Individual consultant (WASH Program support)

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

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Job Number: 512277 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Madagascar
Work Type : Consultancy
 

  • Title of Consultancy   :  WASH Program Support
  • Work Type                : Individual contract (SSA)
  • Duration                   : 11,5 months
  • Duty station              : Office work in Antananarivo
  • Opening date            : 11th April 2018
  • Closing date              : 29th April 2018

I – Background and Justification

In 2012, at the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting, the Governments of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom committed to doubling the number of people it will help gain access to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion from 30 to 60 million people by 2015. 
As part of this commitment, DFID provided between 2013 and 2016 a total of £35.5 million to expand UNICEF’s programme to accelerate access to sanitation, hygiene and water for all in off-track countries. In March 2017, it has approved to expand this support with an extra £117 million. It is estimated that this renewed UK support will result in at least 7.5 million poor people gaining basic access to sanitation services and faster progress towards water-related SDGs in up to 10 low income countries.  The programme will support the WASH sector enabling environments and capacity to improve WASH delivery in priority countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean.
The “accelerating sanitation, hygiene and water for all in off-track countries” ASWA II programme will be implemented in 10 countries: Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Niger, Eritrea, Madagascar, South Sudan and Haiti. These countries have been selected using a set of criteria agreed on by UNICEF and DFID. In order to further provide technical support to the target countries in progress monitoring capacity, DFID will continue to make the Independent Programme Monitoring and Evaluation (IPME) team available.

 

The ASWA II programme deployed in Madagascar aims to achieve the following outputs:
• 600,000 poor and vulnerable people will have access to basic sanitation.
• 100,000 people will be using basic water supply.
• 50 school or health centers benefiting from improved WASH facilities.

Madagascar is facing enormous challenges to achieve water and sanitation for all. According to the latest report from the JMP1 Madagascar is among the countries lagging furthest behind in achieving the MDGs, with 52% of the population using improved water sources, and only 12% using adequate sanitation facilities. Only 2% of the rural population uses a piped water supply, while 31% of them still use surface water as drinking water. Open defecation still is still high, being 52% of the rural population practicing OD. For the urban population, 82% have access to clean water but still 55% use unimproved sanitation facilities, and 19% practice OD.

The political situation in the country has posed problems for making significant progress in the WASH sector.

An in-depth data analysis, rigorous evidence generation and solid advocacy activities at all levels done by UNICEF allowed the WASH programme to raise significantly funds. The WASH programme grew from 1,2 million USD in 2013 to more than 16 million for 2017 as a direct consequence of the program implementation. The amount of activities to be carried out has increased accordingly.

The expected budget for WASH programme in 2018 will be above USD 18 Million.

 

II- Purpose of this consultancy

Amongst other new WASH programme funding, a new DFID programme (ASWA 2) has been launched at the end of 2017. The inception phase will be progressively completed for End of April – June 2018. The period of implementation will be mainly concentrated during the years 2018 and 2019 to achieve most of the results mid-2020. According to this timeframe and the new framework, rapid evolution of the WASH programme a consultant is needed to support the scaling up of the planning, implementation and monitoring of the programme expansion.

 

Under the supervision of the UNICEF WASH section Chief, this assignment has two main elements related to immediately above; these are:

 

1) Scale up process of planning, monitoring and enabling environment of the WASH programme to ensure:
- Support for ASWA 2 inception phase – baseline, monitoring tools,
- Overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme, 
- Delivery of high level programme documents (enabling environenment) and analysis for the accomplishment of goals and objectives with particular accent into DFID and other donors’ demanding deadlines,
- Support on reinforcement of national enabling environment components.

 

2) Support any specific action derived from the above, for instance:
- Support the project management activities,
- Provide technical support to improve data collection for the programme
- Support UNICEF’s implementing partners (MEEAH) in the documentation preparation for International Meetings’ participations.

 

This assignment has the following expected tasks and deliverables:

 

III- Specific Tasks

 

- Prepare all data (quantitative and qualitative) and produce reports regarding the WASH Programme in Madagascar in relation to the preparation of the new Country Programme and DFID programme,
- Finalize the WASH Household survey to include in ASWA 2 inception report,
- Prepare biannual DFID & main donors reports,
- Set up the new framework and assure the evaluation of « Value for Money » for the WASH programme closely interlink with efficient field monitoring data management (MoMa 2).
- Support the evidence gathering and reporting to assure the Payment by Results approach (PbR)
- Support elaboration of the WASH national sector plan,
- Prepare and support the completion of the new WASH Bottleneck analysis,
- Contribute to elaboration of WASH budget brief in link with social policy department,
- Accompany elaboration of MICS and Census regarding WASH data,
- Link with the operational research and other IKM initiatives.
- Support the preparations for the SWA High Level Meeting beginning of 2019 and for World Water Week 2018.

 

IV- Expected Deliverables

1. WASH Household survey ASWA 2 finalized and included in inception report.
2. The new Value for Money framework set up and evaluation successfully achieved.
3. Reporting of DFID Programme in Madagascar timely prepared.
4. WASH sector plan finalized, aligned with SDGs and including climate change component.
5. WASH Bottleneck Analysis.
6. WASH Budget brief finalized.
7. Short analysis of WASH data extracted from MICS and national census.
8. Studies, field notes, operational research cases fully documented.
9. Document background and files for attending international Conferences timely prepared in close collaboration with the MoW and the WASH section (i.e WWW, SWA…)
10. Donor and Programmatic WASH reports drafted.

 

IV- Consultancy duration

The total duration of the contract is 11.5 months.

 

VI- Payment schedule

All translation costs are to be separately borne by UNICEF.
Terms of payment: Monthly payment upon presentation of the monthly progress update. 
Note that final payment to a consultant is dependent on the completion of deliverables.

 

VII- Expected background (Qualifications & Experiences)

- Master’s degree in relevant discipline (Engineering, policy, international development and/or Management). 
- At least ten years of work experience at strategic level, with international development organisations.
- Specific experience in WASH required; experience in other sectors considered.
- The consultant should have appropriate skills in planning, monitoring & evaluation, organisation or in other domains related with process analysis and management.
- The consultant must have experience in working at high level with Governments, Donors and Research Institutions.
- The consultant must have strong in writing skills and in presenting to audiences of different knowledge levels and interests. 
- The consultant must have good English and French language skills.

 

Selection Criteria

 

Technical (80% weighting).
Financial (20% weighting).

 

VIII- Submission of Application

Interested candidates are requested to send their offers online via the link https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job= and latest by 29th April 2018; and should comprise the following:

• A presentation on planning and methodology to be used (max, two pages) covering the conduct of the tasks over the 11.5 months period proposed. 
• Appended to the methodology statement should be a list of three referees, showing their names, affiliations and contact information (email and phone). 
Financial offer clearly indicating monthly fees and costs (the monthly rate should include professional fees and DSA together). Travel, communication and logistics –when applicable- should be presented segregated from the rates. Costs to be provided in USD. National travels are not included in the offer. 
• A completed United Nations P11 form/s (available at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc ). 
• A CV of the consultant, not to exceed five pages. 
• A copy of the certificate of the highest degree of the consultant/s. 
• A copy of an identity document (passport or national i.d. card) for the consultant/s.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and will receive an official response to their application. Our job applications are also available on the site http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

 

Opening Date Wed Apr 11 2018 00:00:00 GMT-0600 (MDT) E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Sun Apr 29 2018 14:55:00 GMT-0600 (MDT)