Water Quality Assurance Plans Development Consultancy

Creative Associates



The proposed SOW outlines a request for Short-term Technical Assistance (STTA) to the USAID-funded Littorals Regional Initiative (LRI) program. The proposed STTA will provide engineering assistance to the preparation and lead the development of Water Quality Assurance Plans (WQAPs), all according to USAID’s environmental regulations (see Africa Bureau guidance here: Water Quality Action Plan (WQAP).

RFQ Closing Date: January 13, 2022 at 5pm EST

Estimated period of performance: on/around 1 January 2023 – 15 February 2023

Estimated Level of Effort: up to 20 days of effort

Estimated total cost: $12,000

Objective: Consultant will lead the development of WQAPs for each country where LRI operates (Ghana, Togo, and Benin). The consultant will review data and information provided by local agencies for quality assurance, then develop WQAPs.


Tasks to be Performed

  • Review environmental information collected locally and ensure its quality and that all information needed to complete a WQAP is provided for each country. Local engineering firms contracted by LRI will be tasked with providing information on:
    • (1) the regulatory context (including the applicable international guidance and host country regulatory requirements),
    • (2) the available resources and capacity of the host country laboratories to collect, transport and analyze water quality samples, and
    • (3) prevalent water quality issues and potential sources of contamination identified within the community and surrounding area where LRI operates.

The consultant will be asked to communicate directly or indirectly through the LRI field team with LRI engineering firms to fill any information gap and answer clarifying questions.

  • Write Water Quality Assurance Plans (WQAP) for Ghana, Togo, and Benin all in accordance with USAID’s environmental regulations.
  • Answer eventual questions USAID may have on the draft submissions.

Results and/or Deliverables

Result/and or deliverableAnticipated LOE (days)
Review of locally collected environment information and provide written assurance of its quality and completeness for developing of WQAPs5
Ghana WQAP5
Togo WQAP5
Benin WQAP5


Minimum requirements


  • A Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Conservation, Water Related Sciences or Engineering

Skills and experience: 

  • At least ten (10) years of experience in civil, infrastructure, environmental, or related engineering fields
  • Knowledge of International Water Quality and Wastewater standards and environmental regulations (USAID, WHO, etc.) and Water Treatment functions.
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) experience on USAID-funded projects, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Experience writing environmental impact plans and reports vis-à-vis construction, especially WQAPs
  • Demonstrated experience working in complex environments, working across different cultures, and delivering impacts within agreed timelines 


  • Professional level of oral and written fluency in English

Other Matters

  • The consultant will report to LRI’s Project Director in Washington DC, and closely coordinate with LRI’s Deputy Chief of Party – Operations in Accra, Ghana.
  • The consultancy is remote

 Responsibilities of Creative

  • Provide data and information required to write WQAPs
  • Review and approve the deliverables

Please note: You may click on the links to download the Terms and ConditionsAnnex A (Reps, Certs and Consents form) and W-8W-9; and Vendor Information form, as applicable. The forms are provided for your information at this stage in the solicitation process. Completed forms will be required only if you have been selected for the consulting opportunity. However, you may complete, sign, and submit the forms as part of your response to this request. 

A budget template can be found here. You are not required to use this template and can submit pricing in any format that allows Creative to evaluate the realism and reasonableness of your price in relation to the work required.

Selection will be made on the basis of technical capability and overall best value. Modifications to this solicitation, including closing date extensions, will be posted on the Creative website. Please check the website for updates. 

Creative Associates is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We celebrate and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. EOE/AA. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development