Saturday, July 26, 2014

Individual Consultant on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

1.Objectives and target

1.1 Background

The Government of Mongolia and UNICEF current Country Programme 2012-2016 supports Mongolia in addressing inequity in accordance with the National Development Strategy, the United National Development Assistance Framework and the Millenium Development Goals. The Country Programme has two key priority areas: 1) social-budgeting initiatives and support for the creation of pro-poor social and investment policies; and 2) integrated and inclusive interventions that address the multiple deprivations suffered by children and closely monitoring the outcome of these interventions.

The Country Programme supports high-impact child-friendly integrated interventions, including water, hygiene and sanitation approaches that are community-driven and sustainable energy-efficient technologies. These interventions provide evidence for policy advocacy and validate scaling up by the government. These interventions are directed at:

The national level: Encouraging the establishment of mechanisms for data and disparity analysis, policy review and effective implementation with appropriate budget allocations. Evidence-based advocacy and partnerships are aimed at positioning children and women, particularly those most vulnerable, at the heart of Mongolia’s development agenda.

The sub-national level: Reinforcing partnerships with Khuvsgul and Nalaikh local governments to strengthen local planning, budgeting and monitoring access to safe water and sanitation facilities.

The community level: Empowering service providers and beneficiaries through support for behavioural change. UNICEF will work across all levels to help embed disaster risk reduction in development planning and emergency preparedness processes.

1.2Rationale and Purpose of the Assignment

The WASH programme focus includes the completion of the ongoing construction of WASH facilities in schools and dormitories; generation of evidence and standards for Household and School Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HSWTS) for policy advocacy and leveraging of government resources; WASH financing and the research on Wash in Schools Menstrual Hygiene Management for girls, donor reporting, UNDAF reporting, work planning and contingency planning for WASH cluster (IASC). All these require effective and efficient management and close implementation monitoring for timely delivery results. The International Professional WASH Specialist (P3) recently transferred to another duty station. This consultancy, together with the current national WASH Officer will ensure that the Country Office technical capacity for WASH is adequate in meeting the requirements of the programme.

Purpose of the Assignment

The incumbent is accountable for supporting the Country Office in formulation, design, planning, implementing and monitoring the implementation of the WASH programme. Promote and participate in the scaling up effective monitoring, operation and maintenance of WASH facilities at schools for their sustainability through an appropriate management strategy and lasting users behavioral change to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives.

Promote inter-sectoral partnerships in order to ensure that progress in activities related to water and sanitation facilities and hygiene practices in schools and Early Childhood Education Centres benefit mutually education and other programmes, in particular Health, Nutrition, Water and Environmental Sanitation, menstrual hygiene management and disabilities.

1.3Link to Country Programme Key Results

OUTCOME 4: Equitable access to child-friendly schools that are inclusive, academically effective, gender-sensitive, healthy, safe protective and involve families and communities.

Output 411: In the focus areas, 80 percent practice good hygiene and all primary school children have access to child-friendly and energy-efficient water and sanitation facilities.

1.4Link to AWP:Output 411

2.Specific activities to be completed to achieve the objectives

2.1Work assignments

a) Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and collaboration to the WASH Situation Analysis update made for effective programme planning, development and management, including emergency preparedness and response.

b) Knowledge management effectively promoted through drafting/finalizing key WASH sectoral programme documents and advocacy materials, sharing good practice, lessons learned, and knowledge/information exchange. Strengthen partnership with the stakeholders, including knowledge institutions to further understand the barriers to Wash In Schools and support to strengthening capacity of Government, counterparts and all other education actors (parents, communities, teachers, education administrators and planners) in developing policies, planning and budgeting for WASH.

c) Quality of rights-based WASH programmes effectively promoted, and coherence, synergy and value added to programme management process through results-based management and strategies.

d) Support in formulation of sectoral work plan and activities and monitoring programme implementation ensuring alignment with the defined programme strategies and approaches. Ensure programme construction and hygiene and sanitation activities in schools and policy related interventions are closely monitored, ensuring timely delivery and assurance of quality and adherence to rules and regulations, with special attention to gender/sex disaggregation of relevant indicators. Propose corrective actions as necessary to ensure programme implementation is on track.

e) Programme donor reporting carried out efficiently, timely and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures. Ensure the timely preparation of annual WASH sector status reports with contribution of all major partners.

f) UNICEF's global goals effectively promoted through evidence-based advocacy and policy dialogue in the WASH sector. Support the government in development of policy guidance and influence allocation of resources on behalf of WASH and Wash in Schools.

g) Proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability ensured regarding supply, non-supply and emergency assistance as well as disbursement of programme funds for the WASH sector.

h) Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration including support to the IASC WASH Cluster contingency planning.

3.Specific outputs of the assignment Monthly Consultancy Report to include: status of WASH programme implementation; implementation bottlenecks and measures to address them; donor reports as per donor reporting schedule; status of collaboration agreements; implementation status of special HQ and RO –led initiatives; inputs to annual reports, advocacy materials, donor proposals, situation analysis, and overall recommendations.

How to apply:

1.Qualifications/or specialized knowledge/experience required & competencies

Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Sanitation Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Urban, Rural Development, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance.
Five years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government, the private sector or field work experience.
Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach.

Fluency in English required. Proficiency in another UN language or the local working language of the duty station would be an asset.

Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment, in high altitude and cold climate.

2.Definition of supervision arrangements

5.1 Direct supervisor

Deputy Representative

5.2 Frequency of performance review

· Submit monthly progress report to the Deputy Representative and process discussion meeting

· Final report and conclusion meeting. A formal output evaluation shall be conducted at the end of the eleven month on a designated form. If output is evaluated less than fully satisfactory, no further contracts shall be granted to the consultant, and payments may be reduced or withheld entirely as per CF/AI/2013-001 para 6.19)

5.3Performance indicators for evaluation of results

· Keeping the scheduled timeline

· Quality of developed policy papers and reports

· Results, quality and quantity of activities

· Level of professionalism

· Communication skills

· Level of applicability of recommendations and materials in practice

· Creativity

6.Official travel involved –YES

· Field monitoring

· Field visits, no TA will be issued. Consultant is expected to submit, within ten days of completion of specific travel a voucher reimbursement. Consultant shall not receive training at the expense of UNICEF.

Submission of Applications

Interested candidates are kindly requested to submit the following information:

a) Letter of Interest

b) Proposed Budget and Fees

c) CV and completed P-11 form.

Please indicate the title of the assignment or vacancy notice number in the subject line of your email message and address to: ulaanbaatarhr@unicef.org or send by mail or courier to:

Human Resources Unit

UNICEF Mongolia Country Office,

UN House-United Nations Street 12,

Sukhbaatar District, 1st Khoroo, Ulaanbaatar, 14201, Mongolia.

Phone: (976-1) 312 183/185, Fax: (976-1) 327 313

There is no fee involved in any aspect of the application process.

The Personal History Form (P11) in MS Word format can be downloaded from http://www.unicef.org/mongolia/about.html. Regret letters will only be sent to shortlisted candidates. All applications are treated with strict confidentiality. UNICEF is a smoke-free environment. UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff. Well qualified candidates, particularly women, are strongly encouraged to apply.The deadline of applications is 8 August 2014 COB hours

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