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Regional Adviser WASH and Climate Resilience at UNICEF

Regional Adviser WASH and Climate Resilience at UNICEF

Regional Adviser WASH and Climate Resilience at UNICEF,

Regional Adviser WASH and Climate Resilience at UNICEF

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UNICEF is the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.

Regional Adviser WASH and Climate Resilience

The Regional Adviser, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Climate Resilience reports to the Deputy Regional Director for general guidance and direction. The WASH and climate hub teams provide technical assistance, guidance and project/programme development, design and partnerships for ESAR and, hence, the Adviser serves as an authoritative and expert adviser to the Deputy Regional Director, the Regional Management Team, Country Offices and Government institutions/officials on strategies, policies, approaches, best practices and knowledge on WASH and Climate Resilience to support programme development planning, implementation, management, resource mobilization, capacity building, and knowledge management to achieve equitable and sustainable improvements in WASH and Climate resilience practices in the region, in line with UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Key Functions, Accountabilities And Related Duties/tasks

  • Regional Policy Direction and advisory services on strategic positioning and planning
  • Guide UNICEF’s regional strategies as they relate WASH and Climate resilience programming, in the context of the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Initiative and participate in regional strategic discussions to influence policy formulation and agenda setting on WASH and climate resilience
  • Accelerate innovation in the WASH by promoting critical thinking, exploring new opportunities, introducing technological and programme innovations and by scaling up proven concepts, approaches and good practices in the region
  • Promote initiatives to expand data driven climate responsive programming and implementation through data and evidence generation
  • Provide strategic advice to regional and country management to ensure impactful WASH and Climate resilient programming and sustained efforts for the agenda
  • Support to Regional and Country Offices on Program Design, Implementation, and provide oversight:
  • Advise UNICEF Country Offices and their partners on policies, strategies, approaches, and best practices on WASH, climate change and adaptation, sustainable energy and other environmental policy, including emergency preparedness, to support programme development planning, management, implementation, and delivery of results.
  • Support the adoption of tailored and efficient WASH and Climate Resilience operational models in offices across the region in all country contexts
  • Participate in regional and country programme planning, preparation and reviews to provide advice on formulation, design, management, enhancement and communication of UNICEF country office WASH programmes including setting priorities and formulating outcome and output results, baselines, targets, and means-of-verification.
  • Assess and monitor COs on WASH programs to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in programme management; identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve sustainable results.
  • Lead, plan, and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of stakeholders to promote sustainable results on WASH programmes and climate resilience
  • Collaborate with the regional team to ensure inclusion of climate change, sustainable energy and other environmental issues across UNICEF’s work, including but not limited to WASH, Health, Education, Social Inclusion, Nutrition, Urban, and humanitarian response
  • Ensure clear and pragmatic guidance in collaboration with relevant sections on Climate Resilience programming is available and followed (where required through ESAR’s specific interpretation of global guidance/tools) to support UNICEF staff at all levels focusing on:
  • Reduced carbon footprint and increased environmental sustainability of UNICEF operations including supply chains, offices, warehouses, and logistics
  • Integrated greening and environmental sustainability enhancement and improved performance management of the UNICEF programmes.
  • Increased access to climate and other finance mechanisms for adaptive and climate resilient infrastructure and services through green and climate project pipeline development and promotion
  • Partnerships, Innovation, and Knowledge Management
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with regional and national government counterparts, UN system agency partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, IFIs, NGOs, and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to support sustained and proactive commitment to the Convention of the Rights of the Child and to achieve global UN agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai DRR Framework.
  • Build network of academic/research institutions in the region to strengthen to the knowledge base and thought leadership in WASH and Climate resilient programming while contributing to innovation and capacity building.
  • Strengthen UNICEF’s network amongst all relevant stakeholders on Climate Resilience and Green Climate Funding, including multilateral climate funds through joined initiatives around data analysis (incl. Climate Landscape Analysis for Children (CLACs), programming, advocacy and financing
  • Create new opportunities for and support regional resource mobilization, increase donors’ interest in quality WASH and Climate Resilient programmes and confidence in UNICEF’s ability to deliver them.
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF (as delegated/designated) in key processes and in inter-agency discussions and planning on WASH and Climate Resilience related issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are clearly articulated, fully considered and integrated in the regional UN and national UNSDCF processes in development planning and agenda setting.

Management And Leadership Responsibilities

  • Provide direction and managerial support to the ESA Regional Office WASH team and Climate Hub.
  • Manage the regional programs and initiatives under the adviser’s responsibility in terms of programmatic and financial monitoring and reporting.
  • Ensure sustainability of the RO team and meet timely budgetary requirements
  • Oversee and manage performance of direct report and ensure capacity development of the team to team to fulfill its roles and responsibilities.
  • Ensure inclusive management and well-being of the WASH team and Climate Hub
  • Participate in the RO leadership team and contribute to CRITAS in the RO as in COs
  • Support the wider Regional WASH network through capacity building and other support

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, sanitary engineering, environmental studies, or another relevant technical field. Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are highly advantageous.
  • A minimum of twelve of relevant professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.
  • Relevant experience in water, sanitation and hygiene programme/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to UNICEF on to apply

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