Gender Guidance for WASH Projects


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Call for Consultants:  

Strengthening gender guidance in WASH programming for corporate partners 

  1. Context

A lack of clean water and access to decent toilets and good hygiene disproportionately affects women and girls. For example, women and girls are responsible for water collection in 8 out of 10 households with water off premises1. This time spent on water collection, negatively impacts on their ability to attend school, carry out leisure activities, engage in decision-making or earn an income. Climate change is making it harder for the world’s poorest people to get clean water.  

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) plays a critical role on the pathway to realising gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. WaterAid has made tackling gender inequality and other elements of social exclusion within water, sanitation, and hygiene a core priority within its work. Additionally, several of WaterAid’s corporate partners have prioritised WASH and gender in their water and sustainability strategies and now want to embed and systematically measure gender-related outcomes of their WASH programmes, including those that relate and contribute to economic activity and employability. 

  1. Methodology and Outputs

Due to the current COVID situation, the¬†assignment¬†will be conducted remotely.¬†¬†The work will consist of a short inception phase¬†to confirm understanding of the¬†assignment, a desk review¬†of existing guidance, key informant interviews and a workshop to fully understand¬†requirements and existing resources.¬† Development of an ‚Äėimpact pathway‚Äô and draft guidance for sharing at a validation workshop. The final output will cover:¬†¬†¬†

  • Setting out how WASH can create a pathway to empowerment¬†¬†¬†
  • Examples of¬†projects and programmes linking WASH and women‚Äôs empowerment¬†¬†¬†
  • Guidelines for developing gender inclusive projects¬†¬†
  • Example project results and indicators¬†¬†
  • Signposting and explanation of tools currently available to help measure and monitor results and indicators
  1. Call for consultants

WaterAid is seeking a consultant or consultants to develop this guidance for our corporate partners in a succinct and creative way. Full details can be found in the ToR. Consultants should have experience of working on WASH and gender programmes and the development of clear guidance, as well as experience of working with corporates on gender and/or WASH.  Consultants from the Global South are encouraged to apply. 

  1. Managementand Budget 

WaterAid estimates the work will require the equivalent of 30 days’ work during the period outlined below. Value for money will be a consideration for selection.  

  1. Likely timeframe


Output  Deadline  
Start-up meeting with Project Team Early/Mid-November 2021 
Inception Report tbc 
Draft guidance tbc 
Participation in validation workshop (of draft guidance) tbc 
Final guidance 28th Feb 2022 

Please send expressions of interest including draft work plan and budget, not exceeding¬†4¬†pages, plus CVs¬†(max 4 pages)¬†to¬†Eleanor Lucas, at¬†[email protected],¬†by¬†10am UK time¬†Thursday 28th¬†October¬†2021.¬†

Full details can also be found on the WaterAid website