Institutional review and recommendations on the establishment of an LMNN tripartite joint water Cooperation Mechanism

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

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1. Introduction

Freshwater is a global common good, and its management requires a coherent set of policies, laws and institutional responsibilities, including regulation and compliance mechanisms at the local, national and international levels. Good governance is achieved when the political, social, economic and administrative systems promote the sustainable management of water resources and support the access to water services for all people, founded upon participation of all stakeholders. The adoption of new global frameworks – particularly the entry into force of the UNWC, globalization of the UNECE Convention and adoption of the SDGs – will require increased efforts to operationalise cooperation mechanisms and thus the necessary tools to make them effective on the ground. At the same time, strengthening water governance capacities across levels and physical and institutional boundaries will require steady improvements in coordination that can only be achieved by strengthening institutions and their capacities, mobilising multi-level stakeholder dialogues, and multiplying the BRIDGE effect by influencing other basins through scaling up activities. Against this background, the IUCN East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) is implementing the Building River Dialogue and Governance (BRIDGE) Programme, with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The goal of BRIDGE is “securing sustainable management of water resources for poverty reduction, nature conservation, economic growth and international cooperation through effective water governance.” The programme supports capacities of countries sharing a river basin or a lake to implement effective water management arrangements through a shared vision, benefit-sharing principles and transparent, coherent and cost-effective institutional frameworks. Its goal is to enhance cooperation among riparian countries through applying water diplomacy at multiple levels. In Southern Africa, BRIDGE is implemented in the Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa (Malawi-Mozambique-Tanzania) and PungweBuzi-Save (Zimbabwe-Mozambique) basins. In the Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa (LMNN) Basin, BRIDGE builds on existing initiatives and focus on creating opportunities for transboundary dialogue and information exchange and building capacity for negotiation and water diplomacy. IUCN therefore requires services of a consultant with strong background and experience in:

  • Development of institutional frameworks for transboundary water governance and diplomacy. The consultant will undertake a review of national and regional governance instruments for cooperation for LMNN Basin. The objective is to inform and strengthen efforts towards developing a tripartite institution for transboundary water cooperation in the LMNN basin.

2. The Objectives of the Terms of Reference:

Based on the background knowledge and experience as an expert in water governance and diplomacy in the SADC region, the general objective of this Terms of Reference is to engage the expert partner to ensure that the tripartite water governance mechanism for the basin is developed against the existing institutional framework and that recommendations for its establishment are based on the stakeholder driven process.

3. Scope of Work

The consultant will work closely with the IUCN Zimbabwe country office in Harare and shall undertake the following activities using consultative and participatory approaches and methods:

  • Review the water governance instruments for cooperation within and among the three Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa basin states
  • Provide recommendations on the on the establishment of Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa tripartite joint water cooperation mechanism
  • Participate in the Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa national and regional meetings to ensure consultation and that the findings are in line with priorities of the countries based on BRIDGE Programme, review is aligned with the current developments within the individual countries in terms of relevant governance instruments
  • Present the the Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa Regional meeting

4. Payment Schedule

30% upon signing of contract and submission of invoice 30% upon submission of the draft reports and submission of invoice 40% upon submission of final deliverables and submission of invoice

5. Required Expertise:

The following personnel qualifications are required to successfully carry out the exercise:

  • A relevant Degree and experience in legal, policy and institutional framework analysis
  • Familiarity with the governance instruments for transboundary water resources and ecosystems in the SADC region
  • Proven experience in undertaking governance reviews
  • Based in the SADC region
  • Experience in working with multi country and stakeholders processes
  • Willingness to travel to any of the Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa countries (Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania)
  • Working knowledge of Portuguese language is an added advantage

6. Deliverables:

  1. A comprehensive review report detailing the existing water governance and diplomacy instruments and recommendations for establishment of the Tripartite Institutional Mechanism for Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa Basin
  2. Power point presentations and delivery in the LMNN regional scheduled meetings

7. Timetable and Reporting

The consultant will be responsible to and report to the Senior Programme Officer at the IUCN Zimbabwe Country Office for all correspondence related to this work. IUCN will provide logistical support exclusively for this work in the form of travel costs and per diems at IUCN rates, with prior authorization by the Senior Programme Officer. IUCN will provide the consultant with comments to the draft documents within a week after submission and the consultant will be expected to submit a final report a week later after receiving comments. Draft documents maybe circulated for comments in the three LMNN countries. 9. Mode application Provide a detailed mode of work, methodology, key information sources to be used, and institutions / organizations to be consulted in undertaking the task. A brief technical proposal describing the methodology and proposed budget must be submitted to [email protected] not later than Wednesday, January, 31 2018.