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Water Sanitation and Hygiene Analyst (Retainer Contract)


Job title: Water Sanitation and Hygiene Analyst (Retainer Contract)

Company: United Nations

Job description: Job Description

Background Information – Pakistan

UNOPS Pakistan Country Office is part of the South Asia Multi-Country Office (SAMCO) in the Asia Region. UNOPS commenced operations in Pakistan in 1999 and significantly upscaled activities from 2005 onwards to support populations affected by and vulnerable to earthquakes. In 2010, UNOPS opened a permanent office in Islamabad to support the Government of Pakistan and other partners to undertake humanitarian and reconstruction services, following the most devastating floods in the nation’s history.

UNOPS Pakistan has been implementing projects in the areas of early recovery and reconstruction of community infrastructure, project management, monitoring and evaluation, community development, fund management, human resources management, procurement, and infrastructure design and implementation. Supported strategically by a regional operational hub and UNOPS headquarters in Copenhagen and within the overarching framework of the ONE UN Programme, UNOPS Pakistan continues to deliver projects across the country under its core delivery practices of sustainable infrastructure, sustainable procurement, and sustainable project management.

With a steady growth of the project portfolio in recent years and a new strategic direction, UNOPS Pakistan is looking to strengthen the relationships with existing partners as well as build new alliances and diversify the portfolio of work, in line with UNOPS strategic and Asia regional objectives.

Background Information – Job-specific

Under the overall guidance of the Country Manager and in close coordination and support of the Civil Engineer (Project Coordinator), The Water Sanitation and Hygiene Analyst will work with Sindh People Housing for Flood Affected (SPHF) and Baluchistan Reconstruction Authorities. The objective of this position is to ensure the success and sustainability of WASH interventions in SPHF and Baluchistan Reconstruction projects through strategic review, technical guidance, stakeholder engagement, and effective positioning of UNOPS as a WASH expert. The whole work will be supervised by the Civil Engineer who is the main point of contact for the government and UNOPS internal stakeholders and the communication with the Government and other stakeholders will be channeled through the Civil Engineer

The incumbent would provide support to the respective provincial authorities for linking the reconstruction / early recovery activities to the development programs in coordination with the relevant WASH partners.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of existing WASH policies and strategies relevant to SPHF and Baluchistan Reconstruction and provide his/her expert inputs.
  • Provide recommendations to SPHF for aligning WASH interventions with international and regional best practices, standards, and resilience principles.
  • Ensure the incorporation of climate-resilient and sustainable WASH practices in policy, strategy, and implementation documents.
  • Collaborate with SPHF and Baluchistan Reconstruction Authorities on mapping current WASH projects including strategies, designs, reports, and implementation modalities.
  • Provide technical inputs for optimizing water supply schemes, /sanitation and drainage systems; sewage treatment plants; and hygiene facilities in housing projects for promoting climate-resilient infrastructure.
  • To carry out a detailed desk review of various WASH-related innovative technologies implemented in Flood conditions and present these to SPHF.
  • Assess the vulnerabilities and risks related to WASH infrastructure and services in the context of climate change and natural disasters for Sindh and Balochistan province.
  • Review WASH infrastructure designs and integrate climate-resilient technologies into these structures.
  • Coordinate and conduct meetings with donors to provide updates and funding requirements.
  • Represent UNOPS at relevant working groups, workshops, and events related to WASH and reconstruction.
  • Collaborate with UNICEF, WaterAid, and other WASH partners in the provinces to leverage expertise, and resources, and promote synergies.
  • Identify the challenges in linking reconstruction with development. Providing inputs on the possible solutions to UNOPS for further advice to the Provincial Governments to address the underlying causes of dependence, increase the resilience and coping capacities of communities, and establish platforms for stabilization and sustainable capacity development
  • Develop and disseminate materials highlighting UNOPS’ expertise, showcasing achievements, lessons learned, and their impact on the WASH sector.
  • Prepare a report addressing WASH sector issues and proposed solutions, where UNOPS can provide its expertise to SPHF and later can be used for proposal development for donors.
  • Review and provide technical inputs to WASH proposals.
  • Provide technical support to SPHF in designing water supply infrastructure projects, focusing on safe water sources, treatment facilities, distribution networks, waste management systems, and clean drinking water schemes, emphasizing water treatment, distribution, and quality monitoring. sewerage systems, wastewater treatment plants, and on-site sanitation solutions, ensuring safe disposal of wastewater.

Deliverables:

  • Comprehensive reports on policy and strategy reviews, technical design inputs, gender inclusion activities, and resilience integration.
  • UNOPS position papers on key WASH issues, innovations, and best practices.
  • Reports on donor meetings, including UNOPS position papers submitted to relevant donors.
  • Report on challenges in linking reconstruction with development with recommendations to the Provincial Governments for addressing the causes of dependence, increase the resilience and coping capacities of communities, and to establish platforms for stabilization and sustainable capacity development
  • Documentation on existing WASH interventions of partners, including success stories, lessons learned, and impact assessments.
  • Coordination reports detailing interactions with line ministries and public health departments

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

Master’s degree in a relevant field (Public Health, Environmental / Civil Engineering, WASH, or related disciplines).

A combination of a Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.

Experience

Minimum 2 years of experience in WASH project management, policy development, and strategy formulation.

Proven experience working in the development sector, preferably with international organizations.

In-depth knowledge of WASH issues, particularly in the context of Pakistan, with a focus on Sindh and Balochistan.

Strong coordination skills with the ability to work effectively with line ministries, public health departments, and other stakeholders.

Demonstrated ability to provide technical expertise in resilience-focused and gender-inclusive WASH interventions.

Excellent communication and presentation skills.

Language requirements

Full working knowledge of English is essential.

Fluency in local languages (Sindhi or Pashto ) is an added advantage) Contract type, level, and duration

  • Contract type: Individual Contract Agreement – ICA
  • Contract level: L- ICA Specialist (LICA 9)
  • Contract duration: Short term until 31 March 2024 (Retainer contract initially approximately for 25 Working days)

Expected salary:

Location: Sindh

Job date: Wed, 31 Jan 2024 03:49:11 GMT

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