Country Coordinator Bangladesh (Sustainable Textile Water Initiative (STWI)

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Consulting services: Country Coordinator Bangladesh, STWI Estimated volume
250 days Location
Dhaka, Bangladesh Intended period of contract
September 30th, 2020 – June 30th, 2021 SIWI

1 Introduction 1.1 About Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

SIWI is a water institute. We leverage knowledge and our convening power to strengthen water governance for a just, prosperous, and sustainable future. We focus on a range of research and development topics within and around water that support decision-makers world. We believe that the best way to tackle water crises, and help bring about lasting change, is to strengthen water governance among public and private actors alike. SIWI’s strong, international team of knowledge-generators, convenors, facilitators, and trainers works to strengthen the systems and processes that govern access to and protection of fresh water, with the overarching aim to contribute to poverty eradication. SIWI also hosts several flagship programs, including the UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility, the International Centre for Water Cooperation (ICWC), the Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management (S2S Platform), and the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA). Through the Swedish Water House, we connect Swedish water stakeholders with each other and to international processes.

1.2 Background
In its role as secretariat for the Sustainable Textile Water Initiative (STWI), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has been driving collaborative programs to improve sustainable water use in production processes at the supplier and sub-supplier levels. Between 2014 and 2017, SIWI has been scaling up its operations in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, China, India, and Turkey and supported 276 Production Units to build a global base of active textile and leather manufacturers who continuously work to improve their environmental performance.

STWI works with STWI brands, Production Units, and Technical Expert teams in each country to:
• Continuously build the capacity of management and workers in Production Units regarding systematic improvement of efficiency of water, energy and chemical use in suppliers’ manufacturing processes to achieve pre-set, quantitative and qualitative targets and improve cost-efficiency.

• Continue to provide technical support to Production Units to implement recommended projects to achieve these targets at the Production Units level throughout the 12-month cycle.

• Continue to scale up the STWI network of Production Units who work towards sustainable water use in production and water risk mitigation, creating cost-efficiency through scale and collaboration.
The program has demonstrated its value through many positive results. In combination with stricter policies and brand standards, STWI provides an excellent space for factories to learn and perform good sustainability results and practices.
As part of the program activities, SIWI is now looking to procure the services of a STWI Country Coordinator to be responsible for delivering STWI programs and activities in Bangladesh.

1.3 Information about the assignment
General responsibilities
The key responsibilities of a Country Coordinator comprise:

• Coordinating and liaising with external trainers, experts, program partners, brands, production units and other relevant stakeholders to ensure quality delivery of planned program activities of STWI in accordance with the set goals and KPIs. The activities include, but not limited to training workshops, meetings, onsite visits, multi-stakeholder engagement activities, outreach, etc.

• Supporting the STWI team in proposal development, program designing, budget and operation planning, program monitoring and evaluation, auditing, etc. as per the organizational guidelines.

• Developing accurate and timely reports for internal project management and external program reporting and communication (monthly / quarterly / annually – as needed).

• Actively contributing to activities on program communication, outreach and multi-stakeholder engagement.

• Contributing to knowledge management, including development of program tools, best practices, educational or information resources, and other program materials;

• Contributing to program strategy directions by investigating, collecting, processing and interpreting information, data, market trends or policy on the textile industry in key textile producing countries.

Specific responsibilities
The focus of this role will be on the coordination, implementation, development, and outreach of COVID-19 related interventions for the textile supply chain. Such activities include but are not limited to trainings, communication and campaign on hygiene and social distancing, occupational health and safety, legal implications, and social dialogue, among others.

Additionally, there will be a coordination and implementation role towards technical experts who are part of the program team and responsible for developing specific content as needs arise. Regular coordination with international and local program partners and concerned stakeholders in Bangladesh are essential.

1.4 Information about the procurement

Stiftelsen Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) intends to enter into a contract for consultancy services provided by an independent contractor as Country Coordinator Bangladesh, STWI. The contract will be awarded to the tenderer having submitted the tender offering best value for money, based on the requirements and criteria set out in the following

1.5 Questions and clarifications

Any questions that a tenderer may have, or clarifications to be requested, must be directed to SIWI’s contact person in indicated in the Summary of procurement information above.

1.6 Processing of personal data

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

2 Requirements and criteria

2.1 Information about the terms used for requirements and criteria
The procurement documents contain a number of compulsory requirements, which are designated by the term “must” in bold type. In order for a tender to be eligible for the award of the contract, these compulsory requirements have to be fulfilled.
The procurement documents also contain a number of non-compulsory conditions, which are so designated by the term “should” in bold type. Such criteria are used to evaluate and compare tenders, in order to determine the most economically advantageous tender.

