Open Defecation Free 2030 Strategy

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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The UNICEF Programme in Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the triple threat of poverty the country’s children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.

In response to the combination these threats involve the Programme supports national efforts to improve service delivery in the key areas of: child health and nutrition and HIV and AIDS, quality basic education, water, sanitation and hygiene education, child protection and social policy, advocacy and communication. 

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Purpose of the Consultancy

To review, realign and update the draft Zambia National Open Defecation Free (ODF) Strategy 2020 document  to a new, Zambia National ODF 2030 Strategy document.

Objectives of the Consultancy

The key objectives of this consultancy are to:

  1. Take stock of and assess the recent developments in the sanitation and hygiene sub sector;
  2. Review and assess the developed draft ODF Strategy 2020 for consistency, correctness and alignment with GRZ policies, the Vision 2030, the Seventh National Development Goals, the SDGs, and the institutional framework for rural and urban sanitation and hygiene in Zambia;
  3. Review and recommend costed implementation plan, implementation option and financing options for purposes of meeting the GRZ policies and sanitation (and hygiene) targets under the SDG;
  4. Review and recommend coordination, monitoring and evaluation frameworks for the GRZ led sanitation and hygiene sub sector;
  5. Prepare and submit revised strategy document (i.e. ODF Strategy 2030)

Description of the assignment (Scope of work) / SPECIFIC TASKS

In order to meet the objectives listed in Section 3, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  1. Carry out a detailed review of the draft ODF Strategy 2020, assess the sector performance and analyze the successes and challenges the sub sector faces in its current form. This review should include the legal and institutional framework in the sanitation and hygiene sub sector, and in the context of its inadequacy, limitation(s) and ineffectiveness;
  2. Undertake consultations with key stakeholders (Government, national level institutions, co-operating partners, CUs, NGOs, academia, private sector etc.) with a view to filling in identified gaps in the draft ODF Strategy 2020.
  3. Institutional arrangement – The ODF 2030 Strategy will be government-led, multi-stakeholder initiative with coordinated inputs from traditional leaders, external support agencies, the media and the private sector.  Accordingly,  review and recommend the roles and responsibilities of the key stakeholders
  4. As part of the ODF Strategy 2030, develop a costed implementation plan, implementation options and sustainable financing options for the sanitation (urban, peri urban and rural areas) in Zambia. Guided by the recently finalized GRZ WASH Sector Financing Mechanism; the 7th National Development Plan (of the GRZ) and available SDG financing tools/options, the financing options under the strategy document should cover both new investments and maintenance or rehabilitation of infrastructure.
  5. As part of the ODF Strategy 2030, provide a sub sector coordination, monitoring and evaluation framework;
  6. Conduct an internal consultative/dissemination workshop to present and validate the revised/updated strategy document, and collect feedback on the same.
  7. Following feedback, consolidate and submit a final ODF Strategy 2030 for endorsement and dissemination by GRZ and UNICEF.

Approach and Methodology:

The inception work under this consultancy will be prefaced with a thorough literature review of the current landscape of sanitation and hygiene issues in Zambia and globally, as well as interviews with relevant stakeholders, in order to inform the shape and scope of the revised Strategy document. A particular section will be devoted to a thorough literature review on sustainability factors. Additionally,

  1. A desk review will be carried out to identify relevant secondary data that could be used to qualify/further buttress the contents of the draft ODF 2020 document. The review and finalisation of the document will rely on, but not limited to:
  • Extractions from the DHIS2 of the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection (mainly from the real-time monitoring DHIS2 platform).
  • Desk reviews, and sustainability checks from the WASH Sector of Zambia
  • Established baseline and end-line studies conducted for the period of intervention under ZSHP;
  • Implementation plans and formulation of sanitation and hygiene financing option while making reference to the 7th National Development Plan; the 2016 – 2030 Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme; 2015 – 2030 Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Programme; the GRZ WASH Sector Financing Mechanisms; and or other regionally/globally acknowledged best practices for financing sanitation/hygiene investments and plans;
  • Review of the financing mechanisms as contained in the WASH Sector Financing mechanism – and tailored to fit the Sanitation and hygiene sub – sector and guided by  other regionally/globally acknowledged best practices for sanitation/hygiene plans;
  1. Conduct meetings with key sanitation and hygiene sector partners: Hold meetings/undertake consultations based on identified gaps in the ODF Strategy 2020 with the key line government ministries/agencies in Lusaka (including but not limited to) MWDSEP, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of General Education,  Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs (MoCTA), National Water and Sanitation Council (NWASCO), Ministry of National Development (MoNDP), Ministry of Finance (MoF), Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC), Lusaka City Council (LCC); as well as key development partners (including but not limited to the World Bank, African Development Bank, MCC/MCA, UNICEF, GIZ etc.).

