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WASH Specialist (Cluster Coordinator), P-4, Fixed Term, Khartoum, Sudan

Job Number: 525374 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Middle East and North Africa: Sudan
Work Type : Fixed Term Appointment

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.

And we never give up.

For every child,

Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofans, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of post 

On behalf of the IASC Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan and UNICEF (as the lead agency for the IASC WASH cluster), and in collaboration with the State Authorities, the main purpose of the WASH Cluster Coordinator post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, coherent, strategic, and effective WASH response in Sudan by a mobilized and adequately resourced group of agencies, organizations, NGOs, local communities etc. The incumbent is to assists the Government of Sudan and state authorities in WASH cluster visioning, strategy formulation and the articulation of a ‘Road Map’ to provide adequate WASH responses to emergency-affected populations.


  1. Inclusion of key humanitarian partners
  • Ensure inclusion of key WASH humanitarian partners in a way that respects their mandates and programme priorities including OIC, ICRC, UN, INGOs, LNGOs, Government, Civil society.
  • Act as focal point for inquiries on the WASH cluster’s response plans and operations.
  1. Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms at National level and at State level:
  • Ensure appropriate coordination between all WASH humanitarian partners (national and international NGOs, the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, etc), through establishment/maintenance of appropriate WASH Cluster/sector coordination mechanisms, including working groups at the National, and State levels
  • Promote WASH emergency response actions while at the same time considering WASH within recovery and development planning through close interaction with the WASH Section. Ensure inter-cluster and programme response planning with other Clusters/sector groups specifically in the areas of child protection, education, health, nutrition, and other key sectors as appropriate.
  • Represent the interests of the WASH Cluster/sector in discussions with the Humanitarian Coordinator, OCHA, Inter Sector Working Group, and other stakeholders on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy
  1. Coordination with national/local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other actors
  • Ensure that WASH humanitarian responses build on local capacities
  • Ensure appropriate links with national and local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors (e.g. peacekeeping forces) and ensure appropriate coordination and information exchange with them
  • Strengthen Government Capacity to support and co-chair cluster coordination mechanisms in the Khartoum and at the Stale Level.
  1. Attention to priority cross-cutting issues
  • Ensure integration of agreed priority cross-cutting issues in WASH assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and response (e.g. age, diversity, environment, gender, HIV/AIDS and human rights)
  • Ensure effective and coherent WASH assessment and analysis, involving all relevant partners.
  1. Planning and strategy development
  • Developing/updating agreed WASH response strategies and action plans and ensuring that these are adequately reflected in the overall country strategies, such as the HPC, HNO and SRP, Contingency plans, and in the broader UNDAF as appropriate.
  • Drawing lessons learned from past WASH activities, revising strategies and action plans accordingly
  • Developing an exit, or transition, strategy for the WASH interventions and key Cluster/sector partners.
  1. Application of standards
  • Ensure that WASH cluster/sector participants are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards and relevant commitments that the Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights law
  • Ensure that WASH responses are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards, and relevant Government human rights legal obligations.
  • Ensure all agreed upon guidelines at country level are followed and adhered to in all WASH response.
  1. Monitoring and reporting
  • Ensure adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place (with OCHA and UNHCR support) to review impact of WASH interventions and progress against implementation plans including monitoring indicators (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost.  Target population data including desegregation by sex, age etc. of service delivery
  • Ensure adequate WASH impact reporting and effective information sharing (with OCHA and UNHCR support) to demonstrate the closing of gaps
  • Ensure the cluster adapts verification, monitoring, reporting and evaluation tools with innovations as appropriate such as mobile technology, third party monitoring, pictures, etc.
  • Ensure that the cluster evaluates own performance on a regular basis and ensure corrective actions hence improved cluster coordination and response.
  1. Advocacy and resource mobilization
  • Identify core WASH advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the HC, OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF, Government, and other actors
  • Act as the media spokesperson for the cluster/sector highlighting the key issues, concerns and achievements within the cluster/sector to the outside world
  • Advocate for donors to fund WASH actors to carry out priority WASH activities in the sector concerned, while at the same time encouraging actors to mobilize resources for their activities through their usual channels.
  • Produce and publish a quarterly WASH cluster bulletin and other regular reports as tools to show onward progress on the cluster response in relation to the workplan/response plan.
  1. Training and capacity building
  • Promote and support training of WASH humanitarian personnel in areas such as Minimum Standards for Emergency WASH and capacity building of humanitarian partners, based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity
  • Support efforts to strengthen the WASH capacity of the national/local authorities and civil society
  • Build capacity of the cluster/sector partners in WASH in Emergencies, cluster coordination, transformative agenda in order to effectively understand the cluster roles and responsibilities as well as be able to fully support cluster functions
  1. Accountability to Affected Populations
  1. Ensuring that mechanisms, agreed upon by cluster partners are in place to consult and involve affected populations in decision-making about programme implementation
  2. Ensure that there is a system for community/ beneficiary complaints and a proper investigation mechanism is in place and actions drawn in a transparent manner.ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.Rights-Based Programme with Results-Based Approach.Promote the quality of rights-based WASH programme and programmes through participation in the formulation of programme/project goals, strategies and approaches for the sector. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to programme management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.UNICEF and Government Accountability.Advocate for due attention and support to be given to environmental and sustainable development issues (pertaining to WASH) in all sectors and line ministries.Ensure adequate attention is given to Disaster Risk Management, including emergency preparedness.Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.Overall coordination with Global and HQ Clusters. Collaborate with other sectors to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance.Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication), an asset.
  • A minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector. Field work experience. Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are….

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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.
Opening Date Thu Aug 01 2019 09:20:00 GMT+0200 (Central Africa Time) E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Thu Aug 15 2019 22:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central Africa Time) 



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