Consultant - National WASH JSR preparation and facilitation

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)


Job no: 544686
Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Zimbabwe
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

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For every child, quality Water, Sanitation and Hygiene!

UNICEF has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1982. We are a team of passionate professionals committed to the protection and fulfillment of children’s rights.

The current UNICEF-Government of Zimbabwe Country Programme of Cooperation (2016-2020), extended to 2021, aims to support Zimbabwe to sustain and build upon the gains achieved for children during the 2012-2015 Country Programme of Cooperation. The programme focuses on improving the quality of social services, increasing access to services, and helping to build national and sub-national capacities to provide low-cost, high-impact interventions for all children, especially the most vulnerable.

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How can you make a difference?

Individual consultancy services are being sought to prepare for and facilitate the 2021 National WASH Joint Sector Review for Zimbabwe.



The Consultant will work with a Technical Committee set up by the Sector to facilitate sub-sector and sector-wide reflections which will be pursuant to the following specific objectives:

  1. To assess progress and performance of the sector in relation to the agreed key sector performance indicators and the 2019 JSR undertakings;
  2. To identify key sector emerging issues and provide policy and strategic guidance;
  3. Enhanced alignment within and across levels of government and development (and implementing) partners including the private sector, academia and research institutions;
  4. Benchmarking Zimbabwe’s WASH sector against regional and international commitments.
  5. Develop undertakings and list of priority actions across identified strategic areas for the forth-coming period (from now to end of 2022); and
  6. To provide a forum for sharing experiences, lessons learnt and innovations across the sector.

The proposed JSR comes at a time the Government of Zimbabwe is implementing constitutional provisions on devolution. It is therefore expected to aid clarity of roles within the sector in the context of enhanced devolution of governance. Discussions to be steered by the Consultant and the Technical Committee will take account of previously agreed sector commitments and indicators in relation to identified bottlenecks and collaborative efforts.

The JSR workshop is proposed to be held on 27-28 October 2021, using the blended approach (virtually and face to face). The consultant is expected to facilitate both platforms in person at the face-to-face platform.




Timeline (Person-days)

  • Entry meetings, first with UNICEF and later with the JSR Technical Committee to clarify expectations and get a common understanding of the scope of the consultancy
  • Develop the JSR operational plan indicating activities, implementing timelines, responsibilities, results indicators and all requirements to do the JSR process

Draft JSR Process Operational Plan


  • Review progress on the sector indicators including actioning 2019 JSR Undertakings and other commitments
  • Document findings of the analytical review of sector performance over the past year
  • One day workshop sharing findings and getting input from NAC sub-committee members
  • Incorporating inputs in the report

Draft Sector Status Performance Report


  • Develop Session Flow outline for JSR Workshop in accordance to agreed Thematic Areas;
  • Identify key presenters and approaches/methodologies to be used, indicating domains of critique, ensuring national speakers are identified and are invited to present at the JSR workshop;
  • Provide guidance on development of materials for presentation
  • Attend and facilitate the JSR workshop, ensuring smooth flow and ensuring active participation, allowing time for voices to be heard, even disagreement and drawing consensus, prioritising and committing to responsibilities on issues/solutions and undertakings.

JSR Workshop agenda to guide the implementation of the JSR process drafted and JSR Workshop facilitated


  • Draft a synthesized JSR report with clear plan of action on undertakings and responsibilities. The report among other issues should include an accountability map
  • Prepare a 10-15 page abridged version of the JSR Report, summarising key issues identified at the JSR meeting and proposed actions for follow up, with an action plan
  • Facilitate the organization and implementation of a one day JSR report JSR report validation workshop
  • Incorporating comments from sector stakeholders and coming up with the final synthesized report and the abridged version report.

Draft synthesized reports & Abridged JSR Reports including signed aide memoire


Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant

For more information on the consultancy TOR, kindly follow this link Download File TOR_WASH Joint Sector Review.pdf

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

The Consultant will have proven experience in public policy analysis and development, public sector finance/budgeting, expenditure analysis and investment management, local governance, sector performance monitoring, strategic planning and an appreciation of Zimbabwe’s WASH Sector. The Consultant is therefore expected to have diverse skills to meet the expectations of the JSR. Additional attributes include the following:

  • An advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in Public Policy; Local Governance; Strategic Management; Public Finance or WASH related discipline;
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in undertaking similar analytical work e.g. strategy, policy, capacity development and reviews in a relevant discipline or sector;
  • Experience of facilitating high-level multi-stakeholder dialogue focused on government-based (both central and local government) transformations for basic service delivery with or without the assistance/participation of development partners;
  • International or Regional experience;
  • Proven skills in preparing and communicating high quality documents and reports for policy advocacy and lobby; and
  • Excellent report writing and communication skills;
  • A strong commitment to delivering timely and high-quality results-i.e. evidence of similar work.

Highly Desirable: Previous sector analysis and facilitation in Zimbabwe

Desirable: Previous experience in facilitating Joint Sector Review, Sector Bottleneck Analysis, or Country Status Overview will be an advantage.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA)

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

To apply

If interested and available to undertake the consultancy, please submit your application online and attach the required documents including the technical (maximum of 2 pages) and an all-inclusive financial proposal (detailing professional fees, DSA (15 days), airfare etc. where necessary). UNICEF will provide transport support for field travel in pursuance of the assignment.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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