WASH Cluster Coordinator FATA

Peshāwar | Islamabad

Organizational Context and Purpose for the job

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Inclusion of key humanitarian partners

  2. Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms

  3. Coordination with national/local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other actors

  4. Participatory and community-based approaches

  5. Attention to priority cross-cutting issues

  6. Needs assessment and analysis

  7. Emergency preparedness

  8. Planning and strategy development

  9. Application of standards

  10. Monitoring and reporting

  11. Advocacy and resource mobilization

  12. Training and capacity building

  13. Provision of assistance or services as a last resort

1. Inclusion of key humanitarian partners

  • Ensure inclusion of key WASH humanitarian partners in a way that respects their mandates and Programme priorities
  • Act as focal point for inquiries on the WASH cluster’s response plans and operations.

2. Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms

  • Ensure appropriate coordination between all WASH humanitarian partners (Government Disaster Management Authorities, national and international NGOs, the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, etc…), through establishment/maintenance of appropriate WASH Cluster coordination mechanisms.
  • Secure commitments from WASH humanitarian partners in responding to needs and filling gaps, ensuring an appropriate distribution of responsibilities within the WASH cluster, with clearly defined focal points for specific issues where necessary;
  • Ensure the complementarity of different WASH humanitarian actors’ actions;
  • Promote WASH emergency response actions while at the same time considering WASH within early recovery planning as well as prevention and risk reduction concerns;
  • Ensure effective links with other Cluster groups;
  • Ensure that WASH coordination mechanisms are adapted over time to reflect the capacities of local actors and the engagement of development partners;
  • Represent the interests of the WASH Cluster/sector in discussions with the Humanitarian Coordinator and other stakeholders on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy;
  • Maintain information on all current and potential WASH partners, their capacities and areas of work (including Who, What, Where and by When).

3. Coordination with national/local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other actors

  • Ensure that WASH humanitarian responses build on local capacities;
  • Ensure appropriate links with national and local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors (e.g. Law enforcing agencies) and ensure appropriate coordination and information exchange with them.

4. Participatory and community-based approaches

  • Ensure utilization of participatory and community based approaches in WASH related assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and response.

5. Attention to priority cross-cutting issues

  • Ensure integration of agreed priority cross-cutting issues in WASH assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and response (e.g. age, diversity, environment, gender, HIV/AIDS and human rights);

6. Needs assessment and analysis

  • Ensure effective and coherent WASH assessment and analysis, involving all relevant partners

7. Emergency preparedness:

  • Ensure adequate WASH related contingency planning and preparedness for potential significant changes in the nature of the emergency;

8. Planning and strategy development

Ensure predictable WASH action within;

  • WASH assessment and analysis; development (adaptation of generic standards) of standard assessment formats;
  • Identification of gaps in the field of WASH and conceptualize how sectoral needs can be met through collective delivery
  • Developing/updating agreed WASH response strategies and action plans and ensuring that these are adequately reflected in the overall country strategies, such as the Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF), Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC).
  • Drawing lessons learned from past WASH activities and revising strategies and action plans accordingly;
  • Developing an exit, or transition, strategy for the WASH interventions and key Cluster/sector partners.

9. Application of standards

  • Ensure that WASH cluster/sector participants are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards and relevant commitments that the Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights law;
  • Ensure that WASH responses are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards, and relevant Government human rights legal obligations.

10. Monitoring and reporting

  • Ensure adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place (with OCHA support) to review impact of WASH interventions and progress against implementation plans. This specifically needs to include an analytical interpretation of best available information in order to benchmark progress of the emergency response over time. That is - monitoring indicators (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost. Target population data including desegregation by sex, age etc...) Of service delivery which are derived from working towards meeting previously defined standards.
  • Ensure adequate WASH impact reporting and effective information sharing (with OCHA support) to demonstrate the closing of gaps.

11. Advocacy and resource mobilization

  • Identify core WASH advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the HC, UNICEF and other actors;
  • Act as the media spokesperson for the sector
  • Advocate for donors to fund WASH actors to carry out priority WASH activities in the sector concerned, while at the same time encouraging WASH actors to mobilize resources for their activities through their usual channels.

12. Training and capacity building

· Promote and support training of WASH humanitarian personnel and capacity building of humanitarian partners, based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity;

· Support efforts to strengthen the WASH capacity of the national/local authorities and civil society.

13. Provision of assistance or services as a last resort

Where critical gaps in addressing WASH priorities are identified the WASH Cluster Coordinator will:

· Lobby for implementing humanitarian partners (including UNICEF WES) to address the gaps.

· With advice/support from the HC and support from other humanitarian partners will advocate, as appropriate, on the adequate provision of resources and safe access.

· If persistent gaps remain then with the full support of the UNICEF Country Representative will specifically request that the UNICEF WES Country Team to take action to fill the critical gaps through direct implementation action.

Impact of Results:

The strategic and effective advocacy, planning and coordination of water sanitation and hygiene programs/projects and the achievement of sustainable results, contributes to achievement of goals and objectives to create a protective environment for children against harm and all forms of violence and ensures their survival, development and wellbeing in emergencies. Achievements in WASH programs and projects in turn contribute to maintaining/enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide coordination services in WASH for mothers and children that promotes greater social equality in the country.**Competencies and level of proficiency required**

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication (II)
  • Working with people (II)
  • Drive for results (II)

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (III)


An Advanced University degree. qualification desirably in subjects/ areas of WASH e.g. Health Promotion or Education, Civil or Public Health Engineering, Public Health (MPH), Environmental Health.


A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in water and sanitation and/other related areas at the international/national level some of which preferably were served in a developing country is required. Relevant experience in WASH and related areas, program/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset. Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage. Knowledge of WASH sector as a whole and its priority issues; an ability to strategize how these sectoral needs are met through collective delivery, and ensuring that the roles, responsibilities and functional linkages among Cluster support team are clear and well-coordinated

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of local language is an asset.


The job is National level position (NOC level) and is only Pakistan National can apply.

HEC Attested degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. During the recruitment process candidates may be required to present HEC attested degrees.

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 organization

Interested candidates are requested to send their CV at pakjobs@unicef.org.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Peshāwar | Islamabad
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Environment
    • Environment
    • Environment
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  • Closing Date: 2016-05-23

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