WASH/Water Quality Consultant

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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Hyderabad, TG, India
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and Kannada or Telugu

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1. BACKGROUND/RATIONALE:

Meeting the global commitment to fulfilling every child’s right to water, sanitation and hygiene is an ongoing challenge at policy, administrative and community levels. Water is a public good and every person has the right to demand drinking water. It is the lifeline activity of the Government to ensure that this basic need of the people is met. Drinking Water has been the priority for Government of India and States from the beginning of independence. In 2009, the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme has been modified as the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) with major emphasis on ensuring sustainability of water availability in terms of portability, adequacy, convenience, affordability and equity, while also adopting decentralized approach involving PRIs and community organizations. Again 2013 NRWDP guidelines were modified synchronizing with 12 five year plan giving more focus on piped water supply, increasing household tap connections and raising drinking water supply norms from 40 lpcd to 55 lpcd, greater thrust on coverage of water quality affected habitations with earmarked funding for chemical contamination besides, etc. Further, stressed on Water Security Plan, convergence with sanitation program and to move away from habitation to population. Recently GOI had issues Swajal guidelines to be implemented in all aspirational districts including 8 districts from three states. Its objective is to provide de-centralised, preferably solar energy based piped water supply in 117 aspirational districts through community designed, implemented, maintained and safely managed single village water supply scheme. The programme would also sustain the ODF status.

All three states (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana) have made significant progress in terms of provision of drinking water to all population including tribal population. Around 91.9% rural population in Andhra Pradesh, 95.1% in Karnataka and 91.9% in Telangana are using basic drinking water services. However, proportion of rural population using safely managed drinking water service is around 40% in all three states. Reducing microbial and chemical contamination of water sources on sustainable basis is a big challenge in many of the rural areas. This issue is exacerbated by the lack of reliable data on water quality. Though all three states have established laboratories at strategic locations and distributed Field Test Kits in all GPs but these are not used optimally to undertake water quality surveillance and monitoring due to limited capacities and resources in addition to poor coordination among relevant stakeholders. States have made limited efforts to incorporate Water Safety plans in the existing drinking water designs and implementation. Even local governments (GPs) have poor awareness on water safety plans. Though there is substantial allocation of budget for minimizing contamination of water sources, undertaking IEC on water quality issues, capacity building of key stakeholders including grassroots functionaries and PRIs, the progress is not that encouraging. Budget under these components is grossly under spent. There are no models on implementation of water safety plans in three states to learn from and replicate them. Similarly, there are no academic or resource organizations to impart trainings or expert support to governments especially on preparation and implementation of water safety plans and production of knowledge products for strengthening policy environment.

Though many schools in the states have access to drinking water, they do not have information on quality of water supplied by different sources. As per HFODRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) strategy, around 48.82 million population in the three states (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana) are vulnerable to cyclones, floods, droughts, heat-waves and hailstorms; the resultant increasing risk to communities of fatalities, severe damages to drinking water schemes and economic losses, especially on women and children, reverses the process of equity and growth. Communities and local institutions have limited knowledge and understanding on how to deal with challenges of safe water during the times of disasters.

UNICEF support would include a professional to provide strategic technical assistance to relevant departments of state and target districts to develop and implement water safety plans and further strengthen water quality monitoring and surveillance system at institution and community level and also extend technical assistance to aspirational districts from three states on effective implementation of Swajal program. He or she will work with relevant resource institutions and experts to produce knowledge products around functional and effective models of water safety planning and Swajal program. Also support public and private sector and civil society organizations to trial and develop new technological solutions with regarding water safe and community based mini PWS schemes, document best practices and disseminate to relevant departments for scaling up and improving policy environment:

2. PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT:

The purpose of this assignment is to provide technical inputs to three states (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana) to implement Water Safety Plans and swajal program to enable households and institutions have improved access to safely managed drinking water services on a sustainable basis and, to UNICEF WASH staff to undertake higher end advocacy with all three states for improved policy and enabling environment with regarding safe drinking water to HHs and institutions contributing to achievement of SDG 6.

