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Ghana: National Consultant to develop urban ODF verification protocol, Accra, Ghana

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Ghana
Closing date: 23 Jun 2017

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.


Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are basic needs for human development. But access to improved sanitation in urban areas is 17.8 per cent (DHS, 2014) which is one of the lowest in the region. To increase, an urban sanitation project (2015 - 2018) is implemented in three geographically and ethnically varying urban cities - Ashaiman in the Greater Accra, Tamale metropolis in North and Ho municipality in the Volta region in Ghana. Through implementation of the urban sanitation project, UNICEF is currently supporting the Government of Ghana (GoG) to develop an urban sanitation strategy in increasing access to improved sanitation and hygiene practices amongst the urban poor, one of the groups most at risk.

Purpose of the Assignment

Whilst rural sanitation has strategic supporting documents such as the Rural Sanitation Model and Strategy (RSMS) and ODF verification protocol, guiding implementation and evaluation of rural sanitation interventions, none of these documents are available for urban sanitation. The process for developing a coasted urban sanitation strategy has started and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. There is a need start developing an ODF protocol for urban areas to complement on-going initiatives.

To support this strategy, city-wide demand creation workshops are being carried out continuously in three target metropolitan municipal assembly areas. Initial results from ground show positive trend in increasing access to household sanitation. And these figures are recorded in urban sanitation database on monthly basis. However, without a proper open defecation free (ODF) protocol for urban areas, certifying and declaring communities as an ODF community or sensitised community is going to be a challenge. Blanket application of rural ODF verification protocol in urban areas is non-pragmatic, given urban complexities of defining a community or challenge in reaching a benchmark if we are to declare whole city ODF. These challenges clearly define our need to develop one that would suit urban areas. Time limitations restrict both UNICEF and the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources to dedicatedly carryout this exercise. Therefore, UNICEF Ghana is seeking to recruit an individual local consultant to support the GoG in developing an urban ODF verification protocol.

Process/ Methodology & Assignment Tasks

Desk Study/Review: The consultant is expected to review documents related to urban sanitation to understand urban challenges and complexities, Rural Sanitation Model and Strategy (RSMS) and rural ODF verification protocol. The list for review could include other relevant reports and policy documents. Global and regional reports could also be reviewed to distill best practices.

Inception Workshop: The consultant is expected to facilitate three national and three regional workshops on drafting urban ODF protocol involving all relevant stakeholders. A day long national inception workshop to open discussion on ODF protocol and agree on drafting approach. This will be followed by a day-long regional workshop each at Tamale metropolis and Accra including participants from Ashaiman and at Ho Municipality. Field visits are necessary to capture ground realities, before the regional workshops.

Draft ODF protocol report: After completion of national inception and regional consultation workshops, the consultant is expected to draft the urban ODF verification protocol, based on national guidance and regional synthesis.

Validation workshop/**Draft ODF protocol**: A daylong validation workshop will have to be organised to present the draft report to national stakeholders for validation and further guidance.

Testing ODF verification Protocol/Training: The draft protocol will then have to be tested in all the three urban project areas, including training of Independent and Regional Versifiers. All learning and experience from test application will have to be fed into the final ODF protocol.

National Dissemination workshop: After finalization, the consultant is expected to present the final urban ODF verification protocol to all relevant stakeholders through the national dissemination workshop. Stakeholders should include all major urban players including government, INGOs, civil society organisation and three urban sanitation project district assemblies.


The consultant is expected to deliver the following in three-months spread across five months, tentatively starting 30 June 2017. The selected consultant will be required to submit a detailed activity plan on signing of the contract, considering the indicated time frame. Any review of the time frame would be discussed after the site reconnaissance has been carried out, with the WASH Specialist, Accra, UNICEF.

  1. Draft urban ODF verification protocol: A draft ODF verification protocol with maximum of 20 pages excluding annexures. Use Ariel 11 font for all narrative.
  2. Trained minimum of 30 independent and regional Verifiers to carry out urban ODF verification. Training report with a maximum of 25 pages along with names of ODF Verifiers.
  3. Final urban ODF verification protocol: The final report (max: 20 pages) is expected to be as concise and clear as possible. All terminologies should be clearly defined to avoid ambiguity in interpretation.
  4. Successful facilitation of all workshops and workshop reports (maximum 7 pages each).
  5. 2-Page process brief: The consultant must develop and submit a 2-page process brief.
  6. Final Reports: All reports will be submitted in electronic and hard format. The submission of the Final ODF verification protocol and training manual report will include three (3) hard copies each. In addition, cleaned dataset in Stata/SPSS or excel format for future reference is required.

Along with these deliverables, the consultant is expected to submit all raw materials. The consultant must ensure following publication conditions too.

  1. All field pictures.
  2. All publications should carry logo of – UNICEF, GNWP and GoG.
  3. UNICEF reserves all copyrights on materials produced.

Minimum required qualifications, experience and competencites

  1. Advanceddegree in areas related to Public Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Environmental (Science) Engineering, Sociology, Economics, Law, International Development, Project Management or any related field of study.
  2. Minimumeight years’ work experience in sanitation particularly in urban areas will be highly desirable. Past experience in similar urban CLTS assignment will be a significant advantage.
  3. Strong track record in communication, networking and analytical skills.
  4. Strong facilitation and coordination skills is required.
  5. Strong conceptual and innovative skills and strong drive for result
  6. Ability to operate computer Microsoft office programs (MS Word, Excel, Power Point and Access), is essential.
  7. Fluency in writing, reading and speaking English.

Payment Schedule

The consultant will be paid after evaluating against these deliverables.


% payment


National inception workshop



Upon submission of the draft ODF protocol



Upon completion of the training and submission of training report



Upon submission of the final ODF verification protocol and process brief


Accountabilityand Reporting**

The consultant will be based in Accra, with travel to relevant regional and district assemblies for field visit and stakeholder consultations. All technical and administrative liaising for the assignment will be done in consultation with urban Sanitation Specialist, other WASH team members including M& E for necessary input. Overall guidance of the assignment will be provided by the Chief of WASH

General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics

  1. The consultant will be based Accra, UNICEF will make arrangements for field travels.
  2. The consultant will be provided with office space. But has to arrange his/her own laptop/desktop.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

To view our competency framework, please click here.

Interested candidates who meet the minimum requirements should submit their application along with recent Curriculum Vitae. Please indicate your ability, availability and daily professional fee only (in Ghana Cedis) for this assignment. Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link