Mechanized Irrigation Innovation Project (MIIP)- Team Leader/Irrigation Specialist
Objective and Purpose of the Assignment
The proposed Mechanized Irrigation Innovation Project (project) is earmarked for approval in 2022 in ADB
country operation business plan for Nepal. The project will provide long-term sustainable solutions to
increase year-round access to irrigation water by developing sustainable groundwater pumping in the
Terai Region. The project will construct a large-scale network public-owned tube wells equipped with
pressurized buried pipe distribution systems and dedicated electricity distribution networks linked to
tube wells. The management, operation and maintenance (MOM) of the tube well irrigation schemes will be
contracted to a third-party MOM operator. On-demand irrigation services will be provided to the farmers
by the MOM operator against payment for irrigation services which is to be collected through prepaid SIM
card meters installed on each tube well. The project will also support development of self-sustained,
and long-term crop intensification and diversification, and market support services that are tailored to
the local needs. The indicative project outputs are as follows: (i) Terai groundwater lift irrigation
systems constructed; (ii) Financially sustainable management, operation and maintenance system
established; and (iii) Farmers’ capacity to increase farms profit enhanced. The Ministry of Water
Resources and Irrigation will be the executive agency. The project is expected to develop 40,000
hectares (ha) of irrigation in phases. The first phase intends to develop up to 20,000 ha for an
estimated cost of $115 million.
Scope of Work
The project feasibility study financed from ADB grant fund under the Water Resource Project Preparatory
Facility was completed late 2019. It was undertaken by Tractebel engineering with a team of national and
international experts and supervised both by the department of water resources and irrigation and the
ADB. An additional grant of $ 500,000 was secured by ADB from the Netherland trust fund to complete the
project design and processing including (i) piloting of DTW scheme options to support farmer choice and
show casing the project design concept, (ii) finalizing loan processing documentation and (iii) meet
project readiness criteria including (a) supporting the advance recruitment of the project
implementation consultants and (b) the advance procurement of at least 30% of the civil works package
through DBO contracting modality or other more appropriate modality. The ADB, in consultation with DEWRI
will undertake the recruitment and contract management of 6 individual experts.
The expert will be working from home office during the start of the assignment. Consultant will only be
allowed to travel once travel restriction has been lifted.
Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output
As team leader, the specialist will work with the team and be responsible for, among others:
(i) overall management of the TRTA team;
(ii) managing relationships with the government and ADB;
(iii) conducting quality control of outputs from the other TA team members;
(iv) advising on overall sequencing of the investment project;
(v) Leading the review and preparation of draft loan processing documentation.
(vi) compiling inception and final reports; and
(vii) facilitating and supporting ADB missions.
As an irrigation specialist the main task of the expert, among other will include:
(i) Reviewing MIIP feasibility study and (a) reconfirm design assumptions with the Department of Water
Resources and Irrigation (b) finalize project size, scope and cost, (c) agree on detailed implementation
arrangements and institutional arrangement for long term sustainability of the project with central and
provincial and local governments and ADB.
(ii) Supporting the deputy team leader with the development of two 40 ha deep tube wells buried pressure
pipe pilot schemes and help interpret results and recommend final irrigation outlets design accordingly.
(iii) Preparing the technical specification of the design–build–operate (DBO) tender for the supply
installation and operation of up 20,000 new irrigation system (about 500 ha deep tube wells with buried
pressure pipes and pre-paid meters.
(iv) Preparing the terms of reference for consultancy for detailed design of remaining works,
construction supervision of works and project implementation support.
(v) Assisting DEWRI in evaluating bid submissions for the implementation DBO contracts.
(vi) Undertaking a sector policy, institutional and legal gap analysis and identify amendments required
to ensure compliance with project proposed approach and activities (e.g. DBO, water service tariff,
Please see more detailed TORs under : CSRN Additional Information / Attachments
Minimum Qualification Requirements
The specialist will preferably have a master’s degree in Irrigation Engineering (or equivalent) and 15
years of experience in undertaking similar projects with pipe systems, and preferably experience of
leading ADB project preparation teams and of working in South Asia with preferably experience in Nepal