National Consultant for Social Development - Sri Lankan Nationals only


Location : Colombo, SRI LANKA
Application Deadline :18-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Mar-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months

Background

The Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment (MMDE) with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme in collaboration with the Department of National Planning (NPD), Ministry Irrigation and Water Management (MIWM) Ministry of Agriculture (MA), Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply and Ministry of Disaster Management, secured financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to implement a USD 38.1 million project aimed at strengthening the resilience of Smallholder farmers in the dry Zone to climate variability and extreme events.

 

This Project will support the Government to implement integrated solutions to water management in three river basins in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka. The Project aims to achieve higher levels of food, livelihoods and water security for flood and drought affected poor communities. GCF resources will be invested in improving access to irrigation and eco-system based agricultural practices, improved community managed drinking water infrastructure, scaling up decentralized drinking water systems and strengthening early warning, forecasting and climate advisories to protect farmers, particularly women from climate related impacts.

 

The Project will benefit 750,000 people living in the three river basins directly through investments in irrigation, drinking water and disaster risk management. Moreover, around 770,000 people living in these districts will indirectly benefit from the project interventions in capacities and early warning systems. Under this Project, which will be implemented from 2017 to 2024 UNDP will work with a number of government institutions to deliver the Project outputs and activities and measures its impacts.

 

The Project covers three key components:

  1. Component 1: Climate resilient investment to rehabilitate small tank-based cascading systems and related infrastructure and facilitate sustainable, climate-proof agricultural practices in targeted areas; 
  2. Component 2: Investments to increase access to and quality of drinking water in remote and rural areas through a multi-pronged partnership approach that seeks to replenish sources, build storage, purify contaminated water and address root causes of water quality issues;
  3. Component 3: Improve community access to timely early warning for flood and drought to avoid losses and impacts on key livelihood assets. This includes the generation, coding, modelling, dissemination and access to weather related data/knowledge including advise and early warning.

Under the Component 02 of the Project, following key activities have been identified:

  • New Community Managed Rural Water Supply Systems – 35 Nos;
  • Water Purification and Treatment Systems to Existing Community Managed Rural Water Supply Systems – 70 Nos;
  • New Water Purification and Treatment Systems to Communities, Schools and Health Centres – 55 Nos;
  • Rainwater Harvesting and Recharging Systems – 4000 Nos.

(These outputs have been rationally allocated to the 07 districts while in the first phase of the Project the work is implemented in Puttalam, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura and Vavuniya districts while in the second phase of the Project the work will be implemented in Trincomalee, Mannar and Polonnaruwa.)  

The Project implementation modality includes a Project Management Unit established under the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment with the Project Director, Deputy Project Director, Project Accountant and other project staff. UNDP as the responsible party for Project assurance will provide technical assistance to implement the Project. Under this, the service of a team of technical specialists will be provided by UNDP to facilitate the implementation of the Project. Further, a national level technical advisory committee will be established to obtain specialist’s advice to ensure integrated approach for climate resilient water management.

An important outcome expected from the Project’s interventions is an empowered farmer community who will manage their water and other natural resources using the cascade as the management unit. For this purpose, the Project plans to develop cascade water user organizations, whose responsibilities include, inter-alia, the management and allocation of water within a cascade in an equitable manner. Given the increased uncertainty of weather patterns, this is extremely important to mitigate both the droughts and the floods.

The National Consultant for Social Development for drinking water sector will be a part of the UNDP’s technical team for Project implementation and is responsible to provide specialist inputs on social mobilization and social development on Component 02 of the Project; i.e. Investments to increase access to and quality of drinking water in remote and rural areas through a multi-pronged partnership approach aiming sustainability of the programme. 

 

Scope and Objectives:

 

The scope covers under this Consultancy includes, providing technical inputs on social development, and community mobilization through CSOs and other stakeholders, including the RWS units of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) and Department of National Community Water Supply (DNCWS) to achieve the sustainability of the Project interventions in RWS systems and Rain Water Harvesting Systems.

The objectives of this consultancy are as follows:

  • Provide Guidance and close supervision on, social development strategies to the project staff, CSO Staff, appointed Water Supply and Training Consultants, DNCWS and NWSDB RWS unit’s staff;
  • Organize and conduct training needs through training consultants, and arrange relevant training and capacity building programme to project staff, CSO Staff,  DNCWS, NWSDB RWS unit staff and CBOs; 
  • Coordinate the works with the NWSDB RSCs, District RWS Offices, DNCWS Head Office/District Offices and PMU of CRIWMP to ensure the sustainability of the outputs;
  • Provide relevant policy and other guidance at field level to the Project staff,  CSO Staff, appointed Water Supply and Training Consultants, DNCWS and NWSDB RWS unit’s staff in the selected 07 Project Districts of Puttalam, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura and Vavuniya in Phase 01 and, Polonnnaruwa, Mannar, and Trincomalee in Phase 02; under Component 2 of the Project.


