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Consultancy: Regional WASH Sector Policy and Strategy Review and Country Support, UNICEF EAPRO, Bangkok, Thailand

Apply now Job no: 533380
Work type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Thailand
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Consultancy

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 fulfilling 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.                                                                                                                                              

For every child, a better future

UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region.  This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:

  • survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;
  • development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
  • protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and
  • participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them


How can you make a difference?

The WASH section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is seeking an individual consultant to support the WASH enabling environment, policy, sector strategy and monitoring reform and monitoring and evaluation.


Nature of Consultancy:

UNICEF regional office has recently concluded a WASH regional evaluation. This evaluation recommended actions to strengthen WASH programmes in the region and address the humanitarian WASH challenges in the context of SDGs. The 2019 Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) reports showed that few countries in the East Asia pacific have data to contribute to the Joint Monitoring reporting in water supply, sanitation, hygiene, WASH in schools and WASH in health care facilities. In addition to that, the COVID-19 outbreak has shown the limitations in providing real-time data to quickly respond to the changing programmatic context as a result of the outbreak.


The aim of this consultancy is to (1) review the WASH Evaluation recommendations and provide supports to country offices to address the recommendations; (2) develop a Regional WASH Strategy; (3)  assess the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the delivery of WASH services in the region; and (4) provide high quality support to two countries in their WASH reform process.  The consultancy includes components of defining better partnerships, reviewing the capacity and skills of UNICEF WASH staff in the light of a rapidly changing programming landscape and WASH sector reforms for delivering WASH services for urban and rural marginalized communities.


The consultant will support the continuing efforts to strengthen the WASH enabling environment in the countries.  Country support will include advising national governments on policy for the WASH sector and necessary reforms in selected countries with low sectoral performance.



The most recent regional WASH evaluation completed in 2020, provides key information; findings and recommendations for Global WASH support, Regional- and Country needs in strengthening the WASH programing in East Asia Pacific. The recommendations of the regional WASH evaluation need to place in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Water and Sanitation in the region. Several countries in the region are revising their WASH programme to align it with the new challenges arisen from the COVID-19 outbreak and those countries will require additional support from the regional level.


The most recent WHO Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Water report shows that financing for the WASH sector is still a significant barrier to increasing access to water and sanitation. The COVID-19 impact assessment must show how the outbreak impacted on the delivery of WASH services across the region in order to adjust future programming and advocacy where needed. 


Under the SDG Goal 6 on clean water and sanitation, there is a mandate for countries to mobilize domestic financing, improve their monitoring system and support a national roadmap for the 2030 SDG agenda.  These elements are well aligned with UNICEF’s new Strategic Plan 2018-2021, which has a focus on system strengthening and results.  Additionally, the UNICEF WASH Strategy 2016 - 2030 highlights the need for key strategic approaches and sector reforms, evidence generation and country reforms support are necessary to achieve the SDGs.


Work Assignment, Deliverables, and Work Schedule:

Under the supervision of Regional Adviser WASH, the consultant will perform the following tasks:


Main Tasks

Task Details




  1. Review the WASH Evaluation recommendations and provide support to each sector to address each recommendation;
  • Familiarize with Regional Evaluation report and management responses and provide option for response
  • Develop key additional missing document
  • Reach out to relevant section and provide full report of the outcomes

Plan to address the management responses


Additional documents to support Management response


Report with a management response to the Regional WASH Evaluation


  20 days

30 June 2021

2) Develop WASH Regional Strategy

  • Review the WASH regional evaluation and all relevant WASH documents and develop the first draft of the Regional WASH strategy
  • Complete the draft by including the COVID-19 on WASH impact surveys Outcomes
  • Progressive monitoring system and a detailed outline for a dashboard
  • Online discussion with WASH focal points in the region and UNICEF HQ colleagues

Draft Regional WASH Strategy




Regional WASH Strategy

20 days

30 December 2020

3) Support COVID-19 impact on WASH services in the region and

  • Review the CoVID-19 impact on WASH questionnaires
  • Develop a Progressive real time monitoring system and a detailed outline for a dashboard
  • Data analysis
  • Report on the results and findings

Report on COVID-19 impact on WASH and PowerPoint Presentation on the findings and recommendations

Script for vide


30 days

30 December 2020

4) Provide high quality support to 2 countries in their WASH reform process.

  • Review Country WASH strategy on SDGs 6
  • Provide orientation and recommendation to Country 

Country review documents and Programmatic orientation

30 days

30 May 2021

5)Support regional real time data dashboard, SMQ and countries annual reports, Strategic note and key strategic documents review

  • Review countries annual SMQ and quarterly data
  • Review 14 Country annual reports and key strategic documents and reporting

SMQs review in line of HQ directives


14 Country annual report review in line with HQ guidance

20 days

30 March 2021




120 days




End Product:



Plan to address the management responses

Report with a management response to the Regional WASH Evaluation

Draft Regional WASH Strategy

Regional WASH strategy

Report of COVID-19 impact on WASH

Progressive monitoring system and a detailed outline for a dashboard on hand hygiene

PowerPoint Presentation on the findings and recommendations

Script of video of the report

Summary report on WASH in School and WASH in health care assessments for COVID-19 responses

Data and real time monitoring on WASH access to the marginalized and handwashing (Methodology and application)

Country review documents and programmatic orientation for WASH reform strategies for two countries (based on country demand)

SMQs review in line of HQ directives

14 Country annual report review in line with HQ guidance



Estimated Duration of Contract:  120 working days during the period from 1 September 2020 to 30 June 2021


Official Travel:  The consultant will be based remotely with anticipated official travels to the following locations – Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Timor Leste, and Thailand.



To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced University degree in Water Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Public Health, Social Sciences or related disciplines. 
  • This consultancy requires at least 20 years of experience in the WASH sector at a senior level working in the areas of policy and strategy, programme management, monitoring, strategic planning and strategy development. 
  • Proficiency in English is required.
  • Proven excellent writing skills in English are required.
  • The consultant must be very familiar with current developments, research, best practices and global policy direction in the sector, especially in financing and engaging the private sector.


Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 3 references, availability, and proposed daily professional fee in USD by 11 August 2020.   

Download File FORM P11.doc


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at



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 and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.





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


Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.


UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

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