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Technical Assistance to Strengthen the Capacity of the Water Sector Coordination Unit in Samoa

Country/ Location of the position Samoa
Status/Reference FWC
Agency/Donor EC
Experts E1 Expert for sector wide programmes for water and sanitation
Duration of project  
Commencement of project October 2011 – end August 2012
Duration of mission 87w/d,  This may be extended by up to a further 70 days
Required language Excellent command of written and spoken English;
Application Deadline 05.07.2011 . Recruitment starts immediately upon publication of this vacancy announcement, posts may be filled already before the indicated application deadline.
ToR Are shown hereunder in the section description
Eligible Nationalities All
Observations Only short listed consultants will be replied to.

Please apply only if you fulfill all requirements for the vacant position

All experts must have at least regional experience

Sending us your application is a commitment and we expect you to be available for the mission you are applying for.

 

APPLICATION

CONTACT

applications@killefitconsult.com

Only short listed consultants will be replied to.

 

If you wish to submit your candidature, please send us:

 

1 – Your up dated and position-adjusted CV in EU AID format, in the language of vacancy and as word.doc detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments

2 – The country, no of position/field (s) you will apply for in the subject line of message

3 – Your daily/monthly fee (EUR) without the living allowances.

4 – Your communication details (Mobil, phone, etc.)

 

Suggestions: Please make sure, that the experience requested is also shown “Description” section 14 of your CV. As the selections are very strict and paper based, we request you to prepare your CV in the right format and detail all the relevant experience under the Professional experience table as much as possible. There is no problem if your CV is long, the most important is to prepare so that it describes clearly your experiences relevant to the mission. (Your CV has to sell you!)

Restrictions: In case consultants are short listed, they must be able to provide documentary evidence for educational and professional items in their CVs (copies of diplomas, copies of employers’ reference letters, etc.). Documents that are not available in English have to be accompanied by a faithful translation. This is mandatory requirement for Europe Aid tenders.

DESCRIPTION

FRAMEWORK CONTRACT – LOT 2

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE

 

Technical Assistance to Strengthen the Capacity of the Water Sector Coordination Unit in Samoa

 

1.            Background

 

The Water and Sanitation Sector in Samoa has succeeded in establishing a coordinated approach bringing together a variety of implementing agencies working together to ensure an integrated approach to sector development over the past 6 years. A Sector Plan, “Water for Life” July 2008 – June 2012, has been formally approved as the strategic plan for the sector. This is now due to be updated for a 2nd phase over the coming year. The sector activities cover sector policy and orientation, water resource monitoring and management, water supply services, water quality regulation and monitoring, sanitation systems, and drainage/ flood mitigation. A variety of implementing agencies participate in the activities of the sector:

•              The Samoa Water Authority (SWA) – a State Owned Enterprise responsible for the delivery of water supply services for some 80% of the population and manages a pressure sewer system in Apia.

•              Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MNRE) – MNRE provides overall leadership and coordination services for the sector as well as having responsibility for water resource management, waste disposal, public toilets and environmental regulation.

•              Ministry of Health (MoH) – is responsible for monitoring and regulating water quality and sanitation in relation to public health.

•              Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD) – coordinates Government’s support to community managed water schemes through the Independent Water Schemes Association (IWSA)

•              Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (MWTI) – provides coordination and policy and regulatory support for drainage and flood control as well as responsibility for the building code, which impact on the regulation of sanitation systems

•              Land Transport Authority (LTA) – is responsible for road side drainage

 

The water and sanitation sector is led by the Joint Water Sector Steering Committee (JWSSC), which brings together all the implementing agencies at the CEO level along with donors and CSOs with an independent Chairperson. The Water Sector Coordination Unit(WSCU) under MNRE provides secretarial and technical support to the JWSSC and day-to-day coordination and support services for the sector. The WSCU chairs a Technical Committee for the sector which monitors implementation progress and takes the lead in development of sector strategies and policies (sector orientation) at a technical level. Below this there a 5 Sub-Committees, which are responsible for leading and managing the implementation of specific components and projects with participation of all the relevant stakeholders as follows:

i.              Water Resource Management – chaired by MNRE

ii.             Water supply services through SWA – chaired by SWA

iii.            Water supply services through IWS – chaired by MWCSD

iv.            Water Quality – chaired by MoH

v.             Sanitation – chaired by MNRE

vi.            Drainage and flood control – chaired by MWTI

 

