Myanmar nationals: National Minimum Requirements for WASH in Healthcare Facilities

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


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Good WASH services in healthcare facilities links to multiple key development objectives within Myanmar including quality universal health coverage, infection prevention and control, patient safety, and child/newborn and maternal health. Impacts of good WASH services extend to staff dignity, morale, performance and safety as well as respectful care to mothers and children. Accordingly, SDG targets 6.1 and 6.2 include WASH in health care facilities as part of universal WASH access for all.

Numerous policies and strategies within Myanmar reference WASH in Healthcare Facilities (table 1) however the scope is not comprehensive and crucially detailed guidelines are not in place to allow for the development of effective minimum standards. Currently it is not possible to report against standard indicators on the status of WASH in Healthcare facilities within the country. Without quality data it is difficult to make plans and develop budgets or financing strategies to move forward.

The government of Myanmar has recently reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring good WASH services in health care facilities through the National Strategy for rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), WASH in Schools and WASH in Healthcare Facilities (2016-2030).Which outlines Strategic objective 7.5: All health facilities have adequate water supplies, toilets and handwashing facilities for patients, carers and staff, and clinical and hazardous waste disposal facilities, waste water drainage and treatment appropriate for the type of health facility, and maintain a clean environment. This document is a key reference for the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (MSDP) 2018-2030 specifically Strategy 5.3: Enable safe and equitable access to water and sanitation in ways that ensure environmental sustainability.

To support progressive realization of improved WASH in healthcare the UNICEF/WHO led Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) has proposed service ladders to enable countries at different stages of development to track and compare progress in reducing inequity. These globally normative tools have already been tested extensively and can support Myanmar with measuring progress in delivering services across five sub sectors of WASH in Healthcare facilities. While these indicators can relatively quickly be put into operation there remains significant work to be done to define appropriate minimum requirements that are adapted to the Myanmar context.

The need for National minimum requirements for WASH in health care facilities

In recognition of the benefits of WASH in Healthcare facilities there is already significant investment ongoing and planned within the Health sector from the government of Myanmar and supporting donors. Nevertheless, current policies and programmes only touch on the specific issue of ‘WASH in healthcare facilities’. Given the current rapidly developing health policy context in Myanmar it is recommended that comprehensive minimum requirements are developed that can map to and support existing policy frameworks. This will strengthen consistency in delivery of WASH services in healthcare facilities and limit coordination breakdowns between stakeholders.

Linking requirements to robust monitoring tools will furthermore allow for improved reporting, analysis and benchmarking of progress towards universal coverage of WASH. Better data will allow for the development of realistic budgets that can be targeted to the areas of most need. Finally the alignment of Myanmar minimum requirements with global SDG indicators will allow for reporting.

Objectives of the Consultancy

In close collaboration with the Department of Public Health of the Ministry of Health and Sports, the national consultant will be mainly responsible for supporting the International Consultant and Task Force to develop National Minimum Requirements for WASH in Healthcare facilities.

Assignment Tasks and Expected Deliverables

Tasks 1

Provide input and support to international consultant in preparation of zero draft WinHCF minimum requirements

1a. Review and analyse secondary data mainly in Myanmar language.

1b. Review and analyse best practices from Myanmar. 

1c. Prepar draft document and circulate to TF for review and comments 10 days before meeting

1d. Support to prepare matrix outlining key requirements for each sub sector by facility type

1e. Prepare clear presentation for presentation to TF members

Deliverables 1

Provision of briefing and background documents to international consultant related to WASH in Healthcare in Myanmar.

Support preparation of detailed workplan for consultancy

Technical translation of Matrix for key requirements by facility type and sub-sectors

Technical translation of presentation prepared for inception workshop(approx. 30 slides)

Tasks 2

Support international consultant and Task Force to facilitate WinHCF Minimum Requirements Inception workshop

2a. Assist to update sub components to be included within the minimum requirements and matrix based upon initial feedback of the TF.

2b. Support to identify participants for national and regional inception workshops.

2c. Participate and contribute to design effective workshop activities to facilitate gathering of required information and expertise from participants.

2d. Facilitate inception workshop and ensure learning and inputs is documented.

2e. Update draft WinHCF minimum requirement document and reshare with TF highlighting key changes/updates.

Deliverables 2

Support planning and facilitation of National Inception Workshop report

Translation of powerpoints and discussions as required

Documentation of key workshop findings for short workshop report preparation

Tasks 3

Facilitate 3 Regional WinHCF Minimum Requirements consultation Workshops

3a. Update sub components to be included within the minimum requirements and matrix in Myanmar language based upon feedback of the TF after national consultation workshop.

3b. Co-facilitate a consultation workshop with development partners/CSOs in Yangon to gather addition 

3c.Assist to design State/Regional level workshop activities and materials to facilitate effective participation from all stakeholders

3d. Co-facilitate State/Regional level workshops in three areas agreed with task force.

3e. Ensure documentation of State/Regional level workshops is undertaken in Myanmar language with key focus on identify specific roles and responsibilities agreed within minimum requirements.

Deliverable 3

Support planning and lead facilitation of regional consultation workshops

Translation of powerpoints, documents and discussions as required.

Documentation of key workshop findings for short workshop report preparation

Tasks 4

Co-facilitate WinHCF Minimum Requirements validation workshop

4a. Support to update draft Minimum Requirements including matrix based upon learning and recommendations from all stakeholders consulted.

4b. Document key recommendations from consultations and key points that require decisions from the TF.

4c. Circulate updated WinHCF Minimum Requirements with key question at least 10 days in advance of validation workshop

Deliverables 4

Support planning and facilitation of National Validation Workshop report

Translation of powerpoints, documents and discussions as required.

Documentation of key workshop findings for short workshop report preparation

Tasks 5

Support preparation of final draft WinHCF Minimum requirements

5a. Compile and document all comments/decisions from workshops.

5b. Provide summary documentation of entire consultation process for future reference.

5c. Remote finalization of document with feedback/clarifications to TF contributors as required.

Deliverables 5

Support finalization of Myanmar version of WinHCF Minimum requirement document ensuring consistency with English version

Tasks 6

Finalise Myanmar version of WinHCF Minimum Requirements document

6.aSubmission of final draft to TF.  The TF will submit the final version to the Union Minister for review and comment

6b. Incorporate comments/feedback received from Union Minister's office and finalise the document. 

Deliverables 6

Finalize Myanmar version of WinHCF Minimum requirement document ensuring consistency with English version

Qualification and specialized knowledge/experience required for the assignment:


Bachelors university degree, Masters degree an asset

Additional training in Policy Development, Health, WASH an asset.

Work Experience

Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector.

Excellent facilitation experience

Good knowledge and skills especially use of Microsoft office, data management programmes, designing tools and programmes. 

Familiar with WASH & Health context within Myanmar

Familiar with the current developments, research, and best practices and global in development of environmental sanitation and hygiene policy.

Language Proficiency

Fluency in English and Myanmar is required (oral and written).

Interested candidates are requested to submit the application with updated CV and completed EOI form:

Download File EOI_NatConsultantWinHCF_14082019 FINAL.DOC

Download File TORs Nat consultant WinHCF final_150819_FINAL.DOCX

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Opening Date Mon Aug 26 2019 04:30:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time) Myanmar Standard Time
Closing Date Mon Sep 16 2019 19:25:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)