Consultancy: To lead facilitate the 2020 WASH National Cluster Coordinators Workshop, Budapest, 20-24 April 2020

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Position Title: Training Consultant

Duty Station: Home-based

Travel requirement:  NCC travel to Budapest, (NCC is 5 days, 20-24 April inclusive)

Duration:  Estimated starting date: early March 2020

                 Estimated ending date: late April/early May 2020

Reporting to:  Senior WASH Cluster Coordinator

Key contacts:

    • Global WASH Cluster Coordinator and Deputy
    • Global WASH Cluster Capacity Building Specialist & CTK Manager
    • GWC RRT Information Manager
    • Selected GWC Field Support Team members (WASH Coordinator x1, Information Manager x 1, Assessment Specialist x 1)
    • Selected National Sector/Cluster Coordinators/IMOs delivering/supporting selected NCC sessions
    • Education Coordinator and Capacity Development Specialist, RRT
    • Designated NCC Event Coordinator (for training venue logistics etc)


Background and justification

The Global WASH Cluster (GWC) has the primary mandate of strengthening system-wide preparedness and coordination of technical capacity so as to respond predictably to humanitarian emergencies and provide clear leadership and accountability in the main areas of humanitarian response. As a priority, the GWC exists to support the achievement of the 6+1 core coordination functions at country level. This is described in the Cluster Coordination Reference Module 1: which supports the effective and predictable delivery of appropriate WASH services for those affected by an emergency. Within the GWC, the building of capacity for humanitarian response in emergencies is a priority. This priority is reflected in the GWC Strategic Plan (2016- 2020) where capacity building is a key strategic objective. UNICEF as Cluster Lead Agency (CLA) for the GWC, through the Global Cluster Coordination Unit (GCCU), is also establishing a capacity development strategy for coordination linking to the Humanitarian Learning Framework, Strategy and Implementation Plan.

The National Cluster Coordinators and Information Managers Workshop (NCC) is part of the capacity building and experience-sharing initiatives that the Global WASH Cluster proposes to National Humanitarian WASH Coordination Platforms (NHWCP). This annual event brings together the global network of professionals working in humanitarian WASH coordination providing an opportunity to:

(1) expand their knowledge base and skills related to WASH coordination

(2) share experiences and best practices with fellow field practitioners and

(3) receive technical input that is tailored to the needs of humanitarian WASH coordination

Blending theory with practice, the NCC will help participants understand the fundamentals of developing a cluster/sector coordination strategy, information management best practice and how to equip WASH sector staff with the required knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes to effectively deliver an evidence-based and harmonized emergency WASH response.

The theme for the 2020 NCC is: “Strategic Planning and Advocacy Tools for National Humanitarian WASH Coordination Platforms”

The NCC Concept Note (Annex A) provides an overview of the NCC event and forms part of this ToR.

The humanitarian clusters have developed approaches and operational plans for responding to a humanitarian emergency. At the global level, the current thinking of the GWC is that some key areas need attention for better coordination performance in the field, especially regarding the capacity of platforms to effectively develop a Strategic Operational Framework (SOF) and roll out WASH cluster/sector strategy, over and above the annual demands of the Humanitarian Needs Overview and Humanitarian Response Plan planning process.

The GWC has already invested significant resources in developing capacity building resources to strengthen coordination capacity. These include the online Coordination Tool Kit (CTK), online training packages on the UNICEF AGORA platform and face-to-face training modules including the WASH Operational Coordination course (WOC) and the Leadership and Coordination (L&C) course (Appendix D). Additionally, the GWC has taken the lead in elaborating, for the WASH Sector, the Minimum Requirements (MR) for Coordination based on the IASC 6+1 Core Functions and last year undertook a Global MR survey of priority coordination platforms. Although these initiatives include the importance of platforms developing a SOF, they do not focus on how to build a SOF or a specific approach on how to do so.

The Education Cluster has developed a strategy development process based on four principles: Consultation, Evidence, Harmonisation and Alignment & Continuity (see Annexes B and C). These principles, applied throughout the strategic planning cycle, will ensure that the response planning is collaboratively developed, needs-based, coordinated and aligned with other education sector and inter-sector humanitarian and development plans. The Education sector has developed Global Level and Country Level training packages to build capacity in this strategic planning approach (see links in Annex D). The GWC now wishes to adopt these same principles as a training thematic for this year’s NCC.


  1. Develop a detailed 5-day NCC agenda, including key topics, daily learning objectives and supporting materials for the NCC, based on the NCC Concept Note (Appendix A).
  2. Lead facilitate the NCC event.

Remuneration and payment schedule

The Consultancy services will be delivered based on the schedule above and paid upon timely and satisfactory completion, as per the supervisor’s certification.

Draft Proposed Milestone Schedule

  • By 27th March: Completed tasks 1 and 2 should be shared for review with the Senior WASH Cluster Coordinator
  • 20-24th April: NCC facilitation delivery

Qualification and Expertise
The successful consultant is required to meet the following criteria:

  • A bachelors degree and/or masters degree in Water Engineering, Public Health or related field
  • 10 years of experience in a relevant field – ie. WASH coordination, strategic training materials development, training, or others.
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian WASH Coordination
  • Proven Experience in cluster/ coordination and information management
  • Proven ability and experience in developing training packages and facilitating trainings including participatory training approaches;
  • Fluency in English

Travel and Insurance

This is a home-based consultancy with one 5-day trip to Budapest to deliver the NCC. All travel expenses will be paid by UNICEF. The consultant will travel by 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 BSAFE Security certificate, have a valid own travel/medical insurance and if required have obligatory inoculation(s) and an immunization/vaccination card. The dates for the travel will be determined in consultation with the supervisor.

To apply:

Interested candidates should submit the following documents through the vacancy announcement: 

  • Cover Letter describing previous experience in this area and how to ensure they will meet the required deadlines describing key milestones.
  • A CV and 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.
  • A technical offer with draft workplan for meeting deliverables and estimate of number of days.
  • A financial offer based on deliverables, and an all-inclusive travel fee for the trip to Budapest.

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 Appendix A | NCC Concept Note

Download File 20200212_NCC 2020 Concept Note_VF.docx

Appendix B | Education Cluster Strategy Presentation_2017-12-22

Download File Education Cluster Strategy Presentation_2017-12-22 (1).pptx

Appendix C | Summary Guide to Developing Education Cluster Strategies_2018-04-30

Download File Summary Guide to Developing Education Cluster Strategies_2018-04-30.pdf     

Appendix D | GWC capacity building web links:

Opening Date Mon Feb 24 2020 15:00:00 GMT+0300 (Arabian Standard Time) W. Europe Standard Time
Closing Date Mon Mar 02 2020 01:55:00 GMT+0300 (Arabian Standard Time)