International consultant for Drinking Water, Safety and Security Planning Consultant (Tropical Cyclone Idai Recovery Programme)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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Consultancy Terms of Reference

Consultancy title

Drinking Water, Safety and Security Planning Consultant (Tropical Cyclone Idai Recovery Programme)


Technical assistance to support communities, local and national government counterparts and humanitarian partners in resilience building through the application of drinking water safety and security approaches under the overall rehabilitation efforts with the Government of Zimbabwe in TC Idai affected areas. The consultancy is being sought to support implementation of community-led water and sanitation interventions and enhance capacities of communities, NGO partners and local and national Government counterparts in drinking water safety and security planning.

Methodology and Expected Outputs

As part of TC Idai recovery efforts, UNICEF will be supporting WASH activities in affected areas including restoration of boreholes, piped water schemes, protection of springs, and other ancillary infrastructure using build back better principles where appropriate. Communities will be actively involved and supported in the rehabilitation process with capacity building for community-based management systems for operation and maintenance and drinking water safety and security planning.

The consultant is expected to work closely with Local Councils, Govt of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA), District Development Fund (DDF) and the subnational WASH coordination bodies ( PWSCC and DWSCC), collaborating NGOs/CSOs and other relevant stakeholders and provide technical assistance and training on drinking water safety and security planning liked to community-led rehabilitation of communal water and sanitation systems in line with build-back-better and protection standards.

Outputs foreseen under this consultancy include: i) establishment a Drinking Water Safety and Security Plan (DWSSP) – touching also on Operation and Maintenance issues- with capacity building programmes for communities, NGOs and local governments in TC Idai affected areas; ii) assist implementation of DWSSP trials for selected community-managed water supply and sanitation schemes; iii) provision of guidance on DWSSP applications for WASH in schools and health centers; iv) develop templates and guidance manuals for DWSSP standardization in collaboration with the Manicaland Provincial Water and Sanitation Sub Committee (PWSSC) and relevant District Water and Sanitation Sub Committees (DWSSC); and v) provide guidance on community-based water quality monitoring. DWSSP is a critical component of the WASH ZIRP work as it is a centre-piece to the build back better principle enshrined into the program.

Major tasks, Deliverables, Timeframes and Payment Schedule

The consultant will carry out the following activities:

  1. DWSSP capacity building
    1. Develop a drinking water safety and security planning approach as part of a Build Back Better concept for the ZIRP WASH Component;
    2. Develop a framework for identifying and addressing the specific natural hazards faced by rural communities in ZIRP target communities;
    3. Develop practical training materials for provincial and district staff to undertake participatory DWSSPs in rural communities;
    4. Undertake training of trainers sessions with NGOs and local and provincial government on the Build Back Better and DWSSP concepts, framework and guidelines.
  1. DWSSP trials
    1. Assist preparation of DWSSPs with water point committees of selected community-managed water supply and sanitation schemes linked to O&M strategies at local source level;
    2. Develop a methodology for auditing or verification of community-based DWSSP approaches;
    3. Develop guidance materials for water safety and security planning and strengthening of community resilience;
    4. Provide ongoing technical support to key non-government partners;
    5. Provide on-going monitoring and regular reviews of the DWSSP trials.
  1. DWSSP in schools and health centers
    1. Liaise with school and community health clubs in TC Idai affected areas;
    1. Provide technical support on DWSSP applications in schools and health centers with relevant counterparts;
    2. Develop general guidance notes for WinS and HCF.
  1. DWSSP standardization
    1. Consult with Manicaland Provincial Water and Sanitation Sub Committee (PWSSC) and relevant District Water and Sanitation Sub Committees (DWSSC);
    2. Develop templates and guidance manuals for DWSSP standardization under ZIRP in line with the National Water Quality Monitoring and Safety Plan of the Ministry of Health and Child Care;
    3. Trial use of DWSSP materials with NGOs and selected communities;
    4. Scope potential for integrating water safety and functionality of water points in the National Rural WASH Management Information System (RWIMS) in consultation with relevant stakeholders;
    5. Liaise with WASH sector, Risk Resilience and Climate Adaptation stakeholders on general DWSSP support linked to climate adaptation/disaster risk resilience;
    6. Present DWSSP recommendations to National Coordination Unit and/or ESAG.
  1. Community-based water quality monitoring
    1. Provide technical support on enhanced water quality monitoring in communities;
    2. Liaise with Environmental Health Technicians (EHT) to enhance Participatory Health and Hygiene Education practices on water safety and security;
    3. Develop guidance on community-based water quality monitoring as contribution to a “Keeping your drinking water safe community toolkit”.

All deliverables will have to meet expected quality and standards as assessed by the supervisor of the assignment. Should the consultant fail to deliver as per expected quality and standards, UNICEF reserves the right to amend the payouts accordingly, or to delay them until satisfactory submission has been received.

Consultancy timeframe and location

The duration of the contract shall be 100 days over the period from April to December 2020. The consultant is expected to work on a part-time basis with travel to Zimbabwe tentatively scheduled over 3 missions with field visits expected during the months of April, August and November 2020.

The consultant shall undertake frequent travel to project sites. 

Consultancy Requirements

  • Advanced university degree or equivalent experience in Environmental Public Health, Civil Engineering, Hydro(geo)logy, Water Management, Sanitation Engineering, or related field.
  • At least five years of experience in WASH in developing countries;
  • Candidates with a Bachelors degree in Environmental Public Health, Civil Engineering, Programme Communication, Hydro(geo)logy, Water Management, Sanitation Engineering, or other related field plus eight years of experience are also eligible for the post.
  • Excellent technical knowledge and experience in the drinking water safety and security planning and operation and Experience working with UNICEF and/or NGO and demonstrated ability to work in complex environment.
  • Proven experience supporting government agencies, international organizations, and development partners for the delivery of WASH services in humanitarian situations
  • Excellent communication skills including fluency in English (verbal and written).


The Chief WASH of UNICEF Zimbabwe shall provide overall supervision. The UNICEF WASH Manager and WASH Specialists based in Harare, shall provide technical guidance as required. The consultant shall collaborate closely with Government of Zimbabwe WASH coordination structures including Provincial and District Water and Sanitation Sub Committees and collaborating NGOs as required.

Other Consultancy Costs and Payment Modalities

Competitive market rates will apply. 

If interested and available to undertake the consultancy, please submit your application online and attach the required documents including the technical and an all-inclusive financial proposal (detailing professional fees, DSA, airfare etc).

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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.
  • Please note that UNICEF does not charge a fee or require personal banking details at any stage of the recruitment process

Opening Date Thu Mar 05 2020 08:00:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time) South Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Sun Mar 15 2020 22:55:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)






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