Papua New Guinea: Technical Advisor to the WaSH Policy Coordinator – UNICEF PNG

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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Papua New Guinea
Closing date: 07 Oct 2015


Papua New Guinea is off-track to meet Millennium Development Goal as well as its own development targets outlined in the PNG Vision 2050 and Sustainable Development Plan 2030 that seek 70% access to improved drinking water sources and sanitation by 2030 and 100% access by 2050. Across the East Asia and Pacific region, four countries, Cambodia, Lao PDR, PNG, and Timor-Leste, are unlikely to meet the MDG water target, with PNG, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands all reporting less than 40% sanitation coverage, and PNG itself has seen virtually no progress between 1990 and 2012. Access rates to improved water have stagnated in recent years and access to safe sanitation is in decline as service delivery fails to keep up with population increase. Poor service delivery has been attributed to limited government funding to the sector, limited capacity within the sector and a fragmented institutional framework with no overall coordination or policy development. Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in PNG remains very high; with 700 / 100,000 live births, PNG is second highest in the world, with highest MMR in rural areas; with 75 per 1000 live births, PNG has the highest Under 5 Mortality rate in the Pacific Region. On average, 1 in 13 children die before their 5th birthday mainly due to preventable causes. Mal-nutrition is noted as one of the major underlying factors to child morbidity and mortality in PNG, with nearly 48% of children under 5 are stunted, with higher numbers in rural areas. Needless to state the critical need for addressing WASH as one of the main underlying reasons for these profound child survival issues.

In the absence of an overarching ministry responsible for formulating policy, the National Executive Council (NEC) tasked Water PNG to develop a National Water Policy in 2005. The resulting draft however was never endorsed. In 2008, a multi-agency Task Force, with representation from Government agencies, development partners and NGOs and chaired by the Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM) was established to revisit the Policy. In November 2011 at the request of the DNPM, the Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) of the World Bank provided technical assistance to support the Policy development process, and in November 2014 a draft Policy, focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) service delivery was finalized. The policy was approved by the National Executive Council in January 2015.

The National WASH Policy provides the strategic framework and a unique opportunity to substantially improve access to water and sanitation services and to change hygiene behaviours, particularly to the currently underserved rural and peri-urban settlement areas. It aims to provide direction for planning, management, investments and activities for all sector stakeholders in order to achieve the policy objectives. National ownership and strong coordination on WASH policy implementation are recognized as critical requirements to shift from Policy to Strategy, action plans and implementation on the ground.

The Policy identifies seven strategies to improve the delivery of WaSH services:

i) Improved sector coordination and leadership through the establishment of a National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Authority (NWSHA)

ii) Improved WASH sector funding;

iii) Develop and manage an effective management information system;

iv) Improved and consistent approaches to WASH service delivery;

v) Appropriate technology promotion;

vi) Enhanced private sector participation and partnerships; and

vii) Sector capacity building.

Together, these strategies will seek to ensure that each year, services are delivered to an additional 453,000 people in order to meet the policy targets.

Following endorsement of the Policy, DNPM is keen to move forward with the coordination and implementation of the WaSH Policy. As part of an Interim arrangement, described in the Policy, the DNPM will establish a Programme Management Unit (PMU) to begin Policy implementation and to work towards the establishment of the NWSHA. A WaSH Coordinator will be recruited to lead the PMU. This PMU will be supported with Technical Advisors as required during its establishment.

Based on an internal assessment, and recognizing available and needed technical capacity, the DNPM is now seeking to engage an Advisor for the National WaSH Policy Coordinator who will guide and provide strategic support to the National WASH Policy Coordinator to lead the PMU and support the first stages of Policy implementation.

The Advisor to the WaSH Coordinator will provide mentoring and supportive assistance to the National WASH Coordinator, and will guide and support the development of the framework, structure, action plans and systems for operationalization and realization of the national WaSH policy guiding the PMU in the successful implementation of their TORs. This approach will ensure that at the end of the Advisor role, the capacity of the National WaSH Policy Coordinator is strengthened, thus contributing to national capacity and sustained strength in policy coordination.

