Two Consultants for Evidence Building in Cash and Markets for WASH

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)

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Background and Rationale

The Global WASH Cluster (GWC) is a partnership of NGOs, UN agencies and other organizations, which has the primary mandate of strengthening system-wide preparedness and coordination of technical capacity to respond predictably to humanitarian emergencies and provide clear leadership and accountability in the main areas of humanitarian response in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The core priority of the GWC is to support the effective and predictable delivery of appropriate WASH for those affected by an emergency. The GWC is led by UNICEF.

The use of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) in humanitarian settings has seen significant increase over the past years, and global commitments such as the Grand Bargain are further garnering support for cash. The ability of crisis-affected populations to meet their needs through local markets is a key pre-condition of effective CVA. Humanitarian stakeholders from all sectors recognize markets as critical drivers of recovery and resilience. The increasing use of CVA, and growing experience in market analysis, has also encouraged humanitarian practitioners to consider market-based programming (MBP) more holistically. MBP or market-based interventions are understood to be projects that work through or support local markets. The terms cover all types of engagement with market systems, ranging from actions that deliver immediate relief to those that proactively strengthen and catalyze local market systems or market hubs. Above and beyond increasing the use of CVA, during the coming years market support and market strengthening interventions should be systematically considered and implemented as a complement and/or alternative to direct assistance to crisis-affected populations.

The GWC has been engaged since 2015 on work on CVA and MBP, in the areas of policy development, evidence building, guidance development and capacity building. These initiatives have been beneficial to the advancement of the CVA and MBP agendas in the sector and highlighted a few areas of future improvement, one of which is knowledge management.

WASH is a complex sector, with five main areas (water supply, excreta management, solid waste management, hygiene promotion and vector control), each of which can potentially make use of multiple CVA and MBP types to deliver humanitarian programmes. Moreover, new types of programming, such as multipurpose cash transfers (MPC), are increasingly used in humanitarian operations to deliver results across sectors, including in WASH. Existing available documentation includes a limited number of case studies, lessons learned documents and evaluation reports, guidelines, and a bigger number of documents that depict practices, such as market, risk and needs assessment reports, as well as various survey tools. The latter come however from a very limited number of projects. The available evidence reviews are rare and concentrated in a few areas: refugee contexts, sectoral outcomes of MPC, CVA for emergency sanitation and hygiene. Their quality was influenced by the available documentation at the time these evidence reviews were conducted.

In conclusion, the current available evidence is fragmented and does not reflect the full complexity of CVA and MBP use in WASH in emergencies. In the meantime, significant progress was made in advancing the cash agenda in other sectors and inter-sectorally. This created a need for the WASH sector to build in a more systematic and coherent way the evidence base on CVA and MBP in WASH in emergencies and based on it to re-think the conceptual framework on the links between CVA and MBP on one hand, and other complementary WASH interventions, on the other hand, in each of the five WASH areas.

The GWC is ideally placed to reach out to a wide network of WASH and of CVA practitioners, and thus gather missing pieces of evidence. Through the GWC Cash and Markets Technical Working Group (TWIG), the GWC already has a forum where the identified evidence can be critically examined and quality assurance can be provided.

The work that needs to be done to systematically build the evidence base on CVA and MBP in WASH requires expertise on CVA in WASH on one hand, and MBP in WASH on another hand. Currently, these two types of expertise are hard to be found in a single person. While the required expertise is specific for each of the two domains, for practical reasons the findings for each WASH area will benefit if presented together, i.e. it will be useful for practitioners to have in one report evidence on both CVA and MBP, to understand the contribution each type of intervention can make towards WASH outcomes. This in turn will require a highly collaborative work between the two technical profiles.

In support to this effort, the GWC is hence seeking the services of two consultants with complementary CVA and MBP in WASH profiles, to work together as a team to achieve the consultancy objectives.

Objectives

The overall objective of this consultancy is to systematically build the evidence base on CVA and MBP for WASH, in order to support an increased consideration of CVA and MBP for WASH, in a holistic manner, when appropriate.

The secondary objectives are:

  1. Systematically map existing knowledge resources and knowledge gaps on CVA and MBP for WASH, at a minimum on MPC and WASH, and CVA and MBP for water supply, excreta management and hygiene promotion, and critically assess the quality of existing knowledge resources;
  2. Develop knowledge products (reviews) on current practices in CVA and MBP for WASH, and, to the extent evidence is available, on the impact of CVA and MBP on WASH outcomes, at a minimum on MPC and WASH, and CVA and MBP for water supply, excreta management and hygiene promotion;

Main tasks / Expected results

Under the supervision of the GWC Deputy Coordinator and in close collaboration with the CashCap Advisor to UNICEF-led Clusters and the GWC Cash and Markets Technical Working Group (TWIG), the two consultants will undertake a six-month stocktaking exercise and will be accountable for the following deliverables:

