National Consultant: NWASH Coordinator 3 Consultants, Lumbini Province, Nepal (Only for Nepalese Nationals)

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Development of WASH Plan in all 109 Palika is a priority programme of the Ministry of Urban Development

and Water Supply of Lumbini Province. However, the plans are at the last stage to be finalize as they are

waiting for update in the data and prioritization and costing. For this last step the province ministry has been

seeking dedicated technical support from UNICEF. As such support to have qualitative WASH Plans in order

to leverage resources for ‘High Priority’ ranked projects endorsed by local governments. Therefore, three

NWASH Coordinator is proposed, initially for 6 months (15 June 2024 to 15 December 2024). with a provision

of extension subject to satisfactory performance as examined through a joint review at the early November.

To support the Province Government under the guidance of the UNICEF WASH Section and Ministry of Urban Development and Water Supply, the coordinator will:

• Provide assistance to build capacity of enumerators, IT team and WASH team of local governments

on an online GIS platform (NWASH), provided by Ministry of Water Supply.

• Ensure qualify data received from field and conduct detailed assessment of household, inventory and

institutional WASH access services using NWASH application.

• Facilitate prioritization workshop of local government through consultative process and to receive

endorsement from Palika executive meeting.

• Assist the ministry to revise the Province level NWASH MIS Guidelines after taking feedback from

stakeholders and proceed for endorsement from the Ministry of Urban Development & Water Supply,

Lumbini Province.

• Ensure and provide technical assistance to develop plan with key consideration of Climate Resilience

and DRR strategies.

• Provide support to province government for localization of NWASH MIS at province level, following

the action plan,

• Prepare a comprehensive WASH Plan process report.

Purpose of the Assignment:

The overall objective of the consultant is to provide technical assistance to Lumbini province government and local governments in NWASH based WASH planning, coordination, capacity building and onsite coaching in regular programme as well as complementary support in emergency management during flood, dengue & monsoon response, and other emergencies in the working areas of Siddharthanagar Field Office.

Key Assignments/Task:

• Review existing status on WASH Plan in Lumbini Province

• Develop a fact sheet of each local government.

• Review and update existing gaps and communicate to concerned local governments and provide

technical assistance we and where required.

• Share the clauses of MoU between province and local government.

• Prepare capacity building plan to cover all local government.

• Provide guidance to team on data and ensure data quality.

• Provide assistance for data validation process.

• Consult province government & key stakeholders for developing province level NWASH MIS guideline

• Receive endorsement from Province ministry and disseminate to all 109 Palikas in coordination with MuAN & NARMIN

• Facilitate Palikas for localization of NWASH MIS

Scope of Work:

The WASH programme within the UNICEF Nepal Country Programme (2023-27) is aimed at children and their families to have improved and equitable access to and use of safe and sustainable drinking water and sanitation services, and improved hygiene practices (Outcome 3). This is in line to the constitution of Nepal (2072) which has embedded access to safe water supply and sanitation as a fundamental right of a citizen through provisions made in Article 35(4). Similarly, local government institutions have got mandate to formulate local level policies, guidelines, strategies and plans to help realize the people’s rights.

In relation to WASH programme, the Siddharthanagar Field Office has been providing technical assistance in Lumbini provinces in close coordination with the provincial & local governments. The major activities in close collaboration with the provincial government include improvement of climate resilient WASH service delivery, capacity building/system strengthening of WASH sector through developing geo-reference-based WASH Plan and MIS as per NWASH guidelines of the federal government. The scaling-up and rolling out WASH Plans is one of the major initiatives under the collaboration. Additionally, a robust NWASH MIS unit has also been considered one of the major initiatives that still require specific attention and facilitation so that province ministry is capable to strengthen & institutionalize the NWASH monitoring mechanism at province and help bridge among all three tiers of government.

Duration of Contract: The total duration of the contract is for 180 working days within a period of 6 months.

Duty Station: The consultant will be based in Ministry of Urban Development & Water Supply, Lumbini Province.

Deliverables:

Tasks/Milestone:****Deliverables****Timeline****Proposed FeeCoordination & communication among WASH stakeholders among all three tiers of government (Federal Ministry, Department, Provincial Ministry and MUAN/NARMIN for local government)Establish professional relation and strengthen Province and Local government level WASH stakeholders and programme Local governments, conducting a review workshop with provincial WASH Coordination Committee By end July 2024 Support in WASH programme planning, implementation and monitoring of planned activitiesProvide technical support to establish, use and capacitate the N-WASH based MIS at MoUD&WS and selected local governments, as per the guidance of DWSSM/MoWS and UNICEF, providing on site coaching, orientation and facilitation to the Palikas to endorse and upload their respective plans in NWASH portal By end November 2024 Strengthening of Provincial and Local government level WASH institutional mechanismsSupport provincial governments for establishment a mechanism of collaborative effort for development of WASH Act/Regulation/Policy/scaling-up of municipal WASH plan, MIS, ODF sustainability and water safe communities, ensuring they are reviewed & received endorsement from respective government entities. By 15 December 2024 Monitoring and Knowledge managementProvide technical support and guidance to the focal persons of the local & provincial governments and partners in documentation of learning and innovations from fieldBy end December 2024 To qualify as an advocate for every child the consultant will have…

Academic Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Civil Engineering, Environment/Sanitation Engineering, Public Health, Planning, Sociology and Rural Development.
  • Additional training in NWASH, WASH Plan procedure; Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation focusing to WASH, is an asset.
  • Two years of progressive professional work experience in the UN or other (inter)national development/humanitarian organization, national government for WASH & GIS

Work Experience:

  • Excellent knowledge and skills of computer in word, excel, power point, email and internet use, data management,
  • Good theoretical and technical knowledge on local and provincial planning and management,
  • Water supply projects management, water quality, water safety planning and sustainability of water supply and sanitation,
  • WASH planning, monitoring and evaluation.
  • General knowledge of methodology of programme/project management, programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for sectoral programme,
  • Knowledge of result based, human rights and gender/disability issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UN/ Govt’s position and approaches.
  • Financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations of UN and Government of Nepal.
  • Proficient in speaking/writing in English and Nepali, local language of Western Nepal is an asset.
  • Candidates from working province will be highly preferred.
  • Competent female, people from disadvantaged group, person with disability, marginalized and indigenous community are highly encouraged to apply.

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