Consultant - Disability-inclusive WASH

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)


Job no: 544682
Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Zimbabwe
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

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 provide support in conduct a landscape analysis of current policies, strategies and practices on disability inclusion efforts in WASH and; develop the National WASH roadmap on disability inclusion in WASH service delivery and programming.



UNICEF seeks to engage a consultant to conduct a landscape analysis on current policies and practices, including analysis on available data, on disability inclusive WASH and develop a set of recommendations and a roadmap on what is needed to strengthen disability-inclusion in the WASH Sector in Zimbabwe.

This ‘roadmap’ will form the basis through which disability data/guidance is readily accessible and utilized to achieve inclusion in all WASH programming and service delivery. This will assist all stakeholders in WASH such as government ministries and department, CSO and private sector to have a standardized approach and disability lens in their programing and service delivery. The guidance should be disability inclusive and accessible WASH that can be applied to any context, such as WASH in Schools, WASH in community or WASH in health care facilities.

The specific tasks are to:

  1. Conduct a desk review and key informant interviews with government, civil society, private sector, academia and persons with disability in order to: review and document the existing policies, strategies, guidelines, and programmatic approaches in place as well as existing and best practices in Zimbabwe; challenges and barriers that affect people with disability in access to WASH services in Zimbabwe.  Also review other national and international best practices to enable comparison and learning
  2. Develop a costed roadmap towards national disability inclusive WASH services, including key recommendations benchmarked on other national and international disability inclusive practices.

The process of developing the roadmap should be participatory, including the participation of persons with disabilities, through virtual means in light of COVID prevention and control measures or physical discussion meetings that should be guided by the WHO and National COVID protocols. Persons with disabilities should be part of all aspects of the consultations.

The roadmap should be developed in a manner that increases the knowledge of the intended users as well as to build buy in for the roadmap by the intended users.

The consultant will be required to work closely with the government, including relevant line ministries, WASH Sector coordination structures such as the Provincial Water and Sanitation Sub-Committee (PWSSC) and District Water and Sanitation Sub-Committee (DWSSC), local authorities and civil society organizations (organization of persons with disability(OPD). This will be achieved through participating in some disability inclusion activities to understand the process, conducting key informant interviews, holding meetings with key stakeholders to gather their input into the roadmap. The consultant should also explore possibilities to have collaborations between WASH and other sectors.





Participation in a short Inception Meeting with UNICEF and the Government to clarify expectations and get a common understanding of the scope of the consultancy and finalize timelines.

Scan the landscape to identify key informants and key documents and available resources for review

Inception report is approved and submitted- the report to include detailed methodology the tasks, execution and timing, including how persons with disabilities and others will be engaged in the process.

Weeks 1-3

10 days

Desk Review, key informant interviews and other activities as outlined in Inception Report to inform the landscape analysis

Draft landscape analysis and roadmap documenting findings from the fieldwork, the institutionalization, financing models, barriers and proposed solutions/ recommendations based on best practices.

Weeks 1-9

(30 days)

A draft document presentation to the sector and revision to produce final

Validation workshop completed.

National WASH disability inclusion landscape analysis and roadmap approved and submitted.

Weeks 5-12

(15 days)

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 Disability Inclusion Roadmap.pdf

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

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

  • An advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in Social Sciences, Development Studies applied to WASH, Environmental/Public Health, Sanitation Technology or other related field of study in the Rural and Urban Planning, Public Sector Management, Governance or any other relevant advanced degree;
  • Expertise on disability inclusion and equity;
  • Experience in mainstreaming disability in the WASH sector;
  • Knowledge on WASH sector governance, preferably of Zimbabwe;
  • Experience of carrying out institutional assessments and the analysis of information collected as part of past assignments;
  • Ability to deliver high quality products in the allotted time;
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to changes as part of programmatic response, review and feedback process;
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills, organization networking, ability to communicate effectively with varied partners including senior government officials;
  • Possess initiative and a drive to achieve results;
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate fluently in English (written and spoken), while mastering or knowledge of other languages spoken in Zimbabwe would be an asset;
  • Computer literacy, excellent writing skills and ability to produce high quality reports suitable for use at high levels;
  • Experience in working with UN or similar agencies 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

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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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 and an all-inclusive financial proposal (detailing professional fees, DSA (20 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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