Ghana nationals: WASH Officer- WASH in Schools, Software

Ghana 🇬🇭

Job Number: 498128 | Vacancy Link
Location: Ghana
Work Type : Consultancy

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

WASH in Schools (WinS) is a key component of the 2012-2017 GOG-UNICEF WASH Programme which aims to ensure that a national strategy for WASH in schools is successfully demonstrated, evaluated and documented to feed into a national scale-up plan. UNICEF is committed to ensuring that over 100,000 school children are targeted with WASH behavior change approaches and 330 schools have access to adequate water and sanitation services in schools.

The consultant will support the WASH team in UNICEF Ghana with the implementation of the WinS software component of the WASH programme. The position will also provide cover for the WinS officer- Software (Accra) who will be temporary unavailable for six months during the period of the assignment.

Assignment Tasks

 The specific tasks under this assignment are:

  • Ensure that the WASH in schools software programme is planned, implemented, monitored and reported in a technically sound, timely, and cost-effective manner, incorporating strategies to ensure that outcomes can be sustained by children and schools and implementation is aligned with school hardware activities.
  • Support GES/SHEP at national, regional and district levels to effectively coordinate, implement, monitor and advocate for WinS in Ghana
  • Support empowerment of children to act as change agents through ensuring the programme design supports the promotion of child and youth participation in WASH programming.
  • Facilitate the implementation of the Programme Corporation Agreements (PCA) with Right to Play and Curious Minds, by assisting the WASH Specialist in monitoring programme progress, communicating key details to partners and completing programme monitoring visits.
  • Support the generation of evidence through action research on Health and Hygiene Education through Play and Sports (HHETPS) implementation
  • Support SHEP to facilitate WASH behavior change in school children by:
    • Supporting the implementation of behavior change programmes, with a focus on children in basic schools practice handwashing with soap
    • Facilitate the training of teachers and pupils and teachers on proper use and maintenance of facilities including the development of Facility Management Plans
  • Compile WASH programme implementation reports for knowledge sharing with counterparts, WASH sectoral stakeholders, donors and media
  • Provide input for the preparation of donor reports and country WASH in Schools programme planning

Expected Deliverables

  1. WinS programme is effectively implemented
  2. Support provided for the implementation of the following:
    • PCA with Right to play to implement Child and Youth Ambassadors (CYA) for WASH programme in accordance with the PCA quality, timeline and funding commitments
    • PCA with Curious Minds to implement CYA for WASH programme in accordance with the PCA quality, timeline and funding commitments
    • PCA with ProNet on football for WASH software in accordance with the PCA quality, timeline and funding commitments
    • Consultant is on board to commence operational research on HHETPS
    • Development of communication materials on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM)
  3. Support SHEP’s dissemination and implementation of WinS guidelines in 500 schools
  4. Support the management and closure of WinS for Girls project
    • Track expenditure and review implementation of WinS for Girls project
    • Basic MHM package developed, disseminated and operationalized
    • Ensure an active MHM working group
    • Ensure the set up an MHM website for Ghana

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


A national professional with a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Sanitation Engineering, Education, Project Management or a field related to international development assistance. Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication) is a strong asset. A first degree with extensive years of experience may be considered.

Years of relevant experience

Five years progressively responsible professional experience in designing, implementing or reviewing WASH in Schools behavior change programmes and projects.

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Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in GH¢) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Opening Date 28 Jul 2016 GMT Standard Time
Closing Date 12 Aug 2016 GMT Standard Time