Consultant: Consultancy to Document Best Practices and Lessons Learnt on COVID-19 Response on WASH in health care facilities and schools

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 to Document Best Practices and Lessons Learnt on COVID-19 Response on WASH in health care facilities and schools

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

Duration: 85 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.


Purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical support to the WASH section at HQ to support countries to effectively respond to the threat of COVID-19. The consultant is expected to provide support to document best practices, success stories and lessons learnt on WASH in schools and WASH in HCFs programmes response to COVID-19. The consultant will also provide support to operationalize school reopening and IPC implementation in HCFs in UNICEF Programme countries.

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

The consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks on WASH in health care facilities and schools:

•           Liaise with UNICEF WASH HQ and regional colleagues on regular basis and where necessary on technical IPC WASH in HCFs and WASH in school’s (school reopening) issues related to COVID-19.

•           Provide technical support to countries to operationalize existing guidance on WASH in HCFs and WASH in schools, including the WHO/ UNICEF Technical Brief on Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Waste Management in the context of COVID-19, Infection prevention and Control in HCFs and Schools, the Framework for Reopening Schools and Safe Schools Operations.

•           Review country reports and SITREPs and document best practices and lessons learnt on COVID-19 response in HCFs and schools reopening. 

•           In liaison with HQ, regional and country offices, develop 1 Technical Brief, Field Note or Reference Guide on WASH in HCFs based on country experiences.

•           Provide support to WASH HQ on conduct of webinars and training where necessary on WASH in HCFs and WASH in schools.

•           Prepare monthly reports on accomplishments related to consultancy tasks.


(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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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 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