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Many countries in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) are prone to recurring environmental threats on a yearly basis as well as human made crisis.
In addition, the Caribbean and Central America sub regions have a seasonal hurricane season from mid-May to December, with increasingly frequent and devastating impacts to many countries.
In the Latin American and Caribbean Area, many UNICEF country offices do not have a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme nor a WASH officer but are expected to intervene in the WASH sector if a major event occurs by leading or supporting the coordination of the response and / or implementing WASH response.
The Regional Office has stretched human resources capacities and even if UNICEF can rely on the deployment of surge support (stretch assignments, standby partners, etc.
there is a general agreement that we act in urgency, in the response and have too little time to strengthen the national WASH sector coordination on the preparedness component that would strengthen the sector capacity to respond and reduce UNICEF workload in the responses.
UNICEF is the Cluster Lead Agency for the WASH Cluster when clusters are activated. UNICEF is not necessarily the one leading or co-leading the cluster but has the responsibility to ensure and support implementation (generally the actor from the sector with most capacity).
To avoid confusion between leading or co-leading the cluster as UNICEF and UNICEF being also an implementing agency, the consultant, if deployed, will be confirmed by UNICEF Country Office and regional office if he / she is deployed to support UNICEF implementing its response or to lead / co-lead the sector but he / she will not be asked to do both.
Purpose of the Assignment
The purpose of this consultancy is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective preparedness and response by actors at country level in WASH (and in coordination with other strategic sectors) on behalf of UNICEF, and in support of the Government / s.
Under the overall technical guidance of the LAC WASH Regional Specialist / s, and in close collaboration with the Deputy Representatives of UNICEF ECA, Belize, Jamaica and Guyana / Suriname, the consultant will provide leadership, guidance and facilitate the processes that will ensure well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective preparedness processes (including assessment and info management basic tools) and response by actors at country level in WASH (and in close coordination with other key sectors) on behalf of UNICEF, and in support of the Government / s.
The consultant key accountabilities will be towards :
The countries and territories to be supported are listed below by UNICEF Country Office (CO) :
Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the
Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands)
The consultant, in a non-emergency response context, has the double role of strengthening UNICEF office capacity in preparedness and planning of a response and the role and joint responsibility with UNICEF, partners and all WASH in emergency actors at the national and / or sub-national level for the efficient management and functioning of the WASH sector in emergency preparedness encompassing the following 3 non-negotiable activities described below :
This includes the necessary support to preparation and signature of PCA and Humanitarian Programme Documents (HPD) with implementing partners in every country / territory.
Assist UNICEF Country Offices in identification and procurement of required WASH supplies
and equipment (for both development and emergency-orientated activities).Provide progress reports to COs as required.
Depending on thecountries / territories context this coordination mechanism may be merged with regular sector coordination platform or not.
Strategic activities 2 and 3 above include the following sub activities :
See detailed activities for each country office in Appendix 2.
In case of being deployed to the field for an emergency response or having to support remotely the country that responds to an emergency, AND IF the consultant is being given the role of Cluster lead or co-lead, he / she will :
In case of being deployed to the field for an emergency response or having to support remotely the country that responds to an emergency, AND IF the consultant is being given the role of implementing or supporting UNICEF programatic response, he / she will :
Finally, below a reminder of the Core cluster functions :
Informing strategic decision-making of the HC / HCT for the humanitarian response
Planning and strategy development
Therefor the preparedness process lead by the consultant must ensure that all core functions will be
The actors of the WASH sector in the countries and territories covered by the consultancy are prepared for an effective, appropriate and timely WASH response and sector coordination in response to an emergency and in line with Global WASH Cluster 6+1 core functions, the regional WASH LAC Group minimum requirements for sector coordination and UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children.
Please find the deliverables in this attachment : Deliverables.pdf
Also find the Appendix 1 : Appendix 1.pdf and Appendix 2 : Appendix 2.pdf
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
Extensive work experience relevant to this consultancy will be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications. Formal training in cluster coordination / Info management an advantage
Basic Information Management (IM) experience.
Experience working with UNICEF and in the countries to be supported is desirable.
Make full use of their experience and knowledge; guide strategy and plans, communicate and advocate on important issues.
Basic Information Management (IM) skills (advanced Excel level and basics to understand and execute the Info Management needs listed in Appendix 1 and 2.
Supervision : The consultant will work under the direct supervision of LACRO WASH Specialist that and feedback of each Deputy Representative in the 4 Country Offices (or whoever is nominated by them)
Workplace : This is is a home-based consultancy.
from the country offices and / or the regional office from Monday to Friday from 7am to 1pm (Panama / Jamaica time, meaning 9am-3pm Suriname Time, 8am to 2pm Barbados / Guyana time, ) as core hours.
The lunch breaks, remaining working hours and overall working hours arrangements will be agreed for each day of the week with every country office.
Dedicated days per CO : ECA CO dedicated days will be Thursdays and Fridays, the allocation of the 3 remaining days for the other 3 COs will be notify when consultancy starts.
Duration : This contract is expected to start on 1 July 2021 with an estimated duration of 11.5 months.
Travel : To be determined. Will depend on emergency responses and countries needs and ability to fund the extra costs related to deployment of the consultant.
How to apply : Application should be submitted online and should include CV, cover letter and financial proposal. Qualified candidates are requested to submit daily fees in their financial proposal.
For every Child, you demonstrate
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
To view our competency framework, please visit here.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
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.