Regional Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist (Retainer Contract), Multiple positions

Job categories Project Management, Water Management, Programme Management
Vacancy code VA/2019/B5117/18195
Level ICS-10
Department/office ECR, GVA, WASH
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration One Year (Retainer)
Application period 08-Jul-2019 to 07-Aug-2019


Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.



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1. General Background


This consultancy is based in the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), hosted by UNOPS. Founded in 1990, WSSCC is a membership organization, based on individual membership.  WSSCC’s mission is to ensure sustainable sanitation, better hygiene and safe drinking water for all people, especially the poorest and most marginalized members of society in developing countries. In order to achieve its mission, WSSCC manages the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF), facilitates sector coordination at national, regional and global levels, supports professional development, and advocates on behalf of the 2.5 billion people without a clean, safe toilet to use. More information on WSSCC can be found at: www.wsscc.org.

2. Background and Scope of Assignment

Through the GSF; WSSCC supports large scale grants in Africa and Asia designed to increase access to sanitation through collective behaviour change, often based on Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). It works to achieve a situation where all people use appropriate sanitation and hygiene services in an affordable, accessible, safe, and sustainable manner. GSF currently supports country-programmes in 11 countries, with additional programmes under development. The first GSF-supported programmes became operational in 2010/11, with the youngest programmes starting implementation in 2014/15. Three key concepts for GSF are scale, sustainability and equality.

Scale:  Programmes are designed for scale and intend to inspire or catalyse exponential growth. The GSF’s Theory of Change (ToC) stipulates that programmes should target entire administrative areas, rather than pockets of communities. Programmes should also inspire local commitment and build local systems and capacity, therewith strengthening country systems. A core feature of many GSF-supported programmes in this respect is the variety of Institutional Triggering approaches and activities being implemented and perfected.

Sustainability: Programmes are based on collective behaviour change approaches but need to ensure sustained access to and use of basic sanitation facilities and progression towards safely managed sanitation. Factors influencing sustainability include the presence and strength of local systems, the quality of sanitation facilities and services, and the level of inclusiveness of programming.  A number of different approaches and methodologies have been developed and replicated to address sustainability issues, such as the Follow-Up Mandona originating from the GSF supported programme in Madagascar and currently used in 7 countries. 

Equality: In order to better understand whether and how GSF-supported programmes adequately addressed issues linked to equality and non-discrimination, in 2016/17 the GSF undertook a large scale ' Scoping and Diagnosis of GSF's Approach to EQND' and has since made a number of programmatic adaptation to better ensure substantive equality and inclusion, among others through a training course and Handbook on EQND in CLTS.

Over the past decade, WSSCC has also built up a strong programme on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). WSSCC’s approach to MHM seeks to address the sanitation and hygiene needs of women and girls by approaching menstrual hygiene as a catalyzing entry point to break the silence and address gender inequality and injustice in WASH and beyond. In order to do so, WSSCC works with a range of government ministries and other national and international stakeholders to address the enabling environment for MHM, and supports partners at sub-national levels to incorporate MHM messaging and programming into ongoing WASH-related programmes.  Capacity building focuses on breaking the silence; sharing knowledge about how to manage menstruation hygienically and various options for safe reuse and disposal solutions. While some GSF-supported programmes have integrated MHM messaging into their work, especially at schools, this is not yet widespread and WSSCC is learning and documenting its experiences in this regard.

In line with the above, WSSCC undertakes a range of activities to strengthen country programmes and build capacity of implementing partners. This includes trainings, learning events and processes such as real-time learning, country exchanges, and peer-to-peer reviews, as well as strengthening of M&E.

This assignment seeks to identify individuals, based in the global South, who have built extensive experience in and understanding of the various facets of collective sanitation behaviour change programming and/or MHM and can share this experience through facilitation of trainings, technical support assignments, and regional exchanges with other programmes.

The focus will be on approaches to improve quality, increase sustainability, ensure equality and non-discrimination, and integrate MHM as a key aspect of EQND and entry point to address inclusion of women and girls. Depending on individual strengths and experience, resource persons recruited against this ToR will become technical advisors and Trainers of Trainers on some or several approaches such as Follow-Up Mandona, Institutional Triggering, EQND in CLTS, and/or MHM, and will support countries in their region and possibly beyond. This does not entail full-time employment, but rather, individuals would be offered retainer contracts or short-term assignments based on availability and need.



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