Zimbabwe: CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR CAPACITY BUILDING OF WATER AND SANITATION SERVICE PROVIDERS ON DESIGN, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF WATER AND SANITATION INFR

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Zimbabwe
Closing date: 02 Jun 2016

The UNICEF Zimbabwe Country Office is seeking Expression of Interest (EOI) to pre-qualify suitable academic or research institutions, engineering firms and consortium of individuals who will be invited to submit proposals to enter into a contract for conducting needs assessment, design of appropriate training material, delivery of training and mentoring of water and sanitation service provider staff members in Zimbabwe.

The specific Terms of Reference will be described in detail in the relevant RFP(s) when issued.

Background:**

UNICEF in partnership with the Government of Zimbabwe have been implementing a water and sanitation programme covering both urban and rural areas. Major activities have included rehabilitation of community managed pipe water schemes as well as municipal water and sewerage systems and borehole drilling and rehabilitation.

UNICEF in partnership with the relevant line ministries and agencies now intend to provide technical assistance for capacity building on operation and maintenance of water and sanitation services to contribute to the sustainability of investments already made in water and sanitation infrastructure.

The expected outputs will include improved operation and maintenance practices by water and sanitation service providers, institutionalization and sustained operation and maintenance systems with evidenced based fund allocation and increased knowledge of staff on key design and operating principles of water and sanitation systems.

Scope of the Assignment:** The selected consultant is expected to provide the following services:

  1. Undertake needs assessment to identify key capacity gaps in the operation and maintenance of water and sanitation infrastructure

  2. Design training modules based on client needs, optimized with available resources. It is envisaged that a variety of training packages and methodologies will be required to suit various target groups

  3. Deliver training to target groups. This will include non water and sanitation staff who may be decision makers as well as well as various cadres technical water and sanitation staff.

  4. Provide mentoring support to service providers for specified periods of time , including technical support for the setting up and institutionalization of viable and functional operation and maintenance system

  5. Review and if required, design monitoring systems for water and sanitation operation and maintenance

Eligibility and Qualifications:

The consultancy will be carried out by an institution or consortium of institutions or individuals.

For institutional bidders, various institutional arrangements are encouraged to apply: proposers might be academic institutions, research centres, consultancy firms, or a consortium uniting several institutions. In the case of an institutional consortium, the lead bidding institution whom UNICEF will deal with must be clearly indicated.

Similarly, for consortium of individuals, UNICEF will only communicate with one consortium member who must be clearly identified as the team leader

For institutional bidders, interested consultants should meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Should be legal entity or consortium of legal entities;

  2. Should have demonstrated or verifiable experience in capacity building for water and sanitation service providers

  3. Should possess experience of working on similar projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

For consortium of individuals, the consortium should possess amongst it team members:

  1. Demonstrated or verifiable experience in capacity building for water and sanitation service providers

  2. Experience of working on similar projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

How to apply:

Response requirements: At this stage, UNICEF is requesting Expression of Interest from vendors interested in competing for the consultancy on conducting needs assessment, design of appropriate training material, and delivery of training and mentoring of water and sanitation service provider staff members in Zimbabwe.

Interested institutional bidders should submit detailed and complete institutional profile information and documents, together with a written “Expression of Interest” in response to this advertisement. The documents should include:

  1. Description of the lead bidding entity – legal status, organizational structure. If a consortium; indicate the proposed management structure of the consortium

  2. Total number of years of experience in the implementation of water supply projects;

  3. Description of major similar assignments undertaken during the last 5 years including name of the project, location, name and contact details (e-mail and telephone) of the client, implementation period, cost of the project, cost of services provided and scope of services

  4. Key professional staff (name, date of birth, years with the institution, total years of experience, nature of experience in this firm and others, education/other trainings and knowledge of local languages; and

Interested consortium of individuals should submit the following:

  1. Detailed profile of members of the consortium, including CVs with name, date of birth educational/other trainings, professional experience and names and contact of professional referees

  2. Proposed organisational structure of the consortium, including roles and responsibilities of members of the consortium

  3. Description of similar projects in which team members worked before including the roles they played, location of the project, name and contact details (e-mail and telephone) of the client, implementation period, cost of the project, and scope of services

Information provided will be reviewed to assess each consortium or institutions’ suitability to be included in the upcoming competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

Institutions should submit detailed and complete institutional profile information, together with a written “Expression of Interest” by either email or mail no later than 12:00 noon Harare local time on Thursday, 2 June 2016. EOI should contain the following reference:

Emailed responses should be addressed to nsafure@unicef.org and serviceszim@unicef.org.

