WASH Sanitation Expert

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Beirut, , LB

There are more than one million Syrian refugees currently registered in Lebanon, and more than half are children. Syrian refugees now represent one in four persons living in Lebanon, and live in rented apartments, shelters, and Informal Tended Settlements (ITS) throughout the country, with varying levels of quality of life and access to basic services. In April 2018, an estimated 273,000 of displaced persons are living in 5,000 ITS, usually in rudimentary tent-like shelters or other informally built structures with scarce or limited access to water, sanitation, hygiene and other essential services. The crowded conditions of many informal settlements and other shelters occupied by displaced Syrians are associated with serious health risks for women and children. The political decision by the Government of Lebanon not to officially recognize these settlements has consequences: all structures so far need to be temporary, and no structures should give the impression of permanent. This presents a major challenge for delivering adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, particularly as connecting ITS to local drinking water and wastewater network are officially not allowed.

The purpose of this consultancy builds on the continuation of the first consultancy phase (Inception phase) to implement the identified innovative technological solutions to treat wastewater generated by and discharged from Informal Tended Settlements in Lebanon and can serve as a lesson learnt to improve global humanitarian responses in similar contexts. More than 273,000 Syrian refugees reside in these IS, and the health and wellbeing of both Syrian refugees and Lebanese residents are affected by IS sanitation conditions. Discharged untreated wastewater also has a negative impact on the environment, a major concern for the Government of Lebanon.

This consultancy follows a previous consultancy which aimed to identify an innovative solution including a strong Public Private Partnership. Sites for the implementation of the 1st Batch of pilots have been identified.

How can you make a difference?

The main objectives/End Product of this consultancy are:  

  • At least 44 sites in the Governorates of Bekaa/Baalbek, North and/or Akkar have access to an innovative sustainable treatment technology. 
  • Case study report presenting findings on the effectiveness of treatment for every pilot and after every batch of intervention.
  • Develop an implementation and O&M system defining separate responsibilities of all stakeholders (ITS, private sector, Water Establishments/Municipalities and NGOs) for all ITSs where it is identify as cost efficient.

The timing is of 10,5 months over 11,5 months with possible extension.
Deliverables and Schedules:

Month 1

  • Follow up and design of poor sewer network for connection to the pilots treatment systems on the 1st batch of pilots.
  • Coordination with partners responsible of the selected areas on tendering procedures, and technical designs.
  • Follow up of sampling campaign and analyses of Wastewater for waste characterisation

Month 2

  • Develop typical and technical designs for the different typical sizes of foreseen primary and secondary treatment stages.
  • Ensure coordination between Partners and laboratory selected for the Wastewater analyses and sampling to for monthly or once every two-month sampling for the monitoring of effectiveness.

Month 3

  • Follow up of the effectiveness of treatment for the 1st pilots and selection of the best treatment option in regard to:
  • The Effectiveness of treatment
  • Operation and Maintenance 
  • Cost effectiveness  
  • Space saving opportunities.  

Month 4

  • Definition and case study to compare the results of the different technologies tested for tertiary treatment and their associated implementation as well as Operation & Maintenance costs.

Month 5

  • selection of the best methodology and approach to ensure timely and sound implementation of innovative solution
  • Support the sector on the WASH Assessment Platform for the sanitation sections.

Month 6

  • Selection of the sites for 2nd batch of 20 pilots ensuring that the previously selected approach is the most cost efficient.
  • Initiate the construction of the 2 different batches (upon Government of Lebanon Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) and Ministry of Environment (MoE) approval)

Month 7

  • Development and selection of the best modality for the Public Private Partnership. The consultant will gather evidence enabling the WASH section to decide which option will be best for the humanitarian and development side (i.e. Design of the tanks, mold development and purchase by UNICEF or selection of company responsible of everything with UNICEF committing on limited quantities to be purchased or any identified suitable approach).

Month 8

  • Develop a report and guidelines for the modalities to scale up Countrywide in UNICEF and possibly non-UNICEF WASH areas of intervention based on lesson learnt and defined best implementation solution. The Guidelines for installation and the ones for O&M would be translated in Arabic after validation by the foundation.

Month 9

  • Ensure regular coordination with the Government of Lebanon (MoEW and MoE)
  • Continuous transfer of capacities and handover of monitoring responsibility to the Roving WASH.

Month 10

  • Actively participate in the creation and building up national wastewater Workshops and taskforces to collect and capitalize on the different intervention on Wastewater in settlement and gatherings in Lebanon.

Month 10,5

  • Handover and transfer of implementation follow up and monitoring to the WASH Roving officer(s) for the countrywide scaling up of the innovation technology
  • Ensure adaptation of platform and database to capture and track the installation of the innovative technologies.

Notes on the Deliverables and Schedules:

  • The above Deliverables and Schedules can change and be adapted due to unforeseen factors
  • In addition to the above Deliverables and Schedules, over the timeframe of the consultancy the consultant will:
    • Follow up on the implementation of the technologies 1st s, 2nd and 3rd batches
    • Support for the WASH sector on collecting evidence for sanitation chain needs countrywide and for UNICEF partners
    • Ensure regular field visits to follow up on a steady and operational installation of the treatment system
    • Ensure adaptation of platform and database to capture and track the installation of the innovative technologies.
    • Check with other country offices, mainly Syria to identify the possibilities of replication of such treatment facilities. 
    • Work in close collaboration with UNICEF WASH Officer(s) for its/their foreseen follow up for the scale up countrywide. 
    • Gather evidence and technical information to support the MoE in its policy making and implementation for sanitation in Lebanon in residential and non-residential settings.
    • And all other required tasks to accomplish the deliverables.

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

Master’s degree in Water and/or Sanitation, Civil Engineering, or equivalent;


  • At least 8 years engineering experience in wastewater collection and treatment planning, feasibility studies, design, tendering and supervision of construction;
  • At least 5 years of both field and management experience in WASH related emergencies and early recovery programs, in both urban and rural areas, at national or international level. Specific involvement (design, implementation, training) in excreta disposal and wastewater re-use design & implementation in a variety of emergency and post-emergency settings of which at least 3 years’ work experience in the Middle East is mandatory
  • Experience in developing innovative WASH solutions is required.
  • Knowledge of nationwide WASH assessment and familiar with management of large database.

 Language skills: 
Oral and written proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language and local language is an asset.

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.


Candidate has to submit an all inclusive financial quotation with the application.

Applicants who do not submit financial offer will not be considered.

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