Consultant for the Co-Creation of a WASH Compendium

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Arche noVa
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NGO/Civil Society
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arche noVa - Initiative for People in Need is a non-religious, non-profit- and non-governmental organization (NGO) from Dresden/Germany working in the field of humanitarian aid, rehabilitation and development. Our primary focus is in the field of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. The organization is a member of alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft, arche noVa bears the donation seal of the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI) since 1993.

arche noVa is looking for a

Consultant for the Co-Creation of a WASH Compendium




Conceptualisation and first draft of 10 tech sheets to begin asap. A total of ca.40 tech sheets should be finished for proof reading by August 2020.


Lead the preparation and development (incl. writing) process of ca.40 tech sheets for an upcoming compendium focused on water source technologies in emergencies in close collaboration with the arche noVa Project Coordinator. Contribution should be not only to the body of tech sheets but also the conceptual input of the compendium. However, a draft layout and template for tech sheet design as well as graphics are already in place.

After a period of initial drafting, the tech sheets will be shared with an advisory board made up of international experts in the field of WASH. The tech sheets will then go through a series of editing, re-drafting and finalisation processes. The specific requirements are as follows.

· 45 days are planned for the initial creation of the tech sheets (2019).

· 15 days for the fine-tuning of the official first draft (2020).

· 15 days for the second draft (2020)

· 5 days for final edit after the peer-review process (2020).

The peer-review will be conducted by 2 external experts.

Two 2-day consultation meeting are planned (one in 2019 and one in 2020), in order for the core team of authors and coordinators to meet and work through the ideas/plans. These will most likely take place in Berlin, Germany but there is also the possibility for Skype to be used.

Some time for pre and post workshop planning/reflection should also be factored in.

Background Concept and Goal:

Aim of the project is the sustainable strengthening of global humanitarian WASH structures, particularly in the area of WASH coordination, capacity development, preparedness and localisation of humanitarian aid using the principles described in the German humanitarian WASH strategy and the complementary experience and expertise of German governmental and non-governmental actors and their partners.

The compendium is a consortium project of the German WASH Network, with funding from the Federal Foreign Office. After the successful creation and release of the Compendium of Sanitation Technologies in Emergencies, the decision was made to explore other areas of WASH with further capacity development compendiums. The second project resulted in a compendium focused on water supply technologies and systems (due to be released in September 2019 after a review process by the WHO). Acting as a companion document to this, plans have now begun to create a compendium that specialises in water supply but with a specific focus on emergency contexts.

The compendium will be designed so as to give an overview of the technology options available during critical planning and design phases; particularly with regards to emergency situations in which time and resources are lacking and conditions far from ideal. Main areas to be covered will include: Source (PoA), Intake, Abstraction, Treatment, Distribution/Transport, User Safety (Treatment at PoU).


All communication and tech sheets should be in English.

Coordination and lines of Communications:

The consultant will report to the Project Coordinator at the arche noVa Headquarters in Dresden, Germany. The Project Coordinator is the line of communication to external WASH network partners and project collaborators.

Qualifications – Required:

  • Proven experience in WASH planning and design (particularly for the emergency context)
  • Solid analytical skills and writing skills
  • Experience in writing documents of this kind
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to prioritise, meet deadlines, and achieve results through collaboration.
  • Ability to collaborate well in a team setting to achieve common objectives
  • Languages: Fluency in both written and spoken English (incl. technical English)

How to apply:


Please send us, together with your application, a fee proposal for the complete finalization of the above-mentioned scope of services and tasks. The proposal must include timescale and availability forecasts.

Deadline for application:

7th June 2019

Please send Proposal, CV and Cover Letter to Mr Galbraith:

Subject: Consultant for WASH Compendium

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