Consultancy for the assessment of national sanitation policies, strategies or plans across Africa

African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)


Consultancy Location:     Offsite

Date of publication:          28th September 2021

Closing Date:                      22nd October 2021

Terms of Reference

1.         Background:

The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) is an intergovernmental, Pan-African institution formed in 2002 in Abuja Nigeria, primarily to promote cooperation, security, socio-economic development, and poverty eradication among member states through the effective management of the continent’s water resources and provision of water supply and sanitation services. In recognition of the paramount role of water and sanitation to human and economic development as well as the role of AMCOW in achieving sustainable development in Africa, AMCOW has been designated as a delivery mechanism on water and sanitation for the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Water Environment (ARWE) of the African Union (AU). AMCOW provides political leadership, policy direction and advocacy in the provision, use and management of water resources for sustainable social and economic development and maintenance of African ecosystems. For more information visit

2.0   About the African Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPG):

The African Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPG) was developed by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) with financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). It is designed to provide African member states with the ideal processes and content of what should be in a national sanitation and hygiene policy. Prior to the development of the ASPG, AMCOW conducted an initial assessment of 26 countries sanitation policies in 2019 which indicated that many African countries do not have sanitation policies and where policies are present, they are often inadequate. The assessment further showed that none of the 26 countries’ sanitation policies adequately addresses the fundamental key elements of a standard sanitation policy such as regulation, legal frameworks, clear roles, responsibilities and institutional mandate and clear sector leadership, coordination and framework for periodic monitoring and reporting. The ASPG was thereafter developed to provide the needed guidance for developing comprehensive sanitation policies. The ASPG is designed to be used to strengthen the sanitation enabling environment of the African continent. It is expected to improve the sanitation landscape and enabling environment of the African continent. It is envisaged that the ASPG will be used at the national and subnational levels for the review, revision, and development of sanitation policies.

3.0   ASPG Roll Out and Implementation:

The ASPG has been developed, launched in June 2021 and now ready for adoption by the member states and the wider stakeholder community. As part of the processes towards its uptake, it is necessary to review existing sanitation policies of the 55 African countries to identify gaps and the extent to which they are aligned with the ASPG document. therefore, AMCOW developed a sanitation policy assessment tool within the framework of the ASPG to assess existing sanitation policies against the ASPG. The assessment of sanitation policies, national strategies or plans will provide AMCOW with an overview of the status of sanitation policies landscape in Africa. AMCOW seeks to engage the services of 6 consultants (each covering the five African regions – Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Northern Africa; Southern Africa; Western Africa (Anglophone and Francophone) to review the sanitation policies across the African continent using the AMCOW Sanitation Policy Assessment Tool (ASPAT).

4.0   The objectives of the consultancy:

The overarching objective of the consultancy is to assess sanitation policies, strategies or plans of the 55 African countries using the ASPG Sanitation Policy Assessment Tool (ASPAT).

5.0   Scope of Work:

5.1   The scope of work will involve the following:

·      Review and assess national sanitation policies, strategies or plans of 55 African countries using the ASPAT tool.

·      Read and understand the African Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPG) document.

·      Carry out a Country Sanitation Policy Diagnostic for each of the 55 member states showing the major gaps of each vis-à-vis the ASPG and allocate the rating score for each country

·      Provide a summary report of individual country sanitation policies, strategies, or plans.

5.2      Approach and methodology:

The consultancy will consist solely of desk review of the policies using the framework that will also be provided. However, prior to the assessment of sanitation policies, the consulting firm/individual would be expected to carry out the following:

                               i.     Collect sanitation policy documents of 55 member states and other        background information on sanitation.

                             ii.     Review the African sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPG) to understand the context, scope, process, and content of the document.

                           iii.     Study and understand the ASPAT and how it aligns with the ASPG.

                           iv.     Conduct a desk review of the sanitation policies of all the 55 member states of the African Union highlighting the extent to which the policies align with the ASPG and allocate a weighting for each policy as in line with ASPAT weighting system.

6.0      Key Deliverables Timelines and Terms of Payment

The Consultant will produce outputs in accordance with the schedule below:

Deliverables/MilestoneDeadline of submission
 Inception report5th November 2021
 Collate the sanitation policies and strategies from the 55 member states19th November 2021
 Comprehensive review of sanitation policy and analysis in the assessment framework provided.  29th November 2021
Provide a region-by-region analysis of the state of the sanitation policy landscape for each of the 5 regions 6th December 2021
Present an overall comprehensive report on the policy analysis findings including country Sanitation Policy Diagnostic for each of the 55 member states  17th December 2021

7.0      Reporting and Task Management:

The task Manager for this assignment is the Sanitation Project Manager. All outputs should be produced in close consultation with the Project Manager who will make the final approvals on quality and completeness. As the contracting party, AMCOW will monitor quality and timeliness of outputs and make payments upon the Team’s approval of the deliverables. The Consultant will consider the comments of the AMCOW Team and incorporate them in the final report. Written outputs will be in English and French. should be submitted in electronic version. However, translation to French will be required upon completion of the English version.

7.1       Criteria for selection

The individual constant / firm shall be selected based on their Professional qualifications, experience, knowledge of water, sanitation, hygiene and related research work.

7.2.     Duration of Assignment

AMCOW expects the assignment to commence from October 2021 and end in December 2021.

7.3.     Pre-submission

AMCOW is happy to respond to all pre-submission enquiries. Where AMCOW considers that the response to a query be shared with all for a matter of fairness, we will gladly do so.­­

7.4.     Education, Required Skills and Experience of the Consultant

Interested individuals or organizations are expected to submit competitive technical and financial proposals for this assignment. The proposals should demonstrate the experience of the consultant(s) with CVs attached.  The following minimum qualifications and experience are required:

·      Minimum of a Post Graduate University degree in social sciences, environment, and other water supply and sanitation related subjects.

·      Experience in policy analysis related to water, sanitation and hygiene and related research is essential.

·      Excellent analytical, communication and report writing skills in English and French.

·      Ability to communicate in both English and French is essential

·      Track record of timely delivery on self-managed work.

·      Experience in monitoring and evaluation is an added advantage.

·      At least 15 years’ experience in international development with focus on water and sanitation.

8.0      Submissions of Proposal: 

Interested candidates for this assignment are encouraged to send in electronically, their Combined Technical and Financial Proposal not later than 12:00 (Noon) on Friday, 22nd October 2021, to:

The Executive Secretary 

African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) 

No. 11, T.Y. Danjuma Street, Asokoro District Abuja, Nigeria. 

Email:  [email protected] 

The proposal should indicate the following:

·      Summary of relevant previous experiences in conducting policy assessments for the in Africa in water, sanitation, and hygiene.

·      Profile and name of lead bidding organization or individual

·      Contact email/phone of the lead bidding organization or individual

·      Statement of understanding of the objectives and requirements of the assignment

·      The proposal should outline the overall process and structure of the assignment.

·      A work plan & budget of the assignment.

·      Curriculum Vitae of the consultant(s)