International WASH Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant

Accra, , GH

Job Number: 499551 | 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 covering water supply, sanitation, hygiene, WASH in institutions, household water treatment and safe storage, stakeholder capacity building and support to the WASH enabling environment. With numerous cutting edge initiatives and pieces of research it is of utmost importance that implementation is suitably monitored and progress updated on a monthly basis.

The consultant will focus on a key area of finalising a WASH sectoral database and associated reporting mechanisms, development of a standard district level WASH survey, and further development of M&E mechanisms associated with urban sanitation.

Assignment Tasks

The following specific tasks will be completed:

  • UNICEF Ghana already has a database to monitor implementation of rural sanitation programming, the adaptation of this to include all elements of the WASH programming is a key task for this consultancy assignment. This will mean consultation with members of the WASH team on what data should be collected for each sub-sector. This will also require strong skills with Microsoft Excel to ensure maximum data validation controls and analysis features are included.
  • Ensure that suitable reporting mechanisms exist within UNICEF and from implementing partners to ensure accurate data is received reliably on a monthly basis (this will involve supporting data entry and cleaning to get an understanding of the challenges being faced).
  • Develop suitable data visualisation methods that meet the needs of sub-sector managers (rural sanitation, urban sanitation, water supply, WASH in Schools, Hygiene and Enabling Environment)
  • Develop a district level survey for the WASH sector to use, this will be based heavily on the DHS/MICS WASH survey components, but might go into more detail, this is intended to provide a standard WASH survey for UNICEF and presented to the wider WASH sector for use
  • Urban sanitation is a relatively new area of programming for UNICEF and methods for monitoring and evaluating progress are not directly transferable from rural sanitation programming. Developing mechanisms for urban sanitation M&E will be a key component of the consultancy assignment.
  • A variety of sectoral information systems relate to the WASH sector, either directly or indirectly from other sectors. The consultant might be asked to make input into these systems on a periodic basis.

Expected Deliverables

  • Functioning WASH Sectoral Database (including development of components within Microsoft Excel) with mechanisms established for reliable and accurate monthly updates
  • Suitable data visualisation that presents monthly updates in a format that managers of sub-sectors can use e.g. summary sheets, tables, graphs, maps (a WASH GIS Officer is already on the team to assist with map development)
  • Final district level WASH survey questionnaires and guiding methodology document
  • Urban sanitation M&E guidance document that outlines the key data to be collected for urban sanitation programming, who should collect this data and how frequently. The document should also indicate means to evaluate the urban sanitation programme.
  • Report on status of WASH sectoral information systems, detailing any input made to the systems during period of consultancy

The consultant will report to the WASH Specialist (Knowledge Management). Concise monthly progress reports based on approved work plan for the month (max 2 pages) shall be submitted.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Sanitation Engineering, Statistics, or a relevant field.
  • Qualifications and experience in areas of monitoring and evaluation are highly desirable

Years of relevant experience

  • Minimum of Five  years of progressively responsible professional work experience within the WASH sector, with at least two years related to monitoring and evaluation of WASH programming

Competencies of Successful Candidate

  • Fluency in English required
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills for database development are a requirement
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • A solid understanding of the latest developments and innovations within the WASH sector
  • 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 required to please, complete the on-line application form and attach their CVs and cover letter.  Only short listed candidates will be contacted.  During the selection process, candidates may be requested to complete a written assessment or submit examples of previous work.

Please indicate your ability, availability and monthly fee (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above.  Applications submitted without proposed fee 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