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Duty Station – Nairobi
Duration: 9 months
Date of Issue: 04 March 2015
Closing Date: 18 March 2015
Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified Kenyan nationals to fill the above
Temporary Appointment position in the WASH Section, UNICEF Kenya Country Office
Purpose of the Post:
Under the guidance of the Chief of WASH, UNICEF Kenya, and supervision of the IASC
Humanitarian Coordinator, the incumbent will be responsible for the day-to day leadership and
facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated and effective WASH response in
Background and Justification
Kenya experiences humanitarian emergencies linked to natural disasters such as drought and
floods, and outbreaks of human and livestock diseases. Drought and flood patterns have
become more frequent, intense and unpredictable with the number of people living in areas
vulnerable to these disasters in Kenya increasing annually. They affect over 10 million people,
mostly living in arid and semi-arid lands - which cover more than 80 per cent of the country’s
land mass. Additionally, there is often a risk of population movements due to ethno-political or
resource-based conflicts.
Humanitarian emergencies often require coordinated multi-sectoral humanitarian response. It is
for this purpose that the Water and Environmental Sanitation Coordination mechanism
(WESCOORD) was established as a technical arm of Kenya Food Security Steering group
(KFSSG) - shortly after the La-Nina related drought of 2000/2001. This sector coordination
platform brings together agencies active in responding to humanitarian WASH needs of
populations affected by emergencies in the country.
Overall, the coordination of WASH interventions in Kenya is led by the Ministry of Environment,
Water and Natural Resources (MEWNR), and the Ministry of Health (MoH). UNICEF, as the
WASH Cluster lead agency, is responsible for ensuring that the cluster approach is effectively
carried out in Kenya. In the last couple of years, WESCOORD’s performance as a sector
coordination forum improved greatly after the establishment of a permanent secretariat at the
MEWNR offices; and UNICEF’s increased technical capacity support to WESCOORD for
coordination and information management.
Scope of Work
Responsibility for WASH Cluster Coordinator
Under the guidance of the IASC Humanitarian Coordinator in Kenya and UNICEF (as the lead
agency for the IASC Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector), and in collaboration with the State
Authorities, the main purpose of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster Coordinator
post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated,
coherent, strategic, and effective WASH response in Kenya by a mobilized and adequately
resourced groups of agencies, organizations, NGOs, local communities etc.
Given the frequency of emergencies caused by conflict or natural phenomena in Kenya, as
well as the commitment of UNICEF to support WASH cluster coordination even in more
“normal” times and ensure a well-functioning sector with clear strategies of DRR, recovery
and support to building resilience and coping mechanisms especially in more vulnerable
communities, it is felt important to create a National post to continue supporting the
government in this critical sector on a medium term basis. The post in close coordination with
the Chief of WASH and WASH section will focus on enhancing the institutional capacity of the
cluster members and systems strengthening in DRR in normal times for a more coordinated
and effective response in emergencies and to mitigate its effects.
The IASC Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) retains the principle responsibility for the overall
humanitarian response and thus the WASH Cluster Coordinator will report to the Humanitarian
Coordinator, through UNICEF representative and Chief of WASH Section on all issues related
to the functioning of the WASH Sector. The AISC HC will be supported by OCHA and may
delegate some reporting tasks to others. The role of WASH Sector Coordinator is facilitation
of the coordination process.
Scope of Work
The accountability and key end-results set out below are those of the WASH Sector Lead
Agency. It is the role of the WASH Sector Co-ordinator to ensure these are attained through
the combined efforts of him/herself, of the WASH Sector Support Team (when provided) and
of the WASH Country Sector Group. The WASH Sector Co-ordinator may supervise a number
of staff (provided either solely by the lead agency or in collaboration with others such as
UNOCHA and other WASH organizations) as the WASH Sector Support Team.
In Kenya the sector is jointly coordinated by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural
Resources, Ministry of Health and UNICEF through the WESCOORD secretariat. The WASH
Cluster Coordinator will be expected to divide his/her time between the two offices. In line with
the transformative agenda, the WASH Cluster Coordinator will provide leadership and ensure
improved accountability and coordination. The Cluster Coordinator will support and strengthen
capacity of the government to effectively lead the cluster and support the sub-national
coordination mechanisms.
The exact tasks and responsibilities will depend on the nature, size and scope of the
emergency/programme, as well as existing capacity of national government and the
international community. In this respect they will include but may not be limited to the
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 Sector’s response plans and operations.
Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination
Ensure appropriate coordination between all WASH humanitarian partners (national and
international NGOs, the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, etc…),
through maintenance of appropriate WASH Sector /sector coordination mechanisms,
including working groups at the national and, if necessary, local level;
Secure commitments from WASH humanitarian partners in responding to needs and
filling gaps, ensuring an appropriate distribution of responsibilities within the WASH
group, 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 Sector /sector groups;
Provide support to Ministry of Environment, Water & Natural Resources and Ministry of
Health to maintain and strengthen WASH Cluster functions and WASH Emergency
Sector Coordination through the WESCOORD (Water & Environmental Sanitation)
structure under the Kenya Food Security Group.
