International Lead Consultant (One WASH National programme (OWNP))

Ethiopia 🇪🇹

Job Number: 503310 | Vacancy Link
Location: Ethiopia
Work Type : Consultancy

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Purpose of the Assignment

 The objectives of the consultancy service are:

  • The review of the progress of the OWNP so far -including the whole Phase I and identifying potential bottlenecks that need to be addressed to accelerate the impact of the programme.
  • Based on the findings from the OWNP review Phase I, update the OWNP document for phase II (detail for the period from July 2016 to June 2020 and in generic and summary form for 2021 to 2030), with special consideration to GTP-II and SDG targets. The reformulation of the OWNP Phase II will also consider the longer-term objectives defined under the SDGs.

3 national consultants (one for Sanitation and Hygiene; one for Planning and Budgeting -including Procurement & Financial Management issues-; and one for Capacity Building and Development) will work under the supervision of the International Lead Consultant to support the development of One WaSH National Program (OWNP) Program Document. The International Lead Consultant will administer and guide the whole consultancy service

Assignment Tasks

The scope of the works include:

  • Desk review of the implementation of Phase I of the OWNP, including the 4 program components. This will entail a desk review of the different documentation available and analysis of WASH projects implemented by different stakeholders, as well as other key documents such as the Mid-Term Review of the ONWN-CWA, GTP I and GTP-2 documents, OWNP and ministerial annual reviews and reports.
  • Complement the desk review with meetings and interviews with key informants both at federal and regional levels, including government officials from all ministries involved (MoFEC, MoWIE, MoH, MoE) and other stakeholders (CWA and non-CWA).
  • Analyse how the OWNP guiding principles of alignment, integration, harmonisation and partnership are practised on the ground, and whether they reflect the current state of action and whether they have been internalised by the key sector stakeholders. This is done in order to identify how these principles need to be managed across the country and the sector in the next phase.
  • Analyse how the OWNP data collection, M&E and reporting mechanisms are currently working, in order to orient future actions in this regard.
  • Analyse how the OWNP has achieved is expected results and what are the main reasons for not reaching some of the initially planned results.
  • Produce a review document of the OWNP phase-I, by identifying good practices and lessons learned based on the implementation of the activities carried out up to date.
  • As part of that document, propose recommendations for the OWNP phase II (detailed for the period from July 2016 to June 2020 and general from 2021 to 2030) for the remaining period in order to adapt to the GTP-II targets and aligning with SDG; and to improve involvement and alignment of other non-CWA interventions with the OWNP.
  • Analyse the contributions and role of development partners (DPs) -though bilateral or multilateral channels- in the sector, as well as the contributions of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Identify the opportunities and the challenges to bring those stakeholders to the OWNP, and to identify how the experience of those stakeholders can be better capitalized by the programme.
  • Revise the OWNP targets and budget estimates based on the new GTP-2 targets, and taking into consideration the SDG targets. Including the revision of unit costs based on the new GTP-2 targets/indicators.
  • Analyse the linkage between emergency and response interventions and the need to mainstream resilience in the OWNP by formulating a fifth component of the OWNP on emergency WASH. Including the proposed activities and the mechanisms to activate, plan and implement that component.
  • Update the OWNP programme document for phase II, considering the conclusions and recommendations from the review of the first phase. By including a revised plan, budget and capacity development component, and also incorporating a new component for emergency response.
  • Make recommendations to improve coordination and alignment of different stakeholders and interventions under the OWNP.
  • Present the key deliverables in different forums, including the NWCO, and other coordination meetings with stakeholders.

    Programme Components

The programme components for the revised OWNP will include:

  • Rural and Pastoral WASH
  • Urban WASH
  • Institutional WASH
  • Emergency WASH (new component)
  • Program Management and Capacity Building situational WASH

Besides, the OWNP programme document will include recommendations on changes or reforms required for managing the OWNP based on the findings of the first phase analysis.

 Cross Cutting Issues

The following cross cutting issues should be considered for this assignment:

  • Private sector participation
  • Environmental and social safeguards
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Water security and Climate resilience
  • Ground water mapping in drought prone woredas
  • Emergency WASH and drought Response / Disaster rick management in WASH
  • Regulatory framework to improve sustainability of services
  • Public private sector partnership for suitability service management
  • Water Quality and water safety
  • Role of   technology and innovations in WASH
  • WASH and water resource management  


The process should be implemented as a focused and targeted process of the wider national program. The consulting team should base their observations, analysis and recommendations on relevant documentation, interviews, field visits to the agreed program areas and scope of work other relevant methods. The selected consulting team will propose the methodology and further develop the scope of works in more detail during the Inception Report.

The team is expected to visit either Somali or Afar; Benishangul-Gumuz or Gambella; at least two of the following regions of Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and SNNP; as well as one of the city administrations (either Addis Ababa or Dire Dawa) to have a better understanding of the programme.

