Consultants: Development of Climate Smart WASH Technology Catalogue with Modelisation

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
8-9 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfilling their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.                                                                                                                                       

For every child, a better future

UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region.  This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:

  • survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;
  • development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
  • protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and
  • participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them

 How can you make a difference?

The Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is seeking a team of 2 Consultants (individual consultants) to conduct technology survey in order to publish a Climate Smart WASH catalogue of comprehensive technical specifications with the following details: 1. Collect innovative WASH solutions during the COVID-19 Pandemic; 2. Conduct existing WASH technology survey in order to publish a Climate Smart WASH catalogue of comprehensive technical specifications, with associated WASH climate resilient and analyze and develop appropriate classification criteria and categories on the choice of each technology; 3. Develop technological modelisation for WASH system of technology to be used for a specific community; and 4. Develop user friendly online and offline platform to be used on any devices.

This Climate Smart WASH catalogue will offer an unique overview of the recent new solutions in WASH sector to help people and communities to identify appropriate technologies choices for their respective countries, while highlighting challenges/gaps. 

Nature of Consultancy:

UNICEF regional office has recently concluded a WASH regional evaluation. The evaluation recommended a series of actions to strengthen WASH programme in the region and also address WASH humanitarian challenges in the context of SDGs. Among those recommendations is the capacity to make available the existing innovative technologies and approaches to improve the WASH sector efficiencies.

Over the years, there has been many incredible innovations made in the WASH sector, some are already adopted and applied in different contexts, while others need to be tested at a larger scale to collect robust evidence. As such, COVID-19 pandemic has also resulted in a massive increase in the provision of WASH facilities with a new and an innovative way to mitigate the impact of the outbreak on the health system and affected communities. 

In order to support well designed WASH response in the region, a research work needs to be conducted to provide appropriate and effective WASH solutions and define innovative WASH technical options that are reliable, easy to operate, affordable to use, and climate smart. This will also guide us what works and push for adoption at scale.

The aim of this consultancy is to conduct existing WASH technology survey in order to identify best Climate Smart WASH technologies for Online and offline catalogue. The catalogue will be comprehensive technical review with specifications that associated gas emission data, energy efficiency for household and community choice and use. The consultancy includes components of developing appropriate classification criteria and categories on the choice of each technology, depending on weather, geographical location and the size of the population using the technology. This will lead in developing a technological modelisation for WASH system of technology to be used for a specific community, township and locality.

The selected Consultants will be reviewing the latest WASH innovations during the past 5 years as well as during the COVID-19 pandemic in the region in the light of a rapidly changing programming landscape for delivering WASH services for urban and rural marginalized communities.

Background:

Knowledge Management (KM) is fundamental to EAPRO’s operations as fulfilling the 2030 Agenda depends on our ability to provide governments and other WASH actors with knowledge and expert advice to help ensure their decisions and actions are based on the best information available and deliver the best possible outcomes for children and the poor, as efficiently as possible.

As stated in the EAPRO WASH Knowledge Management Strategy, the regional office aims to "expand its existing set of knowledge products" which capture UNICEF’s organizational WASH knowledge to improve the quality, equity and sustainability of WASH services. These knowledge products will be produced on a range of priority themes for the region including equity, enabling environment, ODF, urban, and climate.

This climate Smart WASH catalogues will be among the WASH section’s flagship knowledge products to be produced for the EAP region and an important component of its knowledge management strategy. It is also demanded during the Sanitation Learning Event organized in Shanghai in December 2019 and recommended during the 2020 WASH evaluation.

Many countries in the region are in situation to have in hand key technologies options for the appropriate choices for their WASH programming.

Work Assignment, Deliverable, and Work Schedule:

A summary of the proposed tasks and deliverables against a timeline is provided below:

Tasks for the 1st Consultant (Lead consultant)

1. Collect innovative WASH solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Task Details: Desk review to collect all WASH innovation during the COVID-19 Pandemic, this will include Water, sanitation, hygiene systems and approaches.

Deliverables: Rapport of WASH technologies during COVID 19 based on the methodology and format agreed with UNICEF.

Timeline: 30 June 2021

2. Conduct existing WASH technology survey in order to publish a Climate Smart WASH catalogue of comprehensive technical specifications, with associated gas emission data for community choice.

A.

