WASH Consultant (Drought Response)

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Job Number: 496489 | Vacancy Link
Location: Swaziland
Work Type : Consultancy

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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 and Purpose of Assignment:

Swaziland is currently experiencing drought due to the ongoing effects of El Niño, which started in 2014.Water shortages are widespread throughout the country, leaving vulnerable communities exposed to water-borne diseases. The drought is further exacerbating levels of vulnerability among the population which are compounded by chronic food insecurity, high rates of HIV/AIDS, poverty and protection concerns, including gender based violence (GBV).

The Government commissioned a Multi Sector rapid assessment in February 2016 which indicates that about 538,000 people will be affected by the drought and in need of food aid, with 200,000 of them also at risk of not accessing safe water for basic needs such as drinking and basic hygiene. Swaziland national figures show that 79% of household members have access to improved water sources. However, 28% of the improved water sources in the rural areas have been reported to be non-functional and 4% partially functional. The lowering of the water table as a result of the drought has resulted in pumps failing as they exceed their operating capacity, and in some locations bores have dried out completely. This has increased water scarcity among vulnerable populations during the current extended drought. The situation on the ground is further compounded by the fact that there are communities who can only access water through unsafe water sources which accounts for 61% of the rural households. Water shortages are widespread throughout the country, leaving vulnerable communities exposed to water-borne diseases.

UNICEF Swaziland has been responding by supporting activities prioritized in the National Drought Emergency Mitigation and Adaptation Plan (NERMAP), with a particular focus on the provision of clean water in communities, schools and health care facilities, the rehabilitation of non-functional wells, and the provision of hygiene promotion.

Scope of Assignment

UNICEF Swaziland seeks the services of a consultant for a 3 month period to support the implementation of its WASH drought-response activities. The incumbent will be responsible for assisting the UNICEF Swaziland Country Office with the development, planning, implementation and monitoring of WASH components of the drought response.  

Specific Activities and Tasks of the Consultancy  

  1. Conduct analytical interpretation and summarize the best available information from WASH assessments in order to benchmark progress of the emergency response over time. That is – monitoring indicators (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost) of service delivery and track the progress in implementation, address bottlenecks and       issues impeding sector response;
  2. Support UNICEF Swaziland in the coordination of the WASH sector coordination forum, including active participation;
  3. Contribute to the preparation of situation reports, sector reviews and programme/funding proposals;
  4. Contribute towards the reporting of funds mobilised for WASH interventions;
  5. Contribute to the update of the relevant sector and UNICEF humanitarian response plans; 
  6. Ensure that DRP WASH interventions meet quality standards, in terms of clear goals definition, appropriate strategic choices and concrete results to be achieved and suggest corrective measures if required;
  7. Undertake field visits in affected areas to monitor implementation of emergency interventions by implementing partners and provide technical assistance as requested and travel to the field to assess response gaps as required;
  8. Assist the country office to identify capacity building needs for implementing partners, and implement the required capacity building activities;
  9. Design a medium- term/resilience strategy for the WASH sector that aims at mitigating the impact of future droughts.


  1. Monthly update reports are promptly prepared and submitted to the Chief CSD
  2. Monthly reports based on SWOT analysis assessing the state of implementation of emergency WASH services are prepared.
  3. Field mission reports and monthly updates on progress in programme implementation are prepared. These should include recommendations to adequately, effectively and efficiently respond to the needs of affected communities both in terms of timing and quality of execution.
  4. A medium-term/resiliency strategy is designed and validated with the relevant stakeholders. Implementation of all four project deliverables, within timeframe and budget.UNICEF will provide appropriate working conditions to support the assignment, which includes office space/desk, office equipment, including a computer with relevant software installed for exclusive use to UNICEF’s work, as well as internet and printing services. Official travel incurred would be mainly in-country. The consultant will be responsible for attending meetings, including internal programme meetings, and conducting programmatic visits for which reports should be submitted with clear recommendations.

Supervision and work relationships

The consultant will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Chief Child Survival and Development (CSD), and in collaboration with the Deputy Representative, the UNICEF Emergency Coordinator and YCSD/WASH staff.

Nature of penalty clause to be stipulated in Contract

Failure to submit deliverables as agreed within the time frame will result in non-payment.

Desired competencies, technical background and experience

  • Advanced university degree in relevant fields such as public health, water supply, social sciences, environmental sciences or a field relevant to international WASH related development/emergency assistance. Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication), an asset;
  • Eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN, other international development organization or national government.
  • Recent experience in WASH in Emergency programmes including early recovery and resilience.
  • Recent experience in WASH cluster/sector coordination and interagency coordination activities in relation to WASH emergencies.
  • Experience in WASH social mobilisation and behaviour/social change communication.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written).

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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).  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 21 Jun 2016 Syria Standard Time
Closing Date 5 Jul 2016 Syria Standard Time