2017 SWA High level meetings facilitator (WASH)

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Job Number: 501085 | 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 & Rationale

 Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is a global alliance of over 150 partners, fifty of which are governments from low and middle-income countries, donors, civil society organizations and other development partners working together to catalyse political leadership and action, improve accountability and use scarce resources more effectively.  The ultimate goal of the Partnership is to achieve universal access to water supply and sanitation.

UNICEF hosts the Secretariat of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership, which is responsible for supporting the Chair and Executive Chair of the Steering Committee (SC) as well as other members of the Steering Committee and organizes the biennial global High-level Meetings (HLM) and annual Partnership Meetings (PM).

 The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership is planning to hold a range of High-level Meetings and related events in Washington DC in April 2017, at the time of the World Bank Spring Meetings.  These will include a meeting of Ministers of Finance (21 April), a one-day Sector Ministers meeting (19 April) and related activities organized by SWA partners. The focus of these meetings will be on planning to achieve the sanitation, water and hygiene-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a particular focus on finance. 

 A skilled facilitator is sought to assist the Secretariat to deliver a high quality and inclusive series of meetings. 


Under the guidance of the SWA Coordinator, and with the advice and support of the SWA Secretariat and Executive Chair, the Consultant will contribute to a successful cycle of SWA HLMs in 2017 that contribute to SWA’s vision of sanitation, water and hygiene for all, always and everywhere.

 Specifically, the facilitator will contribute to planning the meetings, including the preparation of questions for panel members. The facilitator will act as Master of Ceremonies for the one-day Sector Ministers Meeting on 19 April, introducing speakers and moderating discussions in both French and English.  The facilitator may also contribute to additional, partner-organized events on 20 April. The facilitator’s role during the Finance Ministers’ Meeting on 21 April, if any, is yet to be determined.

 Expected results: (measurable results)

The role of the Consultant, as a senior, bilingual world-class facilitator, is to lead the facilitation of the Sector Ministers’ Meeting and discussion day, and assure the objectives of the meetings are achieved.

 Expected results:

  1. Meeting participants express satisfaction with the meeting, including their ability to contribute to the discussions (as measured by an evaluation survey)

 Key deliverables are:

  1. Contribution to the design of the HLMs, in particular panel discussions
  2. A well-run meeting where the opportunity to contribute is shared appropriately between participants, sessions run to time, panel discussions are lively and interesting, and the multi-stakeholder, bilingual nature of the partnership is reflected.

 Duty Station

The consultant will be required to travel to the HLM venue in Washington, D.C., USA in April 2017 (18 and 21 April inclusive). Pre-meeting tasks and discussions with SWA Secretariat can be carried out from any location with access to internet and telephone.


 Start date:  1 April 2017   End date:  31 May 2017



(Estimated # of Days)


Pre-meeting activities

–  Participate in planning calls with the SWA Secretariat, Executive Chair and senior advisors

–  Review background materials and become familiar with the meeting purpose and topics

–  Contribute to the development of panel discussions and draft questions

–  Meet with Secretariat team on day prior to SMM

6 days

18 April 2017

Meeting Facilitation

–  Act as Master of Ceremonies for the SMM

–  Liaise with the Secretariat during the SMM to regularly assess the feedback from meeting participants and adjust the meeting design as necessary to ensure that the meeting achieves its objectives.

–  Contribute to the facilitation of partner-led events on 20 April

–  As required, contribute to moderation of discussions during the FMM

3 days

21 April

Post-meeting activities

–  Contribute to meeting debrief and make recommendations for future meetings

 1 day

15 May


10 days


Key competences, technical background, and experience required Deadline

  • This assignment requires a highly experienced facilitator with over 15 year’s relevant experience, including hands-on experience of leading the facilitation of international meetings.
  • Ability to facilitate the meeting in both English and French is essential. Knowledge of other languages, including Spanish and Portuguese, would be an asset.
  • Prior experience working with Ministerial-level meeting participants essential.
  • Understanding of international development issues essential. Familiarity with current concerns around the financing of development highly desirable.
  • The facilitator is expected to have a strong grasp of meeting process design, be an articulate and engaging speaker, to transmit high energy levels, to think on his/her feet, to be a good listener, give feedback to participants and negotiate solutions where there are areas of disagreement between meeting participants.
  • Knowledge of water and sanitation stakeholders and the issues in the sector would be helpful, but the facilitator is expected to be an objective voice and would not be expected to take positions on any technical WASH matter, but rather to facilitate dialogue and consensus-building and assist SWA participants to make collective decisions.
  • Team skills to work with other SWA Secretariat team members are essential.

 To view our competency framework, please click here

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 3 Nov 2016 Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date 18 Nov 2016 Eastern Standard Time