The team of consultants is expected to show detailed methodology to be used in the preparation of OWNP during the inception report. This section of methodology of the review and updating is also expected to consider:

  • Participatory and consultative approach for the preparation
  • How the lessons learned from Phase I implementation will be considered in the preparation of Phase II
  • Consultation of selected regions, woredas and towns as required.
  • In this regard the consultant need to define the number of sample woredas and towns to be visited from CWA, CSOs/NGOs and DPs and Government financed intervention areas
  • The Program design approach including, establishment of unit cost technology selection, planning scenarios etc.
  • Coordination and facilitation considered stakeholders including regional government bureaus, town administration and woreda office, CSO and donors participate
  • Methodology data collection and data collection format and planning parameters

Expected Deliverables:

The following deliverables are expected:

A.  Inception Report

The Inception Report will be prepared within two weeks after commencing the work. During the inception phase, consulting team shall review the key documents (list of key documents presented in Annex A), have briefing sessions with the NWTT, NWCO and federal PMUs staff in Addis Ababa, interview key players and based on the initial findings, elaborate the detailed work methodologies and work plan with a detailed division of labour within the review team, list of major meetings and interviews, detailed review and updating questions linked to the review and updating matrix, and reporting plans including proposals for an initial outline of the review report and updated program document. The Inception Report (including the list of documents reviewed) is to be submitted before the field work.

 b.   Review of the OWNP Phase I

The consultant shall produce a review report of the OWNP phase I implementation, considering aspects such as Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency and Sustainability.

Under the scope of the assignment the consulting team need to also review how the program addresses Gender, Environmental and Social Safeguard issues in its design and implementation.

The draft report will be prepared within ten weeks after the field mission mobilisation and will be submitted through NWCO for comments. The key findings, conclusions and recommendations will be presented at the NWCO (National WASH Coordination Office) in Addis Ababa (with representatives of key organizations). The final version of the document shall be prepared and presented at a workshop to take place at the beginning of September. The commenting is expected to take a maximum of two months.

 c.   Update of the OWNP Phase II

The existing OWNP programme document was designed in 2013 based on GTP – 1 targets and is expected to be revised and “updated” based on the findings from the phase 1 review and the new policy and strategy developments.

The OWNP phase II program update document shall be prepared based on  GTP – 2 (detail for the period from July 2016 to June 2020 and general from 2021 to 2030) service level and standards as well as SDG Goals more specifically Goal 6 (6.1 and 6.2), new policies and strategies approved since 2013, and other factors and parameters introduced as stated above, such as new technologies and innovations in the sector, the recommendation to include emergency WASH as a component of the OWNP as well as other recommendations that are expected to arise during the review of the first phase.  

The draft report will be submitted through NWCO for comments. The updated ONWP programme document will be presented at the NWCO (National WASH Coordination Office) in Addis Ababa (with representatives of key organizations). The final version of the document shall be prepared within two weeks after receiving the comments. The commenting is expected to take maximum of two months.

 d.   Other products to be part of the OWNP phase II

In addition to the main document of the OWNP phase II update, the consultant will also review and update the following key documents which are paramount for the implementation of the OWNP:

  • WIF   WASH Implementation Framework
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on integrated implementation of Water Supply and Sanitation and Hygiene Program in Ethiopia.

The consulting team is expected to develop one additional product, complementary to the OWNP phase II document:

  • Fund Mobilisation and Financing Strategy of OWNP II

The main objective of this document is to help the government to mobilise funds from different sources.   The funding mechanism should be in accordance with   policy and strategy of the country and should also explore innovative instruments (e.g. increased contribution from users through tariffs, increased participation of private sector investment through PPPs)

Duration of the consultancy services

The total duration of the assignment will be 90 days over a period of 6 months and the time estimated to be utilised for each product will be as follows:

Inception report                                                                            10 days

Review of Phase I (including 2 weeks field visit)                               30 days

Update of OWNP phase -II (and update of other documents):           40 days

Feedback from partners and preparation of the final versions            10 days

    Total                                                                                        90 days

 Qualifications of Successful Candidate


He/She should have an advanced degree in Civil/Water Engineering, Economics, Public Health or other field related to this assignment and at least 15 years of experience in WASH. will be responsible for the assignment with emphasis on evaluating the OWNP water supply aspects for rural and urban. Take the lead for urban and rural water supply components of the updating process for phase II. He/She should have an advanced degree in Water Engineering, and at least 10 years of experience in WASH

Exceptional knowledge of implementation of National WASH programs at federal and regional level, current and future policy directions and related plans; key challenges and opportunities facing the WASH sector including Sector Wide Approaches. Ample experience in program review and management in WASH sector in Ethiopia will have an added value.

Years of relevant experience

Past experience in project design and planning, program development, planning and coordination and working in a regional setting and multicultural environment.

Proven proficiency in spoken and written English

Experience in conducting planning/formulation, reviews and evaluations in development cooperation projects/programs.

Experience in rural and Urban WASH development and in sector-wide WASH programs (SWAPs)

Competencies of Successful Candidate

 Exceptional analytical, organizational and managerial skills

Skills which are essential for the effective and efficient fulfilment of the assignment: excellent editorial skill, high sense of responsibility, ability to lead a team and to communicate clearly and efficiently, ability to work under pressure, leadership and high facilitation skills, determination to achieve set results amidst competing priorities

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Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/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 6 Mar 2017 E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date 15 Mar 2017 E. Africa Standard Time