Job no: 557410
Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Dushanbe
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
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Access to safe water, adequate sanitation, and suitable hygiene
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy, and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias, or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic, and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education, and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. Therefore, the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
UNICEF Tajikistan has partnered with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to support the additional financing component through technical assistance modality targeting institutional strengthening and building the enabling environment (EE).
The additional financing component will be targeting;
The additional financing will provide additional support to the ongoing institutional strengthening activities to improve the O&M and financial management, billing, and commercial practices. It will continue supporting the establishment of a performance-oriented management information system with the use of SCADA system for operational efficiency and geographic information system (GIS) for asset management and for efficient monitoring of DMAs and improved operational and business efficient service delivery by the State Unitary Enterprise Dushanbevodokanal (DVK).
The additional financing will improve network management and leak detection practices and foster the use of performance-based interventions for asset inventory, leak detection, and small replacement works carried out by both VDK teams and small private service operators. It will also build the capacity of DVK on COVID-19 Emergency response and immediate actions and WASH awareness and WASH targeted programs and measures for vulnerable people and women. The establishment of a women’s training and empowerment center is proposed as a specific project gender-focused output. The center will provide vocational, leadership, and business skills trainings to create the necessary opportunities to help women realize their full potential and improve employment opportunities for women working in VDK, City Administration, and other groups. It will also encourage the education and skills training of young women. Moreover, the center will provide counseling, rehabilitation, and shelter services for victims of gender-based violence.
UNICEF will mainly be supporting the institution strengthening component through Technical Assistance modality and specific activities as planned and agreed with ADB.
How can you make a difference?
Under the overall oversight of the WASH Specialist, the Consultant will act as Secretariat for monthly coordination meetings chaired by DVK between the PIG & PIU (and quarterly meetings chaired by the City Administration with other projects) to address overlaps, and identify gaps, and at the same time be the T/A provider of last resort. Additionally, the consultant will also work closely with DVK, City Government and all consultants as per the planned schedule of activities in close coordination with the UNICEF WASH Team.
Estimated duration: 180 days (applicable between Jan-Dec 2023)
Duty station: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
On-site working days: 180 (15 work days per month for 12 Months)
Supervisor: WASH Specialist (OIC), UNICEF Tajikistan
Reporting to: WASH Specialist (OIC), UNICEF Tajikistan
|Deliverables||Timeframe||Payment schedule (details in budget|
|Coordinate on regular basis with DVK, PIU, PIG and Dushanbe city administration to ensure smooth delivery of the planned project, to minimize overlaps between stakeholders involved and identify key gaps.||
Payment will be made on Monthly Basis based on satisfactory performance and deliverables (15 working days per month)
|Follow up on identified gaps and identify suitable mitigation strategies and solutions in close coordination with UNICEF||
|Conduct regular progress review and share reports with relevant stakeholder.||
|Work with UNICEF focal point on the progress of all planned activities under the KSTA and liaise with relevant stakeholder involved with the overall delivery of the additional financing component||
|Liaise closely with the focal point at the UNICEF regional office to provide support on coordination in the other targeted countries with guidance of the WASH Specialist.||
|Provide inputs for the preparation of other consultancies as specified in the work plan and work with the consultants while maintaining a close collaboration with the DVK and City Government. . Key activities of the KSTA include;
UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/output is incomplete, not delivered, or for failure to meet deadlines.
Due to COVID19, the work and deliverables are subject to change. Consultancy company need to be flexible to adjust to any unforeseen adjustments that might occur during the implementation.
Upon completion of the deliverables, all documents specified in the deliverables shall be developed and submitted to the UNICEF in soft copy:
Performance indicators for the evaluation of results
The evaluation of the results will be based on:
In addition to the above, an interview will also be scheduled.
Furthermore, such indicators as work relations, responsibility, drive for results, and communication will be taken into account during the evaluation of the Consultant’s work.
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Qualified candidates are requested to submit:
Queries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “National Consultant to act as secretariat between the PIG & PIU as part of the ADB funded Additional Financing Urban WASH Project led by Dushanbe Vodokanal (DVK)”
Applications must be received in the system by 30 November, 2022 on our website.
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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.
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