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UNICEF-WASH Specialist-P3-Gaziantep, Turkey (for NW Syria)

Gaziantep, Turkey
Organizational Context:
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, and 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.
Since 1 December 2019 and on date of today – February 27, 2020, more than 900,000 people have fled from their homes, mainly from southern Idleb and western Aleppo governorates, mostly escaping hostilities by moving to urban centers and IDP camps in northwest Idleb. Tens of thousands of others have reportedly moved to areas such as Afrin, A’zaz and Al-Bab in northern Aleppo governorate.
  • Most of the people displaced in northwest Syria since 15 January have been displaced multiple times before, with each new displacement introducing new risks and intensifying existing vulnerabilities.
  • Uncertainty in bombardments perpetuate the unstable security situation in northwest Syria, affecting civilian infrastructure including IDP camps, schools and health centers.
  • Winter conditions are compounding the vulnerability of displaced people.
  • Many who fled are in urgent need of humanitarian support, particularly shelter, food, WASH health, non-food and winterization assistance.
MENARO outpost office in Gaziantep is in frontline of the humanitarian response in Idleb pocket through Cross Border operations this for several years. Current structure and size of the team cannot cope anymore with the workload related to this brutal degradation of the situation and drastic increase in the number of displaced people, hence this request for support.
Based on deteriorating humanitarian situation in NORTH West Syria and need for scaling up the response from Gaziantep, there is a need have WASH technical assistance, as a first step for two months through a surge deployment. On this basis, the surge deployment will work for two months with Cross-Border Gaziantep partners in NWS and support the implementing partners to develop PDs to meet the emerging humanitarian situation.

Purpose of the job:
Support WASH team based in Gaziantep in the scaling up of the response needed in relationship with the ongoing Syrian offensive in the NWS, under the overall guidance of P4 WASH Specialist. The surge staff will ensure most of the tasks dedicated to a WASH Specialist P3 position this in an emergency context like it is currently the case in North West Syria, namely:
  • Programme development and planning
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  • Technical and operational support for programme implementation
  • Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
  • Networking and partnership building
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
The surge deployment is primarily intended to support the management of under-funded and rapid response CERF WASH projects and additional fund that may come to support the response.
Preparation of program documents (PDs) with new or existing WASH implementing partners operating in North West Syria. This will include but may not be limited to 1) a gap analysis in terms of needs and in terms of beneficiaries 2) a partner capacity analysis 3) the definition of the related activities to be implemented in the different locations targeted 4) drafting of Programs documents with partners based on a consultative process 5) review of the different other support documents to be provided by the partners 6) submission and presentation of the documents to pre-Program review Committee at Gaziantep level and to Program review Committee at Amman level 7) address all the requests, questions and modifications suggested by the two committees this in link with partners 8)Finalize the documents.
  • Preparation of program amendments with exiting WASH Implementing Partners operating in North West Syria
  • Manage and Monitor the implementation of WASH program activities
  • Provide technical WASH support to implement the projects
  • Support projects monitoring and reporting as the implementation of activities that are already on going for six other PDs
  • Ensure integration of the Wash programs vis a vis other sectors program (CCCM, Shelter, Health, Nutrition, Education and CP)
  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
Programme development and planning
  • Draft WASH inputs for the situation analysis in the context of evolving needs based on the inputs from implementing partners and cluster/sector information managers. Provide inputs to design results-based WASH interventions in conformity with the latest Emergency situation in NW Syria, HRP strategic objectives and HNO severity. Keep abreast of the development trends in WASH sector/cluster, for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in programme design, management and implementation.
  • Work with colleagues (P3 WASH Specialist) and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies for the achievement of WASH output results in the cross-border and country programme.
  • Draft assigned sections of the annual work plan in line with the HRP and UNICEF programming objectives, in close cooperation with the implementing partners.
  • Draft WASH donor proposals, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s cross-border and Whole of Syria programme.  
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of WASH with other UNICEF sectors, to optimize the impact of WASH output results.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with the implementing partners and draft reports on results for required action/ interventions at the level of P-4 WASH Specialist and Senior Emergency Specialist.
  • Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in programmes and management, identify and document lessons learned.
  • Monitor and report on the use of WASH 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.
  • Assist drafting sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.
Technical and operational support for programme implementation
  • Monitor UNICEF-supported activities through third-party monitoring, survey, assessment and exchange of information with partners, to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely interventions.
  • Provide technical and operational assistance to NGO partners, UN partners and Whole of Syria colleagues/partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF programming strategies, actions and best practices in WASH, to support programme implementation.
  • Participate in WASH programme meetings, to review progress, with government, other sector agencies and implementation partners, involved at various stages of WASH programme implementation, to provide expert advice and guidance.
Humanitarian WASH preparedness and response
  • Assist assessing the supplies, services, long-term agreements and partnership agreements needs to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in case of an emergency.
  • Asist to ensure coordination arrangements for humanitarian WASH are in place, especially with the implementing partners for instant response, in case of an emergency
  • Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises. 
Networking and partnership building
  • Assist strengthening close working partnerships with WASH institutions, NGOs, private sector and other UN agencies through sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve WASH results.
  • Draft materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund-raising.
  • Participate in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the planning and agenda setting.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Assist leading the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems). 
  • Draft knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
  • Create and deliver learning opportunities, to ensure WASH sector/cluster capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments. 
  • Contribute to the systematic assessment of WASH capacity gap analysis, in collaboration with stakeholders, and support the design of initiative to strengthen capacities systematically.
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.
Impact of Results

The support provided by the WASH specialist will enable the UNICEF’s cross-border response to achieve the WASH-related output results of the Whole of Syria programme.  This, in turn, she/he will contribute to the achievement of the outcome results of the Whole of Syria programme.  When done effectively, the achievement of the outcome results will improve child survival, growth and development and reduce inequalities in the Syria. 

Recruitment Qualifications

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

A minimum of five-years of progressively responsible work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector in WASH related works for developing countries.

Oral and written proficiency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic) is considered as an asset.

Technical Requirements
  1. Humanitarian WASH - preparedness
  2. Humanitarian WASH - response and recovery
Basic knowledge of both components
  1. Humanitarian WASH – coordination of the response
Basic knowledge
  1. Water supply for low- and middle-income countries - including water safety, sustainability
  2. Sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, incl sustainability
  3. Behavioral change communication for effective use of water, sanitation and handwashing with soap
  4. WASH-in-Schools and Health Centres
  5. Menstrual hygiene management
  6. WASH policies, plans and strategies
  7. Analysis of national and local budgets and expenditure for basic WASH, and related advocacy
Expert knowledge of three components and basic knowledge of three components
  1. Programme/project management
  2. Capacity development
  3. Knowledge management
  4. Monitoring and evaluation
Expert knowledge of two components and basic knowledge of the other two components
  1. Human rights and WASH
  2. Gender equality and WASH
In-depth knowledge
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