International Consultant to Assess and Map out Climate Resilient WASH intervention in South Asian Countries

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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1. Rationale:

Climate change and resulting weather extremes threaten the lives of millions of children worldwide. Water is the medium through which the effects of climate change are first felt– through floods, storms, droughts and sea level rise. With growing weather extremes, the security of water sources are increasingly threatened, investments in WASH infrastructure is lost and the lives of millions of children are at risk.

The WASH section is committed to strengthening its involvement in systematic reduction of vulnerability to slow onset stresses such as climate change, disasters and conflicts through risk-informed country programmes that help build climate resilience. This approach also ensures the sustainability of WASH services.

Countries in the region have extensive WASH programmes focusing on improving water and sanitation facilities and services. These programmes include environmentally sustainable and climate resilient WASH interventions in various forms. However, there is little clarity on the type and extent of these interventions and the potential for them to be scaled. UNICEF WASH programming has also been implementing small scale environmentally friendly and climate resilient projects however, they have often been noted as water and sanitation improvement projects rather than environmental or climate change adaptation projects.     

At this point there is a pressing demand from UNICEF country offices to provide advice on how to move towards Climate Resilient WASH (CRW) programming. However, to support the development of proposals that target the new climate funding schemes, it is crucial to have solid evidence on how such interventions have fared in the past. Currently there is very limited evidence and documentation of on-going Climate Resilient WASH (CRW) initiatives that can support the development of proposals that would help to scale up future climate resilient intervention.

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2. Purpose:

The purpose of this consultancy is to support UNICEF ROSA and country offices in South Asia to understand the extent and types of climate resilient WASH intervention that have taken place, are ongoing or proposed, is there a climate rationale behind the interventions, potential gaps within each of the countries and to assist in the development of a comprehensive database of such interventions with an in-depth understanding of their scope, applicability and effectiveness as well as to identify options for scaling up CRW interventions.

The main objective of this consultancy is to identify water and sanitation projects that are or have been undertaken by CO’s during the last 3 years, which have included a climate resilient component and to analyze the current policies on how they take climate resilience into account. A key objective is also to assess the type and effectiveness of the initiatives to determine if they are scalable to enable the development of strategic proposals for climate financing opportunities. It is also hoped that this information will provide examples of good practices, challenges and potential opportunities in developing funding proposals.

3. Key Assignments/Tasks:

The key assignments of this task include the following:

  • Desk study review of WASH projects implemented in the regional countries over the last 3 years as well as ongoing and proposed projects.
  • Engagement with WASH staff in all Country Offices (COs) to ascertain project details to identify specific climate resilient interventions.
  • Systematic mapping of climate resilient WASH interventions and policies for each CO. Consisting of UNICEF supported and Non-UNICEF WASH programmes
  • Analysis of all relevent climate resilient projects and programmes implemented and funded in each of the country. (WASH and Non-WASH)
  • Presentation of findings in a comprehensive report.
  • Presentation of findings to all WASH staff through a webinar/meeting. 
4. Key Deliverables:
  • Undertake a comprehensive literature search and desk review of WASH projects implemented (including ongoing and proposed) by each of the 8 countries in the region since 1 January 2017.
  • Review ongoing WASH policies of  each country to identify if they take climate resilience into account.
  • Identify where on the climate resilient spectrum WASH programmes in each of the countries are and determine potential changes that would make them CRW.
  • Compile projects involving potential climate resilient/adaptation interventions for each country.
  • Initiate discussions with WASH project staff in each of the countries to verify and ascertain further details of identified projects and policies.
  • Undertake field visits to relevant countries to map identified CRW projects.Gather and record types and extent of the CRW interventions including performance, rationale, targeted beneficiaries, cost and scalability of intervention
  • Review and identify the status, and involvement of WASH aspects, in the NAPs and , NDCs for each of the 8 countries in accordance with UNFCCC guidelines.
  • Undertake a brief review and analysis of non-UNICEF climate resilient projects implemented in each of the countries, identifying types of projects, funding source (GCF, GEF, AF etc.)/mechanism, project value.
  • Identify gaps and opportunities for partnerships for engagement on CRW interventions
  • Preparation and submission of a comprehensive report. Report should include separate sections for each of the 8 countries with relevant tables graphs and photos and an overall summary for the South Asia Region identifying commonalities between the countries. Report should include an analysis of the data gathered, and showcase potential opportunities for scaling up CRW interventions
  • Presentation of the findings through a regional webinar or workshop attended by WASH staff and partners
  • Finalisation of the report incorporating reviewed comments and amendments
Duration: 60 days from the start of the consultancy (March to end May 2020).
Note: This consultancy will predominantly be home based with travel to the regional office in Kathmandu and other country offices as determined necessary. The consultant will provide his/her own work space, computers, software, office equipment and internet connection. The consultant will procure his/her own health insurance. Contact with the UNICEF supervisor and UNICEF Country Offices informants through phone calls / skype and email. 
Please provide a financial proposal along with your application. Application without the financial proposal will not be entertained.

Note: The consultant will be paid upon satisfactory completion of assigned tasks and receipt of key deliverables and as certified by the Supervisor/Manager.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  1. Education:

Advanced university degree in relevant field such as environmental sciences, public health / sanitation/ environmental engineering or a field relevant to international WASH programming.

  1. Work Experience:

Minimum eight years of solid professional work experiences in the UN or other international organisation, government or the private sector working with the integration of climate resilience into WASH programming, policy and management. Field experience in developing countries is required. Prior experience on project development with climate funding institutions such as GCF, GEF, etc. will be an asset.

C. Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of local language (Asian) is an asset,

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.

The functional competencies required for this post are

    • Strong research and analytical skills.
    • Work effectively through e-mail and phone
    • Ability to work independently
    • Familiarity with the work of UNICEF and/or other similar UN organizations or development agencies working on the similar field 
    • Good knowledge of the South Asia context including inclusive education and equity issues.

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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.

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.

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