UNICEF
Water Safety Consultant
Consultant, Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research
Raipur Chhattisgarh
Application Email : raipur.consultants@unicef.org

Website

www.unicef.org

Job Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Jun 15 2021

Description

Title of consultancy: State Consultant for supporting SPMU, Jal Jeevan Mission, PHED, Govt. of Chhattisgarh in community processes and water quality monitoring and surveillance in the State

 

Location: Raipur/Chattisgarh

 

Closing Date: 15 June 2021

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSULTANTS/INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTORS

 

1. BACKGROUND / RATIONALE

 

Ministry of Jal Shakti was formed in June 2019 with two Departments: Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS). Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) has been launched by Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India. JJM the flagship scheme of the Government seeks not only to provide functional household tap connections for all but also to promote the holistic management of local water resources.

 

Various schemes and sub-missions under ester while NRDWP viz. Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project for low income states (RWSSP-LIS), National Water Quality Sub-Mission (NWQSM), Swajal, Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance (WQM&S) and all support activities under NRDWP has been subsumed into JJM. As per JJM guideline at grassroot level local communities especially women are to be encouraged to participate and take ownership of water quality monitoring through FTKs, water resource management, water supply and grey water management and its reuse. The Implementation Support Agencies (ISA) like NGO, SHGs, CBOs, Voluntary Organisations, Trusts, Foundations will play critical role as partner of Government in mobilising and engaging the communities to plan, design, implement, manage, operate and maintain in village water supply infrastructure. 

 

To achieve the objective of providing improved and sustainable drinking water services in rural communities through JJM, it is important to focus on water quality management, source sustainability, sustainable service delivery (operation and maintenance), building professional capacity and strengthening decentralized governance through Panchayati Raj Institutions and community involvement specially involving women groups at community level.

 

As Chhattisgarh, also has the added burden of fluoride in ground water sources, WQMS will require a robust and structured approach so that all the water quality laboratories get the support and guidance to maintain the quality of water supplied to them as well as establish linkages with the Gram Panchayats to ensure solutions and information flow are informed by the monitoring reports.

 

In the current context of the second wave of COVID in India so as in Chhattisgarh, the water, sanitation, hygiene and health care waste are relevant to contain and inactivate viruses, including coronaviruses. The provision of safe water, sanitation and hygienic conditions is essential to protecting human health during all infectious disease outbreaks, including the COVID-19 outbreak. Ensuring good and consistently applied WASH and waste management practices in communities, homes, schools, marketplaces, prisons and health care facilities will further help to prevent human-to-human transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The most important information concerning WASH and the COVID-19 virus are: a) Frequent and proper hand hygiene; b) Safe management of drinking-water and sanitation services applies; c) Many co-benefits will be realized by safely managing water and sanitation services and applying good hygiene practices.

 

With the above background UNICEF proposes to engage services of a consultant, to provide technical support at State PMU of JJM/ PHED / Panchayati Raj Department and UNICEF supported districts in planning and implementation of water quality and community process of JJM scheme.

 

Further the consultant would also support various stakeholders in promoting and monitoring  the COVID sensitive responses   water safety - starting with protecting the source water; treating water at the point of distribution, collection or consumption; and ensuring that water is safely stored at home. In the current context of COVID 19 pandemic technical support to PHED and DoPRD would be in development of plan, capacity building of key stakeholders, community sensitization, development of knowledge product, case study and reporting by contextualizing COVID 19 efforts and innovations.

 

This assignment will be able to contribute to the output 2 of Chhattisgarh WASH RWP for 2021-22. 

 

2. PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT

 

The rationale for hiring services of an expert is to provide technical support for coordinated planning and implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) by office of MD JJM, PHED, Govt of Chhattisgarh  at state level and supportive hand holding and supervision in UNICEF supported districts relating to laboratory improvement, NABL accreditation, community level water quality monitoring and surveillance. Further the technical support would be focused on COVID specific and sensitive programming related to safe drinking water in the state and UNICEF supported districts. 

