Strengthening WASH Sector Systems in Zimbabwe Consultant, Harare, Zimbabwe, 45 days, Open to Zimbabwe Nationals Only

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UNICEF Zimbabwe is seeking to engage a qualified and committed Individual Consultant for Strengthening WASH Sector Systems in Zimbabwe.  The purpose of the consultancy is to support UNICEF to provide technical assistance to the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ), primarily the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development (MoLAFWRD) in strengthening Government-led systems to enable affordable, equitable and sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene services, towards achieving the national set targets in the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS 1) and its Vision 2030.


The Government of Zimbabwe has made significant efforts to improve sustainable WASH services by addressing the issues that have negatively impacted effective and sustainable WASH Service delivery. However, the sector still registers an overall decline in coverage levels of WASH services. UNICEF over the years have been providing technical assistance to the Governmnet of Zimbabwe in systematically identifying the Sector bottlenecks and drawing a consensus in addressing the gaps to enable progressing the Sector towards achieveing the nationally set WASH targets and commiting to international obligations (SDG.6). Using the Systematic Strengthening approach, and in collaboration with Sector partners under the leadership of MoLAFWRD, UNICEF has provided support in the following analytical and evidence generation tasks including policy and strategic framework development:

  1. Joint Sector Reviews since 2019
  2. WASH Bottleneck Analysis in 2019
  3. Adopting the Africa Sanitation Policy Guidelines, used in developing the National Sanitation and Hygiene
  4. Development of WASH Finance Strategy
  5. Development of WASH Service Standards
  6. Development of the Presidential WASH Compact
  7. Supported review of national sector coordination mechanisms and launching and co-chairing the WASH Sector Working Group

It is against this background that UNICEF will provide continued support to ensure the tasks are brought to finalization (assent by relevant bodies) and key outcome advocacy and awareness messages are developed and communicated to appropriate levels towards contributing to achievement of results for children in Zimbabwe


 The Government of Zimbabwe is considerably increasing the systems strengthening activities in 2023 and this is expected to continue into 2024.  As such, UNICEF is likely to require additional similar technical expertise in 2024. As the deliverables become clear and funding available in 2024, it is foreseen that additional tasks will be added and this contract extended.

  1. Policy Advocacy: provide high quality technical inputs and drafting of policies, strategies and plans and draft advocacy materials to communicate to and gain support from high level decision-makers 
    1. Provide final edits and readying the National Sanitation and Hygiene Policy for Cabinet approval and launch, and policy brief for advocacy at High levels
    2. Support the finalisation and launch of the Presidential WASH Compact (briefs, etc)
  2. Monitoring: Provide technical support to strengthen sector-wide monitoring of WASH Services
    1. Provide technical support to the Information and Knowledge Management Task Force to develop a roadmap to revitalize the Rural WASH Information Management System (RWIMS).
  3. Financing: Provide tecthnical support to the development of and advocacy for effective sector financing
    1. Develop the WASH Financing Strategy Implementation Plan and Policy Brief to advocate for the Plan to be politically and financially prioritized by the Government
  4. Coordination: provide preparatory support to enable an effective WASH Sector Working Group, including to draft preparatory and follow up documentation
    1. Support the Government to develop preparatory materials (policy brief, summary of progress since 2022, etc), prepare the agenda, facilitate the 2023 National Joint Sector Review (JSR) and write up the JSR report, as well as to provide guidance for Provincial JSRs
    2. Support effective functioning of the WASH Sector Working Group by supporting SWG meeting preparation and reports, providing technical guidance for the WASH Sector Workplan


Major deliverables



Timeline & payment schedule*

Policy Advocay

Sanitation and Hygiene Policy: Finalisation and readying for Cabinet approval and facilitating drafting of required communication package for Cabinet submission purposes, including  (lists of stakeholders consulted, process notes and reports summarising issues raised; and Aide Memo; writing a National Sanitation and Hygiene Policy Brief.

Edited National Sanitation and Hygiene Policy Document (Final Draft) for consideration to OPC including Cabinet submission communication package and a National Sanitation and Hygiene Policy Brief 


7 days


Presidential WASH Compact :

Finalisation and readying for Cabinet approval and facilitating draft of responses and communications arising at all stages; and the Presidential Declaration process. Develop Cabinet Package evidencing stakeholder consultations (lists of those consulted stakeholders, process notes/reports summarising issues raised, and Press Statement) for consideration to Cabinet via OPC

Revised and edited Compact for Cabinet approval, drafed Cabinet approval  submission document; and launch documents including technical inputs to a press package

5 days



Support the IKMT to develop a costed roadmap to revitalize RWIMS in 2023-2024, including capacity building plans, detailed costing, proposed schedules, update on the status of RWIMS, recommendations on how to use the updated RWIMS

Draft and final Roadmap to revitatlize RWIMS, including facilitating consultations and drafting outcomes of IKMT meetings

5 days




WASH Financing Strategy: Finalisation and preparation of accompanying strategy implementation plan; and developing package for advocacy communication and launch of the Strategy

Edited WASH Financing Strategy, drafted Implementation Plan, WASH Financing Policy Brief, Powerpoint Presentation and launch and press release material requirements

8 days




2023 WASH Joint Sector Review: designing and facilitating review processes at Provincial and National level in consultation with relevant Technical and Steering Committees. Provided guidance and support in developing workshop materials to include agenda in consultation with the JSR Technical and Steering Committees and other relevant stakeholders, and facilitated the workshop. Produsing synthesised reports on key deliberations and key outcomes of the JSR.

Design and documentation of sub-national and national JSR process; Brief Sector Overview Report, National JSR workshops facilitated, National JSR Reports (Long and Abridged Versions)


14 days


WASH Sector Working Group strengthening:

Provides direct substantive support to include Sector Working Groups Meetings, by offering strategic advice, faciliatting dialougue, giving technical guidance and proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, and preparation of documents and presentations; and development of a Sector Action Plan.

Develop a capacity strengtheing sector working group plan including related subnational level actvities.

Overview Report on state of sector coordination, draft and final Working Group Terms of Reference, preparatory guidance/agenda for two SWG meetings, drafting of the WASH Sector Plan


6 days



45 days


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


  • Masters or higher degree(s) in policy, economics, or a relevant technical discipline.
  • At least ten years with a Masters’ degree or higher. In lieu of a Masters’ degree; 12 years plus a Bachelors degree.


  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in undertaking similar analytical work e.g. strategy, policy and capacity development in a relevant discipline or sector

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

  • Good knowledge of the working of the Government of Zimbabwe (systems, protocols and procedures), primarily the WASH Sector, but also linkages to WASH as an enabler to education, health and child protection sector outcomes.
  • Experience in governmental requirements for policy/declaration formulation and Cabinet approval processes.
  • Experience in undertaking similar works e.g., Joint Sector Reviews; Public Policy formulation; public sector planning, finance/budgeting, strategic planning in a relevant discipline or sector;
  • Experience of facilitating High Level multi-stakeholder dialogue focused on government-based (both central and local government) in partnerships with donors, CSOs, private sector etc
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills


  • Familiarity with UNICEF mission, mandate and WASH programme is desirable.


Fluency in English. Knowledge of a local language is an added advantage

More details can be found in the attached ToR Download File ToR WASH Systems Strengthening Sept-Dec 2023 .pdf

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

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


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UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

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: 18 Aug 2023 South Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 30 Aug 2023 South Africa Standard Time

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