Hand Hygiene at Scale Initiative – Coordinator (WASH)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Consultancy Title: Hand Hygiene at Scale Initiative – Coordinator

Section/Division/Duty Station: WASH/PD/NYHQ

Duration: 6.5 months (full time)


If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.


Universal hand hygiene is essential to prevent infection and reduce transmission of COVID-19, and to safely care for those who are infected. When considering how to achieve universal hand hygiene, it makes sense to consider all settings public and private which includes, households, refugee and IDP camps, institutions (schools and health care facilities), workplaces, markets and food establishment, and transport hubs. 

Yet, 3 billion people – 40% of the world’s population – do not have readily available access to handwashing facilities, even in some high-income settings where handwashing facilities may be widely accessible, compliance with recommended handwashing behavior is very low. Nearly three quarters of the people in least developed countries lack basic handwashing facilities with water and soap at home, and 2 out of 5 people in sub-Saharan Africa have no handwashing facility at all. Almost half of schools lack a handwashing facility with water and soap, affecting 900 million school-age children, and 42% of health care facilities globally lack hand hygiene at points of care.

Taking full advantage of the opportunity presented to rebuild better conditions for hand hygiene in the context of COVID-19, UNICEF and WHO have initiated consultations on Hand Hygiene for All Initiative. This initiative is calling on several platforms such as the WASH Cluster, Sanitation and Water for All, the World Economic Forum to prioritize hand hygiene but more importantly, take a whole of society and systems approach to hand hygiene. The initiative also aims to support countries and development partners to develop a coordinated response to the coronavirus outbreak, to ensure that hand hygiene is adequately included in coronavirus responses.

The Hand Hygiene for All initiative was launched at the end of June 2020 for which a number of advocacy materials have been prepared.   The focus now is the development of plans, development and implementation of tools and workstreams and materials to translate the initiative into action at global, regional and country level. Currently working groups have been created to cover, global coordination, advocacy, country support and processes, and monitoring. This purpose of this consultancy is to help fulfill the secretariat role of the Hand Hygiene Initiative.

Under the supervision of the Sr. WASH Adviser and overall direction of the Associate Director, WASH, the consultant will provide secretariat support and technical support to the hand hygiene initiative.  The primary areas of work are the following: 

  1. Coordination:
    • Coordinate regular convenings of core group (agenda setting, meetings, follow up)
    • Prepare a detailed work schedule (objectives, work streams, timeframes, budget, and responsibilities) and provide regular updates to the core group
    • Develop and maintain a calendar of events
    • Maintain a database of membership and commitments
    • Facilitate core group meetings with multi-stakeholder platforms (i.e. WEF, SUN, TBC, CEO-Water Mandate)
    • Coordinate online communications
    • Alongside the group’s chair (or core group) support new members/partners to understand the role and function of the HH4A initiative.
    • Prepare summary reports and updates.
  2. Knowledge management:
    • Support the process for developing joint publications and knowledge products
    • Facilitate and moderate discussions on multi-lateral platforms for knowledge exchange (Knowledge point, Yammer) Provide oversight on the Scaling Up Hand Hygiene Initiative website
    • Provide inputs to UNICEF internal sites and collaboration sites
    • Curate UNICEF knowledge products (situation reports, donor reports, WASH global and regional newsletters, etc.) to identify case studies and experiences on the initiative
    • Circulate emerging information to group members (e.g. new studies published and produce a quarterly newsletter
    • Support the translation and dissemination of key documents and publications
  3. Support High level advocacy for Initiative
    • Contribute to the design and execution of events (webinars, conferences, etc.)
    • Contribute to the communication plan
    • Development of briefing notes for internal and external communications  

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

Support preparations for Global Handwashing Day and other key events


  • Advanced university degree in related technical or specialized field.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in WASH or Public Health including knowledge management and coordination
  • Experience working with UNICEF or WHO on water supply, sanitation and hygiene programmes. Experience with related organizations, such as the World Bank, or Sanitation and Water for All is an advantage.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) in English are required. French, Spanish and Arabic are considered an advantage.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft 365 is required, specifically Word, PowerPoint, Yammer, SharePoint, and Teams.
  • Experience in providing editorial review and line editing to WASH-related publications is an added advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal and partnership management skills. Demonstrated experience working in a multicultural environment and demonstrates the core values of UNICEF. 


  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (can be downloadedhere: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_consultancy_assignments.html 
    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
    • Indicate your availability
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

U.S. Visa information:

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.  

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

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. View our competency framework at: Here

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 Wed Jul 08 2020 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date Wed Jul 15 2020 23:55:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time