Urban Sanitation Portfolio Review

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Background on the Global Sanitation Challenge Programmatic Approach

The objective of this Programmatic Approach is to improve the quality of the World Bank’s knowledge and operations in the Water Supply and Sanitation sub-sector by facilitating staff access to the best global knowledge, expertise and partnerships – whether inside or outside the Bank – under the new framework of the Water Global Practice. This will be achieved through the operationalization of the Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) Business Line. The WSS business line seeks to address practical problems that TTLs face across the practice, as defined by evolving or anticipated client demand, and will channel this work through the WSS Global Solutions Group (GSG). The objective of all Water GP GSGs is to ensure Knowledge in Implementation (Ki2) achieved through the following activities: strategy and business development, technical quality assurance (including influencing project design), talent development, knowledge management partnerships. The WSS GSG, facilitated by its Global Lead, will form the “think tank” and supporting knowledge architecture that will inform the water supply and sanitation activities of the Bank and help shape client dialogue on a range of critical issues. This will be delivered by a number of complementary methods including through i) improved access to knowledge, tools, & experts, ii) provision of direct support to task teams iii) creating new knowledge and iv) training. This approach will be applied to both investment activities and Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA). Intermediate Outcomes: improved project designs; TTLs spending less time searching for relevant project documents and experts; Just in Time and other direct technical support to Task Teams; tools and training to speed up and systematize practice activities; strong partnerships inside and outside the Bank, including communities of practice; and a centralized knowledge repository. Final Outcome: Work under the WSS GSG will directly respond to SDG goals 6.1 and 6.2 – universal and sustainable access to water and sanitation. The WSS and Water Quality GSG will also contribute to goal 6.3 (improved water quality) and goal 6.4 (greater water efficiency). Additionally, the significant economic and public health impacts of water and sanitation will provide indirect links to several other SDGs.

Objectives of the Assignment

The objective of this consultancy is to provide support to the Global Sanitation Challenge Programmatic Approach in the development of a portfolio review of the World Bank’s activities related to urban sanitation, as described below.

Details and Purpose of the Proposed Portfolio Review

The Global Sanitation Challenge would like to develop a portfolio review of the World Bank’s activities related to urban sanitation in order to better understand how the World Bank has invested in urban sanitation in the past, what are the attributable outcomes, and how this portfolio has evolved over the last 20 years. This analysis would draw from World Bank operations in the Water, Environment and Urban sector boards to allow for comparisons in amounts and approaches across sectors. The aim of this activity is to provide a picture of the last 20 years of urban sanitation investments and an understanding of the current portfolio and its direction. The findings of this analysis will inform the Global Sanitation Challenge’s strategy to promote inclusive and universal urban sanitation and will inform the development of future technical assistance for counterparts and training materials for World Bank staff and consultants. In particular, the portfolio review will respond to the following questions:

        How much has the World Bank invested in urban sanitation in the past 20 years?

        Where are these projects located?

        What type of urban sanitation investments are funded?

o   Infrastructure vs capacity building

o   Which elements of the sanitation service chain

o   Types of sanitation intervention

        How are urban sanitation projects typically structured?

o   Implementation arrangements

o   One component or whole project

o   Coupled with technical assistance/sector development

        Are the projects designed, implemented and monitored in a pro-poor manner?

        How has the urban sanitation portfolio evolved over time?

For this purpose, the portfolio review will be carried out in two phases. Phase 1 will consist in a review of the available quantitative information, which will enable the identification of the universe of urban sanitation projects implemented in the last 20 years and an analysis of the main characteristics of this portfolio. The questions answered as part of this first phase will depend on the quality and detail-level of the quantitative information available, but is likely to include amounts allocated to urban sanitation, geographical distribution, and some information on project structure.

For Phase 2, the consultant will select a sample of projects representative of the universe for more in-depth qualitative analysis based on project documents. This second phase will help respond to questions regarding the type of interventions funded and the nature of any capacity-building, sector and utility reform activities.

Specific tasks and responsibilities of the Consultant

The consultant will support TTL Martin Gambrill and his team in the following tasks:

·       Review of available information sources on World Bank investment projects.

·       Definition of the methodology for the portfolio review, based on available quantitative information and project documents, including sampling methodology for Phase 2.

·       Quantitative analysis of the available information under Phase 1 of the portfolio review.

·       Presentation of the results of Phase 1 and discussion of sampling methodology for Phase 2, including which documents will be consulted and how the information will be systematized.

·       Qualitative analysis of project documents for an agreed sample of projects from the universe of urban sanitation portfolio.

·       Presentation of the results of Phase 2 and discussion of the final report structure and any additional analysis needed.

·       Elaboration of the outline of the final portfolio review report for discussion with the team.

·       Close coordination with TTL and team on the findings of the analysis to inform the structure of the final report.

·       Redaction of the final report summarizing the findings of the portfolio analysis responding to the questions outlined in these Terms of Reference and any additional questions deemed relevant by the team during the analysis.

·       Support to the team in preparing a PowerPoint presentation summarizing the portfolio review findings for later presentation to the Water Global Practice.


The products to be generated by the Consultant are detailed below:

        Methodology of the portfolio review, including any data cleaning, analysis and sampling.

        Structure for systematization of data under both phases.

        Outline of the final report.

        Final report.

        Database of quantitative data analyzed under Phase 1.

        Database of systematized information from Phase 2 analysis and inventory of all documents consulted under Phase 2.


A Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, Engineering, Economics, Public Health, or other related discipline.
Two or more years of experience working on analytic pieces in the WSS sector or a Master’s Degree in a related discipline.
Experience in the field of urban sanitation preferred.
Proven fluency in Stata and/or Excel.
Previous experience analyzing large datasets.
Familiarity with World Bank documentation and processes a plus.

Duration and reporting

The assignment will start in November, 2016 and end January 30, 2017, for a total of 30 work days. The Consultant will report to TTL Martin Gambrill and will copy Sophie Tremolet and Clementine Stip on all communications.

To Apply: Please email Clementine Marie Stip