Senior Consultant (Support to SWA Countries - WASH Finance)

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)

Home-Based / Remote

Job no: 543554
Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: United States
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…

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is a global partnership of over 300 partners, including governments, private sector and civil society organizations, external support agencies, research and learning institutions, utilities and regulators working together to catalyse political leadership and action, improve accountability and use scarce resources more effectively. Partners work towards a common vision of sanitation, hygiene and water for all, always and everywhere.

The Secretariat of the SWA global partnership is hosted by UNICEF at its Headquarters in New York. Several Secretariat Members are posted with various SWA partners including IRC in the Netherlands, AMCOW, IADB, Lis-Water, MARI-FANSA and WaterAid. The SWA Secretariat, as the operational arm of the Partnership and of the Steering Committee, is responsible for supporting the implementation of the partnership’s strategy 2020 to 2030. The Secretariat’s Country Engagement Team works under the guidance of the CEO to promote engagement of partners to achieve the three objectives of SWA’s strategy:

1.           Build and sustain the political will to eliminate inequalities in water, sanitation and hygiene

2.           Champion multi-stakeholder approaches towards achieving universal access to services

3.           Rally stakeholders to strengthen system performance and attract new investments

Accordingly, the SWA Secretariat is looking for a skilled WASH Finance expert to lead the dialogues with priority countries, be the interlocutor with the Systems and Finance Work Group by preparing and supporting periodic meetings; provide high-level strategic advice to countries on WASH Finance and prepare a learning note on the key bottlenecks, opportunities and solutions to the various issues to be identified by partners. 

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of this consultancy is to lead dialogues of SWA partner countries on WASH Finance, provide them with relevant and timely advice to address the bottlenecks they face; and oversee the implementation of a small-scale technical assistance programme.  

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

  • Lead dialogues with priority countries on bottlenecks to WASH Finance – 40 days, July 2022
  • Organise meetings of countries with the Systems and Finance Work Group Members – 10 days, June 2022
  • Coordinate the small-scale technical assistance support program – 5 days, July 2022
  • Support high-level political engagement on WASH Finance at country level – 6 days, July 2022
  • Support the finalization of WASH Finance commitments and advice countries on their implementation – 9 days, May 2022
  • Learning note on SWA support to WASH Finance – 5 days, March 2022
  • Support Secretariat on Finance – 5 days, July 2022

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

  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, business administration or relevant social sciences.
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in development finance and high-level multilateral and multi-stakeholder platforms and partnerships, incl. international financial agencies, governmental authorities, private sector and NGOs, including reporting. 
  • Experience working in a similar multi-stakeholder partnership is strongly desirable
  • Excellent drafting and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently but in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English. Knowledge of French and Spanish an advantage

For 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.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
  • Functional Competencies
  • Analyzing (2)
  • Persuading and influencing (1)
  • Applying technical expertise (2)
  • Learning and researching (2)
  • Planning and organizing (1)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.



  • Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference (can be downloaded here: 
    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
    • Indicate your availability
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

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

U.S. Visa information:

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.  

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.

Your appointment is limited to SWA, a UNICEF hosted fund. While UN staff regulations and rules, as well as UNICEF policies and procedures, apply to you during your appointment, certain provisions therein may apply to you differently due to the limited scope of your appointment.

Advertised: 03 Aug 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Deadline: 17 Aug 2021 Eastern Daylight Time