WASH in Schools (WinS)

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Job Number: 496207 | Vacancy Link
Location: Ghana
Work Type : Consultancy

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

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

UNICEF Ghana implements a substantial WASH in Schools (WinS) programme across six regions of the country. This involves the construction of a range of infrastructure and implementation of a range of health and hygiene related software interventions. UNICEF works closely with the Government of Ghana, particularly the School Health Education Programme (SHEP) of the Ghana Education Service (GES), and the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), in the implementation of this programme.

 A series of interventions have been completed on a strategic level within the Ghana WinS sector, this includes the development of minimum standards and technical guidelines. What is required now is a national costed strategy for universal coverage of WASH in Schools; the aim is to develop this during 2016.

The WASH programme needs a WinS consultant to lead strategic components of the WinS programme in Ghana and to provide technical support to the WinS team. Under the general guidance of the Chief of WASH, the WinS consultant will provide technical support to the WASH in Schools team as needed (and detailed below). S/he will be primarily accountable for the delivery of a national costed, scalable model for universal access to school WASH facilities and software in Ghana. Secondary focus will be in relation to technical support of the WASH in Schools team.

Assignment Tasks

The following specific tasks fall within the responsibilities of the WinS consultant:

  • Development of a National Costed Strategy for WASH in Schools:
    • Desk review of all previously developed standards, strategies and policies related to WASH in Schools in Ghana
    • Formative meetings with all relevant WinS stakeholders
    • Technical advisory support to the WinS cost survey
    • Technical advisory support of operational research on Health and Hygiene Education Through Play and Sports (HHETPS) that aims to understand and reduce cost of the approach
    • Research other costed strategies for WASH in Schools programming globally
    • Complete field visit to WinS implementation across three regions (exact number and location of the field visits remains to be determined)
    • Prepare initial draft of costed strategy based on relevant survey findings, field visits and stakeholder meetings with key stakeholders
    • Host a one-day workshop of appropriate WinS stakeholders to gather further input into the draft strategy
    • Finalise WinS National Costed Strategy for Ghana
  • Provide technical support to the UNICEF WinS team
    • Provide technical support as required to the UNICEF WinS team in Accra and Tamale (technical support will be targeted into construction of WASH hardware in schools, operation and maintenance systems, and hygiene promotion activities, with a specific focus on planning, monitoring and evaluation)
    • Specific focus should be on strengthening of monitoring and evaluation systems, documentation of implementation and programme planning

Expected Deliverables

  • Finalisation of a costed, scalable model for universal school access to WASH facilities and software
    • Month 1: Review of past documentation and relevant literature in the development of the costed model
    • Months 2 -3: Technical input to data collection exercises
    • Month 4: National level stakeholder engagement
    • Month 5-6: Field visits to regions and districts including analysis of findings
    • Month 7: Analysis of cost survey and HHETPS operational research findings
    • Month 8: Initial draft of the costed model for review
    • Month 9: Facilitation of stakeholder feedback into costed model
    • Month 10: Analysis and incorporation of feedback into final report
    • Month 11: Finalisation of costed model report
  • Technical support as required to the WASH in Schools team; with specific focus on planning, monitoring and evaluation

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Education, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a relevant field.

Years of relevant experience

  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience within the WASH sector, with at least two years of WASH in Schools experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector

Competencies of Successful Candidate

  • Fluency in English required.
  • Advanced Technical Knowledge of the theories, principles and methods in WASH in Schools software and hardware, including: sanitation, water supply and hygiene infrastructure; behavior change programs, particularly those focused on schoolchildren, including communication for development (C4D) and decentralized institutional capacity development
  • Excellent analytical, negotiating, communication (both verbal and written) and advocacy skills
  • Initiative and resourcefulness. Proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other team members and partners, with sensitivity, in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment.
  • Previous experience in the development of national level strategies in the WASH sector alongside government partners is a significant asset
  • Gender equity and diversity awareness

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Please indicate your ability, availability and monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above. UNICEF will handle all travel related issues including daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applicantions submitted without a monthly rate will not be considered.

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 2 Jun 2016 Kamchatka Standard Time
Closing Date 17 Jun 2016 Kamchatka Standard Time