Senior Consultant Programme Proposal Development

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Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Based in Geneva, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries. 

Background information -WSSCC

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global, multi-stakeholder membership and partnership organization that works with poor people, their organizations, governments and small-scale entrepreneurs to improve sanitation and hygiene at scale.

Founded in 1990, the Council maintains a membership of over 4,000 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) professionals from over 80 countries.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the legal and administrative host of WSSCC.
The mission of the Council is to ensure sustainable sanitation, better hygiene and safe drinking water for all people, with focus on the poorest and most marginalized members of society in developing countries. In order to achieve its mission, WSSCC facilitates sector coordination at national, regional and global levels, supports national sanitation and hygiene programmes through its Global Sanitation Fund (GSF), coordinates knowledge platforms, and advocates on behalf of the 2.5 billion people without a clean and safe toilet to use.

More information on WSSCC can be found at:

The Global Sanitation Fund is one part of the WSSCC and aims to fund sanitation programmes in up to 25 countries most in need of improved sanitation. It is currently active in thirteen, with preparation activities in a further four, and spending $20-$30 million per year. For each country the GSF appoints an Executing Agency (EA) to administer the grant within that country. Each EA makes sub-grants to non-government organizations, private sector and local governments to implement programmes that promote improved sanitation and hygiene

The specific purpose of this vacancy is to support WSSCC in the expansion of the number of programme countries, by carrying out a rapid sanitation and hygiene sector review and gap analysis, establishing relationships with key sector players, and advising on and guiding strategic programme development in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. (Lao PDR).

General direction on the tasks and area of responsibility is provided by the immediate supervisor, the Senior Programme Officer, GSF. The incumbent exercises initiative to translate this guidance into the specific activities required to perform assigned duties. Detailed work plans are generated by the incumbent, based on their judgment of priorities, in consultation with the supervisor and in collaboration with relevant partners in Lao PDR.

Functional Responsibilities

WSSCC at country level is committed to supporting efforts by government, NGO and external partners to achieve national targets on sanitation, hygiene, and water supply. In order to contribute effectively at country level, in its identified 35 priority countries. For each of these countries WSSCC seeks to develop harmonized, individual strategic engagement plans that further national objectives within the framework of WSSCC strategic plan. These are outcome-oriented and multiple-year in duration. They utilize the knowledge, advocacy and fund management tools of WSSCC, and contribute to the efforts of the organization to facilitate global partnerships. They build upon the strengths of WSSCC in areas such as facilitating learning and sharing platforms, supporting civil society agency and voice, policy advocacy, coalition building, and programming in sanitation and hygiene behavior change. Key thematic areas of engagement are equity and inclusion, behavior change and sustainable service delivery.

A significant part of WSSCC country-level engagement is shaped through the Global Sanitation Fund. In broad consultation with sector stakeholders, based on a preliminary assessment of the status of the sector, the availability and status of a national sanitation plan, and elements of the plan which are un-funded or insufficiently funded, WSSCC identifies areas where GSF funds would potentially add value.

Currently WSSCC supports programmes and activities in 17 countries, of which GSF programmes are active in 13 countries. In order to expand its number of programme countries in 2016/17, WSSCC seeks a consultant with excellent knowledge of Lao PDR who can support the process of developing a GSF Country Programme Proposal (CPP), as well as contribute to the development of a WSSCC Strategic Engagement Plan (SEP) in Lao PDR.

Specific tasks include:

o   Carry out an initial review of relevant sector reports and data and establish a database of key reference materials which will be made available to all subsequent WSSCC and GSF-related task teams and consultants.

o   Draft a Sector Map of key actors and on-going WASH programmes.

o   Carry out a sanitation and hygiene sector review and gap analysis based on existing reports and publications. Meet with key informants from government, non-governmental organizations, support agencies and others as per guidance from Naamsat;

o   Based on the sector review and initial consultations, prepare an initial advisory and synthesis note for Naamsat and GSF on potential province and districts target in the country, including potential value adding activities, potential added value in areas of policy advocacy, learning and knowledge management, sector coordination, and partnership building;

o   Identify in close consultation with Naamsat and GSF Senior Programme Officer potential programme partners in government, civil society, academia and the private sector with capacity to engage in WSSCC/GSF programme activities;

o   Support the preparation, facilitation and reporting on two consultation workshops of 1 day each in Vientiane;

o   Where relevant, support Naamsat in the establishment of GSF Programme Coordinating Mechanism;

o   Support WSSCC to identify potential candidates to be WSSCC National Coordinator;

o   Provide strategic guidance and advice for development and implementation of WSSCC strategic engagement plans with recommendations on how WSSCC can contribute to the emerging national WASH strategy, for example by aligning with the ODF and financing targets during the second consultation workshop-; GSF Country Programme Proposals, and partnership agreements;

o   Perform other functions as required and as relevant to this assignment.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Development Studies, or Environmental Engineering.

A combination of a Bachelor Degree with major in public health, social sciences, development  studies, environmental engineering, plus training, professional qualifications and additional years of practical experience may be accepted in lieu of the master’s degree.


o   Analytical skills

o   Client Focus

o   Communication skills

o   Advisory

o   Sanitation and hygiene behaviour change 

o   Development sector experience

o   Monitoring and evaluation

o   Partnership building

o   Policy advice

o   Programme management

o   Strategy development

o   Dealing with bilateral and multilateral organizations

o   Report writing

o   Capacity development


10 years relevant experience with a Master’s degree or 12 years with a Bachelor’s degree  in sanitation and hygiene related programme development and management, capacity development and/or knowledge and systems development in developing countries essential, including deep knowledge of, and experience in, designing and implementing WASH programming approaches with equity and sustainability in rural / peri-urban settings in South-East Asia, including latest developments in hygiene promotion and behaviour change programming, and/or equality and non-discrimination.

Required:  8 – 10 years’ experience in strategic sector knowledge and networks in Lao PDR. Experience in working with government systems (WASH, Health, Education) at different levels, NGOs and other service providers


Fluency in English is required

Knowledge of Tai –Kadai (Lao language) is considered an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (I – ICA)
Contract level: Depending on the selected individual’s nationality the contract would be issued at international or local level equivalent to ICS11/12.
Contract duration: 6 (six) months

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations
  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.