UNICEF Home Based Consultant – Technical support on Climate Resilient WASH proposals
Job no: 566478
Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Bangkok
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
UNICEF Home Based Consultant – Technical support on Climate Resilient WASH proposals
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Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
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UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region. This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:
- survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;
- development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
- protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and
- participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them
How can you make a difference? UNICEF Home Based Consultant – Technical support on Climate Resilient WASH proposals
The WASH Climate and Environment Section, UNICEF East Asia Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is seeking an international consultant to advise on strategies to mobilize climate finance, and prepare and review concept notes and proposals to mobilize grant funding resources for climate resilient water, sanitation and hygiene sector across the East Asia and the Pacific Region. This consultancy will be part-time and home based, with specific tasks indicated below.
Work Assignment, Expected deliverable and Delivery schedule:
The assignment is home based.
1. Assignment: Technical input to preparation of the project, Mainstreaming Climate Smart Social Services in EAP Countries. As background, EAPRO is working with UNICEF Australia (National Committee) to prepare this project. Together, EAPRO and UNICEF Australia must develop a funding proposal, by contracting a firm on an institutional contract to carry out all aspects of project preparation. The consultant will be required to:
• Assist EAPRO in developing and maintaining timelines for project preparation
• Provide technical review of documents produced by the consulting firm, and liaise with the firm to explain changes needed, with particular focus on WASH technical aspects.
• Assist country offices to present aspects of the project to National Designated Authorities or line ministries.
• Advise UNICEF on co-financing opportunities for this project and assist in drafting concept notes as needed.
Expected deliverable 1: Technical inputs on funding proposal development.
Delivery schedule: Funding proposal development is expected to take place between November 2023 and February 2025. Deliverables:
• Project preparation timeline (MS Project or similar software) due on 31 December 2023
• Summary of all technical inputs on funding proposal due 31 October 2024
2. Assignment: Technical review of country office climate vulnerability and risk assessments. All country offices in the EAP region have committed to carry out climate vulnerability and risk assessments of their country programmes. The consultant will be required to carry out technical review of climate vulnerability and risk assessments and provide feedback to country offices.
This work is already in progress at country office level, with WASH sections often advancing this work first for their sector or on behalf of many sectors in the country, and comments will be required from the consultant within two weeks of the country office sharing the documents with the regional office.
Expected deliverable 2: Technical inputs on country climate vulnerability and risk assessments.
Delivery schedule: This work is expected to be carried out between November 2023 and May 2024. Deliverables:
• Summary of all technical inputs provided on climate vulnerability and risk assessments due 31 May 2024
3. Assignment: Technical review of environmental and social standards documents. UNICEF drafted for comments Environmental and Social Safeguards (ESS) in 2020 targeting approval in 2022. Once approved, all projects and programmes funded and implemented by UNICEF will need to comply with the ESS Guiding Principles.
EAPRO is in the process of carrying out an initial screening of programme readiness to implement ESS. In addition, country offices will be required to meet UNICEF and donor ESS requirements in new projects and programmes. The consultant will be required to:
• Provide technical review on the EAPRO initial screening of programme readiness to implement ESS.
• Provide technical review on country office safeguards documents.
• Advise EAPRO on strategies and approaches to strengthen ESS.
Expected deliverable 3: Technical input on ESS documents and monthly summary of all work carried out.
Delivery schedule: This work is expected to be carried out between January and December 2024. Deliverables:
• Summary of all technical inputs provided on ESS due 31 December 2024
4. Assignment: Advise EAPRO and EAP COs on strategies and opportunities to access climate funds with a focus on WASH. As background, UNICEF is not accredited to access global climate and environment funds such as Green Climate Fund and Global Environment Facility.
However, through networks of partners of accredited agencies and direct access entities, EAPRO has opportunities to partner to reach new sources of climate funds to support national WASH and other social sectors. The consultant will be expected to:
• Regularly identify opportunities for UNICEF to access climate funds in partnership with others, and advise UNICEF on strategies to pursue these opportunities.
• Prepare project summaries and draft or revise concept notes for new partnerships and projects.
• Attend bi-weekly meetings (remote) and monthly in-person meetings with EAPRO.
Expected deliverable 4: Monthly written updates on partners and potential opportunities.
Delivery schedule: This work is expected to be ongoing throughout the consultancy. Deliverables
• Quarterly report of partnership advice, comments, and opportunities due
– 31 March 2025
– 30 June 2025
– 30 September 2025
Duration of Contract: 1 December 2023 – 30 September 2025 (220 working days)
Duty Travel: None
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
• Advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in areas related to water, sanitation and hygiene; climate change, environmental management, and public policy or other related disciplines
• At least 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience at international levels and demonstrated track record in climate resilient WASH, climate change and environmental project design and management
• Experience working for multilateral development banks and climate funds and managing environmental and social safeguards
• Demonstrated experience developing successful WASH climate funding proposals to international climate funds including the Green Climate Fund in Asia and the Pacific countries
• Experience working with UNICEF and knowledge of organizational strategies and priorities
• Extensive experience working in East Asia and Pacific countries
• Based in Thailand
Interested candidates are requested to submit CV, full contact information of minimum 3 references, availability, and proposed daily professional fee in USD by 23 October 2023.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).
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UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.
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. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status 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.
Advertised: 10 Oct 2023 SE Asia Standard Time
Deadline: 23 Oct 2023 SE Asia Standard Time