International Emergency WASH Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 🇵🇬

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On 28 February 2018, there was an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 in Richter scale hit some provinces in Papua New Guanine, this was then followed by another earthquake on the 2nd of March 2018 with less intensity magnitude of 6 in Richter scale. After that, aftershocks have continued for one week. The epicenter was in Hela province in the Highlands region of the country. There are no roads connecting this part of the country with the capital city; it is only accessible from the capital city of Port Moresby by plane or helicopter.

While the numbers of lives lost and people affected are still very much estimates, the figures respectively are approximately 30 dead and 465,000 living in the 17 affected local government areas in four provinces.

Access to safe water, appropriate sanitation and hygiene services in the areas affected has been severely compromised. Though information is still a large gap in the response, the disaster has severely exacerbated the already existing limited access to water appropriate sanitation, while poor hygiene practices increases the chances for WASH related disease outbreaks, especially in care centres where displaced families are residing.  Existing water sources and sanitation facilities have been either destroyed or impacted, pushing families to rely on unsafe, unprotected sources for water as well as pushing individuals towards unsafe practices.

It is expected that access to sanitation facilities have significantly dropped following the destruction of superstructures and the sinking of pits. Displaced families sheltering in care centres who have lost many of their belongings may not access basic hygiene materials. Lack of adequate emergency sanitation facilities also place individuals, particularly women and children, at increased risk of violence of abuse.

The need of WASH assistance is estimated to be approximately 54,000 households or about 270,000 people who reside in areas severely affected by the earthquake.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of the WASH consultant is to support and overlook UNICEF activities and interventions in affected areas within the provinces of Southern Highlands as well as Hela, ensuring management of agreements, supplies and funding that have been mobilized/put in place for planned UNICEF WASH interventions. The position will also strive to support ongoing coordination and reporting while also ensuring capacity building for provincial government partners through the duration of the assignment. It will also provide WASH technical assistance for any cross sectoral activities as well as advocating for WASH inclusion within other sectoral plans and the development of necessary tools to support this. The position will be required to work with a wide range of partners and ensure alignment of WASH activities into and within the sector while also identify gaps and advocating for the support needed to fill them, both internally and externally

Specific Tasks

Under the guidance of the WASH Chief and WASH Specialist, the consultant will work closely with the Unicef, NDOH, PHA, NGOs, and any other related stakeholders to plan, manage, and oversee National and Provincial level implementation of WASH interventions to support the programmes in achieving key results. S/he will provide technical advice and support to national and provincial stakeholders on developing C4D Action Plan and will therefore responsible for following specific tasks but not entirely exhaustive:

  1. Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms, including WASH Cluster support from the field.
  2. Establishment and maintenance of appropriate and effective humanitarian coordination.
  3. Effective coordination with NGOs, counterparts, authorities, civil societies, institutions, or any other related partners.
  4. Build complementarity of partner actions: avoiding duplication and gaps.
  5. Effective and comprehensive integration of relevant cross-cutting issues, including age, gender, environment and HIV/AIDs.
  6. Effectively use and transfer information to, from, and between cluster/sector participants and other stakeholders.
  7. Implement through partners need assessment and proper analysis.
  8. Implement proper plans and strategy development.
  9. Ensure adherence to WASH standards, this will include the use of appropriate standards adapted to the local context and needs.
  10. Strengthening the advocacy.
  11. Build partners capacity to ensure proper response to affected people.
  12. Interact with other clusters/sectors, humanitarian actors, government counterparts, and relevant authorities for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners.
  13. Monitor performance of the core cluster/sector functions.

Duration and Location 

4 months in total,1 week in Port Moresby, the rest in SHP and Hela provinces

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

  • Minimum Master’s degree qualification desirably in subjects/ areas of WASH e.g. Health Promotion or Education, Civil or Public Health Engineering, Public Health (MPH), Environmental Health. 
  • Experience, preferably at an intermediate level, in a subject area relevant to the cluster. Formal training in cluster coordination is an advantage.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience with either the UN and/or NGO.
  • Experience of responding in first phases of emergency
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written) is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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.


Interested applicants are required to submit daily professional fee and travel lump sum amount (daily subsistence and return ticket)

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