The Advisor will be engaged for six months.


The following shall be the primary areas of focus for the Advisor to the National WASH Coordinator


TASK 1: Transfer of knowledge, mentoring and Capacity Building of National WASH Coordinator in day to day work

  • Assist the WaSH Coordinator develop appropriate work schedules for implementation of their TORs
  • Provide skills to the National Coordinator on coordination arrangements / models and approaches to WaSH such as equitable involvement, inclusion and respect for each representative of the key WASH actors in the country. Including international examples where appropriate
  • Identify capacity building/networking opportunities for the WaSH Coordinator, including international conferences and seminars, exchanges etc.
  • Enhance relational skills such as networking, integration, motivation and moderation and managerial skills such as planning, organizing, monitoring and reporting.
  • Provide guidance in communication in areas of advocacy and awareness raising.
  • Identification and building on the complementarity of different agencies

Task 2: Provide support and guidance to the National WASH Coordinator in establishment of the PMU, its operational mechanisms, coordination

§ Support the establishment of the PMU office, including physical venue and resourcing.

§ Support the ongoing development of the organizational structure of the PMU, and how this is expected to develop as DNPM progresses towards the establishment of the NWSHA, identifying new positions and responsibilities as required.

§ Assist WaSH Coordinator in developing new TORs as required Developing an exit, or clear transition strategy towards establishment of the NWSHA (National WASH and Sanitation Authority) for realization of National WASH targets

§ Assist in the development of PMU annual work plans and budgets which should reflect the increasing capacity of the PMU to roll out the WaSH Policy.

§ Assist WaSH coordinator to manage PMU staff effectively.

§ Coordinate consultation with relevant WASH agencies on urban, rural, WASH in School and Health care facilities.

§ Provide support in recruitment of the PMU members.

§ Provide support to the National WASH Coordinator in developing operating procedures and mechanisms for the PMU.

§ Develop action plan and monitoring plan for the new PMU. Ensure timely reporting against annual work plan objectives

§ Advise the national WASH coordinator in capacity building initiative of the PMU.

§ Assist with the scheduling of regular Task Force meetings, and assist with preparation and presentation of progress reports

§ Assist the WaSH Coordinator in coordinating additional TA brought in to work with the PMU

Task 3: Support the National WaSH Coordinator to manage progress towards key stages and milestones of policy implementation.

Undertake a rapid desk assessment of the WASH sector and identify the challenges and opportunities in enabling environment, sector monitoring, resource allocation, service delivery and demand promotion

§ Assist the WaSH Coordinator in the scheduling of TA inputs to support the PMU.

§ Assist in the selection of initial roll out Districts for WaSH policy implementation

§ Support the WaSH coordinator in management oversight of the preparation of a WaSH Policy Development Plan, outlining methods and approaches to implementing the WaSH Policy.

§ Support the development and implementation of the WaSH Policy Communications Plan, to be produced by the PMU with TA support.

§ Support the development and implementation of a Capacity Building Plan, outlining key capacity requirements for effective implementation of the policy, produced by the PMU with TA support.

§ Provide assistance to the WaSH Coordinator and the PMU in the development of a WaSH monitoring framework and associated MIS.

§ Provide assistance to the WaSH Coordinator and the PMU in the establishment of a WaSH Fund, with TA support,

§ Assist the WaSH Coordinator with monitoring, management and oversight of District policy implementation

§ Facilitate consultation with WASH actors and prepare an inventory of the capacity, comparative advantages of different agencies and existing standards, guidelines, technologies and approaches in different areas of WASH programming and geographic locations

  • Promote appropriate links between government agencies and local civil society and other relevant actors such as the Church.
  • Advise the WaSH Coordinator and PMU on appropriate technologies and programming approaches for piloting, scaling up and avoiding duplication of effort.

