Consultancy Roster: WASH Bottleneck Analysis Tool

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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Background & Rationale

We are seeking to build a roster of experts to provide support to countries on the WASH Bottleneck Analysis Tool (BAT).

UNICEF’s overall objective in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is to contribute to the realisation of children’s rights to survival, growth and development through support to programmes that increase equitable and sustainable use of safe drinking water and basic sanitation, and promote improved hygiene. During the implementation of UNICEF’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021, UNICEF seeks to further improve its global WASH programme through strengthening its support to governments worldwide to meet their WASH objectives. UNICEF’s 15 year WASH Strategy 2016-30 focuses on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on targets 6.1 and 6.2 (safely managed WASH), 6a and 6b (community participation and financing), and 4a (WASH facilities in schools). Among the programming approaches identified in the strategy include strengthening enabling environments, utilizing evidence to promote child rights, leveraging sustainable financial resources and building sustainable markets

The WASH Bottleneck Analysis Tool (BAT) was initially developed in Excel format in 2012 and implemented in >15 countries before it was remodeled and transformed into an online version in 2015. The tool is applied in a consultative workshop setting over 3-4 days, and essentially allows assessment and analysis of the current performance of the WASH sector in terms of policy, strategy, regulations, financing, institutional set-up, coordination, monitoring, review and learning, capacity development. Once the assessment is done, ways of solving the current sector problems are discussed, prioritized, costed and planned. The tool can be used to monitor the implementation of activities, and assess their impact once completed. The tool can be explored at


The purpose of the consultancy is to support country implementation of the WASH Bottleneck Analysis Tool (BAT), promoting government leadership in the process and building capacity to implement the tool.


The roster of experts will be made available to UNICEF country offices or partners wishing to support governments in implementing the WASH Bottleneck Analysis Tool (BAT). The specific support will be defined by the country offices, but may include:

  • Communication with UNICEF offices and partners to support better understanding of what the WASH BAT is, its objectives, and the requirements for a successful WASH BAT process.
  • Support the setting of the agenda for the training and implementation workshops, compiling documents and evidence, and preparing presentational materials.
  • Provide in-person support of training and implementation workshops, as a trainer and/or facilitator and/or resource person.
  • Follow up the WASH BAT workshop through correspondence and meetings, with a view to implementation of actions agreed, capacity-building of partners and monitoring of activities.


The consultancy is a mixture of home-based (for the preparation and follow-up) and country-based work.


The consultant will report to the hiring country, and will communicate with and receive support from UNICEF New York.


  • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in science or social science.
  • A minimum of ten years of professional experience gained with Government, NGOs or international organisations working in the development sector, with at least 5 years in WASH and considerable time spent working in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated substantial policy experience, development of training and advocacy material, preparation of reports, social media materials, organising and facilitating learning events.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills, and experience preparing and delivering workshops.
  • Highly proficient in use of English with the ability to write in a clear and practical manner.
  • As well as being fluent in English, good working knowledge of the language of the hiring country is desirable.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF mission, mandate and WASH programme is desirable.
  • Consultants demonstrating UNICEF’s key competencies. View UNICEF’s competency framework

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.


With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.   

At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.