Consultant for Rural Drinking Water and Safety

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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Kolkata, WB, India
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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Purpose of the Assignment

The Government of West Bengal (GoWB) is implementing National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) with a vision of safe and adequate water supply through Household (HH) tap connection in rural areas of the State. NRDWP has marked a shift in the implementation strategy, moving away from traditional department led implementation to community led planning, implementation, operation & maintenance of the water services.

The NRDWQMS (National Rural Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance Programme) has seen a robust state wide roll out in the state. The state has the largest numbers of Water Quality (WQ) laboratories and a strong mechanism for WQ monitoring.

UNICEF, West Bengal Field Office is supporting PHED, GoWB in strengthening program implementation and addressing critical gaps. This Consultancy will provide technical assistance to Public Health Engineering Dept. (PHED), Govt. of West Bengal to implement National Rural Drinking Water Program (NRDWP) activities funded under National Water Quality Submissions and support implementation of the Joint Plan of Action Phase V (JPoA V) developed jointly by Govt. of West Bengal and UNICEF. This position is expected to work in close coordination with other WASH State level Consultants.

Basic objectives

  • Support initiation of community water safety and security planning and strengthen coordination between PHED and P&RD for implementation and management of rural PWS (Pipe Water Supply)
  • Strengthen WQMS system by: 
    • Facilitating greater convergence and coordination with stakeholder Depts. for institutional (School, Health facilities and Anganwadi sources etc.) water quality monitoring and mitigation as per the NRDWP guidelines.  
    • Facilitating roll out of uniform water quality monitoring protocols, benchmarking of water quality labs for improving performance and efficiency, coordinating and facilitating analysis of water quality test reports generated through district and sub district labs and their dissemination to stakeholders.
  • Support in undertaking research studies, implement innovative concepts and suggest measures for up gradation and accreditation of water quality labs and systems in West Bengal
  • Facilitate and monitor Information Technology initiatives for accurate and reliable water quality monitoring and surveillance across the State.
  • Undertake regular monitoring and reporting of safe water supply intervention in water scarce and water quality affected areas, study on health impacts, documentation of best practices, etc.
  • Support the nodal Dept. in regular program monitoring and review through monthly highlights of key issues and gaps to be addressed

Major tasks

Water Safety & Security Planning:

  • Facilitate development and roll out of costed district Water Safety and security Plan in a priority district (focusing on community ownership, leadership accountability, gender sensitive approaches and related capacity building of counterparts, developing SOPs, partnerships and setting up monitoring frameworks for O&M including source sustainability and leveraging Govt. funds.) andsupport piloting of Village Water Safety and Security planin Murshidabad District
  • In close coordination with the Fluoride Task Force, develop a technical note for accelerating Fluoride mitigation measures including BCC and Nutrition supplements for Purulia district. The note will also explore possible collaboration/partnership with CSR and other private players.
  • Coordinate and support organising a state level workshop on Risk Informed Programming for Drinking Water Sector.

Water Quality Monitoring:

  • Support PHED to initiate and institutionalise an award mechanism for best performing Water Quality monitoring laboratories in the state by developing an evaluation guideline and list of evaluation indicators and assessment protocol.  
  • Coordinate and organise a joint consultative meeting with key stakeholder Depts. of P&RD, H&FW, SED and WCD with PHED to address convergent water quality monitoring mechanisms and protocols
  • Create District Resource Groups by updating and rolling out capacity building plans and modules for water quality monitoring and surveillance at District and sub-district/ block levels in minimum four UNICEF supported Districts targeting Lab personnel, Community Water Facilitators, AIRP Operators, Grass root functionaries and newly elected PRIs
  • Strengthen Water Quality Monitoring and management of drinking water supply of Gram Panchayats by developing technical guidance note with FAQs and mechanism for greater convergence with water quality labs (for PRIs)

Monitoring, Coordination, Reporting and Documentation:

  • Facilitate and coordinate regular State level review of performance monitoring of state, district and sub district level Labs (in terms of testing, referral testing, flow of information to communities for WSP & risk management, corrective action linked to sanitary surveillance, with special focus on priority districts) – minimum one review meeting per quarter
  • Document minimum two best practices / case examples of implementation processes influenced by UNICEF knowledge and products
  • Support regular monitoring of Rural drinking water supply program through data analysis and prepare status reports to be shared with the Dept.
  • Support strengthening use and upgradation of information technology in data management, monitoring and reporting mechanism of PHED
  • Provide necessary support to the Core Committee on WS&S and other assignments as mandated in the JPoA V as designated to the Core Committee Chairperson and Convenor 

Deliverables:

