Urban WASH in Emergencies Documentation International Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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Under the supervision of the WASH Chief, Syria Country Office, the consultant will produce three WASH field notes showcasing some of the best practices and lessons learned for the program. The consultant will use variety of modalities of information collection. She/he will work closely with WASH team at country office and field offices in order to draft the three-field note.

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BACKGROUND:

UNICEF’s Global WASH Strategy (2016 – 2030) highlights urban WASH as one of the emerging areas of focus for the organization- giving the increasing numbers of vulnerable children living in poor urban environments across the world.

The crisis in Syria, now passing through 8th years, has resulted in close to half million deaths and extensive destruction of public and private infrastructure across the country. According to a conservative estimate more than 5 million Syrian have taken shelter in neighboring countries and beyond and there are 6.5 million people, including 2.8 million children, displaced within Syria, which represents the biggest internally displaced population in the World.

Prolong conflict has taken its toll on public infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and Water & sanitation facilities. Water & sewerage facilities have been severely damaged across Syria in urban and rural areas including Aleppo, the largest city with approximately 4.6 million pre-conflict population.

UNICEF has been providing WASH emergency related services such as restoration of affected water and sanitation systems, construction of emergency toilets, bathing facilities IDPs, emergency repair of water pumps in various governments and provision of water through bowsers in areas of critical emergency as lifesaving measures.

Whenever possible, the program also supports long term sustainable restoration/repair of water and sanitation facilities.

In order to document the experience of the WASH response in Syria during the last 8 years, UNICEF is planning to engage a consultant to provide support the documentation of best practices and lessons learned of selected projects.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY:

Under the supervision of the WASH Chief, Syria Country Office, the consultant will produce three WASH field notes showcasing some of the best practices and lessons learned for the program. The consultant will use variety of modalities of information collection. She/he will work closely with WASH team at country office and field offices in order to draft the three field note.

More specifically, the consultant will draft three field notes on the following subjects:

  • Emergency Preparedness Plan and designing alternative water supply system in Damascus city: Measures taken by UNICEF and partners to provide safe water in Damascus at the height of the crisis, including the setting up of contingency measures
  • A concrete example of the Humanitarian development nexus in an urban context: Provision of sustainable water supply to Kesweh town in Rural Damascus from water trucking, to light restoration and rehabilitation to the implementation of water safety plans.
  • Value for Money analysis of Emergency Urban WASH interventions in Syria: Comparative analysis of water trucking costs versus light rehabilitations, and import of emergency items (hygiene kits, sodium hypochlorite) versus local production

These field notes will be part of UNICEF’s efforts to document its experience and best practices in the field of Urban WASH.

All material for these case studies will be obtained from UNICEF Syria Country Office through hard/electronic copy and/or key informant interviews with UNICEF staff or designated implementing partners

LOCATION:

On-site working days: none

Off-site working days: 27

Field Missions/Travel: none

DURATION:

Estimated Start Date: 01 May 2020

Estimated End Date: 31 July 2020

The selected consultant will work for the period of 27 workdays within 3 months. The exact schedule of the activities will be agreed with the consultant based on the consultancy implementation progress. The deadline for submission of final deliverables to UNICEF is 31 July 2020.

SUPERVISOR: The consultant will be supervised and report to the UNICEF Syria Chief of WASH.

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:

Deliverables #1:

Submit the proposed work plan

Duration: 2 working days

 

Deliverables #2:

Submit a draft for the following three case studies:

  • Emergency Preparedness Plan and designing alternative water supply system in Damascus city: Measures taken by UNICEF and partners to provide safe water in Damascus at the height of the crisis, including the setting up of contingency measures
  • A concrete example of the Humanitarian development nexus in an urban context: Provision of sustainable water supply to Kesweh town in Rural Damascus from water trucking, to light restoration and rehabilitation to the implementation of water safety plans.
  • Value for Money  analysis of  Emergency Urban WASH interventions in Syria: Comparative analysis of water trucking costs versus light rehabilitations, and import of emergency items (hygiene kits, sodium hypochlorite) versus local production.

Duration: 20 working days 

 

Deliverables #3:

Submit the final version of the following three case studies according to the comments made by WASH section on the Draft:

  • Emergency Preparedness Plan and designing alternative water supply system in Damascus city: Measures taken by UNICEF and partners to provide safe water in Damascus at the height of the crisis, including the setting up of contingency measures
  • A concrete example of the Humanitarian development nexus in an urban context: Provision of sustainable water supply to Kesweh town in Rural Damascus from water trucking, to light restoration and rehabilitation to the implementation of water safety plans.
  • Value for Money  analysis of  Emergency Urban WASH interventions in Syria: Comparative analysis of water trucking costs versus light rehabilitations, and import of emergency items (hygiene kits, sodium hypochlorite) versus local production

Duration: 5 working days 

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

  • First Installment: 10% of the total contract fee upon satisfactory delivery of Deliverable 1.
  • Second Installment: 60% of the total contract fee upon satisfactory delivery of the Deliverable 2.
  • Third Installment: 30% of the contract fee upon satisfactory delivery of the Deliverable 3.

 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Education:

  • Advanced university degree in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, international development, disaster management or related field; or the equivalent in proven emergency, resilience, and/or disaster and risk management experience.

Work experience:

  • 5-8 years of professional work experience at national and international level in international cooperation and humanitarian action especially in urban context.
  • Experience in similar tasks of preparing case studies and field notes.
  • Ability to conceptualize, develop, plan and manage activities, studies, and training plans within the framework of interagency and government collaboration.
  • Qualitative research experience and able to analyse quantitative and qualitative data
  • Good analytical, writing skills.
  • Competencies:  communication, working with people, drive for results, analyzing, applying technical expertise, planning and organizing, relating and networking.

Language:

  • Fluency in English is required and working knowledge of Arabic is preferred

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  1. Cover letter/application.
  2. Financial quote as lump sum for professional fees.
  3. CV.
  4. Examples of previous, relevant work as applicable
  5. Proposed methodology/approach to managing the project.
  6. At least 2 Referees.

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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 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.

Remarks:

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


Opening Date Fri Apr 17 2020 08:00:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time) Syria Daylight Time
Closing Date Thu Apr 30 2020 22:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)


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