Ethiopia nationals: International WASH construction consultant

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Assosa, Ethiopia 🇪🇹

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The key activities of the program that the consultant will contribute to/oversee include:

  • Design of water supply system and siting of infrastructure
  • Supervision of construction of water supply system that includes water kiosks, reservoirs, transmission lines, and multiple distribution network
  • Installation of electromechanical equipment including solar panels and associated equipment
  • Sanitation master planning and management systems
  • Design of sanitary landfills and siting of infrastructure including relevant government consultations and approvals
  • Feasibility study and geophysical investigation and confirmation of source locations
  • Business planning for cost recovery and operational planning
  • Capacity building of utility management structure
  • Water safety planning
  • Construction of institutional latrines
  • Behavior change communications campaign

The specific tasks for the consultant is – but not limited to:

  • Undertake day-to-day administration of all the components of the construction contracts in Benishangul Gumuz according to contractual specifications – this relates to consultancies contracted by UNICEF and the Regional Water Bureau for supervision of works and capacity building to local utilities and administrations
  • Conduct quality assurance of construction works, installation of electromechanical equipment, and materials.
  • Collaborate with the design and effective implementation of a monitoring plan to follow up the implementation of UNICEF’s response in WASH sector, incorporating required changes into WASH-specific activities, with special attention to ensure equitable and inclusive provision of services among refugees and host communities 
  • Support and follow up with different payment processes for the above contracts and make sure these comply with UNICEF’s procedures
  • Establish and maintain a proper coordination with all the partners involved and local sector authorities representing host communities and refugee camps
  • Conduct an analysis of the legal framework to be considered for the development of relevant operational and management models. Further to this organizational structures of the operators in place and operators to be newly established should be investigated and proposed.
  • Review business planning and tariff setting proposals for management structures for the system
  • Review and confirm build capacity build transfer capacity building activities to ensure the water utility management structure has the required capacity to manage the system and monitor third party activities.
  • Coordinate with government and partners in the different stages of the program implementation, following up on cooperation agreements, recommendations, and other UNICEF commitments, including capacity development to national partners.
  • Contribute to reporting mechanisms in accordance to UNICEF’s requirements
  • Collaborate with UNICEF staff based in the targeted regions
  • Collaborate with Operations and Supply Section in Addis Ababa Office as per request of the line manager
  • Provide timely and quality technical advice to regional and local authorities, UNICEF, and other involved partners on different WASH issues as requested.


The Consultant will support UNICEF and local authorities in the implementation of the tasks outlined in this TOR.  Coordination with different partners and actors is of upmost importance to ensure smooth implementation of UNICEF’s supported activities in the selected regions.

The Consultant will work as per instructions given by the WASH Section in Addis Ababa with administrative support provided by the Assosa Field Office under the guidance of the Programme Specialist.

Expected Deliverables

  1. Weekly technical updates via emails to the WASH Section
  2. Monthly reports and updated workplans @ 1st week of every month

End of contract report – @ conclusion of 11.5th month of assignment

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have …

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in civil or environmental engineering discipline or other relevant degree*
  • *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of Five years of relevant professional experience in water infrastructure and WASH management programs
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
  • Experience working with optimization of water utilities or water management capacity building in urban or large-scale systems
  • Experience with quality assurance and site monitoring for civil engineering projects, including review of change orders, inspection of works, and reporting discrepancies
  • Strong communication skills and flexibility working with various government stakeholders
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook)
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