Project details


Project title

COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control through an Integrated Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Health Approach - Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist

Country Programme / Action Plan
Tender / Procurement notice
21 Nov 2020


21 November 2020


4 December 2020


82 800 USD

Procurement type

Individual consultants


54342-001 Package Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist

Funding Agency

ADB - Asian Development Bank

Estimated duration

100 days


Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, East Timor, Fiji, Georgia, Hong Kong (China), India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Korea, South, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Federated States of, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam

Date Published: 21-Nov-2020    Deadline of Submitting EOI: 04-Dec-2020 11:59 PM Manila local time

Selection Profile

Consultant Type: Individual

Selection Method: Individual Consultant Selection (ICS)

Source: International

Technical Proposal: Not Applicable

Selection Title: COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control through an Integrated Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Health Approach

Package Number:

Package Name: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist

Advance Action:  Yes:

Total Inputs: 100 Working Days

Consulting Services Budget: USD 82,800

Budget Type:  Estimated:

Approval Number:

Approval Date:

Estimated Short-listing Date: 01-Dec-2020

Estimated Commencement Date: 04-Jan-2021

Open to non-Member Countries:  No:

Additional Information

Possibility of contract extension:  Not known

Possibility of consideration for downstream assignment:  Not known

Country of assignment: Regional

COVID-19 Related Assignment No

Contact Information

Project Officer: Coral Fernandez Illescas

Designation: Principal Water Resources Specialist Asian Development Bank



Primary | Agency | Country | Agency Role | Person

 Asian Development BankRegionalExecuting Agency |

Publishing History

Typed | Publication Date | Published By | Duration of Advertisement | Deadline

Original | 21-Nov-2020 | Fatima Mabor Bautista | 14 DAYS | 04-Dec-2020 |

Terms of Reference (Individual Consultant)

Expertise: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist

Expertise Group: Biological Sciences & Ecology

Consultant Source: International

TOR Keywords:

Objective and Purpose of the Assignment


1. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that safely managed water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)

services and hygiene behaviors are fundamental to protect human health from and through infectious

disease outbreaks. Proper hand hygiene is one of the most important infection prevention and control

(IPC) measures in the context of COVID-19. The continuity and sustainability of WASH services and

community engagement through enhanced facilities and products and using multimodal awareness, risk

communication, and behavior change techniques are critical for improved hand hygiene. Currently, 3

billion people globally and nearly three-quarters of people in least-developed countries lack basic home

handwashing facilities with water and soap. Almost half of all schools worldwide lack a handwashing

facility that includes water and soap, affecting 900 million school-age children, and 43% of health care

facilities globally lack hand hygiene at points of patient care. Moreover, studies consistently show

that increasing knowledge of handwashing even in settings where access to reliable water supply exists

is not sufficient to motivate behavior change and that multimodal approaches that address necessary

multiple determinants of behavior change are key for hygiene program designers to take into account.

2. The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) support to its developing member countries (DMCs) in its response

to COVID-19 prioritizes the protection of human health via IPC measures to combat the spread of

infectious disease. Such measures include universal access to WASH, including in healthcare facilities,

consistent with ADB's Strategy 2030. ADB joined world leaders and heads of international organizations'

with the World Health Organization's 14 May 2020 call for action on COVID-19 to make WASH available to

everyone, eliminating inequalities and leaving no one behind with a special emphasis on the most

vulnerable to COVID-19 including women and girls. The inequitable economic impacts associated with the

COVID-19 pandemic are predicted to disproportionately impact the already poor and vulnerable through

reduced income, increased risk of all forms of malnutrition, and decreased ability to pay for basic

services (including WASH).