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3. PROGRAMME AREA AND SPECIFIC PROJECT AREA

 

Program area: Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

 

4. OBJECTIVE/S

 

The key objectives include:

 

  • Support the state in strategic planning and rolling of specific components of Jal Jeevan Mission with special focus to water quality monitoring and surveillance in the state;

  • Support state in improving capacity of Implementation Support Agency (ISA) to scale up community management initiatives in piped water supply schemes under JJM, including basic information on COVID 19, key messages on water safety and safe management of water supply;

  • Support districts for strengthening functional water quality monitoring and surveillance system, including sanitary inspection of PWS source and also hand pumps considering the COVID pandemic;

  • Handholding support to district laboratories for improvement and NABL accreditation;

  • Support state in the monitoring of regularity of testing of minimum number of water samples per district lab/ month and feedback provided to GPs for taking corrective action;

  • Support in capacity building including hand holding support, for district officials on water safety and security planning, supportive supervision of JJM implementation in UNICEF intervening districts,

  • Support in the better functioning of control room (if any created) under JJM SPMU as a measures for COVID 19 response; This would also include support to districts for COVID response and messaging relating to water supply.

5. MAJOR TASKS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED

 

First phase of the TOR would be from 1 July 2021 to 15 June 2022 (11.5 months) and Phase two would start after 15 days gap i.e. from 1 July 22 to 31 Dec 22 (6 months).

 

Note: Phase 2 deliverables will be subject to performance in Phase 1 deliverables, requirement of the deliverables in phase 2 and availability of funds

  • Major Task # 1 - To provide technical support to PHED in planning and implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in Chhattisgarh.

  • Major Task # 2 To support capacity building of the various stakeholders for scaling community management initiatives in piped water supply schemes under JJM, all the capacity building program would have one session on COVID 19 and safe management of water supply in the context of COVID;

  • Major Task # 3 – Tosupport setting monitoring mechanism of water quality monitoring and surveillance and water sample collection and feedback to community;

  • Major Task # 4 – Hand holding support to partners/ ISA in implementation of community approaches for Pipe water supply and organizing the campaign on safe water and water sustainability,

  • Major Task # 5 – Documentation and Development of Knowledge Products, would include material development for frontline workers of PHED and success stories relating to COVID response.

6. DELIVERABLES AND DEADLINES

Specific service / outputs to be delivered at a specific time as per stated objectives and performance / quality requirements. Must include capacity building deliverables.


Tasks

Deliverable

Deadline for submitting the deliverable

Travel days

Payment linked to deliverables

Phase 1: 1 July 2021 – 15 June 2022 (11.5 months)

To provide technical support to PHED in planning and implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in the State inclusive of COVID 19 response plan

 

  • Contribution in the Annual action plan preparation and planed activities for laboratory improvements and community-based water quality monitoring and surveillance activity; (10%) 

  • Support five focused districts in implementation of laboratory improvement plan - report (10%)

  • Analytical report of the quarterly physical and financial progress (specific importance to water quality testing through FTK at community level) under JJM and sharing with MD JJM with suggestive action points- April to June (5%)

31 July 2021

5 days

25 %

To support capacity building of the various stakeholders on community level water quality monitoring and surveillance under JJM. All the capacity building program would have one session on COVID 19 and safe management of water supply in the context of COVID 19;

 

 

  • Report on Initiate and ensure NABL of State Referral Laboratory, hand holding support to District water testing Laboratory and Sub-Division Level Laboratory (10%)

  • Report of the capacity building of State and District Level human resources (ISA/ Partner staff/ SPMU / DPMU personnel/ officials/ master trainers for training to 5 women in villages) on water quality monitoring and surveillance and community processes (5 %)

  • Draft Guideline for VWSC formation with roles and responsibility of various stakeholders, guideline would include the role of VWSC for emergency response like heat wave, water scarcity and current pandemic COVID (10%)

  • Analytical report of the quarterly physical and financial progress under JJM (specific importance to water quality testing through FTK at community level) and sharing with MD JJM with suggestive action points July- Sept (5%)

30 Sept 2021

10 days

30 %

Support setting up mechanisms of water quality monitoring and surveillance and feedback to GPs

 

  • Support in preparation of Laboratory assessment and improvement plans of district laboratories yet to achieve NABL accreditation (minimum 15 new district action plan) (10 %)

  • Analytical Report on the implementation of 17 water testing laboratory improvement plans prepared in 2019 and 2020; (5 %)

15 November 21

8 days

15 %

Hand holding support to partners in implementation of community approaches for Pipe water Supply and organizing the campaign on safe water and water sustainability and social media campaign on water safety and sustainability as a part of COVID 19 response. 

