Uganda nationals: COVID-19 WASH Coordination and Monitoring

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path. Together with the Government of Uganda and partners we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the objectives of the Uganda National Development Plan, and the planned outcomes of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

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UNICEF Uganda is seeking to recruit a National Consultant for COVID-19 WASH Coordination and Monitoring to support coordination, planning, monitoring, resource mobilization and reporting of WASH response on preparedness and prevention of COVID-19 activities in Uganda. The Consultant will work under direct supervision of the Commissioner- Environmental Health under overall technical guidance of WASH Manager, UNICEF. It is anticipated that occasionally in-country travel will be required to undertake the planned assignment and achieve planned results.

BACKGROUND

This Terms of Reference is prepared in the context of COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing outbreak in Uganda. Uganda confirmed the first case of COVID 19 on 21st February 2020 and as of 20 April 2020 registered 55 cases.

UNICEF has supported the Ministry of Health develop the COVID -19 Response Plan, including the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) component. In addition, UNICEF has been providing support for resource mobilization, implementation and monitoring of WASH and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) activities with focus on health facilities, schools and communities. Among activities prioritized are:

  • Implementation of standard precautions in all health facilities, including hand hygiene; use of PPE to avoid direct contact with patients’ blood, body fluids, secretions (including respiratory secretions) and non-intact skin. Standard precautions also include prevention of needle-stick or sharps injury; safe waste management; cleaning and disinfection of equipment; and cleaning of the environment.
  • Support to behavioral change amongst health workers, community and care takers towards effective hand hygiene. Training of healthcare workers, patients and clients including mothers on why, when and how to wash hands frequently.
  • Ensuring the availability of hand washing stations with soap and water or alcohol rub/hand sanitizers in healthcare facilities entrance and exit, near bathroom ad toilet, and all points of care (screening, observation, treatment).
  • Provision of disinfection supplies and orientation on the preparation
  • Improving WASH infrastructure in health facilities, communities and schools.

One of the key priorities identified by the MoH Incident Management Team and the WASH sub-committee is the need for strengthening coordination and UNICEF has been asked by the Commissioner Environmental Sanitation to provide technical assistance in this area. It is against this background that UNICEF will recruit and post a consultant in the Ministry of Health. The consultant will support the WASH subcommittee to strengthen communication and coordination with the WASH partners and strengthen information management on use of supplies. The consultant will work closely with Containment, Logistics and RCCE pillars of the national incident management system and promote linkages and synergies with other information management systems supported by the ICT and strategic information pillar.

SCOPE OF WORK

The Consultant is expected to carry out the following tasks:

  1. Support the development and update of WASH emergency work plans for the sector.
  2. Strengthen coordination of WASH related activities for COVID-19 response with other pillars on the incident management systems (such as C4D, Psycho-social support, and Nutrition, Containment, Logistics, ICT and Strategic Information Management).
  3. Liaise with relevant departments and WASH partners in the sector for COVID-19 related information. Collate and analyses data on WASH interventions, impact of COVID-19 and containment measures and share the reports with the commissioner Environmental Health and partners for planning, monitoring and advocacy purposes.
  4. Develop and maintain a WASH COVID-19 reporting system and prepare regular reports and updates to meet the information needs
  5. Support the sector in mobilization of emergency funds for sanitation and hygiene
  6. Support development of education and communication materials for sanitation and hygiene
  7. Develop standard WASH assessment tools for evaluation of WASH emergency interventions.
  8. Monitor and track supplies working closely with logistic committees.
  9. Support the organization and documentation of WASH subsector meetings; draft minutes; maintain communication with partners and follow up on agreed action.
  10. Support the documentation of good practices and lessons learned on WASH in emergencies

SPECIFIC DELIVERABLES

The Consultant performance will be evaluated against the deliverables outlined below. Any changes to the deliverables will be documented and confirmed by the supervisor (MoH commissioner -Environmental Health).

Key deliverables by the Consultant:

1. Detailed implementation plan of COVID response with inputs from MoH, implementing partners and targeted districts (to be updated on monthly basis or as and when required

2. Updated supply monitoring matrix on weekly basis

3. Weekly sitrep report

4. Report on WASH intervention on monthly basis

5. Updated WASH response Plan in guidance of Commissioner of Environmental with MoH (at least once during six month of consultancy period)

6. Documentation of good practices and lessons learned with the implementation of evidence-based WASH interventions in the health facilities and communities.

7. Follow up action report on issues related to WASH emerged during Case Management committee meeting

8. Minutes of WASH Sub sector meetings and action taken report during the month

9. WASH assessment tools and WASH intervention assessment report

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

The consultancy is open to national professionals. Master’s degree in environmental health sciences, Civil Engineering or Sanitary Engineering. Additional training in Health Education is an added advantage.

 Work experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene, water quality, public health, or environmental health.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN language an asset.
  • Proven skills in communication, networking, strategic thinking, advocacy
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas as well as to transfer knowledge and skills.
  • Strong writing and communication skills and the aptitude to handle competing messages and priorities with multiple audiences
  • Ability to communicate in one of the common local language

Application Procedure/Call for Proposals

Interested candidates are required to submit a technical proposal on how they intend to approach the work. The proposal should include a timeline, and methodology, based on the Terms of Reference. The proposal must also include detailed CV of the consultant, as well as a financial proposal, clearly indicating daily rate for professional fees. The financial proposal must be all-inclusive of all costs (consultancy fees and where applicable air fares, airport transfers, daily living expenses).  This is an national level consultancy and competitive market rates should apply.

Evaluation of Candidate:

The consultant will be competitively selected from a list of applicants based on their past experience of doing similar work (extensive experience in writing donor reports, in compiling and editing annual reports for various UNICEF offices).

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are….

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Remarks:

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

Opening Date Thu Apr 30 2020 08:00:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time) E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Sun May 10 2020 22:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)


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