Nigeria nationals: WASH Consultant (Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Support)

Abuja, , NG

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The Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP) III and the Water Supply and Sanitation Components of the Niger Delta Support Programme (NDSP) are part of the overall efforts in the consolidation of the ongoing reforms in the WASH Sector. These projects are implemented under the Joint Management Agreement between the European Union and UNICEF, within the framework of FGN-led reforms in the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector. These projects cover 16 LGAs across 8 States, namely; Adamawa, Ekiti and Plateau (WSSSRP III), and, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers (NDSP) States of Nigeria.

WASH services are critical to communities and save lives in both routine and emergency situations. Natural hazards can compromise WASH infrastructures and service delivery and this interruption of WASH services can impact negatively on the number of affected people directly and even beyond the area of direct impact. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) interventions are necessary to protect WASH investments and should therefore be integrated into ‘regular’ WASH development programming, rather than viewed as a separate or additional entity.

The sustainability of WASH service delivery has been challenged severally by the devastating flood across the country with a very gruesome effect in 2012, where some of the facilities were completely submerged in the flood.

Key lessons learnt include capacity building of community members to know how to bring back their WASH facilities to a functional level; building families and community resilience to be able to withstand the adverse effect of disaster.

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Resilience associated with Climate Change has been incorporated in each project design. Activities to build competence for disaster management, in DRR and Resilience, have been incorporated in the 2 projects (NDSP and WSSSRP III). This involves; ensuring that there are sound institutions and structures at all levels with requisite capacity to ensure preparedness for any disaster; and delivering WASH response services in a sustainable and acceptable manner.

Within the implementation of these projects therefore, UNICEF seeks a technical support to reinforce capacities of RUWASSA and LGA WASH Departments on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Resilience to enable them prepare and sensitize communities on prevention and early recovery of damaged WASH facilities in the communities.

The Consultant will also develop/adapt a WASH training package on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) to build capacity of WSSSRP III and NDSP supported RUWASSA, LGAs and communities for early recovery of water supply and sanitation facilities after disasters.

Expected Deliverables

  1. Detailed work plan for the implementation of the consultancy
  2. Disaster Risk reduction and Resilience training tools reviewed and customized;
  3. Reports of consultancy with the following results:
    1. 9 states (RUWASSA and LGA staff) sensitized and trained on DRR and Resilience
    2. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Resilience action plan developed in each state with number of affected/vulnerable communities to be supported for DRR and Resilience.
    3.  Report of training participants, action plans, and action items from RUWASSA developed during the trainings;

DRR experience documented and disseminated and National DRR Guidelines developed and validated as well as the training tools revised based on lessons learnt/ National work plan developed;

Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:

1.Advanced university degree or equivalent experience in Environmental Public Health, Civil Engineering, Programme Communication, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrogeology, or Sanitation Engineering, or other related field.

2.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.

3.A minimum of 5 years of experience overseas including at least 2 years in the WASH sector under a humanitarian context, mainly in the DRR and Resilience;

4.Good skills in training and supporting WASH partners and developing DRR Guidelines and plan

5.Fluency in English (verbal and written). A good written and spoken skill in the language of the humanitarian operation and knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

6.Capacity to provide short training/support to WASH partners

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Opening Date Fri Dec 29 2017 22:30:00 GMT+0100 (CET) W. Central Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Fri Jan 12 2018 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (CET)