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Regional Adviser WASH Job in Kenya

In the capacity of Regional Adviser, WASH, you will support and advise the Regional Director, the Regional Management Team and Country Offices and Governments in developing policies, strategies, programmes and systems for the designated areas of responsibilities. Responsible for providing technical leadership, management advice, and programme support and capacity building to country offices throughout the Region. Facilitates application, adaptation and achievement of UNICEF global and regional goals, polices, and strategies in the area of WASH programme for countries of the Region. Provides UNICEF WASH programmes with innovative leadership including expert advice, vision, oversight, knowledge management, articulating policies and strategies, situation appraisal, harmonization of programme strategy, capacity building, support for monitoring and evaluation, representation, networking and strategic partnership creation.
Key Expected Results
  1. Programme policies, strategies, and approaches for the region are developed and advocated. Regional Director, Deputy Director, the Regional Management Team and Country Offices are advised on strategy, policy, programme and advocacy. UNICEF's regional programme, strategy, policy and advocacy guidelines are developed and disseminated to Country Office programme staff.
  2. Strategy coordination to facilitate harmonization and implementation of regional and country strategies is formed in collaboration with management at country, regional, and HQ levels. Guidance and support are provided to form strategic alliances with national partners to influence on programme strategy and plan.
  3. Up-to-date technical expertise is maintained, expanded and disseminated throughout the Organization, and shared with regional/national institutions/partners.
  4. Country Offices, Regional Office staff and national partners lead regional programme development, implementation and management processes due to continual, effective capacity building.
  5. Regional and Country Offices expand, lead and deliver programmes at a high quality standard in area of expertise due to strong technical leadership.
  6. Regional financial resources are enhanced by effective advocacy and leveraging.
  7. Accurate, coherent and reliable regional information is collected, analysed and reported for monitoring and evaluation purposes and evidence based advocacy.
  8. UNICEF is effectively represented and programme goals and strategies are widely advocated with high level and senior government officials, multi-lateral agencies, bi-lateral agencies, NGOs, other UN agencies, and donors.
  9. Effective communication, partnerships, representation and networking are forged to develop harmonized programme interventions and expand programmes and networks.
  10. Emergency preparedness is assessed, needs for emergency support are identified, and emergency responses with effective coordination are provided.
  • Advanced university degree* in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Sanitation Engineering, or Geology, a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance. Additional training in Public Health and/ or Programme Communication an asset.
  • Twelve years progressively responsible relevant work experience in all aspects of programme management, and/or advisory support, in the technical area or programme sector resulting in recognized expertise in the technical area.
  • Expert knowledge of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.
  • Expert technical leadership and knowledge of theories, principles and methods in the combination of selective fields of the following: water supply, sanitation and hygiene programme management, monitoring and evaluation; appropriate water supply technologies i.e. community based water supply, water resource management,
  • Fluency in English and another UN language. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.
*A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
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
Sets, develops and revises organizational strategy and develops clear visions of the organization’s future potential
Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources
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 risky decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates organization-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. 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 to register in our new e-Recruitment system and apply to this and other vacancies, quoting E-VN-2011-001894. Applications must be received by 11 November 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.

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