Delivering Humanitarian WASH (Development of an Implementation Plan for the strategic axes in the WASH Sector (2020-2025))

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.


In 2019, humanitarian assistance reached a global peak of people in need, with the WASH sector at the core of the response to emergencies. Rapid and effective WASH interventions, as well as longer-term, durable WASH solutions, are critical for saving the lives of the affected populations in complex emergencies and humanitarian crises.

Too often, WASH responses fail to meet defined humanitarian or sectoral standards due to a lack of capacity, preparedness and funding, resulting in services that are not accountable and do not adequately address the priority needs and expectations of the people affected by crises.

Through strengthened collective commitments and engagement by all stakeholders active in the WASH sector, the implementation of a new operational roadmap (2020 – 2025) will put into practice new and innovative approaches to save lives, reach public and environmental health outcomes and build synergies between complex emergencies, humanitarian crises and long-term development.


The overall objective of this consultancy is to develop an implementation plan based on the report ‘Delivering Humanitarian WASH Anywhere and Anytime – Road map for 2020-2025’ working with relevant stakeholders while focusing on the strategic axes identified in the Road Map for the WASH Sector. These include 1) public and environmental health; 2) accountability and quality; and 3) preparedness and resilience.


  1. Inception Report detailing how work will be undertaken (3 days)
  2. Preparation and delivery of a two-day workshop to consolidate the inputs of all the Global WASH Cluster partners for the implementation of the Road map for 2020-2025’ with key stakeholders from the WASH sector (4 days)
  3. Draft costed and timed actions to deliver the plan from 2020-2025 (30 days). The Plan should be articulated around the 3 strategic axes (health, accountability and preparedness)
  4. Final Implementation Plan (3 days)

Indicative Timeframe

  • Start date: 1st March 2020
  • End date: 31st July 2020
  • Estimated number of days: 40 days

Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results

  • Timely submission of deliverables
  • Satisfactory quality of deliverables


  • 30% upon delivery of the workshop Inception Report.
  • 40% upon delivery of draft Implementation Plan.
  • 30% upon delivery of final Implementation Plan.

UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines. All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.

Duty station

This consultancy is home-based and involves some travels to Geneva (at least 3 trips, including for the workshop)

Conditions of work:

  • The consultant will need to organize own travel, including ticketing and visa, and will be reimbursed expenditures based on the most direct and economical route in economy class. UNICEF will pay the daily subsistence allowance as per UN-approved rate. The consultant must be fit to travel, be in a possession of the valid UN DSS BSafe certificate, obligatory inoculation(s) and have a valid own travel/medical insurance with hospitalization and repatriation coverage.
  • UNICEF will organize meeting logistics. The consultant will provide their own computer and communications equipment (laptop, telephones, etc).
  • All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.
  • No work or travel may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant.

Key competencies, technical background and experience required


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in public health, engineering, social, data science, education or other field relevant to the work of the consultancy.
  • At least 8 years of experience in developing project proposals, guidance documents, reports, operational plans or strategies.
  • At least 8 years of experience working within humanitarian systems and/or coordination mechanisms.
  • Proven research skills, including quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Proven experience in advocacy, financing and fundraising in the WASH sector.
  • Knowledge of WASH Sector organizations and donor agencies.
  • Ability to be flexible and work within tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • Excellent verbal and written English;


  • Experience in developing documentation for technical audiences related to operational responses conducted by the WASH Sector
  • Knowledge of accountability and quality assurance systems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences.
  • knowledge of a second UN language (French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic) is desirable.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Submission of applications:

Interested candidates are kindly requested to:  

  1. A CVs and/or Personal history form (downloadable from Alternatively, if a candidate profile in the UNICEF e-Recruitment System is available, you may download it and submit it as part of application.
  2. A financial offer, with a daily rate in USD.
  3. A list of relevant/related projects that have been successfully completed

Remarks: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Opening Date Thu Jan 30 2020 15:00:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time) W. Europe Standard Time
Closing Date Fri Feb 07 2020 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)





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