3. PROGRAMME AREA AND SPECIFIC PROJECT AREA

Outcome 3: Infants, young children, and caregivers especially the most vulnerable have equitable access to and use sustainable, safe and affordable WASH services (including in institutions) across the lifecycle.

Output 302:By 2022 the government and partners are able to plan and implement the delivery of equitable, gender responsive safe drinking water in selected settings targeting the most deprived families and households

4. OBJECTIVE/S 

  • Assist states and other partners on strengthening policy and enabling environment especially incorporating water safety planning in NRDWP guidelines
  • Provide organizational support to UNICEF supported programs in three states ensuring effective implementation and timely liquidation of the funds.
  • Provide technical inputs to UNICEF WASH staff on developing advocacy strategies and relevant tools and frameworks including preparation of resource material.
  • Develop knowledge products around different domains, issues and successful practices including videos:
  • Provide support to UNICEF WASH team on holding monthly or need based team meetings, manthan meetings and WASH conclave

5. MAJOR TASKS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED

All the tasks will be carried out under the guidance and direction of the WASH Officer and will be essentially aimed at assisting him/her to ensure delivery of results stipulated in the Rolling Work Plan for Safe Water to HHs and institutions for 1 April to 31 December 2019.

Assist states and other partners on strengthening policy and enabling environment for effective implementation of NRDWP program.

Facilitate research organizations and consulting firms on undertaking evidence based studies in terms of identification and shortlisting, developing TOR, review of tools and methods, coordination, data quality check, review of reports, etc in coordination with respective state consultants. Also provide technical inputs to state for strengthening the existing/developing new policies and strategies based on these findings and emerging issues in the sector especially incorporating water safety plans in NRDWP guidelines.

Provide organizational support to UNICEF supported programs in three states ensuring effective implementation and timely liquidation of the funds:

Assist the respective partners on development of action plans and timely implementation of planned activities. Further, support on establishment of monitoring systems besides ensuring quality and detail progress reports. Also ensure that the funds are managed in accordance with the guidelines provided by UNICEF, including timely liquidation. Undertake periodic field visits to UNICEF supported or any other district as directed by UNICEF and state. Also participate in internal review cum planning meetings.

Provide technical inputs to UNICEF WASH staff on developing advocacy strategies and relevant tools and frameworks including preparation of resource material.

Hold meetings with UNICEF staff and key partners (at various levels) to get inputs for developing draft advocacy strategies, relevant tools, frameworks and resource material. Also participate in team and partners review meetings.

Develop knowledge products around different domains, issues and successful practices including videos:

From time to time undertake quick review of emerging issues, successful practices and needs of different projects and stakeholders. Accordingly develop various knowledge products (guidance notes, studies, videos, compendium of best practices or case studies, assessments, etc.). These can be developed by consultant, partners and external agency/resource person. UNICEF Support also includes developing TOR, coordination, data quality check, review of reports, etc. Further, assist state on dissemination of findings through appropriate mechanisms.

Provide support to UNICEF WASH team on holding monthly or need based team meetings, manthan meetings and WASH conclave

Support WASH UNICEF staff on development of agenda, development of concept notes, Presentations and resource material related team, need based and manthan meetings and conclave topics. Further facilitate sessions as decided by the team.

6. DELIVERABLES

  • One policy brief water Safety Planning approach
  • Two guidelines/ strategy documents on Water Safety plan or Swajal program
  • Two biannual progress update reports
  • 2 partners’ proposals
  • Nine monthly partners report and action plans
  • Three concept/strategy notes on emerging issues of drinking water supply and quality for advocacy
  • Three state or district advocacy workshops and reports
  • 2 State Workshop reports on WSP
  • 9 “states (3) and target districts (17) labs ranking reports”
  • Training modules and TOT report on WSP.
  • Training modules and TOT on SWAJAL
  • 8 district wise Swajal PIPs
  • 5 district wise WSP reports
  • Development of two Knowledge products
  • Two Knowledge products dissemination plans
  • Nine team meeting minutes
  • 20 meeting minutes on meetings with UNICEF WASH staff
  • Two manthan meetings’ reports.
  • One Conclave report

7. DUTY STATION:

Hyderabad, Telangana and frequent travel to other districts across three states.

