RFP: End Line Assessment of Project SPARSH- Access to Safe Drinking Water and Reliable Sanitary Infrastructure in the Slums via DevNetJobsIndia

Save the Children

Maharashtra, India 🇮🇳

Request for Proposal (RfP) for

“End Line Assessment of Project SPARSH- Access to Safe Drinking Water and Reliable Sanitary Infrastructure in the Slums of Mumbai”

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Lack of access to clean drinking water and basic sanitary infrastructure is still a sad reality in the slums of India’s major cities. Despite some progress, the quality and quantity of sanitary services cannot keep up with the high levels of urbanization in India. The slums in Mumbai, India, are among the largest in the world. Estimates suggest that around 20 million people live in these slums – and the number is rising steadily. The population living in the slums is among the poorest in the cities. The population residing in the slum communities are marginalized daily wage laborers who; earn about Rs. 103 in a day to support entire family of 4 to 5 people. Due to the low income they are unable to access much of the good facilities available in terms of Health or Education.

The slums, especially the unrecognized settlements, are characterized by the lack of almost everything in terms of public infrastructure. In particular, this applies to water and basic sanitation. Running water and household-level toilets are generally unavailable in slums. Therefore, slum residents rely on community toilets and washrooms, as well as decentralized water collection points.

However, this public infrastructure is either non-existent or existing water and sanitation facilities are filthy or simply non-functional due to non-existent operational concepts. For example, some community toilets are poorly constructed, not maintained and cleaned, and are therefore not used and gradually deteriorate. In addition, sewage pipes are often clogged, septic tanks are not emptied and pumping stations for fresh water are out of order, meaning that tap water is not available either. Frequently, however, the tap water is so heavily contaminated that it cannot be used as drinking water and must be purified.

In many slum neighborhoods, drinking water is an expensive commodity. Literature review indicate that slum residents have to pay up to 50 times more for a liter of water than their neighbors in wealthier residential areas. Slums are often not connected to the drinking water network, forcing residents to get their water from private delivery services that can deliver water to the slums by truck and can dictate prices. In addition, there are dramatic indirect costs that girls and women in particular have to bear. They usually take care of collecting water from private suppliers or at more distant public tapping points.
In some cases, this requires a considerable amount of time, which contributes to less time for education, childcare, work, and recreational activities. In addition, women tend to spend more time in the house and neighborhood than men, which exposes them more directly to the environmental and health hazards of poor sanitation. Women and girls also face higher safety risks. If they have to travel far to fetch water or go to the toilet at certain times of the day or night, they put themselves at risk of being assaulted and harassed.

Regarding sanitation, many people continue to defecate in public. As a result, tons of faces are discharged into the environment every day, polluted drinking, and processed water. Thus, the population and especially children come into direct or indirect contact with fecal germs. This increases the risk of diseases spreading at a rapid rate, especially diarrheal diseases, which often lead to death among young children. But even diseases that are non-fatal can have lifelong consequences for the children. Children weakened by illness are less receptive in school classes and quickly fall behind their peers in terms of performance; some even drop out of school altogether due to prolonged absences. Without a basic education or even a school diploma, they are hardly able to find their own wag out of poverty. This lack of perspective is often passed on from generation to generation.


It is anticipated that the consultancy period would be a period of 1.5 months, tentatively starting from 15th August 2022 to 30th Sep , 2022 and it is expected that agency will complete all aspect of project within this period. It is recommended that the Consultant/agency should provide a Gantt chart showing clearly the steps of the study and the time assigned to each step.

Expected Qualifications of the Consultant

The consultant should be able to deploy a core team consisting of experts having substantial experience in the field of WASH and health public administration, statistics and survey management. The team of interviewers and researchers placed in the field by the consultant should be well-versed with the techniques of conducting research involving children and should be conscious of the ethical issues that may arise during such research.

Proposal Submission Protocol

The proposals should be sent through email. The financial proposal should be on organization’s / agency’s letterhead (signed and scanned pdf version). The Application comprising of technical and financial proposal should be addressed to Ms. Shereen Mathew at [email protected] Mr. Raghu Maharishi at ([email protected]) and CC to Mr. shijo Jose ([email protected]) via e-mail by 15 August 2022. The subject line of the e-mail should read: “End line Assessment for project titled ‘SPARSH – ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER AND RELIABLE SANITARY INFRASTRUCTURE” in N ward, Mumbai

Only short-listed consultant / organizations will receive an acknowledgment and will be called for personal interactions. Agency/Consultants who do not hear from us within three weeks may assume that their application has not been successful.

Late submissions shall not be considered.

Note: Do not append any financial statements/PAN/GST or other compliance documents with technical or financial proposal.

For detailed information, please check the complete version of the RFP attached below.

Job Email id:s.mathew(at)savethechildren.in
Download Attachment:Final TOR Endline_Sparsh_Project_Mumbai.doc