WASH Coordinators – Accelerating Sanitation and Water for All Programme II: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is one of the major programme components of UNICEF Nepal Country Programme (CPAP) 2018-2022 in Nepal. The WASH component aims to ‘’by 2022, children and their families have improved and equitable access to and use of safe and sustainable drinking water and sanitation services, and improved hygiene practices’’. To apprehend this aim UNICEF Nepal has been supporting governments – Federal, Provincial and Local Governments – and empowers the people and strengthen governments’ system for WASH. UNICEF have been putting its efforts to generate funds and best utilize them and also leverages the local resources by collaborating with the governments.
Through UNICEF HQ UNICEF Nepal has received the DFID funded Accelerated Sanitation and Water for All Program II (ASWA II) which is one of the prime programmes to UNICEF Nepal. This aims to support federal, provincial and local governments to strengthen their capacity and systems to plan, implement, monitor and sustain WASH services. Major interventions under this programme are supporting people, including women and girls and persons with disability, to have improved access to basic sanitation and safe water, WASH in Schools and Health Care Facilities by strengthening WASH system at all levels. The ASWA II programmes 44 Palikas of eight districts in Province No. 2 and the period covers from Nov. 2017 to Dec 2022. However, UNICEF’s policy support to provincial and federal governments are meant to cover all Palikas of the Province no. 2 as well.
Most the programme will be implemented through Palikas. Knowing the fact that the current capacity of Palikas to achieve the anticipated WASH results is inadequate UNICEF intends to support Palikas to fulfil this gap by placing WASH Coordinator(s), through NGO partner or third-party consulting firm, in the Palikas.
1. Communicate, coordinate, cooperate and collaborate
- Establish stronger coordination and collaboration with MWASHCC to ensure WASH programme implementation is in accordance to the agreed plan of action,
- Establish good professional relation with MWASHCC members, line departments and other stakeholders including related WSSDO Unit (functioning under Provincial Government),
- Work in close coordination, cooperation and collaboration with WASH focal person and MWASHCC, DCC and related WSSDO Unit as per need
2. Ensure Palika level WASH institutional structures are functional
- WASHCCs are reformed and functional at all the levels in programme Palikas in accordance to the new structure,
- WASHCC monthly meetings are conducted and pertaining issues timely discussed and the meeting minutes are shared.
- Arrange monthly meeting with the focal persons of all the Palikas, progress shared, issues discussed, shared with next month’s plan of action and shared the minute with UNICEF,
- Track result against the set timeline and report to the Palika, and UNICEF on monthly basis or whenever needed,
- Support all Palika/ward/community level capacity building orientations and ensure desired output and result,
3. Support in WASH Planning
- Review existing district/VDC and municipality level sanitation strategic plan/plan of action, analyze programme intervention modality, procedure and provide input to make the strategy more practical and effective,
- Support to develop Palika level WASH Plan in accordance to the guideline provided by DWSS/UNICEF,
- Support to develop mapping of WASH in School and WASH in Health Care Facilities considering cross cutting issues, like gender and disability,
- Support to district level positive issues and concerns in MWASHCC meeting for effective planning which ultimately support to expedite the WASH Programme intervention to achieve desired result,
- In coordination of Palika focal person support in planning process to incorporate WASH issues and leverage resource in WASH sector,
4. Organize Systematic monitoring/field visits
- Provide technical support to establish sound monitoring mechanism in accordance to NMIP/UNICEF monitoring system in the Palikas,
- Ensure result vs targets on Programme Indicators, specifically ASWA II indicators as per timeline,
- Arrange /coordinate with the concern Palikas for joint monitoring visits of the programme,
- Support the third-party monitoring team, donors and UNICEF visit to the programme Palikas,
- Ensure sharing of monitoring visit reports in time,
- Ensure all the Palikas timely requested fund and liquidated with desired documentation and submit expenditure reports as per the UNICEF’s FACE form and HACT standard,
5. Reporting /documentation including stories, innovations and initiation
- Strengthen data collection and dissemination mechanism,
- Ensure data update and reporting to MWASHCC and UNICEF on monthly basis,
- Collect, update and forward to MWASHCC and UNICEF the ward/community/Palika level information,
- Work closely with Palika level WASH focal person for information sharing and dissemination, as appropriate,
6. Support to observe national, international and local events/days
- In coordination/support of D/MWASHCC members facilitate to observe key international/national and local events such as NSAW, GHD, WTD, WWD, MHM (menstrual hygiene day) so on.
Qualification and Competencies
- Bachelor degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Sanitation Engineering, Sociology, Rural Development
- Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication) focusing to WASH, an asset.
- Three years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government, NGOs or private sector. Field work experience specifically from WASH in Province No. 2.
- Good technical knowledge on the theories, principles and methods in the communication for behavior change,
- WASH in schools and health care facilities,
- water supply projects management, appropriate water supply and quality technology, stainability of water supply and sanitation,
- WASH planning and monitoring and evaluation.
- Community based sanitation hygiene education or latrine construction and waste management.
- General knowledge of methodology of programme/project management, programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes
- Knowledge of human rights and gender/disability issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF/ Govt’s position and approaches.
- UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
Language Proficiency / Computer skill
- Proficient in speaking/writing in English and Nepali and Maithili/Bhojpuri is an asset.
- Good computer skill in Excel, Words, PowerPoint
- Has two-wheeler driving license and holding own motorbike is an asset,
- Candidates from working district will be preferred.
- Female, people from disadvantaged group, marginalized and indigenous community are highly encouraged to apply.