International WASH Consultant - SafePani Policy & Institutional Design

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


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Purpose of Assignment:

SAFEPANI programme was been launched in 2018 with key interventions focusing on generating an empirical basis to design and launch a performance-based enterprise model for rural water services that combine better information and financial incentives targeted at providers to ensure safe and reliable services. This includes empirical data collection and analysis on the safety and functionality of different infrastructure systems, comparable across multiple management and organization structures including self-supply, private collectives, small enterprises, community management, and public service models. This also includes private domestic water services and primary and secondary school facilities under public agencies.

The second concurrent component includes designing a performance-based service model for rural water systems. This phase focuses on creating aspiration to the private household demand for in-premises services into small enterprise models.

The third phase supports national policy review and reform to enable and support these blended finance and performance-based contract models.

SAFEPANI is being piloted in Khulna Division, the delta region historically with the lowest rate of water infrastructure access due to the high salinity levels and flood risks. The programme will be piloted in Polder 29 which covers five unions and an estimated 58,000 inhabitants.

SAFEPANI-Schools was also launched in the administrative upzilas including Matlab Dakshin (South), Matlab Uttar (North) Upazilas of Chandpur district, and a fourth upzila in Daudkandi Upzila in Comilla district. Multiple studies have designated in this region as it has some of the highest rates of arsenic contamination in the shallow aquifer systems.
SAFEPANI is being implemented in partnership with the University of Oxford REACH Programme for Water Security for the Poor. It has been implemented and field teams supported by the Bangladesh University for Engineering and Technology (BUET) and the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (iccdr,b).

As part of the UNICEF component of this project, UNICEF is seeking the services of an international consultant to analyze incoming data, design a SAFEPANI service delivery model, and contribute expert-content into the institutional framework and policy review undertaken with the Policy Support Branch (PSB) of Local Government Division (LGD) and   Department of Public Health and Engineering (DPHE) under Ministry of Local Government Rural Development & Cooperatives (MoLGRD&C).

Major Tasks and Duties::

  • Policy analysis of the institutional framework, infrastructure performance, and service models for the rural drinking water (domestic) system.
  • The analysis of the results from the Matlab primary and secondary school WASH Blocks (150 schools currently being monitored).
  • Institutional design informed by the targeted analysis of data from Polder 29 infrastructure audit, household survey, and household water use and expenditure diaries
  • Support and training for the field teams.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s) in Institutional development, public policy, business, geography and the environment, WASH.
  • At least 10 years of working experience with global WASH or Sustainable Development functional areas.
  • At least 4 years of experience of project design and project management.
  • Demonstrated experience publishing academic and policy reports.
  • Working experience with coordinating multi-partner projects.
  • Working experience with donor agencies.
  • Working experience in Bangladesh.

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.

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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.


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. This is deliverables-based contract. The technical suitability of the candidates is assessed first through review of applications, test and/or interviews; to be followed by the invitation to provide financial offer for the candidates who best meet the technical requirements. 

Opening Date Mon Nov 04 2019 06:00:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time) Bangladesh Standard Time
Closing Date Tue Nov 19 2019 18:55:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)