WASH in Schools Consultant

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Job Number: 500029 | Vacancy Link
Location: Fiji (Pacific Islands) – MCP
Work Type : Consultancy

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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.

Scope of Work/ Work Assignments:

The consultant will carry out the following activities in support of the following areas of work:

  • WASH in Schools. Provide technical support to government partners and local NGOs implementing WASH in Schools programmes
    1. Conduct bottleneck analysis and baseline assessment/survey for WASH in Schools
    2. Conduct 3 field monitoring visits in the field with partners
    3. Conduct capacity assessment of WASH in Schools partners and develop a Three Star Approach training manual, documentation, monitoring and reporting mechanisms
    4. If applicable, support partners enrolled in the WASH in Schools course led by Emory University or any other WASH training endorsed by UNICEF WASH
  • WASH Sector Coordination. Provide technical support and input to sector groups (regional and local)
    1. Support development of evidence base and use of PHAST and Drinking water safety and security plans (DWSSPs), through field monitoring and audits.
    2. Work closely with regional partners such as Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC), Pacific Disability Forum among harmonization for cross-sectoral work such as gender, children with a disability and climate change risk management
    3. Support coordination related aspects around WASH policies, standards and guidelines development in UNICEF or by partners 
  • WASH Data and Knowledge Management. Support government and NGO partners in data collection and reporting through Akvo Flow and AKVO RSR and WASHBAT online tool.
    1. Conduct training for partners as needed to increase and maximize use of the Akvo platforms and other online platforms.
    2. Assist partners with reporting and documentation (such as writing human interest stories, and other advocacy materials).
    3. Develop an advocacy toolkit/compendium of videos, blogs, human interest stories about WASH and related topics such as WASH in Emergencies, WASH and Gender, WASH and children with a disability, WASH and Climate Change 
  • Support Emergency preparedness and response. In the event of an emergency,
    1.  Assist the Technical Working Group in the development of Education and WASH preparedness documents, including contingency plans, 4W matrix, maps, assessment forms, standards, stocklist and partner mapping
    2.  In the event of an emergency, to coordinate and work with MoE and the sector to plan and distribute WASH kits to schools and any other emergency support needed.

Work Schedule:

The duration of the contract will be for 8 months from December 1 2016– July 30 2017. The consultant is expected to work on a full-time basis and may negotiate up to 1 month (4 weeks) of absence without pay.

Payment Schedule

Payments will be done in accordance with submission of deliverables, certified by the supervisor

Deliverables/End Products


Expected duration


WASH in Schools


·        Baseline and Bottleneck assessment report



·        Contract Management with WASH in Schools partners on Three Star Programme



·        Support to at least 3 partners on completing certification course on WASH in Schools by Emory University



·        Capacity training for local partners and government partners on WASH in Schools, documentation, monitoring and reporting

·        Programmatic visits



WASH sector coordination


·        Programmatic/field monitoring visits



·        Capacity building of local NGO partners



·        Report on support provided to regional groups on climate change, DWSSPs integration,



WASH Data and Knowledge Management


·        Report (including training plan and presentation) on Akvo Flow and Akvo RSR as well as WASHBAT online tools



·        Toolkit/compendium of existing advocacy materials and other tools on WASH



Support Emergency preparedness and response


·        Report on support to Technical Group and Emergency Cluster



Supervisor Name and Type of Supervision that will be provided:

The consultant will be under the direct supervision of the WASH Specialist at the UNICEF Office for Pacific Island Countries

Consultant’s Work Plan and Official Travel Involved:

The consultant is required to make his/her own return travel arrangements from Place of recruitment-Duty Station-Place of recruitment on the most direct route and economical class. Travel costs will be reimbursed to the consultant upon submission of invoice and travel documents.

All related (internal/external) official travel of the consultancy will be organized by the consultant and costs reimbursed accordingly.

The consultant is also required to organize his own visa to the duty station – UNICEF will provide a support letter to assist with visa approval.

Consultant’s Work Place:

The consultant will have a flexible work arrangement where at times he works out of the UNICEF Suva based office and other times, he can work remotely where he has access to good internet connectivity.

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required:    


  • Degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance;
  • Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development are considered an asset;
  • Additional training and experience in emergency/humanitarian response, preparedness and capacity building on disaster and climate risk resilience is considered an asset.


  • Three to Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector;
  • Familiarity with Pacific WASH Sector partners and programmes;
  • Experience on WASH in Schools programmes focusing on hygiene behavior improvements;
  • Experience on WASH Resilience and Drinking Water Safety and Security Planning
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the WASH Cluster approach;
  • Methodology of programme/project management;
  • Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF positions and approaches.


  • Fluency in English and knowledge of the Fijian or Hindi or other Pacific languages is an asset.


  • Knowledge of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene areas of UNICEF’s programme.
  • Technical Knowledge of the theories, principles and methods in the following areas: WASH in schools, water supply project management, monitoring and evaluation, integrated water resource management, water supply and sanitation technologies, humanitarian, climate change/climate resilience, and community based water supply and sanitation.

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Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly 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 1 Nov 2016 Fiji Standard Time
Closing Date 7 Nov 2016 Fiji Daylight Time