Indonesian nationals: Consultancy for WASH Climate Resilient Assessment

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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How can you make a difference?

Children as the future generations and an integral to business bear the greatest burden of climate change impacts. Rising sea levels and melting iceberg, severe weather events, drought and flooding are climate change events that threatens to the provision of water and sanitation services. For example, flood could damage water supply and sanitation system, loss of water sources due to declining rainfall and increasing demand, and reduced carrying capacity of waters receiving wastewater. Evidence is growing that climate change is contributing to the burden of diarrhea disease. A study in 2000 shows that climate change responsible for approximately 2.4 per cent of worldwide diarrhea[1], the diseases that mainly caused by poor access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene[2]. Climate change is one of the priority issue in sustainability of businesses. Deforestation and land conversion has contributed significantly for the speed of climate change in the region and global.

WASH4Work was launch by UNICEF in 2016 to drive business action in and around the workplace on WASH.  The Better Business for Children (BB4C) initiative in country level is exploring practical applications for WASH4Work with participating business including on how community climate change resilience, and in engaging key stakeholders to address the systemic challenges and create an enabling environment.

Violation to WASH standard are considered as human rights and labour rights abuses, and jeopardizing the achievement of SDG 6, SDG 8 and SDG 1 in support of WASH access, rural decent living standard, gender and poverty outcomes.

Latest assessment on child rights impact in 9 pam oil plantations has indicates common challenges exist in this sector and good practices done by 2 of participating companies. This fact give Country Office to consider further assessment and analysis on WASH4Work in plantation setting and other industries.

At the global level, UNICEF MoU with Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has provide opportunities to access palm oil plantation member of RSPO and learn how they implement their services on WASH to their employee and their communities. Despite good practice are recorded during CRB field assessment but further and in-depth analysis are required to be use as base of WASH4Work model.

Supporting the good initiative made by plantation companies on their research of “Decent Rural Living” standard, UNICEF see opportunity to engage and generate evidence supporting the model of WASH4Work in plantation setting.

[1] World Health Organization, World Health Report 2002: Reducing risks, promoting healthy life, WHO, Geneva, 2002, p. 72.

[2] Carlton EJ, Woster AP, DeWitt P, Goldstein RS, Levy K. 2015. A systematic review and meta-analysis of ambient temperature and diarrhoeal diseases. Int. J. Epidemiol. 45(1):117–30

Purpose of the Assignment:

Supporting UNICEF advocacy framework (which include (1) policy and technical assistance, (2) capacity building, (3) evidence generating and strategic framework on WASH Climate Resilient, UNICEF Indonesia needs to generate more evidences to support and promotes WASH4Work model in Indonesia towards achievement of SDG 1, SDG 6 and SDG 8 by 2030.

Tasks

1. Understand the problem

  • Site visit to selected businesses in plantation sector and assess challenges, potential of WASH services, which include general conditions of WASH in core business operation, workers’ facilities, and surroundings communities
  • Site visit to local communities surrounding the plantations to assess WASH conditions, challenges and gaps.
  • Meet with local authorities responsible for planning and WASH to discuss WASH services and options for building resilience in communities services
  • Specifically assess opportunities for WASH to impact upon women and children’s health outcomes
  • Challenges and potential of plantation companies to achieve SDG 1, 6 and 8 in support of WASH access, rural decent living, gender and poverty outcomes.
  • Gap assessment on WASH standard at workplace in Indonesia and other national and international standards

2. Identify and appraise options

  • Identify options for communities to support resilience of communities, government services
  • Identify planning and coordination mechanisms that support climate change resilience for WASH
  • Appraise options, recognizing the tools and techniques available

3. Activities:

  • Field assessment report of plantation WASH conditions and WASH conditions in surroundings communities
  • Recommendation of climate change resilience approaches that support improved water management, conservation, resilience of communities to natural disaster
  • Recommendation for improved outcomes for women and children through targeted behavior change interventions on handwashing with soap, MHM, and elimination of open defecation

Outputs:

  1. Development of a tool to assess conditions at each of the facilities/communities/local government etc.  with all critical areas of enquiry developed and a rational for selection of sites to be visited.
  2. Report on findings including recommendations for WASH services improvement and further development of WASH services and behaviors, leveraging impact of WASH services in workplace and communities, best practices found. 
  3. Development of a climate change proposal for further intervention on WASH in at least three of the plantations that would include one of each of the following:
  • Innovative financing model: developing models which leverage   plantation company financing to bring in additional commercial and government financing into water supply and sanitation systems that benefit not only the industry farms but the surrounding communities.
  • Behaviour change model: developing programs which seek to leverage behavior change which starts in the workplace into greater outcomes for the community.
  • Resilience model: development of water management models which take into account vulnerability and resilience to disasters in Indonesia.

The proposal would include financing, potential co-financing from the private sector and potential commercial banks, government financing options.

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

  • Advanced university degree or equivalent experience in Environmental Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrogeology, or Sanitation Engineering, or another related field.
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in WASH – with demonstrated experience and sound knowledge of DRR, Climate Resilient, and Climate Change Adaptation concepts and practical experience with its implementation.
  • Experience working with government agencies, local authorities, international organizations, NGOs and communities in the field of water, sanitation and participatory approaches in health and hygiene promotion.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written) with good written and spoken skills
  • Excellent writing skills, research skills, information analysis, indicators and quantitative data;

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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. This consultancy is open for Indonesian national only.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

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