WASH Resilience Capacity Building Consultant, Harare, Zimbabwe, 85 days, Open to Zimbabwean Nationals only


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UNICEF Zimbabwe is seeking to engage a qualified and committed Individual Consultant for WASH Resilience Capacity Building. The overall objective of this consultancy is to provide expert inputs in capacity building on resilience for sustainable WASH services through training of sector stakeholders and UNICEF staff in risk-informed programming, primarily using the Drinking Water Safety and Security planning framework developed under UNICEF’s leadership over the past few years. The training will enhance the knowledge base and capacity of UNICEF WASH staff, the WASH Sector at National and sub-national level and the NGO implementing partners.


UNICEF Zimbabwe’s WASH programming strategy for 2022-2025 prioritised providing technical support to operationalise the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ)’s commitment to increase the resilience of all children and their families against water and sanitation related diseases at home, in schools and in healthcare facilities – in ordinary times and during emergencies. Climate change is already having an impact on WASH services in Zimbabwe. The country has not been spared from the detrimental effects of climate change, including from extreme weather patterns resulting in recurring droughts and floods – the worst and unprecented disaster being the 2019 Cyclone Idai. Zimbabwe’s future outlook is projected to experience more frequent and intense droughts, as well as more erratic rainfall patterns. In the efforts to ‘build back better’ from the Cyclone Idai, UNICEF worked closely with the Government of Zimbabwe with support from the World Bank to pilot innovative risk-informed programming approaches, including the Drinking Water Safety and Security Planning (DWSSP) framework to achieve sustainable and resilient WASH Services. This approach is now being applied in Matabeleland South Province through support from EU to enhance resilience building of vulnerable households.  The Government is committed to roll out the approach nationally. Key stakeholders include: the Department of WASH Coordination (DWASHC) in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water & Rural Development (MoLAFWRD), the Ministry of Health and Child Chare (MOHCC), WASH sector national and sub-national coordination bodies, collaborating NGOs/CSOs and other relevant stakeholders.

It is against this background that UNICEF is insitituting this consultancy to provide technical support to UNICEF and the Government of Zimbabwe in working towards standardization and institutionalization of the ‘risk-informed approaches’ institutions to achieve sustainable and inclusive WASH services, with the longer-term goal of building resilience and climate change adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe.


The consultant is expected to work closely with the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) and partners to provide technical support and guidance for community-led planning and management of communal water systems in line with innovative risk-informed WASH approaches, primarily the Drinking Water Safety and Security Planning (DWSSP) methodology.


The implementaiton of DWSSP shall be clearly linked to Environmental and Social Safeguards (ESS) and protection standards for work on boreholes and piped water schemes construction, repairs and rehabilitation as part of the approach, and broadly linking to sector strategic and investment planning for WASH at District to National level.


Tasks under this consultancy includes:


  • DWSSP Training Package: Drafting, editing and finalizing the DWSSP Training Package including to support UNICEF to facilitate the Validation Workshop for the Package  (Facilitator’s Guide and Participant Manual), clearly linking to local authorities organisational and sectoral planning, and to existing WASH service delivery models; ensuring content is clear and accessible to use by a wide set of stakeholders.
  • Capacity building and quality control for DWSSP implementation: develop and implement a DWSSP capacity building plan for National Master Trainers, relevant government and NGO implementing at National and Sub-national levels and for the UNICEF WASH team; provide mentoring and monitoring for quality and compliance of appliction of DWSSP and ESS.
  • Preparation of National Scale up of risk-informed approaches: Ensure learnings from Idai recovery project districts, wehere UNICEF-supported risk-informed appraoches have been rolled out previously, are factored in, including additional visits to check sustainabilty since early 2023; facilitate consultaton on and develop a national roadmap for the scale up of DWSSP, including related budget and logistical requirements; and a performance monitoring framework;

Major deliverables



Timeline & payment schedule*

  1. Revision, validation and completion of the Risk-Informed Framework Training Package – Edit and update current draft training package on DWSSP; facilitate national validation workshop; incorporate comments from key stakeholders, including government, UNICEF and other partners. (20 days)

Full Draft of the complete DWSSP Training Package

5 days


Validation Workshop prepared including presentations, facilitated and summary report submitted

4 days


Revised Draft DWSSP Training Package after incorporating comments from stakeholders and UNICEF Final DWSSP Training Package incorporating final comments from Government, UNICEF and other key stakeholders

12 days


  1. Sector Capacity Building Training on DWSSP – Develop a DWSSP capacity building plan for national level (Government, UNICEF NGO partners and UNICEF WASH Section) and Matabeleland South stakeholders; conduct the training at National, Provincial and District levels; sharing lessons learned to date in pilot areas and provide mentoring support and monitoring for DWSSP and ESS roll-out in the districts of Matabeleland South Province, – ensuring coherence of the two methodologies (50 days)


National and Subnational Stakeholder capacity building plan, including consultation and two DWSSP/ESS mentoring/field monitoring trips conducted and reported, with documentation of findings, remedial actions taken and recommendations from each trip



15 days


Two DWSSP/ESS mentoring/field monitoring trips conducted and reported, with documentation of findings, remedial actions taken and recommendations from each trip

10 days


National Master Trainer and Matabeleland District trainings delivered and two DWSSP/ESS mentoring/field monitoring trips conducted and reported, with documentation of findings, remedial actions taken and recommendations from each trip

14 days



Matabeleland Provincial and District trainings delivered; Training activities reported, including lessons learned and recommendations

10 days


  1. Preparation for national scale-up of DWSSP – In consultation with relevant stakeholders develop a costed national roll out roadmap, including performance monitoring framework; facilitate learning for UNICEF, Government and partners from areas where DWSSP was rolled out from 2020-2023 (15 days)

DWSSP National scaling-up Plan

5 days


Two visits planned and executed and lessons learned and recommendations documented from Idai recovery project districts.

10 days




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


  • Master’s degree in engineering or related field; or, in lieu of a Masters degree, a Bachelors’ degree in a similar field and at least eight years of relevant work experience in WASH


  • At least five years’ experience in WASH programming and understanding of UNICEF’s technical support requirements to Government to deliver resilient, equitable and sustainable WASH services

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

  • Demonstrated expertise of the technical and governance issues related to sustainable and climate resilient WASH Services in Zimbabwe
  • Experience in developing and delivering capacity building interventions
  • Good oral and written communication skills


  • At least two years’ of progressive experience in providing capacity building for and/or implementing DWSSP in Zimbabwe


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

More details can be found in the attached ToR Download File ToR Individual Consultant DWSSP Capacity Training Resilience Building.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: 25 Aug 2023 South Africa Standard Time

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