2.2 Administrative conditions
The following requirements apply to the tender. The tender must:
1. Be written in English
2. Be perfectly legible so that there can be no doubt as to words and figures
3. Include the following information:
a. A description of the tenderer including its organisation type/legal status
b. The CV of the consultant who is to carry out the assignment
c. Descriptions of two relevant assignments that have been performed by the tenderer, together with the contact information for each client.
4. Be signed on behalf of the tenderer
5. Reach SIWI no later than the deadline for receipt of tenders stated in the Summary of procurement information above.

A tenderer may only submit only one tender in this procurement. If more than one tender is submitted by the same tenderer, none of its tenders will be considered.

2.4 Requirements on the services

Additional to section 1.3, and to be eligible for the award of contract, the skills of the consultant who is to carry out the assignment must fulfil the following requirements:

• Excellent spoken, written and presentation/public speaking skills in Bengali and English.
• Strong interpersonal skills and proven stakeholder management skills. 2.5 Criteria used to determine best value for money

The contract will be awarded to the tenderer having submitted the tender offering best value for money, based on the following criteria. The consultant who is to carry out the assignment by the tender should fulfil the following criteria:

• An advanced university degree in environmental science, social science, industrial engineering or other related filed. A master's degree in the same field is preferred.
• More than 5 years in an advanced management role (preference given to those with program management experience in international cooperation and aid).
• Strong background in program management, particularly with planning methods and coordinating programs, as well as budget preparation and monitoring.
• Technical or management experience in textile industry will be an advantage.
• Previous experience with communication, outreach, e-training, and web-based facilitation.
• Desirable is network in and knowledge of media and communications sector in Bangladesh.
• Exceptional time management, facilitation, and organizational skills.
• Flexible and self-driven, an excellent team player.
• Overall understanding of sustainability in a business environment, maturity of judgement, inspiring, self-driven and a positive attitude towards working environment.
• Creativity and critical thinking are considered as desired skills.

3 Evaluation of tenders and award decision

3.1 Eligibility
The tenderer is ineligible for the award of contract if it or its tender fails to fulfil any of the “must”-requirements used in this procurement.

3.2 Evaluation and award decision
The contract will be awarded to the qualified tenderer who has submitted a tender where the services fulfil the requirements of Section 2.4 above and which offer best value for money in accordance with Section 2.5 above.

3.3 Disclaimer
This Invitation to Tender is in no way binding on SIWI. The award of contract is only an internal decision by SIWI concerning the evaluation of tenders. SIWI’s obligations will commence only upon signature of a written agreement by the authorised signatories of SIWI and the Successful Tenderer.
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, any expenses or losses that may be incurred by a tenderer or tenderer in the preparation of its tender and/or in connection with the procurement process.

Annex A: Exclusion grounds Criminal activities
A tenderer will be excluded from participation in a procurement procedure where SIWI is aware that the tenderer has been the subject of conviction by final judgement for any of the following reasons:
- participation in a criminal organization;
- corruption;
- fraud;
- terrorist offences or offences linked to terrorist activities;
- money laundering or terrorist financing; or
- human trafficking.
A tenderer will be excluded if a person who has been subject to such conviction is a member of the administrative, management or supervisory body of that tenderer or has powers of representation, decision or control therein.
By signing the tender, the tenderer confirms that it is not in any of the situations above. Other irregularities
A tenderer will be excluded from participation in a procurement procedure where SIWI is aware that the tenderer is in any of the following situations:
a) where it has been established by a final judicial or administrative decision that the tenderer is in breach of its obligations relating to the declaration or payment of taxes or employer contributions;
b) where it can be demonstrated by appropriate means that the tenderer is guilty of a violation of applicable obligations in the fields of employment, environmental, labour or social law;
c) where the tenderer is bankrupt or is the subject of insolvency or winding-up proceedings, where its assets are being administered by a liquidator or by the court, where it is in an arrangement with creditors, where its business activities are suspended or it is any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations;
d) where it can be demonstrated by appropriate means that the tenderer is guilty of grave professional misconduct;
e) where a conflict of interest cannot be effectively remedied by other less intrusive measures;
f) where the tenderer has been guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required as a condition of participation in the procurement procedure or has withheld such information;
g) where he tenderer has undertaken to unduly influence the decision-making process, to obtain confidential information that may confer upon it undue advantages in the procurement procedure or to negligently or wilfully provide misleading information that may have a material influence on decisions concerning exclusion, selection or the award of contract.
h) where the tenderer is included on a procurement debarment list such as that of the World Bank, the European Development Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the African Development Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank or the Inter-American Development Bank.
By signing the Tender, the tenderer confirms that it is not in any of the situations above.

Contact person: Mr. Emilio Guzman,