Senior International Consultant (WASH)

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Job no: 498363
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Zambia
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), P-4, Consultancy

Purpose of the Assignment

To review the existing systems for water quality monitoring in Zambia and inform the development of a comprehensive protocol that shall be utilized for regular water quality monitoring and surveillance through GRZ structures and budgets.

Assignment Tasks

Reporting to the Water Specialist, Water Supply and in close collaboration with MOH and the other line ministries and institutions, the selected Consultant shall undertake the following:

  1. Conduct an assessment of the existing drinking and water resource quality monitoring and management practices by the MOH, MLGH, WARMA and other responsible line ministries and institutions who are Implementing Partners (IPs) at central and decentralized level, including through field visits.
  2. Evaluate the existing water testing equipment used by stakeholders in terms of their reliability, accuracy, portability, robustness, number of water quality parameters it can measure, easiness to learn and use, availability of the consumables and reagents in Zambia and the Region.
  3. Harmonise the water quality monitoring formats from all stakeholders and formulate/recommend a monitoring approach with guidelines for water quality monitoring and surveillance
  4. Generate evidence to support and inform the water quality monitoring protocol and an effective WQ data storage, sharing and dissemination – promoting relevant innovations in the process; make recommendations to adapt the proposed practice in an incremental way, considering that the system will be rolled-out with national resources.
  5. Recommend and specify standard water quality testing kits (looking at local suppliers for sustainability), consumables and reagents to be used; elaborating the number of water quality parameters as per the ZABS guidelines that should be monitored and tested at different stages.
  6. Design a relevant water quality monitoring protocol with clear specification of roles and responsibilities, key actors and partners, water quality parameters to be monitored, monitoring regime, modalities for reporting of information, training / capacity building strategy – in alignment with the priorities defined by the Government of Zambia. Importantly,

(i) The protocol must include detailed and reliable cost estimates (investments, training, consumables, roll-out on routine basis, etc) and define which governmental structure will pay for what according to their respective financial planning.

(ii) The protocol should follow an incremental improvement pathway starting with a system feasible now with the available resources and capacities; and targeting more elaborate standards and scales through time. 

     7. Prepare and facilitate

(i) Inception Report presentation to confirm the existing situation on the ground; discuss the purpose and methodology of the assignment and share the key informant questionnaire;

(ii) Exit presentation to disseminate the developed water quality monitoring protocols for Zambia.

Expected Deliverables

The consultancy will produce the following deliverables:

  1. Inception phase – Study plan, survey tools, timeframe and methodology to be used. Initial assessment of the existing water resource and drinking WQM and management practices and equipment in use. Inception Report produced 3 weeks after signing of the contract.
  2. Fieldwork: review existing water quality monitoring protocols used by MOH, WARMA, other line Ministries and IPs – Raw data from MOH, WARMA, Line Ministries and IPs. Report with preliminary findings produced 5 weeks- According to planning defined in inception report.
  3. Analyze data and finalize the draft report – Observations and recommendations for the WQM protocols. Draft 2016 WQM protocols done 2 weeks after completing fieldwork.
  4. Receiving consolidated comments from UNICEF, WHO and other stakeholders – Water quality monitoring protocols in line with ZABS and WHO guidelines. Digital copies and raw data, Water Quality monitoring protocols, Power Point Presentation to be done 2 weeks after comments from UNICEF / WHO/other stakeholders.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Applicants should meet the minimum requirements as follows:

Advanced university degree preferably in microbiology, chemistry, hydrogeology, public health, research methodology and related fields;

Years of relevant experience

Extensive work experience (at least 10 years) including demonstrable track record in the health and WASH sectors in developing countries.

Additional Qualifications Required

  1. Proven knowledge of the water quality monitoring systems and strategies for strengthening of partnerships;
  2. Specific experience in designing and conducting field based WASH or health sector surveys, and developing strategies or guidelines are desired;
  3. Excellent analytical skills and proven ability to formulate and articulate ideas clearly in English (writing skills are critical);
  4. Experience in working with the Government preferably with previous working experience at other sector policy levels;
  5. Experience working with UNICEF, UN agencies and/or bilateral agencies is desirable;
  6. References: the consultant should provide references with a focus on references from clients for which similar work has been carried out previously.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

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Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

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