International Consultant – WASH Sector Theory of Change at the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (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. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: International Consultant – WASH Sector Theory of Change

Job ID: 543356
Location: Abuja
Contract Type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

Purpose of the Assignment

  • The purpose of this assignment is to facilitate the development of a national WASH sector comprehensive analytical Theory of Change ‘Theory of Change (TOC)’ document through engagement with Government at federal and state levels, UN agencies, Development Partners and Private Sector actors for the facilitation of a clear and detailed comprehensive conceptual framework of the WASH sector in Nigeria that is aligned to national priorities and SDG 6 and contributes to Child Survival and Development.
  • In 2019, UNICEF carried out an evaluation of the FGN/UNICEF WASH programme 2014 – 2017. One of the recommendations of the evaluation was the development of a theory of change for the sector in collaboration with the Government, UN agencies, development partners and the private sector with the aim of aligning the FGN/UNICEF WASH Programme with SDG 6, UNICEF’s global WASH Strategy 2016-2030 and the National priority of ending open defecation by the year 2025. Therefore, the theory of change will support future programming, specifically geared towards access to and use of safe and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene for all and its impact on child survival and development.
  • The consultant will assist the WASH Section to address this recommendation of the evaluation report by facilitating the process of developing a ToC for the WASH sector. This will be achieved by engaging with government, development partners, the private sector and UN organizations and agencies in Nigeria involved in WASH interventions. The individual consultant would be expected to do a desk review of relevant documents and facilitate workshops and a consultative forum that will lead to the development of a ToC that is accepted by all stakeholders and addresses the need of the sector.

Scope of Work

  • The individual consultant will work closely with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR), National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS), the Clean Nigeria Campaign (CNC) Secretariat, States governments UNICEF Country and Field Office colleagues and other stakeholders in the sector to develop a sector wide Toc.
  • This task will involve a review of national plans, strategies and priorities for the sector, facilitation of a stakeholders’ forum and workshop for the development of a theory of change. A final report of the process and copies of the theory of change.
  • The expected deliverables for this activity are: 1) A comprehensive analytical ToC document of the WASH sector in Nigeria including an executive summary, a diagrammatic representation, and two-pager infographics; and 2) a narrative report of the assignment.

Reasons why consultancy cannot be done by staff:

  • The consultancy will be working directly with Government partners, and stakeholders in the sector. Having an external person to facilitate the development of the sector-wide ToC fosters ownership of the process and the output by government partners and stakeholders.
  • The section does not have human resource capacity and time to engage with this process directly at the moment, hence the need for an individual consultant.
  • This Consultancy will contribute to output 2.1 of the FGN-UNICEF rolling workplan for 2021 – 2022. Cost will be covered with funds in regular resources.

The specific output and activities in the workplan are:

  • Output 2.1: Federal, state and local governments have strengthened institutional capacity and systems (to formulate evidence-based plans, budget, coordinate, monitor and mobilize resources) for scaling up equitable WASH interventions.
  • Activity 2.1.4 – Strengthen WASH Sector Coordination, National Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation

Total Estimated Consultancy Cost:

  • The estimate cost for the consultancy is $25,000. However, actual cost will be determined by the quoted fees of the selected candidate but not exceeding the estimated amount.

Minimum Qualifications Required
Knowledge / Expertise / Skills Required:

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s or higher) in: Social Sciences, Development Studies, Public Administration, Sociology or any other related field of study
  • S/he must have experience in WASH Programme design and Administration, Sociology or any other related field of implementation especially as it relates to systems development study and capacity transfer.
  • S/he should have at least eight years working experience in the WASH sector.
  • S/he must have verifiable evidence of having developed a theory of change for a government, international or multinational organisations or development programme.

Costs indicated are estimated. Final rate shall follow the “best value for money” principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible fee. Consultants will be asked to stipulate all-inclusive fees, including lump-sum travel and subsistence costs, as applicable.

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.

Text to be added to all TORS:

  • 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.

Deadline: 10th August, 2021. (W. Central Africa Standard Time.).

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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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.


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