Technical Support for Development of a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector Strategy

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
North Korea
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.

For every child, a chance

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to be affected by an ongoing complex emergency that has a severe impact on the nutrition, health and well-being of children. Since the late 1990s, UNICEF – together with partners – has responded through a multisectoral programme including nutrition, health and WASH interventions. Within WASH, most emphasis has been on support to rebuild the national water system network – which has fallen into disrepair – through support for construction of gravity-fed water systems (GFSs). GFSs are a good fit for the challenges of the national context (limited electricity for pumping, limited spares for pumps, limited options for alternative water supply systems) while capitalizing on the opportunities provided by topography and the availability of protected water sources.

How can you make a difference? 

The Ministry of Urban Management (MoUM), the lead WASH authority in the country, calls for a wider and accelerated effort to achieve the SDG targets in DPRK. This consultancy will support MoUM to develop a WASH sector strategy with a results matrix and an estimation of the required financing. The Strategy is intended to promote both equitable access to sustainable clean water and sanitation services, and improved hygiene and sanitation behaviours in DPRK. A Call to Action on WASH in DPRK will supplement the Strategy. The two together will serve as the guiding document for MoUM to coordinate the sector and lay out joint annual workplans with international and national partners towards realization of the SDGs.

In particular, the consultant will:

  • Review/analyse secondary data and meet with Task Force members and key stakeholders at the national level
  • Draft a framework for the strategy and an investment plan development process
  • Facilitate the first national-level preparatory and consultation workshop on the strategy
  • Conduct fieldwork to collect data on current WASH service delivery approaches from coordination, planning, investments and implementation to operation and maintenance, monitoring and reporting
  • Draft WASH strategy, investment plan/costed actions and the Call to Action on WASH in DPRK
  • Facilitate a national-level validation workshop
  • Revise the first draft WASH Strategy and results matrix with an estimated budget and draft Call to Action on WASH in DPRK
  • Prepare the final document (Strategy and Investment Plan)
  • Conduct a final review workshop to review/endorse the WASH strategy and Investment Plan
  • Review and revise the WASH Strategy and investment plans, including incorporating the comments and inputs of the Task Force

The assignment entails 55 working days with two 4-week in-country missions during August 2018 to February 2019. Please see the attached ToR for full details of the assignment. Download File ToR_WASH Strategy_DPRK (003).docx

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • An advanced degree (Masters) in civil engineering/ hydrology/ sanitation engineering/ public policy or other relevant field
  • Previous WASH related experience with UNICEF or other international development organizations
  • Experience in developing WASH policies and strategies
  • Experience in conducting/facilitating trainings
  • Strong report writing skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Flexibility and ability to work with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams

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.

See full Terms of Reference for details.

Interested applicants are requested to submit: 1) Cover letter/application, 2) Lump sum financial quote for the consultancy with a breakdown in daily rate, travel costs other costs in US Dollars, 3) CV, 4) Examples of previous, relevant work, 5) References. The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 August 2018.

Opening Date Fri Jul 27 2018 02:00:00 GMT+0200 (CEST) Korea Standard Time
Closing Date Sun Aug 12 2018 16:55:00 GMT+0200 (CEST)