Consultancy (WASH)

Angola 🇦🇴

Job Number: 2016 C004 | Vacancy Link
Location: Angola
Work Type : Consultancy

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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 and Justification

Inadequate rainfall is the main cause of the drought and associated water accessibility problems, particularly in the three affected provinces of Huila, Cunene and Namibe. This has resulted in a gradual decline of ground water table and rivers are drying out. The impact of the drought is further exacerbated by the fact that substantial numbers of water points are non-functioning due to lack of repair and maintenance and lowering of water table.

The situation in Angola in 2016 is defined by the dual food security and internal displacement (of human beings and cattle) crises.   Successive seasons of poor rainfall left an estimated 800,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance in these 3 provinces.

High Priorities include access to safe and sufficient water, proper sanitation and hygiene, for affected population and livestock to reduce risk of water and sanitation related morbidity and mortality among drought affected population. WASH needs remain to be addressed to reduce the potential for displacement of people from their home villages and to prevent and control the outbreaks of AWD, cholera (Already cases of cholera with high CFR) and other related diseases.

Purpose of the Assignment

Under the direction of the Chief of WASH, responsible for supporting the province of Cunene in refining assessments, as well as improving the water, sanitation and hygiene components of emergency response. She/he will work closely with staff of the WASH Section and in consultation with UNICEF focal point in Cunene, external partners and stakeholders. She/he will need to co-ordinate with other WASH team members and UNICEF staff, especially logistics, Health/Nutrition Child Protection and communication section, to ensure a rapid, proportionate and effective response. The specialist may need to take a very active role in technical co-ordination, monitoring and quality control of service delivery of all supply chain management, and support and advocacy with local government partners and other technical agencies relevant to the sector.

Assignment Tasks

Under supervision of UNICEF Chief of WASH section and in close collaboration with UNICEF Resident Programme Officer (RPO) in Cunene, and provincial and local WASH authorities.

  • Provide sectorial leadership and expertise in the assessment of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene conditions among the affected communities in close coordination with RPO.
  • On the basis of the result of rapid assessment determine priorities and immediate activities and resources i.e. in order to finalize/update the response and make adjustment as necessary accordingly to the situation.
  • In coordination with DPEA and other local actors, select and technically detail water point rehabilitations needed.
  • In coordination with DPEA and other local actors, identify priority communities for CLTS within the emergency response operation (to include excreta disposal, vector control, solid waste disposal, drainage), taking full account of local conditions, resources, customs and cultural norms, monitor actions carried out by Implementing Partners (IP), and advise to local governments and IP on necessary adjustments, if pertinent.
  • In coordination with DPEA and other local actors, ensure that the supply, storage and distribution of emergency WASH items to affected populations are compliant with UNICEF’s Humanitarian Performance Monitoring (HPM) standards and tools.
  • Select and design, with support of C4D Section, and in coordination with RPO, WASH team and DPEA and other actors a suitable hygiene promotion strategy in order to address child and mother key practices in emergency.
  • Ensure that issues of child protection, health/nutrition, gender, livelihoods, DRR and environmental impact, operation and maintenance and sustainability are taken into account in the program intervention.
  • Ensure Sphere standards both qualitative and quantitative are considered and any departures documented.
  • Develop concept papers, budgets and proposals in respect of the above.
  • Provide regular updates to RPO based in Cunene, WASH Chief and WASH team on progress, priorities and constraints of WASH intervention.

The Emergency WASH Specialist will be based at UNICEF Cunene office in Ondjiva and will report to the RPO and WASH Section Chief on actions undertaken in Cunene 

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

  • Submission of first report with the results of the Rapid Assessment with priorities of intervention with municipalities categorized according to vulnerability of people/communities not having access to water and sanitation after three weeks of start of this assignment.
  • Submission of a technical report with the selection of technical design for water and sanitation facilities after three weeks of start of this assignment.
  • Submission of monthly activity report, providing information and progress on each task mentioned above to supervisors as required and follow-up actions taken on gaps identified.
  • Detailed plan for scale up WASH interventions.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


Advanced university degree in any of the following: Water/Civil Engineering, Environmental Health Engineering, Public Health Project management or relevant WASH specializations.

Years of relevant experience

Six years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national or international levels in Humanitarian WASH project management and coordination. 3 years humanitarian aid experience in the WASH sector applied in emergency response operations.

The successful candidate will have experience in developing programme strategies through a review of existing data and analysis and consultation with internal and external stakeholders. The candidate should also be familiar with UNICEF Humanitarian policies and procedures including the Core Commitments for Children as well as IASC policy and guidance on cluster coordination. Experience required in integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into WASH programme. Familiarity with the context of Cunene province would be an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

  • High level of awareness of environmental health issues as applied to emergency settings, with special attention to the needs of women and children.
  • Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.
  • Good writing skills and ability to speak fluently in Portuguese and English.
  • Experience to liaise with Government.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
  • Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
  • Analyse and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
  • Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments.
  • Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly

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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 17 Aug 2016 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Closing Date 31 Aug 2016 W. Central Africa Standard Time