  1. Development of training module on community managed piped water supply schemes for training of PRIs
    • Review national and state trainings manuals, modules on community management of piped water supply schemes - Report
    • Finalise a training module on community management of piped water supply schemes for use by master trainers –Training module
    • In consultation with stakeholders develop a state training plan (for all districts) and support integration with training plan of state training institutes -BRAIPARD, ATI, etc.- Report
  2. Develop manual for PRIs for O&M of Community Water Purification Plants
    • Revise and update existing technical manual and integrate elements of community planning, O&M, revenue generation for sustainability
    • Build capacities of Water User Committees and provide supportive supervision (SS) on community management in one district - Murshidabad
  3. Coordinate and organise a joint consultative meeting with key stakeholder Depts. of P&RD, H&FW, SED and WCD with PHED to address convergent mechanisms and protocols for water quality monitoring, O&M of handed over schemes.
    • Prepare a note on areas of convergence, identify stakeholders within P&RD and PHED and issues to be addressed
    • Coordinate and organise the joint consultative meeting between PHED and other key stakeholder Depts. Draft minutes of meeting and action points
  4. Support PHED to initiate and institutionalise an award mechanism for best performing Water Quality monitoring laboratories in the state by developing an evaluation guideline, list of evaluation indicators, assessment protocol and plan
    • Develop an evaluation guideline, assessment protocol and plan. Develop list of indicators for awarding Water quality labs in consultation with PHED
    • Support PHED to identify and assess qualifying labs & organise the State level award event 
  5. Strengthen convergence between P&RD and PHED Depts. on Water Quality Monitoring and management of drinking water supply of Gram Panchayats by developing a guidance note with FAQs and mechanism for greater convergence with water quality labs (for PRIs)
    • Develop guidance note with FAQs for PRIs on water quality monitoring surveillance for planning and implementation at GP/village level
    • Demonstrate efficacy of plan through field implementation via trainings and hand holding support in select GPs/Block in one focus district to PRIs and block level officials from line Departments – South 24 Parganas
  6. Facilitate development and roll out of costed district Water Safety and Security Plan (WSSP) in a priority district (Malda)
    • Hold consultative meeting with concerned District Officials and stakeholders on WSSP
    • Prepare WSS costed District Action Plan and present the same to the District administration with a roll out plan
  7. Develop District Resource Groups (DRGs) by rolling out capacity building plans and modules for water quality monitoring and surveillance at District and sub-district/ block levels in minimum four UNICEF supported Districts (Malda, Murshidabad, Purulia and South 24 Parganas)
    • Develop training plans for four focused districts and support Districts in identifying members for DRGs
    • Develop and follow up on a supportive supervision plan to ensure roll out and strengthen WQMS in minimum four UNICEF focus districts
  8. Develop a technical note for accelerating Fluoride mitigation measures including BCC and Nutrition supplements for Purulia district
    • Field visit to Purulia for situation analysis with desk review of data. Consultation with District administration, Fluoride Task Force
    • Technical note developed and submitted to PHED
    • Facilitate follow up meetings with Fluoride Task Force for developing a comprehensive Mitigation plan for Purulia by June 2019
  9. Coordinate and organise a state level workshop on Risk Informed Programming for Drinking Water Sector
    • Coordinate with nodal Dept. to identify participants and resource persons. Support in developing agenda and organise logistics of workshop
    • Ensure submission of workshop report with recommendations and way forward
    • In close coordination with Risk and Resilience Section UNICEF, initiate discussions with PHED for strengthening State Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) for Rural Drinking Water Supply linking with one District level EPP in priority district (South 24 Parganas)
  10. Facilitate and coordinate regular State level review of performance monitoring of state, district and sub district level Labs
    • Two state level performance review with report/minute by 2nd Qr
    • Two state level performance review with report/minute by 4th Qr
  11. Document minimum two best practices / case examples of implementation processes influenced by UNICEF knowledge and products
    • Documentation of one case examples or best practices submitted by May
    • and other by Oct 2019
  12. Support smart data management and regular monitoring of Rural drinking water supply program through integrated data analysis and prepare status reports to be shared with the Dept.
    • Hold consultation with PHED officials for developing a management monitoring dashboard to inform planning.
    • Develop bi monthly analysis monitoring reports/dashboards (MIS data GoI & WB PHED) to track progress of rural drinking water supply program of the state 
  13. Strengthen use and upgradation of information technology in data management, monitoring and reporting mechanism of PHED
    • Linking of State Water Quality Dashboard with District Administration’s website for district specific water supply and quality information – Report by June 2019
    • Second bi annual report by December 2019

Qualification or specialized knowledge/experience required for the assignment:

  • Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering/Public Health Engineering/ Masters in Microbiology.
  • At least three to five years’ experience of working on water quality issues, water safety and security planning and implementation, functioning and management of water testing laboratories, community mobilization around water quality and safety, capacity building on water quality.
  • Familiarity and experience of working with PRI members on management of water supply systems. Familiarity with the (GoI) Govt. of India flagship programs relating to rural drinking water supply of NRDWP, Water Quality Sub Missions, Swajal in addition to State specific provisions of these programs.
  • Extensive exposure to issues related to chemical and bacteriological contamination of groundwater and mitigation measures.
  • Understanding of working procedures of the Government and knowledge of functioning of the Public Health Engineering institutions. 
  • Excellent understanding of working with NGOs and professional organizations
  • Previous experience of working with UN organizations will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and understanding of Bangla will be desirable.
  • Knowledge of computer - MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint etc.

Application Procedures

  1. Qualified female/male candidates are requested to please indicate their ability and availability to undertake the terms of reference above.
  2. Your application should be sent to   by COB 13.02.2019 with subject line “CONSULTANT FOR RURAL DRINKING WATER AND SAFETY IN WEST BENGAL" in separate files:
  3. The financial proposals of only those candidates, who are found technically responsive, will be opened.
  4. Please note, offers without financial proposal will not be considered.
  5. Only short-listed candidates will be called for test/interview (if applicable). Any attempt to unduly influence UNICEF’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.
  6. Joint applications of two or more individuals are not accepted.