 

  • Campaign support report on water safety and sustainability in the context of COVID 19 (10%)

  • Report on Validation of water quality data and   uploaded on IMIS/MIS (5%)

 

31 Dec 2020

7 Days

15 %

Documentation and Development of Knowledge Products

  • Three case studies on community managed water supply system in UNICEF support districts (5 %)

  • Content development for two IEC material on community level water quality monitoring (5%)

31 March 2022

7 Days

10 %

To provide technical support to PHED in planning and implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in the State inclusive of COVID 19 response plan

 

  • Analytical report of the quarterly physical and financial progress (specific importance to water quality testing through FTK at community level) under JJM and sharing with MD JJM with suggestive action points Jan – March 22 (5%)

31 May 2022.

3 days

5 %

 

 

 

40 days

100%

15 Day Break

Phase 2 1 July - 31 December 2022 (6 months)

To provide technical support to PHED in planning and implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in the State inclusive of COVID 19 response plan

 

  • Hand holding support to SPMU personnel in the State JJM Annual action plan preparation and inclusion of planed activities for laboratory improvements and community-based water quality monitoring and surveillance activity; (10%) 

  • Support five focused districts in implementation of laboratory improvement plan - report (10%)

  • Analytical report of the quarterly physical and financial progress under JJM (specific importance to water quality testing through FTK at community level) and sharing with MD JJM with suggestive action points April- June (5%)

 

30 July 22

5 days

25 %

To support capacity building of the various stakeholders on community level water quality monitoring and surveillance under JJM. All the capacity building program would have one session on COVID 19 and safe management of water supply in the context of COVID 19;

 

 

  • Report on Initiate and ensure NABL of State Referral Laboratory, hand holding support to District water testing Laboratory and Sub-Division Level Laboratory (10%)

  • Report of the refresher training of State and District Level human resources (ISA/ Partner staff/ SPMU / DPMU personnel/ officials/ master trainers for training to 5 women in villages) on water quality monitoring and surveillance and community processes (10 %)

  • Analytical report of the quarterly physical and financial progress under JJM (specific importance to water quality testing through FTK at community level) and sharing with MD JJM with suggestive action points April- June (5%)

 

31 August 22

8

25 %

Tosupport setting monitoring mechanism of water quality monitoring and surveillance and water sample collection and feedback to community;

 

  • Support in preparation of Laboratory assessment and improvement plans of district laboratories yet to achieve NABL accreditation (minimum 15 new district action plan) (10 %)

  • Refresher training of master trainers on community based WQMS through selected women groups/ 5 women of villages-report (10%)

  • Report on Validation of water quality data and   uploaded on IMIS/MIS (5%)

31 October 2022

8

25%

Documentation and Development of Knowledge Products

  • Three case studies on community managed water supply system or water quality monitoring and surveillance in water quality affected areas (10 %)

  • Content development for four IEC material on community level water quality monitoring (15%)

31 December 22

7

25 %

 

 

 

28 days

100 %

 

7. DUTY STATION

The consultant will be based in Raipur.

 

8. SUPERVISOR

UNICEF WASH Specialist.

 

9. OFFICIAL TRAVEL INVOLVED (ITINERARY AND DURATION)

Travel to the districts to oversee implementation and monitoring of communication   activities. approx. 4-5 days per month to districts in Chhattisgarh. Total approx. 40 days during the year. Travel is subject to COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, if any. Once every six months there might be the need to travel to other states to attend meetings/workshops/conferences as deemed fit.