Ensure effective links with and participation in existing GoK emergency structures such
as the Crisis Response Centre (CRC), National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC)
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 in discussions with the Humanitarian
Coordinator and other stakeholders on prioritization, resource mobilization and
Maintain information on all current and potential WASH partners, their capacities and
areas of work (including Who, What, Where and by When).
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. peacekeeping forces) and ensure appropriate
coordination and information exchange with them.
Participatory and community-based approaches:
Ensure utilization of participatory and community based approaches in WASH related
assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and response.
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);
Needs assessment and analysis:
Ensure effective and coherent WASH assessment and analysis, involving all relevant
Emergency preparedness:
Ensure adequate WASH related contingency planning and preparedness for potential
significant changes in the nature of the emergency;
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 Common
Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) an integral component of the CAP process.
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 Sector
/sector partners.
Application of standards:
Ensure that WASH Cluster /sector participants are aware of relevant policy guidelines,
SPHERE standards, technical standards and relevant commitments that the
Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights
Ensure that WASH responses are in line with existing policy guidance, technical
standards, and relevant Government human rights legal obligations.
Support compilation and sharing of WASH Sector standard designs, best practices and
unit costs of WASH emergency intervention infrastructure.
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 and age 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.
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;
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.
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.
Provision of assistance or services as a last resort: Where critical gaps in
addressing WASH priorities are identified the WASH Cluster/Sector Coordinator will:
 Lobby for implementing humanitarian partners (including UNICEF WES) to address the
 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 take action to fill the critical gaps through direct
implementation action.
AWP Areas Covered
WASH Output 4: Institutional Development: National and County platforms for coordination of
WASH activities including emergency WASH coordination strengthened and information
management systems improved to support planning and evidence generation.
Expected Deliverables
The WASH Sector Coordinator will deliver the following: Assist the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and Ministry of Health in
setting the agenda and chairing national WESCOORD meetings and also to strengthen
WASH coordination at sub-national levels;
 Representation of WASH Cluster/Sector in all inter cluster, donor, government or other
relevant meetings of for a;
 WASH Cluster Coordination functions as per IASC accountabilities are fulfilled;
 Capacity gaps identified and assessed and relevant training courses facilitated to address
the gaps;
 All WASH Cluster/WESCOORD reporting requirements are fulfilled in a timely manner
 Leadership/Supervision of staff supporting the cluster coordination.
Desired Background & Experience
Candidate Profile:
The WASH Cluster Coordinator requires both technical skills relevant to the position, as well as
managerial and organizational skill sets. The following profile should be used as a guide:
Technical Profile
 Minimum of 5 years WASH Sector experience at least two of which would be based in
the field at Team Leader/WASH programme management level;
 Significant experience in responding to emergency situations;
 Demonstrable experience and knowledge of WASH Cluster Approach;
 Experience in emergency preparedness and response planning preferably within the
AISC cluster framework;
 Experience of proposal and appeal writing preferably within cluster framework;
 Experience of planning and facilitating workshops, trainings, meetings, etc;
 A minimum of 5 year experience with either the UN and/or NGO. Additional work
experience(s) with UNICEF and/or WASH partners desirable
Managerial Profile
 Able to manage and work with a multidisciplinary team of WASH professional and
provide leadership and guidance for coordination operations
 Good written and oral presentation skills
Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills
Willingness and ability to work in hardship environments
Cultural and Gender sensitivity
Good knowledge of humanitarian coordination practices
Ability to lead in context of partnership-building and consensual decision-making
Fluency in English.
Education: Advanced university degree in appropriate subject/areas of WASH, eg. Health
Promotion or Education, Civil or Public Health Engineering, Public Health (MPH),
Environmental Health, etc.
i) Core Values (Required)
• Diversity and Inclusion
• Integrity
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
• Communication [ II ] • Working with People [ II ] • Drive for Results [ II ]
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
• Leading and Supervising [ I ]
• Analyzing [ III ]
• Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]
• Formulating Strategies and Concepts
• Relating and Networking [ II ]
• Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]
[ II ]
Languages: Fluency in English. Knowledge of Kiswahili would be an asset.
Interested and suitable candidates should ensure that they forward their applications
along with their curricula vitae, to;
The Human Resources Manager
UNICEF Kenya Country Office
Email address: [email protected]
Please indicate Reference No. “KCO/WASH/2015/007” in the email subject.
Interested candidates should also complete the Personal History (P11) form, which can
be downloaded from the UNICEF Kenya website (
This is a re-advertisement of the position “KCO/WASH/2014/063”
Candidates who applied previously are welcome to re-apply.
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