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ECARO (from 9AM to 3PM Geneva Time)
Duration: 7 months (with anticipated start date 1 April 2021)
Universal hand hygiene is essential to prevent infection and reduce transmission of COVID-19, and to safely care for those who are infected. When considering how to achieve universal hand hygiene, it makes sense to consider all settings public and private which includes, households, refugee and IDP camps, institutions (schools and health care facilities), workplaces, markets and food establishment, and transport hubs.
Taking full advantage of the opportunity presented to rebuild better conditions for hand hygiene in the context of COVID-19, UNICEF and WHO have initiated consultations on Hand Hygiene for All Initiative (HH4A). This WHO and UNICEF-led initiative calls for countries to lay out comprehensive roadmaps that bridge together national COVID-19 preparedness and response plans with mid- and long-term national development plans to ensure hand hygiene is a mainstay beyond the pandemic, as part of infection prevention and control (IPC) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) efforts. The initiative is calling on several platforms such as the WASH Cluster, Sanitation and Water for All, the World Economic Forum to prioritize hand hygiene but more importantly, take a whole of society and systems approach to hand hygiene. The initiative also aims to support countries and development partners to develop a coordinated response to the coronavirus outbreak, to ensure that hand hygiene is adequately included in coronavirus responses.
The Hand Hygiene for All initiative was launch at the end of June 2020 for which a number of advocacy materials have been prepared. Going forward, the HH4A Initiative will focus on the development of plans, develop and implement tools and workstreams and materials to translate the initiative into action at global, regional and country level. Mirroring the coordination mechanism at global level, the HH4A Initiative will establish regional coordination mechanisms tasked to coordinate between core partners at regional level; engage regional stakeholders and stakeholder platforms; support countries to develop roadmaps, monitoring and knowledge exchange; and capture innovations and distill lessons learnt at regional level.
This consultancy will help to set up and maintain a functional coordination and advocacy mechanism at regional level as well as strengthen the regional office’s capacity to provide technical support to country offices for the Hand Hygiene Initiative.
The purpose of this consultancy is to help set up and maintain a functional coordination and advocacy mechanism at ECARO level for the global WHO/UNICEF Hand Hygiene for All (HH4A) initiative as well as strengthen the regional office’s capacity to provide technical support to country offices for the Hand Hygiene Initiative.
Scope of Work
Under the supervision of the WASH Specialist, with the support of the Regional Emergency Advisor, and in direct coordination with the Hand Hygiene for All Initiative Global Secretariat as well as HH4A Regional Coordinators in other regions, the consultant will provide regional planning and coordination support as well as technical support Country Offices related to the Hand Hygiene for All initiative. The primary areas of work are the following:
I. Coordination between core partners at regional level
– Prepare a detailed work schedule for the HH4A initiative in the region (objectives, work streams, timeframes, budget, and responsibilities) and provide regular updates to the core group
– Coordinate regular regional convenings of core partners (agenda setting, invitations, meetings, follow up)
– Develop and maintain a calendar of regional events considering a variety of sectors relevant to the HH4A Initiative (WASH, education, health, nutrition, labor, RCCE, etc.)
– Identify and set up a suitable communication mechanism with core partners (e.g. regular newsletters, email updates, etc.)
– Maintain a database of regional membership and commitments
II. Engagement of regional stakeholders and advocacy
– Prepare one high-level advocacy product to strengthen advocacy activities at regional and/or country level
– Support preparations for Global Handwashing Day and/or other key advocacy events
– Support the identification of strategic moments of engagement and advocacy with regional stakeholder and stakeholder platforms
– Contribute to the design and execution of events (webinars, conferences, etc.)
– Contribute to the regional communications and advocacy plan
III. Knowledge management and evidence generation:
– Facilitate and moderate discussions on multi-lateral platforms for knowledge exchange (Knowledge point, Yammer and/or similar) and motivate active participation by country and regional stakeholders
– Identify outstanding examples of comprehensive hand hygiene programming in the region and document lessons learnt from their programming in two case studies representing different settings and approaches
– Conduct a landscape review of hand hygiene programming in the region, analyze their effectiveness, and propose recommendations for strengthening hand hygiene programming in ECAR.
– Support relevant evidence generation including reviewing and synthesizing regional behavioral data on hand hygiene practices; technical support to countries in collecting and using hand hygiene behavioral data, identification of emergency practices and lessons learned, etc.
– Support the global secretariat with the curation of UNICEF knowledge products (situation reports, donor reports, WASH global and regional newsletters, etc.) to identify case studies and experiences on the initiative
– Support the translation and regional dissemination of key technical resources
– Prepare summary reports, briefing notes, presentations and updates as needed
– Coordinate and collate regional inputs to quarterly global newsletter
IV. Technical support to countries
– Provide countries with timely, constructive feedback on technical documents, including country roadmaps for hand hygiene; case studies; policies, strategies and plans; etc.
– Support countries to set up knowledge exchange mechanisms
– Support countries to set up and run monitoring systems or integrate hand hygiene into existing monitoring systems
Knowledge, expertise, skills required
– An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, social and behavioral science, behavior change communication or another relevant technical field.
– At least 8 years of professional experience in WASH or Public Health including knowledge management and coordination
– Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required.
– Ability to work independently.
– Excellent analytical, communication, writing skills in English language
– Experience working with UNICEF or WHO on water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes in the region. Experience with related organizations, such as the World Bank, or Sanitation and Water for All is an advantage.
– Experience in and knowledge of WASH in institutions including healthcare facilities and schools; nutrition and Baby WASH would be an added advantage.
– Knowledge and experience in infection prevention and control (IPC) and C4D
– Knowledge of Microsoft 365 is required, specifically Word, PowerPoint, Yammer, SharePoint, Zoom and Teams.
– Excellent interpersonal and partnership management skills. Demonstrated experience working in a multicultural environment and demonstrates the core values of UNICEF.
– Working language will be English, Russian will be added advantage
Nature of Penalty Clause in Contract
If the final reports and documents are not submitted according to the deliverables stated in this TOR, the payments will be withheld.
UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines (fees reduced due to late submission: 20 days – 10%; 1 month -20%; 2 months -30%; more 2 months – payment withhold). All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.
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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.
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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