The main development partners for the sector have been the EU and the Asian Development Bank. The EU financed a 5 year Water Sector Support Project from 2005 to 2010, which including capacity building assistance to develop a sector wide approach along with funding for specific water and sanitation investments. The EU project assisted the Government in developing the necessary components for a successful sector-wide programme and the transition to sector budget support. A new Agreement was signed in May 2009 for a three year sector budget support programme (€16.4m). This provides payments with a fixed transfer component based on the broad progress of the sector as well as progress on Public Financial Management Reform and continued macro-economic stability; and a variable transfer linked to performance in achieving agreed targets for three key sector indicators. The EU has allocated funds for a further two years of the budget supported programme which will need to be committed in 2012. A Mid-term Evaluation of the budget support programme is planned to take place later in 2011. In order to access the budget support funds WSCU coordinates budget submissions from sector implementing agencies and provides guidance on investment priorities and capacity building actions.

 

The EU has provided technical support and capacity building to the sector over the past 5 years. Under the 9th EDF Water Sector Support project, which ended in 2010, technical assistance was provided both at the management and technical level to strengthen capacity in the sector using both long-term and intermittent TA. The EU is currently providing an Institutional Development Adviser to work with SWA for an 20 month period from March 2011. There is also a Budget Support Adviser, based in the Ministry of Finance, who has provided assistance to WSCU and the sector in the period from November 2009 to end August 2011,

 

The Asian Development Bank has provided loans and technical support to the sector. A major Sanitation and Drainage project loan, which financed a new pressure sewer system and drainage systems for Apia, was completed in 2010. ADB have recently financed the development of a National Sanitation Masterplan and a more detailed Masterplan for Water, Sanitation and Drainage services in Apia. JICA is also considering support for the sector.

 

 

2.            Description of the Technical Assistance

 

2.1          Global Objective:

The objective of the Technical Assistance is to develop the capacity of the Water Sector Coordination Unit(WSCU) to coordinate and monitor the performance of the water sector, provide leadership in sector orientation including the policy and institutional framework and to provide targeted assistance and advice to achieve the objectives of the sector.

 

2.2          Specific Objectives:

Work to develop the capacity of the WSCU in the following areas:

•              Review the performance of the sector implementing agencies (IAs) in achieving their agreed performance measures and targets. Make recommendations to improve the quality of the performance indicators and targets and the related monitoring systems.

•              Review the progress in implementing the sector investment plan. Provide assistance and advice to overcome any constraints and assist in improving the quality of the investment planning and budget (MTEF) preparation as it is updated on an annual basis.

•              Assist the WSCU in identifying capacity and institutional constraints and provide practical support and advice on actions to overcome these constraints.

•              Assist the WSCU in preparing for annual review meetings including assistance in developing annual progress reports.

•              Assist WSCU in preparing the budget support transfer requests.

•              Assist in putting in place mechanisms for collecting quality data, preparing budget support transfer requests and checking that all conditions have been met.

•              Assist in developing the proposals and documentation (Identification Fiches, Action Fiches, Financing Agreements etc) for the 2nd phase of the water and sanitation sector policy budget support funding due to commence in mid-July 2013

•              Assist the sector in accessing additional donor resources as required and coordinating development partner support

•              Review consultant’s reports and advise on any follow up actions to be taken by the sector

•              Advising on water and sanitation sector policy issues and strategies

•              Review the performance of TA support to the sector and advise on future TA needs. Assist in preparing the related Terms of Reference

•              Assist with the planned update of the Water for Life Sector Plan

 

2.3          Requested services

The services of a water and sanitation sector expert are required for 87 working days in the period from October 2011 to end August 2012 on an intermittent basis with three visits to Samoa. Provision is also made for some work from the consultant’s home office. The service may be extended to 24 months with up to an additional 70 working days depending on performance, the limits of the funding available and extension of the implementation period of the Technical Cooperation Facility Financing Agreement.

 

The expert will work under the direction of the Water Sector Coordinator in MNRE. Visits to Samoa will need to be coordinated with WSCU and are expected to coincide with key periods in project implementation including budgeting planning in the period March-April 2012 and the Annual Review in October/November each year. The period October-November 2011 will also be a critical period for the finalization of the updated “Water for Life” sector plan.

