Consultancy: WASH Disability Consultant - WASH Section, New York

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: United States

City: New York, USA

Office: UNICEF New York

Closing date: Thursday, 11 February 2021

Consultancy: WASH Disability Consultant - WASH Section, PD, NYHQ - Req # 537854

Job no: 537854

Position type: Consultancy

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Programme

School/Unit: Programme Division

Department/Office: Water and Sanitation Sec, UNICEF NYHQ

Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Consultancy

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Consultancy Title: WASH Disability Consultant

Section/Division/Duty Station: PD/WASH/NYHQ

Duration: 210 days


If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.


Globally, an estimated one billion people, including up to 10% of children have a disability. About 11% of the estimated one billion persons with disability worldwide do not have access to improved WASH services.

Access to clean drinking water and sanitation are recognized as a human right and fundamental to the attainment of other rights. For persons with disabilities, the right to water and sanitation is reinforced in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) with equal access to services, facilities and information recognized under Article 9 on accessibility and Article 28 specifically addressing clean water services.

Access to WASH facilities by persons with disabilities provides direct benefits to health, education, social inclusion and dignity, and is fundamental to achieve human rights and development goals.

UNICEF has mandated through an Executive Directive that accessibility be consistently considered in all new programme-related construction, including WASH. In line with this executive directive and UNICEF WASH programme strategy (2016 -2030), the principles of inclusion and accessibility have been mainstreamed in WASH programming both in development and humanitarian contexts with the aims of meeting the basic needs and provide opportunities for persons with disabilities to fulfil their fundamental human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation services.

WASH programme is a major component of the Government of Norway-UNICEF Partnership Framework aimed at strengthening systems and capacity for disability inclusive programming in Africa. UNICEF WASH section is expected to provide technical support in the implementation and coordination of the WASH component of this initiative.

Terms of Reference / Deliverable

Under the supervision of the WASH specialist, the consultant will:

Prepare guidance notes on data collection, monitoring and reporting of disability inclusive WASH programme.

Conduct review of existing WASH capacity and develop capacity building plan for disability inclusive WASH programming.

Organize webinars on disability inclusive WASH programming in collaboration with UNICEF regional and country offices.

Support analysis and reporting of UNICEF disability inclusive WASH programme.

Support documentation of UNICEF global, regional and country experiences on disability inclusive WASH programme.

Provide technical support to regional and country offices on disability inclusive WASH programme planning, monitoring, reporting and implementation.

Provide technical inputs to mainstream disability inclusive WASH programming in the ongoing process of developing 2022 to 2025 UNICEF Strategic Plan.

Support the review of sanitation and hygiene and other relevant WASH documents for mainstreaming of disability inclusion.


Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Behavioral and other Social sciences; or another field relevant to WASH.

A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in accessible and inclusive WASH programming.

A good working knowledge of recent developments and approaches on disability inclusive WASH programming.

Tags access to services basic education basic needs child health data collection drinking water human rights monitoring and reporting programme planning sanitation services social inclusion social sciences subsistence allowance water and sanitation

Proven skills in analysis, synthesis and ability to communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly both orally and in writing.

Strong communication skills (written and oral) in English are required.

Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience working in a multicultural environment.

Passion and demonstrated commitment to UNICEF’s mission and core values

Background/familiarity with UNICEF’s WASH programme will be an asset.


Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials

Financial proposal that will include:

your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference (can be downloaded here:

travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.

Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.

Indicate your availability

Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.

At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory 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.

U.S. Visa information:

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: Here

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious and ethnic backgrounds 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Advertised: Feb 02 2021 Eastern Standard Time Application close: Feb 10 2021 Eastern Standard Time