International Consultancy: WASH Sector Theory of Change

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Abuja, Nigeria 🇳🇬

Job no: 543356
Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Nigeria
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, water

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

The purpose of this assignment is to facilitate the development of a national WASH sector comprehensive analytical Theory of Change ‘Theory of Change (ToC)’ document through engagement with Government at federal and state levels, UN agencies, Development Partners, and Private Sector actors for the facilitation of a clear and detailed comprehensive conceptual framework of the WASH sector in Nigeria that is aligned to national priorities and SDG 6 and contributes to Child Survival and Development.

In 2019, UNICEF carried out an evaluation of the FGN/UNICEF WASH programme 2014 – 2017. One of the recommendations of the evaluation was the development of a theory of change for the sector in collaboration with the Government, UN agencies, development partners, and the private sector with the aim of aligning the FGN/UNICEF WASH Programme with SDG 6, UNICEF’s global WASH Strategy 2016-2030 and the National priority of ending open defecation by the year 2025. Therefore, the theory of change will support future programming, specifically geared towards access to and use of safe and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene for all and its impact on child survival and development.

The consultant will assist the WASH Section to address this recommendation of the evaluation report by facilitating the process of developing a ToC for the WASH sector. This will be achieved by engaging with government, development partners, the private sector and UN organizations and agencies in Nigeria involved in WASH interventions. The individual consultant would be expected to do a desk review of relevant documents and facilitate workshops and a consultative forum that will lead to the development of a ToC that is accepted by all stakeholders and addresses the need of the sector.

Scope of Work:

The individual consultant will work closely with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR), National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS), the Clean Nigeria Campaign (CNC) Secretariat, States governments UNICEF Country and Field Office colleagues and other stakeholders in the sector to develop a sector-wide ToC. The attached TOR is for your reference.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… TOR WASH Consultant.pdf

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in: Social Sciences, Development Studies, Public Administration, Sociology or any other related field of study
  • S/he should have at least eight years of working experience in the WASH sector.
  • S/he must have experience in WASH Programme design and implementation especially as it relates to systems development and capacity transfer
  • S/he must have verifiable evidence of having developed a theory of change for a government, international or multinational organisations or development programme
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness 
  • Works Collaboratively with others 
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships
  • Innovates and Embraces Change
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically
  • Drives to achieve impactful results 
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity 

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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.

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.


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

Advertised: 28 Jul 2021 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 10 Aug 2021 W. Central Africa Standard Time