Consultancy: to develop humanitarian WASH courses

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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The professionalization of WASH staff is central to the capacity of the Humanitarian WASH sector. Effective efforts for professionalization are key to coordinate and respond to increasingly frequent and complex emergencies. This had been previously identified in the GWC 2016-2020 Strategic Plan and articulated as a specific pillar on capacity building with the objective to develop a pool of “fit- for-purpose” WASH practitioners. IHE is the largest international graduate water education facility in the World and has more than 60 years of experience in graduate water education with students from all over the World. That is why UNICEF and the Institute for Waster Education (IHE) have decided to reinforce their collaboration and developed a cooperation framework early this year.

The scope of the cooperation framework is to fill critical gaps identified in the humanitarian WASH sector related to educational programs, operational research and knowledge management, benefiting organisations (including GWC partners), and professionals working in the humanitarian WASH sector (including current and future decision-makers).

Part of the cooperation framework is to develop 4 courses (corresponding to 5 ECTs each, around 140h of workload) on governance in humanitarian contexts, public and environmental health in emergencies, building resilient systems and urban water and sanitation in emergencies, that will become first a Graduate Professional Diploma Program.


The overall objective of this consultancy is to support IHE with the development and the coordination the development of the 4 courses on governance in humanitarian contexts, public and environmental health in emergencies, building resilient systems and urban water and sanitation in emergencies, that will be held in IHE at the end of year. This will be done in collaboration with other humanitarian WASH actors specialised in key technical areas.


  • Collect and analyse existing educational materials on the related topics within IHE, UNICEF and the Global WASH Cluster networks
  • Develop the 4 courses outline based on the existing needs in the humanitarian WASH sector and inputs of the project steering committee
  • Liaise with the different WASH actors developing or providing existing educational materials
  • Develop educational material for the 4 courses based on the format provided by IHE. Sessions plans for lecture and practical (lab) hours will be provided. Sessions plans will include adult learning methodologies and on-line sessions as required
  • Review the coherence of the 4 courses to ensure transversal topics have been included as localisation of humanitarian aid, accountability to affected population, WASH inclusive response, gender, protection among others;

The quality of the deliverable will be assessed by a steering committee mad of UNICEF and IHE experts.

Indicative Timeframe

  • Start date: 1st April 2020
  • End date: 31st December 2020
  • Estimated number of days: 77 days

Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results

  • Timely submission of deliverables
  • Satisfactory quality of deliverables


  • 20% upon delivery of the workshop Inception Report.
  • 40% upon delivery of courses outline
  • 40% upon delivery of educational material.

UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs are 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 two travels of 3 days each to Geneva and two travels of 3 days each to Delft.

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 5 years of experience in developing and/or facilitating courses for the WASH sector at a graduate level
  • At least 5 years of experience working with the academic sector for the WASH sector
  • Proven experience in adult learning methodologies
  • Knowledge of WASH Sector organizations
  • Be a creative thinker, with a drive for results and strong commitment.
  • Ability to be flexible and work within tight deadlines
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Fluency in English


  • Ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences.
  • Previous experience in developing research projects and/or programmes at an MSc or PhD level highly desirable;
  • Experience in developing documentation for technical audiences;
  • Knowledge of a second UN language highly desirable.

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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 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.

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, including a quote for travel.
  3. A list of relevant/related projects that have been successfully completed


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

Consultants and Individual contractors are responsible for paying any taxes derived from the earnings received from UNICEF.

Opening Date Tue Feb 25 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0300 (Arabian Standard Time) W. Europe Standard Time
Closing Date Wed Mar 04 2020 01:55:00 GMT+0300 (Arabian Standard Time)





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