Bosnia and Herzegovina nationals: National Consultant for stock-taking analysis on progress in the BiH water supply and wastewater management services sector
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Financed by the Government of Switzerland and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Municipal Environmental and Economic Governance (MEG) Project is an intervention in the domain of local governance in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Project’s overall goal is defined as follows: Local governments (LGs), assigned with appropriate competences and finances, have improved their democratic governance, apply sound public policy and performance management systems, and provide public services in an inclusive, effective and efficient manner, particularly those related to economic and environmental sectors. The expected concrete improvements the Project will contribute to are clustered in three outcomes, as follows:
- Outcome 1: Supported local governments apply effective development management systems characterized by stronger oversight of the legislative and greater accountability towards the citizens.
- Outcome 2: Citizens and businesses in target localities benefit from good quality services provided by LGs in the economic and environmental sectors (specifically targeted water supply and wastewater management services).
- Outcome 3: Improved regulatory framework at higher and local government levels including regulatory framework for the water supply and wastewater management services).
The Project’s territorial focus is on the North-West part of the country (including Una-Sana Canton and Prijedor region) and the North-East region (the wider Doboj-Tuzla area), covering 18 partner LGs: Bihac, Bosanska Krupa, Cazin, Doboj, Gracanica, Gradacac, Gradiška, Kalesija, Kostajnica, Kozarska Dubica, Prijedor, Prnjavor, Sanski Most, Tešanj, Teslic, Tuzla, Velika Kladuša and Žepce.
The Project is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ministry of Development, Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH), the FBiH Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry, the Ministry for Administration and Local Self-Government of Republika Srpska (RS), the RS Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management and both entity Associations of Municipalities and Cities (AMCs).
The purpose of this consultancy is to prepare a detailed stock-taking analysis leading to comprehensive determination of up-to-date information of progress in the water supply and wastewater management services sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina as of 2010, and prepare the comparative breakdown of results achieved, against the related EU acquis communautaire.
Duties and Responsibilities
Within this Consultancy a thorough assessment of new regulations, strategy documents and implementation plans on state, entity and cantonal administrative levels, will be conducted for relevant projects implemented and outcomes achieved in BiH water supply and wastewater management services sector, as of 2010 till present.
Also, the assessment will include a comparative review of results achieved against the approximation to the related sectoral EU acquis communautaire (underlining but not limited to the Water Framework Directive, Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive, Drinking Water Directive, as well as results from Strengthening Institutional Capacities in Water Sector IPA 2011 and Regional Environmental Network for Accession (RENA) Project) and the UN Resolution 64/292 of 2010 on human rights to water and sanitation.
The assessment will provide recognition and address gaps in achieving a consistent and harmonised countrywide strategy and investment plans related to water supply and wastewater management services. It will include implementing legislation and monitoring, leading to alignment of BiH legislation and practices with the EU water related acquis. The assessment will also evaluate the level of investments in water supply and wastewater management infrastructure so as their level of operational and financial sustainability, aiming to improve access to drinking water and wastewater discharges (in line with the UN Resolution 64/292).
The assessment will be conducted using a combination of the following tools:
- structured interviews with relevant state and entity level government leaderships/employees, underlining but not limited to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, both entity Ministries of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry, both River Basin Agencies in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Public Institution “Vode Srpske” in Republika Srpska;
- desk review of existing regulatory framework, strategy documents and implementation plans (incl. assessment of level of implementation) adopted at state, entity and cantonal administrative levels and related to the BiH water supply and wastewater management services sector, adopted since 2010, as well as desk review of existing reports related to the approximation of BiH water supply and wastewater management related legislation with relevant EU water directives;
- online review of public information sources (websites, media, etc.) on relevant projects implemented and achieved outcomes related to the water supply and wastewater management services sector implemented in BiH since 2010.
In all cases, assessment against the main areas of review will be as objective as possible, based on participatory inputs by relevant stakeholders, and substantiated by evidence and tangible facts to the maximum extent possible. Subjective information and inputs gathered from various stakeholders through interviews can also be utilized to form an assessment opinion.
