Regional Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist (Multiple positions, roster)

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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General Background
This consultancy is based in the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), hosted by UNOPS. Founded in 1990, WSSCC is a membership organization, based on individual membership.  WSSCC’s mission is to ensure sustainable sanitation, better hygiene and safe drinking water for all people, especially the poorest and most marginalized members of society in developing countries. In order to achieve its mission, WSSCC manages the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF), facilitates sector coordination at national, regional and global levels, supports professional development, and advocates on behalf of the 2.5 billion people without a clean, safe toilet to use. More information on WSSCC can be found at:

Background and Scope of Assignment

Through the GSF; WSSCC supports large scale grants in Africa and Asia designed to increase access to sanitation through collective behaviour change, often based on Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). It works to achieve a situation where all people use appropriate sanitation and hygiene services in an affordable, accessible, safe, and sustainable manner. GSF currently supports country-programmes in 11 countries, with additional programmes under development. The first GSF-supported programmes became operational in 2010/11, with the youngest programmes starting implementation in 2014/15. Three key concepts for GSF are scale, sustainability and equality.

Over the past decade, WSSCC has also built up a strong programme on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). WSSCC’s approach to MHM seeks to address the sanitation and hygiene needs of women and girls by approaching menstrual hygiene as a catalyzing entry point to break the silence and address gender inequality and injustice in WASH and beyond. In order to do so, WSSCC works with a range of government ministries and other national and international stakeholders to address the enabling environment for MHM, and supports partners at sub-national levels to incorporate MHM messaging and programming into ongoing WASH-related programmes.  Capacity building focuses on breaking the silence; sharing knowledge about how to manage menstruation hygienically and various options for safe reuse and disposal solutions. While some GSF-supported programmes have integrated MHM messaging into their work, especially at schools, this is not yet widespread and WSSCC is learning and documenting its experiences in this regard.

In line with the above, WSSCC undertakes a range of activities to strengthen country programmes and build capacity of implementing partners. This includes trainings, learning events and processes such as real-time learning, country exchanges, and peer-to-peer reviews, as well as strengthening of M&E.

This assignment seeks to identify individuals, based in the global South, who have built extensive experience in and understanding of the various facets of collective sanitation behaviour change programming and/or MHM and can share this experience through facilitation of trainings, technical support assignments, and regional exchanges with other programmes.

The focus will be on approaches to improve quality, increase sustainability, ensure equality and non-discrimination, and integrate MHM as a key aspect of EQND and entry point to address inclusion of women and girls. Depending on individual strengths and experience, resource persons recruited against this ToR will become technical advisors and Trainers of Trainers on some or several approaches such as Follow-Up Mandona, Institutional Triggering, EQND in CLTS, and/or MHM, and will support countries in their region and possibly beyond. This does not entail full-time employment, but rather, individuals would be offered retainer contracts or short-term assignments based on availability and need.

Functional Responsibilities

To strengthen programming practices and build capacity of GSF Executing Agencies, Implementation Partners and other sector partners on various aspects of sanitation and hygiene collective behaviour change programming, notably:

  • CLTS, CLTS follow up support (e.g. Follow-Up Mandona), and community-based initiatives to improve latrine build quality an engrain sanitation and hygiene behaviours
  • Equality and Non-Discrimination in CLTS and broader GSF programming to Leave No One Behind
  • Institutional Triggering and similar approaches to strengthen local and national enabling environments for sanitation programming
  • Supply side approaches and progression towards safely managed sanitation

To support and build capacity on the further integration of MHM in government policies, strategies, (cross) sector programming and  behaviour change communications in order to leave no girl or woman behind; notably:

  • Provide technical support to governments and partners to convene for collective action, dialogue and policy transformation on MHM, where relevant facilitating cross-sectoral or policy dialogue
  • Facilitate, as part of a team, Trainings of Trainers and other contextualised capacity building / training exercises to build capacity of national and local level government staff, GSF partners, WSSCC National Coordinators and other sector partners on MHM
  • As and where relevant, support GSF Executing Agencies and Implementing Partners on further integration of MHM messaging and programming into their schools and community behaviour change activities
  • Support the WSSCC Secretariat on follow-up, ongoing mentoring and support to and monitoring of MHM trainers and partners engaged in MHM activities linked to / supported by WSSCC.

Depending on experience, skills and interest, and with training and support provided by the Technical Support Unit in Geneva, Regional Technical Advisors would either work across both objectives, or on only one of the two.

Scope of Work /activities and deliverables

WSSCC intends to recruit several Regional Resource Persons across West and Central Africa, East and Southern Africa, and Asia to populate a roster from which WSSCC can draw individuals either for short-term assignments or on longer-term draw down contracts. Exact activities and deliverables will be agreed with the individual contractors at the time of recruitment.



  • Advanced University degree in Public Health, Engineering, Social Science or related discipline is required. 
  • A bachelor's degree with a combination of 2 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted  in lieu of the master's degree.


  • At least 5 years’ post master's degree or 7 years post bachelor's degree of relevant professional experience in sanitation, hygiene, health and/or gender related programming in an African or Asian context required
  • Experience of working with public officials as well as with grassroots communities required
  • Demonstrated experience in behaviour change programming, preferably CLTS, , hand washing with soap, MHM and/or other water and sanitation related hygiene practices is desirable.
  • Basic understanding of gender, menstrual hygiene management and/or equality and non-discrimination is required. Demonstrated previous experience in gender and MHM programming an asset
  • Demonstrated work experience in the area of adult training /capacity development an asset
  • Experience with policy dialogue, influence and decision-making platforms an asset


  • Fluency in English required. French or additional local/regional language is an asset.