International Consultant to develop a Toolkit and Training Package (WASH, IPC and MNCH)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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1. Rationale:

UNICEF ROSA has supported countries to undertake a WASH bottleneck analysis for health facilities and on developing strategies as well as operational plans to effect change on the status of WASH in health facilities. UNICEF is also engaged in supporting the implementation of interventions aimed at enhancing WASH and IPC. Through this process, it was observed that availing a comprehensive toolkit that helps guide the capacity building exercises for use by countries as well as a systematic, step-by-step guide, divided by operational level at the health care facilities, will be instrumental in standardizing and streamlining the IPC and WASH practice in health facilities and assist in facilitating the change envisioned. This product is to directly contribute to ROSA MNCH output 2.1: Programming excellence for at-scale results for children-Support countries to provide quality health care for women, newborns, children and adolescents at scale.

The task requires specific knowledge and experience in WASH and Infection Prevention and Control in health facility settings and is expected to require a dedicated time allocation to deliver it within a specified timeline (40 working days within 3 months). Hence cannot be undertaken by a staff member as part of regular duty.

2. Purpose:

The purpose of the assignment is two-fold: Firstly, to create a concrete toolkit for the countries in South Asia Region on how health care facilities can improve their WASH services, with various responsibilities detailed for different levels of staff (program managers, health facility management, health care providers), and secondly to create a training-package to go with the tool. Both the tool and the training package will aim to build the capacity of the health workers on IPC and WASH in health facilities as a component of the Continuous Quality Improvement system in the most cost-effective and scalable way.

3. Key Assignments/Tasks:

  1. Undertake situation analysis of status of IPC and WASH in health facilities
    • Collect and analyse publications that document status of IPC and WASH in health facilities in countries of South Asia. Potential sources include, but are not limited to, WHO IPC-website, and
    • Review documents on bottlenecks to the implementation of standard WASH practices in health facilities and occupational health as it applies to IPC
    • Describe the areas to address and the approach to be used in developing the tools and its associated training program
    • Produce a summary of situation analysis and provide an overview on the status of IPC and WASH in health facilities in the region
  2. Review existing global IPC and WASH guidelines and training packages
    • Collect, review and analyse global and local guidelines and training materials relevant to the context and sufficient to inform the technical document to be produced
    • Identify and list resource materials to develop the toolkit and its training package
    • Working with RO experts, liaise with CO colleagues to access available documents as well as have a remote/online discussion to take stock of existing practices and inform the process with practical knowledge and local expertise
  3. Develop a practical toolkit on improving IPC and WASH in health facilities and a training package on the use of the tool
    • Draft a concrete, short-enough, checklist, combining IPC and WASH indicators in line with the approaches for Continuous Quality Improvement and by considering the conduct of on the job training as well. The tool should be divided by level of user (i.e. admin, doctor, nurse etc.) and by time-frame when various checks should to be done (i.e. quarterly, monthly, weekly etc.). The tool can also include various sized health-facilities (i.e. health outpost, primary care centre or major hospital) or optional sections, which can be chosen to use as appropriate on the local level.
    • Draft a training package, including power point presentations, on the use of the toolkit directed to the end-users
    • Outline the requirements, including logistical needs, for undertaking capacity building of health workers by using the training package
    • Outline approaches to be used in institutionalizing IPC and WASH programs in health facilities
    • Facilitate the country consultation of the training package
    • Finalize and submit the training package

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:


  • Advanced degree in in public health or related fields

Work Experience:

  • At least eight (8) years of relevant experience in IPC, quality management or health systems related work
  • Experience of working in the region  


  • Ability to work effectively with multi-faceted stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication and writing skill

Language Proficiency:

  • Proficiency in English language is required 

Duration: 40 days from 16 March to 30 June 2020

Note: Please submit your application with financial proposal including travel cost. Applications without the financial proposal will not be considered.

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.

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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

Opening Date Thu Feb 13 2020 04:15:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time) Nepal Standard Time
Closing Date Fri Feb 28 2020 19:10:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)