Facilitating and reporting on MENA Regional Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network Meeting

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Jordan
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
Arabic

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LOCATION/DURATION:

Duration:  20 working days

Location: (Amman, Jordan)

On-site working days: 5 working days

Off-site working days: 15 working days

Field Missions/Travel: Travel to the venue of the network meeting (in country - Dead Sea) to be arranged by consultant.

Estimated Start Date: August 22, 2018

Estimated End Date: October 15, 2018

BACKGROUND:

The dusk of 2015 marked the end of the MDGs era where the world celebrated successes at many fronts of the international development agenda. The same did not hold true in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) where 10 and 8 countries failed to achieve the sanitation and drinking water MDGs respectively leaving behind nearly 30 million children without access to improved sanitation facilities and improved drinking water sources. The situation of children in countries that achieved respective WASH MDGs should not be misperceived as better since large disparities exist across these by classification, wealth quintile and so forth. The situation is further exacerbated by the protracted conflicts across the region that gave rise to pressing WASH humanitarian needs for about 56 million people, over 20 million of whom children.

The adoption of the SDGs raised the bar higher and compounded the already complex situation in MENA. The transformational change brought about by adoption of the SDG agenda reduced coverage levels across the region. The dawn of the SDGs era was marked by over 35 million children lacking access to safely managed drinking water services, over 1.25 million children using untreated water for drinking purposes, over 100 million children lacking access to safely managed sanitation services, over 4 million children lacking access to hygiene facilities. Moreover, the region is witnessing a significant increase in the number of children affected by humanitarian situations.

UNICEF MENA Regional Office in Amman will hold its regional WASH network meeting on 30 September- 4 October 2018. A local consultant is required with a workload of 14 working days to support the preparations for the meeting, support the facilitation of the network meeting and provide a comprehensive report capturing the meeting proceedings, decisions, recommendations, etc.

OBJECTIVE:

Support the preparations for the WASH Network Meeting, support facilitation of the meeting and preparing a comprehensive report that capturing the discussions, action points and recommendations.

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:

  • Contributing to the finalization of the meeting agenda in consultation with the UNICEF MENA Regional Office WASH team, the Network Meeting Organizing Committee, session leads and Resource Persons.
  • Coordinating with sessions leads and resource persons to make sure that the content of each session is fully prepared.
  • Facilitating the five-days network meeting, including developing activities and exercises aimed at strengthening and encouraging efficient and effective communication, supporting team building, knowledge and information sharing among MENA WASH focal points.
  • Taking notes as deemed required.
  • Writing a final meeting report that includes discussions, decisions, action points and recommendations

KEY DELIVERABLES:

  • Finalizing the meeting agenda with WASH focal persons.
  • Coordinating with key speakers and following up on the content they will present.
  • Facilitating the 5-days meeting.
  • Keeping, consolidating, supervising and managing documentation of the meeting.
  • Preparing a comprehensive meeting report.

TRAVEL CONSIDERATIONS: Mission travel

For individual contractors and consultants, all travel arrangements to commence the assignment, including insurance and visas, will be managed and paid by the individual.  Therefore, expected travel costs must be included as a budget item in the financial proposal.  Should “mission travel” be required, UNICEF will manage and pay for travel via Travel Authorization.  However, this will be subject to the following prerequisites:  Medical Clearance, Security Clearance through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) system, the Basic and Advanced Security in the Field Trainings, Travel Visa, and liability waiver. Trip prerequisites will be met at the expense of the consultant.

Travel cost shall be calculated based on economy class travel, regardless of the length of travel.  Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC at http://icsc.un.org).  The consultant must travel on UNICEF approved airlines.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Education: University degree in Social Sciences, Development, Communications, Environment, Water Management and/or relevant field required;
  • Work experience: At least 10 years of relevant work experience, with a focus on facilitating meetings or workshops for United Nations and/or other international, regional or bilateral development organizations;
  • Experience in designing and implementing a wide range of interactive methods to strengthen teams and improve communication in the workplace. Experience in programmes management is preferred;
  • Experience in moderating meetings that are international and culturally diverse;
  • Experience in gender is a plus;
  • Fluency in both English and Arabic languages is required.

Payment Schedule:

12.        PROPOSED PAYMENT SCHEDULE

              30% upon signature of the contract and 70% upon delivery and approval of the meeting report.

EVALUATION PROCESS:

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  1. Cover letter.
  2. Proposed methodology and workplan for conducting the task.
  3. Financial quote as lump sum for professional fees, and lump sum for travel/administrative/subsistence, if applicable.
  4. CV.

Late submissions, incomplete packets, or submissions with an incorrect email subject heading will not be considered.

“Candidates will not be considered if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.”