WASH Advisor: Governance and Sector Strengthening

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Papua New Guinea
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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In 2015 the national government launched Papua New Guinea's first National WASH Policy, which has led to the setting of clear WASH targets and priority areas for action. The implementation of the National WASH Policy is being led by the development of five-year District WASH Plans to drive service delivery in the districts. Several donors are currently working with the WASH PMU to establish a pilot initiative, which will resource the development of District WASH Plans and facilitate learning on the process.

The drive for district level service delivery within the framework of the national WASH policies creates new opportunities to increase access to WASH services. The current WASH situation in PNG, per the JMP 2015, an estimated 60 percent of the population, or 4.2 million residents, do not have access to safe water, and some 81 percent do not have access to an improved sanitation facility. These figures are approximate because no consolidated mechanism exists to adequately monitor the coverage rates. In urban areas, the water supply coverage is estimated at 88 percent, while it is only 33 percent in rural areas. Sanitation coverage is 56 percent in urban areas but only 13 percent in rural areas. Furthermore, PNG is now one of only three countries globally that has safe water coverage of less than 50% and has the twelfth highest proportion of people using unimproved sanitation.

As part of Unicef' WASH program in country, the EU funded WASH project Klinpela Komuniti Projek, aims to work in four districts to support the drafting and implementation of 5-year District WASH Plans improve access to WASH services in up to 200 schools, 36 health centers and 800 neighboring communities in four districts of PNG – Central Bougainville, Nawaeb, Goroka and Hagen Central by helping them achieve open defecation-free status and improving hygiene practices, including construction of WASH facilities like VIP latrines, pour flush/flush toilets, water supply systems, and hand washing stations.

1. Purpose and Scope of Work

This role has been created to support UNICEF's work on strengthening the institutional framework and enabling environment for WASH service delivery.  The consultant will work with UNICEF's WASH team in Port Moresby to support the progression of work against three outcomes, as follows:

  1. Functioning WASH Program Management Unit (PMU) led coordination mechanism for WASH exists at national and/or sub-national level with no UNICEF or development partner support.
  2. Conducive policy context and regulatory framework exists, model considers equity, accountability and private sector participation and affordability standards and benchmarks are in place
  3. Government led capacity development plan , based on WASH sector needs funded and supported with different institutional stakeholders/providers; Linking required technical capacities from Ward level to LLG to District government level.

The position will be required to work with a wide range of partners and ensure alignment of WASH activities into and within the sector while also identify gaps and advocating for the support needed to fill them, both internally and externally.

2. Specific Tasks

The consultant will complete the following tasks over a six-month period.

  1. Review the UNICEF GAP Analysis Study and advise on the relevance for UNICEF's sector strengthening work.
  2. Review four district WASH plans developed under Phase 1 of the EU UNICEF project and advise on how they might be improved.
  3. Proposal for WASH Service Delivery Arrangements; with a focus on the four selected districts linked to provincial and national level.
    • Develop a discussion paper to operationalize each WASH Plan, which outlines the potential WASH service delivery arrangements for sub-national government
    • Consult with stakeholders in four districts on the potential service delivery arrangements for WASH at the sub-national level of government and share findings of the consultation process with appropriate national government stakeholders
    • Advocate for the inclusion of representatives for women and people with disabilities in formal sub-national service delivery arrangements 
    • Assist UNICEF to develop a baseline for monitoring change in the performance of WASH services by conducting a sector building blocks assessment in four districts and developing a District WASH Sector Scorecard
    • Develop a draft protocol that formalizes the WASH service delivery arrangements, for signing by sub-national WASH stakeholders, to ensure that WASH proposals generated at the Ward level are improved through access to technical skills in civil engineering, sanitation marketing, hygiene promotion and inclusive, community consultation.
    • Close coordination with PMU, NDOE, NDOH and Public Works
  4. Develop concept notes for Resource mobilization (3)
  5. Participate in regular UNICEF WASH team planning meetings


  • Review of four WASH PLANS; Comments and recommendations
  • Review of GAP Analysis document; Comments and recommendations
  • Advice on how to measure change under Result Area 3 
  • WASH Service Delivery Arrangements Discussion Document
  • Field trips to 4 selected districts
  • Protocol document that formalizes WASH service delivery arrangements (SOP)
  • Production of 4 District WASH Sector Scorecards
  • Stakeholder Presentation
  • Development of three resource mobilization proposals
  • Final report

* Consultant expected to work a minimum of 6 days per month 

** Payment will be based on satisfactory completion of tasks and submission of deliverables duly authorized by the Supervisor

Required qualifications, desired competencies, technical background and experience


An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: civil engineering, project management, Health Promotion, Civil or Public Health Engineering, Public Health (MPH), Environmental Health, or another relevant technical field.


Knowledge of local language is a desirable advantage

Work Experience and technical Knowledge

  1. Minimum five years experience working on public policy at national and sub-national levels
  2. Working knowledge of the PNG Government policy framework for WASH
  3. Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
  4. UN policies and strategy to address international development issues and the responses including the IASC Cluster approach.
  5. International experience with approaches to WASH sector strengthening, inclusive of work on defining roles and responsibilities, capacity building, analysis of sector building blocks and improvement of WASH sector coordination

Policy / Administrative Issues

  • The consultant will be responsible for bringing of all necessary laptop and computer accessories.
  • Under the consultancy agreements, a month is defined as 21 working days, and fees are prorated accordingly.  Consultants are not paid for weekends or public holidays.
  • Flight costs for most direct economy class, local transport costs and any other costs related to this work will be covered by UNICEF and will not be included as part of the consultancy fees.
  • Please note the air tickets under UNICEF contract shall be re-routable, refundable type (economy class and most direct route). The consultant will be responsible for own travel insurance, visa fee and terminal expenses
  • Consultants are not entitled to payment of overtime.  All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.
  • No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant.
  • Consultant will be required to sign the Health statement for consultants/ individual contractor prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that she/ he has appropriate health insurance.
  • The Form 'Designation, change or revocation of beneficiary must be completed by the consultant upon arrival, at the HR Section.
  • As per UNICEF policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.
  • The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF's General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.


The likely risk for the consultancy relate to failure to complete all the tasks defined within the timelines stipulated. To mitigate against the risks, before commencement of the work, the consultant will submit a work plan on how he or she intent to carry out the work. This will be discussed and agreed with all possible challenges likely to be faced identified and addressed.