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Pacific Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Technical Assistance

The Pacific region as a whole is off-track to achieving the MDG targets on water and sanitation. Although access to safe drinking water is not yet being experienced by all, the progress on sanitation is especially lagging behind in countries like Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu as well as in mainly rural and peri-urban areas of other Pacific island countries.

The low success rate for the delivery of water and sanitation services is generally characterized by lack of ownership by the community, inadequate community social preparation, inadequate training of community on operation and maintenance, poor access to spare parts, pervasive gender inequality, varied customary land tenure and resource ownership and diverse perceptions about sanitation and hygiene issues.

Under the guidance of the WASH Specialist, UNICEF Pacific is seeking an individual consultant will be required to provide technical assistance in the following areas:

• Rural Sanitation / Community Approaches to Total Sanitation

• WASH Communications for Development

• WASH in Schools

• Pacific WASH Cluster Emergency Preparedness & Response

• National WASH Clusters

• Building Resilience: Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

• Regional Knowledge Management and Programme Monitoring

• UNICEF WASH Programming

Detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) 


• Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical

Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitation Engineering, or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance.

• Additional training in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Emergencies is considered an asset.

• Three years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector.

• Field work experience in the Pacific is considered an asset.

• Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach.

• Knowledge of the latest theories, technology and practices in community based sanitation i.e.: hygiene education or latrine construction and waste management, Methodology of programme/project management, programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes, UNICEF policies and strategy to address WASH issues, including those relating to conflicts, natural disasters, recovery, disaster risk reduction, climate adaptation, environment, and gender equality and diversity awareness.

• Language: Fluency in English


The consultants will be required to work on a Purchase Order (PO) contract with UNICEF Pacific for a period of 11 months.


Qualified individuals or Institutions meeting the above experience/competencies are encouraged to apply by submitting the following documents:

I. A cover letter outlining relevant skills and work experience.

II. Curriculum vitae (CV).

III. List of previous reviews, research and policy reports and/or academic publications.

IV. Names and details of at least two referees.

V. Financial proposal based on fee per day and travel costs

All applications should be submitted to pacificvacancies@unicef.org on or before 30 September, 2013 under confidential cover to:

Chief of Operations

(Consultancy 2013-009 –Technical Assistant WASH)

UNICEF Pacific, 5th Floor FDB Building

Private Mail Bag

Suva, FIJI

UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.



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