Generic Consultancy Announcement

Harare, , ZW

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.


Access to safe water supply and basic sanitation in Zimbabwe has been adversely affected by the general economic decline, reduced institutional and community capacities, and cyclical droughts, resulting in negative progress on water and sanitation coverage. The 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey indicated that nationally, 35% and 76% of the population use improved sanitation[1] and drinking water sources respectively.

In the last decade, the sector was revamped with the formation of the rebranded National Action Committee, development of a Water Policy and ongoing development of Sanitation and Hygiene Policy and Strategy; additionally, sub national WASH sectors are being strengthened to plan for and monitor WASH service delivery at the field level.

Issues the WASH sector face currently include limited WASH coverage, sustainability of WASH infrastructure, service delivery and associated behaviors. Key bottlenecks include financing, operation and maintenance, limited institutional and community level capacities (financial and human). Additionally, disparities exist in terms of access based on gender, geography and economic which need to be also strategically addressed to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6, which calls for universal access to water and sanitation.


UNICEF under its Programme of Cooperation with the Government of Zimbabwe is currently implementing a WASH Programme in the eight provinces of the country. The programme generally covers improving WASH services (rehabilitation and construction of WASH facilities and hygiene promotion), sector support and capacity building, institutional strengthening and humanitarian WASH response.

In order to effectively deliver the programme, UNICEF may at various points require additional technical assistance to supplement its existing in house technical staff through engagement of suitably qualified individual consultants.


To enable UNICEF Zimbabwe to recruit more efficiently and effectively, the Country Office intends to establish a database of qualified WASH professionals who are interested in undertaking consultancy assignments with UNICEF. Consultants placed in the database will be reviewed when a relevant assignment arises and will be requested to submit technical proposals. The consultant(s) will work in close collaboration with the Chief of WASH.

Those interested and experienced will be expected to perform any or all of the tasks indicated below:

  1. Support the development of innovative approaches in WASH service delivery including financing options, strengthening of monitoring systems using ICT, climate change adaptation and mitigation related to WASH and mainstreaming cross cutting issues including gender, protection in WASH
  2. Support collection and analysis of data from UNICEF and national programme, undertake secondary analysis of data to provide evidence contributing to and informing WASH policies and guidelines, with a focus on the most deprived and vulnerable segments of the population
  3. Support to national and global initiatives contributing to universal access to WASH as per the SDGs, including undertaking sector scoping studies, assessments and reviews.
  4. Support for emergency preparedness and response, including contributing to national level monitoring of emergency/humanitarian situation trends and analysis
  5. Provide technical assistance for appropriate humanitarian coordination through support and maintenance of appropriate sectoral coordination mechanisms within the WASH sector and other related sectors, through existing structures such as NAC and ESAG

Methodology & Expected Outputs

The consultant(s) will work in close collaboration with the Chief of WASH. Specific terms of reference will be drawn up indicating the expected deliverables and number of man days for a respective assignment. The pre–qualified consultants from the database will be invited to submit technical proposal together with an all-inclusive fee based on an agreed daily rate. Payment will be made upon submission of a report indicating progress against the deliverables.

Major Tasks and Deliverables

The indicative schedule of activities, specific deliverables and timeframe will be determined for each assignment. The Schedule of payment will be 100% upon receipt of the final report for the contract. All deliverables will have to meet expected quality as assessed by the supervisor of the assignment.

Consultancy Requirements

  • Advanced and or Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Public Health, Civil/Sanitation/Water Engineering, social sciences or related field
  • Required work experience in WASH related program implementation is minimum two years for junior level, five years for mid-level and ten years for senior level
  • Demonstrated experience on institutional strengthening for WASH service delivery
  • Familiarity with the WASH sector in Zimbabwe, including support for policy level interventions
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in data analysis and monitoring with capacity to draw inferences and track trends
  • Current knowledge on cross cutting issues of climate change, gender, protection, disaster reduction and environment
  • Experience in WASH humanitarian and emergency preparedness, response and coordination
  • Possess strong coordination and interpersonal skills, organizational networking, the ability to communicate efficiently and effectively with a range of government and civil society partners
  • Possess initiative and a drive to achieve results
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with government counterparts
  • Ability to work effectively in multicultural environment
  • Familiarity with UNICEF processes will be an added advantage.Application Procedure   
  • UNICEF does not charge a fee during the recruitment process.
  • Review of applications submitted by the deadline will be done on a rolling basis throughout 2017 based on the need for the expertise in specific areas of WASH.
  • If interested, available and experienced, please submit your application letter, CV highlighting key areas you wish to be considered, completed P11 form, professional certificates and a financial proposal detailing daily professional fee and any other related costs by 09 May 2017.

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.