 

2.4          Required Outputs

 

The consultant will be required to provide the following outputs:

 

•              An Inception Report following the first visit with a constructive analysis of the capacity of the WSCU to provide the leadership for sector orientation and its role to monitor and coordinate performance of the sector. The report will define a workplan for support to WSCU over the period to end August 2012 including targeted assistance to strengthen the performance and outputs from WSCU. The report should provide detailed recommendations for the Water for Life update including direct contributions to the content.

•              The consultant will assist with the development of an improved presentation of the 2011/12 to 2014/15 MTEF and a 10 year investment plan for the sector. This presentation will include all funding to the sector from donors and Government and an analysis of the sector budget from the start of the “Water for Life” sector plan in 2008/09.

•              The consultant will also assist with preparation of a comprehensive and prioritised capacity building plan for the sector linked to the objectives of the sector.

•              Following each mission the consultant will provide a progress report of the work undertaken in addition to the above outputs.

•              The consultant will provide interim mission reports after each visit somaring progressing and attaching draft and completed outputs as well as a Final Report at the end of the final mission including a summary of achievements, recommendations for future support capacity building support and lessons learnt.

 

Methodology

 

3.            Experts Profile

 

3.1          Number of Experts and Categories

One senior expert is required for an input of 87 working days (of which 7 days from home base (excluding travel days) in the period from October 2011 to end August 2012 with 3 visits to Samoa. This may be extended by up to a further 70 days (whilst remaining under the framework contract limit of €200,00) in the period to end August 2013 depending on performance and the signed Rider to extend the implementation of the Financing Agreement during this period.

 

3.1          Profile Required

  • Senior expert with a relevant degree in Planning, Economics, Public Sector Policy or similar as minimum qualifications.
  • Experience in supporting the development and implementation of sector wide programmes for water and sanitation is required.
  • Knowledge of the integrated water resource management approach is required.
  • Experience of working in developing countries preferably including the Pacific and/or small island countries.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills.
  • The expert must be fluent in spoken and written English.

4.            Location and Duration of the assignment

 

4.1          Period of Assignment

The starting period for this assignment is in October 2011 and the work should be completed by end August 2012. The first visit to Samoa should take place in the period  October-November 2011. The 2nd visit should preferably take place in March-May 2012 and the 3rd mission in the period July-August 2012. Field missions will operate on the basis of 5 day working weeks. The timing of the 2nd and 3rd missions will be agreed in consultation with the NAO and the Water Sector Coordinator.

 

4.2          Location(s) of assignment

The location of the assignment is Apia, Samoa. Some local travel may be required.

 

5.            Reporting

 

The following reports are required:

•              An Inception Report must be presented with two weeks from the end of the first mission.

•              An Interim Report with the improved presentation of the MTEF and details of the work undertaken during the mission must be presented with two weeks from the end of the 2nd mission.

•              A Final Report detailing the work undertaken during the third and final mission, the comprehensive Capacity Building Plan for the sector, and recommendations for future capacity building requirements for WSCU. The final report must be presented with 3 weeks from the end of the 3rd mission.

A debriefing meeting will be arranged towards the end of each mission with the Water Sector Coordinator, the CEO, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), the EU representative, a representative from Ministry of Finance (National Authorising Officer), and any other relevant stakeholders. A period of 3 weeks will be allowed for comments on draft reports before they are finalized.

 

Reports must be submitted in English in soft copy as both Microsoft Office documents compatible with MS Office 2003 and also in PDF format. Copies must be sent to:

•              the Deputy NAO, ACEO, Aid Coordination and Loan Management

•              CEO, MNRE

•              Water Sector Coordinator, MNRE

•              Head, EU Office, Samoa

 

6.            Administrative Information

 

             Candidates for the expert post may be required to undertake a telephone interview

             The language of the contract will be English

             The WSCU will arrange office space of the consultant. The expert will be expected to provide his her own computer equipment, stationary, etc for the assignment, but will be provided with printing/photocopying facilities as needed.

             No tax or VAGST will be payable to the Samoan authorities under this contract

             No equipment is to be purchased under this contract

 

7.            Reimbursable Expenses.

 

All reimbursable costs will be reimbursed on submission of the original supporting documents such as boarding passes, invoices, receipts (for taxi e.g.) or equivalent.

For the reimbursable costs, actual expenditure shall be converted into euro at the rate published on the Infor-Euro on the first working day of the month in which the expenditure was incurred.

 

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