WASH Consultant

Vanuatu 🇻🇺

Job Number: 498851 | Vacancy Link
Work Type : Consultancy

Download File External Vanuatu FO – ToR Water Policy.docx 

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For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Scope of Work/ Work Assignments:

1. Situational analysis based on desk review and key stakeholder interviews by consultant. The consultant is expected to develop a situational analysis report based on a desk review and key stakeholders interviews. The consultant is expected to include an enabling environment bottleneck analysis into the desk review to understand the wider bottlenecks within the sector as well as develop a prioritization matrix based on national priorities in the sector. This desk review is expected to take 10 days and should include, but is not limited to:

  • Review existing documents on water and sanitation within the domain of the Government of Vanuatu; e.g. water supply act, water resource act, decentralization act, EH policy and strategy, NWS 2008-2018.
  • Interview key stakeholders as MoH, DGMWR, MoH, DGMWR, PWD, municipal authorities
  • Review global best practice “water and sanitation policy documents” and provide a highlight of thematic to be addressed.
  • Develop a detailed action plan for the policy and strategy development process.
  • Review of available data sets such as the water inventory and the household data on access to water and sanitation.

2. Establish and brief the Water policy committee. The consultant is expected to advise the DSPPAC under the Prime Minister’s office to establish a water policy committee. It is expected that the committee will include representatives of MoH, DGMWR, PWD, municipal authorities and the provincial authorities. During the first meeting, the consultant is expect the brief the committee on the situation analysis and the action plan.

3. Exchange visit to pacific country with a recent developed water policy by the policy committee. The consultant is to support an exchange visit to a pacific country with a water policy which has been recently developed. This could be PNG, Solomon’s, Fiji or Samoa. This will facilitate peer-to-peer learning on the implication of a water policy. The UNICEF will collaborate by liaising with the respective Government. The fees for participation of the policy review committee will be outside this consultancy. The consultant is expected to accompany an exchange visit with the committee and document the exchange process. After the exchange visit, the consultant is expected to facilitate and document the key learnings of the exchange visit in a workshop setting. The expected outcomes of the exchange visit are:

  • First hand peer-to-peer learnings on the development of a water policy from a pacific country
  • Manage expectations; what to expect and what not to expect
  • Learn from potential challenges, bottlenecks from the development process
  • Ability to visualize the development process and outcomes.

4. Consultations with the provinces & national level. The consultant is expected to undertake consultations with the provinces and national level in a workshop setting. This will identify the current practices, gaps and issues which will inform the water policy document. There can also be made preparations for the provincial master plans development. The workshops are expected to take 2 days per province and the national level. During this consultation process, the consultant is expected to review the bottleneck analysis of the enabling environment and the prioritization matrix in a participatory manner. Accommodating travel and report writing, this will be 30 days. The DGMWR will facilitate the venue and logistics for the participants, while the consultant is expected to cater for his/her own logistics and accommodation.

5. Drafting of policy framework by consultant and review by committee. The consultant is expected to draft the policy framework document based on the inception, exchange visit and provincial consultations. The consultant is expected to work closely with the policy committee and to establish an iterative process of improvements. The expected duration is approximately 20 working days and a minimum of 3 group interactions for the policy to be finalized in this phase. After the drafting and the iterative process, the consultant is expected to hand over the final draft water policy document to the policy committee. The committee will be responsible for seeking the final approval from the relevant authorities.

6. Drafting revisions in water strategy, environmental health strategy and municipal strategy documents. Based on the draft policy document, the consultant is expected to review and revise the existing national water strategy and provide technical inputs in the environmental health strategy on the areas of water and sanitation. This process is expected to take 20 days, with interactions with representatives of the MoH and the DGMWR. The consultant is expected to present the revised national water strategy to the policy committee. The policy committee will be responsible to review the suggested changes and recommend the changes to the MoH and DGMW.

