Individual Contractor – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Promoter (HP), Sukhumi

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

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In the Abkhazia region, access to water and sanitation facilities in schools is limited and hygiene practices are poor. With the COVID-19 virus outbreak and related school disruptions, improving sanitation and hygiene conditions and practices of schools in Abkhazia is essential in tackling both the short- and long-term consequences of the virus.

In 2021, UNICEF, with funding from the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC) and support through a seconded WASH Specialist, is implementing a project to improve infrastructure and hygiene practices in schools in Abkhazia. To support this project, UNICEF is seeking a local Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Promoter on Special Service Agreement (SSA).

Scope of work:

Under the direct supervision of the WASH Specialist and the second level supervision of the Deputy Representative, as well as in close cooperation with the Chief of Field Office and other staff members of the Field and Country Office, the WASH Promoter will support the realization of the goals of the project, notably Outcome 2 on improved hygiene practice. The WASH Promoter will spend approximately 60% of their time on hygiene promotion and 40% on WASH assistance.

Contract period:

The initial duration of the SSA contract is 10 months with possible extension if funds will be available. The envisaged start date for the contract is 1 March 2021.

Duties and responsibilities:

The WASH Promoter will regularly fulfill the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Preparation of hygiene promotion materials and activities in line with international best practices.
  • Support and facilitation of workshops, trainings, health clubs, etc.
  • Advocacy for the formal inclusion of hygiene promotion in school activities, notably menstrual hygiene management and handwashing.
  • Promoting the practice of daily group handwashing.
  • Promote hygiene through social media channels.
  • Provide support to the WASH Specialist and the Chief of Field Office in the planning, preparation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the Sukhumi Field Office’s WASH activities, including but not limited to: making appointments with relevant partners; preparing, accompanying and taking notes during meetings, preparing and assisting during trainings, round tables, workshops, and other events, writing summary reports, participating in the monitoring of activity results, and provide input, as necessary.
  • Assess monitor, document, and report on the WASH activities of UNICEF's implementing partners and their impact in the field of education in Abkhazia;
  • Support the coordination of UNICEF activities in the field of WASH with the activities of UNICEF's implementing partners, other international organizations, and NGOs;
  • Establish and maintain close contacts with stakeholders in Abkhazia (representatives of relevant authorities, NGOs, local communities, etc.) in the field of education and WASH;

Key deliverables:

  • Detailed action plan for initiating group hand washing at schools document
  • Detailed hygiene promotion strategy and planning document
  • Detailed hygiene promotion social media strategy and planning document
  • Hygiene promotion materials in several of their forms (books, posters, fliers, songs, radio shows...)

Necessary qualifications and experience:

  • At least two years of relevant working experience in education, WASH, development, social behaviour programming or other related area
  • Experience in training or capacity building
  • Good understanding of how WASH issues impact health.
  • Fair knowledge of international best practices in WASH in school and hygiene promotion: leave no one behind (LNOB), female friendly toilets (FFT), Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), Human Rights approach...
  • Fair knowledge of UNICEF WASH framework, policies and approaches (i.e. Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), 3-star school method, child-friendly schools (CFS), group handwashing,...)
  • Fluency in both English and Russian is required for this position; knowledge of the local languages would be an asset;
  • Ability to work with team members from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Willingness to learn and can-do attitude.

Performance indicators:

The WASH Promoter's performance will be evaluated against the following criteria: learning capacity, timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, and quality of duties and responsibilities fulfilled.


Sukhumi, with field travel required.

Termination of Contract:

The contract can be terminated by either party before its expiry date by giving a one-month prior notice in writing to the other party.

However, in the event of termination on the ground of misconduct, UNICEF will be entitled to terminate the contract immediately, without prior notice.

In case of early termination of the contract, the Contractor will be compensated on a pro-rata basis for no more than the actual amount of work completed to the satisfaction of UNICEF.

Health Statement & Certificate:

A Health Statement and Certificate of Good Health must be received before signing the contract.

Payment terms:

The monthly remuneration will be negotiated between UNICEF and the selected candidate, based on an initial proposal from the selected candidate, noting remuneration is payable following satisfactory fulfilment of the duties and responsibilities and the provision of a monthly report on activities performed and deliverables achieved.

Application Deadline and Documents

The deadline for the application submission is the 5th of February 2021. The applications should include:

CV (with at least three references);

Cover letter;

Proposed monthly gross remuneration.

Shortlisted Candidates may be invited to a written assignment and/or an interview.

For every Child, you demonstrate UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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.

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