3. Responding to COVID-19 and other water and sanitation related public health emergencies also calls

for strengthening multisector collaboration through better integration of WASH and health (WASH+H). To

achieve this, ADB has approved a technical assistance (TA) on COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control

through an Integrated Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Health Approach funded from Japan Fund for Poverty

Reduction (JFPR). The TA promotes COVID-19 IPC through an inclusive, gender-sensitive, effective, and

sustainable WASH+H program, with a particular focus on the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable who have

been most affected by COVID-19. Through its outputs, the TA will direct resources toward (i)

supporting the scaling up and effective integration of COVID-19 IPC as well as impact mitigation WASH+H

activities into ADB projects in the social, water, and urban sectors; and (ii) promoting multisector

and multistakeholder awareness raising, knowledge and capacity building, policy dialogue, and strategy


Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

4. The purpose of the assignment is to strengthen ADB Water Sector Group's (WSG) and Health Sector

Group's (HSG) efforts to mainstream a more integrated and effective WASH+H program with the aim to

promote and achieve healthier populations in Asia and the Pacific.

Scope of Work

5. The international WASH Specialist will support the Sustainable Development and Climate Change

Department (SDCC) and regional departments in the overall implementation of the TA activities.

Integrated WASH+H should be promoted and scaled up in ADB social sectors, urban, and water projects,

thus the assignment should facilitate TA support to: (i) project preparation and implementation, and

(ii) enabling environment, knowledge, and capacity forCOVID-19 preparedness, management, resilience,

and sustainable recovery.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

6. The Specialist will carry out the following detailed tasks:

a. Provide expert guidance on the overall direction of TA implementation, including providing expert

inputs on how to improve TA implementation as activities progress;

b. Undertake scoping of TA activities that encompass all TA outputs;

c. In coordination with project officers in regional departments, prepare detailed information on

specific activities in each participating DMCs;

d. Provide direct specialists support to regional departments on country-level activities;

e. Support regional departments and SDCC in preparing detailed TORs for country-specific and/or output-

specific specialists services;

f. Facilitate sustained coordination with project officers and focal points in ADB resident missions

throughout the TA implementation;

g. Lead the monitoring and reporting on overall progress of TA implementation, using the TA's design and

monitoring framework (DMF) to inform the required data collection;

h. Support the TA communication requirements in compliance with JFPR visibility guideline, including

ensuring in-country coordination with Japan embassies in participating DMCs;

i. Provide specialist inputs to the work of other specialists to be engaged by SDCC for other specific

TA activities;

j. Support the preparation of reports, presentation materials, briefing notes and other documents that

may be required by ADB in the context of TA implementation; and

k. Perform other tasks that may be necessary for the satisfactory completion of all TA outputs and


Outputs and Deliverables

7. The Specialist will submit the following outputs and deliverables:

a. An inception report presenting workplan and methodology

b. Progress report on TA implementation (frequency to be agreed upon commencement of work)

c. Specialist inputs to country-level activities

d. Specialist inputs to TA activities encompassing all outputs and cutting across all participating DMCs

e. Other reports, presentation materials, briefing notes and other documents that may be required

related to TA implementation and as discussed and agreed with ADB.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

9. The candidates must have:

a. at least Bachelor's degree in relevant discipline

b. minimum 10 years experience in WASH and water-related health sector assessment and policy support and

experience leading hygiene behavior change, preferably with some experience in Asia Pacific

c. desirable experience related to water-related public health, community outreach, improving services

for the poor, projects with water supply and sanitation utilities, strategic advice at senior management

level, and team supervision.

a. Excellent communication, facilitation, writing, and leadership skills

Minimum General Experience: 10 Years

Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment): 10 Years

Regional/Country Experience:  Required

Schedule and Places of Assignment (chronological and inclusive of travel)

Schedule Type


Max. Working Days/Week

Home Office 5

Field 6

City and Country Working Days Estimated Start Date Estimated End Date Other Details (use if place selected is Others)

Home Office, Other 100 04-Jan-2021 31-Dec-2021



Cost Estimate:

Cost Items Amount in USD

Remuneration and Other Expenses

All activities and inputs in the TOR but not limited to remuneration, per diem, air travel, miscellaneous travel expenses, report preparation, production, and transmission, land transportation, communications, etc. 82,702

Contingency 98