Tajikistan nationals: Individual Contractor (WASH Engineer)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Dushanbe, Tajikistan 🇹🇯

Job no: 553625
Contract type: Consultancy
Duty Station: Dushanbe
Level: Consultancy
Location: Tajikistan
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

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, Access to safe water, adequate sanitation and suitable hygiene

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy, and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias, or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic, and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education, and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. Therefore, the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

The Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) call for the rapid provision and deployment of qualified personnel to act in the first eight critical weeks of humanitarian response and provide guidance for action beyond that, moving towards defined benchmarks.

Current situation in neighboring Afghanistan is getting worse after the withdrawal of U.S troops. Starting from an assumption that the security situation in Afghanistan may further deteriorate, significant internal displacement of population could also occur in border areas with a consequent population influx of refugees into Tajikistan. The number of population arrival could range from a small number to up to 50,000. Nevertheless, in the event of a major offensive, a medium-scale influx (up to 50,000 persons) from Afghanistan is the most likely scenario. This has been rated as Medium Risk (severe impact/moderately likely). Planning assumptions have been made on a positive approach from the Government of Tajikistan, with borders kept open to asylum seekers and cooperation with international actors in providing protection and assistance.

Additionally UNICEF is also providing support to the GoT regarding infrastructure improvement in schools, HCFs, and camps to improve access to safe water, adequate sanitation and suitable hygiene.

How can you make a difference? 

The WASH Engineer provides technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programming process. The Officer prepares, manages and implements a variety of technical, operational and administrative tasks, related to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH output results of the country programme. The support provided by incumbent will enable the CO to achieve the results related to and development WASH-related output results of the country programme.  This, in turn, will contribute to the achievement of the outcome results of the country programme document.  When done effectively, the achievement of the outcome results will improve child survival, growth and development, and reduce inequalities in the country.

Estimated duration:  August, 2022 – Feb, 2023 (7 months)

Duty stationDushanbe (with 80% travel to field locations)

Supervisor: WASH Specialist (IP)

Reporting to: WASH Specialist (IP)

DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

The scope of the individual contractor’s services includes:

  • Represent UNICEF in different coordination forums at sub-national level, ensure synergies and complementarity of UNICEF interventions with other partners.
  • Draft updates for WASH situation analysis, to inform the development of WASH-related outcome and output results. Research and report on developments at field level pertaining to WASH for use in programme development, management, monitoring, and evaluation. 
  • Participate in and carryout periodic technical assessment to expand/reduce the scope and scale of response to Afghan influx and other situations as and when needed.
  • Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information.
  • Contribute to the development/establishment of WASH-related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH needs and priorities specifically focusing on Afghan Refugee influx.
  • Provide technical WASH (both in camp and off-camp settings) and administrative support throughout all stages of the response ensuring smooth completion of activities.
  • Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate review and approval processes.
  • Carry out technical monitoring of response on a regular basis and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) and verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders.
  • Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.
  • Draft requisitions for supplies, services, long-term agreements and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in case of an in close coordination with the WASH Specialist.
  • Comply with UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency.
  • Draft communication and information materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund-raising for WASH.
  • Participate in inter-agency meetings on response especially at the field level.
  • Provide any other additional support as requested by the supervisor
  • Ensure that UNICEF’s response is in line with CCCs.

KEY DELIVERABLES/TIMEFRAME/PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

The assignment will be carried out over a 7 month period starting from August 2022 – February 2023. 

#TasksTimelinePayment schedule
1Represent UNICEF in different coordination forums at sub-national level, ensure synergies and complementarity of UNICEF interventions with other partnersAug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis
2Draft updates for WASH situation analysis, to inform the development of WASH-related outcome and output results. Research and report on developments at field level pertaining to WASH for use in programme development, management, monitoring, and evaluation.  Aug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis
3Participate in and carryout periodic technical assessment to expand/reduce the scope and scale of response to Afghan influx and other situations as and when needed. Aug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis
4Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information.Aug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis
5Contribute to the development/establishment of WASH-related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through analysis of WASH needs and priorities specifically focusing on Afghan Refugee influx.Aug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis
6Provide technical WASH (both in camp and off-camp settings) and administrative support throughout all stages of the response ensuring smooth completion of activities.Aug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis
7Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate review and approval processes.Aug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis
8Carry out technical monitoring of response on a regular basis and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) and verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders.Aug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis
9Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.Aug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis
10Draft requisitions for supplies, services, long-term agreements and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in case of an in close coordination with the WASH Specialist. Aug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis
11Comply with UNICEF’s procedures for responding in an emergency.Aug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis
12Draft communication and information materials for WASH programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund-raising for WASH.Aug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis
13Participate in inter-agency meetings on response especially at the field level.Aug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis
14Provide any other additional support as requested by the supervisorAug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis
15Ensure that UNICEF’s response is in line with CCCs. Aug,2022 –  Feb,2023On monthly basis

Performance indicators for the evaluation of results:

 The evaluation of the results will be based on:

  1. Technical and professional competence (quality of the reports and specification delivered to UNICEF);
  2. Scope of work (Preliminary Assessment, Specifications and Final Commissioning Report prepared );
  3. Quality of assigned tasks (Quality of technical documentations, drafts, and final versions);
  4. Quantity of supervision activity (completing the tasks indicated in the table above within the set timeframe)

In addition, such indicators as work relations, responsibility, drive for results, and communication will be taken into account during the evaluation of the Consultant’s work.

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

1) Education

  • University degree in one of the following fields is required: civil engineering, sanitary engineering, water resource management or another relevant technical field. (engineering preferred). Advanced university degree/ relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.

2) Work experience

  • Technical expertise in emergencies, early recovery and post-crisis transition and development with focus on WASH infrastructure and construction is an asset.
  • A minimum of 2-5 years of relevant professional experience in WASH-related programmes in Tajikistan is required. Experience with humanitarian and development context is a strong advantage.

3) Competencies

  • Ability to persuade and influence, negotiate to obtain agreement, promote ideas.
  • Ability to network and establish good relations with staff, partners and government.
  • Strong overall knowledge and understanding of UNICEF programmes, financial and legal aspects of supply chain issues, ethics and risk management of supply chain operations.
  • Solid understanding of logistics including transport and warehouse management.
  • Resourcefulness, flexibility, and the ability to prioritize large amounts of work while under pressure.
  • Good analytical, facilitation, communication and presentation skills.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive, awareness of gender issues, with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy

4) Language

  • Fluency in English and Tajik languages;
  • Fluency in Russian language is an asset. 

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  1. Cover letter/application/CV with all supporting documents.
  2. Financial quote for the services (all inclusive) in TJS
  3. Two references
  4. Applications without a financial quote will not be considered. 

Queries can be sent to [email protected] with the subject line “National Individual Contractor- WASH Engineer”. Applications must be received through the system on our website by 10 August 2022.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA). 

To view our competency framework, please visit 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 offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check. 

Remarks:  

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. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

Advertised: 04 Aug 2022 West Asia Standard Time
Deadline: 10 Aug 2022 West Asia Standard Time


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