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SWA consultancy Coordinator Mutual Accountability Mechanism

Publié le: 12/06/2020

The Secretariat of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is currently recruiting for a consultant position Coordinator, Mutual Accountability Mechanism. The position will be hosted by IRC in The Netherlands. Deadline for application: 4 July 2020

Title: Coordinator, Mutual Accountability Mechanism | Location of Assignment: IRC, The Netherlands | Languages required: Fluency in English is required, fluency in Spanish or French desired | Duration of Contract: 12 months' consultancy, extendable | Start: Start as soon as possible, in consultation | Section & unit: Sanitation and Water for All Secretariat (the position is hosted by IRC, in The Netherlands) | Consultant: Reporting to Joost Kooijmans, COO, Sanitation and Water for All partnership.

Background and rationale

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is a global alliance of over 250 national governments, donors, civil society organisations and other development partners working together to catalyse political leadership and action, improve accountability and use scarce resources more effectively. The goal of the partnership is to achieve universal access to water supply and sanitation. SWA is a UNICEF-hosted Fund and is supported by a decentralised Secretariat, which is responsible for supporting the High-level Chair and the Steering Committee, and for supporting the implementation of the SWA Strategy 2020-30 and programme of work.

As the SWA Secretariat is growing and the partnership expanding, with new partners joining and a greater ambition for the partnership to play a lead role in supporting countries to achieve the water, sanitation and hygiene-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, SWA needs support in developing information and knowledge management strategies as well as in monitoring and evaluating its activities.


Under the guidance and direct supervision of the SWA Chief of Operations, the Coordinator Mutual Accountability Mechanism (MAM) will support support the SWA partnership in implementing the MAM through coordinating all MAM-related activities and informing all SWA partners of activities undertaken through the MAM. S/He will also be working with SWA partners at both national and international levels.

Some travel will be required to attend relevant meetings and conferences.
*Note DSA for trips will be transferred in USD as per standard UN regulations

Expected results (measurable results)

The consultant will provide support to SWA secretariat and SWA partners in implementing the Mutual Accountability Mechanism. 

Specifically, the consultant will:

  • coordinate all work relating to the Mutual Accountability Mechanism
  • work with the Secretariat (particularly the Country Engagement Team, Knowledge Management Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor) and SWA partners to review existing commitments and to submit new commitments from all SWA partners, including through encouraging and supporting multi-stakeholder processes that included;
  • manage the commitments database and the relevant Mutual Accountability Mechanism webpages of the SWA website;
  • identify relevant areas for research and further exploration, including evaluations of the process;
  • provide regular overviews of the Mutual Accountability Mechanism for the SWA steering committee;
  • interact with other accountability processes, including UN processes (UPR, VNR), other sectors, including nutrition (SUN Movement), education, health and good governance (Open Governance Partnership) and other WASH partners (AMCOW, GWP etc.);
  • prepare annual progress reports, and a global report every three years (first global report due September 2021);
  • manage and make choices about speaking engagements and proactively seek out engagements and events including at major global and regional conferences; and
  • develop engaging communications materials with the SWA Secretariat communications team.

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Timeframe - Start date: as soon as possible  End date: 12 months consultancy – extendable

Key competences, technical background, and experience required

  • This consultancy requires at least 4 years of experience in the areas of human rights, accountability, water and sanitation, research, strategic planning.
  • Preferably, the consultant should have WASH sector experience at global level and knowledge of key sector developments, global policy direction, research and best practices and/or programme integration with other sectors such as health and education. 
  • Experience of policy issues in other related sectors (health, education, environment etc.) is also desirable. 
  • Understanding of database management and analysis is desirable.

Details of the position 

You will initially be offered a one year consultancy contract, hosted by IRC, with a daily rate depending on qualifications and experience.

Start date as soon as possible and in consultation.  

Candidates are kindly requested to respond with a short motivation letter explaining their interest in the position and a concise curriculum vitae (the letter is a critical part of the application – unsupported CVs will be rejected) before July 4th, 2020 to IRC, attn. Marion Giese at or P.O. Box 82327, 2508 EH, The Hague, The Netherlands. 

Job interviews will be scheduled in the second week of July. For additional information please visit our website at or the SWA website at

About the host organisation IRC

IRC is a catalyst of change, working in every corner of water, sanitation and hygiene to build and strengthen systems that transform lives. With its partners, the organisation uses its expertise to deliver water and sanitation systems in six countries and 21 districts and municipalities. IRC works with local and national governments, businesses and civil society, and with international partners around the world to promote systems thinking and delivery. Its international team is made up of over 90 recognised water, sanitation, and hygiene service specialists and dedicated field staff, based in its focus countries, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India and Uganda, as well as in the United States, and head office in The Hague, the Netherlands.

IRC’s CEO Patrick Moriarty is currently the chair of the steering committee of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership.  

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