Consultancy: WASH Severity Classification (WSC) Coordinator

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Home-based/Remote

Job no: 549418
Contract type: Consultancy
Duty Station: Geneva
Level: Consultancy
Location: Switzerland
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Emergency

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s 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, Hope

Purpose of the Activity/Assignment

The WASH Severity Classification (WSC) is an operational tool that uses a five-phase approach to quantify the number of people in need with the ability to classify the severity and drivers of WASH needs and vulnerabilities. The WSC aims to be the WASH equivalent of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) system used by the Food Security and Nutrition sectors.

Since its conception in 2020, the WSC has been implemented and has undergone the reiteration from an alpha to beta version and has been implemented in 20 countries with Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs). The WSC has also undergo an academic review and study on the governance structure. The next phase of the WSC requires a coordinated approach to ensure complimentary with other tools and frameworks, using credible data sets. Notably, the IPC tool led by FAO/WFP and other globally recognized data initiatives, such as the Joint Intersectoral Analysis Framework (JIAF) led by OCHA and the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) led by UNICEF/WHO.

This requires a participatory partnership approach that brings together a diverse range of stakeholders and partners, across different sectors, to “position” the WSC as a system-wide benchmark that maximizes results and is globally recognized.

The purpose of this consultancy is to support coordination of the next phase of the WSC with a diverse range of stakeholders and partners, across different sectors at the global, regional, and country levels.

Scope of Work

The WSC Coordinator, in collaboration with the Global WASH Cluster (GWC), WASH Programme Group (PG) and Data, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring (DAPM), will support the following:

  • Act as lead in the coordination of the WSC within UNICEF, across relevant divisions and teams at global, regional and country levels;
  • Explore options for engagement of key stakeholders and partners to optimize opportunities for greater collaboration with other sectors at global, regional and country levels;
  • Act as the focal point for the coordination of the WSC related to information sharing and knowledge management within UNICEF, across relevant divisions and teams at global, regional and country levels;
  • Manage potential partnerships and provide technical oversight to the reiteration of the WSC tool, across relevant divisions and teams within UNICEF at global, regional and country levels; and
  • Coordinate communication, advocacy and resource mobilisation efforts for the WSC, across relevant divisions and teams within UNICEF at global, regional and country levels.

Work Assignment Overview

Tasks / MilestoneDeliverables / OutputsTimeline / Deadline
• Act as lead in the coordination of the WSC with UNICEF, across relevant divisions and teams at global, regional and country levels;

• Act as the focal point for the coordination of the WSC related to information sharing and knowledge management within UNICEF, across relevant divisions and teams at global, regional and country levels;
• Set up monthly and ad-hoc meetings across UNICEF technical divisions and teams

• Develop required briefing notes and supporting documentation for internal briefings within UNICEF

• Develop a best practice and lesson learned on the WSC
By 31 January 2023
• Explore options for engagement of key stakeholders and partners to optimize opportunities for greater collaboration with other sectors at global, regional and country levels;• Set up meetings with key stakeholders and partners

• Develop required briefing notes and supporting documents for meetings

• Develop a position paper for the WSC
• Manage potential partnerships and provide technical oversight to the reiteration of the WSC tool, across relevant divisions and teams within UNICEF at global, regional and country levels; and

• Coordinate communication, advocacy and resource mobilisation efforts for the WSC, across relevant divisions and teams within UNICEF at global, regional and country levels.
• Engage in technical discussion on the revision of the WSC

• Provide inputs to communications, advocacy and fundraising for the WSC
• Coordinate with GWC to provide timely reporting on the progress of the WSC• Monthly report on the progress of the WSCMonthly

Estimated Duration of the Contract

9 months (1 May 2022- 31 January 2023)

Individual Contractor’s Work Place and Official Travel

The assignment will be home-based. There may be travel during the consultancy, but this is to be confirmed by supervisor.

Estimated Cost of the Consultancy & Payment Schedule

Payment will be made on submission of a monthly invoice and satisfactory completion of the above-mentioned deliverables. Please indicate an all inclusive fixed monthly fee in USD to undertake this assignment. 

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

  • University degree, preferably at an advanced level, in a subject area relevant to humanitarian, development, international relations, or related field to the WASH and/or public health sector. Experience in Information Management and Knowledge Management is an asset.
  • At least 8 years of progressively responsible work experience and expertise in the humanitarian sector in programme management, coordination and partnerships.
  • Experience in Information Management and Knowledge Management is an asset.
  • Strong analytical, synthesis and conceptual thinking skills. Experience in information management, data analysis and visualization tools and software (Excel, R, Adobe suite, Power BI, ARC-GIS, Web content management) is an asset.
  • Ability to write clearly and present complex strategies into synthesized reports and findings, with high efficiency to diverse audiences.
  • Solid oral communications skills and experience of facilitation of webinars and meetings (remote).
  • Fluency in English is required, and French as a strong asset.
  • Excellent managerial/organisation skills and a solution-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to manage the available time and resources and to work to tight deadlines, with minimal supervision.
  • A strong sense of client orientation and a strong drive for results.
  • Able to play an independent and diplomatic role with all parties involved.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

Remarks:

Please include in your application a cover letter, a full CV with three most recent references, a Financial Proposal, and a sample of writing (e.g. reports, presentations, and/or publications). Additionally, indicate your availability and all-inclusive monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above based on full-time work (i.e. 5 days per week). Applications submitted without a monthly rate will not be considered. 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: 22 Mar 2022 W. Europe Standard Time
Deadline: 05 Apr 2022 W. Europe Daylight Time


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