Task Details: 

  • -Desk review existing reports and other relevant materials, including online research of the WASH innovations that has been undertaken in the region for the past 5 years as well as during the COVID-19 pandemic period.
  • -Develop appropriate classification criteria and categories them on the choice of each technology.
  • -Review the existing catalogue template and adjust them to reflect each technology specification on climate related mitigation and adaptation and their use in different weather conditions.
  • -Conduct formal and informal consultations and meetings with a range of stakeholders, including NGOs, institutions, and private sectors.
  • -Liaise with UNICEF country office via Skype and organize discussion on deepening cases from those COs that have implemented/piloted new technologies in various WASH innovations.

Deliverables: 

  • -Inception report including:
  • -Methodology of the consultancy.

    -Classification criteria and categories with various topics covering but not limited to handwashing, safe drinking water, faecal sludge management, and water treatment.  

    -Refined catalogue template.

    -Assessment format.

    -Draft modelisation methodology.

    -Template of the catalogue.

Timeline: 30 July 2021

B.

Task Details: 

  • -Analyze information gathered from the prior studies and stocktaking of the secondary sources obtained, including those from meetings, a literature review of ongoing and completed interventions and their achievements on WASH innovations.
  • -Prepare and present PowerPoint slides. summarizing the analysis.
  • -Develop Climate smart WASH catalogue.
  • -Incorporate comments into the catalogue and PowerPoint.
  • -Provide final version.

Deliverables: 

  • Draft and final Climate Smart WASH catalogue and presentation for review; it should include but not limited to different WASH technologies, sketch drawings of engineering or concept design, cost estimation, short instructions and guideline for operation and maintenance, advantages and disadvantages, potential areas of intervention in each technology.
  • Summary version for printing and wider dissemination.

Timeline: August 2021

Tasks for the 2nd Consultant (Team member support)

1. Develop technological modelisation for WASH system of technology to be used for a specific community.

  • Task details: 
  • Based on the identified technologies, develop a model that can response to Households and communities needs with appropriate gas emission effects and define mitigation measures.
  • Deliverables:
  • Modelisation on Excel format.
  • Timeline: 15 September 2021

2. Develop user-friendly online and offline platform to be used on any devices.

  • Task Details: Based on the data from the catalogue, develop an online platform user friendly with good interface and easy to use.
  • Deliverables: Online and Offline catalogue.
  • Timeline: 30 September 2021

 Estimated Duration of Contract and End Product(s): 120 working days over 20 April - 30 September 2021.

  • 1st consultant: 90 days
  • 2nd consultant: 30 days

Deliverables

Inception report including:
Classification criteria and categories.

Refined catalogue template, including table of contents, detailed.

WASH Climate-smart catalogue and presentation; it should include but not limited to different WASH technologies, sketch drawings of engineering or concept design, cost estimation, short instructions and guideline for operation and maintenance, advantages and disadvantages, potential areas of intervention in each technology, gas emission data for each technology, and use on whether condition and Humanitarian labels.
Summary version for printing and wider dissemination.
Excel sheet on technology modelling for community gas reduction.
Online and offline version.

Official Travel:  This consultancy can be performed either from Thailand or from any other countries as most of the work is expected to be done remotely. 

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

1st consultant

  • Advanced University degree in Water Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Public Health, Social Sciences or related disciplines;
  • At least 15 years of experience in the WASH sector with a proven ability of extensive and independent; research work, specially of recent development and technologies in water supply, sanitation engineering and wastewater treatment technology;
  • Excellent analytical thinking, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Proficiency in English and proven excellent writing skills in English;
  • The consultant must be very familiar with current developments, research, best practices in the sector.

 2nd consultant

  • Advanced University degree Social Sciences and computer engineering or related disciplines;
  • At least 8 years of experience in computer science and ability of extensive and independent research work, specially of recent development and technologies in water supply, sanitation engineering and wastewater treatment technology;
  • Excellent analytical thinking, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Proficiency in English and proven excellent writing skills in English;
  • The consultant must be very familiar with current developments, research, best practices in the sector.

Interested candidates are requested to submit application package by 18 April 2021 detailing:

  1. Expression of interest including description of technical capacity to carry out this assignment.  The lead consultant must indicate name of a team member in application.
  2. Professional profile with copy of both CV or P-11 attached.
  3. Full contact information of minimum 3 references.
  4. Availability, and proposed daily professional fee in USD.

 ** Both lead consultant and team member are required to submit own application separately in UNICEF e-recruitment system.

Download File FORM P11.doc

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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