  1. Database of knowledge resources on CVA and MBP for WASH, including at a minimum the following areas: MPC and WASH, and CVA and MBP for water supply (extraction, treatment, distribution), excreta management and hygiene promotion, and if feasible and relevant also for solid waste management and vector control, with clear rating of quality of each resource. The database will be common for CVA and MBP for WASH, and data will be gathered following a common methodology, both from projects using the CVA and MBP approaches together, and from projects using only one of the approaches;
  2. Four separate evidence maps for each of the following areas: MPC and WASH, CVA and MBP for water supply, CVA and MBP for excreta disposal and CVA and MBP for hygiene promotion; if feasible and relevant two additional evidence maps for CVA and MBP for vector control, and CVA and MBP for solid waste management; evidence maps will be thus common for CVA and MBP for each of the five WASH areas, and will be developed collaboratively by the two consultants;
  3. Brief report outlining identified gap areas in evidence, and a summary of quality issues encountered in currently available resources; This report will be common for CVA and MBP, and will be drafted collaboratively by the two consultants;
  4. Reports on current practices in CVA and MBP for WASH and if information is available, on the impact of MPC, and CVA and MBP on WASH outcomes. These reports will be based on a desk review of collected knowledge resources, and on interviews with key informants from GWC partners currently implementing MPC, and CVA and MBP for WASH. Separate reports will be drafted for MPC and WASH, and for CVA and MBP in each of the following three WASH areas: water supply, excreta disposal and hygiene promotion. This makes a total of four reports;
  • Expected elements in each report: current practices (including inter-sectoral collaboration), impact of each modality on WASH outcomes (if information readily available), integration of MPC, sectoral CVA and MBP with other WASH programming modalities;
  • The MPC and WASH report will be drafted by the CVA consultant, with limited input from the WASH consultant;
  • The three reports on CVA and MBP in water supply, excreta disposal and hygiene promotion will be drafted collaboratively by the two consultants, based on a commonly developed methodology; Each consultant will provide inputs in his / her area of expertise, and one of the consultants will be responsible with consolidating the inputs in a single report;
  1. Consultation of all knowledge products with the GWC Cash and Markets TWIG, including through validation workshops if needed.

Performance indicators

  • Quality of the analysis and write up of the deliverables;
  • Incorporating feedback into deliverables;
  • Regular progress updates against work plan;
  • Timeliness of submission of deliverables.

Frequency of performance review

  • Regular calls on the progress of the assignment will be scheduled between GWC focal points and the team of consultants, with reviews of progress scheduled every 2 months.

Duty station

Home based with 2 visits to GWC in UNICEF Geneva

Conditions of work:

  • This consultancy is home-based and involves two travels to Geneva. The consultant will need to organize own travel, including ticketing and visa, and will be reimbursed expenditures based on the most direct and economical route in economy class. The consultant will travel by the most direct and economical route in economy class. UNICEF will pay the daily subsistence allowance as per UN-approved rate. The consultant must be fit to travel, be in a possession of the valid UN BSafe certificate, obligatory inoculation(s) and have a valid own travel/medical insurance and an immunization/vaccination card.
  • UNICEF will organize meeting logistics. The consultant will provide their own computer and communications equipment (laptop, telephones, etc).
  • All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.
  • No work or travel may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant.

Time frame and Deliverables

Start date: 01 October 2019

End date: 30 March 2020

135 days for Consultant 1 and 110 days for Consultant 2; 9 additional days for the Consultant who will consolidate reports

Please see the attached table for for the details of deliverables and timeframe per consultant.

 Download File Deliverables-GWC_Knowledge management support.docx

Payment

  • 15% upon delivery of inception report;
  • 15% over completion of database of knowledge resources on CVA and MBP for WASH, 4 evidence maps, and report outlining gap areas and quality issues;
  • 30% over completion of MPC and WASH report and report for 1st WASH area;
  • 30% over completion of reports for 2nd and 3rd WASH areas;
  • 10% after presentation of all reports.

Key competences, technical background and experience required

Applications are sought from two consultants, with the following two profiles:

Consultant 1: Cash and Voucher Assistance profile

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in humanitarian affairs, international development, social sciences, economics, or other related fields;
  • At least 7 years of experience in planning, implementing and managing humanitarian programmes, of which a significant share using the cash and voucher modality;
  • Previous experience with UN / UNICEF and humanitarian clusters highly desirable;
  • Direct experience with CVA in WASH and multipurpose cash;
  • Experience in developing documentation for technical audiences;
  • Ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking;
  • Proven evidence of writing skills (to send writing samples as part of the application);
  • Ability to be flexible and work within tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work collaboratively on research;
  • Excellent verbal and written English; knowledge of a second UN language (French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic) highly desirable.

Consultant 2: WASH profile

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject and master’s degree (or equivalent post graduate studies) in water and sanitation or other related field;
  • At least 7 years of experience in planning, implementing and managing humanitarian WASH programmes, with direct experience in market-based interventions in WASH;
  • Previous experience with UN / UNICEF and humanitarian clusters highly desirable;
  • Experience in developing documentation for technical audiences;
  • Ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking;
  • Proven evidence of writing skills (to send writing samples as part of the application);
  • Ability to be flexible and work within tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work collaboratively on research;
  • Excellent verbal and written English; knowledge of a second UN language (French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic) highly desirable.

Submission of applications:

Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents to the assigned requisition.

1) Resume and Cover Letter in which you indicate for which of the two assignments you are applying for (CVA or MBP);

2) A financial proposal including fee per day as well as lump sum financial quote that includes all expected costs for the consultancy period (including travel and allowance);

3) Writing samples, preferably in relevant technical areas;

4) A written technical proposal of maximum two pages outlining key steps you will take to deliver the expected results.

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….

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

Opening Date Fri Jul 19 2019 09:00:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time) W. Europe Daylight Time
Closing Date Sat Aug 17 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)