Task 4: Provide support to National WASH Coordinator and DNPM in preparation and progress towards establishment of the National Water and Sanitation and Hygiene Authority (NWSHA)

  • Provide support to ensure smooth transition of role of the PMU to NWSHA
  • Assist the National WASH Coordinator and DNPM in developing the action plan for the development of the NWSHA
  • Provide assistance in identification of potential national, provincial, district and local level potential source of funding
  • Support the national WASH Coordinator and DNPM in preparation of materials for submission to DNPM management, The Minister and the National Executive Council (NEC)
  • Identify and develop matrix of potential development partner assistance ensuring synergy of effort and avoiding duplication of work.

Task 5: Provide support and develop communication and advocacy plan for WASH policy dissemination and awareness raising across partners, key stakeholders, national and sub-national level governments

§ Facilitate the development of communication materials for awareness raising and dissemination of WASH policy among key stakeholders at national, provincial, district and local government for understanding their roles and responsibilities and for garnering support in realizing the WASH target.

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§ Support the WASH Coordinator and PMU in advocating with key policy makers in resource allocation and implementation

  • Support and organize stakeholder awareness workshop
  • Promote awareness raising through mass media such as TV, radio, newspaper, bill board.

Task 6: Assist in strengthening WASH Sector Coordination – guiding National Coordinator to ensuring quality, focus and progress through well-coordinated plans, funding utilization, monitoring and progress reporting

In consultation with the National WASH Coordinator and the task force members, review the composition and Terms of Reference of the task force

  • Under guidance of the task force, update the composition of the task force and include in the task force, key stakeholders such as National Department of Education and the Church.
  • Set up appropriate communication and communication management system –email group, use of Google docs for a vibrant task force.
  • Include the PMU work plan and the progress update as one of the key agenda item for the regular task force meeting.
  • Advocate for formation of technical working group on Urban/Rural Water and Sanitation, WASH in Schools, WASH in health care facilities, Hygiene promotion and Behaviour change communication, Emergency preparedness and response etc.
  • Facilitate the process of assigning roles and responsibilities by the Task force for the different technical working group.
  • Advocate the development of WASH in Emergencies preparedness and response plan etc.
  • Ensure development of monitoring plan for the PMU and the task force.


  1. National WASH Coordinator provided with skills on coordination and relational skills.
  2. Organizational structure, TOR of the PMU and Job description of PMU staff members in line with existing TORs finalized and recruitment process initiated.
  3. Key Policy documents finalised – to include Development Plan, Communications Plan, Capacity Building Plan, M&E format, MIS.
  4. Capacity Assessment of WASH sector in the country and the transition plan finalized.
  5. Cost effective and innovative WASH programming approaches and agencies identified and action plan drafted for scale up.
  6. Road map and supporting materials for the establishment of NWSHA finalized.
  7. Communication advocacy plan finalized and key stakeholders oriented on the WASH policy – various levels, with plans testing is selected sub-national locations
  8. Task force composition and TOR updated WASH sector coordination and monitoring strengthened


He/she will report against these deliverables to the First Assistant Secretary of the Policy and Budget Division and the National WASH Coordinator DNPM, and the Deputy Representative of UNICEF and provide regular progress updates to meetings of the WaSH Task Force.


The Advisor will be paid at the P4 UN staffing level. Full UN DSA will be paid for the first 60 days and 75% DSA will be after for the first 60 days.


The desired candidate must have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in political science, water and sanitation, public administration, public health, engineering or other related social science discipline;
  • At least 5 years relevant experience working on water and sanitation projects;
  • At least 10 years’ experience in policy development or public administration, change management, institutional development, capacity building development and training, preferably with public institutions;
  • Experience of managing teams;
  • Familiarity and practical knowledge on communication strategy, promotion, coordination, and documentation will be an advantage;
  • Demonstrated track record of success in leading projects and assignments, including implementation of sector programs in both rural and urban context;
  • Strong inter-personal skills, accessible and clear writing style, excellent presentation and facilitation skills;
  • Fluent in English
  • Based in Port Moresby within the Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM), but must be willing to travel as required.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 2 references, a relevant work sample, availability and proposed daily professional fee by 12th October 2015to Rhonda Glaimai at the email address[email protected] and cc Thomas Mobaso at [email protected] .

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