Friday, April 22, 2011

UNICEF Ghana Job Vacancies

UNICEF Ghana Job Vacancies

UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.  That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.

We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress.  UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.  We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity.

We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.

We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum – because it benefits all children, both girls and boys. Girls who are educated grow up to become better thinkers, better citizens, and better parents to their own children.

We act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished, because it is wrong for a child to suffer or die from a preventable illness.

We work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people because it is right to keep them from harm and enable them to protect others. We help children and families affected by HIV/AIDS to live their lives with dignity.

We involve everyone in creating protective environments for children. We are present to relieve suffering during emergencies, and wherever children are threatened, because no child should be exposed to violence, abuse or exploitation.

UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  We work to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular. We work for the Millennium Development Goals and for the progress promised in the United Nations Charter. We strive for peace and security. We work to hold everyone accountable to the promises made for children.

We are part of the Global Movement for Children – a broad coalition dedicated to improving the life of every child.  Through this movement, and events such as the United Nations Special Session on Children, we encourage young people to speak out and participate in the decisions that affect their lives.

We work in 190 countries through country programmes and National Committees. We are UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified Ghanaian Nationals for the post of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Officer (National Officer Category). Non-Ghanaians will not be considered.

VN No.: VN-11-03 Post Level: NO-B
Post #: 44900
Duty Station: Tamale
Type of Contract: Fixed Term
Duration: Initially ending 31/12/11 with possibility of extension

Purpose of the Job:

  • Accountable for professional technical contribution to design, planning, administration, monitoring and evaluation of WASH programme/project activities, data analysis and progress reporting, and commitment for enhancement of teamwork and capacity building, in support of achievement of planned objectives of the work plan, aligned with country programme goals and strategy.
  • Ensure the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information required for effective WASH programme and project design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Draft sound WASH programme budgets for review by the superior, including concrete steps to enhance emergency preparedness and response
  • Enhance programme efficiency and effectiveness through evidence base approach and implementation follow-on, including monitoring UNICEF inputs, local conditions and resources, flow of supply and non-supply and emergency assistance and WASH programme status
  • Analyze collected data and information and prepare progress reports, draft changes in WASH project work plans and assist in identification of required supplies and equipment (for both development and emergency orientated activities) as well as in the drafting of Country Programme Recommendation and other programme documentation, assuring accuracy and consistency with established rules, regulations and plans of action
  • Ensure the appropriateness of financial, administrative and supply documentation; verify that WASH programme expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the programme information and database
  • Compile WASH programme implementation, preparedness, training and orientation materials to promote knowledge sharing with counterparts, WASH sectoral stakeholders, donors and media
  • Ensure the effective communication and networking developed and maintained through partnership and collaboration
  • Remuneration: Competitive and attractive

Required Skills or Experience
  1. University degree in one of the discipline relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance
  2. Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication) is an asset
  3. Two years of professional work experience in a development organisation, private sector or national government. In addition, field work experience is required

Background/familiarity with Emergency preparedness and response (and the IASC Cluster approach)
Competency Profile:
Core Values (Required):
  • Communication (II)
  • Working with People (I)
  • Drive for Results (I)
  • Core Competencies (Required):
  • Communication (II)
  • Working with People (I)
  • Drive for Results (I)
  • Functional Competencies (Required):
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (I)
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Learning and Researching (I)
  • Planning and Organizing (I)

Technical Planning:
Essential Technical knowledge of theories, principles and methods in one or more of the following areas: Communication for behaviour change, WASH in schools, rural water supply projects implementation, planning, evaluation, appropriate water supply and quality technology ie: community based water supply, controlling water home related diseases
Gender and diversity awareness
Knowledge of the latest theories, technology and practices in community based sanitation
General knowledge of methodology of programme/project management
Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women

How To Apply

If you have experience working with a similar capacity and want to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better world for children and match the profile outlines, send a brief application letter supported by detailed curriculum vitae, UN Personal History Form (which can be downloaded from and photocopies of other supporting documents to:

The Human Resources Officer
P. O. Box 5051

Location: 4-8 Rangoon Close, Cantonments (Behind UNDP, near Ghana National Fire Service Headquarters on the Ring Road)

Qualified Female Candidates Are Especially Encouraged To Apply

Note: UNICEF Is A Smoking Free Environment.

Deadline: 25 April, 2011

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