Duties and Responsibilities

The specialist has the following general responsibilities regarding the supervision and implementation of the Output 02 activities under the CRIWMP:

 

  • Co-ordinate, support and guide the implementation of the agreed models, programs and activities in field together with the responsible partners and other parties; 
  • Assist to sustainable operation and proper functioning of CBOs formed/Existing CBOs and User Groups developed (in all aspects; financial, O&M, business development/diversification, leadership etc) for;

a.       New Community RWSs;

b.       Advanced treatment/filtering systems provided to existing RWS Systems; 

c.       Small filtering systems;

 

  • Coordinate with the NWSDB, Project, CSO, DNCWS, and the appointed Water Supply and Training Consultants to present the agreed program and the progress to the relevant Provincial, District and Divisional level authorities’
  • Liaise with Senior water supply specialist, technical specialist, Water Supply and Training consultants of the Project and provide specialist inputs on social development to carry out the agreed work plan for 2019;
  • Liaise with training consultants and provide inputs to deliver the identified training programs in the project cycle and capacity development and training programs for sustainability; to the project staff, CSO Staff, DNCWS, RWS unit staff and CBOs;
  • Prepare the Plan, Conduct and Guide with NWSDB RWS, DNCWS and CSOs to deliver all agreed capacity building and training programs through training consultants  to the CBOs established in new RWS Projects and existing CBOs in RWS Projects where treatment/filters are installed and relevant communities; including RWH users;
  • Coordinate with NWSDB, Project, CSOs, DNCWS and the appointed Water Supply and Training Consultants for preparing Climate Resilient Water Safety and Security Plans;
  • Together with project staff, CSO Staff, DNCWS, RWS unit staff and CBOs ensure the implementation of the above  prepared and developed Climate Resilient Water Safety and Security Plans;
  • Support the Project staff, CSO Field staff, DNCWS staff and the appointed Consultants in social matters related to drinking water supply outputs and guide to resolve the day-to-day trouble shooting related to social issues (land issues, water resources issues, accessibility for machineries, approval from relevant parties etc);
  • Advice, assist and quality assure community development activities carried out by the CSOs that are sector specific, support and strengthen the capacity of the district NWSDB RWS staff, District DNCWS Staff in the implementation of mobilization activities for community development to ensure efficient and cost effective utilization of available resources;
  • Carry-out any other work that will be assigned by the DGM (RWS) of NWSDB;
  • Co-ordinate to finalize the locations for the New Community Managed RWS Systems and Treatment Systems to Existing Community Managed Rural Water Supply Systems; new systems to communities, Schools and Health Centers (if not yet finalized) together with Project, NWSDB and DNCWS;
  • Support the Project staff and CSOs to ensure the Rainwater harvesting beneficiaries properly use the provided Rainwater Harvesting Systems.

 

Expected Deliverables

 

  1. Inception Report – covering the current status of social mobilization, readiness of the identified locations for social mobilizations and establishing community based organizations and work plan for the National Consultant for Social Development to guide the CSOs, RWS units of the NWSDB and DNCWS to establish the water CBOs;
  2. Report on delivery of the identified training programs in the project cycle and capacity development and training programs for sustainability; to the project staff, CSO Staff,  DNCWS, RWS unit staff and CBOs; 
  3. Report on sustainability and consolidation programmes for CBOs covered (New RWS systems and existing CBOs provided with treatment facilities)  under the project interventions;
  4. Progress reports on training programmes conducted for the partner agencies;
  5. Progress report on training programmes conducted for the CBOs and number of water CBOs established;
  6. Report on training needs and capacity development needs of the water CBOs. (New RWS systems and existing CBOs provided with treatment facilities);
  7. Progress report on training programmes conducted for the CBOs and number of water CBOs established;
  8. Progress Report on community development activities carried out by the CSOs that are sector specific, support and strengthen the capacity of the district NWSDB RWS staff, District DNCWS Staff in the implementation of mobilization activities for community development to ensure efficient and cost-effective utilization of available resources;
  9. Progress report on training programmes conducted for the CBOs and number of water CBOs established;
  10. Final Report covering the progress of the work, lessons learnt, including case studies and recommendations to improve the social development of the Project.

 


Competencies

  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Strong analytical skills exceptional ability in communication and networking, negotiations and writing;
  • Ability to prepare publications, reports and presentations;
  • Ability to manage and work with a multidisciplinary and multicultural team;
  • Ability to seek and apply knowledge, information and best practices from multiple sectors;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Excellent written communication skills, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesize relevant collected data and findings for the preparation of case studies and progress reports;
  • Excellent leadership, coordination and team working skills;
  • builds strong relationship with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback.
  • Flexibility and ability to operate in different cultural settings and with a variety of stakeholders; culturally and gender sensitive;
  • Good team player who has ability to maintain good relationships.

