Progress and looking ahead on WASH in East Asia and Pacific

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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For every child, Water Sanitation and Hygiene

We are looking for an individual consultant to undertake a (desk) review of the main progress reports produced at regional and country levels (donor reports, Regional Office Annual Report (ROAR), Results Assessment Modules (RAM), Country Office Annual Reports (COARs) reports) and develop a EAPRO WASH 2014-2017 Results Progress Report; this report will be a high quality, representational regional results report of EAPRO WASH; the document will include the latest status and trends in the water and sanitation sectors snapshots; this clear ‘reader friendly’ document will use a mix of text, graph and charts and provide a  comprehensive narrative of each outcome level indicators of WASH as per regional workplan and ROMP supported with graphs; the document will be widely used in key sector events, in support of highlighting key aspects of water supply and sanitation in the both regions, for advocacy, fund raising and leveraging partnerships.


WASH has been one of the programmatic priorities for UNICEF in the East Asia and Pacific region in each of its Regional Office Management Plans (ROMP). WASH was integral to the ROMP of 2010-2013, and the Regional Office Management Plan (ROMP) for the period 2014-2017 also explicitly stressed the universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene as the cornerstone in realizing the right of every child and particularly the most vulnerable to survival and development in a safe and sustainable environment, with WASH specific results monitoring indicators. the new Regional Plan (ROMP) 2018-2021 WASH in the regional plans remain a priority, aiming for addressing the persisting challenges, i.e. low sanitation and hygiene coverage levels (high levels of open defecation, water quality etc.), as well as looking into the emerging programmatic areas such as climate change, disaster risk reduction, and urban inequities – largely in line with the Global WASH Strategy and the new global UNICEF Strategic Plan 2017-2021.  WASH indicators are included in the headlines, “Early moments matter” (% of population using safely managed sanitation services, including hand-washing facility with soap and water) and “Children grow up in a safe and sustainable environment” (% of population using safely managed drinking water services). To ensure the alignment and progress of sanitation and hygiene situation, strategic approach focusing on high-risk countries will improve overall regional situation.

At the country level, UNICEF supports WASH programmes in 12 East Asia and Pacific countries. In each of these countries, UNICEF has technical staff working with partners in support of governments to achieve its national goals on WASH and contributing towards the attainment of international development goals. The UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) role has been to support all UNICEF Country Offices in the region in ensuring equitable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for all children, with EAPRO WASH support mainly through: i) Technical Support and Capacity Development to country offices for ensuring quality (equity/gender-sensitive) WASH programming in the region, ii) Data Evidence and Knowledge Management which include undertaking region-led studies, assessments, evaluation, data and evidence generation and use in advocacy and policy briefs/changes; support country offices to strengthen knowledge management, innovations and data for children initiatives, iii) Advocacy and Partnerships, promoting Innovation and exploring best approaches / strategies for engagement in Emerging areas as urban WASH, Climate Change, iv) Inter-Sectoral initiatives such as modelling and expanding Joint WASH Nutrition initiatives using Joint TOC and WASH Nutrition Toolkit, strengthening of WinS at scale including MHM and WASH in Health Care Facilities, WASH-Gender reviews and equity focus in WASH Programme and integration of WASH in Communication for Development and Technology for Development Initiatives will be the priority of WASH EARPO and v) Leveraging Resources and partnerships for mobilizing domestic resources and partnerships, and for ending open defecation. Regular donor report, annual progress reports as well and regional and country progress reports have documented the progress and lessons.

Against above background, and as 2018 marks the start is a new Strategic Plan and Regional Office planning period, UNICEF EAPRO is seeking a consultant to help take stock of WASH all key progress reports since 2014, and develop an overall WASH progress overview report, highlighting the key areas of progress, innovative initiatives and partnerships, cross-sectoral initiatives such as gender, Climate, Nutrition-WASH , including a brief overview of the overall progress, major (emerging) challenges as well as key lessons  in WASH in the region including WASH alignment with the Regional Headlines and global priorities and strategies


How can you make a difference?

The purpose of this consultancy is i) to take stock of almost all major regular progress, donor report produced by WASH EAPRO over the regional office planning period 2014-2017, ii) develop an understanding of the major development or shift with the SDGs in the region and ii) to develop a narrative EAPRO WASH 2014-2017 Regional WASH Results Report.  

Work Assignment/schedule

  • Work Planning : Developing a detailed workplan, in consultations with regional office, list of references – submission of revised work plan by early June 2018 (2 working days)
  • Desk/Document Review : Analysis & consolidation findings / Refinement, submission of draft WASH report (15 working days by June 2018)

    – Develop a draft of WASH 2014-2017 EAPRO Results Report

    – Analysis and consolidate reports  
  • Presentation & Finalization : Consolidate feedback into final Report, submission of final WASH report (5 working days by mid July 2018)


The key deliverables will include a Report: An UNICEF EAPRO WASH Results Report – A maximum 30 pages overview summarizing short description of the situation, the major trends (generally and in WASH) based on the existing documents, scenario’s presenting UNICEF Regional Office Strategic Approach and Theory of Change and summary of progress / results and lessons

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

  • Experience in designing tables, maps, graphs and charts that effectively communicate key messages on the trends and status of water supply and sanitation
  • Knowledge of equity considerations in water supply and sanitation.
  • Prior working experience with UNICEF and familiarity with UNICEF’s quality standards.
  • Experience in designing publication, and skillful in graphic creative work experience in working on UNICEF publications would be an asset.
  • Advanced Master’s Degree in WASH (or similar field), Public Health, or Statistic are required
  • Demonstrated track record in report writing, documentation and publication with experience in compiling good practices documents on WASH issues 
  • Knowledge of UNICEF and WASH programmes in EAPRO highly desirable
  • Good writing and analytical skills in English are required
  • Ability to work independently and able to meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

To Apply

Interested candidates are requested to submit the following document by 31 May 2018

  • CV/P-11, outlining qualification and technical capacity;
  • relevant work experience for undertaking this assignment,
  • full contact information of minimum 2 references
  • availability
  • the proposed workplan;
  • proposed daily professional fee.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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