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Rural Drinking Water Programme Specialist

International Development Agency

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

1. POSITION VACANT: Rural Drinking Water Programme Specialist, International Development Agency, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh


Our client is a respected, International Development Agency, that works across the globe to promote children's survival, protection and development.

Project Background

National Rural Drinking Water Program (NRDWP) is one of the prioritized national flagship programs of the Government of India to ensure sustainable water supply of acceptable quality and affordable quantity in rural areas. NRDWP focuses on water quality management, source and system sustainability, sustainable, improved capacity and decentralized water governance. It aims at community managed safe and sustainable water supply by enhancing collective capacity so that user groups understand the benefits of hygiene practices and are empowered to manage their drinking water sources and systems.

The WHO Guidelines for drinking-water quality recommend water safety plan (WSP) as the most effective and efficient tool to ensure safe and adequate drinking-water. The fourth edition of the guidelines (2011) further develop concepts, approaches and information, including the comprehensive preventive risk management approach for ensuring drinking-water quality. Preparation of water safety plans has also been prioritized under the National Rural Drinking Water Program (NRDWP). The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and IDA have jointly adopted Drinking Water Advocacy and Communication Strategy (DWACS) Framework (2013-2017) which emphasizes on promoting individual and collective behavior leading to improved WASH outcomes for better health. Goal 6 of Sustainable Development Goal emphasizes on achieving universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all. Water safety plan links the identification of a water quality problem with a water safety solution.  It includes both water quality testing and also sanitary inspection to determine appropriate control measures. It is a quality assurance tool that ensures protection of the water quality from the catchment to the consumer and from the tap to the toilet. Initiating Water Safety plan at State level has been discussed and agreed by States in National Level workshop on NRDWP held on September 9-10, 2016. In Madhya Pradesh, PHED is the nodal agency for rural drinking water supply. Despite progress in ensuring easy access to drinking water supply in rural areas; water safety and security are still a challenge. Water safety plan is bottom up approach to address community aspirations and participation in management and O&M.  Madhya Pradesh has made good progress in the provision of water even to areas with predominantly scheduled caste and tribal populations. The critical challenge which applies to all water supplies is how to reduce the current high microbial contamination of water sources especially in rural areas. This issue is exacerbated by the lack of reliable data on water quality. Sanitation around water sources is a prime concern as it affects the bacteriological water quality. Water Safety and Security approach is neglected in Madhya Pradesh. Though, 79.1% of households in Madhya Pradesh have access to improved drinking water, yet only 23.4% of households benefit from piped water supply and 54.6% rely on drinking water from hand pumps, tube wells or bore wells.

In the year 2016, IDA jointly with PHED initiated the Water Safety and Security Planning (WSSP) approach in the State with capacity development of PHED functionaries on WSSP approach and modeling WSSP in select villages and districts. During year 2017, over 75 State, Zonal and Divisional level PHED officials were oriented on community led village WSSP approach followed by training of over 70 district level functionaries on WSSP approach. WSSP plans for 12 select villages of 3 districts developed and are being implemented and documented to inform state wide scale-up strategy.


Under the overall guidance of the WASH Specialist- IDA and the direct supervision of the Director-WSO, PHED and in coordination with ENC PHED, the Rural Drinking Water Programme Specialist (RDWPS) will work closely with PHED, WSO to provide the following services in implementation of water safety/security plans and DWACS under NRDWP.

Key Job Responsibilities:

Key Outputs/Tasks


Percentage of time spent

  1. Institutional strengthening, coordination and convergence for initiating Water Safety and Security Planning(WSSP) approach and Water Quality Monitoring


Evidence based policy, SOP, Guideline available with PHED for accelerating implementation of strategies to accelerate access to safely managed drinking water through community led water safety and security planning approach.

Support coordination and convergence among PHED, PRD and other related department for initiating Water Safety Planning approach. Agreement in role of PRD- especially PRIs for implementation in improvement as per WSP.  

Development and finalization of district Water Safety and Security planning and monitoring framework.

Foster coordination and convergence at Divisional and District level for integrating WSP in ODF+ agenda and rolling-out WSP in district with convergent efforts from PHED, PRD and other relevant departments.

