WASH Consultant

Relief International

Amman, , JO

About RI:

Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in roughly 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

The Crisis in Yemen:

In one of the world’s most water-scarce countries, the conflict in Yemen has made matters worse, particularly for children who depend on clean drinking water and adequate sanitation for good health and survival. After three years of bombing and ground fighting, as well as fuel shortages experienced by local water corporations and soaring costs of commercial water trucking—the main source of water for many. 

An estimated 16 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian assistance to establish or maintain access to safe water, basic sanitation and hygiene facilities. Of those people, 11.6 million, over 222 districts in Yemen, are considered to be in acute need. Currently, only 38% of Yemen’s population is connected to piped water network and most sewage networks have already collapsed, resulting in most households discharging their sewage inside their own property yard or in the street, and creating the conditions for the spread of infections and diarrheal diseases. Large-scale displacement is further pressurizing already scarce water sources and sanitation services. The collapse of urban water and sanitation systems; deteriorating water and sanitation conditions in rural areas; lack of means to maintain personal hygiene and lack of affordability to purchase safe drinking water all contributed to one of the worst cholera outbreaks Yemen has faced. Due to the lack of electricity and revenues, the functionality of these networks are at stake and the provision of government sanitation services, such as garbage collection, is barely functioning in the current situation, further exposing communities to diseases, epidemics, malnutrition and stunting. Given these conditions, it is expected that a new outbreak of Cholera will occur and malnutrition will worsen unless WASH needs are addressed.

Summary:

USAID released an Annual Program Statement (APS) – No: 72027918APS00001 on 29th January to support USAID and USG priorities outlined in the U.S. Global Water Strategy and USAID Water and Development Plan. This Strategy articulates the first-ever whole-of-Government framework for the United States to advance global leadership on challenges related to water and sanitation towards sustainable supplies of water of sufficient quantity and quality to be healthy, prosperous, and resilient.

Relief International has been working in Yemen since the conflict begun in 2015 focusing primarily on Health, Nutrition andFood Security. WASH in Health has been a core component and RI has rehabilitated several WASH facilities in the health centers and also responded to the Cholera outbreak in 2017 that affected almost 1 Million people. As part of its global strategy to expand its WASH portfolio, RI has decided to bid for this APS in Yemen. RI has been now asked to submit a full proposal based on the Concept Note that was submitted in February. To dedicate enough resources to deliver on this full proposal, RI has decided to hire a consultant to lead this process in line with this Terms of Reference.

Deliverables:
  • Review of the submitted Concept note and the APS documents to design a technical rapid assessment to meet the requirements of the full proposal 
  • Development of technical criteria for assessing the Construction companies for partnership – USAID expects to have shortlisted partners on board for implementation. 
  • Development of sample BOQs for proposed infrastructure projects to ensure budgeting is based on the need
  • Complete the technical annexure on the Environmental Impact of the project
  • Assist in preparation of Programmatic Budget
  • Support the team in contributing to the technical parts of the proposal 
  • Draft Submission on the 24th April and final revision on the 1st May 2018. 
Key accountabilities:
  • Assume overall responsibility for the implementation of a coordinated, needs assessment
  • Based on good-practice external tools, develop context-specific assessment approach, methodology, and tools
  • Review the data already available with the cluster and other stakeholders in Country
  • Coordinate with the RI Yemen Country office and the Programme Development team in the process
  • Develop the full proposal in line with the APS 
Timeframe and Deadlines: 

April 2018 – 3 Weeks (starting from 8th April to 30th April 2018)

Profile of Consultant: 
  • At least 10 year of experience in WASH Sector
  • 5 years’ experience in developing and submitting proposals to USAID
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and previous engagement with Government stakeholders and INGOs
  • Ability to prioritize and work to strict deadlines 
  • Fluency in writing English
  • An explanation of how you fulfill the consultant profile criteria and your relevant skills/experience;
  • An indication of your availability to undertake the task, and A CV with 2 references. 
RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence.

We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

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