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Fresh Job Vacancies in Nigeria at UNICEF, 27th March, 2019

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: WASH Manager, P4

Job Number: 520868
Location: Kano
Work Type: Fixed Term Appointment

For every child, a future

  • The WASH Manager supports the Chief in managing the WASH section, and in leading the development, preparation, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH programme within the country programme.
  • The Manager provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes, to ensure the achievement of the WASH-related output results in the country programme.
  • The Manager provides authoritative advisory services to government and sector support agencies, and interacts with government at senior levels and with senior staff in the International Development Banks.

How can you make a difference?
Management support to the Chief of WASH:

  • Advise the Chief of WASH in establishing the annual work plan and annual workplan outputs, activities and developmental priorities of WASH section staff, determining priorities and performance measurements. Monitor workplan implementation, to ensure that WASH output results are achieved to schedule and performance standards.  Report critical issues to the Chief of WASH for timely action.
  • Provide technical advice to WASH section staff on all aspects of programming and implementation.
  • Perform the full duties of the Chief of WASH in his/her absence.

Programme Development and Planning:

  • Draft the WASH inputs for the situation analysis.  Provide comprehensive and current data to inform WASH policy and programme development, planning, management and implementation. Keep abreast of WASH sector developments, for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in WASH programme design, management and implementation.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss national WASH priorities, resources, strategies and methodologies to ensure the most strategic use of the collective resources of external support agencies.
  • Participate in strategic WASH programme planning discussions and the formulation of the WASH outcome and output results, related indicators, baselines, targets and means of verification, ensuring alignment with the UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, UNICEF’s global WASH strategy and the country programme as well as government plans and priorities, and the role of other WASH external support agencies.
  • Prepare WASH donor proposals, ensuring alignment with the WASH output results in the country programme.

Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results:

  • Draft documentation for programme reviews and analytical statements on progress and constraints of WASH outcome and output results.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes for the achievement of the WASH output results.  Ensure effective collaboration with other UNICEF sectors, where needed.
  • With other external support agencies, analyze national government WASH sector programmes and projects, with a focus on WASH outcomes (behaviors), using bottleneck analysis tools available in the sector (WASH-BAT, CSOs, SDAs).
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other partners and prepare reports for the Chief of WASH/CSD and CO management.
  • Monitor, report and certify the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report issues to the Chief of WASH/CSD, for timely resolution.
  • Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.

Advisory services and technical support:

  • Participate in strategic discussions to influence national WASH policies and strategies, including the reduction of inequalities, contributing global sector learning.
  • Advise senior officials in government, NGOs, UN agencies and WASH sector donor agencies on WASH policies, strategies and best practices.
  • Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic materials for use by management, donors, UNICEF regional offices and headquarters.
  • Plan for the use of technical experts from the Regional Office and HQ, as and where appropriate in the WASH programme, through remote support and on-site visits.

Advocacy, networking and partnership building:

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with government counterparts, UN agencies, donor agencies, WASH institutions, NGOs, research institutes and the private sector to stimulate coordination and collaboration.
  • Support analysis of national budgets for WASH, cost analysis and value-for-money studies, to advocate for improvements in sector efficiency.
  • Produce materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund-raising.
  • Participate in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the planning and agenda setting.
  • Interact with global and regional initiatives and partnerships for WASH.

Humanitarian WASH preparedness and Response:

  • Manage all aspects of UNICEF’s preparedness for WASH in emergencies.
  • Ensure the coordination arrangements for humanitarian WASH are in place, for instant robust coordination in case of an emergency.
  • Ensure that all UNICEF WASH staff are familiar with UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency.
  • Take up leadership/managerial role in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:

  • Manage the implementation, monitoring and documentation of WASH action research and innovation (technical or systems), ensuring rigorous monitoring and wide sharing of results.
  • Prepare learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development.
  • Support the professional development of UNICEF WASH staff, to ensure our sector capacity remains up-to-date with latest developments.
  • Initiate and contribute to the systematic assessment of WASH sector capacity gap analysis, in collaboration with government and other stakeholders, and support the design of initiatives to strengthen capacities systematically.
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.


  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Public Health, Social Sciences, Behavior Change Communication, Sanitary Engineering or another relevant technical field.
  • Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are required.


  • Developmental: A minimum of eight years of professional experience in WASH-related programmes for developing countries is required.
  • One year of deployment in a developing country is required.
  • Humanitarian: At least six months of work in humanitarian situations, including one three-month deployment mission (with UN-Govt-INGO), is required.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

View our competency framework at

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Job Title: Chief Field Officer, P5

Job Number: 520861
Location: Kano
Work Type: Fixed Term Appointment

For every child, a future

  • Under the broad supervision of the Chief of Field operations, accountable for UNICEF’s advocacy with the government and other partners for the enhancement of the survival, protection, development and participation of children and women in development efforts of three states. Represents the Nigeria Country Office Representative in all aspects of UNICEF’s co-operation with the State Governments. Responsible for all aspects of office management of the UNICEF state office.

