Individual Consultancy (National consultant) - Situation Analysis of WASH in Maldives

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UNICEF Maldives Country Office (MCO) is having a new 5-year country programme (2022 – 2026), comprising of Health, Education, Child Protection, Social Protection and Climate Change. The country programme directly contributes to all priority areas and to the strategies put forth in the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2022-2026 for Maldives (UNSDCF) to help the country achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and advance the Government’s National Strategic Action Plan (SAP) 2019-2023 and vision of transforming Maldives into an equitable, prosperous, inclusive and connected island nation.

UNICEF Maldives completed the process of formulating the Country Plan, which doesn’t include a full-fledged WASH component. However, an element of advocacy (including JMP data) and preparedness for emergencies in WASH sector will be explored during implementation. Given the vulnerability to climate change impacts and current water security and scarcity issues, advocacy and preparedness need to be mainstreamed las a longer-term sustainable activity and not a short-term emergency action.

However, the National Strategic Action Plan (SAP 2019-23) of the government, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF 2022-26) contains significant elements of WASH programming. As the mandated UN agency for WASH, UNICEF has an obligation and responsibility to lead and guide the UNSDCF engagement in the sector. It also has the responsibility for monitoring and reporting on SDG through JMP.

Purpose of Assignment:

The purpose of this project is to assess the current situation of Maldives in water and sanitation sector, with hygiene as key component, and document good practices and other investments required to address any missing elements, which will guide the implementation of the new country plan 2022-26.

The major Objectives are:

- To assess the current situation of the WASH sector in Maldives

- To assess the critical impacts of climate change on the WASH sector and key priorities

- To identify key advocacy messages and recommendations based on remaining gaps with government and development partners

Scope of Assignment:

The scope of the study encompasses UNICEF’s mandate in the WASH sector with reference to the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2022-25. UNICEF have a core responsibility to promote, advocate and to ensure achievement of the SDG targets.

The following aspects would be covered in the study:

- Safely managed drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services in line with SDG6 targets

- Climate resilient WASH in the face of short- and long-term climate change impacts

- WASH in Schools and health centers

- Governance / enabling environment (Sector Policy/ Strategy, Institutional arrangements, Sector Financing, Planning & Monitoring, Institutional Capacity)


• Information gathering

Desk Research (UN, UNICEF and government documents)

Field observations

Stakeholder Interviews (Government departments, NGOs, Corporate agencies)

• Data Analysis

• Report writing and Finalization

Specific Tasks and Deliverables:




Desk Research

Preliminary Compilation

July, 10 days

Field Visits and Stakeholder Interviews

Summary of visits and interviews (5 places, 2 days each)

July- August

10 days

Compile the Information into the report

Draft Report

A PowerPoint Presentation


5 days

Address the feedback and submit the final report

Final Report


5 days


30 days

The final report should have the following contents:

1. Introduction

2. Enabling Environment

  • Governance
  • Sector Policy/ Strategy
  • Institutional Arrangements
  • Sector Financing

3. Drinking water (Basic and Safely Managed)

  • Water Quality

4. Sanitation (Basic and Safely Managed)

  • Open Defecation
  • Faecal Sludge Management
  • Solid and Liquid Waste Management

5. Hygiene

6. Menstrual Health

7. WASH in Health care facilities

  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Handwashing facilities

8. WASH in Schools

  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Handwashing facilities

9. Climate Resilient WASH

10. Urban WASH

11. Strategic Recommendations

12. Summary and Conclusion


  • 5 FGDs with Communities
  • 5 Stakeholder Interviews

Estimated Duration of the contract:

The contract duration is for 30 days, inclusive of a field visit for around 10 days.

Official travel involved:

The consultancy is home based. However, the consultant is expected to travel to Islands for primary data collection and stakeholder interviews.


The Emergency & Climate Change Manager will serve as the primary contact for the consultant. Additional technical guidance will be provided by the senior management, including Regional and Headquarters teams.

Qualification and Experience Required:

The consultancy requires the following qualifications and experiences:

  • Post-graduate degree in social sciences, especially environmental studies, economics, demography, public policy or other related fields
  • At least 10 years’ experience of working in WASH related sector in Maldives
  • Fluent in English and local language Divehi
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work in teams and in a multi-cultural environment

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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. The candidate may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).

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