Consultancy WASH support

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Abyei, South Sudan 🇸🇸

Abyei is located along the border of Sudan and South Sudan, between Northern Bahr al Ghazal, Warrap and South Kordofan States. The area hosts oil production and migration routes for nomadic groups, making it a strategic location for both countries. National political disputes over its administrative status, combined with local disputes over grazing rights have served to entrench divides between the Dinka Ngok and Misseriya communities. By way of a special protocol, the CPA granted to the disputed territory a special administrative status and that a referendum should take place in January 2011. However, due to the high level of controversy on the issue, the referendum did not occur. On 20 May 2011, in the lead-up to the South Sudan referendum, Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) occupied Abyei forcefully, displacing an estimated 110,000 people, essentially effecting the entire population, who fled across the River Kiir/Bahr el Arab towards Agok and further south. People fled with few or no belongings and dispersed into Twic County in Warrap State, as well as to Unity, Northern and Western Bahr el Ghazal states and as far as Juba in Central Equatoria State, with the majority in Twic county and in the Agok area. In late June 2011, the SC Res. 1990 established the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) with the mandate –among others- to “facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and the free movement of humanitarian personnel in coordination with relevant Abyei Area bodies.”. In addition, under Chapter VII of the Charter of the UN, the mission is tasked to ensure security in the PCA box, to ensure freedom of movement of UN and humanitarian personnel and to protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence. The force is now fully deployed at strength of about 4,200 personnel.


Accountable for professional technical contribution to programme/project design, planning, administration, monitoring and evaluation of WASH programme/project activities, data analysis and progress reporting, and commitment for enhancement of teamwork and capacity building, in support of achievement of planned objectives of the work plan, aligned with country programme goals and strategy.


Specific Tasks

Programme/Project Management: Ensure the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information required for effective WASH programme and project design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation. Draft sound WASH programme budgets for review by the supervisor, including concrete steps to enhance emergency preparedness and response.

– Programme Efficiency and Effectiveness: Enhance programme efficiency and effectiveness through evidence base approach and implementation follow-on, including monitoring UNICEF inputs, local conditions and resources, flow of supply and non-supply and emergency assistance and WASH programme status.

– Work Plan and Programme Documentation: Analyze collected data and information and prepare progress reports; draft changes in WASH project work plans and assist in identification of required supplies and equipment (for both development and emergency orientated activities) as well as in the drafting of Country Programme Recommendation and other programme documentation, assuring accuracy and consistency with established rules, regulations and plans of action.

– Programme Implementation Information and Data: Ensure the appropriateness of financial, administrative and supply documentation; verify that WASH programme expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the programme information and database (e.g., FLS, Vision). Follow up on queries or initiate corrective action on discrepancies. Collaborate with Monitoring & Evaluation office on maintaining a gender & equity focus in WASH data collection and reporting.

– Knowledge Sharing: Compile WASH programme implementation, preparedness, training and orientation materials to promote knowledge sharing with counterparts, WASH sectoral stakeholders, donors and media.

– Communication and Networking: Ensure the effective communication and networking developed and maintained through partnership and collaboration. Collaborate with Operations staff to implement internal controls systems and resolve day-to-day issues or discrepancies in financial or supply management, Team with local Government and sectoral stakeholder’s counterparts to exchange information on WASH programme implementation, status, capacity and risk mapping, preparedness as well as movement, prepositioning and distribution of supplies. Coordinate with members of the development community, including NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the exchange of information relating to WASH sector. Where appropriate support the IASC WASH Cluster during preparedness and response to emergencies.

Expected background

Relevant diploma in the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance.

Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication), is an asset,

5 years of professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization or private sector and national government and field work experience. Background/familiarity with Emergency preparedness and response (and the IASC Cluster approach) is an asset.

General Conditions:

– Terms of payment: Monthly payment upon Submission of monthly report with situational updates on WASH activities, progress, challenges and statWASH core pipeline supplies.

– Note that final payment to a consultant is dependent on the completion of deliverables.