Water Sector Institutional Review And Options Assessment Study (3 positions)

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Country:              MYANMAR

Project:               Ayeyarwady IntegratedRiver Basin Management (AIRBM) Project

Credit No:           IDA 5559

Project ID:           P146482

Assignment Title:  IndividualConsultants for Water SectorInstitutional Review and Options Assessment Study

Reference No:  C1.2.1.a; C1.2.1.b; C1.2.1.c

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received financing from the World Bank toward thecost of theAyeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project. Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems(DWIR), Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) is the implementing agency of the AIRBM through the Project Management Unit(PMU) established under the supervision of the DG of DWIR, and intends to applypart of the proceeds for consulting services.

The Project ManagementUnit now invitesexpressions of interest from qualified candidates for the following positions:

C1.2.1.a Team Leader and Institutional Specialist;

C1.2.1.b Management Specialist; and

C1.2.1.c Governance Specialist

Interested consultants must provide their updated curriculum vitae, indicatingpersonal and technical skills, qualifications and experience in similar assignments. In submitting their expressions of interest,consultants are kindly requested to indicate the positions they apply for and the reference number given above. The candidates mayexpress interest in more than one positions.

This assignment is designed to: (i) support the AIRBM PMU to review theinstitutional setting of the water sector, (ii) assess options for institutional improvements based on international experience andthe specific conditions, needs and opportunities in Myanmar, (iii) make recommendationsfor effective stakeholder consultation as aninput into the further development of the multi-stakeholder platform, and (iv) support discussions and consensus building towardsan agreed institutional and capacity development program.

The inputs of theconsultancy will be provided in two phases: (1) Institutional review and options assessment phase (planned for July to December2016) and (2) Consensus building and consolidation phase (planned for March ? August 2017).

The scope of theinstitutional review is ambitious and pertains to a comprehensive review and assessment of options for improvement of waterresources management in Myanmar. To achieve this scope, the assignment will be implemented by a teamof three complementaryconsultants who will work closely together butbring specialized expertise to the institutional review:

Team leader and Institutional SpecialistThe consultant will review the overallsystem of water and related agencies, the roles and responsibilities of the various agencies, and how they interact with eachother. The objective is to design options for a comprehensive institutional framework that avoids overlaps, fills existing gaps,and ensures complementarity and clear mandates to address Myanmar’s water resources development opportunities and water resourcesmanagement issues. The consultant has demonstrated experience working in, or advising, an organizationor institution that oversees multiple agencies involved in the planning, management, or regulation of water resources, as well asexperience advising water sectoragencies.

Management Specialist:  The consultant will examine the efficiency of key water sector agencies,including management structure, staffing, capacity, and budget. The consultant will also be required to assess the organizationalrequirementsof agencies proposed under different institutional options. H/she will work with the Governance Specialist to ensurethat gender and diversity issues are properly taken into account at the agency level. The consultant shall have demonstratedexperience in managing one or more water sector agencies, either as a high-level public official or a consultant.  

Governance Specialist: The consultant will examine theefficiency and efficacy of relationships between different water sector agencies, including but not limited to apex organization,ministries, departments, and states/regions. The objective is toensure a smooth flow of information and data, overall policy andplanning coherence between the different entities, and transparency and accountability towards all stakeholders. The consultantwill take the lead in ensuring that IWRM and gender and diversity issues are appropriately considered at all levels of the study.The consultant will have demonstrated experience in working in or with a wide variety of water sector agencies and/or RBOs, eitheras a high-level public official or a consultant.

The main output of theservices will be (1) consolidated draft report on the institutional review of Myanmar’s water sector and preliminary assessment of options for improvement and (2) consolidated final draft institutional review and options assessment with theinstitutional reform, development and capacity developmentprogram.

Interested consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform theServices. The criteria that will be used to evaluate the Expression of Interests applicable for all three positions are:

  • At least a Master’s Degree in an appropriate discipline such as engineering, environmentalsciences, planning, public/business management, or law;
  • More than 20 years ofprofessional experience in one or more of the above described areas of water sector institutions, management of institutions,andgovernance and gender;
  • Experience with institutionalassessments and institutional development of government agencies and semi-government agencies;
  • Knowledge of the water sectorin Myanmar or other countries in the region would be an advantage.

The attention of interestedconsultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans andIDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policyon conflict of interest. 

Further information and a copy of the detailed Terms of Reference (TORs) can be obtained at theaddress below during working days from 10:00 to 16:00 hours.

Expressionsof interest must be delivered in a written form to the addressbelow in person, or by mail, or by e-mail by 23 June 2016.


Mr. Win Hlaing,

AIRBM Project Director

Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR),

Ministry of Transportation and Communication

Address: No-400, Lower Pazundaung Road,

Pazundaung Post Office, Postal Code 11171,

Pazundaung Township, Yangon, Myanmar

Phone: +95-(0)1- 292961, Fax: +95-(0)1- 290230,

Email: [email protected]


With acopy to: Prof. Dr Khin Ni Ni Thein, AIRBMP Component 1 Director,

Email: [email protected]