WASH Specialist

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WASH Specialist, P3 TA, Lilongwe, Malawi# 00117940

Job no:   545593
Contract type:   Temporary Appointment
Level:  P-3
Location:   Malawi
Categories:   WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

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, support…

UNICEF Malawi Country Programme (2019-2023) is aligned with the Government of Malawi’s Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS III) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The programme supports the Government of Malawi to meet its commitment to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights in line with international conventions and standards. The country programme is guided by the principles of children’s rights, equity, gender equality, inclusion and resilience, and supports evidence-based, integrative and innovative programming. The vision is that ‘all girls and boys in Malawi, especially the most disadvantaged and deprived, realize their rights’.  The programme focuses on: early childhood (parenting, high-impact social services, early stimulation and learning), middle childhood and adolescence (learning, multi-sectoral services, active citizenship), communities (decentralized services and systems, community ownership, social norms), programme effectiveness (monitoring, evaluation, HACT, Innovation, Social Protection and Social Policy and External Communication.  The programme is based on ‘leaving no child behind’, realizing ‘rights for all children in Malawi’.

  The WASH Programme in Malawi aims at supporting climate resilient water and sanitation services for children and women through innovative solutions and strategic partnerships  and as WASH Specialist, you will be at the forefront of the implementation of related activities in both rural and urban contexts.


How can you make a difference?

The Malawi Country Office offers an exciting and rewarding career opportunity for you to join our dynamic WASH team where you will be responsible for the implementation of innovative water and sanitation activities and provide strategic support for humanitarian and resilience building interventions. In your role, you will report to the and be under the overall guidance and supervision of the WASH Section Chief.

  This job presents a unique and significant opportunity for a qualified, vibrant, motivated and committed person to be to contribute to the overall achievement of transformative results for children by delivering on the following key responsibility areas, but not limited to – you are however encouraged to read the attached and detailed job description   JD – P3 WASH Specialist (final)x (002).pdf  in order to  view the full role and its requirements:

  1. Lead the implementation of climate resilient programming, including contracts management, field activities monitoring, dialogue with counterparts and relevant stakeholders
  2. Drive the climate financing agenda and the uptake of the WASH financing strategy under development
  3. Lead engagement in strategic partnerships with International Financing Institutions and private sector
  4. Lead the humanitarian and resilience building activities in both rural and urban settings


To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  Education :

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: engineering, public health, social sciences, sanitary engineering or another relevant technical field is required
  • Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree is a strong asset


  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as a strong asset
  • Experience working in complex humanitarian interventions is considered as a strong asset
  • Experience in climate resilient WASH, including familiarity with climate financing is considered an asset
  • Experience in urban sanitation is considered an asset
  • Experience on Climate Resilient WASH approaches is required

Language :

  • Fluency in English – both written and verbal skills is required

  Technical Competencies and Knowledge

  • Understanding of climate financing mechanisms is required
  • Knowledge of Urban sanitation business models for low- and middle-income countries, including sustainability is required
  • Solid conceptual understanding of national government WASH policies, plans and strategies is required
  • Strong analytical skills relating to the analysis of national budgets and expenditure for basic WASH, and related advocacy is required


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

View our competency framework at:



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. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.


The position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at  http://www.whed.net/ .

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

The vacancy announcement is open to all candidates – both internal and external candidates.

Advertised:   22 Oct 2021  South Africa Standard Time
Deadline:   04 Nov 2021  South Africa Standard Time

To apply for this job please visit jobs.unicef.org .

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