Senior WASH Associate


Job Description


Organizational Setting and Work Relationships:

There are 43 Refugee Villages (RV’s) in 16 districts across KP which are geographically spread over the province. Refugees have largely depended on a self-reliance model which included privately run water facilities, user-fees and community water committees to manage.

Notably, COVID-19 social-economic impact has severely strained all the existing refugee community structures and sustainable copying mechanisms which has also comprised the WASH status in the RVs and at household level.

WASH sector response will focus on the immediate measures that must be undertaken to ensure preparedness to address the COVID-19 outbreak. WASH Sector response will focus on strategic priorities (below) for public health response to reduce COVID19 transmission and mortality. UNHCR will support both the institution and Community at RV level. The Overall WASH response will include but not limited to the following activities.

The Senior WASH Associate will work under the overall supervision of the Associate WASH Officer in close collaboration with the Programme Officer. S/he will be primarily responsible for assisting the development, providing guidance on and overseeing the implementation of WASH strategies for refugee settlements. The incumbent will support WASH related activities in the refugee settlements working closely with the multi-functional teams including colleagues from protection, health, settlement planning, field and others.

The Senior WASH Associate provides technical guidance, works closely with partners and other external stakeholders, reviews ongoing activities and generally contributes to improving WASH service delivery to persons of concern (POC) to adequate levels at each site in accordance with the UNHCR WASH Manual and Technical Guidelines, and applicable UNHCR and/or national standards.

S/he will follow a rights-based and community focused approach to programme design and implementation. The incumbent will follow the five principles for protection, accountability and WASH as outlined in UNHCR’s WASH Manual.


Operational Context:

The Senior WASH Associate in Sub-Office Peshawar will also be required to:

Duties and Responsibilities:

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level


Strong experience in area of WASH including surveys, programme implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and coordination.


Knowledge and understanding of water and wastewater hydraulics and physical, chemical and biological properties; solid waste management practices, vector control and hygiene promotion/awareness raising strategies. Knowledge and understanding of relationship between water, wastewater, solid waste, and vector control to public health indicators, and value of hygiene promotion/awareness raising.

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

  • Support assessment and validation of WASH projects to be implemented in refugee villages and host communities.
  • Take lead to technically review planned WASH project and prepare required project technical documents including BOQs and drawing.
  • Must be a team-player with good team-work skills and ability to negotiate and work closely with government counterparts and WASH partners.
  • The incumbent is expected to participate in routine and periodic monitoring of projects and have a pro-active mature attitude and be able to perform well under stress.
  • Knowledge and understanding of sustainable water systems like solarized water pumps and tube wells.
  • Understanding of measures and standards for Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) including sanitation and hygiene promotion.
  • Apply appropriately and coherently UNHCR's policies, standards and procedures relating to WASH in the area of responsibility (AoR).
  • Provide technical guidance and support to partners on all WASH-related issues to ensure quality, cost-effectiveness, sustainability and environmental sound WASH interventions.
  • Preparation and review of WASH concept note and proposal as desired within the context of Refugee and Host Communities situation.
  • Liaise with implementing partners, operating partners and relevant governmental and non-governmental counterparts.
  • Review on a regular basis the quantity and quality of water and sanitation services offered in the AoR and ensures the maintenance of records of WASH performance indicators for all locations.
  • Support the review of performance, undertake field verifications, monitor development and support the evaluation of activities and approaches adopted by partners in WASH and related sectors, reporting the results to the supervisor for sharing with other technical units.
  • Provide technical assistance (TA) to partners and help to enhance capacity building of partners.
  • Promote community involvement and participation in all the different stages of the WASH project cycle.
  • Build and maintain close relationships with other sectors, particularly site planning, health and community service, to locate, plan, implement and monitor WASH activities.
  • Provide timely inputs to ensure that regular and accurate reports that analyse the challenges encountered in providing WASH services for beneficiaries are prepared and circulated.
  • Participate in the preparation of all reports for management, boards, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, monthly, annual reports etc. in a timely manner.
  • Contribute to providing technical inputs during strategic and operational planning cycles of UNHCR within the AoR.
  • Draft WASH interventions for the AoR in consistent with the country wide WASH policies.
  • Assist in the communication of WASH related issues as well as of the needs and issues of other sectors through reliable regular field presence. Provide regular updates and track progress, prepare summaries and follow-up documents in correspondence.
  • Participate in or lead WASH sector meetings, infrastructure coordination meetings, camp coordination meetings, cross-cutting sector meetings e.g. health, environment, as required by the supervisor.
  • Compile documents and reports related to WASH activities and construction under the AoR.
  • Record feedback from UNHCR camp management, field and community services colleagues on issues with water availability, access, quality, sanitation situation, and all resolutions employed.
  • Support the management in provision of WASH facilities required (UNHCR managed and supported areas), including activities such as technical design, cost estimations of technical activities, development of bill of quantities for construction of all associated WASH works, and all operational and maintenance considerations.
  • Provide project management support for UNHCR WASH activities employing typical PM tools for design control, procurement, implementation and monitoring, and contract administration including evaluations to support progress certificates.
  • Promote and participate in the establishment of a complaint mechanism/system to improve the WASH accountability toward refugees; report all issues, communications and resolutions employed.
  • Establish and follow master and detailed chronograms, reporting to the sector any issue resulting in delays or extra costs.
  • Coordinate and supervise UNHCR partners' construction and maintenance of WASH in UNHCR managed and supported areas.
  • Assist in negotiations with local authority counterparts, partners and populations of concern.
  • Provide inputs for country operations plan and other submissions and reports.
  • Monitor WASH activities in the AoR on behalf of UNHCR and make recommendations to the supervisor and the UNHCR management team.
  • Provide data inputs for the WASH monitoring system.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • 4 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher
  • Certificates and/or Licenses:

    Agriculture, Civil Engineering ,Environment, Hydrology, Natural Resources Management , Project management, Public Health, Community Development, Social Work , Social Sciences, Urban Planning, Architecture, Water resource development, Water/Sanit Management, Water Supply

    Functional Skills:


  • SP-Sphere Handbook
  • WA-WASH-related Technologies
  • WA-WASH Assessment: Survey planning, implementation and oversight
  • SP-Vector Control
  • MD-Public Health Epidemiology
  • IT-Computer Literacy
  • IT-Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • EX-Experience with Inter/Non-Governmental Organization (INGO/NGO)
  • SP-Environmental Sanitation
  • Language Requirements:

    Working knowledge of English.

    Competency Requirements:

    Core Competencies



    Organizational Awareness

    Teamwork & Collaboration

    Commitment to Continuous Learning

    Client & Result Orientation

    Managerial Competencies

    Empowering and Building Trust

    Managing Performance

    Cross-Functional Competencies

    Analytical Thinking

    Planning and Organizing

    Technological Awareness


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