Technical Support in Coordination of Humanitarian WASH In Zimbabwe And The Joint Cholera Initiative In Southern Africa (JCISA)

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International Organization
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Senior (10+ Years)
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Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Job Number: 502870 | Vacancy Link
Location: Zimbabwe
Work Type : Consultancy

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

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.

Background & Justification

Cholera is a major health problem in the Southern Africa (SA) sub-region and has become endemic in at least half of its countries. In Zimbabwe, in the 1970s and 1980s, major outbreaks were experienced every 10 years, this reduced to every 5 years in the 1990s. Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe have all reported yearly outbreaks since 2006 with a cumulative total of some 318,400 cases and 10,810 deaths from cholera, with a Case Fatality Ratio (CFR) of 2.5%.  The largest outbreak to date took place in Zimbabwe and reported 98,000 cases and approximately 4,300 deaths.

Post-epidemic evaluations had highlighted the need for a coordinated approach to cholera prevention and control in the region, together with timely and integrated technical support from regional partners to countries.  This resulted in the establishment of the Joint Cholera Initiative for Southern Africa (JCISA), a multi-agency technical partnership bringing together WHO, UNICEF, UNOCHA and OXFAM with the primary goal being to "strengthen regional capacity and collaboration in order to ensure more timely, integrated and effective technical support to countries in the areas of cholera preparedness, response and resilience"

Due to its strategic geographical location within the Southern African region, as well its relevance for the initial development of the JCISA and activities undertaken to date, Zimbabwe has been identified as the hub for the coordination of the Initiative, with UNICEF Zimbabwe assuming the hosting role for the UNICEF led activities which will include information management and the overall coordination of JCISA for the time being.

Beyond the JCISA related activities, UNICEF Zimbabwe supports the Ministry of Environment Water and Climate (MoEWC) for the Humanitarian related coordination of the WASH sector, and their lead role in the WASH Sector Coordination and Information Forum (WSCIF) and its Emergency Strategic Advisory Group (E-SAG). Since its establishment in 2014, the ESAG has coordinated the preparedness and response for all humanitarian related interventions among WASH partners in Zimbabwe and it is within this coordination structure, and the framework of the Humanitarian Country Team, that the WASH sector developed its sectoral strategy for the response to the El Nino induced drought as part of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).

The HRP aimed to respond to the devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Niño event which negatively impacted on livelihoods and quality of lives.  The El Niño-induced drought was declared a regional disaster by Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member states, underlining the strong regional dimension of the crisis. While the HRP's time frame ends in March 2017, the El-Nino response activities that guided the HRP, will continue in the sector until well into 2017, with some programmes ending in December 2017.

At the same time as of early 2017, Harare city is experiencing a rapid increase in Typhoid cases, which have spread to at least four high density suburbs and is now known to be in at least four other locations in the country. Continuous rains have also sparked localised flooding with severe impact on many families. The state of many of Zimbabwe's urban areas can be likened to that of 2008, when cholera struck so hard and there remains a high risk of a similar outbreak in the country.

To support the coordination of the above indicated structures i.e. Joint Cholera Initiative for Southern Africa (JCISA) and WASH Emergency Strategic Advisory Group (E-SAG) for Zimbabwe, UNICEF Zimbabwe requires qualified and dedicated resources.  It is envisaged that such requirements can be fulfilled by the engagement of an experienced consultant for an interim period to bridge a potential gap:- UNICEF's regional office in Nairobi is in the process of developing a regional cholera preparedness and response strategy which should be in place by May and will take the place of the JCISA which is sub-regional. The Harare office WASH section is intending to recruit a specific national consultant with the appropriate background to support coordination in future – the consultant in this TOR would be expected to support this recruitment process and provide initial guidance.


The overall goal of the consultancy is to ensure the continuation of appropriate coordination of activities within the Joint Cholera Initiative for Southern Africa (JCISA) across 11 countries (5 JCISA countries + 6 related countries) and for Zimbabwe, to support coordination of the implementation of the WASH HRP and continuing sector response as well as emergency response to sudden-onset disasters (typhoid, flooding etc.) under the ESAG / WSCIF.  The outputs expected from this consultancy are:

  • Functional information systems across countries within the scope of the JCISA covering the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) systems, sharing and compilation of information on cholera outbreaks and cholera outbreak trends are monitored and evaluated.
  • Technical support for the operation and of the Zimbabwe WASH Emergency Strategic Advisory Group (E-SAG), including the coordination of WASH partners (Government agencies, UN, NGOs and other relevant actors) for WASH related humanitarian action, including but not limited to the implementation and monitoring of the WASH Component of the Zimbabwe Humanitarian Response Plan and other emergency response activities.


