International Consultant - Supporting the Development of National Sanitation & Hygiene Strategy and Sector Plan

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


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A. Purpose of Activity/Assignment:



The Rural WASH policy which was prepared initially in 2010 covering the period 2010 – 2020 was reviewed and revised in 2016 by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoPH) and other line ministries and stakeholders. The Policy presents a framework for improving the quality of life of people in rural areas by ensuring access to safe water and improved sanitation and promoting the adoption of hygienic practices at the personal, household and community level, health centers and schools. The policy also aligns with the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets calling for universal access to Water Supply and Sanitation. The policy signifies the commitment of the Government to improve the quality of life of the rural population in Afghanistan. The vision of this policy is to ensure that:

  • All Afghans have access to safe drinking water
  • All Afghans uses sanitary latrines
  • All Afghans practice appropriate hygiene behaviors at home, in schools and in the wider community
  • All villages are Open Defecation Free (ODF)
  • All villages practice excreta management

As per the Policy document, MRRD and MoPH are the co-lead for the overall coordination of the hygiene and sanitation interventions throughout the country. MoPH is the lead implementing partner for the provision of hygiene promotion interventions and is responsible for overseeing the verification and certification of open defecation free (ODF) status of villages. It is also mentioned in the policy document that the provincial departments of Health will provide support to Provincial Rural Rehabilitation Departments (PRRDs) in sustaining ODF status including verification and certification of the ODF.

The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP 2017) estimates that only 63 percent of the Afghan population has access to basic drinking water services in 2017 and as low as 39 percent of the population has access to basic sanitation (improved facilities, not shared with other households) services. The JMP report also estimates that 9 percent population has access to limited (shared) sanitation, 38 % are using unimproved sanitation and 14 % are defecating in the open. The situation is generally better in urban areas compared to rural areas: as of JPM 2017, it is estimated that 56 percent population has access to at least basic sanitation in comparison to 33 percent in rural areas. Moreover, the report suggests that there is no open defecation in urban areas in comparison to 18 percent defecation which takes place in rural areas.

B. Objective of the Consultancy:

 The main objectives of the Consultancy are:

  • Facilitate key stakeholder’s discussions and national consultations (through a National Taskforce constituted to oversee the development of the Strategy document by MRRD & MoPH as co-leads)
  • Support the development of the National Sanitation & Hygiene Strategy document and Sector Plan

The National Taskforce will be led by MRRD and co-led by MoPH with close technical backstopping support from UNICEF. Other partners include relevant WASH stakeholder including key line ministries such as Ministry of Urban Development & Land, municipalities, Ministry of Education (MoE), and key sector partner agencies, including (but not limited to) UNICEF, INGOs/ NGOs.

The consultant will work closely with the members of the National Taskforce which will meet periodically and report to WSG during the course of the consultancy. An initial meeting of the Taskforce will be held after the Consultant’s presence to discuss the approach and expected outcomes/ deliverables of the consultancy and to agree the way forward.

As part of a technical proposal, the consultant shall submit a detailed methodology for delivering on the objective of the consultancy.

The strategy and the sector plan will address, but not limited to, the following key issues:

  1. Ending open defecation
  2. Ensuring 100 % ODF jurisdictions are sustained
  3. Adoption of 100 % access to basic sanitation
  4. Strengthening the supply chain for sanitation
  5. Safely managed sanitation in the context of Afghanistan
  6. Promote basic hygiene behaviors
  7. Working a mechanism for Sustainability
  8. Institutional arrangement/Governance
  9. Monitoring and evaluation framework



Following deliverables/outputs to be completed within the assignment period (75 working days over 6 months)

Deliverables - 1:

  • Sanitation & Hygiene Sector Analysis Report
  • Inception Report

Timeframe: 20 working days

Payment Schedule: 25%

Deliverables - 2:

  • Field Visit Report
  • Draft Strategic Framework & guidelines to support the Strategy
  • Stakeholders Consultation Report
  • Excreta management guideline
  • ODF sustainability mechanism/guideline

Timeframe: 30 working days

Payment Schedule: 35%

Deliverables - 3:

  • Initial/ revised drafts of “Rural Sanitation & Hygiene Strategy” (including goals, targets, priorities, strategies, resources and key activities for the period 2020-2030)
  • Initial/ revised drafts of “10 Year strategic Sanitation & Hygiene Sector plan”
  • Monitoring and evaluation framework for Sanitation & hygiene Sector Plan
  • Financing, Investment & Budgeting Plan
  • PowerPoint presentation of salient features of Strategic Framework, Guidelines package, Strategy & sector Plan

Timeframe: 25 working days

Payment Schedule: 40%

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


  • Advanced University degree (Master's) in Engineering, Public Health or other related technical field is required.


  • At least 12 years of professional experience in the field of WASH, particularly sanitation & hygiene promotion in developing countries is required.
  • Experience in working with governments and UN agencies providing support on equity-based health and WASH interventions is highly preferred.
  • A successful track record of working in policy & strategy development or research related to WASH, health, or related fields is required.
  • Review of prior work product will be requested during the selection process.
  • Knowledge of the context in Afghanistan is desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skill is required.
  • Excellent analytical and research skills.

Languages requirements:

  • Excellent command of English language with solid report writing skills is required. Knowledge of the local languages would be an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) 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.


Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will be contacted and requested to submit technical and financial proposals at latter stage of the process.

Opening Date Wed Dec 04 2019 23:30:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) Afghanistan Standard Time
Closing Date Thu Dec 19 2019 14:25:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time)