Consultancy to Assist in the Implementation of the WASH Triple Nexus Initiative

Global Water Cluster (GWC)



Background and rationale. 1

Objectives. 2

Main tasks / Expected results. 2

Timeframe, duration and deliverables. 3

Key competences, technical background and experience required. 3

Submission of applications. 4

Background and rationale

The Global WASH Cluster (GWC) is a partnership of NGOs, UN agencies and other organizations, which has the primary mandate of strengthening system-wide preparedness and coordination of technical capacity to respond predictably to humanitarian emergencies and provide clear leadership and accountability in the main areas of humanitarian response in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The core priority of the GWC is to support the effective and predictable delivery of appropriate WASH for those affected by an emergency. In 2019-20 the GWC in collaboration with the Inter-Agency WASH Group (IAWG) and the greater humanitarian WASH sector developed the (Humanitarian) WASH Roadmap 2020-2025 to accelerate action to enhance the capacity of the WASH sector to provide high quality and accountable responses at scale, anywhere and at any time, rooted in preparedness and resilience across the continuum of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus (triple nexus). This came as a reply to a call to action during the High-Level Meeting held in June 2019.

Following the Learning Event “Building Resilient WASH Systems in Fragile States” the GWC and the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership (SWA) – as the two main coordination mechanisms for WASH in the humanitarian and development realms, respectively – identified tangible actions to accelerate cooperation between the platforms and to build convergence of humanitarian and development efforts in countries who face fragility, natural disaster or climate change. The process was then consolidated within the framework of the Roadmap 2025 in the initiative “3.5 Triple Nexus” led by the GWC, SWA, UNICEF and the German WASH Network. An implementation plan was developed and costed.

In February 2021 a stocktaking meeting “The Triple Nexus WASH – Humanitarian Development Peace” presented the initiative to the broader sectors and discussed the initial ideas for a Joint Operating Framework (JOF). Interactive discussions provide further input for the development of a JOF, its roll out and the building of deepened collaboration between SWA and GWC.

The JOF should describe a harmonized way of working for the humanitarian-development WASH sectors, taking interrelation with peace into account. At the national level it seeks to formalise the sector-wide systematic coordination and to facilitate institutionalisation and leadership. To accelerate the development and the roll out of the JOF in pilot countries, concrete actions to get the nexus progressing in countries which face fragility, natural disaster or climate change (and focusing in priority on preparedness) need to be identified.

In order to develop a JOF and to prepare supporting events and guidance papers, the initiative is seeking the services of consultants with relevant and extensive expertise in WASH, preferably in both humanitarian assistance and development cooperation.


Development of a Joint Operation Framework (JOF) for the WASH Triple Nexus and supporting its launch and initial stage of operationalisation

Main tasks / Expected results

Under the supervision of triple nexus initiative led by the GWC, SWA, UNICEF and the German WASH Network, represented by German Toilet Organization, the consultant will be accountable for the following activities:

  1. Preparation of a 90-minute online event in 2021, including a thematic input on the concept of a JOF, to galvanise momentum for the issue (drawing up the agenda, identifying case studies and mobilising corresponding speakers, preparation of a PPT and its presentation, documentation of event results)
  2. Assisting cross sector regional exchange on the WASH Triple Nexus in East Africa through the preparation and co-facilitation of an online policy-stream to inform a 2-3 day regional exchange forum in Eastern Africa with humanitarian and development actors; extracting key learnings for the global process
  3. Development of a JOF, based on results of the Triple Nexus Event 2021 (see report above) and activities 1 and 2, including sector consultation, consolidation of feedback, validation via the governance bodies of GWC, SWA and the (Humanitarian) Roadmap 20-25 Steering Committee
  4. Preparation of an event for the “World Water Forum 2022” (or similar forum) to launch the JOF (drawing up the agenda, identifying case studies and mobilising corresponding speakers, preparation of a PPT and its presentation, documentation of event results)
  5. Development of a series of 3 evidence-based case studies and corresponding briefing papers for practitioners to guide the operationalisation of the JOF
  6. Development of a joint SWA and GWC Triple Nexus advocacy paper on financing to further the operationalisation of the JOF
  7. Establishment of and continual support to a GWC-SWA Working Group (bi-monthly calls), to discuss and provide input to the above mentioned points
  8. Write report

Timeframe, duration and deliverables

Starting date:                           15 August 2021

Ending date:                             31 December 2022

Number of working days:          TBD (s. estimates below)

Duty Station:                            The consultancy is home-based

Reporting to:                            German Toilet Organization (as host of the secretariat of the German WASH Network)

 Key deliverableDuration (estimates)
1Preparation of 90 min online event to galvanise momentum7 working days
2Assisting regional exchange in East Africa via online policy stream10 working days
3Development of JOF and validation with government bodies22 working days
4Launch of JOF at World Water Forum 202210 working days
5Development of 3 case studies and briefing papers25 working days
6Development of advocacy paper on financing12 working days
7Development of and support to working group7 working days
8Report2 working days
 TOTAL~95 working days

Remuneration:  deliverable-based, payment against invoice upon completion and review of deliverables

Key competences, technical background and experience required

Due to the required expertise from different disciplines we encourage joint applications from teams or consultant firms that bring together the necessary expertise from both humanitarian and development. Applications are sought from consultants, with the following profile.

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant subjects like engineering, social sciences or economy and master’s degree (or equivalent post graduate studies) in water and sanitation and other related fields;
  • At least 10 years of experience in planning, implementing and managing humanitarian and development WASH programmes;
  • Experience writing global policy, and leading global advocacy agendas
  • Previous experience with the humanitarian-development-peace nexus highly desirable
  • Previous experience with humanitarian and development forums/platforms, global multi-stakeholder partnerships and peace actors highly desirable;
  • Experience in developing documentation for technical audiences;
  • Ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking;
  • Proven evidence of writing skills (to send writing samples as part of the application);
  • Ability to be flexible and work within tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work collaboratively on research and development of technical documentation;
  • Excellent verbal and written English; knowledge of French, and / or Spanish, and / or Arabic highly desirable.

Submission of applications

Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and send the following documents by Jul 22, 2021 to [email protected]

  1. Resume and Cover Letter;
  2. A financial proposal including fee per day including VAT (GTO is exempt from VAT)
  3. Writing samples, preferably in relevant technical areas;
  4. A written technical proposal of maximum two pages outlining key steps to be taken to deliver the expected results.

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