Bangladesh nationals: WASH Consultants (Capacity building and System strengthening)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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There are 329 Pourashavas in Bangladesh among which only 159 have piped water supply facilities. Many More than two-third of urban households in Bangladesh depend on groundwater-based tube-wells for water supply. These sources are usually available at the household level or shared between neighbors, but have water quality problems in many areas, as well as issues with sustainability of source. Only 10 percent of the population enjoys access to piped water schemes, mostly in the larger Pourashavas. Some Pourashavas have basic piped water systems but these cover only a limited population at the core of the town.  Some of these water systems are working but poor maintenance, quality problems, and high operational costs are common problems. 

Besides this, sanitation in Pourashavas mainly comprises of household on-site pits and tanks that are infrequently cleaned and when cleaned, the fecal matter is dumped in the open posing public health hazards. Solid waste, drainage and flooding are other common problems.

Tarabo Pourashava / Homna Pourashava is one out of thirty Pourashava of Bangladesh Municipal Water Supply and Sanitation project funded by Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), World Bank (WB) and Government of Bangladesh (GoB). The overall objective of the project is to increase access to  improved water supply and sanitation services including improvement of city drainage system.

UNICEF is associated with this project to support the Pourashava for better management of delivering safe water supply and sanitation services. AIIB-WB project will provide infrastructural support for city wide pipe water supply, sanitation and drainage while UNICEF will support the Pourashava for efficient and effective management of water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, fecal sludge management and hygiene behavioral change through capacity building and system strengthening of the Pourashava to build this Pourashava as a model among the other Pourashavas.

Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

The Sector Development Plan (SDP, 2011-25) articulates the role of Pourashavas in providing Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) services which includes, among others, a) ensuring access to piped water and sanitation services to all residents, b) operating the systems following commercial practices, c) recovering at least operations and maintenance costs, d) providing safety net for poor, and e) promoting and supporting private sector, NGOs and communities.

Although Pourashavas are the designated service provider for water and sanitation services, they are constrained by insufficient investment, limited sources of revenue and lack of personnel and capacity.

The WASH Consultant (Capacity building and System strengthening) positions have been supported by UNICEF to work closely with the Pourashava authority to assess the capacity gap and bottleneck of the systems and design/implement necessary measures to improve the situation. WASH Consultant will provide technical guidance to the Community Mobilizers to work properly as an interface between duty bearers and right holders. The Consultant will sit in the Pourashava and will provide technical guidance and management support to the Pourashava authority to ensure visible and measurable improvement of Pourashava capacity for management of WASH project activities supported by UNICEF.

Under this assignment, some of the expected tasks include:

  • Analysis of capacity gaps for the Pourashava and come up with solutions for effective management of WASH project activities
  • Design necessary interventions for system strengthening of the Pourashava for better service delivery
  • Conduct Training Need Assessment (TNA) and design necessary training program for capacity building of Pourashava elected representatives/ officials, beneficiary groups, civil societies for sustainable management of WASH project activities.
  • Support Pourashava authority for providing universal access to safe water and sanitation. Support Pourashava to ensure that the whole Pourashava is ODF and Hand hygiene has become a social norm.
  • Develop necessary operational guidelines and orient the stakeholders for proper use and maintenance of WASH facilities including solid waste management and fecal sludge management.
  • Ensure regular conduction of steering committee meeting and other meeting, prepare and circulate meeting notes and follow up actions to be taken.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience required:

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree) in one of the following areas: Social Science or Public Health Engineering, Civil Engineering (Water resources/ Environmental sanitation) Business Administration or a field relevant to WASH related development assistance.
  • At least 8 years’ experience in development field, preferably in the water and sanitation sector (UN or development agency, donor, government regulatory body, academic institution or the private sector);
  • Extensive experience in organizing and facilitating meetings/workshops/seminars;
  • Familiarization with the policy environment of Bangladesh, the challenges within the WASH sector and the capacities of various stakeholders, would be considered an asset.
  • Good interpersonal, leadership and management skills in implementing multi-party development projects.
  • Well conversant with the development programme aspects of water supply and sanitation;
  • Working experience with donors funded Government projects/organization/international NGOs
  • Good written and spoken English.
  • Computer skills especially in word processing, spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation is preferred.

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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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


* There are 2 positions, one for Tarabo Pourashava, one for Homna Pourashava.

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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