The Consultant is expected to prepare an assessment report, that includes a comparative review of achieved results against the related sectoral EU acquis communautaire, but also against the UN Resolution 64/292, and to determine and present up-to-date information on the EU alignment sectoral progress.
Specifically, the Consultant will have the following tasks:
Task 1: Prepare methodology for assessment and interviews
Based on specific inputs and guidance by the MEG Project Team, the Consultant will prepare and submit a comprehensive methodology for conducting the assessment, including first drafts of questionnaire to be used, preliminary structure of the Assessment Report and a detailed work plan. Relevant materials which should be considered in the assessment and relevant contact information for targeted interviews will be provided by the MEG project. The final methodology will be endorsed by the MEG Project.
It is envisaged that this task will be delivered by 30 October 2020 and the level of effort will not exceed 3 expert days.
Task 2: Conduct structured interviews with relevant government representatives and stakeholders, desk review
After obtaining the Project approval on comprehensive methodology, the Consultant will initiate actual analysis of related regulatory frameworks, strategy documents and implementation plans, and existing reports of relevant implemented projects and achieved outcomes.
The Consultant is expected to follow approaches and time dynamics as proposed within the approved methodology and take stock, collect information and conduct assessment review and interviews with relevant government representatives and stakeholders.
All collected information will serve as the foundation for drafting the final Assessment Report.
It is envisaged that this task will be delivered by 23 November 2020 and the level of effort will not exceed 15 expert days.
Task 3: Develop final Assessment Reports
The data collected through desk reviews and interviews with relevant government representatives and stakeholders will then be captured in a final Assessment Report, following the approved report structure under Task 1.
The Consultant will provide narrative analytical description with a comparative review for each of the EU water related directives' transposition into BiH legislation, with the current situation and practices, supported by referenced evidence, facts, numbers, inputs by interviewees, etc. while highlighting main gaps and deficiencies. These areas can be expanded as per the Consultant’s view. The indicative length of the Assessment Report should be limited to 25 pages (without annexes).
Given that this effort aims at illustrating the progress made by the water supply and wastewater management services sector in BiH against the EU acquis communautaire and the UN Resolution 64/292, it is of key importance that the findings and recommendations are presented to and accepted by the relevant government representatives. Therefore, in order to provide quality assurance, draft Assessment Report will need to be reviewed and pre-approved by the MEG Project, prior to its finalization. The Consultant will also prepare and deliver a short presentation to the Project team on key findings from the Report.
It is envisaged that this task will be delivered by 1 December 2020 and the level of effort will not exceed 5 expert days.
a. Corporate Responsibility and Teamwork:
- Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Plans, prioritizes and delivers tasks on time.
- Strives for and promotes excellence in performance continually;
- Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaborating and cooperating with others;
b. People Skills:
- Recognizes and responds appropriately to the ideas, interests, and concerns of others;
- Ensures others’ understanding of, involvement in, and adaptation to a change process.
- Plans and procedures quality results to meet established goals.
- Formulates written information clearly and persuasively;
- Shares information openly with co-workers and partners while using discretion to protect confidences;
- Strong communication skills;
- Presents information in a clear and articulate manner.
e. Job Knowledge and Expertise:
- Sound knowledge of EU water sector acquis communautaire:
- Familiarity with the BiH water supply and wastewater management services sector;
- Strong analytical skills;
- Strong presentation skills;Advanced writing skills,
- Strong facilitation and coordination skills;
- Executes day-to-day tasks systematically and efficiently;
- Initiative and sound judgment.
- General understanding and familiarity with the local administration, environment and strategic development terminology will be considered an asset.
Required Skills and Experience
- University degree in engineering, law or related field.
- Advanced degree will be an asset.
- At least 5 years of relevant experience in the field of BiH water supply and wastewater management services;
- Practical experience in conducting similar assessments in Bosnia and Herzegovina is considered a distinct asset;
- Excellent communication and facilitation skills;
- Knowledge of the broader local governance policy and regulatory frameworks in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- Proven analytical skills and ability to conceptualize and write concisely and clearly.
- Fluency in official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in English.