Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Officer


Mission and objectives

UNICEF helps build a world where the rights of every child are fully realized. It is our conviction that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created in 1946 to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. It has global authority to influence decision-makers, and a wide variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and Governments.


Zambia is located in Southern African and has a population of approximately 18 million people . A survey conducted in 2018 indicated that 15% of children under the age of 5 years in Zambia had diarrhoea within the two weeks prior to the survey and 34.6% were stunted. Global evidence shows linkages between consumption of poor-quality water, diarrhoea and waterborne diseases and may contribute to child stunting. The UN Volunteer will support the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) section focusing on providing water and sanitation support to provincial and district government counterparts, whilst facilitating ground level work for contractors and consultants on WASH activities.

Task description

Under the overall supervision of the UNICEF WASH Specialist, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Monitor UNICEF funded end-use, private sector, construction, and behavior change work at the village level;
  • Engage district governments counterparts on matters related to UNICEF WASH activities;
  • Coordinate field aspects of youth engagement changemaker workshops with UNICEF “YES” team;
  • Facilitate village, district, and provincial WASH level work for UNICEF contractors and consultants;
  • Act as a Liaison with contractors leading household water quality, handwashing, menstrual hygiene, and sanitation private sector engagement activities;
  • Conduct Knowledge management activities, such as: summarizing information in graphic format, map locations of work for donor reports, write monitoring reports, contribute to SharePoint tracking documents/files and draft knowledge management articles;
  • Perform other tasks related to service delivery as assigned.

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