WASH Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Lesvos, Greece 🇬🇷

Job no: 543365
Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Greece
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

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, On 9 September 2020, several fires broke out at the Moria Reception and Identification Center (RIC) located on the Greek island of Lesvos. The center, home to approximately 12,000 refugees, migrants and asylum seekers (out of which 4,200 are children) was severely damaged forcing people to flee for safety. To address the immediate needs of displaced migrants, a new temporary site has been established in the vicinity of Kara Tepe. Currently 4,814 migrants (out of which 1,321 are children) are registered and sheltered in approximately 614 tents and 8 Rubbhall tents. Various humanitarian actors immediately engaged in setting up emergency WASH infrastructure and provision of WASH services at the new site.UNICEF and WASH in RIC MauravouniFrom September 2020, the Red Cross started with cold-water, grey water and since December, hot water trucking, distributed through 9 tap stand location (plus 3 in isolation areas), hot water trucked and distributed to 5 hot shower facilities and grey water desludged from the RIC to the municipal wastewater treatment plant. On an average around 200 m3 cold water trucked daily to RIC. For shower facilities, around 60 m3 hot water trucked to RIC which ensures hot water for around 1000 hot showers/day, with around 200m3 desludging of grey water. With the departure of the Red Cross, from April 2021, UNICEF has taken over all water-related trucking responsibilities, until the creation of new water and sewerage networks, currently estimated to be completed by end of August 2021.Due to urgent needs and the specific nature of the land (archaeological site), portable chemical toilets were deemed the most appropriate for this first stage of the response. Toilets are clustered in several locations. From April 2021, UNICEF took over management of half of temporary toilet services (working with the RIC/Army, who provide the rest) and all of the temporary shower facilities to provide a continuation in services, bridging the gap between emergency to more durable solutions – container based toilet and shower facilities, connected too a centralized sewerage and water network.The Lesvos RIC is now in this transition phase from emergency to more durable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions. UNICEF, supported by the EU’s DG HOME, is responsible to install a new sewerage system, working alongside the government who will install the water system. Connected to these systems will be toilet and shower containers in sufficient numbers to meet EASO standards and indicators.WASH Sector Coordination: UNICEF is also co-chair of the WASH sector in RIC, Lesvos.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the UNICEF WASH Manager the WASH Consultant will work with Partners, RIC Technical team, works Supervisor to undertake the key assignments listed below:Toilet and Shower Containers
• Ensure a completion of the connection of toilet and shower connections to the sewage network which supports and reinforces:
i. durable operation
ii. simple maintenance – particularly in supporting reduction of toilet blockages and effective unblocking
iii. ability to connect additional externally supplied hot water in colder months if electricity is not sufficient
iv. water conservation measures
• Ensure adequate testing of the container components in order to complete the list of faults that need to be addressed by the container contractor
• Ensure a complete faults/snagging list for submission to the container contractor, getting agreement by the contractor that they will be completed and then ensuring completion of the faults
• Establish in agreed documentation what is included in the toilet/shower container guarantees and what is not to enable clear lines of responsibility between contractor and other partners/outsources contractors
Provide detailed Variation Orders for any additional works needed for assessment, approval and processing by the WASH Manager
Sewage Network and Pump Stations
• Review contractor testing procedures with works Supervisor, propose amendments and ensure thorough testing of all components and comprehensive testing reports
• Assess risks of water/sewage networks and pump station failures, propose any retrospective fitting/reinforcement to reduce system failure and subsequently develop emergency procedures including, but not limited to:
i. Overview of sources and likelihood of all systems component failures
ii. Mains electricity failure; subsequent generator failure; additional alarm systems
iii. water and sewage network breakages
iv. water shortages
v. sewage system blockages
vi. pump station component failures
• Ensure all operation and maintenance manuals are developed, reviewed and finalised – written initially in English (for effective review) and then translated and reviewed in Greek. Identify clearly what should be covered by the 6 months Defects Liability Period, and what is outside the scope of this for all components
• Develop ToRs for Pump Station and Water and Sewage Network operation and maintenance. Identify what can realistically be done by Partners, the RIC Technical Team and what needs to be covered by an outsourced contractor, working with Partners, RIC and initial system designers. Provide separate ToRs for each relevant actor and develop the relevant tender/quotation documentation to ensure accurate offers for operation and maintenance works from external contractors
• Ensure compilation of all technical documents, as-built drawings, testing data and reports to support a comprehensive and effective handover to government and their contractors
• Support the partial operation of the entire system to allow effective operation of toilet and shower containers with and without effective connection to external municipal sewage and water systems ie (i) effective utilisation of water trucking into the on-site instead of external municipal water supply system (ii) external municipal sewage system
• Provide detailed Variation Orders for any additional works needed for assessment, approval and processing by the WASH Manager
Monitoring and Reporting
• Produce overall plan of works, including linked components/critical paths, to ensure timely final completion. Provide detailed weekly plans and instruction as required for other WASH consultants supporting container installation and construction works
• Provide support/inputs as required on the development of a digital system for WASH facility operation and maintenance
• Integration of priority cross-cutting issues (children and women, gender, age, diversity, environment, COVID-19,human rights) in all aspects of work (analysis, planning, monitoring and response)
• Final report of works completed, detailed plan of outstanding work and how they should be achievedOutputs/Deliverables

