International WASH Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Sri Lanka 🇱🇰

Expertise Group: Engineering

Consultant Source: International
TOR Keywords: Experience in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)

Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

Aligned with Sri Lanka’s government water sector targets to increase the proportion of households with
access to safe drinking water to 100%, the proposed Climate Resilient and Sustainable Water Supply
Improvement Project (CRSWSIP) will rehabilitate and expand water supply coverage and improve the
operational efficiency of services and management to provide safe, efficient, and climate-resilient
water supply services in eight towns in the Western and Southern Provinces in Sri Lanka. Selected towns
in the Western Provinces are facing (i) increased high water demand due to fast development with new and
vertical settlements, (ii) unsatisfactory water services level, and (iii) business efficiency flaws. The
Southern Province towns (rural areas) were selected as they (i) are located at strategically potential
economic growth of urbanized centers and nearby areas; (ii) need to address groundwater quality issues
due to geological formations; and (iii) need to expand the water coverage to unserved areas and new
settlements, thus directly benefiting estate communities.

Scope of Work

The International WASH Specialist will work closely with the team of two national specialists; (i) WASH
behavior change communication specialist, and (ii) institutional and capacity development specialist to
provide leadership, technical advice and guidance to successfully conduct the assignment.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

(i) In close cooperation with the NWSDB, selected regional support centers government and relevant WASH
sector stakeholders, define clearly the target groups and behaviors for the design of the evidence-based
BCC strategy and action plans;
(ii) Design formative research to get a better understanding on the motivations and barriers for the
targeted WASH behaviors among the households in the poorest and marginalized communities in the project
target towns;
(iii) Provide technical advice and guidance for the national consultant team in conducting the data
(iv) Analyze the data and develop a formative research report, in close cooperation with the national
WASH behavior change communication specialist;
(v) Organize a stakeholder workshop to present the key findings and results of the formative research
and participatory process to design the WASH BCC strategy and action plans;
(vi) Based on the results and findings of the formative research and the stakeholder workshop design
results-based BCC strategy for CRSWSIP with clearly defined behavioral objectives, communication
objectives, outreach objectives, indicators, and targets;
(vii) Design WASH BCC action plans (including targeted BCC campaigns and other interventions) for the
eight project target towns;
(viii) Organize a stakeholder workshop to present the BCC strategy for CRSWSIP and WASH BCC action plans
for the eight towns;
(ix) Provide technical advice and guidance to the national consultant team in supporting the effective
implementation of WASH BCC campaigns and interventions in the project target towns;
(x) Develop a capacity development and training plan to support NWSDB and all the key stakeholders in
the project target towns in the implementation of WASH BCC action plans;
(xi) Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan with indicators and procedure for measurements to
regularly monitor and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the behavior change communication
strategy and action plans;
(xii) Conduct a review of the existing water and sanitation sector policies in Sri Lanka from WASH
perspective and identify policy gaps and provide recommendations to strengthen enabling environment for
COVID-19 infection prevention and control through WASH approaches;
(xiii) Develop a knowledge paper on the results and lessons learned in the design process and
implementation of the evidence-based WASH behavior change communication in the CRSWSIP target towns

Minimum Qualification Requirements

(i) Postgraduate degree in public health, social sciences, health communication or in other related
(ii) At least 10 years of experience in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects in developing
(iii) Extensive experience in design, implementation and monitoring of WASH behavior change
communication strategies and programs and capacity development plans
INTERNAL. This information is accessible to ADB Management and staff. It may be shared outside ADB with
appropriate permission.
(iv) Demonstrated experience in conducting institutional assessments and policy reviews
(v) Demonstrated experience in team leadership is required
(vi) Previous experience in Sri Lanka or other countries in the region is required.
(vii) Minimum General Experience: 10 Years
(viii) Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment): 10 Years
(ix) Regional/Country Experience: Required

Minimum General Experience: 7 Years
Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment): 10 Years