Consultancy – Support to global Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiatives 2022



The global vision of IFRCs WASH Unit is: ‘To ensure that universal, equitable and affordable access to WASH services, from emergency response to sustainable development, is achieved as a human right and one that impacts positively upon health, dignity and wellbeing’.

In order to achieve this vision, innovative and sustained efforts that ensure individuals of different ages, disabilities, gender identities and backgrounds are included in the process, is crucial. Community engagement and accountability must be emphasized as the foundation of any successful WASH programme, strengthened throughout the WASH programme cycle.

IFRC have a number of ongoing initiatives which aim to provide support to National Societies to build response capacity and establish large-scale, long-term sustainable water and sanitation programmes which deliver inclusive and effective impact. These initiatives include One WASH, the Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI) umbrella, and the Country Support Platform (CSP) of the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC).

In addition, IFRC is recognised as a major global WASH player and are core members of key technical working groups such as the global Hygiene Promotion working group, and the global WASH cluster. Effective data collection, analysis, information sharing and knowledge management is crucial both internally within the Red Cross Red Crescent membership and externally with peers and partners.

Purpose of this consultancy

This consultancy will provide support and back-stopping for the WASH team in Geneva and regions, with particular focus on strengthening integration of PGI and community engagement in WASH programming, documentation and dissemination of WASH data, experiences and lessons.

Alignment to the IFRC’s objectives and strategy

AOF 5 – WASH **

WASH is an ‘area of focus’ for the IFRC and membership. This consultancy directly supports the IFRC WASH strategic direction, in which Public health WASH is one of four pillars and protection, gender and inclusion (PGI), community engagement and accountability (CEA), and data and evidence are crucial enablers to achieve the goal of National Societies being supported to implement high-quality, appropriate and effective emergency, recovery and long-term WASH programming.

Consultancy objectives

· Provide technical advice and input into emergency and long-term WASH programming

· Support the development of new WASH project proposals and funding concept notes, at global, regional level, or country or topic specific (e.g. menstrual hygiene, Hygiene promotion, community engagement, …)

· Support with coordination and information sharing, including maintaining and disseminating WASH data and information

· Assist the One WASH cholera initiative, with particular focus on PMER tools and/or any other cholera-related support

· Support to capacity building and trainings, including training needs assessment and evaluations

Consultancy outputs

Global WASH initiatives

o Support the development of concept notes and project proposals.

o Support the revisions and adaptation of One WASH PMER tools, including integrating public health, PGI and community engagement indicators.

WASH data and information

o An updated WASH website which provides an easy to access repository of WASH information and best practice, events supporter, and knowledge management tool.

Representation in WASH technical working groups

Method of delivery and reasons for selecting that method

The Global WASH team have worked with interns and consultants since 2018 to provide timely, relevant support to National Societies and to develop and roll-out global WASH resources and tools (including maintaining the WASH websites and data portal).

In view of our ongoing initiatives (CSP, One WASH, urban WASH and scaling-up public health WASH) we want to ensure that the quality of support is maintained and that cross-cutting aspects of CEA and PGI are well integrated. Feedback has also shown that having a dedicated focal point for WASH data management and information has been appreciated and endorsed by the membership.

Support to be provided to the consultant

This consultancy assignment is to be done remotely, with the consultant responsible for their own laptop, working space etc. An IFRC email address will be provided to the consultant, and access to all relevant and necessary documentation. Regular scheduled meetings with the IFRC WASH Public Health Senior Officer will ensure work is well planned, coordinated and on-track.

Time Allocation, for budget purposes

The proposed time frame is 12 months (approximately 90 days) with potential for extension based on funding and candidate availability.

Consultancy period: January 2022 – December 2022.

Location: Home-based, with travel to Geneva and/or field as required.

Management of consultancy

The consultant will be managed by IFRC WASH Public Health Senior officer, based in Geneva. This consultancy will be conducted remotely with potential for international travel to Geneva and/or field operations and programmes for specific tasks.

Education Required

Masters or Doctorate in Public Health / Epidemiology or a Public Health discipline.

Experience Required

At least seven (07) years of professional experience related to community based and/or emergency water, sanitation and hygiene programmes

Experience with learning resource and publication development, including writing and coordination (e.g. of the review process, layout and design etc.)

Experience with integrating Protection, gender and inclusion (PGI) into WASH programming, including analysis, universal design, inclusive and participatory monitoring

Experience in training development and capacity building

Experience in proposal development, planning, monitoring and evaluation of WASH programs and projects

Experience in working in low-income countries with government and local organizations

Experience Preferred

Experience with disease outbreak preparedness, response and prevention programmes both at national and international level

Experience with designing, implementing and monitoring menstrual hygiene management (MHM) interventions

Previous experience with the Red Cross Movement highly preferred

Knowledge and Skills Required

Ability to understand a wide range of academic research (clinical trials, social science research, discovery science, implementation research, etc.)

Results oriented and demand driven individual, entrepreneurial, ability to lead in unprecedented and/or ambiguous situations.

Outstanding networking, representational, communication and negotiation skills. An ability to be proactive and persuasive.

Develops a strategic and pragmatic vision on the future of cholera control

Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multilingual, multidisciplinary environment.

Good communication and writing skills: ability to effectively communicate complex scientific concepts to people with different levels of scientific background

Languages Required

Fluently spoken and written English.

Languages Preferred

Working proficiency in Spanish/French/Arabic.


  • The consultant will be contracted by the IFRC and the standard contractual terms will apply.

  • The budget is (into e-contract).

  • Agreed travel expenses will be reimbursed at cost in accordance with in the IFRC’s relevant regulations.

How to apply

How to apply

Interested candidates should send their CV, letter of interest, and daily consultancy rate in CHF (Swiss francs) to [email protected]

Email subject: Consultancy: WASH, Support to global WASH initiatives 2022

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