Local institution to provide service on Improvement of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education in selected schools of Azerbaijan

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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Job Number: 512307 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Europe and Central Asia Region: Azerbaijan
Work Type : Consultancy

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Clean water, sanitation and hygiene are an important prerequisite for ensuring the right to basic education. Children commonly miss school because they are too busy fetching water or are sick with a water-related disease. Girls — especially older girls who have reached the age of menarche — are often reluctant to stay in school when toilet and washing facilities lack privacy, are unsafe or are non-existent.

Programmes that combine improved sanitation and hand-washing facilities in schools with hygiene education can improve the health of children for life. Where properly integrated into wider community initiatives, school-based programmes also promote positive change in communities as a whole.

One way of achieving these goals is by providing schools with safe drinking water, improved sanitation facilities and hygiene education that encourages the development of healthy behaviours for life. This approach is known as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education (WASHE) in Schools.

UNICEF-Government of Azerbaijan Country Program of Cooperation 2016-2020 has defined the priority target to increase access for children, especially the most deprived, to quality and equitable child protection, education, health and nutrition services.

At the end of 2017 – early 2018 UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic initiated a situation analysis on water, hygiene and sanitation in 167 schools of Azerbaijan to generate evidence on WASH, including identifying current situation on WASH indicators and mapping the needs of the target schools depending on their geographic location, size, availability of resources, level of awareness on hygiene and sanitation and parent and community engagement. The study has revealed that the reality of WASH in many schools does not fully meet standards in place and does not meet children’s needs. The findings include but not limited to:

  • Access to water for handwashing in schools is ensured in majority of schools, but drinking water is not readily available in number of schools. Water may be absent, intermittent, unsafe and/or hard to access, far away or not allowed in class. Insufficient numbers or inadequate handwashing facilities also hinder handwashing practices.
  • Hygiene management and practice are not always adequate in schools. Toilets are frequently reported to be dirty, overcrowded and smelly; soap, toilet paper, and disposal bins to be insufficient. As a consequence, toilet avoidance is common among pupils and a lack of adequate hygiene education means that the practice of healthy behaviours is not promoted.
  • Sanitation is not always adequately provided and maintained or accessible, particularly in rural and remote schools and schools far from capital city and/or central city of the regions. Sanitation facilities may be absent or inadequate to school children numbers and needs. Use of sanitation facilities is hindered by insufficient maintenance and cleanliness, poor building materials, lack of privacy, cold temperatures and poor illumination.
  • Disparities and inequalities permeate WASH accessibility in schools. Children with disabilities do not have equal access to WASH facilities in schools. Girls’ needs, especially during menstruation, are often not considered.

    There is a clear need for the development of a WASH education programme for Azerbaijani schools in order to address the health and learning achievements concerns identified in the situation analysis. Improvements in school environments should prioritize those that ensure a maximum benefit for child health and performance specifically:

  1. Provision of soap across all schools
  2. Provide / upgrade hand washing facilities in all schools where they are lacking
  3. Provide access to water, including via treated well water or transportation of safe water from trusted water storage facilities
  4. Eliminate the practice of providing untreated drinking water from unsafe sources e.g. groundwater or artesian wells
  5. Raise awareness of the importance of school sanitation and hygiene education activities.
  6. Make hygiene education and curriculum more effective

    Hygiene education must always be incorporated when new facilities are provided such as hand washing taps or soap. Much can be done to improve the use of existing facilities and resolving issues by the schools and communities themselves. The emphasis should not be on merely providing new facilities where they are absent but on improving the use of the existing facilities in all schools. Lack of training, supervision and existing attitudes and beliefs may pose a barrier to implementing changes in the current situation.

How can you make a difference?

The purposes of this assignment are as follows:

  • Improve knowledge, attitudes and skills of boys and girls, families and communities in hygiene and sanitation through life-skills-based hygiene education and child/youth participation in 20 selected schools of Azerbaijan
  • Develop capacities on hygiene and sanitation among the key target audiences, including children, school management, parents, communities and local authorities
  • Create supporting and conducive environment for hygiene and sanitation activities at school and community level
  • Improvement of sanitary facilities in selected 10 schools.

Objectives: The project has four primary objectives:

  • Develop training and communication training materials and provide training on hygiene and sanitation to the key target audiences, including children, school management, parents, communities and local authorities
  • Organize school and community based awareness raising and public advocacy activities to raise the profile of WASH in schools and communities among schoolchildren, schools, parents and local authorities;
  • Develop and conduct communication activities/campaigns promoting hygiene and sanitation
  • Support improvement of sanitary and hygiene conditions in the selected 10 schools though needs assessment, community mobilization and small improvement projects.  

The suggested project activities should be based on equality, gender-sensitive, child-friendly, promote inclusiveness, support hygiene and behaviors change education, be based on best possible evidence and foster community engagement.

Geographically the project will cover 20 schools to be selected in cooperation with the Institute of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The schools with the worst situation and conditions of WASH will be selected out of 167 schools that participated in the WASH situation analysis in 2017.




Phase 1

Training materials for hygiene and sanitation capacity building for school administrators, parents and children package (presentations and handouts) to be endorsed by UNICEF

End of month 2

Conducting trainings on hygiene and sanitation for school administrators, parents and children

end of Month 3

Project progress report in English

end of Month 4

Phase 2

School action plans for improving WASH conditions and awareness raising in water, sanitation and hygiene

end of Month 5

Phase 3

Final report in English

30 November 2018














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

a. Expertise and experience in the WASH sector/area: required knowledge, specific skills, specialists, and track record.

b. Local experience, presence and community relations: on-going programme in the area of operation; knowledge of the local context; engaging children; trust from local communities; existing networks; established consultation and feedback mechanisms with local communities which feeds back into the design of future programmes.

c. Sustainability and Innovative approach: to achieve results and its expected effectiveness and/or efficiency and sustainability in delivering outputs.

d. Realistic timelines and plans: to achieve the programme outputs that meet the needs of the UNICEF Office and time considerations critical to deliver results.

e. Access/security considerations: ability to operate in given security conditions or location.

f. Experience working with UNICEF (desirable): global and/or local partnerships including knowledge of UNICEF policies, practices and programmes.

g. Management ability: ability to manage the size of the envisioned intervention (e.g. past experience managing similar size budgets and staffing), results of past UNICEF (or other UN agency) micro assessments and assurance activities, if applicable.

h. Cost effectiveness: level of direct costs and administrative costs proposed as necessary by the contractor to implement the joint work plan.

The expected duration of the contract is May to November 2018. The final report is expected by the end of November 2018, at the latest. The assignment will be based in selected geographic locations to be identified by the Ministry of Education.

Interested institutions should submit the following documents/information to UNICEF for application:

a) A narrative project proposal

b) A financial proposal: inclusive of all fees

c) An institution’s profile with details about capacities and examples of projects implemented, including a minimum of 2 references of similar assignments in the past

d) CVs of a suggested project manager and key staff involved.

The submitted project proposal should specify the period of implementation and the targets for the activity during this period. At a minimum, it should contain the following information:

  • Description of each input required for the implementation of the activity with clear deliverables;
  • Timeline of activities;
  • Logical framework;
  • Monitoring and evaluation plan;
  • Quantity and unit price or cost where applicable;
  • Total input estimated cost; and
  • Total amount for the activity.

    The proposal should be submitted in English language.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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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.


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

Opening Date Wed Apr 11 2018 23:00:00 GMT-0600 (MDT) Azerbaijan Standard Time
Closing Date Thu Apr 26 2018 08:00:00 GMT-0600 (MDT)