Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 15 May 2017
The situation in Zimbabwe with regards to water and sanitation is deeply marked by distress. There is lack of improved water and sanitation systems for the majority of women and children. MICS 2014 reports that 76% of Zimbabweans had access to improved drinking water and 61% with access to improved sanitation facilities. The challenge is particularly acute in rural areas, with 43.5% practicing open defecation; more than 50% of community piped water schemes are non-functional.
To contribute to increasing WASH service delivery and strengthening of WASH coordination, institutions and, sustainability UNICEF with funding from DFID implemented a Rural WASH Programme (RWP) running from 2012 to 2016 in 33 districts of five provinces. The RWP has subsequently been extended to an additional three provinces, through a project addendum running up to October 2018.
The project is being implemented through government structures (National Action Committee – NAC structures at national, provincial and district levels as well as sub-district WASH structures) in partnership with NGOs/IPs that entered into PCAs with UNICEF. In the extension phase of the RWP, the NGOs will facilitate for the activities, outputs and outcomes of the project through the District Water and Sanitation Sub- Committees of the project districts in the three new provinces whilst the DWSSC will facilitate the activities been undertaken in the five initial provinces.
The RWP has various processes and tools for monitoring progress against key performance indicators as provided for in the project document and log frame through the efforts of the Programme Management Committee (PMT), UNICEF’s routine monitoring systems as well as Annual reviews with donors.
At the national level, a national Rural WASH Management and Information System (RWIMS) is being implemented and aims to contribute to sustainability of installed water points by providing a regularly updated status of water point functionality which will be used to contribute to timely system of response and repairs; currently, RWIMS has been implemented in all five RWP provinces with ongoing engagement of national and provincial government structures for ensuring regular updating of data is done and definition of roles of all stakeholders.
Under the RWP, monthly progress reports are provided by all target districts with the support of implementing partners to track progress, identify bottlenecks and make recommendations. The individual district reports are consolidated and shared with donors, districts and partners and relevant graphs/pictorials are also produced. For the submitted progress reports to be useful in informing programme corrections and monitoring, the data must be consistent, timely shared amongst all stakeholders, easily accessible to all and reliable.
It is proposed to develop an online reporting system in order to improve on the above mentioned and following aspects of the RWP reporting system;
UNICEF thus requires the services of a suitably qualified individual consultant to develop an online monitoring system for reporting monthly progress of key indicators of the RWP.
The objectives of the assignment are:
Methodology & Expected Output
The consultant is expected to design the system using existing technologies and open source software. In addition, it is a must for the consultant to use the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) methodology. Furthermore, the developed system should meet the following outputs:
Components of the system
Major Tasks and Deliverables
Task: Requirements Gathering and Analysis
Deliverable: Understanding the Concept document, Requirements Specification and Excel Templates
Task: Develop a functional Rural WASH Excel Template (WASHet Rural)
Deliverable: Demonstrate a functional Excel template reporting tool
Task: Designing dashboards and reports
Deliverable: Demonstrate functional dashboards and reports
Task: System Review with all stakeholders
Deliverable: Requirements specification
Task: Incorporate changes into the Rural WASHet system
Deliverable: Demonstrate a revised functional system
Task: System testing
Deliverable: Develop a System Review document with refinements and enhancements and System Manuals
Task: Training users on how to use the system
Deliverable: A list of trained people
Task: Change Management and Maintenance
Deliverable: Analyze the user feedback, implement approved changes.
All deliverables will have to meet expected quality as assessed by the supervisor of the assignment.
The consultant is expected to start on 1 June 2017 and completed in 33 working days within a period of 11.5 months
The Consultant should have the following:
Minimum 2 years hands-on software development experience with a mix of the following frameworks, tools and languages:
If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, Technical proposal and an all-inclusive financial proposal detailing monthly professional fees etc, as well as 2 samples of previous similar work to by 15 May 2017. Please note that this is a re-advertisement candidates who applied in the first call need not reapply.
How to apply:
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