WASH Sanitation Expert

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Beirut, Lebanon
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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UNICEF works in some of the worlds toughest places, to reach the worlds most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a chance for a better life

UNICEF Lebanon Country Office is looking for a technical expert in sanitation to work on innovative solution in the sanitation field.

How can you make a difference?.

The purpose of this consultancy builds on the continuation of the first consultancy phase (Inception phase) to implement the identified innovative technological solutions to treat wastewater generated by and discharged from Informal Tended Settlements in Lebanon and can serve as a lesson learnt to improve global humanitarian responses in similar contexts. More than 273,000 Syrian refugees reside in these IS, and the health and wellbeing of both Syrian refugees and Lebanese residents are affected by IS sanitation conditions. Discharged untreated wastewater also has a negative impact on the environment, a major concern for the Government of Lebanon. 

UNICEF, in coordination with the Government of Lebanon, identified cost-effective, innovative, cash flow generating and sustainable interventions to treat and dispose of wastewater and fecal sludge, and improve the overall sanitation infrastructure in IS and surrounding Lebanese communities. The interventions will be selected based on the following: 1) Inclusion of a strong public-private partnership component where host communities extend services in ITS where Syrian refugees reside and surrounding communities, reducing long-term UNICEF operating costs; and 2) Piloting and validating an innovative sanitation technology to reduce UNICEF's operating expenses and generate cash flow for services providers.

From this interventions, UNICEF will derive benefits in several ways: 1) UNICEF and humanitarian partners will gain a deep understanding of the efficacy and costs of an available innovative wastewater treatment intervention to apply in the context of the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon and other humanitarian responses; 2) the percentage of waste water treated before discharge into the environment will be increased, thus improving the environmental conditions of ITS and host communities; and 3) an increased number of Syrian refugee families and Lebanese host communities will have access to improved sanitation facilities and better environmental conditions. This intervention will be implemented in a sustainable manner that takes into consideration long-term support to refugees, local economies of the host communities, and environmental preservation.

This consultancy follows a previous consultancy which aimed to identify an innovative solution including a strong Public Private Partnership. Sites for the implementation of the 1st Batch of pilots have been identified.

Timing: 10.5 Months over a period of 11.5 months.

Expected End Deliverable:  

At least 44 sites in the Governorates of Bekaa/Baalbek, North and/or Akkar have access to an innovative sustainable treatment technology.

 Submission of case study report presenting findings on the effectiveness of treatment for every pilot and after every batch of intervention.

 O&M system developed and implemented defining separate responsibilities of all stakeholders (ITS, private sector, Water Establishments/Municipalities and NGOs) for all ITSs where it is identify as cost efficient

Fees are payable on a monthly basis upon submission of a report stipulating the progress in achieving the milestone and satisfactory completion of the tasks outlined for the respective month, and the manager's certification thereof.

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

Master's degree in Sanitation, Civil Engineering, Wastewater Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Experience in Management of construction sites, or equivalent degrees;


  • At least 8 years engineering experience in wastewater management, collection and treatment planning, feasibility studies, design, tendering and supervision of construction;
  • At least 5 years of both field and management experience in WASH and DEWATS related emergencies and early recovery programs, in both urban and rural areas, at national or international level. Specific involvement (design, implementation, training) in excreta disposal and wastewater re-use design & implementation in a variety of emergency and post-emergency settings of which at least 3 years work experience in the Middle East is an asset
  • Professional experience in sanitation project management from pre-investment studies to design and construction supervision
  • Experience in supporting contract management in international projects, preferably from both public and private sectors and managing multi-cultural teams
  • Knowledge of nationwide WASH assessment and familiar with management of large database.


  • Well-developed networking skills
  • Ability to work and communicate in an international environment and in communities of diverse cultures
  • Developed skills in skill transfer
  • Good computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, project management, computer aided design, etc.)
  • Good reporting skills

Language skills:

Oral and written proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language and local language is an asset.


  • Day-to-day management of the project (jointly with the Emergency WASH Specialist)
  • Updating of the field implementation plans and working within given budgets
  • Monitoring of the activities and achievement of objectives (and indicators)
  • Providing advice on technical aspects of the batches, ensuring that the activities are carried out through effective and efficient use of Project resources
  • Quality assurance of design, contract documents and construction works
  • Reporting

Support co-ordination and management within all implementation stakeholders and the community

The criteria for evaluation will be as follows:

Financial proposal 30%

Relevant work/technical experience  70%

For every Child, you demonstrate integrity

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.


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