Individual Consultancy for Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) Guidance

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)


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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

For every child, proper sanitation and hygiene

The Government of Vanuatu has committed to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 "improving WASH services for children and their families in urban communities in Vanuatu. In 2019, with assistance from Engineers without Border, the Ministry of Health, created rural sanitation and hygiene guidelines[1]. The Ministry of Health has asked for assistance to now create emergency and urban sanitation and hygiene guidelines. Engineers without Borders will create the emergency sanitation and UNICEF would like to hire a consultant to help Ministry of Health create the urban sanitation and hygiene guidelines. These guidelines will build on the existing Vanuatu legal framework, including: 1994 Public Health Act[2], 2018 Public Health Act Amendment[3], 2016-2030 Sanitation and Hygiene Policy [4], 2000 Building Code[5], Pollution Control Act, and Water resources Act.






How can you make a difference?

In Vanuatu, only 48% of the urban population has access to basic sanitation[1]. The majority of the urban population are using limited or unimproved sanitation, with a very small portion defecating in the open. Vanuatu has no piped sewerage, with the entire population having on-site sanitation. There are no subsidies for any portion of the population to improve their sanitation. Poor sanitation can cause intestinal worms, schistosomiasis, trachoma, cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid and polio; exacerbates stunting; is linked to diarrhoeal deaths annually; and contributes to malnutrition[2].  Overall, this lack of sanitation can lead to excreta-related diseases that affect children's physical and cognitive development[3].  In part, as a result of the poor urban sanitation situation, there have been a number of poor water quality results found in near-shore ocean waters[4].  To manage health risks, the government has banned swimming in harbour waters near the central business district. Annually, urban centers in Vanuatu are growing a rate of 4%, meanwhile, the urban informal settlements growth rate is 3% to 12%.  By 2023, it is estimate that 43% of the urban centers in Vanuatu will be informal settlements. As Vanuatu continues to urbanize, the poor-quality results will have a greater and greater impact on the health of children. To prevent an even larger problem in the future, UNICEF will support the government of Vanuatu to improve the urban sanitation situation.





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


  • Demonstrated experience drafting urban sanitation guidelines and implementation plans
  • Knowledge of global best practice in urban sanitation policy and implementation


  • PhD or over 15 years experience
  • Knowledge of Port Vila and Santo sanitation situation
  • Knowledge of gender and people with disabilities design requirements
  • Experience working in Vanuatu, Pacific Islands or Small Island Developing States

Assessment criteria

  • Urban Sanitation sector knowledge
  • Guidelines and implementation plan creation experience
  • Demonstrated writing experience
  • Cross-cultural and Pacific working experience


  • Fluency in English is required


  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for results
  • Relating and Networking
  • Applying technical expertise
  • Analysing
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Following Instructions and Procedures

Download File Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) Guidance.pdf


Applicants must submit:

  • Technical proposal including the general approach in fulfilling the requirements of this consultancy and proposed dates and timelines (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Financial proposal including all professional fees, travel costs and living allowance, if required
  • Narrative explaining why the consultant is qualified for this consultancy, including CV with a list of previous urban sanitation experience included
  • Links to or copies of at least one similar piece of work, such as urban sanitation guidelines or implementation plan, where the candidate was the lead author
  • A company profile or CV paying attention to the description of the expertise in the concerned field
  • Track record-list of clients for similar services in the past three years, indicating description of contract scope, contract duration, contract value and contract references
  • Signed and dated CV and declaration of availability of involved specialists during contract implementation period
  • Reference letters from prior customers, if available

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.

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.

Opening Date Thu Dec 26 2019 15:00:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) Fiji Daylight Time
Closing Date Mon Jan 20 2020 06:55:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time