Consultancy: National WASH Sector Coordinator, Iraq (Open to nationals of Iraq only)

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Scope of Work: WASH-ICO is recruiting a consultant, working jointly with UNICEF Iraq to provide support to the Government of Iraq, mainly to the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Municipalities and directorates in targeted governorates, the Ministry of Health and its directorates as well as the Mayoralty of Baghdad in strengthening WASH coordination platform and development of master planning in Iraq. Additionally, he/she will be responsible for providing technical support “capacity building” to the Iraqi Government, comprising sector partners from line ministries and directorates at federal and governorate level, respectively. Support in mobilizing potential financial resources from the local government bodies to finance water and sanitation projects in their governorates. This is super essential to leverage more resources for the sake of children and their families, hence, ensure safe drinking water and proper sanitation services. Promoting the sustainability of existing and newly created steering committee at federal level by facilitating their stronger participation and improving their knowledge and skill base and under the supervision of WASH Specialist, ICO Baghdad.

The individual consultant shall spend all her/ his time directly with decision makers at federal and governorate level. However, and subject to provisions of UNICEF’s Policy on Conduct Promoting the Protection and Safeguarding of Children. The policy is a commitment to reduce direct and indirect risks of harm to children, from deliberate or unintentional acts, including neglect, exploitation, and abuse. This applies under all circumstances. The potential individual consultant is expected to:

Share the organization’s commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children, demonstrates her/ his commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the CRC, demonstrates her/ his commitment to provide assistance on the basis of rights and need alone and without discrimination against any person, in accordance with the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. Also promotes the adoption of protection and safeguarding by host governments in the national laws and policies, and by civil society and corporate organizations. Effective leadership and coordination are established and functional.

Work Assignment Overview, including Tasks/Milestone, Deliverables/Outputs and Timeline - Support UNICEF and government officials in strengthening sector coordination body at federal and governorate level - Monthly progress reports on sector coordination platform and master planning - Support UNICEF and government officials in developing tool for effective monitoring and evaluating WASH Emergency Programmes - Monthly reports on monitoring and evaluating WASH Emergency Programmes - Support UNICEF and the government officials through establishment of an office inside the MoCHPM, undertake regular sector coordination meetings with the sector coordination body -Monthly reports on main outcomes and progress of sector coordination body at federal level - Provide technical guidance and advisory to government officials and implementing partners to identifies training needs for capacity building and sustainability of programme/projects and plan, organize and/or facilitate capacity building programmes - Monthly reports on training methodologies, minutes of meetings with decision makers and local government bodies - Coordinates regularly follows-up on project implementation and reports any actual or possible deviation from the plan (i.e. standard and schedule) and recommends course of corrective actions - Monthly reports on progress made towards the development of master planning - Support in performing financial and economic analysis and creates a capital works procurement strategy - Progress report on economic analysis and draft capital works procurement strategy - Support UNICEF and sector coordination body in assessing environmental and social impact risks for selected projects - Monthly reports on ESIA - Coordinates with the government counterparts /CSO (if any) for documentations that are necessary for project / implementation of training session, development of training materials - Monthly reports on sector coordination platform and master planning training sessions - Support UNICEF and sector coordination body in performing a water supply, wastewater, and reuse treatment facilities feasibility study - Submission of report on water supply, wastewater, and reuse treatment facilities feasibility study - Support UNICEF and government officials in behaviour change communication with sector coordination body - Monthly reports BCC and recommendations for course of correction - Develop and share comprehensive report on the main outcomes of sector coordination, master planning and main lessons learnt - Final comprehensive report in sector coordination, master planning and main lessons learnt - Support UNICEF in estimating future requirements to mitigate risks as well as perform financial and economic analysis - Submission of report on risk mitigation measures and financial and economic analysis, to be provided in last month of consultancy

Qualifications required: - Master degree in Mechanical/ civil engineering, management or any relevant degree backed by relevant work experience. - Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience - Ability to work and follow up (on daily basis) in often stressful time-critical situations - Proficiency in English required; knowledge of the local language/s are strong assets. - Experience in sector coordination and master planning - Proficiency in use of common computer software like MS Office, web-based tools, and other management tools. - Background knowledge of UNICEF mandate and mission as well as development programmes an asset. - Knowledge of the Iraq context, very good relationship with line ministries will be an added advantage

Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant

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.

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