Sanitation Consultant (Support to AMCOW and AITF)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 


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Background & Rationale

UNICEF works towards the progressive realisation of the human right to water and sanitation with a focus on priority interventions for children. Ending open defecation by 2030, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations, is at the heart of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2 for sanitation and hygiene. Yet in 2015, 892 million people practiced open defecation. UNICEF is steadfast in its commitment to end open defecation – which requires that at least 60 million people need to stop the practice each year between 2015 and 2030.

UNICEF’s contribution for 2018-2021, as approved by the Executive Board in the recent Strategic Plan, will be to support 250 million people to stop open defecation and gain access to at least basic sanitation. To focus UNICEF’s efforts towards this ambitious goal, UNICEF has developed a ‘game plan to end open defecation’ that sets out the sanitation programmatic focus and approaches needed until 2021. The game plan will help ensure that ending open defecation receives the deliberate and sustained attention and a strong emphasis on both equity and the sustainability of results.

Geographically, the game plan is focused on the 26 countries where more than five million people or more than 50 per cent of the population are defecating in the open. African countries account for 18 out of the 26 high-burden countries included in the Game Plan, and have collectively had the slowest rates of progress towards eliminating open defecation during the MDG period. This makes the three regions (Eastern and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa, and Middle East and North Africa) priorities for the achievement of the game plan. In addition, inequity is persistent with open defecation rate higher in rural area and among the poorest quintile.

To reach this result, UNICEF supports region-wide advocacy and coordination platforms and processes such as the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) AfricaSan International Taskforce (AITF).  In May 2015, African Ministers responsible for sanitation and hygiene adopted the Ngor Declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene at the AfricaSan4 conference held in Senegal. The commitments were made in recognition of the fact that gains made in sanitation access since 1990 had not kept pace with demographic change; and to reaffirm the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation for all.

At AfricaSan5 in February 2019, the AITF subcommittee on monitoring released a report that showed that, while there had been progress on government leadership and coordination and government-led monitoring systems, had not been matched for commitments such as waste management, eliminating inequality, and establishing budgets for sanitation.

In light of these updates, challenges, and opportunities, there is a critical need for UNICEF to continue to support advocacy and capacity-building opportunities, support the regional enabling environment through the support to the AITF and AMCOW processes, and provide technical support for UNICEF country programmes towards the elimination of open defecation in Africa.


The purpose of this consultancy is to support the strengthening and scale-up of Sanitation and Hygiene programs in as an integral part of operationalising UNICEF’s Game plan to end open defecation, and to support AMCOW and the AfricaSan International Task Force (AITF) towards the creation of an enabling environment for sanitation and hygiene in Africa.

Expected results: (measurable results)

Technical assistance to AMCOW and the AfricaSan international task force

  • Support the AITF to carry out an after-action review of AfricaSan
  • Prepare a face to face meeting AITF restructuring (May 2019) and meeting during SIWI World Water Week in Stockholm (August 2019)
  • Prepare outline and session plan and materials for show case on AfricaSan follow up during SIWI WWW in Stockholm.
  • Support the technical content of proposed Ministerial dialogues on sanitation (November 2019)
  • Provide technical assistance to the AfricaSan Subcommittee on Monitoring and Learning to develop a work plan, review and establish indicators and a monitoring plan – May 2019
  • Technical assistance to the preparation of the Ngor monitoring report with the AfricaSan Subcommittee on Monitoring and Learning – Feb 202
  • Prepare and facilitate webinars, consultations and learning – ongoing / quarterly

Sanitation technical support to UNICEF Country and regional offices

  • Develop and facilitate a French language social norms webinar series for WCARO, to be delivered in four webinars (July – Sep 2019)
  • Support development and facilitation of market-based sanitation training/roll-out for WCARO (September 2019)

Duty Station: The consultant is expected to work remotely. The consultant will be expected to have at least monthly calls with the Sr Adviser WASH and work closely with WCARO, ESARO, and MENARO in the course of the assignment.


Start date:  15 May 2019                     
End date:   1 March 2020

Key competences, technical background, and experience required Deadline

  • An advanced degree in water and sanitation field, public health or related field;
  • At least 10 years’ experience of which half conducting sanitation or hygiene promotion program in several countries at local, national and regional level;
  • Experience providing technical assistance to regional bodies such as AMCOW, ECCAS, ECOWAS;
  • Experience working in diverse countries providing technical assistance to government and partners on sanitation programming- experience in West & Central Africa is preferable;
  • Expertise in developing reference and learning materials about sanitation and hygiene, such as operational guidance, national plans, strategies;
  • Fluency in English and French language required.

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.


With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.  

At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

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

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at : Here

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.

Opening Date Mon Apr 22 2019 15:00:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time) Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date Tue May 07 2019 05:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)