Technical support in making the shift towards climate resilient WASH sector- Framework consultancy

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

Home-based/Remote

SIWI is pleased to invite individual consultants to take part in a tender procedure for the above contract.

The deadline for receipt of tenders is: 30th April 2023

Point of contact:     Ricard Gine

E-mail address:      ricard.gine@siwi.org

Stockholm International Water Institute

SIWI is a knowledge organisation using its expertise and convening power to strengthen water governance for a just, prosperous, and sustainable future. SIWI arranges the annual World Water Week in Stockholm.

SIWI is duly constituted as a foundation in Sweden.

Name:                                         Stockholm International Water Institute

Organisation number:                  802425-8702

VAT identification number:           SE802425870201

Postal address:                             Box 101 87, 100 55 Stockholm

Visiting address:                           Linnégatan 87A, 115 23 Stockholm

Telephone:                                  +46 8 121 360 00

Website:                                      www.siwi.org

Background and scope

SIWI is a policy institute that generates knowledge, builds capacity, and informs decision-making with a view to addressing the challenges in reaching Sustainable Development Goal 6, ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. SIWI performs research, builds institutional capacity, and provides advisory and technical support in areas related to water governance, transboundary water management, and water and climate change. SIWI also cooperates with public and private actors in Sweden and organises the World Water Week in Stockholm – the leading annual global conference on water and development issues. By producing and disseminating actionable knowledge, SIWI contributes to bridging the gap between policy and practice.

Within SIWI, the Water and Sanitation (WASH) Department’s efforts focus on achieving more equitable, efficient, and sustainable water supply and sanitation services in low- and middle-income countries – in ways that are resilient to climatic and demographic variations. The team mainly works in the knowledge – policy – practice space, closing the implementation gap between policy and practice through strengthened governance for WASH service delivery. As such, the department supports its boundary partners in priority-setting, policy development and implementation of improved water governance processes and practices, collaborating with a variety of partners and stakeholders from different constituencies (UN agencies and their country offices, development banks, government, private sector, civil society and academia) throughout the water policy cycle.

The WASH department is currently undertaking a number of major programs. With UNICEF, one of its main partners, SIWI has four ongoing Programme Cooperation Agreements (PCA): one with a global focus, an three regional agreements in LAC, MENA, and EAP regions. Through these four PCAs, SIWI supports UNICEF and its boundary partners to increase sustainability of their WASH interventions and make them climate resilient, through the enhancement of accountability and the Enabling Environment in the service delivery framework. In particular, SIWI has been recently assisting UNICEF in more than 15 countries in strengthening the evidence base to inform the identification and prioritization of options for Climate Resilient WASH Programming. The collaboration has been successful in developing and providing knowledge, capacity and technical support to Headquarters, regional and country offices.

From a different entry point, another relevant line of activity concentrates on building WASH services resilience. The main focus is on urban systems, creating tools and resources to help cities take a holistic view of their water system, understand, and assess the key resilience challenges, and prioritize and develop action plans for urban water resilience. However, the scope of work has been recently expanded to cover the issues of water security and water scarcity, with a focus on WRM-WASH linkages and WRM-WASH inter-sectoral cooperation.

Last, but not least, the department’s efforts are also directed towards increasing the understanding of both emerging and neglected WASH issues. Among others, topics covered in recent assignments include a mapping of initiatives that countries globally and WASH stakeholders are implementing in the COVID-19 response to assure WASH services for all, the analysis of accountability actors and relations around WASH service provision in fragile contexts, the role and potential contribution of local innovation in water and sanitation services delivery in peri-urban areas, service delivery models for public sanitation (beyond the household) in urban settings, and how to promote water integrity to prevent and fight corruption in water.

Over the last few months, SIWI’s WASH department has witnessed a significant increase in our level of activity. SIWI is therefore looking for individual consultants to assist in the delivery of technical support to countries in promoting water governance. The consultants will support SIWI in various forms: from data collection and data analysis, to regional, national and local studies, including also training and capacity building or the elaboration of guidelines and other knowledge products. The services may include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • identify, follow-up, and study public policies related to the enabling environment for the delivery of climate resilient water and sanitation services. This includes both climate and WASH policies and strategies (e.g., the Nationally determined contributions (NDCs), the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), water policies, etc.);
  • design and conduct data collection campaigns on water and sanitation and water resources issues, including the development of methodologies, sampling protocols, tools, surveys instruments, etc.;
  • analyse primary and secondary data, including both qualitative and quantitative methodologies;
  • analyse GIS data and develop maps , combining spatial data of different nature (e.g., exposure to climate hazards for WASH services, access to WASH services, etc.)
  • develop and elaborate new knowledge products (e.g., policy briefs, technical reports, journal papers, etc.) about the climate rational for water and sanitation services, water resources management, and water governance for climate resilience;
  • assist in the development of methodologies and tools to advance governance in water and sanitation services, water resources management, and water governance for climate resilience;
  • provide technical support at country level to promote the climate shift in WASH programming (covering topics as e.g., services delivery models, regulation, water tariffs, water allocation, WASH and vulnerable groups, WASH in fragile states, water integrity, etc.). This might include the development of preliminary studies, direct or indirect support to countries in the development of project proposals (e.g., in the area of water governance and climate adaptation and/or mitigation), etc.;
  • provide technical support at regional and country level to make WASH interventions climate resilient, through e.g., support on climate risk analysis, integration of WASH into key national climate priorities (NAP, NDCs), etc.;
  • provide policy advice and support to governments and other national and regional organizations in water governance and climate aspects;
  • develop trainings and other capacity-building workshops to all types of water stakeholders (national and local governments, service providers, regulators, community-based organizations, users, etc.) on water related issues; and
  • contribute to the organization of seminars and workshops at the World Water Week, and other regional or national events related to water and climate governance.

