Request for Proposals: Gender and Inclusion Consultant for Assessment of Public and Community Toilets for Women in Two Locations
WaterAid India – Introduction
Established in 1981, WaterAid has its operations in 38 countries worldwide, transforming millions of lives every year with safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and working in India since 1986. From 2015, WaterAid India (WAI) is registered as Jal Seva Charitable Foundation (JSCF), a not-for-profit company under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956, and is an associate member of WaterAid International. Across India, WAI’s presence is in 13 states, covering 39 districts. While WAI’s goal is universal access to WASH, its work is prioritised from the locations of the excluded and most marginalized communities. WAI works on themes such as drinking water security, sanitation, WASH in health and nutrition, WASH in schools and Menstrual Hygiene Management, in rural areas and in urban locations including census, small and medium towns. WAI’s country office is located in Delhi. Each region is managed through a Regional Office (RO): RO-North in Lucknow manages programs in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan; RO-East in Bhubaneshwar manages Odisha and Jharkhand; RO-South in Hyderabad manages Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala; and RO- West in Bhopal manages Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. Apart from its own programs, WAI’s work also focuses on WASH policy and advocacy, both at national and state levels.
In 2018, WaterAid, UNICEF and WSUP released a global guide on 'Female- Friendly Public and Community Toilets' (can be accessed from: https://washmatters.wateraid.org/publications/female-friendly-public-and-community-toilets-a-guide-for-planners-and-decision-makers), with an aim to help state and local level planners and decision makers in designing and promoting public and community toilets suited to the requirements of female users. The guide lists some of the important features of a female-friendly toilets, and also provides ideas for administrators and planners to undertake a city-wide approach for the same.
This was further adapted to the Indian context by WaterAid India and released in the form of a summary titled ‘Female-Friendly Public and Community Toilets in India’ (can be accessed from: https://www.wateraidindia.in/publications/female-friendly-public-community-toilets-in-india).
To build on this, WaterAid India plans to undertake an assessment of selected public and community toilets in one city (Bhopal or Indore) in Madhya Pradesh, and one small town in Bhadrak district in Odisha. The results from the assessment will be shared with the officials of urban local bodies, and WaterAid India will possibly support demonstration in selected facilities.
WaterAid India is looking to engage an individual consultant to undertake the assessment in both the locations.
Scope of work
The consultants are expected to work on the following:
- Conduct a pilot assessment of 2-3 facilities using an android-application based assessment tool
- Provide inputs in finalization of assessment tool from an inclusion and gender perspective.
- Translate the tool in Hindi and Odiya languages
- Conduct assessment of selected facilities in both the locations. It is expected that 8-10 facilities will be covered per location. The assessment will involve capturing data and photographs of public and community toilets, based on observations and interaction with toilet users.
- Preparation of a report comprising of assessment findings and recommendations
The final deliverables under the assignment are listed below:
- Inputs in finalization of assessment tool (from inclusion and gender perspective)
- Detailed report of assessment
WaterAid India will develop the assessment tool, and will support the consultant in identification of facilities to be assessed, and obtaining relevant contacts. WaterAid India will also provide inputs for finalization of the report.
We are expecting an overall requirement of 30 working days for the assignment, including 18-25 days of travel (depending on the consultant’s base location). Travel expenses incurred by the consultants for the assignment will be reimbursed by WaterAid India, as per its travel policy, over and above the consultancy fee.
The sole ownership of the outputs from this assignment will be with WaterAid India, and the consultant will be expected to support in this process without having authorship or rights on the knowledge products or other outputs arising out of the study. However WaterAid India will acknowledge the roles and contributions of the consultant in relevant reports and knowledge products.
Since the assessment would involve entering public and community toilet facilities for women, only female individual consultants are expected to apply. We are looking for proposals from consultants with following strengths:
- Experience of conducting primary surveys.
- Experience of conducting surveys using mobile/tab-based tools is preferred
- Experience of undertaking primary studies on inclusion and gender issues
- Experience of conducting studies on sanitation will be an added advantage
- Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English, Hindi and Odiya
- An understanding of the sanitation challenges faced by different categories of female users.
Submission of Proposals
Interested consultants are requested to submit the following documents to "> with subject line ‘Individual consultant for documentation-gender and inclusion’ by 8 December 2019.
- CV that includes among other details- relevant experience, known languages with proficiency levels, and information on past assignments undertaken
- At least two sample reports of past studies undertaken
- A technical proposal, including but not limited to the methodology, detailed timelines and report structure
- Financial bid, including a detailed budget and a desired payment schedule (This could also be in the form of number of days required for specific tasks under the assignment and fees per day, with a total outlay and proposed payment schedule)
- At least two references