 

10. ESTIMATED DURATION OF CONTRACT (PART TIME / FULL TIME)

July 2021 – December 2022 (17.5 months)

 

After the completion of 11.5 months, there is a 15-day mandatory break. The contract will be renewed for the consultant basis a performance review and UNICEF Country program priorities 2018-2022 and availability of funds.

 

11. QUALIFICATIONS / SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE / EXPERIENCE/ COMPETENCIES (CORE/TECHNICAL/FUNCTIONAL) / LANGUAGE SKILLS REQUIRED FOR THE ASSIGNMENT (Please use as applicable)

 

  • Candidate should have bachelor’s degree in Public Health Engineering/ Chemical Engineering/ Chemical sciences/ Applied Chemistry/ Environmental Sciences/related subjects and/or master’s degree in Engineering/ Management/ Environmental sciences/ Chemical sciences/

  • 3-5 years work experience in the field of development and 02 years exclusively in water safety/security, water quality monitoring and surveillance, rural water supply planning and monitoring, participatory approaches, etc;

  • Experience of working with Government or International Agency is a strength

  • Familiarity of working in Chhattisgarh, especially with the PHED/ District Administration in the state will be an advantage

  • Good understanding of the national flagship programs on water Jal Jeevan Mission, National Rural Drinking Water Programme etc under, Ministry of Jal Shakt (MoJS)i, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS);

  • Thorough understanding and working knowledge of the concepts and principles of the new Water and Sanitation Policy Reforms;

  • A good knowledge of prevailing rules and regulations of the PHED and the Panchayat Raj Dept, Government of Chhattisgarh;

  • Excellent communication skills in Hindi and English; ability to speak, read and write fluently in both languages, Candidates with good writing skills with publications will be preferred,

  • Proficiency in Computer skills at least of MS-Office application software (MS Word, Excel, Power Point) with working knowledge of IOT Auto CAD/GIS/ other web-based software or monitoring platforms

  • Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values

 

12. SELECTION PROCESS

 

            Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS)                  OR

 

 

QCBS (Technical Evaluation Criteria - with weights for each criteria)

 

CVs of the potential candidates for the proposed positions shall be selected from the applications received through advertisement by UNICEF in agreed platforms. Thereafter, a Technical Desk Review (TDR) of the selected CVs would be done by a joint team of 03 persons. Candidates shortlisted based on the TDR shall be interviewed by a joint panel of 3 persons. TDR and PI together will form the technical evaluation that would require minimum of 56 marks for opening of financial bid.

 

Financial bids of the technically qualified candidates would be opened by the Operations and supply team and the collated evaluation matrix would be developed by the SFP. WASH Section would be consulted after preparation of the comparative financial table before finalization of the candidate.

 

i. Weightage of Technical & Financial 80/20 (Technical / Financial)

 

i i. Technical Evaluation Criterion

 

The CVs selected from the open advertisement shall be reviewed along the first 3 points of the table provided below. This would be treated as the Technical Desk Review (TDR) for 40 marks. A Personal Interview (PI) of 40 marks shall be conducted for all the candidates shortlisted based on the TDR. TDR and PI together will form the Technical Evaluation of 80 marks out of the total 100 marks. Financial bid shall be opened for those candidates only who would be acquiring a minimum of 70% marks (56 Marks) out of the total 80 marks in the Technical Evaluation Balance 20 marks shall be used for the Financial Evaluation.

 

 

 

Applicant

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (max. 80 points)

 

Technical Capacity (80 points)

 

Relevant Educational Qualification

10/7

Relevant Work Experience

10/7

Cover letter + Two samples of work, where the candidate was a key author

20/14 

Technical Interview

40/28

Technical Qualification – Total Points

80/56

Financial Proposal

20

Total

100

13. PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

Payment will be linked to deliverables. Travel cost will be on actuals and will not exceed the quoted amount in financial bid.

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14. PERFORMANCE REVIEWS:

Interim and final evaluations must be completed, and PACE forms filled with scores and comments justifying the scores. Evaluation criteria and indicators should be aligned with the scope of work.

 

15. Is this project/assignment considered as “Elevated Risk Role” from a child             safeguarding perspective?  

 

YES NO  If YES, check all that apply:

 

Direct contact role YESNO