WASH Baseline Consultant

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Daru, Papua New Guinea
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Implementing Partners

CARE Australia, CBM Australia, Water Aid PNG, Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee, PNG Assembly of Disabled Persons, Callan Services, Daru Disabled Persons’ Self-Help Group, District Development Authorities Middle Fly and South Fly, Western Province Provincial Administration


WVPNG is seeking a consultant(s) to conduct the WASH VOICE for EMPOWERMENT Baseline that will serve as a project baseline on WASH Voice Empowerment Project in Western Province in Papua New Guinea. The consultant or the research team/organization is required to lead on forming a strong research design, data collection tools and produce the baseline research report using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. This term of reference sets out the scope and details of the work to be undertaken and will draw on the inception proposal submitted by the consultant.


The WAVE project is supported by the Australian Government, DFAT, will be implemented in South Fly, Middle Fly and Daru Town and will build on the achievements and lessons learned in CS WASH II in Western Province to reach and support PNG’s most vulnerable and underserved province which has a 33% access to safe water. The project goal is to improve access to gender and socially inclusive, sustainable WASH, especially for women, girls, and people with disabilities in peri-urban and rural areas in Western Province targeting a population of 35, 000, in 25 communities in both phases. This will be achieved through four components:

  • Improved WASH capacity and systems at District (subnational) level, with focus on gender, social inclusion, and water security.
  • Increased provision and uptake of sustainable WASH services, especially targeting girls, women, and people with disabilities, in marginalized rural and urban communities.
  • Improved gender equality and social inclusion in communities, schools and health centres in Western Province through empowered participation and decision making
  • New evidence and learnings on sustainable and inclusive WASH generated by the project is rolled out in other areas.

WVPNG is continuing to build the capacity of both sub-national government actors and district WASH committees formed through the CS WASH project, to develop district wide WASH implementation plans, including budgeting and monitoring and evaluation framework. WV PNG will also develop context specific guidance on gender- and disability-inclusive WASH activities and approaches in communities, schools and health centres, to accompany the plans. A standalone plan is to be created specifically for Daru. A stronger focus will be given to working with local level committees, to ensure that the groups are gender and disability inclusive and are in decision making roles, with specific training given to the WASH management committees and School Health Clubs, to enable the implementation of WASH action plans, including hygiene awareness, and menstrual hygiene management.


Consultant will lead the base line data collection, collation and analysis and produce a coherent baseline research report that would fill the information gaps identified in the previous GESI analysis and primary data collected in preparing the baseline. Consultant(s) will also do a desktop analysis of quality of data generated and tools used for data collection.

Baseline Study Objectives

The main purpose of the study is to draw detailed baseline information for the Water for Women Project about social and health issues associated with unmet WASH needs in community, health care settings and schools for Women, Girls and Persons Living with disability. The study will focus on Women, Girls and People living with disability throughout Western province as they are the most marginalized and vulnerable population of Papua New Guinea. Study findings will provide a basis for improved project design as well as policy level advocacy outcomes. The survey results will serve as a benchmark for measuring the outcome of the project in reaching its goal to improve access to safe inclusive water and sanitation and improve hygiene behaviors among target communities, schools and health facilities in PNG.

Key objectives of the proposed baseline research are as follows:

  1. Assess access of WASH services (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) and determine unmet needs of women, children and people living with disability as well as other socially excluded groups in South Fly, Mid Fly and Daru Urban;
  2. Identify cause and effects of discrimination, additional work load and unmet WASH needs of selected communities and do a comparative analysis to assess inequality between general population and women/ people with disabilities;
  3. Identify issues of WASH in health care facilities in Daru Urban;
  4. Establish knowledge on impacts of health risks associated with water, sanitation and hygiene on the marginalized population.

Some of the key Baseline indicators that need to be established:

  • Improved WASH capacity and systems at District (subnational) level, with focus on gender, social inclusion, and water security.
  • Increased provision and uptake of sustainable WASH services, especially targeting girls, women, and people with disabilities, in marginalized rural and urban communities.
  • Improved gender equality and social inclusion in communities, schools and health centers in Western Province through empowered participation and decision making.
  • New evidence and learnings on sustainable and inclusive WASH generated by the project is rolled out in other areas.

These same indicators and results will be re-assessed in the end-line surveys to be conducted at program completion.

The baseline study questions

The following study questions were put together to guide the baseline assessment.

  1. How is the participation and involvement of the marginalized population in decision making?
  2. What is the accessibility status for the marginalized population to WASH?
  3. What is the local knowledge, attitude and practices of the society towards the marginalized population on their WASH needs?
  4. What are the social and health risk implications to the imbalance of GESI roles in poorly addressing WASH needs with respect to women, girls, and people living with disabilities?

