National Individual Consultant- Support scaling up of WASH services at regional level (5 regions)

UNICEF Ghana seeks the services of a committed and experienced professional to be hired as a national consultant to assist WASH institutions in programme regions and districts deliver WASH interventions at scale. Five individual consultants will be located in different towns, each consultant will be assigned to a region (Wa, Bolgatanga, Tamale, Ho & Cape Coast) and will work with the regional partners in a supportive manner allowing the partners to take leadership and ownership of activities. Planned period of work and payment is for 11.5 months. Details of this assignment can be found in the TOR attached to the vacancy. Only Ghanaian Nationals are eligible to apply.

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.

Purpose of the Assignment

With the 2012-2017 GoG-UNICEF WASH programme coming to an end and a new WASH programme in the offing for 2018-2022, it has become necessary to consolidate implementation of the Rural Sanitation Model and Strategy (RSMS) and document lessons to enable scaling up. Towards the end of the current WASH programme, there has been an improvement in results due to different approaches and measures that have been adopted. Going into the new WASH programme, UNICEF will support government to strengthen these measures and approaches and document them to enable to scale up.

The GoG-UNICEF WASH programme has also recently rolled out key components of the sanitation marketing programme and intends to roll out a national social norms campaign against open defecation all in a bid to improve sanitation coverage. To facilitate all of this, UNICEF intends to engage the services of 5 consultants who will support the strengthening and scaling up efforts in the Upper West, Upper East, Northern, Volta and Central regions of Ghana. The consultants will be expected to provide technical support to regional and district level structures within the Regional Coordinating Councils and the Municipal/District Assemblies. The technical support is expected to include the areas of capacity building, coordination, monitoring and reporting of interventions in the regions. They will also support in financial monitoring and management; as well as documentation and knowledge management.

The consultants will be required to work directly with key government staff to ensure increased delivery of sanitation and hygiene results. Their work will be done in a facilitative manner ensuring capacity is built within regions and districts to scale up interventions and ensure sustainability.

Assignment Tasks

1. Provide technical support effective coordination of WASH interventions at regional and district level.

  • Support and coordinate activities of District Resource Persons (DRPs) at the MMDA level
  • Facilitate monthly coordination and planning meetings for core RICCS
  • Facilitate quarterly review and planning meetings for general RICCS

2. Support roll-out of the Results Based Financing (RBF) scheme for implementing sanitation and hygiene interventions at districts level

  • Review districts submissions under the RBF scheme, provide feedback for improvement and make recommendations to UNICEF on district status
  • Monitor districts progress and provide technical support to enable districts meet deliverables under RBF scheme
  • Verify district achievements and certify reports to facilitate further funds disbursements under the RBF

3. Provide technical support for achieving results in Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), Handwashing with Soap and Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage

  • Facilitate the implementation of district ODF plans
  • Support the scaling up of the natural leaders scheme for increased ODF results
  • Support capacity building activities to improve sanitation and hygiene results
  • Guide districts to draw detailed periodic plans to implement sanitation and hygiene activities
  • Undertake monthly implementation reviews of sanitation and hygiene interventions, update UNICEF and provide feedback to districts
  • Ensure that data on implementation of sanitation and hygiene is regularly updated by all implementing districts using approved systems for data collection

4. Provide technical support for implementing sanitation marketing interventions

  • Provide technical backstopping for Business Development Partners (BDPs) and Technical Support Partners (TSPs) for implementation
  • Provide independent Quality Assurance/Control services in collaboration with DRPs for all TSP and BDP activities, document lessons and confirm activities undertaken
  • Coordinate district inputs into sanmark programme
  • Review workplans of TSPs and BDPs and ensure they are synchronized with sanitation and hygiene interventions
  • Facilitate operationalization of artisans accreditation and latrine quality assurance protocol by MMDAs
  • Participate in BDP and TSP meetings and activities and document critical issues for the attention and follow up by the UNICEF SanMark teams

 5. Facilitate roll-out of the social norms campaign against open defecation

  • Support planning for social norms activities at regional and district levels to ensure that expected audiences are reached
  • Facilitate coordination and synchronization of social norms activities with other sanitation and hygiene activities for enhanced results
  • Facilitate capacity building for stakeholders engaged in social norms campaign at regional and district levels to be able to use tools that have been developed for the campaign

6. Support regional and district partners to undertake financial management and reporting in a timely manner

  • Coach partners on HACT processes for cash transfers and reporting
  • Assist implementing partners to undertake planning and budgeting for activities
  • Support partners use systems that enhance timely disbursements and efficient financial record keeping
  • Assist partners to undertake timely financial reporting

Expected Deliverables

Specific deliverables will be agreed upon at the beginning of each month and will be used to assess the performance of each consultant. Generally deliverables will fall into the following broad categories of deliverables. For details, kindly refer to the attached TOR 

 

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Education

Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Planning, Environmental Management, Public Health, Project Management or  related area.

Years of relevant experience

At least five years progressive professional experience in sanitation and hygiene behavior change programming and WASH hardware implementation or other relevant areas

Competencies of Successful Candidate

 communication, working with people, planning and organizing and analyzing.

To view our competency framework, please click here

Please indicate your ability, availability and monthly rate (in GHS) to undertake the terms of reference above.  Applications submitted without a monthly rate will not be considered.

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 organisation.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location:
  • Grade: International Consultant - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-12

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