Individual Consultancy to Develop a Country Specific Operational Strategy for the Zambia Water Partnership and a policy brief on the institutional and social barriers to gender transformation with respect to climate change and water security interventions

Global Water Partnership - Southern Africa (GWP-SA)

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REPORTS TO: The Country Programme Manager – AIP Zambia Country Programme (ZCP)  

DURATION: 20 working days from 25 March to 25 May 2021 

CONTRACT TYPE: Short term consultancy contract


LOCATION: Lusaka, Zambia




The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is an intergovernmental organization established in 1996 to support countries in their efforts to implement a more equitable and sustainable management of their water resources. The network spans 13 regions with over 3000 partner organizations in 179 countries. The network has 68 accredited Country Water Partnerships and 13 Regional Water Partnerships. The global secretariat is in Stockholm, Sweden. More information can be found at the following website: 


GWP Southern Africa (GWPSA) is the regional arm of GWP and was launched in June 2000. Over the years, GWPSA has grown rapidly into a regional network of over 350 Partner organizations concerned with integrated water resources management and related issues. GWPSA Partners have formed a number of Country Water Partnerships (CWP) – 13 out of the 16 SADC countries now have their own CWP.


The Zambia Water Partnership (ZWP) was established in 2000 in order to respond to the need by Government for a neutral multi-stakeholder forum that would advise, advocate, support and promote the implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management in Zambia. The first host of the ZWP was the School of Mines, University of Zambia, who provided office space, staff time and logistical support. Currently the ZWP is hosted by the National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO). The ZWP has a membership base from various sectors comprising government, private sector, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), academia and cooperating partners. The Partnership currently has 53 members. The Partnership’s Governance structure is aligned to the revised constitution adopted in 2019.



Since inception in the year 2000, the ZWP has relied on external programmes, projects and initiatives to stay afloat or operate. This resulted in the lack of consistency in the programming of the ZWP to the extent that the ZWP was considered non existent in Zambia anymore. However, in 2019 the ZWP was revived with the ushering in of a new Executive Committee headed by the Director of NWASCO as the Chairperson. The reviving of the ZWP coincided with the beginning of the Africa Water Investment Programme (AIP) which seeks to leverage about USD 30 Billion of SDG Investments across Africa and in five transboundary basins. Zambia was selected as one of the five initial pilot countries. The AIP is an initiative of GWP in partnership with the African Council of Ministers (AMCOW) and is designed for implementation at Pan African, Regional and Country levels. The starting of the AIP presents opportunities for strengthening the ZWP in terms of governance, sustainability and effectiveness. In order to properly strengthen the ZWP and ensure that a culture of good corporate governance is established and that there is sustainability to its operations, there is need to develop a customised strategy for the ZWP. This strategy will need to explicitly deal with issues that have been a challenge to the ZWP for the past 20 years so that going forward, the country water partnership is more sustainable and does not fall back into oblivion.


Normally, the GWP develops a six year strategy from which Regional Water Partnerships (RWPs) and Country Water Partnerships (CWPs) are expected to develop three year rolling workplans. The current GWP strategy whose theme is “Mobilizing for a water secure world” was launched on 27th August 2019 for the period 2020 to 2025. Its focus is on three main areas, namely: 1) water solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 2) climate-resilient development, and 3) transboundary water cooperation. However, for the ZWP there is limited institutional memory and capacity for development of workplans following the GWP tradition. It is for this reason that a Zambia specific strategy is developed that can be used by the ZWP strengthen its governance capacity, develop inhouse capabilities for formulating and implementing rolling workplans that speak to the global strategy and to develop capacity to mobilize local resources.

Furthermore, it is envisaged that the ZWP will be the primary platform through which to convene multi-stakeholder platforms/partnerships to host policy dialogues, engaging different stakeholders at whichever level works for them (community, state, private, public, NGO, media, parliamentarians, mayors, etc) to reform and influence existing institutional and social barriers. This is in line with the AIP Water Climate Development and Gender Transformation (WACDEP-G) Support Programme which seeks to address gender gaps in water investments and climate change interventions by addressing the root causes.


The scope of work will comprise the following key activities:


1. Review key on-going and planned government priority programs; and identify entry points/opportunities that the ZWP could support through providing multi-stakeholder platforms,

2. Review the capacity of the ZWP to facilitate multi-stakeholder processes supporting the identified government programs


  • Capacity to conduct study/analysis and develop background documents to facilitate dialogue
  • Suitability of the ZWP to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues covering climate, water, SDG, gender, youth and other related issues
  • Representativeness of the partners of the ZWP
  • Operational capacity of the ZWP and its governance system


3. Map out the key stakeholders that the ZWP need to engage with to deliver on the AIP Zambia. This includes key roles of stakeholders, their interest, support needed from ZWP, etc. This analysis can be done for the three sub-programs of ZIP Zambia.

4. Develop stakeholder engagement strategy for the ZWP to deliver on AIP Zambia

5. Organize training on stakeholder engagement (based on the strategy) to the ZWP

6. Facilitate a multi-stakeholder dialogue on gender transformative water security and climate resilient investment in Zambia as an example to test the strategy, and

7. Finalize the strategy by incorporating feedback from the dialogue.




    The expected deliverables of the assignment are as follows:


    1. Inception Report outlining the methodology.
    2. Draft country specific operational strategic plan for the ZWP covering the period 2020 – 2025.
    3. Draft policy brief on institutional and social barriers to attaining gender equality on climate change and water security measures.
    4. Validation workshop report for the draft country specific operational strategic plan and draft policy brief on institutional and social barriers
    5. Final country specific operational strategic plan for the ZWP covering the period 2020 – 2025.
    6. Final policy brief on the institutional and social barriers to attaining gender equality with respect to climate change and water security interventions and the collaborative efforts (partnerships and platforms) required to bring about Gender Transformation on climate resilient water investments.



    Ten working days over a two-month period. The indicative validity period is 25 March to 25 May 2021.



    The consultant will report to the Country Programme Manager AIP- Zambia/ Interim Executive Secretary for the Zambia Water Partnership. However, the consultant will also be accountable to the Chairperson of the Zambia Water Partnership.

    The duty station will be Lusaka, Zambia.

    The Consultant required to undertake the assignment described in these TORs should possess the following minimum qualifications and experience:

    1. M.Sc in Integrated Water Resources Management or equivalent; or Master of Business Administration
    2. PhD in IWRM or equivalent or DBA will be an added advantage; and
    3. At least five years’ experience in organization strategy development, Institutional development and corporate governance.
    4. Excellent analytical and writing skills and demonstrated teamwork skills and ability to work independently.
    5. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English language is a must.
    6. Experience in developing a strategic plan.


    • Applications are accepted only in English and only through the online platform: 
    • Submit their Curriculum Vitae (CVs), Technical proposal indicating how the consultant will undertake the task based on the TORs (Methodology and Workplan), and proposed cost estimates for undertaking the assignment based on the TORs, methodology and workplan
    • Questions can be directed to: [email protected] 
    • Application deadline: 17 March 2021 – midnight GMT +2.





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