Consultant: WASH Public Financing Tools and Training

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

New York, NY, US

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Consultancy Title: WASH Public Financing Tools and Training 

Section/Division/Duty Station: WASH/PD/NYHQ

Duration: 100 days


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. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.


Scope of Work: 

UNICEF WASH Strategy (2016-2030) identifies leveraging public and private finance as one of the six key programme approaches to realize sustained access to quality services at scale. However, additional efforts are needed by UNICEF, sector partners and governments to develop implementable financing strategies, to formulate convincing investment cases to a range of potential financiers, and to develop good practice to ensure affordability of WASH services.  

The recently published UNICEF discussion paper on leveraging repayable finance for WASH further outlines four key areas: 1) supporting governments to create an ‘enabling environment’ for WASH financing; 2) building sustainable service delivery through viable business models; 3) raising additional allocations from public funds (domestic or overseas development assistance); and 4) exploring repayable financing options. These four areas will be achieved through UNICEF’s global intellectual leadership, testing models and proof-of-concept, strengthening and convening partnerships, and developing its staff and broader sector capacity on financing and providing the necessary technical assistance.  

The objective of this consultancy is to provide technical support to UNICEF’s WASH financing initiatives, covering the support of global initiatives, support to UNICEF country teams on using tools, development of analytical methodologies and tools for use by countries, and delivery of webinars on financing. 

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

The consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:

  • Support Chair in preparation of materials for SWA Systems and Finance Work Group activities
  • Develop a guidance document for UNICEF country offices on what and how to engage in financing (status review and decision pathways to help choose the right approach and tools) 
  • Support implementation of online training on PF4C  tools
  • Develop a guidance document on how to develop a WASH sector financing strategy
  • Prepare a guideline on WASH affordability monitoring (based on existing papers) 
  • The consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:
  • Develop methodologies for estimation of costs of inaction and benefit cost analysis on water security, requiring review of different economic methodologies and provide guidance on which is appropriate under which circumstances.


(1) Education

  • University degree Masters in : Economics, financing, business  

2) Work experience

  • At least 8 years relevant experience in the following fields:
  • Data analysis and development of methodologies for economic and financial analysis
  • Preparation and implementation of financing/economic guidelines, tools and training
  • Implementation of financing projects and programmes

3) Competencies

  • Research skills, clear written communication, and academic publications
  • Prior experience in WASH is desirable


  • Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference 
    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
    • Indicate your availability
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

U.S. Visa information:

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.  

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process

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UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: Here

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply to become a part of the organization.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.