Consultancy: Monitoring menstrual health and hygiene (WASH)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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Consultancy Title: Monitoring menstrual health and hygiene

Section/Division/Duty Station: home-based

Duration: 01 August to 31 October (10 working days)


If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.


UNICEF’s Strategy for WASH (2016-2030), identifies menstrual hygiene as one of the four hygiene areas prioritized for UNICEF because of its impact on girls and women throughout the life course. UNICEF envisions a world where every girl can learn, play, and safeguard her own health without experiencing stress, shame, or unnecessary barriers to information or supplies during menstruation. UNICEF’s support to menstrual health and hygiene is aimed at improving outcomes on education, health, and gender equality for girls and women. Because of its transformational potential, MHH is one of UNICEF’s five interlinked priorities for empowering adolescent girls in its Gender Action Plan 2018-2021, which accompanies UNICEF’s Strategic Plan for the same period and is approved by the Executive Board. In 2019, UNICEF published guidance on menstrual health and hygiene aimed at supporting better quality programmes.

Yet with an increase in programme attention, there is a need to improve the quality of monitoring to unpack the impact of MHH programmes on girls’ lives. UNICEF recently developed a monitoring guide on menstrual health and hygiene to fill this gap.

The purpose of this consultancy is to prepare and deliver webinars on the menstrual health and hygiene monitoring guide, and to provided dedicated support to country offices in applying the monitoring guide to design better programmes and monitoring frameworks and tools. 

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

Under the supervision of the WASH specialist, the consultant will:

  • Prepare a 60-minute webinar on the MHH monitoring guide, which shall include 40 minutes of presentation and 20 minutes left for question and answer. Slides shall be prepared in English language using MS powerpoint. Drafts will be reviewed by UNICEF prior to finalization, and time should be allocated for revisions.
  • Present the webinar during two sessions:
    • Once for UNICEF staff and external partners, with a mutually agreeable date to be determined
    • Once for participants in the Duke-UNICEF innovation accelerator, during the week of September 28 2020
  • Prepare a list of questions and answers from the webinar to circulate to participants as part of the webinar report (Note the consultant is not responsible for the full webinar report)
  • Provide remote support to 1-2 country offices, to be identified, to make use of the MHH monitoring guide. The support will take the form of phone calls, review of documents, and exchange of emails. Country offices will be identified by UNICEF


  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Behavioral and other Social sciences, Engineering, or another field relevant to WASH and/or monitoring and evaluation. Advantage given to candidates with PhD. 
  • 8 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or an academic institution.
  • Knowledge of UNICEF monitoring systems and processes;
  • Experience working with the Joint Monitoring Programme, MICS, or DHS programmes;
  • Experience developing monitoring tools and approaches in WASH, WASH in schools, and menstrual health;
  • Field experience in UNICEF programme country desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Requirements:

  • Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference (can be downloaded here: 
    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
    • Indicate your availability
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.
  • U.S. Visa information:

    With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.  

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

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    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: Here

    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.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, to apply to become a part of the organization.

    Opening Date Wed Jul 22 2020 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) Eastern Daylight Time
    Closing Date Wed Jul 29 2020 23:55:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time





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