Urban Sanitation process documentation consultant

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Job Number: 496209 | Vacancy Link
Location: Ghana
Work Type : Consultancy

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For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

The urban sanitation project has made steady progress since its inception. Some of the start-up activities such as the baseline survey and development of sanitation technology options manual are almost complete. Other activities that are on-going or in pipeline are GIS mapping of WASH facilities and interventions in the project areas and assessment on affordability of WASH services. In addition to these on-going start-up activities, there are numerous activities which need to start concurrently. One such activity is piloting and implementing sanitation demand creation (triggering) activities in communities of the three MMDAs.

Urban communities have different challenges, many of which are complex in nature. To respond to these complexities, there is a need to develop a comprehensive and robust approach to generate demand for sanitation. To enable development of such an approach, three different approaches will be piloted in the three MMDAs. Dr. Shayamal Kumar Saha’s draft approach of urban CLTS[1] will be tested and implemented at Tamale Metropolis. This draft urban CLTS is an adapted version of CLTS widely implemented in rural communities of Ghana. The draft approach has incorporations of learnings from both rural and urban communities of Ghana.

The Community-Led Urban Environmental Sanitation[2] (CLUES)’s approach to household sanitation planning and implementation of infrastructure and services will be tested its ground at Ashaiman Municipality. The CLUES has been tested and implemented in urban and peri-urban areas in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Finally, the urban Community Development for Health (CDH) approach will be piloted at Ho Municipality. CDH is a participatory development approach with strong community empowerment concepts enabling community to initiate their own development plans. CDH has been successfully implemented in rural and urban areas in Asia.

The other activities that will follow these interventions are training of carpenters and masons in construction of different sanitation technology options, introduction of municipal engineers and planners to waste water treatment technology options, business development in faecal sludge management, sanitation financing and marketing, sanitation expo, school WASH, etc.

Workability of different approaches may vary. Some approaches may be highly effective as compared to the other. Some may be simple whilst others may be complex. Further, diversity (geography, ethnicity, religion) of project areas provide a robust learning ground. Detailed processes, challenges and learnings from the project implementation phase need to be documented. It is envisaged that process documentation, lessons and field observation will be systemised and feed into the development of a dynamic urban sanitation model. The model is expected to then further guide overall implementation of any urban sanitation project in Ghana.

Documentation at this length would require consistent engagement in field, at-least during the first phase of implementation. The office is challenged to meet this engagement. Therefore, UNICEF Ghana is looking to recruit a suitable individual for this assignment.

[1] Community Led Total Sanitation, Piloting Urban/ Small Town CLTS in Ghana: Strategies, Methodological Framework and Tools, 2016, Dr. Shayamal Kumar Saha, CLTS Foundation, India.

[2] Community-Led Urban Environmental Sanitation Planning: CLUES, Complete guidelines for Decision-Makers with 30-Tools, 2009, UN-Habitat, eawag, Water Supply and Sanitation (WSG).

Assignment Tasks

During the first two months of the assignment, the consultant is expected prepare for field assignment, including drafting of the following TORs. A standard TOR format will be shared with the consultant. S/he is expected fill in details into the format for each of the activities below.

 Reviewing of Municipal/Metropolitan Environmental Sanitation Strategy and Action Plan (MESSAP)

  1. Training on waste water treatment technology options and designing of sludge drying bed
  2. Development and establishing micro-financing schemes in the three MMDAs
  3. Development of communication materials for urban sanitation with focus on emptying, treatment and re-use
  4. Development of urban sanitation model
  5. Organising urban sanitation expo/ international conference on faecal sludge management

 While doing so, the consultant will be required to review all existing documents pertinent to each activity to provide good background and justification for carrying out each activity. The consultant is then expected to draft and finalise (scoped) the terms of reference (TOR) for all these (2-7) activities, under section 6: deliverables.

 When field assignment starts, the consultant is then expected to go around the three MMDAs documenting process involved in implementation. All preparatory planning in terms of visits, date and time of events should be coordinated and in coherence so that nothing much is missed while documenting. Documentation approaches could include desk reviews of approaches, event observation, focus group discussions (community consultation, consultation with government and private sectors, with implementers, facilitators, CSOs, other field partners, etc) and short video documentation. The documentation should also include issues, challenges, complexities, what is working, what is not working and lessons.

 The consultant is expected to read background documents on each activity and attend various programme activities. Based on field observation, community consultation and progress on ground, the consultant is expected to do key documentation (process, advantages, disadvantages, challenges, and lessons) mainly on the following activities and those related:

  1. Sanitation demand creation / triggering activities in the three MMDAs
  2. Behaviour change and communication materials and activities
  3. Training of masons and carpenters on construction of sanitation technology options
  4. Training on waste water treatment technology options and designing of sludge drying bed
  5. Sanitation marketing and financing approaches
  6. Construction of School water and sanitation facilities
  7. Behaviour change and communication activities in schools
  8. Urban sanitation expo/ international conference on faecal sludge management

 The tentative work-plan for urban sanitation is attached (refer annexure 1).

Expected Deliverables

The eight-month assignment is expected to start from 15th June 2016 and complete the following deliverables in order of priority, before end date of the contract. The consultant is mainly expected to document urban sanitation processes, develop terms of reference (TORs) for the following activities and also support urban sanitation team whenever required.

  1. Documentation of processes involved in urban sanitation against each activity listed under section 4 above.
  2. TOR Reviewing of Municipal/Metropolitan Environmental Sanitation Strategy and Action Plan (MESSAP) – scoped.
  3. TOR Training on waste water treatment technology options and designing of sludge drying bed – scoped.
  4. TOR Development and establishing micro-financing schemes in the three MMDAs – scoped.
  5. TOR Development of communication materials for urban sanitation with focus on emptying, treatment and re-use– scoped.
  6. TOR Development of urban sanitation model – scoped.
  7. TOR Organising urban sanitation expo/ international conference on faecal sludge management – scoped.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


An advanced university degree in the following disciplines: Public Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene related fields, Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Environmental (Science) Engineering, Sociology, Economics, International Development, or Project management.

Years of relevant experience

UNICEF is looking for suitable candidate/consultant with the following qualifications and experiences:

  • Over 8 years’ experience in the development sector. Relevant experience in the urban WASH, urban planning, WASH sector, environment and public health in urban areas will be a clear advantage.
  • The assignment entails substantial writing-the individual should have very good writing skills and conceptual thinking.
  • Past experience in international organisation including UN, other international development organisation, NGOs, National Government and private sector will have a clear advantage.
  • Consultant living in Accra will be preferred.
  • Strong track record in networking and analytical skills.
  • Ability to operate computer Microsoft office programs (MS Word, Excel, Power Point and Access), is essential.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Opening Date 1 Jun 2016 Kamchatka Standard Time
Closing Date 16 Jun 2016 Kamchatka Standard Time