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WASH Officer - P2 (Evergreen)

Multiple locations

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  • Closing Date:

Job Requisition Type

Evergreen (Formerly known as talent pools, in order to have a balanced number of ready-to-hire candidates who can be deployed at short notice to a vacancy that best matches their skills. Evergreens are primarily used to fill Temporary Appointments.)

Current UNHCR staff members holding an Indefinite or Fixed-term Appointment in the international professional category who are looking for Internal Temporary Assignment (ITA) opportunities – instead of applying to an Evergreen profile – should contact the Emergency and Temporary Staffing Unit.

Call for applications - WASH Officer, P2

Location: Various location

Why should you join us?

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, takes the lead in protecting people forced to flee wars and persecution around the world, providing life-saving aid including shelter, food and water to ensure their basic safety, rights and dignity. With 18,879 women and men working in 137 countries, we work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of 89.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.

Our dedicated and professional staff work around the clock in roles including protection, community services, shelter, health and more. Despite the challenges they can face, our staff are proud to work for UNHCR and determined to make a positive impact.

How can you make a difference?

The Associate WASH Officer assists in the provision of professional technical support and guidance on activities within the areas of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in the locations within the Areas of Responsibility (AoR).  The incumbent will be expected to work within multi-functional and interdisciplinary teams that include settlement planning, shelter, public health, education, protection, programme and supply colleagues .

The Associate WASH Officer will support UNHCR, in liaise with partners, local authorities and service providers to assess needs and coordinate the provision of WASH services to refugees and, where relevant, their hosting communities. This will include liaising at site level with WASH partners in conjunction with the government authorities, and monitoring progress of WASH programme implementation to ensure that adequate services are provided in accordance with the UNHCR WASH Manual and Technical Guidelines, and applicable UNHCR Standards and/or National Standards.

Key responsibilities and duties:

  • Assess WASH needs of refugees and their hosting communities

  • Develop technical designs, BoQ, and any other document necessary for implementation of WASH programs; review of partner project proposals and budgetary submissions.

  • Monitor the implementation of WASH programs in line with existing strategies, including through data collection and regular reporting in UNHCR data systems

  • Ensure the involvement of beneficiaries during planning, design, implementation, and monitoring of WASH services using an age, gender and diversity approach.

  • Perform other related duties as required.

Who are we looking for?

Candidates with 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree.


Proven expertise in the area of WASH including surveys, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and coordination.


Knowledge and understanding of water and wastewater hydraulics and physical, chemical and biological properties; solid waste management practices, vector control and hygiene promotion/awareness raising strategies. Knowledge and understanding of relationship between water, wastewater, solid waste, vector control to public health indicators, and value of hygiene promotion/awareness raising and behaviour change methodologies.

For a more detailed description, please review the job description:

Associate WASH Officer


UNHCR’s workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. We seek to sustain and strengthen this diversity and to ensure equal opportunities, as well as an inclusive working environment, for our entire workforce. Joining us means living, sharing and promoting these core values of inclusion, diversity and gender equality.

Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on the grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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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.