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WASH Consultant

The Zambia Red Cross Society

This is a Full-time position in Lusaka, Zambia posted 28/09/2020.

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The Zambia Red Cross Society

Saving Lives, Changing Minds

Duty station/Location: Lusaka, Zambia (with travels to project location)
Type of contract: Consultancy
Project (s): COVID-19 Response
Language required: English
Starting date: Estimated mid October 2020
Expected duration of assignment: 5 months starting from when the contract is

Background and context

Zambia Red Cross Society (ZRCS) is a humanitarian organization established in
1966 by an act of parliament to act as auxiliary to public authorities, to
augment government’s efforts in alleviating human suffering amongst those
least able to withstand the stress caused by disasters in society in
accordance with the 1949 Geneva Conventions and their additional protocols.
ZRCS has branches in y 45 districts cross the ten provinces with an estimated
volunteer membership of about 15000.Through its auxiliary role to the Zambian
government, ZRCS provides humanitarian assistance where it is needed most, and
endeavors to improve the lives of vulnerable people in Zambia, through
humanitarian and resilient programmes targeting the most vulnerable groups of
the societies both in emergency and developmental contexts. ZRCS delivers its
mandate through implementation of various projects reaching out to
approximately many families focusing on disaster risk reduction, disaster
preparedness and response, migrant and refugee services, restoring family
links for uprooted persons, health care services and prevention and control of
diseases, First Aid at workplaces Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH),
livelihoods. In its programming and delivery of humanitarian services, the
National Society endeavors to provide solutions that bring empowerment to both
individuals and communities
Since March 2020 when the first COVID-19 cases were reported in Zambia, ZRCS
has been part of a consortium of non-state actors that has joined hands with
government to control the spread of the pandemic through a multisectoral
mechanism coordinated by the Ministry of Health and the Disaster Management
and Mitigation unit (DMMU). With support from various partners from within Red
Cross Red Crescent environment such as International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) The Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) and other
corporate institutions such as Coca-Cola, ZRCS’s main focus in its response to
COVID-19 is on Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE), health,
Wither Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and livelihoods, targeting 18 districts
that have been prioritized by government so far. To enhance its response to
the pandemic, it seeks to engage a consultant who will help to strengthen the
National Society’s capacity through provision of technical guidance on
strategy focusing on WASH. This will be implemented with financial support and
technical back stop from the Netherlands Red Cross; through the remote WASH
position based in the Netherlands.

Purpose of Assignment:

The purpose of this engagement is offer technical support to ZRCS in WASH
programming; (internal/external focal point for communication on WASH issues,
coordination/liaison with other actors) as one of the critical components of
the response strategies to COVID-19 pandemic.

Scope of Work/ Work Assignments:

Under the direct guidance of the ZRCS in collaboration/consultation with a
functional link with the NLRC technical Advisors (Remote WASH Delegate) and
supervision from the ZRCS focal person, the consultant will be responsible for
the following;

> Design and/or adapt innovative, impactful and sustainable solutions/ strategies in WASH programming and reporting to control COVID-19 pandemic
> Provide technical oversight to ZRCS in the development of Education and WASH preparedness documents, including contingency plans, 4W matrix, maps, assessment forms, standards, stock list and partner mapping.
> Support NS to develop key messages around Risk communication and Community Engagement around WASH and COVID-19
> Harmonize RCRC WASH protocols with those by government and partners
> Provide technical support and input to WASH sector group/s
> Work closely with partners such as UN Agencies, MoH/ZNPHI
> Support coordination related aspects around WASH policies, standards and guidelines development in ZRCS or by partners
> Facilitate and/or participate in existing coordination platforms with MoH/ZNPHI and other WASH involved stakeholders to ensure coordination to maintain network within WASH IFRC and NLRC
> IPC upscale in health facilities /quarantine /isolation/screening centers etc
> In collaboration with the operations team and the NS, support the evaluation of the operation.
> Facilitate the development of partnerships with potential donors, including private sector organisations, for future emergency response operations

Experten Output ad Deliverables

i. Feasible, impactful and sustainable strategy developed
ii. Strengthend systems for WASH programming
iii. Enhanced input and coordination in the WASH sector

Responsibilities of ZRCS

> Provide RCRC WASH protocols, ZRCS Response plan and other tools to the consultant to facilitate alignment strategy
> Provide ZRCS Response plan and other COVID-19 related tools
> Pay consultancy fees


The consultant will be under the direct supervision of the Assistant Secretary
General/ Health and Care Manager based at ZRCS office at HQ in Lusaka.

Consultant’s Work Place

The consultant will have a flexible work arrangement where at times he works
out of the ZRCS office and other times, he can work remotely where he has
access to good internet connectivity.

Duration of Assignment and man hours

The consultant will work for 21 days (75%) a month for the duration of five
(5) months. Additional days may be permissible based on the need.


A daily rate shall be negotiated with the consultant based on prevailing rates
on the labour market

Profile of the Consultant

1 Education

a) Minimum of graduate degree in WASH Programming, Public Health or a field
relevant to international WASH related development assistance
b) Additional training in Health Education or Communication for Development
are considered an asset
c) Additional training and experience in emergency/humanitarian response,
preparedness and capacity building on disaster and climate risk resilience is
considered an asset.
d) Professional qualification in WASH/Watsan emergency operations management.
e) Experience in donor/partner relationship management.


i. Relevant experience of not less than 10 years in the sector of WASH
ii. Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the
WASH Cluster approach
iii. Familiarity with Zambia WASH Sector partners and programmes
iv. Previous experience with INGOs is an asset.
v. Experience on WASH programmes focusing on hygiene behavior improvements
vi. Experience on WASH Resilience and Security Planning;
vii. Previous experience working with local authorities
viii. Experience of working with communities and community-based organizations
ix. Methodology of programme/project management;

Functional Competencies

a) Analyzing
b) Relating and Networking
c) Deciding and Initiating Action
d) Applying Technical Expertise

3 Skills

a) Ability to facilitate a consultative process
b) Good Analytical skills
c) Ability to write concise and comprehensive reports.
d) Excellent interpersonal skills.
e) Ability to meet deadlines.
f) Qualitative and Quantitative research skills A plus
g) Effective attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.
h) High level of integrity, confidentiality, and accountability.
i) Sound analytical thinking, planning, prioritization, and execution skills.
j) Fluent English language.
k) Ability to deal with local partners

4 Knowledge

a) Knowledge and use of virtual tools
b) Experience with working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement.

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