7. Support the development of provincial water master plans including municipal plans. Based on revised national water strategy and the recommendations to the environmental health strategy, the consultant is expected to draft a provincial water master plan framework, which would include the areas of sanitation and hygiene. The framework will have to be vetted by the policy review committee. This work will also include looking at the municipal plans. . It is expected that Drinking Water Safety Plans are the basis of new/ rehabilitations of water supply project. The provincial master plans should include a prioritization matrix on how projects will be prioritized. In addition, the consultant is expected to facilitate provincial workshops. This workshop is expected to take 2 days per province. Development of the frameworks and related activities is expects to take 35 days.

Work Schedule:

It is expected that this consultancy will be carried out by one or more consultants. Timing of the exact events will depend on the availability of stakeholders- especially at the provincial level. The below time table is therefore indicative- and will largely depend on the size of the consultancy team and the availability of the government stakeholders to commit to this policy development. It is expected that the consultant will draft a revised timetable in consultation with Government at the start of this consultancy. 

Payment Schedule

Payment schedule is deliverable based. All payment requests need to be submitted to the DGMWR for approval. The DGMWR will submit the payment approval to the UNICEF office for processing. There are 7 payments, which will club the deliverables. 

Deliverables/End Products

The development process envisions to develop the following documents

  1. Draft Water policy
  2. Terms of Reference for the Water Policy Committee
  3. Recommendations for the Environmental Health policy and strategy
  4. Provincial water and provincial master plan including municipal plans (6x)
  5. Prioritization decision matrix and monitoring framework
  6. Enabling Environment bottleneck analysis
  7. Monitoring framework to track progress on the water policy and subsequent strategy and plan

Supervisor Name and Type of Supervision that will be provided:

The WASH Specialist in UNICEF Vanuatu Field Office will supervise the consultant. However, to ensure ownership by the Government of Vanuatu (Gov), UNICEF will engage the Government of Vanuatu (GoV) in the selection process of the consultant, approving the workplan, reviewing deliverables and day to day work and authorizing deliverable payments. The Department of Geology, Mines and Water Resources (DGMWR) will be the focal point from the GoV side 

Consultant’s Work Plan and Official Travel Involved:

The consultant is required to make his/her own return travel arrangements from Place of recruitment-Duty Station-Place of recruitment on the most direct route and economical class. Travel costs will be reimbursed to the consultant upon submission of invoice and travel documents.

All related (internal/external) official travel of the consultancy will be organized by the consultant and costs reimbursed accordingly.

The consultant is also required to organize his own visa to the duty station – UNICEF will provide a support letter to assist with visa approval.

Consultant’s Work Place:

The consultant is expected to undertake the work in Vanuatu in the office of DGMWR.

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required:    


  • Master degree in public financing, administration, water and sanitation or other related field
  • minimum of 10 years of experience in the water and sanitation sector in relation to decentralized planning, strategy and policy development
  • Proven ability to shape policy, strategy and plans in a participatory manner.


  • Must have experience in policy development in a developing country.
  • Knowledge of the political, economic and social contexts of the Vanuatu or other Pacific Island countries is an asset.


  • Previous experience of working with UN is an advantage.


·        Excellent communication and facilitation skills.

·        Demonstrated high quality writing skills.

·        Appreciation for diversity and capacity gaps; ability to work in multi-cultural, international staff and with Pacific government staff.

·        Ability in working independently and experience in being directly accountable to senior-level decision maker

The consultancy will be recruited by the UNICEF following the procedures of a Special Service Agreement (SSA). This consultancy will be advertised at the regular websites of UNICEF. The Consultants are expected to submit a technical proposal, CVs of their consultancy teams and a budget. A review of their proposal and CVs will from the technical component of the proposal which will way 70%. The technical review will be conducted by a team of UNICEF and the GoV. The financial component will way 30% and will be handled by UNICEF. The two will give a final recommendation of issue of contract.

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Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

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Opening Date 30 Aug 2016 Central Pacific Standard Time
Closing Date 14 Sep 2016 Central Pacific Standard Time