Consultancy: Advisor on Climate Change

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)

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We work 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.

For every child, safety 

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is a global alliance of over 200 national governments, 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 the Steering Committee (SC) as well as other members of the Steering Committee and organizes the bi-annual global High Level Meetings and Partnership Meetings.

SWA has proven to be highly successful and the work of the Chief Executive Officer and Secretariat has become progressively more demanding. For example, it has been identified that SWA global multi-stakeholder partnership can play a key role in connecting SDGs 6 and 13, while recognizing that the ability to meet these SDGs directly affects and is affected by almost all of the other SDGs, including poverty, food, gender and inequality. Furthermore, as the partnership is increasing its focus at country level, SWA can contribute to the success of the Paris Agreement by providing partners with a solid background on why and how countries can integrate mitigation and adaptation interventions related to sanitation and water.

The work of the Chief Executive Officer and Secretariat is enhanced by high level advice from experienced and knowledgeable specialists in the WASH policy sector to address specific issues that arise from time to time and to analyse opportunities to achieve the objectives of the partnership. To support the area of climate change SWA Secretariat requires in 2020 the additional support of a consultant. This year will be indeed a key year to advance the work around climate change in WASH as both World Water Day (March 22nd) and the Stockholm International Water Week theme of the year is climate change. The year 2020 is also when signatory countries to the Paris Agreement have been requested to outline and communicate their post-2020 climate actions, known as their National Determined Contributions (NDCs).

How can you make a difference?

After adding elements to the new SWA Strategy so that speaks to the risks that climate change entails over WASH services and systems, and the development of the SWA Brief “Adapting to climate change and fostering a low carbon water and sanitation sector”, the purpose of this consultancy is to support the SWA Secretariat with advocacy and  development of knowledge management products on climate change, the coordination and management of climate change capacity building initiatives; preparation for, and potentially, representation of SWA in climate related events and other key events where climate change inputs are needed. The consultant will be under the supervision of the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Sanitation and Water for All Partnership. 

Expected results: (measurable results)

The consultant will provide support to SWA Secretariat and broader partnership on climate change related aspects of advocacy, knowledge management, capacity building and preparation for key events.  

Specifically, the consultant will:

  • Work, in coordination with SWA partners, on the development of a climate change section of the SWA Tools Portal.
  • Develop and facilitate a climate change training for the SWA Secretariat team focusing on topics such as WASH/Inequalities; Water diplomacy; Integrated water resources; climate finance for WASH.
  • Provide technical support to the SWA Secretariat in preparation for World Water Day: Water and Climate.
  • Develop advocacy products linked to the Briefing Paper “Adapting to climate change and fostering a low carbon water and sanitation sector” for the use of the SWA Secretariat and partners.
  • Conduct a review and provide technical advice on best initiatives and partners for SWA Secretariat to pass on climate change related messages (e.g. #ActNOW campaign, Connect 4 Climate partnership, Alliance of Small Island States, etc.).
  • Support the development of a climate related SWA event (or “show case”) during Stockholm World Water Week related to the main topic of the year “Water and Climate Change: Accelerating Action”.
  • Support the development of an Op-ed for the SWA Chair on climate change, to be published ahead of a key climate related event along 2020.
  • Support the SWA Secretariat with coordination and facilitation of climate change related webinar sessions, as part of 2020 SWA webinar series, for dialogue and experience-sharing on planning, implementing and reviewing progress towards the water and sanitation targets of the SDGs.
  • Provide technical support to coordinate, manage and facilitate a capacity building / training initiative with, and for, SWA partners.
  • Provide technical support to SWA Secretariat with initiatives that advance the bridging of WASH with the broader water resources sector; and to look for ways to link climate processes and the SWA High Level Meetings.
  • Provide technical support to SWA Secretariat to integrate climate resilience into commitments for the Mutual Accountability Mechanism.
  • Provide support to SWA Secretariat with engagement and presence at COP26.


Travel* as part of this consultancy will be decided depending on support needs and level of involvement of the SWA Secretariat in events such as such as World Water Day, Stockholm World Water Week, and Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. A follow up visit to Geneva or New York Headquarters office could be scheduled with the consultant, if needed, during the timeframe of the contract.

