Water Supply and Sanitation Service Improvement Project (WSS Sector Policy Specialist)
Objective and Purpose of the Assignment
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been supporting the Government of Georgia (government) to rehabilitate, reconstruct and expand the water supply and sanitation (WSS) system under the Urban Services Improvement Investment Program (USIIP). To complement USIIP, the government plans to modernize the organization and capacity of the United Water Supply Company of Georgia (UWSCG) to better manage and bring efficiency in use of the assets.
To assess the UWSCG’s operation and maintenance (O&M) of the new systems, ADB conducted a study in Kutaisi, the largest city assisted by USIIP. It identified key O&M deficiencies in nonrevenue water and energy management and recommended two key actions: (i) provision of modern equipment and systems; and (ii) engagement of a private operator for effective change management, processes and practices.
The TA will assist the government to (i) define the project scope, design and costs; (ii) assess institutional, organizational and capacity development needs; (iii) conduct due diligence for the technical, financial, economic, social safeguards and environmental viability of the proposed project; (iv) improve project readiness; and (v) support project implementation start up activities.
Scope of Work
The primary objective of the assignment is to prepare a Water Sector Policy Note and Strategic Development Plan that includes vision, priorities and anticipated results for the coming 5 years based on existing resources and capacities.
Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output
The Consultant shall carry out the following list of tasks:
- To conduct literature review and discuss with Government counterparts relevant documents.
- Develop a Policy Note and Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for the Water Sector: This assignment shall include developing Water Sector SDP for the next 5 years (2020-2025) considering all the above- mentioned plans.
- In consultation with Government, facilitate a workshop to present the draft SDP and discuss with key stakeholders
- The assignment shall start by identifying the driving forces for the Water Sector, assess the strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) of the Water Sector, review and re-identify Water Sector strategic objectives for the SDP. The SDP shall define standards/ priorities, identify areas of development including performance indicators anticipated results for the next five years including cost estimates for each activity and total budget.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Should have at least a master’s degree in relevant field with at least 10 years’ experience in undertaking similar projects. The consultant will have demonstrated ability in institutional, organizational and human resources (HR) capacity assessment and in developing strategies for institutional and organizational change. Organizational restructuring experience in water utilities is an advantage.