Myanmar nationals: WASH Consultant (Water Supply and WASH in School Works)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Southern Shan, Myanmar
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Junior (0-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and Myanmar languages

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Background:

2014 Myanmar census report indicates that 29% of children (about 5 million) live in households that do not use an improved water source and 25% of children (more than 4 million) live in households that do not use improved toilet facilities. Almost one million children are practicing open defecation. The 2015-16 Demographic Health Survey (DHS) published in March 2017 estimates that 56% of rural households across Myanmar do not have basic sanitation and 14% practice open defecation.

Despite positive trends in health and nutrition indicators, under-five mortality rate 50 per 1,000 live births is still high. Significant disparity exists across geographic regions, peri-urban slum, disaster-prone and conflict-affected areas as well as with disadvantaged ethnic minorities. Seven out of fifteen States and Regions contributed to 75% of under five deaths with the highest numbers in Chin and Shan states. Under-nutrition continues to be a challenge with nearly a third of under five children stunted and wasting is 7 per cent compared. Nutrition disparities prevail, with stunting prevalence as high as 41 per cent and wasting as high as 13.9 per cent in some states/regions and townships. Shan State has the largest proportion of children aged 6-17 who have never been to school (23%), with the national average being 6%.

UNICEF together with Department of Rural Development, Department of Public Health and Department of Basic Education is implementing Accelerating Sanitation and Water for All programme especially for the Rural Poor in Hsehsing, Pekon, Leikha, Namhsan and Moenai Townships of South Shan State and Myaing, Ngape, Myothit and Seikphyu Townships of Magway Region in Myanmar. This programme is funded by DFID and aimed to support the sustained use of safe water supplies in targeted areas of Myanmar.

In close collaboration with Department of Rural Development, Department of Public Health, Department of Basic Education, local and international NGOs, UNICEF will provide water supply systems in order to have access to a sustainable water supply services for communities and institutions (schools and health centers) particularly in challenging locations of Hsehsing, Pekon, Leikha, Namhsan and Moenai Townships of South Shan State. This consultancy will include construction of new and upgrading of existing community water supply systems in 18 communities and conduct an assessment of potential schools (at least 10 schools) and health centers (at least 2 health centers) of Hsehsing township. The key activities will be formation of village water user committees, on-the-job training for DRD engineers such as gravity-fed pipe network design, watershed management of spring water sources and plumbing of pipe network and development of water safety plans. In addition, the consultant will work closely with Township Medical Officer (TMO) and Township Education Office (TEO) to provide technical assistance to develop design and BoQs of WASH facilities in schools and RHCs.

Purpose of the Consultancy:

The purpose of this consultancy is

  • To support WASH officer in Taunggyi office and WASH team in UNICEF Myanmar CO in the development, planning, implementation and monitoring of community managed water supply systems for people in targeted rural communities
  • To coordinate and work closely with the Department for Rural Development at State, District and Township levels to provide technical support for planning and implementation of water supply systems with high quality standards and in a timely manner

To coordinate and work closely with the Department of Public Health and Department of Basic Education to conduct need assessment of WASH situations in schools and health.

Objectives of the Consultancy:

In close collaboration with Department of Rural Development, the national consultant will provide technical support for construction/upgrading of community managed water supply systems for 25 communities in Hsehsing township with below specific tasks:

  • Facilitate to establish Water User Committees 
  • Conduct feasibility study of water supply systems 
  • Conduct an assessment of WASH situations in potential schools and health centers
  • Provide support for development of gravity-fed pipe network designs and Bill of Quantity 
  • Initiate watershed management of spring water sources 
  • Under the guidance of the supervisor, provide technical advice to take necessary actions to implement water supply, WASH in schools and WASH in Health Facilities related activities.
  • Monitor the progress of construction/upgrading of water supply systems and WASH facilities in schools and health centers
  • Carry out programmatic visits in accordance with the agreed workplan

In close collaboration with State Education and Health Departments, the national consultant will provide technical assistance to prepare designs and estimates of WASH facilities in schools and Rural Health Centers in Hsehsing Township. 

