

Analyzing (II)

Applying technical expertise (II)

Learning and researching (II)

Planning and organizing (II)

Recruitment Qualifications


A 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 one year of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.

Language Requirements: 

Fluency in English is required, as well as in a local language of the duty station.

Technical requirements:

Basic knowledge of four of the eight components below:

1. Rural water supply for low- and middle-income countries – including water safety, sustainability

2. Rural sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, including sustainability; applying CATS principles

3. Urban sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, including sustainability

4. Handwashing with soap

5. WASH-in-Schools and Health Centres

6. Menstrual hygiene management

7. National government WASH policies, plans and strategies

8. Analysis of national budgets and expenditure for basic WASH, and related advocate

Basic knowledge of two of the four components:

1. Programme/project management

2. Capacity development

3. Knowledge management

4. Monitoring and evaluation

Basic knowledge of:

1. Human rights and WASH

2. Gender equality and WASH Basic knowledge


Humanitarian WASH – preparedness

Humanitarian WASH – response and recovery

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their application to the following link: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=519633 by 24 February 2019.

This notice will appear on http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/http://www.unicef.org/Lesotho, and on UN Job List, UN Jobs.

Qualified women are encouraged to apply.

This vacancy announcement is opened to qualified Lesotho Nationals Only.

If you have not been contacted within 2 months of the closing date please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Regret emails will be sent only to shortlisted/contacted candidates.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, 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.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

Advertised: 31 Jan 2019 South Africa Standard Time
Applications close: 24 Feb 2019 11:55 PM South Africa Standard Time

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