Team Leader and Water Resources Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

, , IN

Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting the Madhya Pradesh Irrigation Efficiency Improvement Project (MPIEIP), which will achieve high irrigation efficiency and improve water productivity in two large irrigation schemes in Madhya Pradesh, India. The investment project will (i) develop 125,000 hectares (ha) of a new highly efficient pressurized irrigation network and productive command area under the Kundalia irrigation Project (KIP) in Rajgarh and Agar Malwa Districts and (ii) prepare the feasibility study and modernization strategy for Sanjay Sarovar Irrigation Project (SSIP) in Seoni and Balaghat Districts. The modernization of the SSIP may be financed by ADB through supplementary financing to MPIEIP.

The Kundalia Major Multipurpose Project (KMMP) includes three main components: (i) the 44.5-meter (m) high Kundalia Dam across the Kalisindh River, for which construction started in May 2015 and is being funded by the Madhya Pradesh Government; the composite earth and concrete dam will create a reservoir with 552.75 million cubic meter (MCM) of live storage; (ii) the Kundalia Irrigation Project (KIP); and (iii) supplies of water for potable and industrial use. The KIP will be a new pressurized irrigation system delivering irrigation water to 125,000 ha. The main construction components include two large pump stations (design discharge about 30 m3/s each) pumping water to three distribution chambers (volumes ranging from 22,500 to 54,000 m3) from where water is distributed by gravity pressure through a network of buried pipelines gradually reducing in size up to hydrants at every 3 ha. The system is designed to provide 2 kg/cm2 pressure at every 1 ha farm outlet for micro-irrigation (drip and micro- sprinklers). The construction will also include the provision of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and decision support system (DSS) to facilitate system operations, as well as access roads, electrical connection of the pump stations and 87-MW grid-tied solar power plant to make the project energy neutral.

The MPIEP will also support the preparation of the feasibility study and detail designs for the modernization of the SSIP. The SSIP has a cultivable command area (CCA) 80,500 ha. It is irrigated from 410 MCM of live storage provided by the Bhimgarh Dam (Wainganga Reservoir). The scheme is divided in two parts with the upper part in Seoni District irrigating 45,300 ha and the lower part, which offtakes from the Dhuty Weir on the Wainganga River in Balaghat located 107 kilometers (km) downstream of the reservoir, irrigating 35,200 ha. The objective of the investment is to increase the irrigation efficiency and water productivity through necessary upgrades to the water control and measurement infrastructure, construction of essential new facilities for re-regulation of canal flows, repairs to existing structures, selective canal lining, and the introduction of a DSS, and strengthening of institutions to better manage surface water resources including water management planning that governs all aspects of water deliveries.

The KIP is to be bid on a design-build-operate (DBO) basis. The contractor(s) will design, construct and operate the pump station(s) and pipeline distribution system for a 5-10 years period. In addition, besides the construction of the project the contractor will produce the detailed designs of all civil and electro-mechanical works for the pump stations and pipelines, in addition to being responsible for additional surveys and investigations, and temporary and permanent land acquisition. The day-to-day management of the distribution and delivery of irrigation water, comprising mainly the operation of the pump stations and pipeline distribution network, would be assigned to the DBO Contractor(s). The DBO agreement(s) will provide for overall irrigation management services and maintenance of physical assets covering the whole scheme. The DBO Contractor(s) will provide training for MPWRD and the WUAs in the management, operation and maintenance requirements of the project.

The DBO Contract(s) will include installation of a SCADA system to allow remote monitoring, and provide accurate and timely information about flow data in the system and the status of the pumping units. In a future phase, a DSS will be established to assist MPWRD staff in making decisions related to optimized water allocations, and potentially, to incorporate water quality, land-use, and groundwater management.

The project will include components to support rapid uptake of micro irrigation, raise agricultural productivity, and strengthen the capacity of newly formed Water User Associations (WUAs). The PMU will work closely with the Departments of Agriculture and Horticulture that will provide technical inputs and support services, including field-level extension services and demonstrations. Institutional capacity strengthening will mainly focus on WUAs, but support under the project will be extended to MPWRD staff and supporting agencies including experiential training.

In order to support the project planning and implementation and build its staff capacity, the MPWRD will engage a Team of  “Implementation Support and Capacity Building Consultants”, ISCBCs. The ISCBC team will provide technical assistance, support project management and procurement, construction quality monitoring and provide capacity building.

Scope of Work

A consulting team led by an International Team Leader will be engaged as the ISCBC to support KIP implementation. The ISCBC team will be responsible for assisting the MPWRD to: (i) review and approve the DBO Contractor’s detailed design and enhance the technical capacity of MPWRD’s engineering staff; (ii) support with supervision and quality monitoring during construction; (iii) develop the ToR and recruit and manage a consultant to undertake the DSS; (iv) prepare safeguards documents including monitoring reports according to the requirements of ADB’s SPS (2009); and (v) provide technical and management advice in specialized topics such as pump station engineering and high-performance irrigation.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

As an International Team Leader, the expert will be responsible leading and contributing to all tasks and for undertaking the following activities, among others:

  1. Guide, direct, manage and report on team inputs and outputs; provide technical, administrative, and reporting support to the PMU; assist with developing and place into operations monitoring systems, ensuring sufficient training and capacity development at PMU and supporting organizations.
  2. Support PMU in the overall coordination of the planning, design and engineering team and their activities. Providing expert advice as required. Review and ensure outputs are complete, well prepared using consistent formats, and their content are prepared to the highest standard;
  3. Managing the relationships with the government, PMU, ADB, and all other stakeholders;
  4. Identifying important technical and managerial issues which affect progress, safety, quality and compliance with safeguards;
  5. Provide overall direction to all specialists making up the consulting team and monitor the progress of all planning and design work ensuring that deadlines relating to delivery dates are met;
  6. Prepare and compile project reports including the draft project completion report; and
  7. Support visiting missions from ADB.

As the water resources engineer, the expert will be responsible leading and contributing to all tasks and for undertaking the following activities, among others:

  1. Carrying out a review of the preliminary design(s) and detailed design(s) done to-date, including submission from DBO Contractor(s) and drawing attention to changes which may have become necessary since their preparation;
  2. Assisting PMU in reviewing, finalizing and approving detail designs prepared by the DBO Contractor including KIP’s layout and configuration of pumping stations and pressurized pipe network to optimize performance, considering a number of options to minimize capital and operation costs while ensuring optimum water delivery service to the farmers;
  3. Assisting the PMU in their review of the DBO Contractor’s management plans proposals and contributing towards their finalization;
  4. Assisting the PMU with efficient DBO contracts management; and
  5. Assessing the proper role of groundwater in meeting shortfalls in irrigation supplies

Minimum Qualification Requirements

The expert must be an experienced civil engineer with the following qualifications/experience

  • Preferably a master’s degree in civil engineering or related subjects
  • Preferably about 15 years of work experience out of which about 10 years should be related to project management;
  • Should be competent in planning, design, contract management, quality assurance and quality control, safety, compliance with safeguards, etc. pertaining to construction of similar projects; and
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.