International Water User’s Association Training Specialist via ReliefWeb

ACTED

Dushanbe, Tajikistan 🇹🇯

Terms of Reference for International Water User’s Association Training Specialist, ACTED

Tajikistan

Position:** International Water User’s Association Training Specialist

Duration: 4 months

Base station:** Khatlon, Tajikistan

I. Background on ACTED

Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential. ACTED endeavours to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential.

We go the last kilometre: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. ACTED develops and implements programs that target the most vulnerable amongst populations that have suffered from conflict, natural disaster, or socio-economic hardship. ACTED’s approach looks beyond the immediate emergency towards opportunities for longer term livelihoods reconstruction and sustainable development. With a budget of 189.5 million EUR in 2015, ACTED is active in 35 countries and implements more than 450 projects a year reaching over 11 million beneficiaries with 290 international staff and 3,989 national staff.

II. Country Profile

Capital Office: Dushanbe

On-going Projects: 18 (2015)

National staff: 69 (2015)

International staff: 3 (2015)

Total number of direct beneficiaries: 108,694 (2015)

ACTED entered in Tajikistan in 1996 at the final stages of the country’s civil-war that erupted immediately after the fall of the former Soviet Union. Since then, ACTED has been standing by the country’s most vulnerable communities, helping them shape their future in the face of the many challenges. ACTED long standing commitment to the Tajik population is focused on preserving the country’s outstanding but fragile natural resources and ecosystem, supporting its vibrant civil society, and creating new economic opportunities. ACTED operates out of a central office in Dushanbe and 2 sub-regional offices in Sughd and GBAO, but manage projects in each of the country’s four provinces.

Present in the country for nearly 20 years, ACTED Tajikistan’s interventions have evolved from early stages of recovery- anti-malaria campaigns, school feedings- to today’s development-oriented approach. Within this context, ACTED has worked to satisfactorily implement over 200 donor-funded interventions designed to build community capacities in climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, improve local governance, and support sustainable rural development. Main donors of ACTED’s mission in Tajikistan are Asian Development Bank, UN agencies (especially in collaboration with UNHCR, UNICEF and UNDP), the European Commission, the EBRD, USAID, DFID, the Swiss Development Cooperation and the World Bank.

ACTED has taken a multi-sector and multidisciplinary approach to social and economic development, and tailoring its responses to the needs of local populations. Its programmes in Tajikistan reflect the nexus between emergency relief and development which has seen the organization adopting a long term approach towards the development of the country. ACTED Tajikistan’s programming rests on three strategic pillars:

(i) Building Disaster Resilience,

(ii) Co-constructing Effective Governance,

(iii) Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Growth.

III. Project Background

The project will address irrigated agriculture and water resources management (WRM) issues in Pyanj River basin (PRB), in the southern part of Tajikistan. The objectives of the project are:

i. Promotion of profitable farm management and efficient water use. It includes promotion of (a) improved seeds, (b) efficient farm operations and management, (c) balanced use of agricultural inputs, (d) high-efficiency irrigation system, and (e) promotion of value addition and value chain. It will also conduct periodic short training session to introduce new practices and technologies employed under the project;

ii. Production of high-quality seeds;

iii. Establishment and possible reorganization of water users’ associations (WUAs), and capacity development of WUAs and beneficiaries.

IV. Position Objective

The International Water User’s Association Training Specialist should have rich experience for strengthening WUAs in Central Asia. He/She will work closely with a national counterpart and build capacity of the WUAs.

V. Responsibilities and Duties

I. Review the organization structure and geographic coverage of the existing WUAs and identify areas not covered by WUAs and those where WUAs have been organized on administrative rather than hydrological boundaries;

II. Through community mobilizers, convey to the members of existing WUAs the benefits and motivate them to reorganize on hydrological boundaries;

III. Through community mobilizers, motivate the communities to organize WUAs in parts of the project area where none exists currently;

IV. Identify capacity development requirements in light of technical, financial management, and organization of the WUA, and build their capacity using available resources;

V. Review current WUA membership fee and collection rate in each WUA’s membership fee and irrigation service fee, by cash and in-kind; assess the required and current WUAs’ tasks, and the available resources to identify the financial gap, and, with the community mobilizers, propose new membership fee, if necessary to sustain WUAs’ tasks;

VI. Follow up with various government agencies on relevant recommendations of the institutional development specialist for better organized, and operational WUAs;

VII. Following recommendations of the institutional development specialist, prepare a detailed curriculum for training of the office holders and staff of the WUAs and a plan for implementation;

VIII. Carry out training of WUA technical officials and staff in estimating water requirements and preparing indent for ALRI, timely and equitable distribution of water, measurement and water delivered, and keeping of record, preparation of bills for irrigation service fees (ISF), collection of ISF and WUA membership fee and maintaining records of all receipts and expenses;

IX. Carry out training of WUAs in preparing operation and maintenance plans and in carrying out regular, preventive, and emergency maintenance and repairs;

X. Specific training courses will be conducted to train the famers on how to maintain the on-farm facilities on their farm and the joint maintenance of the inter-farm canals in the WUA coverage area.

XI. Carryout special training courses for accountant in book-keeping, maintenance of record and inventory, issuance of bill and receipts, and overall management of the accounts;

XII. With community mobilizers, carry out campaigns to WUAs members to inform the responsibility of WUA’s members; and

XIII. Together with the farm management, high efficiency irrigation, and value addition and value chain specialists, carry out training sessions of the project area farmers on the choice of crops and their varieties, farm operations, agricultural input, post-harvesting operation, value addition and value chain, and marketing.

VI. Required qualifications and experience:

· Bachelor’s degree in social science, water management or related fields.

· Higher degree in a subject related to on-farm water management preferred.

· At least 10 years professional experience related to water management for irrigation, including 8 years of WUA development experience, much of which must have been obtained in Central Asia.

VII. Application

In order to apply to the presented position, participant will need to submit a preliminary methodology for the conduction of the assessment and related financial proposal.

VIII. Specific conditions

  • Accommodation, food and transportation in Tajikistan will be provided by ACTED (shall not be included in the financial offer).

  • ACTED security guidelines will have to be strictly followed during the whole consultancy.

  • The consultant shall subscribe to a professional civil liability insurance valid in Tajikistan, as well as a repatriation insurance.

Please e-mail your CV and Cover letter to [email protected] and indication of the position name in the subject line.

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS 18th of NOVEMBER 2016.

How to apply:

VII. Application

In order to apply to the presented position, participant will need to submit a preliminary methodology for the conduction of the assessment and related financial proposal.

VIII. Specific conditions

  • Accommodation, food and transportation in Tajikistan will be provided by ACTED (shall not be included in the financial offer).

  • ACTED security guidelines will have to be strictly followed during the whole consultancy.

  • The consultant shall subscribe to a professional civil liability insurance valid in Tajikistan, as well as a repatriation insurance.

Please e-mail your CV and Cover letter to [email protected] and indication of the position name in the subject line.

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS 18th of NOVEMBER 2016.


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