Safely Managed Sanitation Services Study Consultant, Multiple positions

Hosted Entities WSSCC
Job categories Project Management, Water Management, Health, Safety and Environment
Vacancy code VA/2018/B5117/16603
Level ICS-11
Department/office ECR, GVA, WASH
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-3
Duration Retainer contract (over 7 months)
Application period 20-Oct-2018 to 11-Nov-2018

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

This vacancy has been cancelled.

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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, 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:

Background and Scope of Assignment

The Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) 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 12 countries, with additional programmes under development. Sustainability and universality are key-concepts for GSF and are part of the Fund’s commitment to supporting governments achieve their Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets.

The Global Sanitation Fund’s Theory of Change is centred on an ambitious vision of using targeted investments in large-scale collective behaviour change and strengthening of enabling environments, to catalyse and drive achievement of adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all, first at the subnational level, then towards national scale. The challenge of achieving SDG 6.2 will require more attention to safely managed sanitation services. The indicator for SDG target 6.2 defines this as “an improved sanitation facility which is not shared with other households and where excreta is safely disposed in situ or treated off‐site” (in addition to a handwashing facility with soap and water). This means that human waste is safely managed across the entire sanitation services chain, including, where appropriate: containment, emptying, transport, disposal/treatment, and possible re-use.

WSSCC is keen to learn more about the range of possibly effective approaches in increasing access to safely managed sanitation. While there are common assumptions that collective behaviour change approaches, such as Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS), are only effective for demand creation and are limited to facilitating the construction of basic, sub-standard latrines, emerging experience from several GSF-supported programmes indicates that these approaches in themselves can be a powerful entry-point for moving households and communities up the ‘sanitation ladder’ to improved sanitation facilities. This is underscored by national definitions of ‘Open Defecation Free’ (ODF) status, which commonly incorporate the universal usage of improved sanitation facilities, or at minimum a basic service as per the revised JMP definition, amongst other criteria.  There is emerging evidence in some GSF-supported programmes that moving up the sanitation ladder may not progress linearly, and that collective behaviour change approaches without formal Sanitation Marketing may be sufficient for communities to skip the first rungs of the ladder and enter at the basic services level.

In terms of approaches, several GSF Executing Agencies (EA) and Implementing Partners (IPs) have reported success in moving households and communities up the sanitation ladder through an emphasis on emerging local technologies and artisans and innovative facilitation techniques. Though more traditional Sanitation Marketing approaches have been applied at some scale in some GSF-supported programmes, they have yet to show large-scale results – especially in reaching the poorest and potentially disadvantaged households.

In addition, there is a need to understand and measure ‘safely managed sanitation (services)’ within context; while high-density urbanized settings may require more advanced technologies, services, and markets along the faecal sludge management chain, on-site containment using local, low-cost technologies may be a more affordable option for safely managing waste and promote sustained usage in rural environments.

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An advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Public He...

Minimum of 7 years’ relevant experience in programme development and manag...

Oral and written fluency in English and French languages is required. 

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