Vanuatu nationals: Water Program Lead

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Objective and Purpose of the Assignment


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting the Government of Vanuatu to prepare and implement the
Luganville Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project (LUWSSP). The project will improve access to
integrated and resilient urban water supply and sanitation (WSS) services in greater Luganville,
Vanuatu. Feasibility studies for improvements to urban WSS were prepared in 2018 under the guidance of
an ADB regional TA. A technical assessment and design consultant (TADC) firm is now being engaged under
the project readiness financing (PRF) to support with preparation of designs, bidding documents and
other due diligence documents for the ensuing ADB financed investment project. One of the proposed
project’s outputs is to improve the water supply access, quality and resilience in Luganville. The water
supply component of the ensuing investment project is expected to include a 7-year service improvement
contract with the aim of improving customer service levels through a combination of operations and
maintenance (O&M), an efficient program of capital works and skills transfer to DOWR staff.
Investments/works will likely include: (a) new, more climate resilient bore field, chlorination facility
and pump station; (b) new bulk transmissions mains and climate resilient treated water storage
facilities; (c) improvements to the reticulation network, including NRW reduction; (d) expansion of the
distribution network, and (e) tariff reform and improvements to billing and collection.

The Department of Water Resources (DOWR) of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) will be
the key implementing agency for the water supply components of the project. A project implementation
unit (PIU) has been established in Luganville.

The consultant will be recruited under the PIU in Luganville. The objective of the assignment is to
support DOWR to effectively deliver the water supply components of the project, including but not
limited to (i) facilitating engagement with the implementing agencies in relation to project activities;
(ii) supporting design, technical review and advisory consultants engaged under the project readiness
facility with coordination, information gathering, and review and preparation of project documents;
(iii) overseeing the preparation of tender designs and bidding documents for water supply component (to
be prepared by TADC); and (iv) generally overseeing and facilitating progress of water supply components
on project scoping, design, land acquisition (if required) and construction on behalf of the PIU.

Scope of Work


The consultant will be recruited under the PIU in Luganville, and will require full time 18 person-
months inputs.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output


The Water Program Lead will report to the PIU Head and will:

i. Support and facilitate activities for project readiness, including but not limited to:

(a) reviewing all activities and outputs of the TADC related to water supply component (including in
multi-purpose shelters) such as survey plans and results; preliminary and detailed designs; and capacity
building and O&M related plans;
(b) monitoring progress of TADC in delivering water supply components of their TOR and as per the agreed
work plan for phases of scoping, design, tendering, land acquisition (if necessary) and pre-construction;
(c) ensuring meaningful participation and feedback of key stakeholders for design and O&M
(d) ensuring TADC and project design and review consultants are provided with access to existing
government data;
(e) contributing technical inputs to design, specifications, etc. and generally ensuring compliance with
local norms and requirements;
(f) reviewing TADC’s design and implementation of the data collection program for public health and
environmental water quality, and providing advice when required;
(g) reviewing TADC’s stakeholder engagement strategy for the proposed water supply investments; and
(h) designing a WASH community awareness program in coordination with the sanitation program lead.

ii. Providing leadership for the preparation of scope of work, design, and bidding documents for tender
of the water supply component of the project by working closely with the TADC and helping to ensure
sufficient collaboration between TADC and DOWR and LMC as needed; and proactively working to resolve
challenges as they arise;
iii. Working in close collaboration with the international water supply experts (individuals), technical
assistance and design consultant (TADC firm), independent reviewers and other PIU and government staff
to support the objectives of the project and ensure quality and robustness of the overarching approach,
designs and bidding documents;
iv. Providing inputs into quarterly progress reports and briefing reports for ADB and government;
v. Providing support and information to ADB review missions; and
vi. Providing other related support as required and agreed with by ADB, DOWR and PIU Head.

Deliverables: Monthly report (not to exceed 7 pages) with (i) key activities during the reporting period
as per the above listed tasks, (ii) achievements during the reporting period, (iii) objectives for the
next 3 months and (iv) challenges observed with potential solutions proposed. Appendices can also be
included for additional tables and information. The format of the report will be approved by ADB and

Minimum Qualification Requirements


The consultant will have at least Bachelor level qualifications in civil, mechanical, electrical or
environmental engineering, hydrology or similar field and: (i) a minimum 5 years’ experience in water
supply; and (ii) implementation and supervision of water supply projects in Vanuatu (preferably urban
water supply). The consultant will preferably have demonstrated experience in an advisory role for
government and have an excellent command of written and spoken English.