Consultancy: Humanitarian Action Review (WASH)

New York, NY, US

Job Number: 503474 | Vacancy Link
Location: Programme Division, UNICEF NYHQ
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.

Background & Rationale

Emergencies are now larger and conflict driven – over the last 10 years the number of people requiring international humanitarian assistance has nearly doubled and the length of time they require support has extended (OCHA 2016 World Humanitarian Data and Trends).  There is wide acknowledgement that the humanitarian sector succeeded to provide a timely, effective and relevant response to large rapid onset emergencies such as Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines (2013) and the Earthquake in Nepal (2014).  However, humanitarian success in protracted conflict and public health emergencies as evidenced by Ebola and Zika is more challenging.  And while the Transformative Agenda has brought about improvements across overall operational and coordination elements of the response, WASH sector capacity is often over stretched and there are key capacity gaps (ALNAP 2015, The State of the Humanitarian System). 

The recent evaluation of the UNICEF WASH Ebola response (UNICEF 2016), highlighted a number of areas where both UNICEF and the WASH sector needed to improve its preparedness and response capabilities across coordination and programme.  Among the recommendations was a need to improve preparedness and response to other public health emergencies such as Cholera and vector borne diseases, highlighting the collaborative role of WASH in multi-sectoral interventions on public health.  With ongoing and emerging complex emergencies surrounding famine there is also point to the need for the WASH sector to work more collaboratively with Nutrition and Health Sectors.   Underlying and driving many of these epidemics is conflict, where collaboration with protection sector is critical.

The humanitarian WASH sector has grown considerably in recent years to meet the growing demands of complex emergencies involving epidemics, conflict and natural disaster, with more than 1 billion USD invested annually across humanitarian partners.  As the recent Environmental Emergency Health Forum (2016) demonstrated, there is a wide range of innovation driven at the country level.  The WASH sector is in an environment where emergencies are increasing in size and complexity, WASH innovations are rapidly evolving and where the humanitarian community is more overstretched than ever, and where the humanitarian community is challenged to provide greater accountability to beneficiaries and donors. Given these challenges in large complex emergencies, it is critical that the WASH sector learns from our experience in these emergencies so that we can both continue and improve WASH programming and coordination.


The purpose of the Humanitarian WASH Action Review is to:

  • To undertake a participatory review of the WASH Sector’s preparedness and response across coordination and programme to large scale emergencies (L3 and L2) in Nigeria, South Sudan and Syria
  • To integrate lessons learned into improved WASH preparedness, response and coordination at the country level, as well as across countries, regionally and globally.
  • To review the appropriateness and timeliness of the support provided by global and regional support structures such as Global WASH Cluster and from UN agencies and INGOs.

 Expected results: (measurable results)

  • Review relevant WASH background documents on each of the response, including the broader humanitarian framework
  • Design a Humanitarian WASH Sector Action review methodology in collaboration with WASH Programme Division/Regional Office, Country Office and Global WASH Cluster that is:
    1. Based on 3 day participatory workshop with key stakeholders from Government, INGOs/LNGOs, UN agencies, private sector, etc. that will divided up into key sessions covering Coordination and Programme
    2. Key facilitation by UNICEF WASH Programme Division/Regional Office/Country Office and Global WASH Cluster
    3. Involves a site visit of min 3 days including FGD’s with the affected population.
    4. Involves key informant interviews including OCHA, UNICEF Country Representative, ICRC, MSF. 1-2 days in country and skype calls where necessary.
    5. A country work plan to improve the emergency preparedness and response with responsibilities for all stakeholders
    6. Cluster Coordination Performance Monitoring: framework
  • Write and edit publishable report that will include a 1-2 pager on each of the key sessions on coordination and programme, based on the workshop. The 1-2 pager is to include highlights, challenges, lessons learned, innovations and follow up actions.  Compile identified innovations, methodologies and tools for inclusion in the report (preferably electronically)
  • Humanitarian Urban WASH Case study of UNICEF’s programming in one of the countries
  • Collaborate with UNICEF and WASH Cluster communications teams to publish and promote the WASH Action Review for regional and global circulation.
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders as is necessary to achieve the deliverables

Duty Station

New York, HQ with travel to the field as required.


Start date: 10th April, 2017                   End date:             31 Jan, 2018 , with 110 working days within this period.




(Estimated # of Days)


Development of facilitation pack for Humanitarian WASH Action Review

10 days

April 25, 2017

Review background information, Field visit, key informant interviews, gathering of background documents, facilitation of Workshop and country focused Action Plans (one for each of the 3 countries)

40 days

Country 1: April 15-25

        Country 2: May 15-25

                   Country 3:

                   Sept 15-25


Writing, editing and assist in publishing of the Humanitarian WASH Action Review, including an electronic compilation of identified innovations, approaches and tools (one for each of the 3 countries)

45 days

         Country 1: July 31

         Country 2: Oct 15

         Country 3: Jan 31 2018


Write and edit one Humanitarian Urban WASH Case study of UNICEF’s programming in one of the countries

15 days

Nov 30


110 days


 Key competences, technical background, and experience required

  • Advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines relevant to the following areas: International relations, Public Health, Civil engineering, Geology, Hydrology, or a field relevant to humanitarian WASH
  • At least Ten years solid professional work experience in humanitarian WASH, including significant field experience, in the UN or other international or national humanitarian organizations, national government or the private sector.
  • Experience in WASH reviews, writing and publishing is required.
  • Background familiarity with Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Cluster Approach is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency in French or Arabic is an asset.

To view our competency framework, please click here

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 13 Mar 2017 Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date 28 Mar 2017 Eastern Daylight Time