UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting applications for an Engineering Services for WASH in Institutions national consultant (open to nationals of Zimbabwe only)

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For every child, WASH!

UNICEF has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1982. We are a team of passionate professionals committed to the protection and fulfillment of children’s rights.

Supporting the Government’s vision of a prosperous and empowered upper-middle-income society, the 2022 to 2026 UNICEF Zimbabwe country programme is aimed at contributing to sustainable socioeconomic development that provides all children, including adolescents, with opportunities to fulfil their potential, lead a healthy life, access quality learning and protection and meaningfully participate in society.

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UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting applications for an individual consultant who will work closely with Local Councils, District Water and Sanitation Sub Committees (DWSCC), Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE), collaborating NGOs/CSOs and other relevant stakeholders and provide engineering support for school community-led construction of water and sanitation systems in line with build-back-better and protection standards, including for latrines, group hand washing facilities, boreholes and small piped schemes.

Outputs foreseen under this consultancy include but are not limited to: Approving engineering designs, certifying construction works, WASH capacity mapping; Supervision of borehole drilling and installations; WASH supply plan and evaluation; Best practice protocols and guidelines; quarterly programme updates and progress reports.


Over 1/3 of schools in Zimbabwe lack access to a basic water service, 37% lack access to basic sanitation and only 58% of the schools have adequate handwashing facilities[1]. There is disparity in access between rural and urban schools. For example, only 25% of urban schools and 7.1% rural schools provide water and soap to support menstrual hygiene management in schools. In addition, 22% and 20.6% of girls in rural and urban areas have missed school due to menstruation with majority missing 1-2 days per month. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the criticality of WASH in schools has become even more clear, both for infection prevention and control as well as more generally playing a major role in the development of children. Whilst safe water and sanitation coverage at rural schools has significantly improved over the past 30 years, there is need to intensify such efforts with special emphasis on schools in remote areas and satellite schools in recently resettled areas.

UNICEF Zimbabwe, together with the government strive to leave no one behind with regards access to safely managed water and sanitation facilities as well as hygiene as per the provisions of SDG 6. With a specific focus to WASH in Schools (WinS) and their surrounding communities, the government identified 145 rural schools which need urgent attention to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Interventions will include construction of water, sanitation and hygiene enabling facilities to ensure the targeted schools have service levels that meet or are near the national standards for access to water.

Alternative technologies, which are energy efficient, all-inclusive and durable are slowly gaining momentum in the country. Solar powered water reticulation systems are ideal for school communities where the water source is outside the school boundary and group hand washing facilities are ideal to foster peer influencing of good hand hygiene behavior. The infrastructure requires technical skills for design and oversight of construction works, which in the majority of cases, government structures at district levels need capacity building on.


The consultant will carry out the following activities:

  1. Provide engineering technical support in design, implementation, and supervision of WinS Constructions in selected schools.
  2. Assess the feasibility study submision from implementing partners for new water supply, handwashing and sanitation systems.
  3. Provide technical review of designs and verification of associated costs.
  4. Undertake a comprehensive technical assessment for rehabilitation / construction WASH Infrastructure in schools. On the basis of the technical assessment prepare designs with detailed specifications, drawings (where required) as well as BoQs and cost estimates for the priority rehabilitation construction interventions.
  5. Ensure environmental and social safeguard requirements for specific activities are met including risk mitigation measures.
  6. Assist implementing parnters and government in tendering the projects based on the verified bills of quantities.
  7. Provide technical and logistical advice to project implementation, including field work as necessary.
  8. Develop protocols, guidelines and training materials for best practices in WASH infrastructure rehabilitation including designs that are based on build back better principles.
  9. Ensure project construction monitoring, supervision and certification of works.
  10. Supervision and certification of works

  11. Develop and monitor partnerships between UNICEF and NGOs / CSOs to implement WinS activities:

  12. Complete a mapping of WASH capacity of WinS partners.
  13. Conduct field monitoring.
  14. Provide input to lessons learned exercises and assist the development of knowledge products.

  15. Support the distribution and use of supplies provided by UNICEF to implementing partners and beneficiaries:

  16. Prepare supply plans, distribution plans, and tracking tools for UNICEF supplies including construction materials, bush pumps, and spare parts.
  17. Coordinate with UNICEF Zimbabwe on supply orders.
  18. Monitor and account for supplies provided to implementing partners.
  19. Coordinate the evaluation of UNICEF WASH supply assistance.

Major tasks and deliverables:

Tasks/Milestone:****Deliverables/Outputs:****Timeline (days) & payment scheduleDesign, implementation, monitoring, supervision and certification of WASH constructionsAn inception report

5 days

A summary report from field visits and review of feasibility studies on new water supply and sanitation programmes25 days

Payment #1 (29%)

A summary report from the review of technical designs developed by NGOs

20 days A progress report (including data analysis on willingness to pay and water yields)

5 days Draft contract agreements

5 days Best practice protocols, guidelines and training materials10 days

Payment #2 (38%)

Construction monitoring, supervision and completed

A final report (including data analysis on willingness to pay, water yields, NGO capacity on WASH engineering)certification of works

30 days

5 days

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


Advanced University Degree in Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Water Management or Sanitation Engineering.


At least five years of relevant experience in WASH and engineering in developing countries

A university first degree in the same field plus at least 8 years relevant experience can be considered in lieu of a Masters degree


Required - Fluency in English

Desirable – Knowledge of Shona and Ndebele.

For more information on this consultancy kindly refer to the attached terms of reference; ToR Engineering Services.pdf

If interested and available to undertake the individual consultancy, please submit your application online and attach the required documents including the technical proposal and an all-inclusive financial proposal, CV and cover letter.

Technical proposal: (up to 3 pages). The technical proposal should articulate an understanding of the TOR and include the proposed Tasks/Milestones, Deliverables/Outputs, Timeline and level of effort by deliverable. The similar table provided in the TOR is indicative. Applicants may use the indicative table as a guide or deviate as per the proposed approach and/or days proposed per deliverable. The proposal should also cost-effectively propose the local travel proposed by the applicant to undertake the assignment.

Financial proposal: To be submitted separately, the Financial Proposal should include the costs/consultant fee (providing a daily rate as justification) for each task, proposed per diem for the approximate 60 days field travel, communications costs and any other proposed cost.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

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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.


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. The candidate may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including 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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