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International Consultant/Social-economic assessment of four IDP camps and Institutional and community capacity building

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Vacancy No: UNICEF/Sudan/2014/036
Post Title: International Consultant/Social-economic assessment of four IDP camps and Institutional and community capacity building
Contract type: Consultancy
Duty Station: Khartoum with frequent travel to field
Duration: 6 months
Supervisor: WASH Specialist


Provide technical support to the government and NGO partners in the area of urban WASH, integrated Water resource management, climate change, monitoring and reporting.

Main tasks related to the job

Under direct supervision of UNICEF WASH Specialist and in consultation with field WASH Specialist, the international consultant will undertake the following two major tasks:

1. Social-economic assessment of Abu Shock, Al Salam, Hasashisha and Hamdiya IDP camps (Urban WASH in El Fasher and Zalingei)
UNICEF and UNOPS are developing a joint GBP10 million proposal titled “Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Darfur” to contribute to improve Darfur’s urban WASH services targeting capital towns and their adjoining IDPs settlements, collectively called the “capital hubs” to be funded by DFID . The proposed project is unique and represents a new approach on integrating urban, peri-urban and IDP settlements WASH services management into an overall Urban WASH management to ensure sustainable and equitable delivery of WASH services to these segments of the population of the two capital hubs of Darfur.
In order to define instruments which ensure the success and sustainability of the project, the international consultant will conduct social-economic assessments of Abu Shock, Al Salam, Hasashisha and Hamdiya IDP camps. The information assembled can then be used to determine an appropriate tariff system and propose a mechanism to subsidise the most vulnerable households. The assessment will focus on the following social-economic aspects of the water supply to IDP camps:

  • Household characteristics: Level of household income and household livelihood asset base (daily labour, bricks production, etc) define the most vulnerable segments of the IDP community (women headed households, children headed households, the elderly and the disabled persons) and rank for different social services (health, water and sanitation, education, electricity, telephone and road services).
  • Existing water supply situation: Sources of water supply, existing prices of water, quality, quantity and reliability of existing water supply, time of water availability, consumption and expenditure for water supply and who collects water. Current practice of getting water in case of non-functionality of existing water supply system and associated cost. Water vendors in the IDP camps, their capacity and cost of water. The current water use practices (water for household drinking and domestic water, water for livelihood/ income generation (e.g. construction, block moulding, water vending etc.).
  • Preliminary assessment of willingness and ability to pay for water. Determine whether it is possible to introduce full cost recovery programs to provide improved water supply in the camps.
  • Feasibility of a graduated tariff system including a voucher system to take cognizance of ability to pay.

2. Institutional and community capacity building under Rural WASH in Darfur
The UNICEF, IOM, UNEP and WHO jointly proposed WASH project with Qatar Development Foundation funding is designed to contribute to the achievement of the Darfur Development Strategy “to support recovery and stabilisation of war-affected populations, whose economic and social life have been severely disrupted” through communities’ access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene practice and ensure the sustainability through integrated water resource management in selected localities of the five Darfur states.
UNICEF will focus on the delivery of WASH services to 150,000 people at community and school level in returnee and rural communities, as well as building the capacity of government, NGOs and community based institutions to foster sustainable and gender sensitive management. As part of the proposed capacity building, the international consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Review the existing community mobilization, participation and training manual and propose revision if required.
  • Conduct capacity building training for 163 government(138 from locality and 25 from States level) and 25 NGO staff, focusing on community management processes such as community action planning; implementation, gender-mainstreaming and management of WASH facilities (pump mechanics training on operation and maintenance of pump and generators, financial management) , community participation and mobilization.
  • Train 40 staff of five Darfur States SWC/WES and NGO’s partners on the concept of Integrated Water Resource Management and the integration of the concept in development and assessment of new water supply systems in order to contribute to the sustainability of water supply source.
  • Conduct capacity need assessments of five Darfur States SWC/WES, SMoH and WASH partners with respect to WASH service management and sustainability and propose capacity building programs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree in a field related to WASH
  • Proven 5 years or more relevant professional experience in the field of urban WASH services and water management.
  • Strong analytical skills, including quantitative and qualitative assessments and logical, systematic thinking. Ability to work on complex problems in a clear, focused manner.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to convey complex situations in a clear, concise manner.
  • Experience with WASH governance and related research
  • Minimum five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the WASH sector (UN or development agency, government regulatory body, academic institution or the private sector).
  • Excellent English language writing, editing and verbal skills.

Other skills and attributes required:

  • Advanced knowledge of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes i.e. specialized knowledge of water and sanitation, WASH governance, water resource management in emergency contexts, as well as knowledge on advocacy.
  • Advanced technical knowledge of the theories, principles and methods in the following areas: WASH project management, monitoring and evaluation; appropriate WASH technology i.e. community based WASH, establishment of monitoring systems and capacity building methodologies and strategies

Interested candidates should submit their application, updated CVs, completed UN personal history form P11 (which can be downloaded from www.unicef.org/employ ) to sudanhrvacancies@unicef.org. Applicants should indicate the vacancy number of the post they are applying for.

Closing date: January 05, 2015

Successful candidate must be willing to travel to field locations, depending on the needs of the consultancy.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
UNICEF is an equal opportunity employer and qualified females are particularly encouraged to apply.
UNICEF is a smoke-free working environment.
Zero tolerance of sexual abuse and exploitation is our policy.

“UNICEF is an equal opportunity employer, qualified female and young people are strongly encouraged to apply”.




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