UNICEF announces vacancy for WASH Consultant. Interested candidates can apply for the job. Read the full article below for the job details.
- Master’s degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Civil Engineering, Environment/Sanitation Engineering, Public Health, Planning, Sociology and Rural Development.
- Additional training in Health Education; Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Communication for Development (Programme Communication) focusing to WASH is an asset.
- Five years of progressive professional work experience in the UN or other (inter)national development/humanitarian organization, national government .
- Excellent knowledge and skills of computer in word, excel, power point, email and internet use, data management,
- Good theoretical and technical knowledge on local and provincial planning and management,
- Community water supply, water safety planning, water safe communities, water quality monitoring, WASH in Schools and Health Care Facilities,
- Water supply projects management, and sustainability of water supply and sanitation,
- WASH planning, monitoring and evaluation.
- Community based sanitation hygiene education, hand hygiene for all, environmental sanitation and solid waste management.
- WASH in emergency with technical know how of contingency planning, WASH cluster coordination and management, and emergency responses with supply management.
- General knowledge of methodology of programme/project management, programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for sectoral programme,
- Knowledge of result based, human rights and gender/disability issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF/ Govt’s position and approaches.
- Financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations of UN/UNICEF and Government of the Nepal.
Language Proficiency / Computer skill
- Proficient in speaking/writing in English and Nepali , local language of Sudurpaschim and Karnali provinces is an asset.
- Proven computer skills in Excel, Words, PowerPoint
- Holding own motorbike / two-wheeler with valid driving license and is an asset,
- Candidates from Sudurpaschim will be highly preferred.
- Competent female, people from disadvantaged group, person with disability, marginalized and indigenous community are highly encouraged to apply.
As per the 2018-2022 CPAP and 2020-2022 multiyear work plan, UNICEF Nepalgunj Field Office has been providing technical and financial support to the local and provincial governments of Karnali and Sudurpaschim provinces for socio-economic upliftment and rights protection of children, adolescents, mothers and people of deprived communities through different sectoral interventions.
In relation to WASH, major activities initiated in both the provinces include improvement of service delivery and capacity building/system strengthening of WASH sector. UNICEF’s support under the CPAP is showing results and it is time for intensifying its upstream work so as to increase enabling environment for scaling-up WASH interventions, such as advocacy and awareness for effective implementation of national policies at local level, reformation/formation of policies & guidelines in line with the national plans/policies; support provincial and local governments to increase access to safe water supply, safe sanitation & hygiene, and improvement of WASH in Schools & Health Care Facilities at scale in Karnali and Sudurpaschim provinces. Those programmes are implemented in close coordination with the provincial & local governments and development partners. Twenty-four municipalities of both provinces (11 in Sudurpaschim and 13 in Karnali) are selected to demonstrate key interventions at community level under regular programme. However, in case of emergencies, WASH in emergency support is being provided in all affected municipalities in close coordination with the local & provincial governments and WASH stakeholders available at local level.
In order to manage aforesaid WASH activities, two WASH Officers have been closely providing technical support for formulation & reformation of WASH policies, establishment and strengthening of WASH structural mechanism and effective implementation of need based WASH activities and also managing field office level WASH related all business during regular and emergency situation.
Indeed, WASH Officers have been providing possible technical support from their end for effective implementation of planned activities at Palika and provincial level but looking on the required need at local level support provided through the WASH Officers is felt inadequate to accomplish quality outcomes. The remote geographic terrain, limited road & air connectivity as well as poor internet access in most of the programme municipalities causing difficulty in providing timely technical support and effective implementation of WASH programme and sectoral interventions. In addition, divided and unclear role of Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Development (MoPID) and Social Development in provincial government with limited staffs is also hampering timely coordination and implementation of prioritized activities. On top of that, global outbreak of COVID-19 and frequent movement restrictions in programme areas by the Federal, Provincial and Local Governments to protect citizens from the pandemic also poses additional challenges on effective and timely implementation to achieve the expected results in the remote Palikas of both provinces.
Moreover, WASH component of Nepalgunj Field Office (FO) bear the highest percentage among different sectors i.e. 43% of allocated funds to FO in 2021 and expecting similar range in 2022. Managing regular and emergency business by two professionals is very much challenging. Thus, additional dedicated supporting hands are highly required to provide timely and quality technical support to provincial and local governments to accomplish set goals and targets. Therefore, one WASH consultant with base in Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Development (MoPID) in Dhangadhi (i.e. provincial capital) of Sudurpaschim is proposed for 9 months (01 April to 31 Dec 2022) with a provision of mid-term review (at 6th month) and end review (at 9 month) for systematic downsizing/exit are planned as necessary steps to be pursued jointly by NCO and Field Office.
Application Deadline: 25th Mar, 2022