Key Accountabilities And Duties & Tasks 
Within the delegated authority and the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be accountable for all or assigned areas of the following major duties and end results.

Representation and Advocacy:

  • On behalf of the Country Representative, represent UNICEF in the states of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa, advocate for policies supportive of UNICEF goals and objectives, building alliances in government, NGOs and community groups towards the achievement of these goals. Represent UNICEF in meetings with senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies, non-governmental organizations and maintain an effective working relationship with them, advocating for the rights of children in all fora.
  • Represent UNICEF and ensure increased commitment of UNICEF working under United Nations Joint Partnership framework.

Programme Planning and Development:

  • Be aware of development policies of Federal and State Governments and the socio-economic scenario of the area; and support the 3 State Government to develop Situation Analysis.
  • Support the State Governments to develop State Plans of Action for children based on up to date situation analysis; with attention to gender equality, and equity perspective, (identify and track gender inequalities, equity aspects of children vulnerabilities, and promote intervention to address both).
  • Strengthening coordination between sectors and between different levels of government structures for policy implementation.
  • Support the development of state engagement plans between UNICEF and States of Kano, Jigawa and Katsina.

Programme Management:

  • Lead and guide a team of professional and support staff overseeing implementation of UNICEF supported programmes using appropriate strategies and interventions relevant to the State and Country Programme.
  • Ensure effective and appropriate use of human and material resources, working closely with government and other partners to ensure smooth and efficient execution of UNICEF supported programme activities. Coordinate inter-sectoral programme activities to contribute to the achievement of programme objectives and relevant Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Implement the State engagement plans under the overall framework of the Country Rolling work plan goals, and relevant to the specific State setting.
  • Direct, supervise and coordinate implementation of state engagement plans, with systematic and regular monitoring of progress to ensure objectives are met.
  • Closely monitor financial commitments, expenditure and liquidation of programme and administrative funds allotted to the field office in accordance with financial rules and regulation, ensuring accountability for resources allocated to the office and compliance with all operational systems and procedures. Ensure established relevant internal controls are monitored and adhered to.

Team Leadership:

  • Provide leadership to a team with diverse backgrounds and experience, so that they successfully work towards a common goal. Identify and recommend human resources required for programmes, assign tasks to staff in Field Office, monitor performance, complete the Performance Appraisal process as required; ensure appropriate professional development, training and motivation of staff.

Programme Monitoring/Evaluation:

  • Coordinate timely programme reviews with both government and other partners.  Develop and make effective use of programme monitoring systems and ensure that information generated leads to improvement of project performance and feedback to staff.
  • Direct, supervise and coordinate the preparation of all programme reports required by the country office and donors. Provide inputs and support required during evaluations.

Governance and Office Management:

  • Put in place structures for optimal management of the field office, and participate in Country office forums for governance. Ensure the organisation of regular staff and programme meetings and follow up to decisions and recommendations. Provide input in the Country Management Team.

Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration:

  • Establishes effective partnerships with the Government, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society and local leaders, the private sector, and other UN agencies to support sustained and proactive commitment to the Convention of the Rights of the Child and to achieve global UN agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the World Fit for Children (WFFC) agenda. Identifies other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family.
  • Develop partnership and collaboration in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation and movement/distribution of supplies. Links to the Regional Programme Knowledge Network to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme data.
  • Collaborate with the Operations Section to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavours and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and accountability.
  • Maintain close collaboration with heads of sectoral programmes in the CO, for effective overall coordination on programmes.

Knowledge Management:

  • Ensure that country programmes are supported by knowledge management through data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in the Programme Knowledge Network system of “lessons learned” and other corporate-level databases; participate in information exchange through donor and media visits as well as in the development of training and orientation material.

Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach:

  • Adopt rights-based programmes approach in the formulation of programme goals and objectives and development of strategies and implementation frameworks. Formulate consistent and effective planning, design, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of programmes and projects. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to the programming planning and design processes using a results-based management approach to programme planning and design. Prepare and submit viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women, and recommendations on programme, new initiatives and management issues to ensure achievement of stated objectives.

National and Local Capacity Building/Sustainability:

  • Provide authorities and service providers with technical support and guidance to plan and organize training programmes for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability. Ensure the building and reinforcing of the commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners starting with taking a strategic approach to the identification of these partners and partnerships.

Rights Perspective and Advocacy at the National, Community and Family Levels:

  • Conduct policy analysis from a children’s and women’s rights perspective and advocacy at the government, community and family levels for elevating credibility in national and international policy debates. Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through active advocacy and communication in line with UNICEF national advocacy guidelines and strategy.


  • An advanced university degree is required in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines.

Work Experience:

  • Ten years of relevant professional work experience is required.
  • International and developing country work experience and field work experience is required.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.

Language Proficiency:

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is considered as an asset.

View our competency framework at

Deadline; 23:55:00 GMT+0100  (W. Central Africa Standard Time); 10th April, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
  • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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