Mapping of WASH components in Rapid Response Mechanisms (RRM) and Rapid Response Teams (RRT) (WASH)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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Background & Rationale

The Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) is an operational, programmatic and partnership model designed to enhance the humanitarian community’s capacity to respond in a timely, coordinated and predictable manner to the needs of populations made vulnerable by conflict, displacement, disease and/or natural disasters in humanitarian settings. Through the RRM, UNICEF and its partners provide critical multi-sectoral emergency response in a wide range of sectors including Nutrition, WASH, Non-Food Items, Health, Education and Protection.

In 2017, UNICEF EMOPS carried out an internal review of the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM). The purpose of this review was to provide UNICEF practioners with the historic and current information regarding RRMs globally as well as capture lessons learned and best practices from RRM practioners at the Country, Regional and Headquarters level.

In parallel, in recent outbreaks, the use of WASH Rapid Response Teams (RRT) has increased. RRT have been used as part of cholera responses in Haiti, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan DRC and other countries. The scope of these teams varies widely across countries. As RRTs become more commonly used in outbreak settings, it is important to document them better to map when and how they are used.

Through this consultancy, UNICEF would like to further map the WASH-related aspects of the RRM and RRTs. A specific focus to be explored is how RRM/RRT are used in outbreak settings.


The purpose of the WASH RRT Review is to:

  • Map all WASH RRT interventions supported by UNICEF
  • Map other WASH RRT interventions supported by WASH sector partners (government partners, NGO, UN agencies etc)
  • Detail and compare different RRT structures and scopes
  • Make recommendations on RRT best practices
  • Develop case studies for all WASH RRM/RRT involved in outbreak settings


  1. Review relevant general RRM/RRT background documents
  2. Design a methodology for the review of WASH components of RRM/RRTs
    1. Develop a review methodology and report structure
    2. Collect, organize and review all documents related to WASH RRM/RRT
    3. Identify and interview key stakeholders
  3. Write a report describing the scope, response criteria, average response time, interventions, resource requirements (financial and human resources), staffing structure, type of training given to RRT staff, type of partnerships with implementing partners, type of coordination structures, exist strategies and challenges faces by different WASH RRTs
  4. Develop case studies for each RRM/RRTs involved in outbreak settings (Haiti, DRC, Somalia, Yemen among others)
  5. Make recommendations on RRT best practices and in which context they are an appropriate programmatic solution
  6. Present the report and the case studies to NY HQ (face to face) and regional offices, country offices and partners (via webinar)

Duty Station

Home based, with travel to NYHQ

Start date: 1 April 2018

End date:  30 July 2018 


(See the last page for guidance on formulating deliverables)


(Estimated # of Days)


Publish a WASH RRM/RRT report (including case studies for WASH RRT involved in outbreak settings and recommendations)

40 days

15 June 2018

Presentation and webinars

5 days

30 July 2018


45 days


Key competences, technical background, and experience required

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s) in International relations, Public Health, Civil engineering, Geology, Hydrology, or a field relevant to humanitarian WASH
  • A minimum of (10) Ten years solid professional work experience in humanitarian WASH, including significant field experience, in the UN or other international or national humanitarian organizations, national government or the private sector. 
  • Experience in WASH reviews, writing and publishing is required.
  • Experience with disease outbreak response is required
  • Experience with Rapid Response Teams is an asset
  • Understanding/experience of epidemiology is an asset
  • Background familiarity with Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Cluster Approach is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency in French or Arabic is an asset.

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization

Opening Date Tue Feb 13 2018 18:00:00 GMT+0100 (Paris, Madrid) Pacific Standard Time
Closing Date Wed Feb 28 2018 08:55:00 GMT+0100 (Paris, Madrid)