Myanmar nationals: Consultant for Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Sittwe and Maungdaw, Myanmar
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
English and Myanmar languages

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Background

The WASH coverage in Rakhine State is one of the lowest in Myanmar.  Basic access to improved drinking water supply is less than 50% as well as access to improved sanitation facilities is less than 45%.  Furthermore, over 124,026 people were displaced into over 30 camps in Rakhine State in Myanmar a result of a communal conflict in 2012. These camps are currently located across four townships of Sittwe, Pauktaw, Myebon, and Kyakphyu Township.

The Rakhine Advisory Commission which was established by Myanmar Government in September 2016, was mandated to develop comprehensive recommendations to improve the situation. Based on these recommendations the Government of Myanmar is now in the process of implementing a strategy to close all IDP camps in Rakhine State, while in the interim it has committed to provided dignified living condition to those remaining in camps. 

Following the crisis in northern Rakhine State on August 2017, over 700,000 people fled from northern Rakhine State into Bangladesh. A bilateral agreement between Government of Myanmar and Government of Bangladesh has established an agreement to repatriate the refugee from Bangladesh back to Myanmar. So far limited repatriations have taken place.

UNICEF aims to support all communities in Rakhine affected by the protracted crisis, especially the most vulnerable, to have equitable access to safe, affordable and resilient WASH services. Through the multiyear workplan signed with the Government of Myanmar UNICEF WASH section is implementing activities through government counterparts, contractors and NGOs. This is done in close coordination with other key outcomes of UNICEFs work in Myanmar under health, nutrition, education, child protection and social policy.

Within the complex context of Rakhine State, a key aim of this consultancy will be to support ongoing WASH works, undertake feasibility studies for new activities, build capacity and identify new opportunities for supporting children of Rakhine State.

Objectives of the Consultancy

UNICEF is aiming to scale up WASH interventions to support populations affected by crisis in Rakhine and bridge humanitarian and development WASH intervention modalities.  To support the Rakhine based WASH team the consultant is required to support in the following areas:

  • Undertake technical feasibility studies for community and institutional WASH interventions in Rakhine State
  • Identification of vendors and partners for WASH interventions in Rakhine 
  • Monitor project activities as required (including some education contractor activities).

Ensure that ongoing and new interventions take rights based approach and link closely to other cluster and sector interventions.

Assignment Tasks and Expected Deliverables

Task 1:

  • Development of relevant digital monitoring forms and protocols in close partnership with UNICEF WASH team.
  • Field visits to 10 communities selected by UNICEF to identify WASH needs for villages and associated institutional facilities (schools & healthcare facilities) therein and test forms.
  • Monitor distribution of WASH supplies to partners.
  • Attend and take notes of Cluster/MIAG meetings as appropriate.
  • Contractor monitoring for Schools and healthcare facilities

Deliverables 1:

  • Standard digital data forms developed for:
    • village
    • Schools
    • healthcare facilities
    • warehouse
    • vendor
  • 10 completed monitoring reports
  • 1 supply distribution monitoring report

Tasks 2:

  • Evaluation of 5 local vendors of WASH related products and services with recommendations for capacity building needs.
  • Field visits to 25 communities selected by UNICEF and counterparts to identify/map WASH needs for villages and associated institutional facilities (schools & healthcare facilities) therein.
  • Monitor distribution of WASH supplies to partners.
  • Attend and take notes of Cluster/MIAG meetings as appropriate.
  • Contractor monitoring for Schools and healthcare facilities

Deliverables 2:

Monthly Deliverables:

  • 5 completed vendor evaluation reports
  • 25 completed monitoring/mapping reports
  • 1 supply distribution monitoring report

Tasks 3:

  • Field visits to 35 communities selected by UNICEF and counterparts to identify/map WASH needs and/or monitor progress on interventions for villages and associated institutional facilities (schools & healthcare facilities) therein.
  • Monitor distribution of WASH supplies to partners.
  • Attend and take notes of Cluster/MIAG meetings as appropriate.
  • Contractor monitoring for Schools and healthcare facilities

Deliverables 3:

Monthly Deliverables:

  • 35 completed community monitoring/mapping reports
  • 1 supply distribution monitoring report

Qualification and specialized knowledge/experience required for the assignment:

Education

  • University degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Civil or Mechanical Engineering, Water Supply or Environmental Engineering, Public Health or other specialist field related to WASH is required. OR a first university degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience in WASH-related programmes specifically in rural water supply, water safety planning, water quality monitoring and WASH in Schools.
  • A minimum of two years of experiences in humanitarian assistance will be an asset.
  • Community mobilization, coordination and facilitation experiences.

Work Experience

  • At least three years of relevant professional work experience in WASH
  • Knowledge of WASH-related technical guidelines, standards and indicators
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of WASH interventions

Language Proficiency

  • Fluency in English is required (oral and written)
  • Knowledge of Myanmar language(s) is required and local language is an asset

Interested candidates are requested to submit the application with updated CV and completed EOI form;