WASH Program Support

Antananarivo, , MG

Job Number: 503937 | Vacancy Link
Location: Madagascar
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.

  1. Background and Justification

In 2012, at the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting, the Governments of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom committed to doubling the number of people it will help gain access to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion from 30 to 60 million people by 2015.

As part of this commitment, DFID provided between 2013 and 2016 a total of £35.5 million to expand UNICEF’s programme to accelerate access to sanitation, hygiene and water for all in off-track countries. In March 2017 it has approved to expand this support with an extra £117 million. It is estimated that this renewed UK support will result in at least 7.5 million poor people gaining basic access to sanitation services and faster progress towards water-related SDGs in up to 10 low income countries. The programme will support the WASH sector enabling environments and capacity to improve WASH delivery in priority countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean.

The “accelerating sanitation, hygiene and water for all in off-track countries” ASWA II programme will be implemented in 10 countries: Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Niger, Eritrea, Madagascar, South Sudan and Haiti. These countries have been selected using a set of criteria agreed on by UNICEF and DFID. In order to further provide technical support to the target countries in progress monitoring capacity, DFID will continue to make the Independent Programme Monitoring and Evaluation (IPME) team available.

The ASWA II programme to be deployed in Madagascar aims to achieve the following outputs:

  • 750,000 poor and vulnerable people will have access to safely managed sanitation.
  • 100,000 people will be using safely managed water supply.
  • 200,000 people will access to improved safety water through the promotion of safety water management.
  • 400,000 school children benefiting from improved WASH facilities in schools;
  • 100 rural schools and 50 rural primary health centers with WASH facilities and management systems all providing menstrual hygiene and ensuring access to users with disabilities.

Madagascar is facing enormous challenges to achieve water and sanitation for all. According to the latest report from the JMP1 Madagascar is among the countries lagging furthest behind in achieving the MDGs, with 52% of the population using improved water sources, and only 12% using adequate sanitation facilities. Only 2% of the rural population uses a piped water supply, while 31% of them still use surface water as drinking water. Open defecation still are still high, being 52% of the rural population practicing OD. For the urban population, 82% have access to clean water but still 55% use unimproved sanitation facilities, and 19% practice OD.

The political situation in the country has posed problems for making significant progress in the WASH sector.

An in-depth data analysis[1], rigorous evidence generation[2] and solid advocacy activities at all levels[3] done by UNICEF allowed the WASH programme to raise significantly funds. The WASH programme grew from 1,2 million USD in 2013 to more than 16 million for 2016 as a direct consequence of the program implementation . The amount of activities to be carried out has increased accordingly.

The expected budget for WASH programme in 2017 will be above USD 18 Million.

  • Purpose of this consultancy:

Amongst other new WASH programme funding, an extension of the DFID programme has been decided at the end of 2016, the new DFID funded ASWA II programme has been approved, and is being designed and will be launched on the 2nd quarter 2017. According to this timeframe and rapid evolution of the WASH programme, a consultant is needed to support the scaling up of the planning, implementation and monitoring of the programme expansion.

Under the supervision of the UNICEF WASH section Chief, this assignment has two main elements related to immediately above; these are:

  • Scale up process of planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of the WASH programme to ensure:
    • Overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme,
    • Delivery of high level programme documents and analysis for the accomplishment of goals and objectives with particular accent into DFID and other donors’ demanding deadlines,
    • Support the startup of new targeted regions.
  • Support any specific action derived from the above, for instance:
    • Support the project management activities,
    • Provide technical support to improve data collection and monitoring tools for the programme
    • Support UNICEF’s implementing partners (MEAH) in the documentation preparation for International Meetings’ participations.

This assignment has the following expected tasks and deliverables:

  • Specific Tasks
  • Prepare all data (quantitative and qualitative) and produce reports regarding the DFID Programme in Madagascar.
  • Support the kick off of DGIS funded project on sustainability
  • Continue to assure the evaluation of « Value for Money » for the WASH programme closely interlink with efficient field monitoring data management (MoMa 2).
  • Support the evidence gathering and reporting to assure the Payment by Results approach (PbR)
  • Provide support on the development of tools for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UNICEF WASH programme in Madagascar, including the evaluation and eventual implementation of mobile technologies.
  • Support the operational research and other IKM initiatives.
  • Continue to support for the preparations and facilitate organization of participation in WEDC Conference.
  • Support the MEAH and the WASH section for the preparations of materials needed for High level meetings (i.e. SWA, World Water Week (WWW) in Sweden).
  • Expected Deliverables
  1. Inception document for the ASWA II programme ready for the Madagascar’s chapter.
  2. Preparatory steps for DGIS proposal and Logical Framework
  3. A new Value for Money evaluation successfully achieved.
  4. Payment by Results (PbR) adjusted framework for Madagascar prepared.
  5. Reporting of DFID and DGIS Programme in Madagascar timely prepared.
  6. New monitoring tools developed and integrated with tools already in place.
  7. Studies, field notes, BAT, operational research cases fully documented.
  8. Document background and files for attending international Conferences timely prepared in close collaboration with the MoW and the WASH section (i.e WWW, SWA and WEDC)
  9. Donor and Programmatic WASH reports drafted.
  • Expected background (Qualifications & Experience)
  • Master’s degree from accredited institutions* in relevant discipline Engineering and/or Management.
  • At least eight years of work experience at strategic level and on organizational issues.
  • The consultant should have appropriate skills in planning and in organisation or in other domains related with process analysis and management.
  • The consultant must have experience in development programmes.
  • The consultant must have experience in working at high level with Governments, Donors and Research Institutions.
  • The consultant must have proved expert knowledge on planning and organization high level meetings/activities.
  • The consultant must have strong in writing skills and in presenting to audiences of different knowledge levels and interests.
  • The consultant should have proved experience in working with Value for Money analysis,
  • The consultant must have good English and French language skills.
  • Selection Criteria
  • Technical (80% weighting).
  • Financial (20% weighting).
  • Conditions
  • All translation costs are to be separately borne by UNICEF
  • Terms of payment: Monthly payment upon presentation of the monthly progress update.
  • Note that final payment to a consultant is dependent on the completion of deliverables.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are requested to apply only online via the link https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job= and attach a cover letter, detailed CV, a copy of the national identity card or passport, a copy of the highest accredited diploma, a technical offer and financial proposal in US Dollar

Please indicate your availability and monthly fees (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, except in-country travel cots).  Applications submitted without a monthly rate will not be considered.

Incomplete or late submission after the deadline (12 April 2017) will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and will receive an official response to their application. Our job applications are also available on the site http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/

* See the list of accredited institutions on the link: www.whed.net

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 organization.

[1] WASH fact sheet produced using JMP 2015 report data, as well as SITAN

[2] Bottleneck Analysis, WASH sector sustainability check, National CLTS evaluation

[3] Targeted meeting were carefully prepared to convince RO, NYHQ and Donors like DFID, USAID, SIDA and preparation of toolkit WASH part inside YCSD and Education toolkits
Opening Date Thu Apr 06 2017 08:00:00 GMT+0200 (SAST) E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Wed Apr 12 2017 22:55:00 GMT+0200 (SAST)