Hosted Entities: WSSCC
Job categories: Partnerships, Programme Management
Vacancy code: VA/2019/B5117/18790
Department/office: ECR, GVA, WASH
Duty station: Abuja, Nigeria
Contract type: Local ICA Specialist
Contract level: LICA Specialist-10
Duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’
Dealine date: 13-Nov-2019
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.
Background Information – Job-specific
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) was established in 1990 and mandated by name in United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/45/181.The WSSCC Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and aims to accelerate the achievement of sustainable sanitation, hygiene and water services for all people, with special attention to the unserved poor, by enhancing collaboration and coordination of all sector stakeholders. The WSSCC Secretariat is located in Geneva, Switzerland. More information on WSSCC can be found on the website at www.wsscc.org.
In November 2018, President Muhammad Buhari declared a state of Emergency in the WASH Sector but also launched the roadmap to ending Open Defecation by the year 2025. This is based on the fact that by the October 2019, Nigeria may become the country with the highest number of persons practicing open defecation. With approximately one in four persons, 47 million people having nowhere to go to toilet while the national access to basic sanitation stands at a low level of 33% (JMP, 2017). Data from the recently conducted WASH National Outcome Routine Monitoring (WASH-NORM) in 2018 showed a marginal reduction in access to improved water supply to 67.9% with only 3.7% meeting safely managed criteria while for sanitation, basic access stood at 41.5% out of which 19.2% is safely managed.
As part of WSSCC contribution to the realization of the development agenda of the government of Nigeria, a 2-years 2019-2020 Country Engagement Plan (CEP) has been developed with the overall objective to “To support the agenda of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Towards Water Sanitation and Hygiene by 2025 with particular focus on the national ODF road map, MHM, and LNOB’. To further strengthen it work in Nigeria, WSSCC will use the facility made at its disposal by The Federal Ministry of Water Resources as a unit dedicated to supporting the WASH sector at Federal and states level and the implementation of the CEP for the period 2019-2020. The incumbent will be based in the WSSCC Nigeria Support Unit, and reports to the Regional Manager, West and Central Africa Unit (WCAU) based in Geneva.
Under the direct supervision of the WSSCC Regional Manager (RM), West and Central Africa Unit (WCAU), the incumbent will be responsible for providing technical support for the implementation of WSSCC’s Country Engagement Plan (CEP) in Nigeria through its Nigeria Support Unit (NSU). Within the framework fo the CEP for Nigeria, the incumbent will also be responsible for developing and managing activities in support to existing and new partnerships, including but not limited to grant managements, collaboration with federal and state level partners, support to designing and to operationalize learning and training, documentation and links to research and monitoring systems of WSSCC. The incumbent will work pro-actively to provide technical support to key stakeholders and existing structures such as the Clean Nigeria Unit (CNU) of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, the WSSCC Wash Ambassador, the WSSCC National Coordinator and the GSF supported programme and RUWASSA’s in Benue and Cross River states. The incumbent may also engage to support WSSCC Regional Unit organize local and regional events, workshops and trainings.
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