WASH Assistant, CEED

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This is a UNV International Youth contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Youth contracts.

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 diarrhea within the two weeks prior to the survey and 34.6% were stunted . Global evidence shows linkages between consumption of poor-quality water, diarrhea and waterborne diseases and may contribute to child stunting . Climate change may increase the consumption of contaminated water , especially in drought prone areas of Africa including Zambia. Potentially increasing climate variability in the future , threatens sustainability of WASH investments. Some of the areas where UNICEF operates in Zambia have been experiencing climate-related impacts including increased flooding and cyclical droughts.
The UN Volunteer will support the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) section focusing on Climate Change, Energy, Environment, and Disaster Risk Reduction/Response (CEED) towards improving sustainability of existing system and climate resilience.

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

• Support WASH related climate financing initiatives, i.e., assist the Ministry of Water Development and Sanitation, and Ministry of Green Economy to finalize Green Climate Fund applications as appropriate, explore opportunities to support the Ministry of Health to obtain climate financing for Cholera activities, and examine interest in cli-mate- appropriate urban sanitation initiatives with commercial utilities; • Contribute to Emergency Preparedness and Response mechanisms by reviewing emergency preparedness plans, ordering prepositioned supplies, and creating disaster response contingency agreements with partners; • Support water quality treatment trials i.e., ordering water treatment materials to be tested and coordinating UNICEF support for hired contractors; • As part of a team monitor water, sanitation and hygiene field activities through field visits and write trip reports on the work of implementing partners’ progress and challenges; • Contribute to knowledge management by documenting WASH and CEED lessons learnt using UNICEF internal knowledge products or international peer-reviewed journal formats.

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Knowledge Sharing, Respect for Diversity, Self Management, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams.

• Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Response, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene is desirable (candidates with 0 to 3 years of experience can be considered). • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in Climate, Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Response, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene; • Experience working in the UN or other international development organization and field work experience is an asset; • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded; • Demonstrated skills in writing proposals, reports, lessons learned, or peer reviewed scientific papers; • Flexibility and interest to work, travel and stay in locations with limited internet and difficult- to-pass roads.

Zambia is land-linked, middle-income country with a population estimated at 18 million. It is a resource-rich country with sparsely populated land in the centre of Southern Africa. It shares its border with eight countries (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe) that serve as an expanded market for its goods. Lusaka became the capital city of Zambia in May 1935. Lusaka’s central position in Zambia and its pleasant climate were two of the main reasons for its selection as the capital. It is a metropolis, which provides a home to about two and half million (3.3 M) inhabitants of different nationalities. It has grown to become the seat of the Government of the Republic of Zambia and as such all diplomatic missions, international organizations, industrial and commercial entities are based there. Its political, social, economic and cultural significance has also increased through the years.

Public transport is provided by private operators using minibuses and taxis. The bus routes are not mapped, and roads are often congested. Good modern housing for rent is available on the open market. The official language is English, which is widely spoken. The country is generally food secure, with sufficient local fresh fruits and vegetables available in the markets, as well as various dairy, poultry and meat products. There are several international schools using the Cambridge GCSE or IGCSE syllabi, from key stage one through to A levels. Health conditions are generally good, although malaria is endemic. Zambia is generally a safe place to live in, although not free of crime. Some prudence is required. For more info, visit: http://www.zambiatourism.com

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