Zimbabwe nationals: Consultant to provide technical support on WASH in Schools (WinS) programming

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Zimbabwe 🇿🇼

Job no: 544687
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 support the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of components of the WASH output results of the country programme on WASH in Schools include supporting UNICEF WASH portfolio on Reopening and Keeping Schools Safe. The consultant is expected to contribute to results related to safeguarding and improving public health in schools by ensuring access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene  and the progressive restoration and improvement of WASH facilities and services, including appropriate use and maintenance;  ensuring overall efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of results in accordance to national and international quality of service standards. 



a) Programme Management and Monitoring:

  1. Complete and maintain a mapping of WinS implementing partners in targeted areas.
  2. Support the focal Programme Officers in development of  programme cooperation agreements and/or programme documents with selected partners based on available capacity.
  3. In close liason with the UNICEF Planning and Monitoring Specialist (s), establish results monitoring templates with partners.
  4. Conduct field monitoring visits as required, monitors project implementation against established milestones, analyse findings and recommend actions on priorities including technical options where need be.
  5. Provide technical inputs and guidance to implementing partners and other stakeholders for the sustainable rehabilitation of piped water scheme, drilling and equipping of new boreholes; effective behaviour change campaigns and messaging and sanitation facilities.
  6. Support UNICEF WASH Team in preparing quality status and progress reports including risk assessment updates, donor reports, briefing documents etc. as and when necessary. Review partner monthly and quarterly reports and provide necessary feedback.
  7. Monitor project activities, including plans, project inputs, budgets and forecasting and tracking financial expenditure
  8. Establish a feedback mechanism for harnessing knowledge and information that can strengthen the implementation of WinS including providing inputs /liaising with Communications on Human-Interest Story for reporting and advocacy purposes.
  9. Facilitate donor/UNICEF management visits to areas of project interventions as and when required.

b) Management of Programme Resources provided by UNICEF to implementing partners and beneficiaries:

  1. Support Programme Officer (s) in developing Terms of Reference (TOR)  and relevant documentation for procurement of goods and services.
  2. Support on the preparation of supply plans, distribution plans, and tracking tools for UNICEF supplies including construction materials, bush pump spare parts, IEC and PPE.
  3. Monitor and account for supplies provided to implementing partners.

c) Technical and operational support to coordination for WASH in Schools:

  1. Facilitate  and participate in WASH sector Technical Working Groups primarily the WinS Task Force.
  2. Facilitate effective cross sectoral linkages and integration for WASH with Education Cluster/Technical working groups, and related Working Groups.
  3. Assist with the collection and analysis of WinS programme monitoring data, dissemination of progress updates with stakeholders.

d)  Development of WASH in Schools  Programme Strategy

  1. Support the WinS Programme Officer in close liaison with UNICEF Education and Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in development of the WASH in Schools Strategy.


Tasks/Milestone:Indicative Deliverables/Outputs:Timeline (days)  Payment Schedule (%)
The consultant will work with the WASH in Schools workplans which identify key tasks to be completed each month.  Below are indicative outputs.
Programme Management and Monitoring  of WASH in SchoolsEOI and /or call for Proposals for establishing partnerships are drafted and submittedProgramme cooperation agreements and/or programme documents (PDs) developedAt list 3 Field monitoring visit reportsPartners reports reviewedBriefing documents and Fact sheets developed for donors/management project visitsContributed to writing of Donor ReportsTwo Human Interest stories developedMonthly report detailing summary of regular project management meetings held and share findings, results and notes; challenges encountered and priority actions for subsequent month2540%
Management of Programme Resources provided by UNICEF to implementing partners and beneficiariesTOR for procurement of goods and services developedSupply Plans developed in line with PDs 1524%
Technical and operational support to coordination for WASH in SchoolsWASH in Schools 4/5 Ws Matrix developed including data analysis and monthly progress updatesMonthly WinS Task Force meeting minutes/action points relevant to WASH produced and shared timelyMonthly report detailing summary of discussions and action points, challenges encountered and priority actions for subsequent month1524%
Contribute to Development of WASH in Schools  Programme StrategyDraft Strategy development supported812%
Total63 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 linkDownload File TOR_ToR WASH in Schools.pdf

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

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

An advanced university degree (masters or higher) in any of the following disciplines:

  • Civil/ Environmental/ Water/ Mechanical Engineering, Public Health or other technical sciences related to the WASH field. * A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 10 years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

Work Experience

  • At least 5 years of field experience in management and technical assistance to WASH programmes in developing countries, including emergencies.
  • Knowledge of WASH sector as a whole and its priority issues; an ability to strategize on how sectoral needs are met through collective delivery, and ensuring that the roles, responsibilities and functional linkages among Cluster support team are clear and well-coordinated
  • Knowledge of WASH in Schools programming strategies and partners, including the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, and the Department of National WASH Coordination
  • Proven experience supporting government agencies, international organizations, and development partners for the delivery of WASH services
  • At least 2 years on position requiring multi-partners coordination, networking, monitoring and evaluation. 
  • Experience of emergency humanitarian response an asset.
  • Strong organizational, analytical and project management skills.
  • Ability to present information in understandable tables, charts and graphs.
  • Demonstrable understanding and experience of cross cutting issues including disability and gender equity issues and their relevance to WASH Programing. 
  • Previous experience with UNICEF or another UN agency is an asset
  • Strong report writing skills

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 (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.

Advertised: 16 Sep 2021 South Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 26 Sep 2021 South Africa Standard Time