8. SUPERVISOR :

WASH Officer, UNICEF HFO, Hyderabad.

9. OFFICIAL TRAVEL INVOLVED (ITINERARY AND DURATION):

10-12 days per month to different districts across three districts

10. ESTIMATED DURATION OF CONTRACT (PART TIME / FULL TIME)

1 April – 31 December (for a period of 9 months)

11. QUALIFICATIONS /SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE/ COMPETENCIES (CORE/TECHNICAL/FUNCTIONAL)/ LANGUAGE SKILLS REQUIRED FOR THE ASSIGNMENT

  • Post Graduate in social sciences and, water and sanitation or related areas with minimum 3 years of experience of working with rural drinking water supply projects.
  • Previous experience of working with the sector flagship programs and allied projects on drinking water component would be considered additional and desirable qualifications.
  • Previous experience of working with water quality monitoring and surveillance or related projects is an added advantage
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Kannada/ Telugu (local language) would be an essential qualification for this assignment.
  • Should be well versed with using computers and internet
  • Should be having own laptop, vehicle and other communication facilities.

12. TECHNICAL EVALUATION CRITERIA (WITH WEIGHTS FOR EACH CRITERIA)

12.1 Technical evaluation: 80%

(a) Educational / Professional qualification
(b) Relevant work experience
(c) Written Test
(d) Experience of working with govt./ bilateral/international/UN agencies
(e) Interview

12.2: Financial evaluation: 20%

13. PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Monthly payment to consultant is made based on achievement of agreed deliverables and milestones and review of monthly reports shared by the consultant.

14. Application Procedures:

  1. Qualified female/male candidates are requested to please indicate their ability and availability to undertake the terms of reference above.
  2. We request you to please inform us where you have seen this advertisement. 
  3. Please forward your application to   by 5 pm on/or before 13th March, 2019with subject line“WASH-WATER QUALITY CONSULTANT”  FOR ANDHRA PRADESH, KARNATAAKA & TELANGANA’ in separate files:  

Your online application should contain Four separate attachments

  • A Cover letter explaining the motivation for applying and also explaining how the qualifications and skill-set of the candidate are suitable for this position (Not more than 1 page).
  • CV and Personal History form (P-11) can be downloaded from our website at http://unicef.in/P11form.doc
  • A financial proposal in PDF format indicating deliverable based fee as per template attached.  Please mention your name in the file name while saving.

Your application will not be considered if the application is not forwarded as per the process above 

Please submit your online application latest by 5 pm Indian Standard Time on or before 13th March, 2019.

TECHNICAL EVALUATION CRITERIA (WITH WEIGHTS FOR EACH CRITERIA)

The bids will be judged according to the following weightages: 80:20 (technical/financial).

Technical evaluation weightage (80%)

  • Educational Qualification – 15 %
  • Relevant Experience of similar work – 15%
  • Experience of working with govt./ bilateral/international/UN agencies – 20%
  • Written Test – 15%
  • Interview – 15%

Total technical score – 80. Minimum overall qualifying score is 56. Only those candidates who meet the minimum qualifying marks of 56 will be considered technically responsive and their financials will be opened.

  • Any attempt to unduly influence UNICEF’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.
  • Joint applications of two or more individuals are not accepted.
  • Please note, UNICEF does not charge any fee during any stage of the process. 

For any clarifications, please contact:

UNICEF
Supply & Procurement Section
317-A MLA Colony, Road No.12, Banjara Hills,
Hyderabad-500 034.
Telephone # +91-40-23477200