Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Objective and Purpose of the Assignment



1. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that safely managed water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)
services and hygiene behaviors are fundamental to protect human health from and through infectious
disease outbreaks. Proper hand hygiene is one of the most important infection prevention and control
(IPC) measures in the context of COVID-19. The continuity and sustainability of WASH services and
community engagement through enhanced facilities and products and using multimodal awareness, risk
communication, and behavior change techniques are critical for improved hand hygiene. Currently, 3
billion people globally and nearly three-quarters of people in least-developed countries lack basic home
handwashing facilities with water and soap. Almost half of all schools worldwide lack a handwashing
facility that includes water and soap, affecting 900 million school-age children, and 43% of health care
facilities globally lack hand hygiene at points of patient care. Moreover, studies consistently show
that increasing knowledge of handwashing even in settings where access to reliable water supply exists
is not sufficient to motivate behavior change and that multimodal approaches that address necessary
multiple determinants of behavior change are key for hygiene program designers to take into account.

2. The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) support to its developing member countries (DMCs) in its response
to COVID-19 prioritizes the protection of human health via IPC measures to combat the spread of
infectious disease. Such measures include universal access to WASH, including in healthcare facilities,
consistent with ADB’s Strategy 2030. ADB joined world leaders and heads of international organizations’
with the World Health Organization’s 14 May 2020 call for action on COVID-19 to make WASH available to
everyone, eliminating inequalities and leaving no one behind with a special emphasis on the most
vulnerable to COVID-19 including women and girls. The inequitable economic impacts associated with the
COVID-19 pandemic are predicted to disproportionately impact the already poor and vulnerable through
reduced income, increased risk of all forms of malnutrition, and decreased ability to pay for basic
services (including WASH).

3. Responding to COVID-19 and other water and sanitation related public health emergencies also calls
for strengthening multisector collaboration through better integration of WASH and health (WASH+H). To
achieve this, ADB has approved a technical assistance (TA) on COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control
through an Integrated Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Health Approach funded from Japan Fund for Poverty
Reduction (JFPR). The TA promotes COVID-19 IPC through an inclusive, gender-sensitive, effective, and
sustainable WASH+H program, with a particular focus on the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable who have
been most affected by COVID-19. Through its outputs, the TA will direct resources toward (i)
supporting the scaling up and effective integration of COVID-19 IPC as well as impact mitigation WASH+H
activities into ADB projects in the social, water, and urban sectors; and (ii) promoting multisector
and multistakeholder awareness raising, knowledge and capacity building, policy dialogue, and strategy
Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

4. The purpose of the assignment is to strengthen ADB Water Sector Group's (WSG) and Health Sector
Group's (HSG) efforts to mainstream a more integrated and effective WASH+H program with the aim to
promote and achieve healthier populations in Asia and the Pacific.

Scope of Work


5. The international WASH Specialist will support the Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Department (SDCC) and regional departments in the overall implementation of the TA activities.
Integrated WASH+H should be promoted and scaled up in ADB social sectors, urban, and water projects,
thus the assignment should facilitate TA support to: (i) project preparation and implementation, and
(ii) enabling environment, knowledge, and capacity forCOVID-19 preparedness, management, resilience,
and sustainable recovery.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output


6. The Specialist will carry out the following detailed tasks:

a. Provide expert guidance on the overall direction of TA implementation, including providing expert
inputs on how to improve TA implementation as activities progress;
b. Undertake scoping of TA activities that encompass all TA outputs;
c. In coordination with project officers in regional departments, prepare detailed information on
specific activities in each participating DMCs;
d. Provide direct specialists support to regional departments on country-level activities;
e. Support regional departments and SDCC in preparing detailed TORs for country-specific and/or output-
specific specialists services;
f. Facilitate sustained coordination with project officers and focal points in ADB resident missions
throughout the TA implementation;
g. Lead the monitoring and reporting on overall progress of TA implementation, using the TA’s design and
monitoring framework (DMF) to inform the required data collection;
h. Support the TA communication requirements in compliance with JFPR visibility guideline, including
ensuring in-country coordination with Japan embassies in participating DMCs;
i. Provide specialist inputs to the work of other specialists to be engaged by SDCC for other specific
TA activities;
j. Support the preparation of reports, presentation materials, briefing notes and other documents that
may be required by ADB in the context of TA implementation; and
k. Perform other tasks that may be necessary for the satisfactory completion of all TA outputs and

Outputs and Deliverables

7. The Specialist will submit the following outputs and deliverables:

a. An inception report presenting workplan and methodology
b. Progress report on TA implementation (frequency to be agreed upon commencement of work)
c. Specialist inputs to country-level activities
d. Specialist inputs to TA activities encompassing all outputs and cutting across all participating DMCs
e. Other reports, presentation materials, briefing notes and other documents that may be required
related to TA implementation and as discussed and agreed with ADB.

Minimum Qualification Requirements


9. The candidates must have:

a. at least Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline
b. minimum 10 years experience in WASH and water-related health sector assessment and policy support and
experience leading hygiene behavior change, preferably with some experience in Asia Pacific
c. desirable experience related to water-related public health, community outreach, improving services
for the poor, projects with water supply and sanitation utilities, strategic advice at senior management
level, and team supervision.
a. Excellent communication, facilitation, writing, and leadership skills