The incumbent will be placed from ASAP – 30 September, with potential for short-term extension in the event of an extension of funding. Depending on initial timeframe agreed, deliverables maybe re-prioritised and amended.
1. Weekly planning, document bi-weekly progress
2. Participate in any WASH construction coordination events and develop advocacy notes and brief meeting minutes for WASH Manager, Government counterparts and sector partners as required
3. System and equipment testing reports, comprehensive fault list to be addressing by (i) container and (ii) network/pump station contractors
4. Document what is included in the (i) toilet/shower container and (ii) sewage network and pump station guarantees and what is not
5. ToRs, roles and responsibilities for operation and maintenance for different partners and contractors. Tender documents for operation and maintenance contractors as needed
6. Compilation of all system documentation for handover to government
7. Detailed Variation Orders as needed
8. Final report of works completed, detailed plan of outstanding work and how they should be achieved, lessons learned and recommendations for improvement.

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

• University degree in water and sanitation management, water supply engineering, sanitation, water operations, Public Health Engineering or other related technical fields. Experience can replace qualifications, but not vice versa
• Minimum of 7 years WASH related experience
• Meticulous and accurate work essential. Ability to listen and document discussions in a detailed and precise way is essential. Excellent English verbal and writing skills, with ability to write in a detailed and precise manner
• Experience in project management/implementation of sewage/water network construction and maintenance is essential. Electro-mechanical knowledge/experience (pump stations) and mains/renewable energy an advantage
• Knowledge/experience of data collection, analysis and interpretation tools and programmes
• Ability to very quickly, precisely assess needs and understand context to analyse what’s needed
• Ability to take instruction and work independently with little supervision
• Ability to work with and supervise a small team of engineers with very detailed instruction and follow up
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships with government partners, communities and WASH actors
• Previous work experience with the UN and/or NGO, supporting government counterpart, working with local authorities essential
• Flexibility to work as needed to meet task deliverables
• Familiarity/experience with the refugee/migrant crisis in Greece an advantage

• Familiarity with UNICEF/UN processes and procedures, as well as operational and implementation modalities will be an advantage
• Excellent writing skills, fluency in written and spoken English
• Excellent writing skills, fluency in written and spoken Greek an advantage
• Applicants must have the right to travel easily to Greece/EU without travel visa
• Ability to start quickly and to potentially extend short-term is an advantageFor every Child, you demonstrate…

  • UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf Equipment Interested applicants are expected to have already the necessary IT equipment (lap top, mobile phone). Timeframe and Payment Schedule


Candidates are asked to indicate their required all-inclusive fees for the services to be provided. 

Payment schedule: Payment will be made on a monthly basis, based on agreed deliverables and a submission of monthly progress reports to UNICEF by the consultant, upon approval by the direct supervisor. Progress reports will be brief, produced in English and summarize key activities, achievements and challenges faced during the reporting period, priorities for the next reporting period, highlighting any support needs from or recommendations for UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines. All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future. HOW TO APPLYa. Complete and submit an online UNICEF profile for the appropriate vacancy notice
b. Attach to your online application your CV and a motivation letter in the online application. Your motivation letter should indicate the date of availability.
c. Submit a Financial Proposal in Euro or US$.
The financial offer should clearly indicate:
1. The monthly consultancy fees requested to carry out the aforementioned tasks and deliverables
2. Independent travel/transport cost within Lesvos for work purposes (RIC Mauravouni is 20 minutes easy drive from the UNICEF office)
3. Any one-off travel expenses required to arrive in Lesvos. Any travel outside of Lesvos be covered by UNICEF. All UNICEF rules and regulations related to travel of Consultants/ Individual Contractors apply.
4. Any other expenses deemed necessary
5. Please indicate the total monthly fee of the overall financial offer and separately any one-off costs Note that applications without a proposed fee will not be acceptedRemarks:

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

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

All regulations for Consultants and Individual Contractors, including General Terms and Conditions, do apply for this contract. 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.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Advertised: 27 Jul 2021 GTB Daylight Time
Deadline: 03 Aug 2021 GTB Daylight Time