Consultancy: Development of Tools and Approaches for WASH4Work

Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭

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.


Children are integral to every business – as consumers, family members of employees and as future employees. Every business leaves a footprint on children’s lives, whether through employment conditions, marketing practices or environmental impacts. Global workplaces and supply chains of business have significant impact – directly and indirectly – on children. This extends beyond child labour, to impacts on children because of working and living conditions for parents, and as members of the community and environment in which business operates. Key programmatic concerns relate to breastfeeding and ECD in the workplace, WASH4Work, child protection concerns, maternal health and nutrition, living conditions and access to basic services for working families.

There is however also a huge opportunity for the influence and leverage of business to deliver dramatic results for children and contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. Given global workforces, there is potential to reach an estimated one billion children with changing workplace practices. With the Better Business for Children Initiative, UNICEF is working with partners to promote child rights in workplaces and supply chains through actions which:

  • Change business policy and practice in the workplace for children and working parents;
  • Strengthen communities and improve living conditions for workers, families and communities;
  • Promote joint action and advocacy by business, government and other stakeholders to address systemic challenges and take initiatives to scale.
  • Escalate and global scale-up through supply chains of international brands.

Business has huge impact and can help to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the workplace, in the communities where workers live, and across supply chains.  There are many ways in which businesses can take action to improve access to WASH.  These include, but are not limited to: Ensuring all employees have access to clean drinking water, safe sanitation, and appropriate hygiene in the workplace, mitigating negative impacts on community WASH by improving water efficiency, managing pollutants, and treating wastewater as part of a broader water stewardship framework and leveraging a company’s position to promote and require clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for workers and responsible water stewardship by the company’s suppliers. In 2016, UNICEF launched WASH4Work to drive business action in and around the workplace on WASH.  The Better Business for Children initiative in country level is exploring practical applications for WASH4Work with participating factories and plantations, and in engaging key stakeholders to address the systemic challenges and create an enabling environment.

It is for this reason that UNICEF Programme Division (WASH) together with Private Fundraising and Partnership is engaging supply chains through UNICEF’s Better Business for Children initiative in country.  To support this work, a technical specialist is being recruited to help develop and test strategies and approaches for WASH4Work. Under the guidance of HQ and country office teams, the consultant will work with country offices participating in the pilot to conceptualize, develop tools, support roll-out and implementation, provide policy and advocacy guidance, and document best practice on WASH4Work. They will additionally support the WASH4Work platform activities.

Purpose of the Assignment:

The purpose of this terms of reference is to establish a consultancy which will support the initial development and testing of practical strategies and approaches to address access to WASH in supply chains; and to engage business to help achieve SDG 6 in these countries.

The consultant will work to develop this as a global approach; and support piloting and testing of the materials with the Better Business for Children initiative in 5 countries – Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Cote d’Ivoire. The consultant will also look at innovation in health and nutrition approaches with working mothers and their families; and leveraging existing global initiatives such as ILO Betterwork, etc.

Assignment Tasks:

Under the guidance of the Manager, Child Rights and Business at UNICEF and Senior Advisor WASH, the consultant will support the WASH4Work initiative and the Better Business for Children initiative, and pilot countries by:

PILLAR 1: Workplace Pilot (Steps 1-4)

      •Review and finalize, through internal and external consultation and incorporating initial pilot experiences:
         a. Introductory Training Modules for manufacturers and plantation owners;
         b. Baseline Tool (Indicators, Data Collection Methodology, etc.)

PILLAR 1: Workplace Pilot (Step 5 – Implementation)

      •Provide guidance and support to country offices rolling out the pilot;
      •Work together with implementing partners and the participating factories and pilots to support design and roll-out of interventions addressing key thematic areas;
      •Help design innovation user-centric design workshops with business (management and worker representatives), technical WASH experts, government and others to design interventions on WASH4Work in the workplace, communities and supply chains; 
      •Support the C4D in the Workplace consultant with regards to C4D approaches for WASH4Work;
      •Identify challenges and bottlenecks through ongoing feedback loops with partners and country office and ensure interventions adapted accordingly.

PILLAR 1: Workplace Pilot (Step 6 – Monitoring and Evaluation)

      •Ensure a robust monitoring and evaluation process is built into the country pilots, starting with the baseline, ongoing monitoring, and end of project evaluation focused on outcomes for working parents and their children.

      •Ensure all interventions are assessed based on:
        a. Outcomes for Children
        b. Outcomes for Working Parents
        c. Outcomes for Business

•Document what has worked and also what has failed during the pilot engagement. 


The selected international consultant is expected to start on 15 November 2017 and spend 35 working days over the period till 31 December 2017. The exact schedule of the activities will be agreed between the selected consultant and UNICEF.


The incumbent will report to the Child Rights and Business Manager in Geneva; and to the relevant technical programme experts in nutrition, health and gender.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate:

  • Experience and demonstrable skills in relation to developing effective WASH interventions.
  • Experience working with business on WASH-related or other social or health interventions in workplaces.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the local language of the duty station is an asset.


  • Advanced university degree in international development or related studies is required.

Years of relevant experience:

  • Minimum 8-10 years’ work experience is required.

Competencies of Successful Candidate: 

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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, 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 organization.

Opening Date Fri Nov 03 2017 08:00:00 GMT+0000 (GMT) W. Europe Standard Time
Closing Date Fri Nov 10 2017 15:40:00 GMT+0000 (GMT)