Interviews and field visits shall be supported by MWDSEP, in partnership with UNICEF as the secretariat of the TWG, which will be established by MWDSEP to oversee this assignment and provide necessary strategic guidance and advice to the consultants.  The consultant shall present draft final report to MWDSEP at an internal technical working meeting, and thereafter, while taking into account comments, feedback and observations from the meeting, consolidate this and prepare and submit a final document (i.e. the ODF Strategy 2030).

PROJECT MAnagement

The individual consultant will be contracted by and report to UNICEF Zambia, which will assess the deliverables for payment. The Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, through the Director, Water Supply and Sanitation/MWDSEP, will quality assure the expected deliverables and will facilitate access to information and resources for the consultant.

UNICEF WASH Specialist (Sanitation and Hygiene), in close consultation and coordination with the Director, Water Supply and Sanitation/MWDSEP will provide supportive supervision of the Consultant. This supervision will take the form of the following:-

  1. Bi-Weekly (fortnightly) Meetings at UNICEF to brief the WASH Specialist (Sanitation and Hygiene) on progress and challenges being faced by the Consultant. A schedule will be agreed upon with the Consultant once on board;
  2. UNICEF WASH Specialist (Sanitation and Hygiene) will receive a note for the record to pay the Consultant from the Director – Water Supply and Sanitation in MWDSEP after the Consultant submits a deliverable as per an agreed schedule and form;
  3. UNICEF WASH Specialist (Sanitation and Hygiene) will receive any such request from Director – Water Supply and Sanitation / MWDSEP to pay the Consultant together with such deliverable in hard bound copy and soft copy delivered by email (editable word document, excel table if any used, power point presentations, and a final pdf document).


Location: Lusaka (As part of Consultant’s technical proposal, consultant is to indicate proposed field visit (s) that s/he will undertake out of Lusaka during the consultancy period).

Duration: 8 weeks (continuous assignment);

Start Date: 29 January 2018

End Date: 23 March 2018

To qualify as a/an [champion or advocate] for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s level) in Social Sciences, Engineering or related technical field relevant to WASH.

Experience Required:

  1. Eight years of progressively responsible relevant work experience at national and international levels in WASH programme planning and management in a related field with emphasis on overall management of strategic planning, leadership, coordination and hygiene/sanitation behavior change communication.
  2. Extensive experience in institutional capacity assessment, analysis and strengthening in development and emergency context in developing countries.
  3. Proven ability to develop strategic models/frameworks for development and emergency related decision making in developing countries.
  4. Demonstrated experience in interfacing with Government, UN agencies, NGO’s and donors particularly on policy issues.
  5. Knowledge of the regional/global sanitation and hygiene monitoring landscape and financing of sanitation and hygiene sector with various actors at different levels
  6. Proven ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form in English.

Application  Submission Requirements

  1. Technical Proposal

The documents for the Technical Proposal should include, but not limited to:

  1. Total number of years of experience in the undertaking nationwide Sanitation and Hygiene studies, assessments and evaluations;
  2. Description of major similar assignments undertaken during the last 5 years including name of the project, location, name and contact details (e-mail and telephone) of the client, implementation period, cost of the project, cost of services provided and scope of services;
  3. Description of services offered in relation to Sanitation and Hygiene studies, assessments and evaluations;
  4. Proposed approach and methodology in response to the scope of works to the assignments
  5. Proposed work plan for the assignment which also indicates reporting milestones.

The submission should be clearly labelled/written “Request for Proposal – Consultancy to Review and Update the ODF Strategy – Zambia – Technical Proposal”.

  1. Financial Proposal

The Financial bid should comprise an indication of the full cost of delivering the task. The Financial Bid should include the following aspects:

  1. Detailed budget per line items including cost for data collection, entry, analysis and dissemination, consultant fees, transportation, etc.
  2. Other related costs, if any (please specify).

 The submission should be clearly labelled/written “Request for Proposal – Consultancy to Review and Update the ODF Strategy – Zambia – Financial Proposal”.

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Opening Date Tue Dec 26 2017 08:00:00 GMT+0100 (CET) Jordan Standard Time
Closing Date Tue Jan 16 2018 22:55:00 GMT+0100 (CET)