Consultant (Development of Regional Workplans), Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), 6.5 months, REMOTE, Req: 562378

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. 

And we never give up. 

For every child, CLEAN WATER

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is a global partnership of over 350 partners, including governments, private sector and civil society organizations, external support agencies, research and learning institutions, utilities and regulators working together to catalyze political leadership and action, improve accountability and use scarce resources more effectively. Partners work towards a common vision of sanitation, hygiene and water for all, always and everywhere.

The Secretariat of the SWA global partnership is hosted by UNICEF at its Headquarters in New York and Geneva. The SWA Secretariat, as the operational arm of the Partnership and of the Steering Committee, is responsible for supporting the implementation of the partnership’s strategy 2020 to 2030 that focuses on three objectives:

  1. Build and sustain the political will to eliminate inequalities in water, sanitation and hygiene.
  2. Champion multi-stakeholder approaches towards achieving universal access to services.
  3. Rally stakeholders to strengthen system performance and attract new investments.

How can you make a difference? 

The consultant will work with members of the Multistakeholder Collaboration Working Group (MSCWG), a Working Group of the SWA Steering Committee, and other interested SWA partner on the development of Regional Workplans for three regions:

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Sub-Sahara Africa

Expected Results:

The consultant is expected to deliver the following results:

  • Development of a template for Regional Workplans for the above regions,
  • Creation of Regional Workplans for the above region in consultation and coordination with relevant organizations,
  • Documentation and finalization for approval of the work by the MSCWG.
Work Assignments Overview Deliverables/Outputs Timeline

Develop a template for Regional Workplans for three regions – Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Sub-Sahara Africa – to support the implementation of the SWA Regional Roadmaps.

Develop 1 template for Regional Workplans, using the draft provided by the SWA Secretariat, ensuring that expected contributions, outcomes, outputs and targets will be clearly identified in the creation of the Regional Workplans.

3 days, June

Create Regional Workplans in consultation and coordination with relevant organisations.

  • Create 3 regional workplans (one for each region) and build capacity for implementation, ensuring the following in the process: a consultative process with groups of 5-10 relevant organisations per region from amongst members of the MSCWG and interested organisations from the SWA partnership,
  • identification of strategic lines of action by these groups, while ensuring alignment with the SWA Secretariat 2023 workplan,
  • inclusion of specific outcomes, outputs and targets, as well as expected contributions, for members of the MSCWG and interested organisations from the SWA Partnership to take forward in their respective countries up to the end of 2024,
  • exchange of learnings between the regional groups during the development and first steps of implementation of the Regional Workplans,
  • availability of backstopping support during first implementation steps and documentation of key learnings, questions or challenges,
  • provision of an update to the three Regional Workplans following the first implementation steps taken.

3 days, Jun



9 days, Jun-Jul


3 days, Jun-Jul


7 days, Jun-Dec

7 days, Jun-Dec

1 day, Nov

Documentation and finalization of Regional Workplans for approval by the MSCWG.

Provide regular updates to the SWA Secretariat, as follows:

  • provide a first actionable version of Regional Workplans for each region in September 2023,
  • Provide a final progress report to the SWA Secretariat, including actionable Regional Workplans for each region, for the purpose of updating the SWA Steering Committee in December 2023


2 days, by 15/Sep

2 days, by 30/Nov



To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in political economy, government studies, public relations or relevant social sciences.
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience in high-level multilateral and multi-stakeholder platforms and partnerships, incl. international financial agencies, governmental authorities, private sector and NGOs.
  • Experience in WASH is not a prerequisite, but a strong asset.
  • Experience working with national government(s) in areas related to good governance and policy analysis is strongly desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven experience in successfully working and mediating among people with different backgrounds and defending different interests and opinions.
  • Knowledge of cross institutional collaboration especially at regional level with a national focus on results is an asset.
  • Excellent drafting and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently but in collaboration and consultation with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset. 
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset. 

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 


To view our competency framework, please visit  here


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 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: 01 Jun 2023 W. Europe Daylight Time
Deadline: 15 Jun 2023 W. Europe Daylight Time

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