Integrated Water Resource Management Specialist

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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The Halda is a unique river in Chittagong region of Bangladesh which is originates in the Hill Tracts and provides important mother fisheries and breeding grounds for pure Indian carp. This is the only pure Indian carp breeding field and acts as the natural gene-bank of Bangladesh, perhaps in all of South Asia. Even though located in the saline coastal zone, this tidal river is the source of fresh drinkable water. This makes it a major source of drinking water supply for the Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority for 5 million city dwellers. This river has significant livelihood and economic importance for collection of eggs and farming of Ruhi fish, annually valued at over US$100 million. 

The Halda River is also habitat for the endangered Gangetic Dolphin and several rare species of birds. There are people whose livelihoods solely depend on collecting eggs from the river. This is a hereditary profession, but many have switched away from it already to small trading activities. Many egg collectors observe that primary egg production, as well as number and sizes of fish have declined significantly in recent years. For example, the Chital fish has gone completely missing from the river for over 14 years now.  
The Halda River is an important source of water for irrigation. The river is also a valuable source of dredged sand for construction. In addition, the river is used, improperly and possibly illegally, as a means of disposing of industrial waste. However, the economic value of this nationally important river has not been evaluated as yetyet.

Conservation of Halda river is a national priority due to its unique ecological and commercial importance. The Prime Minister’s Office has recently formed a high levelhigh-level committee with the Principal Secretary as a Chair for conservation of the river. The Committee sought UNDP’s support because the river’s conservation and sustainable management is conditioned on effective public, private and community partnership with engaging key stakeholders. The benefit of the conservation is vital for (i) continuous supply of clean drinking water to the peoples of Chittagong City; (ii) protecting livelihoods of the millions of poor people and resource users, and (iii) protecting breeding ground and sustained production of Indian carp fish.

The problem and stakeholder’s analysis revealed following issues:

  • Limited practice of holistic and coordinated basin wide river management approach;
  • A rapid and unplanned industrialization in and around the Halda river basin with limited use of environmentally sustainable practices and pollution management;
  • An environmentally sustainable resource extraction model from the Halda river is not developed and practiced yet for the river;
  • Economic valuation (water, fish, and other non-use value) of Halda river is not available and hence economic importance of this river is not reflected in contribution of national economy;
  • Limited enforcement capacity and non-compliance of government to implement existing regulation related to sustainable river management;
  • Increase in unsustainable agricultural practices in the basin has degraded quality of ecosystem.   Increase in commercial agricultural practices with use of pesticides and chemical fertiliser, and their run-off cause a significant threat to the water and biodiversity;
  • Livelihoods of fisher men especially of vulnerable and marginalized extreme poor fisher and farmers communities including poor women headed households are at stake;
  • Ecosystem goods and services of Halda to women has not been explored to ensure equitable access and benefit sharing mechanism to them;
  • Limited flow of internationally-proven practices to create consensus among the stakeholders on how they can be utilizing the Halda river water and its resources in a sustainable way.

Therefore, a holistic conservation and management approach and public-private community partnership is required for sustainable management and conservation of the Halda river.


The objective of this assignment is to benefit and conservation to :

  1. Continuous supply of clean drinking water to the peoples of Chittagong City
  2. Protecting livelihoods of the millions of poor people and resource users
  3. Protecting breeding ground and sustained production of Indian carp fish.
Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work:

A concept note, scoping study and feasibility studies have been conducted for preparation of the full-size project proposal on Halda river. The purpose of this assignment is to develop a bankable project proposal that addresses the problems of the Halda River ecosystem and its sustainable management. This proposal needs to be designed based on the concept note and available feasibility studies and other published literature. The proposal is for submission of the Sustainable Water Fund of the Netherlands government. The assignment will include the following activities:

  • Conduct context, problem and stakeholder analysis: delineate roles, influence, responsibilities, position towards the project and level of influence;
  • Determining the project strategy including institutional, environmental (including climate change), technical, social sustainability and scope of sustainability;
  • Prepare gender strategy; special importance is figuring out how the project will be not just gender inclusive but gender transformative;
  • Prepare Theory of Change;
  • Propose business case development (Financial sustainability and revenue model), including cash flow forecast, profit and loss forecast: primary revenue model and beneficiary revenue model
  • Structure feasible PPP model and project governance and management architecture
  • Prepare detail project workplan and budget
  • Prepare results framework/log frame and planning (including setting of baseline and M&E plan with results indicators for sustainability and the project’s specific theme)
  • Prepare Problem tree and objectives tree;
  • Support national consultant in finalization of TPP;
  • Finalize bankable project proposal (to be consistent with TPP

The assignment might require travel to the Halda river site in Chittagong, for extensive consultation with major stakeholders including the private sector and NGOs


The consultant shall submit the following pieces of work within this time frame. The activities done by the incumbent will be regularly monitored by the Program Specialist, UNDP. The incumbent will be paid on the following deliverables basis.

