Development Jordan’s Roadmap to achieving the Sanitation Sustainable Development Goal 6.2

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Jordan
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
Arabic

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BACKGROUND:

Being one of the most water scarce countries in the world, Jordan has faced chronic challenges to ensure the provision of clean water and sanitation services for decades, particularly in rural areas. While the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) reports that 98.6% and 97.9% of the population have access to improved water and sanitation facilities respectively, many challenges remain to ensure the provision of adequate safe water and sanitation services, particularly for the most vulnerable. The SDG target 6.2 identifies a target of by 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all, and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations. The corresponding reduction from the MDGs to the SDGs for sanitation is drastic for Jordan, reducing from 97.9% with access to an improved sanitation facility, to 77.3% with access to safely managed sanitation. Further compounding the already challenging situation is the expected doubling of the population by 2050.This will increase demand for water, as well as wastewater services, and is expected to further accentuate the reduction in access to piped networks in both rural and urban areas.

While Jordan is one of the leading countries in the region to treat wastewater and to use it for agricultural purposes with 92% of treated wastewater reused, a significant amount of fresh water is still consumed by the agricultural sector, which could otherwise be used for domestic consumption. Efforts in this area would also be complemented by increased allocations for domestic use, as an incentive for the agricultural sector to increase their efficiency of water consumption. Importantly, improvements in the quality of wastewater collected and treated would greatly amplify Jordan's progress towards the SDG target 6.2. One other alarming figure for Jordan's progress towards the SDGs is the access to sanitation facilities at schools. While the access to gender segregated WASH facilities in schools across Jordan is high (66%), the recent JMP report on WASH in Schools has reported that 33% of schools in basic sanitation, which is defined as gender segregated and usable (available, functional and private) at the time of the survey. It is, therefore, proposed that sanitation including with special focus on institutions is a relevant and timely issue which requires political prioritization and engagement.

The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has dedicated a taskforce within the ministry to follow-up on progress towards the SDG and has recently hired a consultant to set a baseline for the SDGs Goal 6 status. UNICEF in collaboration with Sanitation and Water For All (SWA) is further supporting the MWI to move the sanitation agenda further in Jordan. There is a need to identify clear milestones for change for reaching the sanitation and hygiene targets taken into account disparities such as urban and rural. Many SDG targets cannot be achieved without also meeting the targets under SDG 6, and vice versa. This calls for close collaboration and discussion with the relevant stakeholder to reach the best approach and strategy to progress in the SDG 6.2 agenda. The purpose of the consultancy is to closely work with the relative stakeholders to translate the SDGs into strategies and programmes at country-level, and to advance implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, particularly for sanitation targets SDG 6.2. Support must be provided to the government in identifying and endorsing a practical and pragmatic road map for Jordan to push sanitation progress, linked to water reuse.

OBJECTIVE:

The objective is this consultancy is to support the strategic scale-up of sanitation and hygiene in the country, by way of conceptualizing and preparing a road map achieving the sanitation and hygiene SDG 6.2 goals. The consultant is also expected to anchor and support a high level national sanitation consultation to share the plan and leverage support. 

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:

The consultant will undertake the following activities, but will not be limited to the ones below:

Develop a roadmap for Achieving SDG 6.2 Goals

  • Review the existing rural and urban sanitation situation in the country, including review of existing data, national policies, institutional structure and mechanisms, existing programs, policies and strategies, and partnerships at the national and international level to produce Access to Sanitation country profile including disaggregated data and disparities across the country. A special focus should be given to the sanitation situation in schools.
  • Research into the various stakeholders to be possibly included in sanitation initiatives including but not limited to other governmental agencies, NGOs, UN agencies, private sector, and local communities. This includes mapping the SDG sanitation coordination framework identifying the mandates for each.
  • Develop a vision into the various budgets available for sanitation programme, including communication, capacity building, and infrastructure requirements with a view to identifying the deficit.
  • Using the collected information, supported by field visits and active discussions with MWI, develop a pragmatic and implementable roadmap identifying national priorities for shifting to safely manage sanitation that includes a suggested institutional design, capacity development plan, outreach mechanism, time plan, budgets and possible sourcing of funds, and other relevant information, as required.

National Capacity Development Plan

  • In collaboration with relevant stakeholders, review the existing capacity development initiatives to identify key gaps in capacities, to deliver on the sanitation agenda.
  • Develop an appropriate plan to develop institutional capacities, design, and framework that can respond to the need to implement the roadmap.

Strengthening the SDG 6.2 Monitoring

  • In close collaboration with the SDG taskforce within the MWI, review the SDG monitoring mechanisms, existing data collection, reporting and tracking systems with regards to sanitation progress in the country.
  • Develop insights on the SDG monitoring requirements and the key data gaps that exist in the country. Research on appropriate monitoring mechanisms adopted by other countries, with a view to learning from global good practices.
  • Prepare a discussion note, outlining the current status and key issues in the existing monitoring modality and identify key recommendations to strengthen the sanitation data and reporting for JMP/SDGs.

Support in Launching Jordan's Roadmap towards Universal Access to Safely Managed Sanitation

  • Coordinate and support the government in convening a high-level event in Jordan for endorsing the roadmap toward safely managed sanitation with clear targets and timeframe.
  • Coordinate and support the government in preparing technical materials, presenting, and documenting the endorsed roadmap at the SWA Sectors Ministers high-level meeting scheduled in early April in Costa Rica. 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

1. Education: An advanced university degree (Master's level) in Social Sciences, Public Health, Engineering or related technical field relevant to WASH.

2. Work experience:

Ten years of progressively responsible relevant work experience at national and international levels in WASH programme planning and management in a related field with emphasis on overall management of strategic planning, leadership, coordination and hygiene/sanitation behavior change communication.

3. Technical knowledge:

  • Extensive Knowledge and experience in institutional capacity assessment, analysis and strengthening in development and emergency context in developing countries.
  • Proven ability to develop strategies, guidelines and action plans on development initiatives preferably on WASH in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated experience in interfacing with Government, UN agencies, NGO's and donors particularly on policy issues.
  • Knowledge of the regional/global sanitation and hygiene monitoring landscape and financing of sanitation and hygiene sector with various actors at different levels and well versed with SDG agenda.
  • Proven ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form in English.

4.Language: Fluency in Arabic and English is required

EVALUATION PROCESS:

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  1. Cover letter/application.
  2. Financial quote as lump sum for professional fees, and lump sum for travel/administrative/subsistence, if applicable.
  3. CV.
  4. Examples of previous, relevant work as applicable
  5. Proposed methodology/approach to managing the project.
  6. At least 2 Referees
  7. P 11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html ).

Late submissions, incomplete packets, or submissions with an incorrect email subject heading will not be considered.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, 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