WASH Consultant

Gaziantep | Ankara


“CARE International in Turkey serves disempowered people so they can overcome poverty with dignity. CARE models the principles of transparency, accountability, participation, equity and continuous learning.”

Job Title: WASH Consultant

Duty Station: Gaziantep

Deadline to apply: April 19, 2016

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.

CARE International in Turkey is pleased to announce an opening for the position of WASH in Schools Consultancy.

1. Purpose of Assignment

The purpose of the consultancy is to identify and document lessons learnt from CARE’s ongoing WASH in Schools project in Southern Turkey, in order to provide evidence to inform the design of future programming in this specific area by actors within the WASH and Education sectors, including CARE and UNICEF. Findings will be fed into the UNICEF/Ministry of National Education (MoNE) strategy for the sector, with actionable recommendations covering teacher training programs, resources and funding requirements to enhance hygiene promotion (HP) in Syrian schools and Temporary Education Centers (TECs). It is also expected that the consultant will identify findings and recommendations on cross-sectoral issues, specifically gaps and linkages with the public health department and relevant national Turkish strategy for the health sector.

2. Background

As of the 3 March 2016, over 2.7 million Syrians have sought refuge in Turkey. Over half of the refugee population is estimated to be under 18 year old, more than 30% or around 900,000 of school age[1]. UNICEF results for 2015 show that 102,126 children have been enrolled in formal education and are attending school either through the national Turkish education system (taught in Turkish) or in TECs that were established to provide instruction in Arabic[2]. However, Human Rights Watch reported in November 2015 that more than 400,000 Syrian refugee children are not attending school[3], those number have been considered and integrated in UNICEF 2016 education strategy.

In both Şanlıurfa and Gaziantep provinces, 58 TECs, which provide education for children from 1st through 12th grade, have been set up by the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) with UNICEF. TECs are often underfunded and overcrowded resulting in poor conditions of classrooms, bathrooms and schoolyards. CARE, in 2015, scaled up its WASH in School activities to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions for the children and TECs.

CARE is currently working in 33 TECs across these two provinces. CARE’s hygiene project includes the design of a Hygiene Promotion curriculum for training of teachers (ToT) in hygiene promotion education and the distribution of student hygiene kits, teacher hygiene kits and school classroom cleaning materials as well as additional support for operations and maintenance. Almost 20,000 kits have been distributed so far in the first phase. CARE will also target adolescent girls and boys (age from 12-18) with menstruation and adolescent hygiene education and relevant hygiene kits to support their hygiene needs as they transition through puberty.

3. Scope of Work/ Work Assignments:

The learning and recommendations generated from this consultancy will be used to advocate for relevant authorities to include a HP module in TEC curricula. The project will contribute to the 3RP Education Sector objective of ‘enhance[ing] the quality of education delivered through safe and inclusive learning environments…’ by embedding HP practices that will aid in creating healthy learning environments. School boards and MoNE will be assisted to incorporate such items into regular operations and maintenance budgets for long-term sustainability.

The consultant will carry out the following activities:

· Review WASH in School guidelines in order to finalize current draft.

· Revise training package for teachers and students (ToT) and propose additional activities if relevant.

· Generate/compile lesson learned from the project to use in advocacy with the relevant authorities to include a HP module in TEC curricula.

· Liaise with relevant Education partners to ensure CARE HP strategy is coherent with 3RP Education Sector objectives. Develop or reinforce strategy to enhance school boards and MoNE awareness of HP objectives.

· Revise and compile logistic and finance expenses in order to develop provisional budget and maintenance budgets for long-term sustainability.

· Organize working sessions with the CARE HP team to identify lessons learned and / or gaps.

· Arrange meetings with relevant MoNE officials and UNICEF staff to understand challenges and gaps.

· Arrange focus group discussions with students and teachers in CARE-supported to gather feedback on the HP project.

4. Work Schedule:

The duration of the contract shall be 20 working days maximum (5 days per week) beginning in late April/early May 2016. The consultant is expected to work on a full-time basis to complete the tasks outlined below. Part of the consultancy for desk study and final write up work could be home-based; the consultant should however spend 15 working days in Gaziantep. The exact workplan for the activities should be developed within the first two days of the contract.

5. Deliverables/End Product(s):

The consultant is expected to develop a detailed work plan to be validated by the CARE Program and Project manager as well as WASH Advisor based in Gaziantep within the first two days of the assignment towards the delivery of the following:

· Guidebook update: inclusion of additional modules such as lice prevention, MHM, and if required identification of additional modules.

· Beginning the process of developing standard operating procedures based on key activities of the project

· Report identifying lesson learned, SWOT analyses of the project, and budget recommendations for the implementation of the HP response in TEC (25 pages maximum + executive summary).

· Presentation of findings at the Education working Group (max 20 slides presentation).

6. Payment Schedule:

The final fee payment will be subject to delivery of above deliverables after being certified by the Program Manager.

7. Type of Supervision provided:

The CARE Program Manager based in Gaziantep, and CARE Project Manager, based in Urfa, shall provide overall supervision. Project staff will provide operational assistance and facilitate logistic support. CARE’s WASH technical Advisor shall provide technical guidance. Line manager, the Program Manager, will oversee receipt of final deliverables.

8. Consultant’s work plan and Official Travel Involved:

The consultant is expected to develop a detailed work plan within the first two days of the assignment under the supervision of project and program manager in Gaziantep. The consultant should be able to travel to project sites in southern Turkey, mainly across Gaziantep and Urfa provinces. Official (return) travel to Turkey will be arranged by CARE, per diem will be paid while staying in Turkey at the standard CARE rate for southern Turkey and accommodation will be provided.

The consultant is expected to work on a full-time basis at the CARE Office in Gaziantep, the CARE sub-office in Urfa or his/her place of accommodation (according to security). The expected allocation of time will be agreed upon the parties though this is to be as needed depending on the activities. The consultant will be provided with a desk at the CARE Office in Gaziantep as well as internet access during working hours, but is expected to provide his or her own computer.

9. Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required:

· Degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Social Science, Public Health, Environmental Science, Statistics, Demography or a field relevant to WASH-in School related humanitarian/development assistance.

· Additional training in Water, Sanitation and behavior change communication, including experience in similar assignment of developing hygiene education packages.

· Five to eight years of progressive responsibility in project implementation, monitoring and supervision and evaluation or related fields.

· Experience working in the Education and/or Health sector in Turkey is an advantage.

· Knowledge of the latest theories, technology and practices in Water in Schools and preferably some knowledge of CARE goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies.

i) Language required:

· Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

· Knowledge of Turkish and/or Arabic is an advantage.

Interested candidates please send a Curriculum Vitae in English and a Cover letter (***in a separate file of no more than one A4 page***) describing how your skills and experience match the requirements of this post, to the following e-mail address: TURCAREHR@care.org

Applications in languages other than English will not be reviewed.

Make sure to include [ 130416-2 WASH Consultant ] in the subject line of your application. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. The deadline for applications is April 19, 2016.

CARE International is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: CARE
  • Location: Gaziantep | Ankara
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Environment
    • Environment
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2016-04-19

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