 


Required Skills and Experience

The Consultant Profile

Qualification and working experiences:

The successful candidate will have a background in social development, with strong communication/writing skills and successful records of accomplishment in social development in rural water supply sector in Sri Lanka

 

Education:

Master’s degree in Sociology, Social work, community development, regional planning and development, engineering or relevant field;

 

Experience:

  • At least 15 years of experience of working in related field, experience in Community based WASH projects would be an added advantage;
  • Experience in working with international organizations providing support in social or knowledge management fields;
  • She/he should have good knowledge on;
    • Rural Water Policy and Sri Lankan context in the sector;
    • Knowledge on using of participatory tools and methodologies shall be an added advantage.

       

      Languages/ Other:

    • Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English;
    • Fluency in Sinhala and/or Tamil is an additional requirement;
    • Good computer literacy including Microsoft Office.

      HOW TO APPLY

      To apply please access UNDP Jobs site http://jobs.undp.org .

      The application should contain:

      •     Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position

    • Updated CV to include qualifications/competencies and relevant past experience in similar assignments and contact details of 2 professional referees who can certify your competencies, professionalism, quality of writing, presentation and overall suitability to this TOR;
    • Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a combination of factors including CV, interview and financial proposal, and the offer which gives the best value for money for the UNDP will be selected;
    • Please send the Financial Proposal separately, to the following e-mail address:  consultants.lk@undp.org stating the vacancy number/position in the subject line.

       

      FINANCIAL PROPOSAL  

      All Inclusive lump sum Fee: LKR (___________________________________

      Amount in words:______________________________

    • Note: Payments will be based on invoices on carry out the duties/responsibilities i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification of acceptance by the UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee”. The financial proposal should include his/her consultancy and professional fee, honorarium, communication cost such as telephone/internet usage, printing cost, return travel from home to office, ad-hoc costs, stationery costs, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant. The UNDP will only pay for travel and accommodation outside of North Western Province (Duty Station) outside of this TOR on actual basis and on submission of original bills/invoices and on prior agreement with UNDP officials.

       

      For an Individual Consultant who is of 65 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for the purpose of arriving at the duty station or as an integral duty required under the TOR, a full medical examination and statement of fitness to work must be provided.Such medical examination costs must be factored in to the financial proposal above.

       

    • To apply please access UNDP Jobs site http://jobs.undp.org.
    • The application should contain:

    • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work;
    • Updated CV to include qualifications/competencies and relevant past experience in similar projects and contact details of 3 professional referees who can certify your competencies, professionalism, quality of writing, presentation and overall suitability to this TOR;
    • Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a combination of factors including cover letter, the credentials on offer and brief interview (optional) and the offer which gives the best value for money for the UNDP;
    • Please send the Financial Proposal separately to the following e-mail address: consultants.lk@undp.org

       

       

      PAYMENT FOR SERVICES

      Payments will be based on milestones certified by the Technical Advisor – CRIWMP and payment Milestones will be as follows:

       

    • 28th March 2019 - 10% of the total payment once the inception report is submitted,  covering the current status of social mobilization, readiness of the identified locations for social mobilizations and establishing community based organizations and work plan for the National Consultant for Social Development to guide the CSOs, RWS units of the NWSDB and DNCWS to establish the water CBOs;
    • 30th April 2019 – 10% of the total payment once the Report on delivery of the identified training programs  in the project cycle and capacity development and training programs for sustainability;  to the project staff, CSO Staff,  DNCWS, RWS unit staff and CBOs submitted;  
    • 31st May 2019 – 10% of the total payment once the report submitted on sustainability and consolidation programmes for CBOs covered (New RWS systems and existing CBOs provided with treatment facilities) under the project interventions;
    • 5th July 2019 – 10% of the total payment once the progress reports on training programmes conducted for the partner agencies submitted;
    • 15th August 2019 – 10% of the total payment once Progress report submitted on training programmes conducted for the CBOs and number of water CBOs established;
    • 20th September 2019 – 10% of the total payment once the progress report submitted on training needs and capacity development needs of the water CBOs. (New RWS systems and existing CBOs provided with treatment facilities)
    • 31st October 2019 – 10% of the total payment once the progress report submitted on training programmes conducted for the CBOs and number of water CBOs established;
    • 15th December 2019 – 10% of the total once the progress report submitted on community development activities carried out by the CSOs that are sector specific, support and strengthen the capacity of the district NWSDB RWS staff, District DNCWS Staff in the implementation of mobilization activities for community development to ensure efficient and cost effective utilization of available resources;
    • 30th January 2020 – 10% of the total once the progress report submitted on training programmes conducted for the CBOs and number of water CBOs established;
    • 25th February 2020 – the remaining 10% of the total once the final Report covering the progress of the work, lessons learnt, including case studies and recommendations to improve the social development of the Project;

     

    Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.

    Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

     


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