Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Tajikistan 🇹🇯

The Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist/Team Leader will (i) provide overall coordination of the TA 
and be responsible for all the TRTA outputs outlined in items (i-x) below of the complete TA Report 
Terms of Reference for TRTA consultants in coordination with the multi-disciplinary team of individual 
consultants; (ii) confirm, finalize, and prepare the investment subprojects based on CDIA outputs; and 
(iii) prepare all ADB related documents for the loan processing. 

The task of  the TRTA Consulting Team (led by the Team Leader with inputs from all individual specialist) for project preparation and due diligence of the selected priority projects for urban water supply and sanitation includes:

(i) for the selected priority district, develop a pilot for the innovative use of cloud computing for developing a performance-oriented management system for modern billing and collection systems to improve customer service and revenue generation; (ii) develop an asset management system for utility monitoring and climate resilience using GIS and satellite imagery; (iii) assess financial and economic viability and sustainability, including the project’s cost recovery objectives, tariff setting mechanisms, affordability, financial management assessment, and financial analysis of entities; (iv) conduct poverty, social, and gender assessment including safeguards due diligence; documentation and consultations with affected households and other stakeholders and prepare summary poverty reduction and social strategy, resettlement plan, indigenous peoples plan, gender action plan, and participation plan as required; (v) assess environmental impacts and site-specific impacts related to rehabilitation activities of pumps, pipelines and distribution network, and prepare initial environmental examination/environmental management plan as required; (vi) prepare a project procurement risk assessment for the executing agency (EA) and implementing agencies (IAs) together with samples for bidding documents; (vii) prepare detailed implementation arrangements and procurement plan ; (viii) assess the capacity of the Local Executive Administration of Dushanbe City, the EA, and SUE DVK, the IA, to implement the project, including implementing and monitoring safeguards; develop an institutional capacity development plan and prepare the operations and business model to strengthen the managerial and operational capacity of SUE DVK; ensure that implementation arrangements include collaboration between the EA and IA in monitoring project performance; identify measures to strengthen the systems and capacity, and incorporate into the Project Administration Manual (PAM); (ix) conduct a stakeholder analysis to identify key stakeholders, including project beneficiaries, and their support for the project, possible vested interests which may oppose the project and their means of doing so; discuss with the government measures to mitigate any identified resistance and come to a general agreement; conduct stakeholder consultations on project components through meetings, workshops, or other means, as appropriate; prepare communication stakeholder matrix and stakeholder communication strategy to promote behavior change regarding metering and the adoption of improved practices on water conservation and sanitation, and conduct preliminary awareness raising among various stakeholders collaborating with youth-led initiatives; and (x) develop a grievance redress or complaint mechanism to deal with general project complaints, fraud and corruption, and social and environmental impacts; specific arrangements need to be developed in the project and country context.

The terms of reference for the ADB TRTA consultants are described below. Based on the CDIA PPS, the TRTA consultants will select the most suitable and optimal technology, equipment, and facilities considering the capacities of the Local Executive Authority of Dushanbe City and SUE DVK to manage, operate, and maintain.

(i) Recommend improvements in the proposed designs to ensure good practices, and evaluate the efficiency of urban water supply and sanitation system and services and financing mechanisms for capital expenditures and O&M.
(ii) Prepare the finalized water supply and sanitation projects under the CDIA PPS by undertaking due diligence as per ADB requirements. Incase of the sewerage expansion and rehabilitation project, the consultants will be required to conduct the following: (a) A technical options analysis for the proposed priority project; (b) Preliminary engineering design specifications and accompanying drawings; (c) Estimates of the capital and operating costs associated with carrying out the proposed investments; (d) Financial and economic appraisal of all proposed investments; and (e) Proposals for the necessary institutional and human resources capacity enhancements required to ensure sustainability of the proposed investments; as maybe required. (iii) Prepare and finalize the financing plan for the Report and Recommendation of the President (RRP) with a review of the preliminary cost estimates prepared by CDIA team for each project component for land and resettlement, civil works, equipment and materials, consulting services, project management, taxes and duties, physical and price contingencies, and interest and other charges during construction.(iv) Prepare an asset management and O&M plan with cost implications and responsibilities covering all project components.(v) Prepare a benefit monitoring and evaluation plan in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on Benefit Monitoring and Evaluation.(vi) Prepare a procurement plan with procurement methods and packages in accordance with ADB’s Guidelines on Procurement, and outcomes of the procurement capacity assessment and outline terms of reference for consulting services for management and implementation of the project. The consultants shall examine the national/international market, in terms of its capability and capacity to service the requirements in the anticipated international competitive bidding/national competitive bidding procurement packages (if any).(vii) Conduct procurement capacity assessment for each EA and IA, and identify measures to minimize procurement and financial management risk. (viii) Review legal, institutional, market and other assessments to be prepared by procurement experts and prepare a procurement plan and risk mitigation measures for the project with suggested level of prior or, if applicable, post review based on the procurement capacity assessments, containing an indicative implementation schedule with proposed sequencing of consultant recruitment and procurement bidding and awards.(ix) Prepare administrative and documentary requirements for consultant recruitment for the project to include, but not limited to: invitations for expressions of interest, request for proposal, and provide training for the evaluation of proposals.(x) Prepare a PAM and relevant appendices of the RRP (Report and Recommendation of the President) that describe how the EAs and IAs will implement the project and deliver the results on time, with quality, within budget, and in accordance with the government and ADB policies and procedures. The PAM will include the plans and actions for implementation, project management arrangements, detailed cost estimates and financing, financial management arrangements covering assessments, disbursements, accounting and auditing, procurement and consulting services, safeguards, gender and social dimensions, performance monitoring and evaluation, anti-corruption policy, and accountability mechanism. All plans in PAM must have strong government ownership. The team will use sound professional judgment to ensure that the actions are selective, well-sequenced, realistic, and achievable within the timeframe of the project, and are significant for achieving the project outcome.