Request for expressions of interest for support to WHO water, sanitation, hygiene and health (WASH) training and communication tools and materials

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WHO is seeking expressions of interest from institutions or individual consultants for part-time support to the Water, sanitation, hygiene and health (WSH) unit between end April and August 2021. The selected institutions(s) or consultant(s) will work under the supervision of the Unit Head for WASH with respect to the on-going efforts of WSH to strengthen communication, collaboration and capacity on water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and health at regional and country levels of WHO, and promote the importance of WASH and health across the organization.

Deadline for applications: 15 April 2021 (full application details in section IV)

I. Background

The WHO vision for WASH is to substantially improve health through the safe management of water, sanitation and hygiene in all settingsThe WHO WASH strategy 2018-2025 presents the theory of change, strategic plan, and approaches for delivering results to achieve this vision. The strategy describes how WHO will increase its impact through the introduction of transformational approaches, and by strengthening collaborative work in WASH and health across the three levels of WHO.

Since 2018, WHO has strengthened communications and activities to improve capacity and collaboration with regional and country office on WASH, and to increase awareness of the opportunities and benefits of partnerships between WHO WASH and WHO health programmes. During a recent global retreat, WSH colleagues at headquarter, regional and country levels identified specific opportunities to accelerate progress on building capacity and collaboration in regions and countries to strengthen work on WASH and health across the three levels of WHO.  

II. Terms of reference: outputs and activities

Expected outputs:

  1. A training package for WASH regional and country focal points and/or an induction package for WHO National Project Officers for WASH and environmental health.
  2. An advocacy package for WHO country representatives and country offices on WASH and Health; organization of a series of regional meetings for WHO country representatives.
  3. A platform for sharing information and publications across regions and countries.
  4. Selected platform for e-learning materials/self-learning modules with all existing e-learning materials on selected platform.
  5. Detailed guidance/recommendations for translation of e-learning materials, conversion of existing training materials to e-learning and development of e-learning materials. 
  6. Documents and lists to support follow-up actions from WHO WASH retreat 2021:
    • List of recommendations for promoting WHO publications in countries
    • List of WASH global events for June 2021- May 2022 with corresponding opportunities for learning events
    • Dynamic roster of consultants and professionals with different WASH technical expertise by region/country
  7. Other outputs as discussed and agreed related to above outputs.


1. In consultation with WSH Unit head and team leads, prepare a training package for regional and country focal points (both WHO national professional officers (NPOs) and government counterparts) and an induction package for NPOs on WASH and environmental health. This could be online/e-learning. The training package could have thematic modules for regional and country office staff (beyond focal points). Appropriate access by actors external to WHO will need to be considered.

2a. In consultation with WSH Unit head and team leads, develop an advocacy package to raise awareness at country offices and among WHO country representatives (WRs) about WASH and health links, using existing materials (e.g. Water, sanitation, hygiene and health: A primer for health professionals) plus a two-page and/or video overview.

2b. In partnership with the WSH Unit head and regional advisors, organize region-by-region meetings for WRs to share information and advocate

2c. Potential additional related activity: Develop a policy/strategy brief.

3a. In consultation with WSH team leads and regional advisors, set up a platform(s) or channel for sharing information and publications across regions and countries. (Note: Not to duplicate sharing of WHO HQ publications, which are posted to the WHO website and highlighted through the regular newsletter).

3b. Upload and organize initial documents and publications provided by team leads and regional advisors.

3c. Document options for regular updates by team leads and regional advisors.

4a. Explore options for an agreed platform(s) for e-learning/self-learning materials/modules (from animated slideshows to videos to training modules) and present recommendations to WSH Unit head and team leads.

4b. Group WSH existing trainings on this platform(s). Potential options are OpenWHO, Youtube WASH channel on WHO, Coursera platform for self-learning modules.

5. Develop a document with detailed guidance and recommendations for:

  • Translation of existing e-learning materials
  • Conversion of existing training materials to e-learning materials
  • Development of e-learning materials/modules

6a. Develop guidelines (or checklist) for promoting publications through actions at headquarters, regional, and country levels. (Starting point for list is from retreat documentation.)

6b. In consultation with WSH team leads and regional advisors, develop a list of global and major regional WASH events, and consider opportunities for related ‘learning events’ two to three weeks prior to these events. Develop calendar and proposed learning events. 

6c. In consultation with WSH team leads and regional advisors, develop a roster of consultants and professionals with different WASH technical expertise by region/country. Include this list on platform identified to share information, or on another platform, so that the list is dynamic.

III. Specific requirements

Qualifications required:

  • Degree in a relevant area; Desirable: Advanced degree

Experience required:

  • At least 8 years of relevant experience; Desirable: In-country experience.

Skills/Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Familiarity with WASH, health and/or development
  • Skills, knowledge and experience with developing training materials including e-learning materials. Desirable: Experience development training materials for WASH, public health or health topics
  • Skills, knowledge and experience with developing advocacy materials/packages. Desirable: Experience with advocacy video development.
  • Knowledge of online platforms and channels for document sharing
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with multi-level global teams Desirable: Experience working in a complex international organization
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly integrate technical information.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent organizational, team and interpersonal skills.

Language requirements:

  • Expert level English (reading, writing, speaking)

Location and travel:

  • The place of assignment is unspecified/offsite

IV. Application details

Submission of application package:

Applications should be submitted by midnight GMT on 15 April 2021 to and and include:

  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae including links to relevant work and materials.
  • Cover letter outlining:
    • Your interest in this work
    • The skills and contributions that you bring to this work, and
    • Expected availability during end April – August 2021.

Application review criteria includes:

  1. The required qualifications, experience, skills and knowledge outlined above;
  2. Availability for specific tasks end April - August 2021; and
  3. Cost effectiveness.  

Successful applicants will be contacted by email by 20 April to take part in phone interviews as relevant on 21, 22 or 23 April.

Please inform in your cover letter of any limitations to your availability on these dates.