Job Vacancies United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Children’s Fund
Position: Senior Adviser WASH (Sanitation and Water for all)
Closing date: 11 Mar 2011
Location: United States of America (the) – New York
Purpose of the Position
The incumbent will lead the Secretariat of Sanitation and Water For All, ensuring the staff carry out their duties satisfactorily, including supporting the SWA Chair, Vice Chair and Steering Committee, preparing for and organizing Global and Regional High Level Meetings and Ministerial events, ensuring the partnership maintains momentum and mandate, and maintaining high quality communication with partners.
He/she will provide clear leadership to the Secretariat, and act with independence and initiative, balancing the requirements of accountability to the Steering Committee with the supervisory role of UNICEF as the Secretariat host.
Key Expected Results
1.Regional High Level Meetings and Global High Level Meeting
You will facilitate Sanitation and Water for All partners to reach consensus on the design and intended impact of the High Level Meetings through consultations with SWA partners. He/she will manage the High Level Meeting/Preparatory Process staff and consultants, ensuring coordination and integration.
Provide significant guidance and support to country preparatory processes, reaching out to SWA focal points and UNICEF country offices to provide advice and resources, and working with them to support the government to prepare for the High Level Meetings, engaging with senior staff from Ministries and Ministers themselves.
Provide leadership and guidance and oversee implementation of HLM logistics, drawing on the Secretariat staff for support. He/she will lead post-meeting documentation and provide structure on monitoring of commitments made at the meetings. In carrying out the duties associated with the High Level Meetings, the post holder will deal with government officials at a high level (including Ministerial) and also with senior officials within donor agencies, often needing to request them for inputs with strict timelines.
End Result(s): Regional High Level Meetings are held successfully and produce concrete results, and groundwork is laid for Global High Level Meeting. Global High Level Meeting is held annually, and is successful and impactful, with active follow-up.
2. Steering Committee Support
As per the Governance Document of Sanitation and Water for all, you will fill the position of Secretary on the Sanitation and Water for All Steering Committee. He/she will be responsible for ensuring the Steering Committee has the resources it needs to provide leadership to the partnership, and will contribute to and oversee Secretariat staff as they carry out tasks determined by the Steering Committee, under the guidance of the Chair and Vice-Chair, such as workplanning, drafting documentation and research.
Contribute to the direct support of the Chair and Vice Chair as needed, and also oversee Secretariat staff as they carry out tasks in support of the Chair and Vice-Chair.
The post holder has to balance the requirements of accountability to the Steering Committee with the supervisory role of UNICEF as the host, seeking guidance when appropriate and acting independently when called for.
End Result(s): Steering Committee is fully functional and efficient; Chair and Vice Chair are fully supported. Chair and Vice Chair are able to leverage their time effectively (given that they work part time on SWA). UNICEF fulfils expectations of Steering Committee and partners with respect to the duties of the Secretariat with respect to support to the Steering Committee.
3. Coordination and Communication
You will ensure cohesion with the Partnership goals and strategies, through liaison with the Sanitation and Water for All Steering Committee, Chair and Vice-Chair. He/she will liaise with the JMP team in UNICEF and WHO, and the GLAAS team in WHO to ensure global sector monitoring is coordinated with the country preparatory process and the High Level Meeting inputs.
Ensure strong linkage with High Level Meeting and preparatory processes through active liaision with other key partners (World Bank Water and Sanitation Program, GLAAS, African Ministers’ Council on Water) and processes. He/she will provide oversight to ensure communications is consistent with other aspects of the Secretariat’s work.
End Result(s): The work of SWA is well coordinated with key sector partners and other sector initiatives.
4. Constituency Consultation
You will ensure that the Developing Country, Sector Partner and Multi-lateral constituencies carry out adequate consultation amongst partners in the constituency to facilitate informed representation by the Steering Committee members.
End Result(s): Steering Committee members adequately represent views of constituents
You will manage the Secretariat staff, budget and undertake all reporting required (to donors, Steering Committee and UNICEF).
End Result(s): SWA Secretariat is properly managed, funds utilised according to plans and proper procedures, internal and external reports prepared on time and to good standard. UNICEF fulfils expectations of Steering Committee and partners as host of Secretariat.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
An advanced degree in a related field such as social sciences, environmental health, public health, ideally with specialization in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene.
Ten years of experience in the WASH sector working in the areas of programme management, strategic planning and policy and strategy development. Sector experience at the local, country and global level and familiarity with UNICEF. Experience must be very familiar with current developments, research, best practices and global policy direction in the sector – including in the areas of water, sanitation, hygiene promotion, school WASH, environmental programming and programme integration with health and education. Experience in emergency WASH programmes is also an asset.
The post requires a very high level of communication skills (tact, courtesy, clarity, excellent writing skills).
Fluency in English and another UN language.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
Has highest-level communication skills, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
Creates and encourages a climate of team-working and collaboration in a multi-cultural environment.
Consistently achieves high-level results, managing and delivering projects on-time and on-budget.
Has high-level leadership and supervisory skills; provides others with a clear direction; motivates and empowers others; recruits staff of a high caliber; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching.
Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
Sets, develops and revises organizational strategy and develops clear visions of the organization’s future potential.
Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups. Actively nurtures good relationships with people across all organizational levels and boundaries, and with government leaders and stakeholders.
Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates team- and department-wide activities.
Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
How to apply
If you want a challenging career while improving the lives of children around the world UNICEF, the leading children’s rights organization, would like to hear from you.
Visit us at www.unicef.org/about/employ to register in our new e-Recruitment system and apply to this and other vacancies, quoting E-VN-2011-000274. Applications must be received by 11 March 2011.
Please note that only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted.
In the selection of its staff, UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reference Code: RW_8ECTPU-12
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