Water Resources Institutional Specialist
Objective and Purpose of the Assignment
The TA will provide capacity development support to ALRI and the Project Implementation Group (PIG)
under ALRI. This will be to develop a long-term asset management strategy and prioritize O&M
implementation plans for relevant I&D systems. It will support the establishment of strong financial
management and quality assurance systems. The TA will also provide capacity development for ALRI’s
internal audit and the relevant irrigation system operators and WUAs for more rigorous O&M assessment of
selected I&D systems.
Scope of Work
The TA will directly contribute to the implementation of the Water Resources Management in the PRB
project. The TA will also build capacity for sustainability of investments, including future ADB
investments in I&D.
Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output
The Specialist will work closely with the Team Leader and the Financial Management Specialist for
delivering the TA outputs. Specific tasks and responsibilities include:
i. Review the government policies and institution settings related to asset management in the water
ii. Examine the relevant international experience in institutional arrangements for effective O&M
financial and asset management;
iii. Undertake an assessment of the institutional set-up in ALRI and a selected irrigation system and
assess constraints for effective asset management, and provide recommendations for institutional
strengthening and realignment, as well as staffing and budgetary requirements;
iv. Prepare an analysis of ongoing activities in institutional capacity building in the water sector in
the context of internationally financed activities and national training programs;
v. Identify capacity development needs for implementing the proposed long-term asset management strategy
and plan and systems;
vi. Contribute to the preparation of the long-term asset management strategy and the plan for
financially sustainable O&M based on the institutional analysis and capacity assessment;
vii. Prepare a budget plan for a long-term capacity building needs which will be consolidated under the
overall ALRI business and financing plans;
viii. Contribute to workshops, seminars, and preparation of reports; and
ix. Provide other inputs as required by the Team Leader, etc.
Under the leadership of the Team Leader, the TA team will prepare and submit as a minimum the reports
i. Draft inception report to be submitted 4 weeks after the commencement of the SSTA. The report will
include an overview of the current asset management and O&M arrangements, proposed approach and
methodology for key tasks, staffing schedule, and schedule of deliverables. The final inception report
is to be submitted within 1 week of receiving comments on the draft report;
ii. Draft midterm report to be submitted two weeks prior to the midterm workshop (see para 14 below).
The midterm report is expected to present (a) recommendations for prioritization of I&D asset management
and O&M based on global best practice models; (b) capacity building program for asset management systems
and O&M; (c) long-term asset management strategy and plan – including assessment of financial
requirements and allocations received from government for annual O&M; (d) recommendations for a
customized asset management system for a selected irrigation system. The final midterm report is to be
submitted within 2 weeks of receiving comments on the draft report;
iii. The draft final report to be submitted two weeks prior to the final workshop. In addition to the
topics discussed in the interim report, the following deliverables will be presented: (a) project
charter and plan for internal audit for the ongoing CIS project; (b) an internal audit training plan for
ALRI and PIG staff; and (c) a project-specific quality assurance system and procedures for asset and
financial management, including all documentation.
iv. The final report is to be submitted within 2 weeks of receiving comments on the draft final report;
v. Progress summaries to be submitted every 4 weeks after the inception workshop. These brief reports
will record information required by ADB on project progress, including but not limited to (a) status of
progress of each output in relation to the schedule, (b) record of key meetings and consultations, (c)
challenges and ways to overcome them, (d) upcoming major tasks, meetings, etc., and (e) financial
Meetings and Workshops:
The TA team will organize and participate in meetings and workshops with ADB, government counterparts
(including those from relevant line ministries responsible for O&M financing etc), other stakeholders
and development partners in order to foster quality project outputs and stakeholder ownership. The
meetings and workshops listed below are the minimum of such sessions expected. The TA team is encouraged
to conduct additional workshops and stakeholder sessions as deemed necessary.
i. An inception workshop will be conducted to summarize and discuss the initial findings for the draft
inception report and agree on next steps of SSTA implementation. Tentatively scheduled in April 2021;
ii. A midterm workshop will be conducted to summarize and discuss the findings of the draft midterm
report, agree on next steps, and provide training on prioritization of I&D asset management and O&M.
Tentatively scheduled in December 2021;
iii. A final workshop will be conducted to summarize and agree on the findings of the final report and
deliver training on the project-specific quality assurance system and procedures for asset and financial
management. Tentatively scheduled in June 2022; and
iv. Stakeholder consultations should be undertaken with government counterparts, CIS stakeholders
(including women, where appropriate) and development partners as part of the delivery of each output.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
The international specialist will have an advanced degree in social studies, public administration, or a
related discipline. The specialist will have at least 10 years of relevant experience in the development
of water sector institutions for international organizations. Experience in Central Asia, especially in
Tajikistan is an advantage.