UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from individual national consultants to provide support in Coordination of Humanitarian WASH Interventions in Zimbabwe

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Job Number: 504053 | Vacancy Link
Location: Zimbabwe
Work Type : Consultancy

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Background & Justification

On 2 March 2017, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe declared the floods a State of Disaster and launched a Domestic and International Appeal for Humanitarian Assistance following the impacts of heavy incessant rains that were worsened by the effects of the tropical depression caused by Cyclone Dineo. In essence, this entails an astounding shift from a drought condition to an excessively wet situation. By mid-February 2017, most areas in the country had received above normal rainfall. The entire country received above normal rainfall, with the most flood prone areas of the country namely Tsholotsho in the Gwayi catchment, Umzingwane in the Limpopo catchment and Gokwe North and Gokwe South in the Sanyati catchment areas being among the most affected. The declaration covers severely flood affected areas in communal, resettlement lands and urban areas of Zimbabwe.

UNICEF Zimbabwe supports the Ministry of Environment Water and Climate (MoEWC) for the Humanitarian related coordination of the WASH sector, and their lead role in the WASH Sector Coordination and Information Forum (WSCIF) and its Emergency Strategic Advisory Group (E-SAG). Since its establishment in 2014, the ESAG has coordinated the preparedness and response for all humanitarian related interventions among WASH partners in Zimbabwe and it is within this coordination structure, and the framework of the Humanitarian Country Team, that the WASH sector developed its sectoral strategy for the response to the El Nino induced drought as part of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and to the current La Nina induced flooding and typhoid/ cholera outbreaks.

The HRP aimed to respond to the devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Niño event which negatively impacted on livelihoods and quality of lives.  The El Niño-induced drought was declared a regional disaster by Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member states, underlining the strong regional dimension of the crisis. While the HRP’s time frame ends in March 2017, the El-Nino response activities that guided the HRP, will continue in the sector until well into 2017, with some programmes ending in December 2017.

At the same time as of early 2017, Harare city is experiencing a rapid increase in Typhoid cases, which have spread to at least four high density suburbs and is now known to be in at least four other locations in the country. Continuous rains have also sparked localized flooding with severe impact on many families. Recently, the country also witnessed a confirmed cholera case in the Chipinge/ Chiredzi area.

To support the coordination of the above indicated structures; the WASH Sector Coordination and Information Forum (WSCIF), its technical arm the WASH Emergency Strategic Advisory Group (E-SAG) for Zimbabwe and prevailing humanitarian situation, UNICEF Zimbabwe requires qualified and dedicated resources.  It is envisaged that such requirements can be fulfilled by the engagement of an experienced consultant in compliance with the qualifications indicated below.


The overall goal of the consultancy is to ensure the continuation of appropriate coordination; support the            implementation of the WASH HRP, continuing sector as well as emergency responses to sudden-onset disasters (typhoid, cholera, flooding etc.) under the ESAG / WSCIF guidance.  The outputs expected from this consultancy are:

  • Technical support for the operation and of the Zimbabwe WASH Emergency Strategic Advisory Group (E-SAG),
  • Coordination of WASH partners (Government agencies, UN, NGOs and other relevant actors) for WASH related humanitarian action, including but not limited to the implementation and monitoring of the WASH Component of the Zimbabwe Humanitarian Response Plan and other emergency response activities.


  • Zimbabwe WASH Emergency Strategic Advisory Group (E-SAG) is operational, ensuring participation of key WASH partners, government agencies and other actors relevant to the emergency (drought, flood, typhoid/ cholera response. `
  • Providing timely and regular feedback to the WASH Sectoral Coordination and Information Forum (WSCIF) and other inter-sectoral coordination mechanisms;
  • Monitoring and timely reporting on the implementation of the on-going WASH elements of the Zimbabwe Humanitarian Response Plan and other emergency responses (typhoid/cholera, flooding, etc) on a monthly basis 

Major Tasks and Deliverables

Task: Humanitarian WASH coordination, including facilitation of WSCIF and ESAG meetings and inputs into other coordination platforms

Deliverable: Minutes / action points of ESAG meetings and reports to WSCIF

Task: Monitoring implementation of the HRP and other humanitarian related interventions(Typhoid/ Chorela, Flooding, etc) using agreed monitoring and reporting tools, including WASH inputs for regular reporting requirements (The above indicated tools comprise of:

  • 4W matrix (who is doing what, where and when), compiled on a monthly basis.
  • Update of Humanitarian/ WASH dashboard, and/or periodic monitoring report compiled on a quarterly basis
  • Report on other Humanitarian interventions beyond the HRP, as applicable
  • WASH sector inputs for UNICEF Situation Reports, compiled on a monthly basis)
  • Deliverable: Periodic review of the WASH inputs into the Humanitarian response
  • Task: Knowledge management
  • Deliverable: Final report including recommendations for improvement of: WASH national coordination mechanisms for emergency response in Zimbabwe, Assisting in the production of WASH Infographics for Humanitarian Interventions
  • Task: Update of WASH component for periodic HRP and other humanitarian interventions (Typhoid/ Cholera, Flooding, etc) reporting and RCO dashboard
  • Deliverable: Consolidated reports on IM tools and WASH inputs for UNICEF and inter-sectoral reports.

Time Frame

The time frame of this consultancy is for 6 months commencing 1 May

Consultancy Requirements

  • Advanced university degree or equivalent experience in Environmental Public Health, Civil or Sanitation
  • Engineering, or field related to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector.
  • At least 10 years of experience in management and technical assistance to WASH programmes in developing countries, including coordination of emergency / humanitarian programmes.
  • Proven experience on WASH sector coordination in emergency/humanitarian contexts, including sectoral strategy development and implementation and emergency preparedness and response.
  • Experience working with government agencies, local authorities, international organizations, NGOs and communities in the field of water, sanitation and participatory approaches in health and hygiene promotion.
  • Familiarity with the WASH coordination mechanisms in Zimbabwe, is an advantage.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, organizational networking, the ability to communicate efficiently and effectively with a range of government and civil society partners
  • Strong demonstrated experience and knowledge in data analysis and monitoring
  • Possess initiative and a drive to achieve results and ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work effectively in multicultural environment
  • Familiarity with UN related humanitarian systems and processes is an asset  

Application Procedure

If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, Technical proposal and an all-inclusive financial proposal detailing monthly professional fees, field travel costs (estimated 10 field travel visits per month) by 25 April 2017.

Only shortlisted consultants will be contacted. UNICEF does not charge a fee during the recruitment process.

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 Wed Apr 12 2017 09:00:00 GMT+0200 (SAST) South Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Mon Apr 24 2017 23:55:00 GMT+0200 (SAST)