Overview and Background
Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS) reflects the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s latest thinking on achieving transformative improvements in access to clean water and improved sanitation. The WALIS program aims to support national and regional institutions and their development partners to improve the capacity of African water sectors to implement policies, strategies, and plans that will deliver sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The WALIS project, in collaboration with the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) and the Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and
Drinking-Water (GLAAS), is conducting a series of case studies in Africa related to local systems for water and sanitation. The case studies will utilize the appreciative inquiry approach to answer the following research question:
What are the country systems and/or innovations which were most effective in pushing the country towards success during the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) era?
What are the self-identified, key changes or shifts within the local country system that must be made to achieve SDG 6.1 and 6.2?
A small research team will be formed to examine the local WASH system in each country and document what elements of that system impacted the achievement of MDG 7c in that country, including up to two local cooperating country national (CCN) consultants (hereby referred to as “The Consultant”). The Consultant will use their local knowledge of the national WASH sector to support the team in conducting field research, analysis, and report writing.
The Consultant will use their local knowledge of the national WASH sector to support the team in conducting field research, analysis, and report writing.
Tasks and Responsibilities
The consultant will work closely with WALIS and AMCOW colleagues during the consultancy. Specific activities include but are not limited to:
Supporting the Country Team Leader to adapt the overarching case study evaluation framework for the local context of their country, including research questions, survey forms, and other documents.
Utilizing their network of contacts in country to schedule meetings with various water and sanitation stakeholders in government and civil society.
Participating in the design, implementation, and documentation of field-based interviews regarding the primary research questions, under the direction of the Country Team Leader.
Collecting, organizing, and analyzing data regarding the local WASH system and processes for the study country.
Conducting data analysis and report writing for the country case study report and briefing note, as requested by the Country Team Leader.
The WASH Consultant will report to Country Team Leader.
Desired Qualifications and Expertise
Consultant must be local (Ethiopia)
Previous experience in conducting national or regional WASH sector assessments.
Strong network of water and sanitation stakeholders in study country.
Understanding of the MDG 7c and WASH data.
Knowledge of local governance systems, processes, and regulations for WASH.
Fluency in English.
Available for up to 20 days (total) of short-term technical assistance (STTA).
Strong communication and facilitation expertise. Ability to conduct structured and free-form interviews with government, donor, and civil society stakeholders.
Strong quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills.