International Consultant to conduct Institutional capacity assessment and design a capacity building plan for State Water Corporations and State Ministries of Health

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Sudan
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofans, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of the assessment is to identify institutional capacity needs of implementing partners and develop a plan to strengthen their capacity to accelerate access to water supply, sanitation and hygiene while ensuring a strong accountability for greater sustainability at all levels. 

The specific objectives for the state and Locality levels include:

  1. Comprehensive assessment of the structure, systems and capacity needs of SWC (WES, Rural water supply unit and Urban Water Supply Authority) and State Ministries of Health in the three Eastern States in the areas of policy design & strategy formulation, resources and budget allocation, programme and project implementation and Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning to achieve the State strategic and WASH SDG plan(SDG 6.1 and 6.2) .
  2. Based on the assessment, suggest the institutional arrangements (Organization structure) and staffing needs fit to deliver SDG-6.1 & 6.2 targets.
  3. Design a comprehensive capacity building plan (human, institutional and operational) for the State and locality level stakeholders based on the above assessment;
  4. Develop a training plan for staff and set up a mechanism for the creation and regular update of a resource pool of trained women and men in WASH, especially with regard to sanitation and other emerging issues such as climate change and Environment. 

Scope of Work

The assessment will cover diverse thematic areas including Institutional and Administrative arrangement within SWC (WES, Rural water supply unit and Urban Water Supply Authority) and State Ministries of Health, Locality and community levels, and the current structure for WASH implementation,  It would also probe into the adequacy of staffing and other associated facilities that enhances the operations of the Departments/Units such as office space, furniture and equipment, availably of operational resources, etc.

This exercise will cover three Eastern States; 11 localities (Kassala State: Kassala Rural, Halfa, Khashem Algirba, Wad Elhelew, and urban Kassala localities, Gedarif: Wasat Gedaref, El Mafaza, El Galabat el Shargia and Red Sea: Toker, Sinkat, Port Sudan and Suakin localities) and selected communities to meet the WASH committee (operators and casher), CLTS facilitators, Hygiene promoters and school sanitation and hygiene clubs.

The scope of work for the assignment is:

Build on the existing 2013 national WASH sector bottleneck analysis, ongoing Water Sector Reforms and Institutional Capacity Development, A Situational Analysis of Children in Sudan, 2017 and draft baseline surveys of the 11 localities, the scope of the work at the states and locality level will include the following:

  • Design appropriate tools, instruments and methodology for conducting the Capacity Assessment with duly consideration for the best practices in the field.
  • Carry out comprehensive review of societal, technical and institutional contexts, which facilitate or inhibit performances of the SWC (WES, Rural water supply unit and Urban Water Supply Authority) and
  • State Ministries of Health in the three Eastern States. This will include policies, guidelines, governing mandates and organizational cultures, budget and staffing (in terms of structures, quantity, education/training and experience).
  • Assessment of Technical and Organizational capacity should focus on but not limited to: - analyze existing situation; generate and manage resources; implement programmes/projects plan including states and locality WASH  SDG plan( SDG 6.1 and 6.2) ; and carry out Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and foster learning. This will also look at the available equipment, facilities and logistics to support program implementation, monitoring, supervision, and reporting.
  • Adequacy and “mix” of existing technical capacity including matching of employees with relevant posts. Opportunities for structured and unstructured learning at both the organizational and individual levels.
  •  Provide insight into operational constraints and make appropriate recommendations

Overall Objective of the Assignment:

The purpose of the assessment is to identify institutional capacity needs of implementing partners and develop a plan to strengthen their capacity to accelerate access to water supply, sanitation and hygiene while ensuring a strong accountability for greater sustainability at all levels. 

