Local individual consultancy for quality assurance and technical support to UNICEF and Ministry of Education for the WASH and Climate Change projects

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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Background and Context:

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote equity and the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, advocacy and in operations. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries.

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 education, health and nutrition services and child protection.

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 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in schools, including identifying current situation on WASH indicators and mapping the needs of the target schools. 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.

There is a clear need for the development of the WASH education programme for Azerbaijani schools in order to address the health and learning achievements concerns identified in the situation analysis. Based on the identified needs, UNICEF and the Ministry of Education have agreed to initiate 2 specific projects to address the needs and capacities of the education system in hygiene and sanitation education, including: 1) Improving WASH standards for schools and designing curriculum standards for hygiene education; and 2) Improvement of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education in 20 selected schools of Azerbaijan, including improving knowledge, skills and behaviours of school children, schools and communities in hygiene and sanitation through awareness raising activities and communication campaigns.

Climate change and environmental degradation is becoming an increasingly important area of UNICEF’s education portfolio in Azerbaijan and there is an agreement between UNICEF and the Ministry of Education on a project for reviewing national curriculum to identify the extent to which environmental issues are reflected in the national programmes, develop national capacities in teaching environmental education and awareness raising among children on climate change and environmental degradation.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the UNICEF Azerbaijan Office and in consultation with Ministry of Education to provide quality assurance and professional technical, operational and administrative guidance and support throughout the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UNICEF/Ministry of Education’s joint projects for WASH and Climate Change, including the following project components and deliverables:

  • Project 1: Improving WASH standards for schools, designing curriculum standards for hygiene education and capacity building of schools (Implementing partner: Education Institute)
  1. Design and public discussion of the WASH standards in accordance with the findings of the WASH assessment report
  2. Capacity building measures for technical staff on maintenance of the WASH facilities
  3. Reviewing national curriculum with special focus on hygiene education
  4. Design of the curriculum standards for the primary and mid-school students
  5. Development of the content/resources/educational materials, teacher training on developed packages
  6. Delivery of the classes on hygiene education and promoting student participation
  • Project 2: Improvement of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education in selected schools of Azerbaijan, including improving knowledge, skills and behaviours of school children in hygiene and sanitation through awareness raising activities and communication campaigns (Implementer: Institutional consultancy).
  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. Develop and conduct communication activities/campaigns promoting hygiene and sanitation;
  4. Support improvement of sanitary and hygiene conditions in the selected 10 schools though needs assessment, community mobilization and small improvement projects.  
  • Project 3: Building national capacities and raising awareness on climate change and environmental degradation through extracurricular education institutions in Baku, Lenkaran and Guba regions
  1. Establish a Working Group and development of a 3-year action plan for environmental education through extracurricular education institutions;
  2. Capacity building for teachers and advisors of the MoE’s Child and Youth Development Centres on environmental education;
  3. Awareness raising and public communication on climate change and environmental degradation for children and youth.

Major tasks to be accomplished:

  • Provide technical and administrative support to UNICEF and the Ministry of Education through all stages of the WASH projects’ implementation by executing and administering a variety of technical programme actions, preparing materials and documentations, and complying with organizational processes and management systems; work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues and partners to collect, analyze and share information on implementation issues.
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate the outcomes of the WASH project implementation vs the agreed project objectives, indicators, deliverables and timelines and performance of the partners/contractors. Submit monthly and monitoring visit reports.
  • Suggest solutions for the WASH project implementation and to alert UNICEF and appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decisions. Provide support in identifying, capturing, synthesizing, and sharing lessons learned for knowledge development and capacity development of stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.
  • Verify compliance of the projects with approved allocation, organizational rules, regulations/procedures, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to ensure timely resolution by management/stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.
  • Undertake field visits and surveys and share information with stakeholders to assess progress and refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
  • Based on the UNICEF/MOE’s WASH and Climate Change projects, to prepare and submit schedule of monitoring visits to pilot institutions in the selected districts prior to implementation of work.
  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with the Ministry of Education, pilot schools and local stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate project implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on the WASH and Climate Change projects.
  • Support to any other related task, as required.

Outcomes and deliverables: 

  • June 2018 – December 2018: Every 30th of each month – submit work completion report to UNICEF

  • 30 December 2018 – Final Report submitted to UNICEF Azerbaijan

    Trip reports should also be submitted following each monitoring visit with findings and recommendations for improving project impact and administration.


    01 June 2018 – 30 December 2018 (7 months)

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

  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, social sciences or another relevant technical field.
  • Minimum 5 years of project management experience in the development sector, including professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education. Background or previous experience in WASH or environment related projects would be an asset.
  • Excellent English communication, writing and analytical skills;
  • Excellent Azerbaijani communication, writing and analytical skills;
  • Ability to work in a team with tight deadlines;
  • Familiarity with UNICEF’s mission and mandate.


Interested individual should submit:

A motivation letter and an individual resume;

  1. Financial proposal: inclusive of all fees.
  2. 1-2 written examples for similar assignments in the past

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

Opening Date Mon Apr 30 2018 07:00:00 GMT+0200 (South Africa Standard Time) Azerbaijan Standard Time
Closing Date Sun May 13 2018 16:00:00 GMT+0200 (South Africa Standard Time)