WASH Information Systems Consultant CSD 12 Months in Kampala, Uganda

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Closing date: Wednesday, 24 January 2024

WASH Information Systems Consultant, Kampala, CSD, 12 Months


Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Information Communication Technology

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Background and Purpose

UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Water and Environment (MoWE) and Ministry of Education (MoES) and Sports to develop and operationalize the WASH Management Information System (WASH-MIS). The previous system used by government required expansion to capture data across the WASH sector against Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators, along with additional features for improved access and interpretation of WASH data, and to ensure seamless, efficient, and effective data capture from various administrative levels up to the national level. The new reporting system is designed to strengthen horizontal coordination and reporting (reporting across sectors) as opposed to vertical reporting within the respective ministries. This is to reinforce integrated WASH reporting and promote effective decision making across the different ministries that are mandated to implement and report on SDG 6.

A comprehensive monitoring framework has been developed and used to define the system, which has been finalized and is being hosted by the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U). However, the operationalization of the system has met with some challenges. MoH, MoWE and MoES have existing systems and reporting mechanisms to track progress of sanitation in their respective mandates. However, the systems are not yet effectively integrated into the WASH-MIS. There is need to support integration of the separate systems to respond to user needs and improve progress monitoring and reporting at all administrative levels. There is also limited capacity across the administrative levels to use the system.

It is against this background that UNICEF is seeking to support the engagement of a technical person consultant to assist the process of operationalizing the WASH-MIS, support to build capacity of the central teams and have the system rolled out to local governments to facilitate data collection and overall management.


The consultant will provide technical assistance to MoH, MoWE and MoES to ensure timely operationalization of the WASH-MIS. Particularly, the consultant will complete the development of the system, support its integration and interface with other systems and applications, carry out regular refresher trainings for system administrators and managers and provide support during the initial training of district local government as part of the operationalization of the WASH-MIS.

Objective of the assignment

The strategic objective of this consultant is to provide technical assistance in the operationalization of monitoring framework for SDG indicators related to SDG 6.

Scope of Work of the contract

Under the supervision of the Senior Environmental Officer (MoH) and working closely with the Senior Education Officer MoES and Assistant Commissioner MoWE with the oversight of the WASH Officer, UNICEF, the consultant will provide day to day support/guidance to MoH, MoWE and MoES in the operationalisation of the monitoring framework for SDG indicators related to SDG 6. The detailed scope of work and deliverables are provided below: 

Major Tasks

Prototype Review:

Review prototype to assess performance, data visualization, and identify gaps/opportunities for action/intervention.

MIS Hosting:

Liaise with the Ministry of Health and NITA-U to provision infrastructure necessary for scale-up of WASH-MIS to National Level.

System changes:

Implement approved minor configuration changes and Change Requests that fall within a level of effort of 72hrs.

 Develop customized reporting module for MIS to generate
System Integration:

Integrate the WASH MIS with the Electronic Community Health Information System (eCHIS) and the Education MIS (DEMIS).

Support and Maintenance:

Carry out Software, System updates and incident resolution as and when required. Maintain the MIS in optimum operational condition.

Helpdesk Support: Provide timely and reliable support to the users and assess the system, including identifying and addressing bottlenecks and teething problems in the use of the system and providing recommendations for its better functioning.

WASH MIS Scale-up:

Provide technical and user support at various levels (national and select district) for the uptake of the WASH MIS

Capacity Building:

Carry out regular refresher trainings and on the job mentoring for system administrators and managers

Sustainability of the WASH MIS:

Train and Build capacity of the Ministry technical and IT Teams to maintain and administer the MIS infrastructure in working condition.

Documentation and Reporting:

Update system administration documents and user guides and publish them on a selected location provided by the supervisor.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

 A university degree in Information Technology or related field, preferably related to computer programming.
 At least 5 years of experience in developing web-based Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems, especially for water supply, sanitation and/or hygiene behavior change programming
 GIS skills
 Linux skills
 Software skills – Java, Postgre SQL, HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, Tomcat, GlassFish
 Familiarity or prior work experience for Government of Uganda, UN, or international development organizations.
 M&E expertise



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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations, or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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