SIWI is seeking expressions of interest from individuals to promote water governance and climate resilient services, and assist countries in their endeavour to provide water and sanitation services for all. Only individual consultants may apply as tenderers.

Specific requirements on the tenderer

Exclusion grounds

The tenderer must not be in any situation listed in Annex 1: Exclusion grounds. By signing the tender, the tenderer confirms that it is not in any of the situations listed in Annex 1: Exclusion grounds.

Experience required

  • At least seven years of experience and/or research in working on water, sanitation, and hygiene services, with a focus on climate change, demonstrated through studies/reports/projects
  • At least seven years of experience in providing technical support to governments (national, subnational, local) and/or international organizations in aspects related to water governance, demonstrated through studies/reports/projects.
  • At least four years of expertise in working with climate change and disaster risk reduction processes. Solid understanding of environmental and climate policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations. Experience in applying knowledge to climate policy-related decisions and advice.
  • At least five years of experience supporting capacity building and/or training.

Skills/Technical skills and knowledge

  • Experience in interfacing with different actors and WASH partners (governments, NGOs, donors, inter-governmental organizations), and in facilitating regional and global events on WASH and climate.
  • Specific knowledge in promoting multistakeholder water governance dialogues at national level, including the implementation of WASHBAT exercises or similar.
  • Specialized training, expertise, and experience in WASH and climate and water governance.
  • Experience in desk reviews and applied research.
  • Clear and concise writing skills with demonstrated ability to analyse systems and distil key concepts.
  • Excellent organizational, team and inter-personal skills in view of interacting with multiple stakeholders at country and regional levels.
  • Candidates must have proficiency in English.
  • Knowledge of at least one of the following languages will be an asset: Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Arabic.
  • GIS-related knowledge (analysis of spatial data, development of maps, etc.) will be an asset.

Award criteria

The contract will be awarded based on the following criteria:

70% – Technical expertise, according to the requirements of the tender, including the required experience, technical skills and knowledge and language skills outlined above.

30% – Financial proposal, based on the price per day offered.

Multiple contractors may be contracted , and ranked according to the award criteria.

When services will be required, they will be assigned through first right of refusal, starting from the first contractor in the ranking.

The type of agreement to be signed with all contractors selected will be a framework agreement. Signature of the agreement does not impose an obligation on SIWI to purchase any services.

Tendering

The tender must contain the following information:

  • A letter that summarizes the experience of the consultant related to the services procured.
  • A full CV containing relevant references and including details of at least 5 reports and/or trainings on related matters.
  • Specific countries and regions where the consultant has relevant experience
  • Description of the daily rate offered by the individual per day of work. Travel and stay costs are considered separately.
  • Name and contact information

The tender must be submitted to the following email address: ricard.gine@siwi.org. SIWI must have received the tender by 30th April 2023. The subject of the email should be “Technical support in making the shift towards climate resilient WASH sector”.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted by 22th May 2023; those not hearing by this date will need to assume they have not been successful on this occasion.

Services are estimated to start by 30th June 2023. The duration of this contract will be until 30th June 2025.

Processing of personal data

SIWI will process personal data included in tender documents and communications. For information about SIWI’s processing of personal data, please use the following link:

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Disclaimer

This invitation to tender is in no way binding on SIWI. SIWIs contractual obligation will commence only upon signature of a written contract by the authorized signatories of SIWI and the successful tenderer.

SIWI reserves the right to accept any tender without prior negotiations. SIWI reserves the right to reject any tender and to cancel the process and reject all tenders at any time prior to the signing of the contract, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected tenderer(s).

SIWI will not be responsible for, or pay for, expenses or losses that may be incurred by a candidate or tenderer in the preparation of its tender and/or in connection with the procurement process.

We look forward to receiving your tender.


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