National WASH in Emergencies Expert, Long term Individual Contract on need basis, (for Tajik nationals only), Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s 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’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all 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.

The Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) call for the rapid provision and deployment of qualified personnel to act in the first eight critical weeks of humanitarian response and provide guidance for action beyond that, moving towards defined benchmarks.

UNICEF is expanding its capacity to ensure an advanced level of preparedness by developing a roster of WASH experts that could be deployed to various locations within Tajikistan at the onset of an emergency.

How can you make a difference?

The WASH Expert provides technical, operational, and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programming process. The Officer prepares, manages, and implements a variety of technical, operational, and administrative tasks, related to the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the WASH output results of the country programme. The support provided by the incumbent will enable the CO to achieve the results related to emergency WASH-related output results of the country programme.  This, in turn, will contribute to the achievement of the outcome results of the country programme document.  When done effectively, the achievement of the outcome results will improve child survival, growth, and development, and reduce inequalities in the country.

DUTY STATION/DURATION:

Estimated duration:  at least 6 months with the possibility of extension

Duty station: Dushanbe (or alternate station)  (with 70% travel to field locations)

Supervisor: WASH Specialist (IP)

Reporting to: WASH Specialist (IP)

The scope of the individual contractor’s services includes:

Represent UNICEF in different coordination forums at sub-national level, ensure synergies and complementarity of UNICEF interventions with other partners. Draft updates for WASH situation analysis, to inform the development of emergency WASH-related outcome and output results. Research and report on developments at field level pertaining to WASH for use in programme development, management, monitoring, and evaluation.  Participate in and carryout periodic technical assessment to expand/reduce the scope and scale of response and other situations as and when needed. Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information. Contribute to the development/establishment of WASH-related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH needs and priorities Provide technical WASH (both in camp and off-camp settings) and administrative support throughout all stages of the emergency response ensuring smooth completion of activities. Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate review and approval processes. Carry out technical monitoring of response on a regular basis and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) and verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders. Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners. Draft requisitions for supplies, services, long-term agreements and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in case of an emergency in close coordination with the WASH Specialist. Comply with UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency. 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 on emergency response especially at the field level. Provide any other additional support as requested by the supervisor Ensure that UNICEF’s response is in line with CCCs.KEY DELIVERABLES/TIMEFRAME/PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

The assignment will be carried out in for a specified period on a monthly basis (when needed)  from May 2022 to May 2024.

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Tasks

Timeline

Payment schedule

1

Represent UNICEF in different coordination forums at sub-national level, ensure synergies and complementarity of UNICEF interventions with other partners

TBC upon contracting

 

On monthly basis

 

2

Draft updates for WASH situation analysis, to inform the development of emergency WASH-related outcome and output results. Research and report on developments at field level pertaining to WASH for use in programme development, management, monitoring, and evaluation. 

3

Participate in and carryout periodic technical assessment to expand/reduce the scope and scale of response and other situations as and when needed.

4

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

5

Contribute to the development/establishment of WASH-related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH needs and priorities

6

Provide technical WASH (both in camp and off-camp settings) and administrative support throughout all stages of the emergency response ensuring smooth completion of activities.

7

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

8

Carry out technical monitoring of response on a regular basis and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) and verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders.

9

Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.

10

Draft requisitions for supplies, services, long-term agreements and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in case of an emergency in close coordination with the WASH Specialist.

11

Comply with UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency.

12

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

13

Participate in inter-agency meetings on emergency response especially at the field level.

14

Provide any other additional support as requested by the supervisor

15

Ensure that UNICEF’s response is in line with CCCs.

 Performance indicators for the evaluation of results:

The evaluation of the results will be based on:

Technical and professional competence (quality of the reports and specifications delivered to UNICEF); Scope of work (Preliminary Assessment, Specifications, and Final Commissioning Report prepared ); Quality of assigned tasks (Quality of technical documentation, drafts, and final versions); Quantity of supervision activity (completing the tasks indicated in the table above within the set timeframe)In addition, such indicators as work relations, responsibility, drive for results, and communication will be taken into account during the evaluation of the Consultant’s work.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have: 

1) Education

University degree in one of the following fields is required: civil engineering, sanitary engineering, water resource management or another relevant technical field. (engineering preferred). Advanced university degree/ relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.2) Work experience

Technical expertise in emergencies, early recovery and post-crisis transition is an asset. A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is desired. Experience with humanitarian sector and emergencies is a strong advantage.3) Competencies

Ability to persuade and influence, negotiate to obtain agreement, promote ideas. Ability to network and establish good relations with staff, partners and government. Strong overall knowledge and understanding of UNICEF programmes, financial and legal aspects of supply chain issues, ethics and risk management of supply chain operations. Solid understanding of logistics including transport and warehouse management. Resourcefulness, flexibility, and the ability to prioritize large amounts of work while under pressure. Good analytical, facilitation, communication and presentation skills. Politically and culturally sensitive, awareness of gender issues, with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy4) Language

Fluency in English and Tajik languages; Fluency in Russian language is an asset.Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

Cover letter/application/CV with all supporting documents. Financial quote for the services in TJS in case of National consultancy/IC); Two references Applications without a financial quote will not be considered. Queries can be sent to dushanbe@unicef.org  with the subject line “National Individual Contractor- WASH in Emergencies Expert”. Applications must be received through electronic application form via link by 30 April 2022. 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.

Remarks:

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.