Documentation (Field Briefing Notes) Consultant

Accra, , GH

Job Number: 496762 | Vacancy Link
Location: Ghana
Work Type : Consultancy

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

The Government of Ghana and UNICEF are implementing a joint water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programme from 2012-2017, this include a wide variety of interventions covering water supply, sanitation, hygiene, WASH in institutions, household water treatment and safe storage, stakeholder capacity building and support to the WASH enabling environment. With numerous cutting edge initiatives and pieces of research it is of utmost importance that these are documented for both UNICEF and WASH sector of Ghana’s benefit as a whole.

The consultant will focus on documenting key on-going interventions of UNICEF-GoG programming. Via field observations and interviews with UNICEF and partner staff, the consultant will produce 2-4 page field notes on a range of technical programme components.

Assignment Tasks

From field observations and interviews with UNICEF staff, partner staff and community members the consultant will produce 2-4 page field notes on a range of WASH programme interventions. The field notes should include a summary of the WASH intervention, advantages and disadvantages of the approach, challenges/lessons learnt and key future activities to further develop/improve the intervention.

The following WASH programme intervention areas should be included in the work:

  • A region-wide tippy tap campaign to reach all basic schools in the Volta region with low-cost handwashing devices
  • Expansion of household water treatment and safe storage programming, including the increase of private sector participation
  • Provision of water and sanitation infrastructure in schools, with a particular focus on sustainability of infrastructure
  • WASH in Health Centres, both construction of infrastructure and increased hygiene promotion focused work
  • Water supply provision with a focus on sustainability and small scale private management for sustainability
  • Gender mainstreaming in the WASH sector; increasing participation of women and girls at community level and increasing capacity of female WASH staff at district and regional levels, whilst improving on gender disaggregated data collection in WASH
  • Working with children as WASH advocates in schools
  • Building capacity of districts on operation and maintenance of water facilities and handwashing with soap approaches
  • Sanitation and hygiene budget monitoring, working with district assemblies in trying to establish accurate estimates of sanitation and hygiene financing at local levels
  • Working with civil society organisations to provide additional resource to district assemblies in the implementation of sanitation programming
  • A results based financing approach is being piloted in working with districts to motivate improved progress in reaching sanitation targets
  • The Basic Sanitation Information System (BaSIS), the development of which is being supported to improve upon the government monitoring mechanisms

For these 12 topics it is estimated that one week be spent in the field speaking with communities, partners and UNICEF staff working on the approaches, with an additional week spent writing up the field note. The exact topics of the briefing notes might vary.

NOTE:  A detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) is attached

Expected Deliverables

12 field notes covering the topics listed within specific tasks

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Education, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a relevant field.
  • Qualifications and experience in areas of communication and writing are highly desirable

Years of relevant experience

  • Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience within the WASH sector, with at least one year of field based WASH international experience with a UN agency or NGO

Competencies of Successful Candidate

  • Fluency in English required.
  • A solid understanding of the latest developments and innovations within the WASH sector
  • Strong writing and communication skills, with proven ability to develop concise, informative and accessible pieces of literature
  • Strong computer skills, particularly Microsoft Word and Publisher, other publishing and photo editing software experience is an asset
  • Initiative and resourcefulness. Proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other team members and partners, with sensitivity, in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment.
  • Gender equity and diversity awareness

To view our competency framework, please click here

Please indicate your ability, availability and monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above. All costs related to travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable, will be borne by UNICEF.  Applications submitted without a monthly rate will not be considered.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Opening Date 11 Jul 2016 GMT Standard Time
Closing Date 26 Jul 2016 GMT Standard Time