Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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Objective and Purpose of the Assignment
1. Background.
Solomon Islands has around 19.8% (or 102,030) of its estimated present total population of 515,870 (2009 
Census) living in urban and peri-urban areas. The country is divided into nine provinces: Central, 
Choiseul, Guadalcanal, Isabel, Makiri-Ulawa, Malaita, Rennell and Bellona, Temotu, and Western. The 
country’s capital, Honiara City, is situated on the northwestern coast of Guadalcanal. Malaita has the 
largest population of 137,596 people, followed by Guadalcanal (93,614), Western (76,649), Honiara city 
(62,609) and Central (26,051) based on the 2009 census. It is known that temporary and informal settlers 
are often not captured in the Census and at any one time the population of Guadalcanal can be closer to 
150,000. This presents challenges in providing potable water supply and sanitation services to the urban 
and peri- urban areas. 

To address the challenges the Solomon Islands Water Act of 1992 created the Solomon Islands Water 
Authority, trading as Solomon Water (SW), a state-owned enterprise, and mandated to provide for the 
proper management and development of urban water resources and wastewater services in Solomon Islands. 
SW has been guided by its Five-year Action Plan and 30-Year Strategic Plan since 2017. These plans 
outline the strategy to meet the demand for water and wastewater services up to 2047 for Honiara, 
including peri-urban areas, as well as meeting the needs of other major urban centers in Solomon Islands.

B. The program. 
In line with SW’s plans, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) together with co-financers the World Bank 
(WB), European Union (EU) and the Solomon Islands government, have initiated the Solomon Islands Urban 
Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project (the Project) to help improve access to safe water and 
improved sanitation. The Project outputs1 include: (i) Output 1 - secure and safe urban water supplies, 
(ii) Output 2 - effective, efficient and safe urban sanitation services, (iii) Output 3 – enhanced 
awareness of hygiene and water issues and sustained improved hygiene behavior, and (iv) Output 4 - SW is 
financially and technically sustainable.

Investments will include: (a) in Honiara, (i) rehabilitation of existing water supply sources, and 
expansion of production and treatment systems, (ii) installation of water supply mains to expand and 
rehabilitate the water supply system, (iv) additional water storage capacity, (v) leak detection and 
pipeline repairs, (vi) installing bulk supply metering and expansion of SW’s customer meter replacement 
program to install pre-payment meters, and (vii) expanding SW’s water supply networks to an additional 
5,700 connections in unserved areas, including in informal settlements; (b) in Auki, Gizo, Noro and 
Tulagi, rehabilitation and expansion of the existing water supply systems; and (c) in Munda, development 
of a new water supply system. Project Output 2 is intended for effective and efficient sewerage services 
by: (i) preparing septage management regulations, (ii) constructing a septage treatment facility under a 
five-year design-build-operate (DBO) contract to service the greater Honiara area, (iii) replacing 
existing wastewater outfalls in a state disrepair with new ones, (iv) installing sewers mains to expand 
and rehabilitate the Honiara trunk sewer system, and (v) construction of new sewage pumping stations and 
rehabilitation of existing ones.

Scope of Work
The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will assist Solomon Water in the planning, coordination and 
implementation of all Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project (UWSSSP) reporting, monitoring 
and evaluation activities; and for ensuring the quality and adequacy of the project monitoring for 
achieving the Project Development Objectives. The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist shall report to 
the head of the Solomon Water project management unit.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output
Tasks and responsibilities of the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will include:
(i) In consultation with the key project stakeholders, prepare the project monitoring and evaluation and 
performance evaluation frameworks (PEF). The PEF will be aligned with the UWSSSP design and monitoring 
framework as presented in the UWSSSP Project Administration Manual and Results Framework as presented in 
the UWSSSP Project Appraisal Document. The PEF shall include, at minimum, a monitoring and evaluation 
framework (MEF), an implementation schedule (including data collection schedule and methodology, 
associated costs), and a risk matrix. Identify and obtain the endorsement of key stakeholders of 
appropriate indicators, including gender-sensitive indicators, for inclusion in the MEF.
(ii) Support the preparation of SW reporting framework based on requirements identified in the ADB PAM 
and World Bank POM – confirm reporting structures and templates; undertake reviews of reports prior to 
submission to development partners.
(iii) Conduct semi-annual reviews of progress towards achieving the UWSSSP target impact and outcomes 
following the PEF and MEF including capture of indicator data. 
(iv) Prepare semi-annual project monitoring and evaluation reports reporting on progress towards 
achieving the project development objectives and identifying potential implementation risks and 
recommend mitigation measures.

Minimum Qualification Requirements
i)   Postgraduate degree in management, economics, or other relevant qualification
ii)  At least 10 years’ experience in design and implementation of project monitoring and evaluation 
iii) Excellent management and communication skills;
iv)  In-depth knowledge and experience with Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank (WB) monitoring 
and evaluation requirements