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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Baghdad
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Security and Safety
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Water Resource Management
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  • Closing Date: 2019-01-02

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National Water Safety Programming Consultancy (For Iraqi Nationals Only)

Baghdad (Iraq)

The purpose of this consultant’s service is to maintain efficient supervision of WSP project. Timely planning of services and ensuring timely delivery of the same to the user-points involves significant level of follow up, facilitation and monitoring for this significant service in Baghdad, Mosul, Kirkuk and Basrah.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

Background and Justification for Consultant / Individual contractor

Although about 86.6% of Iraqi population had access to a water supply network in 2016, only 60% of households had access to chlorinated water, leaving 2 household in 5 at risk of preventable water borne diseases (Environmental survey 2016). The situation is worse in urban areas and in the poorest neighborhoods and outskirts of major cities like Baghdad, Kirkuk, Mosul and Basrah. A study released by the Government of Iraq and UNICEF on 'Child Poverty Analysis and Trends' showed that in Iraq 15 per cent of population do not have access to clean drinking Water as per WHO guidelines. The same study indicates that Ninewa and Kirkuk governorates have very high deprivation figures for access to drinking water with about 38 per cent in Ninewa, ranking at the 2nd position and 24.4 per cent in Kirkuk, ranking at the 5th position of the total 18 Governorates, against an average deprivation at 15.6 per cent at national level. This situation has further worsened with the military operations to reclaim the city of Mosul and its surrounding areas from ISIS, which started on 17 October 2016.

The disparity between poor and non-poor is alarming; 31 per cent of poor populations do not have access to clean drinking water in Iraq, in comparison to 11 per cent of non-poor populations. The study also shows urban and rural disparity in accessing clean drinking water: 38.7 per cent of people in rural areas don't have access to clean water in contrast to only 2.9 per cent in urban areas.

Because of the scarcity of drinking water at international standards, people who can afford it turn to bottle water or private drinking water suppliers, leaving the poorest at continuous risk of preventable water borne diseases. Private drinking water suppliers are supposedly required to test the quality of water supplied to consumers against specific standards. However even with frequent monitoring through municipality water quality officers, the vast majority of water distributed to consumers through private suppliers is not tested. Therefore, an over reliance on so called end-of-pipe monitoring is both inadequate and can be expensive.

These circumstances have combined to reduce the resilience of children, families and communities that would allow them to cope with stressors and to enter the recovery phase post conflict. Continued economic and psychological pressure on families and minimal access to basic services, communities also reduce the natural protective environment for children in which they can return to normalcy. UNICEF's WASH interventions aim to restore key components that contribute to improving child, family, and community resilience. UNICEF will implement the project in close coordination with its counterparts as specified: Ministry of Municipalities, Directorates of Water in targeted governorates, Mayoralty of Baghdad, Baghdad, Basra, Kirkuk Governorates and Provincial Councils. Moreover, the Ministry of Health through harmonizing their efforts made of water quality monitoring modality and agree on unified standards comply with WHO standards, analysis of policy gaps, risk assessments of the potential impact of urbanization, population movement and climate change on water resources and access to water supply. Following the policy reform, UNICEF is providing support to the above entities through provision for the development of national water quality standards and practices (Water Safety Plans) for Baghdad, Kirkuk, Mosul and Basrah governorates.

Establishing the WSP approach for Baghdad, Kirkuk, Mosul and Basrah governorates will provide a conducive framework to appropriate institutions within the governorate to work together and come out with well-informed decisions regarding the strategic, financial, operational and legal aspects of drinking-water quality management (production, quality control, operational monitoring and management plan). Cooperation of all key stakeholder will facilitate the identification of appropriate barriers to water contamination that does not overly focus on expensive treatment processes, but rather considers a range of options that may result in improved raw water quality and maintenance of quality post-treatment.

Implementation of comprehensive WSPs will assist water directorates to establish more efficient operational procedures, to timely respond to incidences and improve knowledge management of the entire water supply system. This includes the production of investment/upgrade plans. Such plans will identify short, medium and long-term improvement needs to ensure water quality is not compromised by inadequate infrastructure. As this identification is based on a robust risk assessment of the system, it provides a reliable means for government to better maximize capital investments.

It is in this background that the consultant is to provide his/her services. 

Purpose and Role: 

WASH - Iraq Country Office (ICO) is recruiting a consultant to work jointly with UNICEF Iraq to provide support to the Government of Iraq, mainly to the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Municipalities and directorates in targeted governorates, the Ministry of Health and its directorates as well as the Mayoralty of Baghdad in developing and operationalisation of WSP at national and governorate level for the selected entities. In addition, he/she will be responsible for capacity building to the Iraqi Government on all related to WSP matters including but not limited system maintenance, both hardware and software components.

The purpose of this consultancy is to maintain efficient supervision of WSP project. Timely planning of services and ensuring timely delivery of the same to the user-points involves significant level of follow up, facilitation and monitoring for this significant service in Baghdad, Mosul, Kirkuk and Basrah.

Under the supervision of WASH Specialist, ICO Baghdad, the consultant will provide his/her services under the following specific tasks:

  1. Support UNICEF WASH in the formation of WSP team through arranging venues and preparing minutes of regular meetings and follow up the correspondences over the course of assignment.
  2. Support WSP team through undertake sites visits, desk interviews and carry out needs assessments, data collection to draft the situation analysis for Water supply system in Baghdad city including (Water projects, water reservoirs and water networks). 
  3. Support WSP team in identifying hazards and risk assessment and support the team in preparing the incremental mitigation, improvement plans, operational and verification of monitoring plan.
  4. Advise and coordinate with government authorities and implementing partners to plan and organize capacity building programmes. Identify training needs for capacity building and sustainability of programme/projects.
  5. Coordinate regularly follows-up on project implementation, and report any actual or possible deviation from the plan (i.e. standard and schedule) and recommend course of corrective actions.
  6. Certify / validate progress and completion of implementation of project / programme activities.
  7. Assess the impact of each components of the project / programme activity and submit a detailed final report.
  8. Coordinate with the government counterparts /CSO (if any) for documentations that are necessary for project / programme implementation; processing of payments; and confirmation / verification of completion of project / programme activities including disbursement and liquidation of payments.
  9. Submit weekly report on status of project/programme implementation
  10. Undertake any other related tasks as requested by the Contract Supervisor

 Candidate Profile:

It is recommended for this specific assignment that he/she should have a full understanding of the decision making processes at national level and the ICO role in administrative and management processes. The consultant's performance will be managed by the WASH specialist at ICO and as per the ToRs and expected deliverables.

Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in Mechanical / civil engineering, management or any relevant degree backed by relevant work experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Ability to work and follow up (on a daily basis) in often stressful time / critical situations
  • Fluency in Arabic and good command of English 
  • Cultural and Gender awareness and sensitivity

Technical Skill sets

  • Experience in handling WSP
  • Proficiency in use of common computer software like MS Office, web-based tools, and other management tools
  • Background knowledge of UNICEF mandate and mission as well as development programmes an asset
  • Knowledge of the Iraq context and good relationship with line ministries is an added advantage

Communications Skill sets

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to manage and work in or with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.

Duration of the assignment: 11.5 Months (tentatively from January to December 2019)


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

"UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles."

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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