  • Improved functional information systems in place across targeted countries in the sub-region (IDSR systems strengthened, information on cholera outbreaks shared and compiled and cholera outbreak trends monitored and evaluated.): 5 JCISA countries (Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia) in addition to 6 other countries with risks of cross-border transmission with the JCISA countries: Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.
  • Zimbabwe WASH Emergency Strategic Advisory Group (E-SAG) is operational, ensuring participation of key WASH partners, government agencies and other actors relevant to the drought response. Feedback is provided to the WASH Sectoral Coordination and Information Forum (WSCIF) and other inter-sectoral coordination mechanisms;
  • Implementation of the on-going WASH elements of the Zimbabwe Humanitarian Response Plan is monitored on a monthly basis and timely reported.

Major Tasks and Deliverables

Task: Maintain the cholera information management system for the collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of Cholera epidemiological data and other cholera-related information

Deliverable: Produce three cholera situation report for targeted countries

Task: Humanitarian WASH coordination, including facilitation of ESAG meetings and inputs into other coordination platforms

Deliverable: Minutes / action points of ESAG meetings and reports to WSCIF

Task: Monitoring implementation of the HRP and other humanitarian related interventions using agreed monitoring and reporting tools, including WASH inputs for regular reporting requirements*

Deliverable: Consolidated reports on IM tools and WASH inputs for UNICEF and inter-sectoral reports

Task: Update of WASH component for periodic HRP reporting and RCO dashboard

Deliverable: WASH inputs into Humanitarian response input to HRP periodic review

Task: Knowledge management

Deliverable: Final report including recommendations for improvement of: WASH national coordination mechanisms for emergency response in Zimbabwe, Information management systems and way forward for the Regional cholera strategy.

 * The above indicated tools comprise of:

  • HRP monitoring tool - 4W matrix (who is doing what, where and when), compiled on a monthly basis.
  • Report on other interventions beyond drought response, as applicable
  • WASH sector inputs for UNICEF Situation Reports, compiled on a monthly basis
  • Update of Humanitarian dashboard, and/or periodic monitoring report compiled on a quarterly basisBesides specific deadlines for particular deliverables as indicated above, the Consultant will be required to submit consolidated monthly reports with accompanying invoice at the end of each calendar month. The time frame of this consultancy, (2.5 months) from 1 March to 15 May 2017 Consultancy Requirements 
  • In order to effectively deliver on this assignment the Consultant should be a highly qualified and experienced WASH Expert with the following qualifications:
  • Advanced university degree or equivalent experience in Environmental Public Health, Civil or Sanitation Engineering, or field related to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector.
  • At least 10 years of experience in management and technical assistance to WASH programmes in developing countries, including coordination of emergency / humanitarian programmes.
  • Proven experience on WASH sector coordination in emergency / humanitarian contexts, including sectoral strategy development and implementation and cholera preparedness and response.
  • Experience working with government agencies, local authorities, international organizations, NGOs and communities in the field of water, sanitation and participatory approaches in health and hygiene promotion.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, organizational networking, the ability to communicate efficiently and effectively with a range of government and civil society partners
  • Strong demonstrated experience and knowledge in data analysis and monitoring
  • Possess initiative and a drive to achieve results and ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work effectively in multicultural environment
  • Familiarity with UN related humanitarian systems and processes is an asset  

Application Procedure

If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, Technical proposal and an all-inclusive financial proposal detailing daily professional fees and field travel costs (estimated 10 field travel days per month) by 22 February 2017. Please quote "Humanitarian WASH Consultancy" as the email subject heading.

Only shortlisted consultants will be contacted. UNICEF does not charge a fee during the recruitment process.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Opening Date 9 Feb 2017 Jordan Standard Time
Closing Date 22 Feb 2017 Jordan Standard Time