  1. Contexts, problem and stakeholder map, Theory of change paper, Sustainable PPP model- within two months of the signing of contract.
  2. Sustainable PPP model; Log frame/result framework with indicators and project governance and management architecture – within four months after the submission of the First deliverables.
  3. Detail project work plan and budget and full project proposal-within one month after the submission of Second deliverables.

Supervision and Performance Evaluation:

The consultant will directly report to Programme Specialist (Environmental Sustainability & Energy), UNDP Bangladesh and will consultant to him during preparation and finalization of the project proposal.

Timeframe and Deadline:

The assignment is for maximum 35 working days over a period from April to October 2017.

  • Mission in Bangladesh: 18 working days (Dhaka 10 days and Halda river and Chittagong 08 days)
  • Home based: 17 working days

Tentative payment schedule:

  1. 1st payment (30% of total contract value) –will be paid after submission and acceptance of contexts, problem and stakeholder map; Theory of change paper.
  2. 2nd payment (30% of total contract value)- will be paid after submission and acceptance of Sustainable PPP model; Log frame/result framework with indicators and project governance and management architecture
  3. Final payment (40% of total contract value)- will be paid after submission and acceptance of detail project work plan and budget and full project proposal.

Duty Station

Home based and Dhaka (with field visit in Chittagong, Bangladesh).


The Consultants will prepare and submit the documents mentioned above at the end of the assignment. Further work, or revision of the documents, may be required if is considered that the report does not meet the UNDP standards, TOR, there are errors of fact or the document is incomplete or not of an acceptable standard


During the mission, UNDP will provide office space for the consultant as required and arrange meetings, consultations, and interviews and ensure access to key officials as mentioned in proposed methodology.

  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Plans, prioritizes, and delivers tasks on time and produces quality results to meet established goals;
  • Creative and innovative in producing the desired outputs;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and a multidisciplinary team;
  • Willingness to travel to project sites;
  • Flexible to adaptable circumstances while in the field.

Functional Competencies 

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Other desired qualities

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standard;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Water Resource Engineering, Hydrology, Environmental/ecological Economics, Delta Management, Environmental Engineering and closely relevant academic discipline.


  • At least 10 years applied experience in the design of sustainable conservation, management and restoration of degraded wetland/river project.
  • The water resource management specialist will be an expert in the field of integrated water resource management, valuation of economic goods and services, ecologically critical ecosystem conservation, pollution abatement, restoration of degraded wetlands with more than 10 years of work experience;
  • Experience in designing similar river conservation and restoration project;
  • Working experience in government, private sector and development partner consultation and communication;
  • Working experience in government ministries/ departments and UN / international organizations;
  • Experience implementing complex agreements;
  • Experience communicating effectively with a diversity of partners in government, private sector, NGOs and with the general public.


Fluency of English language is required.

Lump sum contracts:

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).


All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

Evaluation of the Candidates:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.

Cumulative analysis-

The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant up on Cumulative Analysis/evaluation and determined as:

  1. Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  2. Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation;

Only candidates obtaining a minimum 70% mark in technical evaluation will be considered eligible for financial evaluation.

Technical Evaluation Criteria (Total 70 marks):

  1. Relevant educational qualification- maximum 10 points
  2. Appropriateness of the work plan- maximum 10 points
  3. Experience to work in similar type of assignment and relevancy of previous assignment including relevant publication-maximum 30 points
  4. Working experience with government ministries/ departments and UN / international organizations- maximum 20 points

 Financial Evaluation (Total 30 marks)

All technical qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below.

The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals received points according to the following formula:

p = y (µ/z)


  • p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated;
  • y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal;
  • µ = price of the lowest priced proposal;
  • z = price of the proposal being evaluated.

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Proposers who shall not submit below mentioned documents will not be considered for further evaluation.

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references; P11 can be downloaded from the link below:
  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/her self as the most suitable for the assignment and Work plan, as to how they will approach and completed the assignment. Provide link for the relevant publications (at least 3)
  •  Financial Proposal: Financial Proposal has to be submitted through a standard interest and availability template which can be downloaded from the link below:

Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.