Assignment Tasks and Expected Deliverables:

Task 1

Facilitate to form Water User Committees (WUCs) jointly with DRD of Hsehsing township through community meetings at targeted communities (See Annex-01)

Support guidance to implementing partners for formation of Water User Committees of targeted communities. Ensure that each Committee has at least 30% female committee members.

In consultation with State and Township level Education and Health offices, visit to schools and RHCs in Hsehsing township to assess WASH situation.

End Products/ Deliverables:

Water User Committees (WUCs) at 18 targeted communities formed with 30% female committee members

Preliminary list of schools and RHCs to be included in 2018/19 prepared 

Task 2

Support DRD officials on assessment of existing water supply, visit to water sources together with community members and suggest for provision of community managed household water metering systems for targeted communities, schools and health centers (See detail in Annex-02).

Support State and Township Education and Health offices to conduct assessment of WASH facilities in selected schools and RHCs

End Products/ Deliverables

Report on assessment of water supply baseline data and suggestion for provision of community managed household water metering system for 8 communities submitted

Assessment of at least 5 schools and 1 health institution Started

Task 3

Support DRD officials on assessment of existing water supply, visit to water sources together with community members and suggest for provision of community managed household water metering systems for targeted communities, schools and health centers (See detail in Annex-02).

Prepare assessment report of WASH facilities in selected schools and health institutions.

End Products/ Deliverables 3

Report on assessment of water supply baseline data and suggestion for provision of community managed household water metering system for 10 communities submitted

Detail assessment of at least 5 schools and 1 health institution

Task 4

Provide technical assistance to Department of Rural Development in planning, designing and calculation of bill of quantity (BoQ) for 10 water supply systems.

Provide technical assistance to TMO and TEO to develop design and BoQs of WASH facilities in schools and health institution

End Products/ Deliverables

At least 8 village water supply systems design and BoQ prepared and developed jointly with DRD engineers

Designs and BoQ of 5 schools and 1 health institution drafted jointly with Education and health officials

Task 5

Provide technical assistance to Department of Rural Development in planning, designing and calculation of bill of quantity (BoQ) for 15 water supply systems. 

End Products/ Deliverables

At least 10 village water supply systems design and BoQ prepared and developed jointly with DRD engineers

Task 6

Support to prepare requisition, transportation and storage of water supply related items

Supervise and monitor the end use of water supply items in the field

End Products/ Deliverables

Updated water supply tracking database developed and shared

Task 7

Assist DRD engineers for construction of water systems and supervise on plumbing work in the field

Conduct monitoring of on-going school/health institution WASH facilities improvement works and provide technical assistance as needed

End Product / Deliverables

Five water systems constructed

WASH facility improvement works in schools and health institution started

Task 8

Support DRD officials on initiation of watershed management for sustainable of spring water sources

Organize technical and facilitation trainings for DRD officials, WUCs and communities on watershed management

End Product / Deliverables

Report on watershed management training submitted with involvement of community from 5 villages

Task 9

Produce final internal report for implementation of water supply projects in 25 communities of Hsehsing township

Prepare final report of school/RHC WASH facilities improvement works

End Products/ Deliverables

Final internal report with analysis of strength, weaknesses and lessons learned submitted.

Final progress report of school/RHC WASH facilities improvement works prepared

Qualification and specialized knowledge/experience required for the assignment:

Education

  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Civil or Mechanical Engineering, Water Supply or Environmental Engineering, Public Health or other specialist field related to WASH is required. A first university degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience in WASH-related programmes specifically in rural water supply, water safety planning, water quality monitoring and WASH in Schools.
  • A minimum of two years of experiences in humanitarian assistance will be an asset.
  • Community mobilization, coordination and facilitation experiences.

Work Experience

  • At least three years of relevant professional work experience in WASH
  • Knowledge of WASH-related technical guidelines, standards and indicators
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of WASH interventions

Language Proficiency

  • Fluency in English is required (oral and written)
  • Knowledge of Myanmar language(s) is required and local language is an asset

Interested candidates are requested to submit the application with updated CV and completed EOI form.