Date of the EoA: 10th September 2020
Closing Date of the EoA: 20th September 2020
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1. Purpose of Expression of Association (EoA)
Water Aid is currently seeking Expressions of Association (EoA) from NGOs (with valid FCRA registration) for expanding its work on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene with due focus on Water Quality, Security and Sustainability inBihar. Organisations working in Gaya, Buxar and Bhagalpur will be preferred. NGOs with experience of working in WASH and/ or having experience of working on Safe Access to Drinking Water, Water Quality, Water Security and Sustainability in Bihar and these districts will be given preference.
Bihar is the third largest state in India in terms of population. The identified locations & topography present problems of Water quality issues. Drinking water in identified districts are contaminated by presence of fluoride beyond permissible & desirable limit whereas in few districts - bacteriological and iron contamination are major issues in drinking water. In the major part of the state, particularly in northern Bihar, household hand pumps are a significant source of drinking water, as they are affordable and groundwater levels are high. The government of Bihar is planning to reach all the rural households through Piped Water supply by 2020. In the 4,095 Gram Panchayats (GPs) which are affected by Arsenicosis, fluorosis and Iron, the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) of the state is planning to install treatment plants with piped water supply. While the focus of Government is on coverage through the piped water supply, the community is expected to assume responsibility for subsequent and sustainable operation and maintenance (O&M) of these services. Rural Bihar is declared open defecation free reporting 100% household toilet in coverage. Challenges persist in terms of access to quality, inclusive gender sensitive infrastructure, operations and maintenance of WASH systems, and hygiene promotion in schools, Anganwadis and healthcare facilities.
WaterAid (WAI) has identified Bihar as one of the core state to work on sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. The current state context provides opportunity to WAI to work closely with community and State Government and other Stakeholders at District and Panchayat level for sustainable solutions on WASH and engaging closely with Government Flagship Programs.
The program design is focused on finding solutions on issues of access to drinking water, water scarcity and poor water quality impacting communities in these identified districts. This includes working with communities in intervened villages to promote recharge measures, distribution systems, and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) processes, hygiene education, and Sustainable sanitation.
A partnership in these areas would help to mitigate community level drinking water, water quality, ensuring the long-term and sustainable impact on communities. As part of work on drinking water security, project will include information on water security and safety and help community to strengthen water management practices. In addition, project will demonstrate community-based solutions for issues of water scarcity and poor quality in different contexts thereby increasing evidence base for the local government, enhancing support to replicate success and scale up impact.
The Project approach is also to ensure context specific water supply technologies which will address the local problems around water quality and availability and that community members will take responsibility for the proper use and management of facilities on a day to day basis. The local government will also become invested and will take active leadership. Other stakeholders will be engaged as the program grows and we will have the ability to replicate this model in other areas.
3. Eligibility for participating in the EoA
The organisations eligible for submitting the expression of association need to have :
- Valid FCRA registration
- Annual budget of approximately 3 Crore for the last three years
- Work Experience in Bihar (Experience in implementing development projects preferably water, sanitation and hygiene will be important requirement. Experience of working in Gaya, Buxar and Bhagalpur will be an added value)
4. Submission of expression of association (EoA)
Interested NGOs are encouraged to submit a formal letter / e-mail expressing their interest in undertaking such work along with the documents (as mentioned below) for a desk review. Please use the below mentioned format for sending your EoA. EoAs should be sent to "> , no later than 10:00 PM on 20th September 2020. Please quote “Providing safe access to Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Bihar” as the subject in your correspondence.
Please note that this is only a call for Expression of Association and we are not seeking bids or proposals at this stage. A response to this Call for Expression of Association does not automatically ensure that you will be selected to participate in the request for proposal. After the desk review of the documents, we will contact the institutions for a Programmatic and Financial Assessment for shortlisting organisations who would be invited for submitting a detailed project proposal. A final Terms of Reference (ToR) for preparing the proposal will be provided to the shortlisted NGOs for submitting a full proposal and financial quote by way of a Request for Proposal (RFP). Following the RFP, short-listed organisations will be invited for a presentation on the proposal.
Water Aid reserves the right to change or cancel requirements at any time during the EoA and/or solicitation process. Water Aid also reserves the right to require compliance with additional conditions as and when issuing the final RFP. If you have any questions about this EoA, please email ">