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Vacancy Notice No: SEARO/13/TA1
Title: Technical Officer - Water, Sanitation and Health
Grade: P5
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract:  One Year
Date: 17 January 2013
Application Deadline: 7 February 2013 Vacancy Notice Status in Review
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
Organization unit:
To collaborate with national authorities to ensure availability of safe drinking water by assisting in advocating and introducing water safety plans in the designated 6 SEAR countries and in other Member states as well.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of RA-WSH and broad guidance of Director, SDE, the incumbent would perform the following duties:

1. Provides technical and operational support to national health and other relevant authorities in the areas of drinking water quality, sanitation and waste management determinants including training and health education programmes and research development in the respective areas and to coordinate programme activities within UN Agencies, NGOs and other organizations;

2. Collaborates with other Technical Units in the areas of health in sustainable development in development of guidance documents on water quality.

3. Participates with national authorities in developing plans and activities and provide technical assistance on policies, programmes and projects related to public health and water and sanitation in SEAR countries including support to training and research activities.

4. Works with the Regional Adviser, WSH to ensure that the Ausaid supported water quality phase 3 project is effectively implemented in accordance with the workplans that have been finalized with each member state;

5. Coordinate project monitoring, evaluation and reporting, linking between country, regional office and global activities under the project. Assist in the preparation of progress reports and other relevant documents for submission to HQ for final submission to Ausaid;

6. Provide technical backstopping in implementing the project in the six member states and with substantial support to Myanmar and Timor-Leste which are new countries under the project and have less capacity.

7. Assist in strengthening country capacity through training of trainers programmes, evaluation of the training, certification of good trainers and maintaining roster of trainers;

8. Support HQ in the development of guidelines and tools for accreditation and auditing of water safety plans and quality assurance tools for organized piped water supply systems;

9. Assist countries in addressing climate change risks in their WSPs using the WHO's WSP climate change document and explore piloting in one country.

10. Assist RA-WSH in promoting water safety plans in non-project countries (DPRK, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand) in the areas of advocacy, policy development and training of key sector staff. Assist in fund mobilization for these countries.

11. Assist in advocating water safety to donors and development partners including development banks. Provide to Member States up-to-date information concerning the mitigation and adaptation measures to prevent and cope with climate change.

12. Assist in documentation of poverty and gender impacts of WSPs and how WSPs may better address these issues

13. Seek to mobilize funds for activities excluded from the Phase 3 proposal and support implementation of those activities.

14. Perform other related duties, as required.
Essential: Post graduate degree/MSc in Sanitary Engineering, Water Engineering and Management

Desirable: Doctorate in related science/engineering and training in management and/or Public Health.

1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
 Thorough knowledge and skills in principles and practices of protection of the human environment programme areas, particularly in water safety, risk assessment and management, monitoring and surveillance.
 Ability to plan, organize, manage and evaluate country needs for promoting national capabilities specialized knowledge, experience of the techniques required achieving the objectives of the programme.
 Ability to prepare project reports and proposals, write technical and other reports and make verbal presentations.
 Computer literate.

At least ten years experience in management of programme in any related field of water, sanitation and health; planning, implementation, evaluation and monitoring programmes of which, at least five years of international experience.

Desirable: Relevant work experience in developing countries in the South-East Asia Region
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
Knowledge of other languages in the SEAR countries will be an asset.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80,734 at single rate
USD 86, 904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 38.9 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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