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Water Quality Consultant

International Development Agency

Hyderabad

1. POSITION VACANT: Water Quality Consultant, International Development Agency, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana


2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND:
 

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

 

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

GOI had issued Swajal guidelines to be implemented in all aspirational districts including eightdistricts from three states. Its objective is to provide de-centralised, preferably solar energy based piped water supply in 117 aspirational districts through community designed, implemented, maintained and safely managed single village water supply scheme. The programme would also sustain the ODF status.
 

All three states (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana) have made significant progress in terms of provision of drinking water to all population including tribal population. Around 91.9% rural population in Andhra Pradesh, 95.1% in Karnataka and 91.9% in Telangana are using basic drinking water services. However, proportion of rural population using safely managed drinking water service is around 40% in all three states. Reducing microbial and chemical contamination of water sources on sustainable basis is a big challenge in many of the rural areas. This issue is exacerbated by the lack of reliable data on water quality. All three states have established laboratories at strategic locations and distributed Field Test Kits in all GPs but these are not used optimally to undertake water quality surveillance and monitoring due to limited capacities and resources in addition to poor coordination among relevant stakeholders. States have made limited efforts to incorporate Water Safety plans in the existing drinking water designs and implementation. Even local governments (GPs) have poor awareness on water safety plans. Though there is substantial allocation of budget for minimizing contamination of water sources, undertaking IEC on water quality issues, capacity building of key stakeholders including grassroots functionaries and PRIs, the progress is not that encouraging. Budget under these components is grossly under spent. There are no models on implementation of water safety plans in three states to learn from and replicate them. Similarly, there are no academic or resource organizations to impart trainings or expert support to governments especially on preparation and implementation of water safety plans and production of knowledge products for strengthening policy environment.
 

Though many schools in the states have access to drinking water, they do not have information on quality of water supplied by different sources. As per HFODRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) strategy, around 48.82 million population in the three states (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana) are vulnerable to cyclones, floods, droughts, heat-waves and hailstorms; the resultant increasing risk to communities of fatalities, severe damages to drinking water schemes and economic losses, especially on women and children, reverses the process of equity and growth. Communities and local institutions have limited knowledge and understanding on how to deal with challenges of safe water during the times of disasters.
 

IDA’s support would include a professional to provide strategic technical assistance to relevant departments of state and target districts to develop and implement water safety plans and further strengthen water quality monitoring and surveillance system at institution and community level and extend technical assistance to aspirational districts from three states on effective implementation of Swajal program. He or she will work with relevant resource institutions and experts to produce knowledge products around functional and effective models of water safety planning and Swajal program. Also, the Consultant will support public and private sector and civil society organizations to try and develop new technological solutions with regarding water safe and community based mini PWS schemes, document best practices and disseminate to relevant departments for scaling up and improving policy environment.

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Water Quality Consultant (WQC) shall be responsible for providing technical inputs to three states (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana) to implement Water Safety Plans and Swajal program to enable households and institutions have improved access to safely managed drinking water services on a sustainable basis and, to IDA WASH staff to undertake higher end advocacy with all three states for improved policy and enabling environment with regarding safe drinking water to HHs and institutions contributing to achievement of SDG 6. building models.

Key Deliverables:

(1) Facilitate smooth transition from present technical assistance to changed IDA Technical Assistance to government and other partners in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana;
(2) Assist states and other partners on strengthening policy and enabling environment especially incorporating water safety planning in NRDWP guidelines;
(3) Provide Technical support to three states implementing one to two model Water Safety plans and 3 or 4 model community based mini Pipe Water Supply schemes in each of the states;
(4) Provide organizational support to IDA supported programs in three states ensuring effective implementation and timely liquidation of the funds;
(5) Provide technical inputs to IDA WASH staff on developing advocacy strategies and relevant tools and frameworks including preparation of resource material.

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

 

Qualification:
Post Graduate in water and sanitation related areas.

Experience:
(1) At least five years of experience of working with rural water supply and sanitation projects;
(2) Experience of working with the sector flagships (TSC/SBM & ARWSP/NRDWP) and allied projects (SSA, TSP & NRHM) on WASH components would be desirable;
(3) Experience of working with water quality monitoring and surveillance related projects is an added advantage.

Skills and Competencies:

(1) Fluency in spoken and written English and Kannada/ Telugu (local language);
(2) Well versed with using computers and internet;
(3) Should be having own laptop, vehicle and other communication facilities.

 

5. ESTIMATED TRAVEL: Approximately 12 days in a month for achievement of the listed deliverables.

 

6. NATURE OF ENGAGEMENT:

 

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

 

7. REMEUNERATION, DSA: 

 

Remuneration payable to the selected candidate in the form of professional fees shall be attractive and in alignment with market norms.  

 

Applicants are required to provide details of salary history, as well as expected remuneration for the position, in the online application form, comprising:  

 

(a) Monthly Professional Fees and  

(b) Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for field travel outside the duty station.  

 

Notes:  

(1) The above elements shall be a key input into the selection and negotiation process 

(2) Candidates are expected to have their own laptops and be internet connected and these items shall not be provided. 

 

8. LOCATION: Hyderabad, Telangana and frequent travel to other districts across three states.

 

9. DURATION: The successful candidate shall be issued a consultancy contract from the date of joining till December 31, 2019.

 

10. REFERENCE: WQC-WASH-APKATS

 

11. CONTACT INFORMATION:

 

Team SAMS
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 
 

12. APPLICATION PROCESS:

 

Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to apply using the link http://apply.samshrm.com by or before January 21, 2019.