Mailed responses can be sent to:

The Supply Section

UNICEF Harare Office

Fairbridge Avenue

P.O. Box 1250

South Sudan: Team Leader (BRACED Project)

Organization: SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 08 Jun 2016

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation with long-term, local presence in over 30 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our team of advisors works with local partners to equip communities and businesses with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services. SNV works across three sectors: Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Several international donors fund our programmes. SNV has a +100 million euro annual turnover and is aiming for further growth.

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in South Sudan seeks to fill the following position

Contingent on Donor Approval:

Team Leader (BRACED Project)

Duty Station: SOUTH SUDAN, Juba overseeing (WAU and Aweil North)

Background

SNV Netherlands Development organisation, has worked in South Sudan since 2005. SNV South Sudan is currently implementing nine projects (portfolio value 9 million euro). SNV’s approach addresses bottlenecks throughout the chain and focuses on the areas below:

  • Inclusive Business
  • Value Chain Development
  • Good agricultural practices
  • Value chain financing Gender and youth

Project Summary

In South Sudan, the BRACED consortium consists of Concern Worldwide, ACTED, FAO, the Sudd Institute, UNEP and SNV Netherlands Development. The consortium will work along with key Government Ministries including the Ministry of Environment as the focal agency for climate change in South Sudan; the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, as the key Ministry responsible for food security; and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, which is currently developing the national policy on disaster management and analysing climate risks that South Sudanese citizens deal with. As part of the Consortium, SNV will contribute to the overall goals of the BRACED project by building on one of two components of the BRACED programme:

Expansion of markets for two agricultural commodities through inclusive value chain development, with particular emphasis on developing youth (young people between the ages of 15 and 24) enterprises and building climate resilience within the value chains in the BRACED project area. SNV will use its considerable experience in inclusive value chain development integrating climate risk management to support the BRACED project in improving climate resilience, agricultural productivity, livelihood opportunities and food security in South Sudan.

Overview of the Position

Lead the implementation and manage project team within the scope, budget, timeline and quality levels prescribed in the contract signed with the donor and according to SNV’s standards and approaches. The project requires an effective gender and environment strategy, and innovative approaches in market based solutions incorporating ICT technologies to be developed. As a new project the team leader will need to manage 0.6 years of inception with a likely implementation phase of 2 years.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead, manage relationships and motivate the project team, partners and relevant stakeholders; maintaining a milestone dashboard to track progress and performance;
  • Manage and account for full compliance of administrative, finance and HR components of the project ensuring timely quality narrative and financial reporting and setup new office(s);
  • Forecast adjustments in personnel needs of the project, take lead in recruitment and selection processes and manage project team including partners and consultants;
  • Formulate (as required) and implement an M&E plan (including internal and external reviews and evaluations);
  • Report project progress to the donor and to relevant stakeholders including government;
  • Develop a strong gender strategy and lead its effective implementation;
  • Take lead in improving the project’s effectiveness, models and approaches;
  • Based on sound and participative analysis and consultation develop long-term development approach for value chains on crop and livestock.
  • Capacity building of farmer groups, local (BDS) service providers and MSME’s;
  • Ensure that the project takes a strong market-oriented Inclusive Business approach and advise companies in implementing innovative inclusive models;
  • Build and maintain an effective network of key government officials, private sector development actors and development practitioners;
  • Contribute to the further development of the consortium programme in South Sudan (strategy, practical support).

Requirements

  • At least 5 years’ experience of working in agricultural development programmes focusing on market sector development, M4P/Inclusive Business solutions in value chain development;
  • Demonstrated experience in inclusive business models, capacity building of farmers groups and local service providers, market linkages facilitation and private sector (SME) development;
  • Demonstrated experience working with multi-stakeholder cooperation including government authorities;
  • Knowledge of DFID project management and reporting requirement is essential;
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative writing and analytical skills;
  • Understand key approaches of monitoring & evaluation and have sound knowledge of effective extension services;
  • Proven people and result oriented leadership with excellent management skills;
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong presentation, networking and facilitation skills;
  • Fluency in English language
  • Working experience in Eastern Africa, South Sudan will be an advantage.

Contract Type: International

Contract Duration: 2 years with possibility of extension

Expected Start Date: July 2016 (Contingent on Donor Approval)

How to apply:

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and letter of motivation to the online recruitment system via https://snv.devhire.devex.com/jobs/332948 before 08 June 2016.