Bangladesh nationals: WASH Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

A total of 3,420,521 people lives in 4,966 slums in Dhaka City, as mentioned in the most acceptable publications, “Slums of Urban Bangladesh, May 2006 by Centre for Urban Studies”. The basic services, mainly WASH support is in deplorable situation in these slums. Studies revealed that people migrate from rural to urban mainly for economic reason and the poor people finally settle in slums. Considering the equity measures and SDG theme of “no one leave behind”, UNICEF is supporting DWASA and Dhaka North/South City Corporations to provide WASH support to the Low-Income Communities (LICs)/Slums. In the recent past DWASA has changed their Act. and now ready to provide legal water connections to the slum dwellers. DWASA looks this as a win-win situation, where the poor slum dwellers get legal and safe water with low price (DWASA rate) and DWASA gets revenue.

Since 2012, UNICEF is directly supporting DWASA to provide legal water connections to the slum dwellers and as of today a total of 1205 connections provided in some of the major slums like Korail, Sattola, Jheelpar, Baoniabad, Kalshi. DWASA has a plan to ensure 100% legal water connections in all the slums by 2020.

At this stage, UNICEF planned to conduct an analytical review, to see, how this support (i.e. legal water connections for the slum dwellers) is making a change in the life of the beneficiaries, how sustainable the arrangements are and what should be the way forward for taking this in city scale i.e. covering all slums in the city.

The aim of this Consultation is, documenting the UNICEF supported Urban Water project experience and learning in slums in Dhaka City.

The objectives of this exercise are to:

  • document the experience from the development and implementation of the legal water connections to the slum dwellers in Dhaka;
  • highlight achievements and progress, key bottlenecks, and lessons learned;
  • produce a document that can be used for reporting, publication and/or advocacy at country and/or regional level.

Assignment of the Consultant:

  • Desk review: report, existing legislation, legislation and institutional environment;
  • Data collection; Identification of key actors (WASA, CBO, NGO)
  • Key Informants Interview (KII)- CM & LIC Unit officials, DWASA; DPs supporting legal water connections
  • Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with slum dwellers/ beneficiaries
  • Stakeholders (the DPs) mapping, who is doing what, where, etc.
  • Achievements: water supply coverage (number of HH benefiting from the project, characteristic of the HH, total population), the unit cost of the legal connection, water quality, level of bill collection (before and after the CBO management), empowerment of CBO, management of water systems with these new connections, hygiene practices/ awareness, MHM/personal hygiene management)
  • Impact of the legal water connections (reduction on incidences of water borne disease.
  • Challenges, lessons learnt, and opportunities
  • How to make this effort sustainable;
  • How this activity should be linked to other WASH initiatives (sanitation, hygiene, MHM) and education, nutrition and health projects within the Urban strategy
  • How to take this effort city wide i.e. full coverage of slum dwellers

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

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

  • Advanced University degree in Civil/Water/Sanitation Engineering, Development studies, Social Science, Anthropology, with hands on experience of working in WASH Sector.
  • At least 10 years’ experience of working in WASH Sector
  • Proficient writing skills in English
  • Good interpersonal skill, interviewing skills

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.

The competencies required for this post are….

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


Duration: Only one month

Total Fees: Lump sum 3 Lakhs Taka only.

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