WASH Knowledge & Learning (K&L) Consultant and Substantive Editor

  • Contract
  • Contract type: Short term consultancy contract

Company Description

SNV is a non-for-profit international development organization that makes a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty by helping them raise incomes and access basic services. We focus on three sectors (WASH, agriculture, and renewable energy) and have a long-term, local presence in over 25 countries worldwide. SNV has been working in Nepal since 1980.

At SNV we believe that no-one should have to live in poverty. We are dedicated to a society in which all people, irrespective of race, class, or gender, enjoy the freedom to pursue their own sustainable development. We focus on increasing people's incomes and employment opportunities in productive sectors like agriculture as well as on improving access to basic services such as energy, water, sanitation, and hygiene. SNV supports people to access and develop the capabilities, services and opportunities needed to live a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life, while sustainably using the natural resources they depend on. Unlike many other development actors, we do not offer funding, but specialize in supporting the resourcefulness of development actors. We work with governments, businesses, knowledge institutes and low-income communities so that together we can transform ideas into policy, policy into action, and action into results. Through our technical knowledge, 50+ years of experience, passionate staff, extensive local presence, and global footprint, we strive to make a lasting difference in people's lives. For Further details, please visit the website: http://www.snv.org

SNV implements the WASH SDG programme in four cities of Nepal: Khadak, Nepalgunj, Chandannath and Birendranagar. The overall goal of the WASH SDG programme is to improve health and quality of life of men and women through access to sustainable, inclusive, safe sanitation and improved hygiene practices.

The WASH SDG project is in the process of developing various documents, learning briefs and guidelines for use by urban municipalities and the development sector in Nepal and abroad. Since these are formal publicly available documents, these need to be professionally produced and edited.

Job Description

The assignment shall commence on 1 September 2021 and shall conclude on 31 December 2021 @ a maximum of 10 days per month based on actual time spent per task (as per timesheet submission) after the Consulting Firm/consultant submits the final edited draft (after review round 2) to SNV for each task.

The WASH K&L Consultant and Editor’s tasks are as follows:

  • Finalise draft WASH related learning briefs, case studies, blogs, reports, webpage content, etc. including liaison with the team to ensure such documents capture the true essence of the proposed knowledge products
  • Lead WASH documentation and evidence-based knowledge development, manage the collection and collation of project knowledge on WASH
  • Lead the collation of field experiences to inform structured approaches for gender and equity in WASH programmes for the sector
  • Ensure consistency in argumentation, highlighting contradictory statements and potentially erroneous facts that may have been overlooked.
  • Fact checks information in documents; diagrams and boxes, ensuring that numbers and information correspond to those found in the main body text.
  • Thoroughly edit documents. Improve readability and overall presentation. Rewrite complex or wordy sentences (sentences to never be more than 1 and half line in a word document).
  • Align information in in-text citation and reference list, pointing out those that are missing or incorrect.
  • Correct errors in punctuation, capitalisation, spelling and grammar, noun/ pronoun and subject/ verb agreement.
  • Strictly apply SNV’s editorial style guide and referencing standards.

All K&L materials shall undergo three review rounds (iterations).

Submission of zero/ original documents for SNV’s review

Round 1 review
1st draft for SNV’s review (addressing SNV’s feedback)

Round 2 review
2nd draft for SNV’s review (addressing SNV’s feedback)

Round 3 review and SIGN OFF
Final edits and FINAL DRAFT


To facilitate a proper workflow, the amount of SNV feedback is expected to reduce after each round (the most corrections/ requests shall take place during round 1). Should SNV find the zero draft/ original to have completely altered the publication’s message or flow of argumentation, the consultant shall be informed about this during Round 1 so that appropriate measures may be taken. Corrective measures to be taken shall be agreed upon between SNV and the consultant.


  • Past experience of working on WASH related K&L
  • Past experience of leading development of WASH related documents, including peer-reviewed papers, papers, articles, etc.
  • Excellent analytical skills, including data analysis
  • Past experience of editing, fact checking and proof-reading documents
  • A degree in WASH, development, English literature/language and/or communication

Additional Information

Technical and submission requirements: For each submission made, the Consulting Firm/consultant shall deliver clean and marked copies for SNV’s review and sign off. All papers will be delivered in plain text (Microsoft WORD).

Timeline and duration : This contract shall have a duration of 4 months (September - December 2021), with the possibility of extension.

Copyright and intellectual property rights: The Consulting Firm/consultant assigns to SNV all copyright arising from the execution of the assignment. SNV shall ensure that the consultant is credited appropriately.

Contract/ project fees : The Consulting Firm/consultant is expected to quote his/her daily rate for a maximum of 8-hour work day. This amount shall cover all deliverables specified in this ToR, and all expenditure for overhead, taxes, levies, and duties of whatever nature or relating in any way to the required services.

Requirements for application process : The Consulting Firm / consultant is to provide the following information:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) / Profile of the Consulting Firm / Consultant demonstrating the requirements of the ToR
  • Three RECENT samples of previous work that have been published – papers/peer-reviewed papers, articles, reports, etc. preferably on WASH and documents for which Consulting Firm / Consultant is the first author (which is reflected in the document itself). The applicant is required to share the links for these documents as well

How to Apply:
Applicants are required to submit their applications, inclusive of all the documentation and information as indicated above to SNV Nepal y clicking on the "I'm interested" button before 22th August 2021

Reservations : SNV reserves the right to disregard incomplete applications, communication regarding selection process will not be entertained. SNV’s decisions concerning the selection are not appealable.  SNV can withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if deliverable(s) are incomplete, not finalized or for failure to meet deadlines. The report cannot disseminate or published without prior written permission of SNV.

For more information on SNV, please refer to our website: www.snv.org

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