Job Number: 500020 | Vacancy Link
Location: Programme Division, UNICEF NYHQ
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.
Background and Rationale
UNICEF’s overall objective in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is to contribute to the realisation of children’s rights to survival, growth and development through support to programmes that increase equitable and sustainable use of safe drinking water, basic sanitation, and promote improved hygiene.
During the course of UNICEF’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017, UNICEF seeks to further improve its global WASH programme in five key areas such that:
- Our programming is recognised as the benchmark of best practice
- Our programmes achieve scale and transformational change
- We demonstrate outcomes across sectors and corporate agendas
- We provide leadership in responding to emergencies
- We make the best use of our global network of knowledge & expertise
This consultancy mainly relates to the first, second and fifth areas. This consultancy also contributes to the knowledge management work of UNICEF, through generating and disseminating evidence on the enabling environment for advocacy, capacity building and improving future applications of the WASH BAT.
More recently, UNICEF has released its 15 year WASH Strategy, focused on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on targets 6.1 and 6.2 (safely managed WASH) and 4a1 (WASH facilities in schools), although WASH underpins many of the SDGs. Six programming approaches have been
identified in the UNICEF WASH Strategy, which will be applied according to the local context, will be used to address five results areas (water, sanitation, hygiene, WASH in institutions and WASH in emergencies):
- Strengthen enabling environments
- Utilize evidence to promote child rights
- Leverage sustainable financial resources
- Build sustainable markets
- Empower communities
- Deliver services and supplies
While this Terms of Reference relates most strongly to the first of these, by strengthening the enabling environment through application of the WASH BAT, all these results areas will be improved.
The purpose of the consultancy is to support the global implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH enabling environment work, specifically the WASH Bottleneck Analysis Tool (BAT).
The overall objective of the consultancy is to support UNICEF’s global and regional offices to roll out the WASH BAT through:
- In-person support of training and implementation workshops, being key resource person – trainer and facilitator.
- Communication with UNICEF offices to enable understanding of the requirements for a successful WASH BAT process, and follow through with those offices deciding to undertake a WASH BAT.
- Liaison with others supporting enabling environment work, such as the SWA partnership, USAID’s WALIS project, and sector partners.
- Promotion of government leadership in the process and reach out to build the capacity of government partners.
- Monitoring of the ongoing global WASH BAT applications, and encouraging UNICEF and other partners to follow best practice in BAT implementation and follow-up.
- Evaluation of the impact of WASH BAT exercises, first through identifying follow up activities in countries, and later through second implementation of the BAT and formal assessment of the extent to which the BAT has helped alleviate the sector bottlenecks.
- Supporting knowledge management products – including Yammer site
The consultancy is home based, except for the duty travel to countries implementing the BAT and UNICEF HQ (up to 40 days).
The consultancy will be carried out in 80 working days conducted over the period December 2016 – December 2017.
Start date: 1 December 2016 End date: 31 December 2017
The expected results of the operational research with estimated days are presented below:
The consultant will report to the Senior Adviser (WASH) responsible for global WASH BAT implementation in WASH Section, New York.
Key qualifications, technical background, and experience required:
- Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in science or social science.
- A minimum of fifteen years of professional experience gained with Government, NGOs or international organisations working in the development sector, with at least 5 years in WASH and considerable time spent working in developing countries.
- Demonstrated substantial policy experience, development of training and advocacy material, preparation of reports, social media materials, organising and facilitating learning events, and managing networks and partnerships.
- Experience in research and analysis of development programmes, reviewing and summarising both quantitative and qualitative information.
- Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills.
- Experience in preparing and delivering webinars and managing communities of practice.
- Highly proficient in use of English with the ability to write in a clear and practical manner.
- Familiarity with UNICEF mission, mandate and WASH programme is desirable.
- As well as being fluent in English, good working knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.
To view our competency framework, please click here.
Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV and P 11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html)
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 Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date 16 Nov 2016 Eastern Standard Time