Duty Station: Remote based


Start Date: 1 March 2020

End Date: 31 December 2020

Deliverable 1

Duration (Estimated # of Days): 4

Deadline: 31 March 2020

  • Support provided to conduct a consultative process to compile and then analyze and classify existing climate related tools used by SWA partners (and beyond).
  • Content for a new climate change section developed to be added to the Tools Portal.

Deliverable 2

Duration (Estimated # of Days): 3

Deadline: 31 March 2020

  • Climate change training developed (webinar form) for SWA Secretariat team providing an overview of impacts of climate change in WASH, key climate change terminology and processes, the UNICEF-GWP strategic framework for WASH Climate Resilient Development, and then proposed focused areas of communication around 1) WASH/Inequalities, 2) Water diplomacy, 3) Integrated water resources, 4) climate finance for WASH.

Deliverable 3

Duration (Estimated # of Days): 2

Deadline: 31 March 2020

  • Technical Support provided for SWA engagement in World Water Day (Water and Climate) events and briefing notes and speaking points for SWA participation prepared.

Deliverable 4

Duration (Estimated # of Days): 5

Deadline: 31 March 2020

  • Two Climate change publications (articles up to 3000 words each)

Deliverable 5

Duration (Estimated # of Days): 2

Deadline: 31 March 2020

  • Summary of the SWA Briefing Paper on climate change with key advocacy points developed.
  • Set of power point slides developed, based on SWA climate change Briefing Paper, which all SWA partners can use when talking about SWA.

Deliverable 6

Duration (Estimated # of Days): 4

Deadline: 30 April 2020

  • Technical review conducted with analysis of stakeholders and on-going campaigns. Recommendations made for SWA on best channels for disseminating SWA climate change related advocacy messages.

Deliverable 7

Duration (Estimated # of Days): 3

Deadline: 30 November 2020

  • Op-ed drafted, consulted and comments integrated about SWA and climate change. To be published ahead of World Water Day, Stockholm World Water Week or COP26.

Deliverable 8

Duration (Estimated # of Days): 3

Deadline: 31 October 2020

  • Climate change webinar session(s) agreed, coordinated, prepared and facilitated as part of SWA webinar series 2020, including with segment about the Mutual Accountability Mechanism and how to include resilience into the MAM.

Deliverable 9

Duration (Estimated # of Days): 10

Deadline: 31 December 2020

  • Engagement with key water, sanitation and climate stakeholders to advocate for the inclusion and participation of SWA secretariat in events during COP 26.
  • Briefing notes and speaking points prepared to support participation in events and side meetings.
  • Potential travel and participation at COP 26 in Glasgow.

Total Duration (Estimated # of Days): 36

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

  • Advanced university degree in public administration, business administration, social sciences or related field.
  • This consultancy requires at least 10 years of experience in the areas of policy and strategy development or strategic planning, with a core competency in strategies to mitigate against, adapt to climate change.
  • Preferably, the consultant should have WASH sector experience at global level and knowledge of key sector developments, global policy direction, research and best practices – including in the areas of water, sanitation, hygiene promotion, WASH in Schools, environmental programming and/or programme integration with health and education.  Experience of policy issues in other related sectors (health, education, environment etc.) is also desirable.
  • Experience at country level in providing policy advice to government or programme management is an asset. Experience in more than one continent is considered especially valuable.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Spanish and or French is considered an asset.         

To Apply 

Please send your application by February 28, 2019. Please include a Cover Letter and CV. Your application must also include a financial and technical proposal for the consultancy, including: the total consultancy fee (broken down into daily or monthly rate in US Dollars). Applications submitted without a financial proposal will be automatically disqualified from the process.

Consultants and individual contractors are fully responsible for arranging, at their own expense, such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the period of their services as they consider appropriate.  They are required to certify that they are covered by medical/health insurance. 

Proposed Payment Schedule: Monthly upon completion of deliverables

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.

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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


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

Opening Date Fri Feb 14 2020 15:00:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time) Eastern Standard Time
Closing Date Sat Feb 29 2020 05:55:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)