The study design is a normative-descriptive study that will be conducted using Household interview questionnaires, focus group discussions, observation and key informant interviews on the marginalized population’s participation and involvement in decision making, accessibility to WASH, and knowledge attitudes and practices of the locals as well as the health implications of GESI role imbalance in addressing WASH needs whereby to measure changes of direct program interventions.

Key measurable for the study may also include;

  • Number of people - disaggregated by gender, age and disability - who have reliable and sustained access to safe water, improved and functional sanitation, and improved hygiene practices.
  • Determining the unmet needs of menstrual health management.
  • Determine unmet needs related to safe sanitation.
  • How far the selected communities are reaching the ODF status.
  • Improved environmental sanitation and community pride.
  • Knowledge of hygiene practices.
  • Determine level of stigma and discrimination faced by women, children and people with a disability.
  • Increased representation and participation of women and girls and people with disability in decision making relating to WASH.
  • Increased number of universally designed WASH facilities, consultation and communication mechanisms available in households, communities, schools and public facilities.

Scope of work

This study is to be conducted within the sampling target area of Daru Urban area and the 12 target villages in Middle and South Fly Districts in Western Province and within project direct beneficiaries. Data collection will be conducted using mixed tools in forms of survey, key informant interviews and focus group discussions. Considering the rural and urban mix, survey and FGD questions will be different in South/Mid Fly and Urban Daru Town. A draft report will be shared with World Vision PNG and World Vision Australia for input and revisions before it is finalized.


Consultant(s) will submit an inception report outlining the approach and methodology including proposed research design. WV recommends using mixed methods but not limited to desk review, KII, FGDs and HH Surveys. Consultant(s) will also be responsible to train Enumerators for data collection as well as sensitization on unmet needs of women and people with disabilities.

WV PNG Program team will advise the Consultant(s) on the target communities, schools and health care facilities where study will be conducted. Data collection tools will be developed in English and translated in Tok Pisin or other local language.

Duration and timeline

The consultant will be engaged and expected to complete the task and responsibilities within 22 working days.

Task Timeframe

  • Inception report due: 28th June
  • Enumerator training and survey testing: 01 – 05 July
  • Field work: 08th – 26th July
  • Data analysis and report writing: 29th July – 09th August
  • Submission of draft report: 12th August
  • Feedback on 1st draft shared with consultant: 19th August
  • Submission of final report: 23rd August

Consultant Specification

  • Post-graduate degree in an applied development field, ideally relevant to the WASH sector.
  • Technical expertise and relevant work experience (5-10 years) in the WASH sector, focused on addressing the lack of access to basic sanitation, hygiene practices and safe water supply for the most marginalized population including men, women, boys, girls with and without disability.
  • Previous experience in conducting national or regional Rural WASH sector assessments.
  • Background on Gender, Equality and Social Inclusion is highly recommended.
  • Experience in WASH, baseline study, evaluation and development research.
  • Proven publication record (Attached at least two research samples).
  • Solid methodological and research skills.
  • Strong analytical (quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills), facilitation, presentation and writing skills.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely in English.
  • Available for up to 22 days (total) of short-term technical assistance (STTA).

Task/Obligation for World Vision PNG towards the consultant

World Vision PNG will provide the following to support the consultant to successfully implement the planned activity apart from the consultant payment;

  1. Documents to assist the consultant to write the report. (Project ToR, baseline plan, project design document).
  2. Provide venue & stationaries for enumerator training.
  3. Cater for travel and accommodation for the consultant, excluding meals.
  4. Hire enumerators for the data collection.
  5. Arrange logistics for the team to travel to the communities to collect information.


  1. All data, photos and other information collated (raw and edited ones) will be the sole property of World Vision PNG.
  2. Work remotely to support the data collection teams.
  3. Work within the days as no extra charges will be accepted unless or upon request.

Application Process

Applications through email or post should be submitted to World Vision through People and Culture with the subject line:

Application for Comprehensive WASH Assessment Consultancy not later than 17th May 2019 to:

P&C Recruitment Team

World Vision Papua New Guinea

PO Box 4254, Boroko, 111, NCD


Or drop in your application in person at World Vision Office in Port Moresby.

The selection committee consisting of the Project staff will review all applications as they arrive. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described. The application package must include the following:

  • A one-page application letter of expression of interest, the consultant’s previous experience and how it’s relevant to the proposed assignment. It should also indicate the candidate’s availability and consultancy rates.
  • Detailed Technical-narrative proposal with clearly outlined methodology, assessment approach and techniques and tools to be employed.
  • A sample of at least 2 recently written report of similar assignments.
  • Updated CV including relevant work experience and qualifications.
  • Contact details for three references.

For further information please contact:

  • Godfrey Bogomin, WASH Project Manager, World Vision PNG. Email: 
  • Stella Rumbam, WASH & Health Portfolio Manager, World Vision PNG. Email: