WASH Governance Consultant

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  • Post Date : January 21, 2024
  • Apply Before : January 25, 2024
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  • Job ID 94833
  • Qualifications Master’s Degree

Job Description

Individual Consultant: WASH Governance Consultant (Only for Nepalese Nationals)

Job no: 569057
Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Kathmandu
Level: Consultancy
Location: Nepal
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

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. 

For every child, result

The Department of Water Supply and Sewerage Management (DWSSM) has been collaborating with development partners, including UNICEF, to support local governments in sector planning, monitoring, and institutional setup. Presently, over 450 local governments have either prepared or are progressing towards developing N-WASH Management Information System (MIS)-generated WASH Plans.
With the successful implementation and scaling-up of the N-WASH MIS, there is a critical need to integrate it into the governance structures of all local and provincial governments. However, challenges persist in the coordination and collaboration mechanisms between the three tiers of government. UNICEF, along with other agencies, has played a pivotal role in supporting local governments, and its commitment to strengthening the planning and implementation capacity of provincial and local governments in the WASH sector continues. Over the past four years, DWSSM, with technical assistance from UNICEF, has actively supported local levels in advancing WASH sector governance. The ongoing success of WASH sector governance requires continuous support and expertise from DWSSM. UNICEF, in particular, is committed to providing technical assistance focused on local-level sector governance, strengthening the MIS operating system, formulating policy and legal instruments, and enhancing the capacity to implement WASH Plans. This technical assistance falls under the UNICEF WASH programme 2023-2027; Output No. 3.2 ‘Strengthened systems and increased capacity of three tiers of government and other WASH stakeholders to plan, implement and monitor equitable, climate-resilient and gender-responsive WASH in select underserved areas.

How can you make a difference? 

The objective of proposed assignment is to provide technical assistance to DWSSM in accelerating federalization of WASH sector governance at all levels.

The specific objectives include:

1. To contribute to development of training guidelines, manuals, and facilitation materials for enhanced governance, policy frameworks, quality standards, water-safe communities, and N-WASH MIS.

2. To assist in conducting training and capacity development of local-level representatives and human resources in planning, implementation, institutional setup, and compliance with policy and legal instruments.

3. To contribute to the upgrade, development, and scaling up of WASH Plan and N-WASH MIS, ensuring efficiency in WASH sector development

4. To assist the ‘National Information Management and Monitoring Section’ and the ‘National Water Supply and Sanitation Training Center (NWSSTC)’ within DWSSM to establish and operate reliable and robust sector capacity development and management institutions.

Scope of Work:

▪ Development/upgrading/finalization of training packages on WASH Plan, NWASH, WASH planning/financing and capacity development of local government in line with Federalization. These packages will be owned by ‘National Information Management and Monitoring Section’ and the ‘National Water Supply and Sanitation Training Center (NWSSTC).

▪ Develop/upgrade and Conduct sessions of, workshops, and seminars in line with the approved plans of DWSSM, NARMIN, and MUAN and selected Province.

▪ Facilitate and support local-level governance initiatives, WASH-Plan monitoring, implementation, and updates.

▪ Support DWSSM in WASH sector policy advocacy, governance documents, and coordination with stakeholders for local level WASH sector strengthening.

▪ Facilitate sector reviews, N-WASH MIS review workshops, and various sector-initiated workshops, field visits, and coordination with local and provincial governments, stakeholders, and experts.

▪ Organize orientations with MuAN and NARMIN for the Thematic/Sectoral Committee of local government WASH Plan, including facilitation for annual and periodic planning and updating MIS-based planning documents.

▪ Assist local-level WASH sections, focal persons, and MIS personnel in implementing N-WASH MIS based WASH Plans, improving implementation capacity, and facilitating policy documents.

▪ Provide input in Water Safe Community Initiatives and Water Quality Monitoring Guidelines at local levels, aligning with National Drinking Water Quality Standards and sector policy/regulation.

▪ Facilitate and assist provincial and local governments in organizing WASH Investment Summits, including proposal and concept note development and expert input in thematic subjects and groups.

Duration of Contract: The total duration of the contract is for 8 months.

Duty Station: Consultant will be based in Department of Water Supply (DWSSM), Government of Nepal, Kathmandu

Deliverables for this Assignment:

Tasks/MilestoneDeliverables/OutputsTimelineProposed Fee ( In Nepalese Currency)
Develop/upgrade and finalize training session plans on WASH Plan, N-WASH, WASH planning/financing and capacity development of local government in line with Federalization.Submission of training manual, presentation materials End of April 2024
Guide/facilitate 8 trainings, 4 workshops, and 2 seminars in line with the approved plans of DWSSM, NARMIN, and MUANSubmission of event reports with concept note and schedule End of each month 2024 (in four slots)
Facilitate and support local-level governance initiatives, WASH-Plan monitoring, implementation through DWSSM’s work planSubmission of field visit reports; Meeting Minutes; Presentation MaterialsEnd of each month 2024 ( In two slots)
Facilitate 4 Province, 1 Federal WASH sector reviews, 2 N-WASH MIS review workshops in coordination with provincial governments, stakeholders.Submission of produced reports, Field visit reports, Meeting Minutes and Presentation MaterialsEnd of September 2024 ( In three slots)
Facilitate 10 trainings/orientations and workshops/ monitoring field visits for annual and periodic planning and updating MIS-based planning documents for scaling up through MuAN and NARMINSubmission of reports with concept notes and events report; Submission of presentation & graphical illustration; Field visit report End of June 2024 ( in  four slots)
Provide input in Water Safe Community Initiatives and Water Quality Monitoring Guidelines at local levels, aligning with National Drinking Water Quality Standards and sector policy/regulation.Submission of produced and revised document End of June 2024
Facilitate and assist provincial and local governments in organizing 2 WASH SummitsSubmission of concept note, event reportsEnd of September 2024
Total Fee

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

  • Advanced University (Master’s) degree preferably with social science specialized in Development Planning/Local Governance from recognized university.
  • Minimum ten years of professional work at national level and experience on formulating sectoral/periodic plans providing trainings related to WASH sector.

Technical/Social Knowledge and Skills:

• Thorough knowledge on issues of local government and formulating sectoral plans/strategies/programme for local governance, specifically WASH programmes,

• Familiar with participatory planning tools, especially suitable for local government,

• Previous work experience with governments and UN agencies in the similar field.

• Familiar with drafting Plans, monitoring guidelines, standards, and training manuals in the areas of WASH governance, formulating WASH Plan guidelines, and Training Manual

• Have good facilitation, negotiation, and advocacy skills to persuade government officials/leaders and key stakeholders in WASH sector, has facilitated local and national seminars/workshops,

• Have good knowledge of cross sectoral issues, like gender, equality and social inclusion/disability, climate change and DRR. Language Proficiency / Computer skill:

• Proficient in speaking/writing in English and Nepali.

• Have thorough knowledge and practice on NWASH tool for WASH sector

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

To view our competency framework, please visit  here

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 


Request to submit financial proposal as per deliverables in Nepalese currency. 

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  Candidates from under-represented ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

Advertised: Nepal Standard Time
Deadline: Nepal Standard Time

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