Consultancy: Cash based programming and WASH outcomes

New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Job Number: 504584 | Vacancy Link
Location: Programme Division, UNICEF NYHQ
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 & Rationale

In the recent years, the use of the humanitarian cash transfers has significantly increased. There is now a more systematic consideration of the cash modality on par with in kind transfers. A wider use of the private sector and market based approaches have developed as means of delivering humanitarian assistance to vulnerable families. Humanitarian cash transfers have also proven being an effective tool to address cost efficiency requirements within humanitarian responses. These have resulted in an increased conductive landscape for cash.

There are clear conceptual and practical links between the use of cash in development and humanitarian contexts; in both contexts cash transfers are used to help families to overcome financial barriers to goods and services. Building on its existing experience using cash based transfers in development contexts, and in line with the commitments taken at the World Humanitarian Summit and the Grand Bargain, UNICEF has committed to increase its routine use of humanitarian cash transfers.

Cash and market-based approaches have increasingly been undertaken to achieve WASH outcomes. WASH partners have often included for example: cash for work; vouchers for water trucking, hygiene kits and fuel; setting up water kiosks; capacity building of water traders; and supporting financial systems and processes as part of regular programming.

As the conversation is increasingly focused on the promotion of cash as a cost-effective way of meeting multi-sector needs in humanitarian settings, UNICEF is seeking the support of an external consultant to support and strengthen UNICEF’s cash based approaches for WASH outcomes.


The purpose of this consultancy is to:

  • To generate evidence on key research gaps on link between cash based programming and WASH outcomes
  • Develop UNICEF’s position on cash based approaches for WASH outcomes
  • Support UNICEF country offices with technical guidance on cash based approaches for WASH outcomes

Expected results: (measurable results)

The following expected results will be reached under the supervision of the UNICEF WASH section and in close collaboration with the Global WASH cluster technical working group on cash and markets, UNICEF EMOPS and UNICEF Social Policy team:

  1. A mapping of UNICEF experience in cash based approaches for WASH outcomes is available
  2. Research gaps in cash programming for WASH outcomes are identified:
      1. Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to collect existing research and strategies on cash based programming for WASH outcomes
      2. Identify research gaps and support identification of suitable research opportunities, in particular around the impact of multi-purpose cash based transfers on WASH outcomes.
  3. Set of recommendations on suitability of cash based approaches for WASH outcomes are developed
  4. Technical guidance on the use of cash based approaches for WASH outcomes is available:
      1. As part of UNICEF’s programmatic framework to cash based approaches, the WASH technical guidance note is available.
      2. The UNICEF hygiene and dignity kit guidance is revised to include cash based approaches (in collaboration with Supply Division).
  5. A capacity building plan on cash based programming for WASH staff is developed and implemented.

Duty Station

New York UNICEF headquarters is preferred, but home based can be arranged.


Start date:   1 July 2017                         

End date:             31 December 2017

Key competences, technical background, and experience required Deadline

  • Advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines relevant to the following areas:  International relations, Business administration, Economics, Finance, Public Health, Civil engineering, Geology, Hydrology, or a field relevant to cash based approaches or WASH humanitarian assistance. 
  • Five years solid professional work experience at the Mid- level, including significant field experience, in the UN or other international or national humanitarian organizations, national government or the private sector. 
  • Experience in cash based programming is required.
  • Experience in the WASH sector is an asset.
  • Background familiarity with Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Cluster Approach is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency in French or Arabic is an asset.

To view our competency framework, please click here

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

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 Tue May 09 2017 15:00:00 GMT+0200 (SAST) Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date Wed May 24 2017 05:55:00 GMT+0200 (SAST)