Generating evidences from VWSSP pilot districts to inform State wide SOPs and Guidelines.
Support PHED in strengthening Water Quality monitoring


Stare level Water Safety and Security roll-out plan  agreed with PHED. By end of Month 1


Draft State level VWSSP Guideline and SOPs.  By end of month 5

MoM of State/district level convergent meeting for WSP roll-out by end of month 2 and 5

Documents, SOPs and communication/training materials for water testing laboratories by end of month 3

Report on capacity building of Chemist/water quality testing functionaries on Water quality monitoring and testing protocols by end of month 3

(August to December 2018)

  1. Capacity Development for scaling-up WSSP

State Capacity Development plan developed, implemented and monitored for VWSSP roll-out

State resource group identified, developed and capacitated to build the capacity of district/block level PHED functionaries

Guideline and SOPs developed for SRGs/DRGs for VWSSP capacity building and handholding support

Key functionaries skilled on water safety plan in at least 2 zones including focused districts and engaged in preparing plans.

State WSSP capacity development plan. By end of Month 1

Quarterly progress report on implementation of Capacity building plan on WSSP. By end of Month 3 and 5
Report of SRG/DRG trainings. By end of Month 4
State SRG/DRG engagement Guideline/Circular/SOPs. By end of Month 5




(August to December 2018)

  1. Field level Demonstration and Handholding support for Water Safety and Security Planning in select district


Handholding support to PHED and RD at select districts in rolling out Water Safety planning, implementation and monitoring.

District Resource group and other stakeholders engaged for development of Water Safety Plans, implementation and regular monitoring in select GPs of select districts.

Key achievements, challenges and strategy for mid course corrections shared based on regular field visit and handholding support to selected districts for effective implementation of VWSSP.

Case studies, processes under Water Safety planning documented and disseminated with State and districts for scaling-up WSSP.


Progress report of VWSSP implementation in pilot districts. By end of month 4 and  5

WSP Roll-out plan for select 2 districts with identified blocks and additional villages for initiating WSP. By end of month 3

Analytical field visit report key achievements, issues and challenges in implementation of Water Safety planning approach and key corrective measures. By end of each month.

Case studies and process documentation.  By end of each Quarter. By end  of Month 4 and 5

(August to December 2018)

  1. Strengthening Water Quality testing and monitoring system

Strengthened water quality monitoring through implementation of Standard Operating Norms for Water Quality testing laboratories and feedback at community level for corrective actions. 

Functionaries of water testing laboratories at state, district and sub division levels skilled and engaged in periodic testing of water samples with feeding back at community level.

Documents, SOPs and communication/training materials for water testing laboratories. By end of Month 3 
Report on training of lab technicians. By end of Month 4

Analytical report on water quality testing with clear articulation on issues and corrective actions.  By end of month  5

(August to December 2018)


Applicants must have a University degree in Engineering/Post graduate degree in Business Administration/ Social Sciences/Chemistry or relevant field with specialized knowledge and experience of community water supply, water quality monitoring and sanitation programmes.

At least 10 years relevant field experience, focusing on social mobilization and capacity building of field workers, Panchayat representatives and government staff on Drinking Water Quality and Water Safety Planning.

Skills and Competencies:
(1) Proven ability to advocate effectively with state and district level officers of counterpart and other departments;
(2) In-depth knowledge of sector policy and practice, in particular, relating to NRDWP, SBM(G) programmes and its status in the State of placement;
(3) Previous experience working with UN or bilateral agency will be an advantage;
(4) Good verbal and written communication skills (English and Hindi), including presentational skills;
(5) Demonstrated excellent motivational skills to achieve behavior change in communities;
(6) Ability to use computer software i.e. MS Office, MS Excel, PowerPoint and Internet programmes.


The RDWPS shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency.


Professional fees of the selected candidate shall be Rs. 99000/- per month for the period of the consultancy assignment. (Note: Subsistence, Mobility and Contingency support shall be separately provided, to address field travel and related costs incurred by the RDWPS).

7. LOCATION: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh


The consultancy assignment will be effective from the date of joining till December 31, 2018.



Senior Consultant
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 011- 2684 2162; 4165 3612 


Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply to with a cover letter, discussing their interest in and suitability for the position, along with an updated resume, giving details of three references, current cost to organization and expected compensation, by July 24, 2018.