Ghana nationals: National Consultant (Supervision and Quality Assurance for WASH facility construction)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Accra, , GH

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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.

A key output of the UNICEF Ghana country program is providing support in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector. The new UNICEF Ghana country program; running from 2018 to 2022 will seek to support government capacity for scaling-up WASH services in Institutions (schools and health facilities). 

UNICEF Ghana country program receives grants from various donors to support the construction of WASH facilities i.e. latrines, water facilities and hand washing infrastructure. These constructions are primarily targeted at schools and health facilities within the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions. 

WASH facilities construction will be implemented through NGOs and private contractors in collaboration with CWSA, the District Assemblies (DAs) and other relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the 3 selected regions. The CWSA/D.A and District Education Office (DEO) will exercise oversight responsibility to ensure that project implementation adheres to national standards and guidelines for WASH in schools programming.

UNICEF is engaging a consultant to further provide technical assistance before and during construction to ensure that the WASH infrastructure is delivered on time and with the desired quality.

Scope of Work

The consultancy will be based in the Northern Region and one based in Upper East Region with scheduled travel to Upper West Region based on pre-approved monthly work plans. Consultant will work under the supervision of the WASH Officer for Institutions – Hardware (Tamale).

During the assignment, the consultant is expected to interact closely with NGOs, District Assemblies, officials of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Ghana Health Service (GHS), as well as schoolteachers, Head teachers and members of the PTAs/SMCs. Due to the geographical spread of works, he/she will be required to liaise with local government to track progress and perform spot checks on contractors and NGOs to confirm such progress on a regular basis. The Consultant will keep a logbook that will be signed by School Heads or their representative on each visit. Monthly de-briefing meetings will be held with supervising WASH Officers.

The Specific Tasks of the Consultant includes:

  • Review and make input into weekly work plans prepared by NGOs and contractors, aimed at facilitating timely completion of all work packages. (The consultant will be provided a list of selected schools).
  • Visit supported institutions and proposed construction, prior to procurement of WASH construction in order to scope required works and possible constraints.
  • Undertake site visits aimed at ensuring that construction is being carried out according to relevant building specifications and standards, as well as requirements in PCAs/contract.
  • Provide recommendations and technical support to NGOs and contractors with respect to construction processes and management.
  • Check the quality of materials used by NGOs and contractors to ensure that they meet the necessary quality standards.
  • Assess works undertaken by construction partners and confirm progress of construction to facilitate payments.
  • Prompt NGOs/contractors to organize monthly progress/ site meetings and participate in such meetings on behalf of UNICEF
  • Prepare and submit a tabulated progress update on works within scope of duty each month.
  • Provide technical support and coordinate with CWSA/D.A. and D.E.O. to ensure that works meet national minimum standards for WASH in schools and health facilities.
  • Provide monthly input into the UNICEF WASH in Institutions database
  • Support the WASH in Institutions unit with any hardware related assignment

The assignment will be for a period of 11.5 months.

Expected Background and Experience

  • Advanced degree in Civil Engineering/Building Technology/Construction Management and related courses.
  • Five years of progressive experience in construction projects management and supervision. Experience in project management for water supply and sanitation construction is an added asset.
  • Experience working at Municipal/District level will be an advantage. Affiliation with Ghana Institution of Engineers or other recognizable professional institutions will also be an advantage
  • Fluency in English language with excellent writing and communication skills. Knowledge of the local languages will be an added advantage
  • Competencies/Skills
  • Effective teamwork skills and experience with competence for assertiveness.
  • Strong drive for results
  • Effective planning, monitoring, coordination and supervision skills

To view our competency framework, please click here

Interested applicants are requested to include a cover letter clearly stating the region they would prefer to work.  Please indicate your ability, availability and monthly rates for professional fees and local transport (in GHS) to undertake the terms of reference above.  Applications submitted without cover letter and monthly rates 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.