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Job opportunity for Junior Consultant

Join a dynamic and growing team of water and sanitation experts.
Our dynamic young team is growing as we respond to increasing demand from a wide and varied range of clients and challenging assignments around the world in the water and sanitation sector. The impact of Covid-19 has only highlighted further the critical importance of safe and accessible water and sanitation services for all. Working mainly in developing countries, our goal and passion are centred around addressing water and sanitation needs in the long-term, taking into account the needs of the vulnerable, the impact of climate change and the need for ecosystem protection. To achieve this, we need to offer innovative, smart and realistic solutions for the most pressing sector challenges, from the reform of institutions to unlocking new financing streams.

Are you passionate about WASH and International Development? Able to work in French and English? A recent graduate with between one- and three-years’ experience, with the right to work in the UK?
If the answer to these questions is yes, we would like to hear from you about a new opening position as a junior consultant with Aguaconsult!

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SSI Toolbox

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – and the increased importance of good hygienic practices – highlights the critical importance of safe WASH services and the WASH systems that support them. The Sustainable Services Initiative (SSI) – an undertaking of Welthungerhilfe, in partnership with Aguaconsult, the German Toilet Organization (GTO) and Viva con Agua – has recently published Tools for Practitioners to strengthen WASH systems (or simply the SSI-Toolbox).

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No Chance for Corona – How kids can help beat the virus

Although children and adolescents rarely fall seriously ill with COVID-19, they are nevertheless extremely affected by the pandemic. Instead of playing outside, going to school, doing sports and meeting friends, they are now locked up with their parents all day, often in very confined spaces. In addition, they are worried about their family, their friends and themselves. Together, Welthungerhilfe and WASH United want to ensure that children and adolescents understand why their normal lives are being so drastically restricted and what they can do to protect themselves, their family and their friends from Corona. To this end, we have worked closely with an expert from the Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin to develop a comic strip that can be used around the world to educate children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14 about Corona.

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Aguaconsult COVID-19 update

As the COVID-19 situation gets more critical and all our personal and working lives become ever more restricted, at Aguaconsult, we are also adjusting to how we operate as a company. By taking measures in line with UK government’s advice, we aim to help reduce the spread of the virus, maintain business operations and continue to deliver services to our clients. COVID-19 has created significant challenges for all companies. However, we want to reassure you that we are in a strong position to carry on operating effectively with established working practices that make us well placed to ensure continuity, while supporting efforts to reduce the spread of the virus.

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Aguaconsult helps Agenda for Change articulate its work on WASH Systems Strengthening

Strengthening WASH systems is a core focus of Agenda for Change, in their efforts to help governments to meet the WASH-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
But what does Agenda for Change mean by ‘WASH system’? What examples do they have of efforts to strengthen it? And what have been the experiences of the various Agenda for Change members on progressively applying a systems approach in their programming?

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The Sustainable Services Initiative releases a paper on systems strengthening in sanitation and hygiene.

WASH systems thinking has, over the years, been arguably more focused on water supply than sanitation and hygiene. Will Tillett (Aguaconsult) has collaborated with Robert Gensch (German Toilet Organisation) in the development of a discussion paper seeking to adapt systems concepts and conceptual frameworks to better represent these WASH sub-sectors.

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USAID Sustainable WASH programme: Sustaining Rural Water: A Comparative Study of Maintenance Models for Community-Managed Schemes

Aguaconsult’s Harold Lockwood has been providing technical support to the USAID Sustainable WASH systems programme and has recently published the following report – Sustaining Rural Water: A Comparative Study of Maintenance Models for Community-Managed Schemes. As rural water supply coverage rates rise across many countries, attention is increasingly being paid to finding and implementing cost-effective mechanisms to ensure this improved initial access is sustained over time. Conventional approaches to maintenance have largely been based on voluntary community-based management with communities taking on the burden of maintenance themselves, with limited, if any, support from external agencies or local government. Recently, there have been attempts to professionalize maintenance services and make these services affordable at the point of delivery. This study considers different variations of maintenance approaches. It provides a typology for characterizing maintenance service provision models, a framework for analyzing them, and an in-depth study of seven maintenance models that represent different cases from the typology of approaches. Based on this comparative analysis, the study outlines emerging trends and recommendations for broader consideration.

Sustaining Rural Water: A Comparative Study of Maintenance Models for Community-Managed Schemes

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Reflections on the ‘Beyond collaboration: learning from the national and district-level collective action efforts in WASH’ session held during the IRC All systems Go Symposium.

Following on from the engaging session entitled Beyond collaboration: learning from national and district-level collective action efforts in WASH held during the All Systems Go Symposium, in March this year, Jonathan Annis of TetraTech and Harold Lockwood of Aguaconsult have developed this reflection on the session and key takeaway messages about how collective action works in practice.

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Everything you wanted to know about systems thinking, but were too afraid to ask!

Maybe you’ve heard about ‘systems thinking’ or taking a ‘systems-based approach’, but don’t really know what to make of it? March is almost here and the IRC 50th anniversary symposium is almost upon us, putting systems thinking front and centre of the conversation for WASH practitioners and policy makers, but what does it all really mean?

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