The specific objectives for the state and Locality levels include:

  1. Comprehensive assessment of the structure, systems and capacity needs of SWC (WES, Rural water supply unit and Urban Water Supply Authority) and State Ministries of Health in the three Eastern States in the areas of policy design & strategy formulation, resources and budget allocation, programme and project implementation and Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning to achieve the State strategic and WASH SDG plan(SDG 6.1 and 6.2) .
  2. Based on the assessment, suggest the institutional arrangements (Organization structure) and staffing needs fit to deliver SDG-6.1 & 6.2 targets.
  3. Design a comprehensive capacity building plan (human, institutional and operational) for the State and locality level stakeholders based on the above assessment;
  4. Develop a training plan for staff and set up a mechanism for the creation and regular update of a resource pool of trained women and men in WASH, especially with regard to sanitation and other emerging issues such as climate change and Environment. 

Programme ID & Specific Project Involved:

This Consultancy will contribute to the following outputs under the signed GoS-UNICEF rolling work plan for 2018-2019 (Output 3); WASH sector institutional capacity and systems are strengthened for scaled-up equitable and sustainable access to basic improved WASH services.

Major Tasks to be accomplished:

The assessment will adapt the United Nation Development Group (UNDG) capacity assessment framework with Organization as entry point covering the four functional capacities:

  1. Policy Design and Strategy Formulation;
  2. Resources and Budget Allocation:
  3. Programme and Project Implementation
  4. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Around three core issues:

  1. Public Sector Accountability;
  2. Inclusion/Participation & Equity
  3. External / International Relations

Comprehensive capacity building programme

  • Based on the above review of systems, structures and staffing, identify gaps in institutional arrangements (organizational structure), capacity gaps and recommend strategies and plans to address these gaps in the short-term (in the next one years) and medium-term (in the next three years);
  • Develop a comprehensive Training Plan for the short-term (in the next one year) and medium-term (in the next three years) covering training objectives, scope, methodology, expected outputs, duration of course, need for field visits, target groups/ departments, etc.
  • Discuss ways to improve links with academia and other actors in the sector;
  • Determine in terms of systems and procedures (provision of manuals, guidelines, etc., typically followed by training), technical training (includes workshops and off-the-shelf training courses), procurements, or policy analysis.
  • Suggest key Resources/ Handbooks or publications required for reference at State and locality level
  • Conduct Final stakeholders workshop in Kassala and Khartoum to discuss and finalize the consultancy outcomes

Expected Deliverables

The main output of the assignment is to prepare a Capacity Assessment Report for each of the three states SWC (WES, Rural water supply unit and Urban Water Supply Authority) and State Ministries of Health at the three states; the 11 localities and selected communities levels includes an institutional needs assessment; recommendations, action plan and a comprehensive capacity building programme for the various entities’ Water and Sanitation Sector Staff.

  • Inception Report detailing the methodology, work plan for the assessment and Capacity Assessment Tools  Instruments required for the assignment within 2 weeks after signing the contract
  • Initial stakeholder consultations to clarify objectives and expectations and validate capacity assessment tools and methodology within 4 weeks after signing the contract
  • Preliminary findings within 12 weeks after signing the contract
  • Draft Report with findings, recommendations for institutional arrangements, capacity needs and training plan based on above within 14 weeks after signing the contract
  • Conduct Final stakeholders workshop in Kassala and Khartoum and minutes of Stakeholder meetings within 16 weeks after signing the contract
  • Draft Final version of the report including the comprehensive capacity building plan within 20 weeks after signing the contract
  • Final Capacity Assessment Report for all the three states State SWC (WES, Rural water supply unit and Urban Water Supply Authority) and States Ministries of Health including the 11 localities in a publishable format within 24 weeks after signing the contract

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

  • Master degree in Civil Engineering, Hydrogeology, Hydrology, or social sciences in related field.
  • 10 years’ experience in capacity building on similar assignment in other countries or region.
  • Demonstrated experience in organization and management of consultation meetings, workshops and conducting structured and un-structured interviews.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the area of WASH capacity building and analysis including expertise in international norms and standards in this regards;
  • Advanced analytical skills;
  • Ability to balance between focused exploration on one hand and open-mindedness on the other hand. Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team. Ability to work efficiently under pressure, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines, while maintaining attention to detail
  • Experience in applying adult learning methodologies and workshop/training facilities skills;  
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability to promote a knowledge sharing and learning culture;
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations, both orally and in writing, in a clear and persuasive style tailored to match different audiences.

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UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are….

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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.