Sierra Leone nationals: WASH Contractor (Knowledge Management)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Sierra Leone 🇸🇱

Job no: 546299
Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Sierra Leone
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

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How can you make a difference?

Achieving universal access to safely managed WASH services in Sierra Leone by 2030, in line with the sustainable development goals (SDGs), will require dramatic acceleration in current progress rates with a concerted effort to reach those at risk of being left behind. In recognition of these facts, there is a critical need to mobilize more investments to the sector to sustain the gains made so far and accelerate access to WASH services to the teeming vulnerable population in rural and peri-urban households, schools, and health facilities at risk of being left behind. Key to investment mobilization for the sector in evidence generation for making investment case for the sector as well as improvement in sector coordination to ensure that every investment count.

Purpose of Assignment:

Information management and evidence generation remains a critical need in the WASH sector in Sierra Leone as evidenced from recent ASHWA evaluation as one of the key setbacks in driving evidence-based planning, investment mobilization, and results management in the sector. In the recent past, UNICEF supported the Ministry of Water Resource to develop a national Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and implementation plan. This followed a national WASH infrastructure mapping exercise conducted in 2016 with and follow-up in 2019. Subsequently, in 2019, the Ministry launched a national digital WASH platform (built on Akvo-Flow) for managing WASH data. The Ministry of Water Resources equally deployed mappers at the various districts to strengthen district-level capacity to collect, collate and input data. Despite these efforts, the uptake and implementation of the M&E framework remain a challenge. Currently, routine data collection and updates are not taking place at any level, while the existing data has become stale and obsolete. This situation has also been worsened by the weak coordination amongst the sector actors, which has often led to duplication, wastages, and lack of coherent approaches. There has equally been a high level of staff attrition as most staff trained on data management had moved on to other endeavours. To reverse this trend the Ministry has requested for an inhouse individual contractor to provide technical support to the Ministry in the area of coordination and evidence generation. 

Objectives of the Assignment:

The coordination and monitoring contractor will facilitate all intra-sectoral and inter-sectoral engagements between the Ministry and other sector actors and line Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The individual contractor will also support routine data collection process and the updates that will be taking place all level in the Ministry. He will work in close liaison with UNICEF WASH Team to support the Ministry to roll out key strategies and activities on evidence generation and sector coordination. He will work closely with the management of the Ministry and other key technical staff to ensure that activity proposals are promptly articulated, implemented, and liquidated. The Individual contractor will also organize in house trainings, coaching and mentoring for key staff of the Ministry. The individual contractor will also organize and facilitate routine training of the district WASH engineers and mappers to collect, collate and input data on the national system.

S/He is expected to support content management for all existing sector information management platforms and provide overall quality control for the platforms. He will also support in documentation of key process and output, including sector performance reports and ensure wider dissemination amongst stakeholders. S/He will ensure that data is always updated and translated to useful information to inform advocacy and management decision through the development and dissemination of analysis, infographics, and synthesis reports.

Scope of Work:

  • Provide Support to the Ministry of Water Resources to strengthen sector coordination.
  • Support the Ministry of water resources to revamp sector wide monitoring and reporting system and grow WASH database.
  • Support the Ministry to build the capacity of the district engineers and mappers on data collection, collation, and input to the database.
  • Support the Ministry to review the sector medium term development plan.

Please see attached ToR for detailed information Download File Terms of Reference WASH Contractor Knowledge Management.pdf

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

  • An advanced university degree (i.e. master’s degree or equivalent) in one of the following fields is required:  Geographic Information Systems, Information Management, Computer Science, Statistics, geology/hydrogeology, sanitary engineering, or another relevant technical field from a recognized University/Institution.
  • Minimum 6 years of progressively responsible professional experience in institutional strengthening, strategy development data management, information management systems both in development and humanitarian context.
  • Strong communication skills and flexibility working with government stakeholders at the highest level.
  • Previous work experience with UNICEF or other international organization working in WASH Sector in developing countries is an asset
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications, including knowledge of database administration, dashboard development and use of spatial analysis (GIS) tools
  • Very strong data and analytical skills and ability to develop rich infographic reports
  • Strong overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.), and office technology equipment.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Must be Sierra Leone National.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Consultants and Individual contractors are responsible for paying any taxes derived from the earnings received from UNICEF.

  • Application to include financial proposal that will detail your daily/monthly rate (in Sierra Leone Leones) to undertake the terms of reference. 
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Advertised: 18 Nov 2021 Greenwich Standard Time
Deadline: 01 Dec 2021 Greenwich Standard Time

2 days remaining

Apply by 1 December, 2021