Ghana nationals: National WASH Consultant

Accra, , GH

Job Number: 499552 | Vacancy Link
Location: Ghana
Work Type : Consultancy

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

The Government of Ghana and UNICEF are implementing a joint water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programme from 2012-2017, this include a wide variety of interventions targeting development and implementation of national strategies in water supply, sanitation, hygiene, WASH in institutions, household water treatment and safe storage, stakeholder capacity building and support to the WASH enabling environment. With such large scale implementation it is important that recent implementation and future plans are clearly communicated internally and within the wider WASH sector. Furthermore, with numerous elements of programming resulting in the development of long reports and technical outputs, developing concise summary documents suitable for both technical and semi-technical audiences is critical.

The consultant will focus on developing key documents as outlined in the WASH documentation strategy, these include research briefs, technical briefs, policy summaries, sectoral and sub-sectoral overview documents, and a quarterly WASH newsletter. All documents will be supported by the consultant from development all the way to finalisation and printing.

Assignment Tasks

The following specific tasks will be completed:


  • UNICEF Ghana has completed numerous pieces of research and will continue to do so, ensuring that the findings of these pieces of research are accessible to others in engaging and concise formats is important, the consultant will work on the development of at least 4 research briefs (max 4 pages) over the course of the assignment
  • Similarly, UNICEF commissions numerous consultancies that result in reports that outline findings and achievements, as with the above, the development of concise and engaging technical briefs is important for sharing internally (including within UNICEF globally) and externally. At least 10 technical briefs (max 4 pages) will be finalised during the course of the assignment.
  • The WASH sector in Ghana has numerous policies and strategies that are very long in length, developing summary documents of these is very important for accessible sharing of knowledge within the WASH sector. At least six policy summary documents will be developed during the course of the assignment.
  • In order to share the overall strategic overview of the WASH programme there is also the need to develop sectoral (WASH) and sub-sectoral (rural sanitation, urban sanitation, water supply, hygiene, WASH in Schools, WASH in Health Centres and WASH Governance) overview documents. One will be developed each year, but in this case one for 2017 will suffice.
  • Finally, a quarterly WASH newsletter detailing the GoG-UNICEF WASH plans for each quarter and achievements in the past quarter, plus focus pieces on WASH and interviews with staff and partners is planned to ensure suitable transparency both internally and externally

Expected Deliverables

All deliverables will be developed, approved and printed. The below are numbers of minimum outputs to be generated, this could be exceeded if time remains on the assignment. All documents are to have a maximum of 4 pages, exact formats shall be agreed during initial development of the documents, with layout, font size and use of images to be addressed on a case-by-case basis. The consultant shall submit soft copies and hard copies (the costs of printing will be covered by UNICEF) of all finalised documents.

  • Four research briefs
  • Ten technical briefs
  • Six policy briefs
  • One sector overview documents
  • Seven sub-sectoral overview documents
  • Five WASH Newsletters

Please note that UNICEF has copyright of all reports produced.

See attached Terms of Reference for details.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Sanitation Engineering, Journalism or a relevant field.
  • Previous experience of writing on WASH topics will substitute for a technical degree, however an advanced degree in a non-technical topic should still be achieved

Years of relevant experience

  • Eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience combined in the functional areas of WASH and/or writing/journalism/publication sector

Competencies of Successful Candidate

  • Qualifications and experience in areas of writing and journalism are highly desirable
  • Fluency in English required
  • Strong writing and communication skills, with proven ability to develop concise, informative and accessible pieces of literature
  • Strong computer skills, particularly Microsoft Word and Publisher, other publishing and photo editing software experience is an asset
  • Initiative and resourcefulness. Proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other team members and partners, with sensitivity, in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment.
  • Gender equity and diversity awareness

To view our competency framework, please click here

  • Interested and qualified candidates are kindly required to submit their CVs and cover letter and online application form.  Only short listed candidates will be contacted.  During the selection process candidates might be required to complete a written assessment or submit examples of previous work.

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily fee rate (in Ghana Cedi) to undertake the terms of reference above.  Applications submitted without a daily fee rate will not be considered.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Opening Date 12 Oct 2016 GMT Daylight Time
Closing Date 26 Oct 2016 GMT Daylight Time