Consultancy Support to scale up WASH in HCFs in the context of COVID -19

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Consultancy Title: Consultancy Support to scale up WASH in HCFs in the context of COVID -19

Section/Division/Duty Station: WASH/PD/NYHQ

Duration: 11.5 months


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.


Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

The outbreak of COVID-19 and its impact on already weak health systems has been unprecedented. In healthcare facilities (HCFs) with limited WASH services, the burden of COVID-19 means that these services are further strained and are insufficient to meet the needs of patients and health care workers, leaving them at risk of infection and sometimes death, including from COVID-19.  A 2019 baseline report on WASH in HCFs released by the WHO/ UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme shows that 1 in 4 health care facilities lack basic water and around 1 in 8 have no water service at all, which impacts 894 million people, while 1 in 5 have no sanitation facilities, meaning that  over 1.5 billion people are attending health centers with no toilets. The report also shows that 2 in 5 HCFs lack hand hygiene at the point of care, meaning they lack hand hygiene facilities where patients receive care, as well as soap and water at toilets. These data mean that greater investments must be made to improve WASH services in HCFs if we are to combat the pandemic.

The purpose of the assignment is to provide support to the WASH section at HQ to ensure the necessary technical support to countries to respond to the threat of COVID-19 effectively. The consultant is expected to provide support on advocacy to accelerate and scale-up WASH services in HCF’s, on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), knowledge management (Sharepoint, Yammer and joint WHO/UNICEF websites and development of knowledge products to strengthen knowledge amongst UNICEF staff and partners and for the sector)  relating to COVID-19 response in countries. The consultant will also provide support to countries on the implementation of the WASHFIT to scale-up WASH interventions in HCFs and strengthen IPC services.

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

The consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:

•           Liaise with UNICEF WASH HQ colleagues on regular basis, and where necessary and as agreed with UNICEF regional office on WASH in HCFs issues and technical issues related to COVID-19.

•           Integrate WASH in HCFs messages and activities into advocacy initiatives on COVID-19, including the Hand Hygiene for All Campaign.

•           Provide technical support (helpdesk and training) to 10 countries in Africa, MENA, Asia and Latin America on WASHFIT implementation to improve and scale up WASH services in HCFs.

•           Review country reports and develop case studies from 10 countries on experiences and lessons learnt in implementing the Eight Practical Steps for universal WASH access in HCFs as well as the response to COVID- 19. The case studies will be used for the upcoming Global Document under development by WHO and UNICEF. The case studies will be disseminated widely to UNICEF staff and partners using existing channels including webinars, yammer and websites.

•           Compile and track country progress on the Eight Practical Steps based on the commitments by governments at the WHA.

•           Prepare monthly summaries on WASH in HCFs COVID-19 response activities for documentation and for the special and regular WASH Bulletins.

•           Promote and maintain the communications and collaboration libraries on Sharepoint, Yammer Community of Practice for WASH in HCFs by sharing and organizing resources in an easy to find manner.

•           Identify resources- publications, reports, articles, tools on WASH in HCFs from various sources, including UNICEF publications, on regular basis and upload these to the joint WHO/ UNICEF website on WASH in HCFs for access by staff and partners.

•           Activate, promote and manage the Slido Q&A portal by responding to questions from users on key WASH and IPC issues/ questions emerging from countries and regions.

•           Develop two Field Notes on WASH in HCFs in relation to COVID-19 response in countries (countries to be agreed with regional offices).

•           Prepare resource inputs on WASH in HCFs COVID-19 response for the special and regular monthly WASH Bulletins to disseminate resources and UNICEF’s response on COVID-19 to staff, partners and donors.

•           Contribute to the joint Health and WASH virtual gallery on Prematurity Day to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families face, including lack of WASH services in HCFs. The event will showcase the importance of WASH in saving pre-term babies.


(1) Education

•           Advanced university degree in Public Health, Environmental Health, Engineering, Social Sciences or related field.

2) Work experience

•           At least five years’ experience in implementing WASH and or WASH in health care facilities programmes essential.

•           Demonstrated knowledge of Covid-19 responses in healthcare facilities

•           At least seven years of experience in public health issues in developing countries, at middle- level management

3) Competencies

•           Must be fluent in English. Knowledge of French or Spanish is considered an asset

•           Prior experience working for the United Nations an added advantage

•           Excellent written and oral communication skills required

•           Demonstrated analytical skills a key requirement

•           Strong inter-personal skills and team spirit

•           Demonstrated capacity to work in a dynamic environment coordinating across different teams and sectors.


-           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: 

o          travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.

o          Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.

o          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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Opening Date Tue Sep 08 2020 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date Tue Sep 15 2020 23:55:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time