WASH Coordinator for El Niño Emergency Drought Relief

Lesotho 🇱🇸

Job Number: 498630 | Vacancy Link
Location: Lesotho
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 and Justification

 Lesotho uses multiple sources of water, including gravity fed systems from surface water (rivers and springs) and ground water (borehole and hand pumps). Gravity fed water supply system are widely used and particularly affected by the drought. Some spring sources have already dried up and some have been flowing with reduced yield since September 2015. Since then, communities have resorted to drinking untreated water from unprotected water sources. There is a dire need to connect existing gravity-fed systems with new spring sources to provide safe access and minimum quantity per country’s standards i.e. 30 lit/person/day. 

The Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee Report, May 2016 (LVAC) suggests that increasingly, the dry water sources are anticipated to become viable during the precipitation period from October to November 2016. However, in the short to medium term, the winter period is forecast to remain drier than normal, creating no immediate relief. The legacy of the drought period means that water aquifers remain too low to provide useful safe water sources in the interim without significant rehabilitation work. At this point in time, this has been confirmed by community and school reporting, advising continued lack of safe water sources. 

The 5 selected districts showed high use of unprotected water sources in the Rapid Drought Impact Assessment, with 23% – 56% using unprotected water sources. This is a marked difference from use under normal circumstances, a notable example is the jump from 0% – 46% un-protected water use in district Qacha’s Nek. The exception is Thaba-Tseka where the normal situation shows 44% unprotected use rising to 56%.

 A WASH programme has been developed under the DFID proposal to meet the immediate needs of the drought affected areas in 4 districts of Lesotho, Quting, Thaba Tsaka, Maseru and Buthe Bothe. Specific interventions will include the provision of safe water through connecting existing gravity fed systems with new spring sources, drilling/rehabilitating deeper boreholes to reach lower water tables and repairing existing boreholes and hand pumps. In addition, UNICEF plans to provide clean latrines in schools and health facilities and raise awareness on safe hygienic practices in line with expected results listed above. The planned interventions are in-line with the “National Mitigation and Preparedness Plan for Drought” prepared by the DMA.

 Objective of the assignment:

  1. To manage the implementation of the WASH programme interventions through the implementing partners and ensure the timely delivery of programme elements, monitoring and evaluation, narrative and financial reporting.
  2. Manage and coordinate the UNICEF Emergency WASH team, and implementing partners. Liaise with donor representatives (DFID), coordinate with the UNICEF Emergency sectoral teams, UNICEF country teams and UN agencies. Liaise with GoL and Lesotho water ministries.
  3. To assist in developing further WASH proposals for emergency interventions and provide input for the UNICEF country WASH team as required.

Scope of Assignment and Key Deliverables

The DFID EL Nino Drought assistance programme will comprise undertaking intervention activities between the 1st July 2016 and 31st August 2017. All operational activities and financial expenditure related directly to the programmes’ interventions should be completed by the end of August 2017.

 A period of three months is allowed for at the end of the programme to complete evaluation and reporting.

 Expected Outputs:

  1. Ensure the delivery of technical and educational (hygiene) programme elements through the implementing partners, as set out in the joint programme document.
  2. Compile interim and final narrative reports as per the programme schedule and assist with the compilation of corresponding financial reports.
  3. Ensure multi-stakeholder consultation, liaison and engagement.

Key Deliverables 2016/2017





End Report

1.      Ensure the delivery of all programme activities by end of programme





2.      Completion of regular monitoring and evaluation of programme





3.      Completion of interim reports as set out in the programme  





4.      Analyse data and draft final report





5.      Present preliminary results to multi-stakeholder team





6.      Final reporting





 Qualifications and Competencies

The assignment will require an individual who is experienced in project managing large scale implementation programmes with experience in all aspects of WASH interventions including; construction of water catchment systems, boreholes and springs, water distribution, sanitation and hygiene education:


Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience;

or University degree in the above fields with 10 years of relevant professional experience.


  • At least five years of progressively responsible functions in water/sanitary engineering or a related field in developing countries dealing with large scale WASH activities.
  • Proven ability to deal with multiple tasks in courteous and service-oriented manner in demanding working condition that often has short deadlines.
  • Ability to coordinate a range of diverse activities to achieve a common objective in the area of WASH is essential.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizing and conducting training activities and information campaigns in the areas of environmental sanitation, natural resources management, water quality, bore-hole drilling, vector control and appropriate technologies are important elements for this post.
  • Proven technical expertise in area of WASH and Environmental assessment particularly, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation, coordination and reporting.
  • Effectively interfaces with stakeholders (GoL Ministries, UN Agencies, Implementing Partners, Agencies, communities and Water committees) of appropriate level on matters related to the implantation of the DFID funded WASH programme;
  • Effectively applies knowledge of WASH issues within the organizational context;
  • Supports and promotes effective work with local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to advance country office or regional objectives;
  • Technical and programmatic skills in emergency & rehabilitation WASH. Knowledge of other technical fields such as food security, agricultural recovery and livelihoods programming, health & nutrition and renewables energies will be an asset;
  • Good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear;
  • Experience in working with multidisciplinary teams;
  • Fluency in English. 

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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 18 Aug 2016 Syria Standard Time
Closing Date 2 Sep 2016 Syria Standard Time