International Consultancy – Faecal Sludge Management Consultant

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Purpose and Objectives:

In close collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources & Sanitation, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, and the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, the Consultant will take a lead in all consultations towards developing the Guideline/Protocol for Faecal Sludge Management (FSM). He/She will also identify potential key players in the management of FSM in Sierra Leone. 

Methodology and Technical Approach:

The technical approaches to be employed by the Consultant include the following:

  1. Review of existing data on practices and all other relevant issues on FSM in the country.
  2. Field visits- to verify the prevalent practices across the country.
  3. Meeting with key sector players/stakeholders to determine what is appropriate for the country, and develop a draft Protocol/Guideline
  4. Validation meeting with all relevant WASH sector players for further inputs and endorsement of the Guideline
  5. On-the-job training of Government partners (national & district), staff of NGO partners and the civil society organisations on how to use the Guideline to support FSM operations in Sierra Leone.
  6. Training of at least 100 pit emptiers working in the Country in operational safety using the FSM Guideline.

 Specific Tasks, Activities and Deliverables:

  1. Preliminary desk review and planning with key sector players to identify existing strategies, policies & practices for Fecal sludge management.
  2. Extensive consultations with key sector players in government, civil society and in the private sector.
  3. Develop a draft FSM Protocol for further inputs.
  4. Facilitate validation meetings with all relevant players across the national and district levels to harmonise opinions about the operations of FSM in the country.
  5. Mobilize at national and sub-national levels to create a pool of Resources for FSM Protocol use.
  6. Capacity development for FSM operators (Faecal Sludge Evacuators)
  7. Capacity Building of Government partners at the National and District levels for Operational Sustainability.

Please see attached ToR for detailed information.  ToR for WASH Consultant (FSM) .pdf

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in Civil/Sanitary engineering; Water Resources Management
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience at national and international levels in sanitation systems strengthening including development policy framework and strategies and Safely Managed Sanitation management.
  • Experience working with optimization of design or sanitation management capacity building in Rural or large-scale systems.
  • Experience with quality assurance and site monitoring for civil engineering projects especially for various sanitation technology options.
  • Experience in contract administration and working with multiple stakeholders, especially government partners, in the management of various components of sanitation interventions.
  • Strong communication skills and flexibility working with various government stakeholders. 
  • Previous work experience with UNICEF or other international organizations working in the WASH Sector in developing countries is an asset.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Fluency in English is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

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UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. 

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

Advertised: 02 Mar 2024 Greenwich Standard Time
Deadline: 15 Mar 2024 Greenwich Standard Time

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