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Consultant - Water and Sanitation Governance Specialist

Contract #
RFQ- Water and Sanitation Governance Specialist
Closed On
Fri 26/10/2018 - 04:00 PM NZST
Tender Details
The project, Strengthening Water Security of Vulnerable Island States, commenced in 2015 in five Pacific atoll countries acutely vulnerable to the impacts of drought and other hazards on drinking water supplies: the Cook Islands, Kiribati, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Tokelau and Tuvalu. Funded by New Zealand and implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC), the five-year project aims to assist vulnerable and isolated communities secure access to safe and reliable drinking water supplies, including during periods of drought. With the assistance of technical support and coordination at the regional level, the project is developing practical measures that target some of the major barriers to protecting water security, including: (i) capacity to anticipate, prepare and respond to drought; and (ii) ability to effectively and efficiently utilise and maintain existing systems (both human and infrastructure).
The overall objective of the project of which this contract is a part of is to enhance water security through building the capacity of local communities and the Tokelau government to develop effective water resource management structures and frameworks to identify and implement measures that increase climate resilience.
The objective of this technical assistance is to support Tokelau to develop a practical framework for coordinated action on water and sanitation issues, consisting of:
a. a draft national water and sanitation policy; and
b. a revised draft national water and sanitation action plan, responding to the priority areas of the policy and integrating and updating existing work plans at the village and national level.
The development of the framework should consider key elements of water and sanitation management on Tokelau, including but not limited to:
• The provision, maintenance and future development of water supply and sanitation services;
• Drinking water safety planning;
• Water resources data collection, management and assessment;
• Water use efficiency and demand management; and
• Engagement of the community in water, sanitation and hygiene issues.
To assist in the development of the framework, the Consultant will conduct a comprehensive review of current water governance and institutional arrangements for water in Tokelau (including those supported by various water related donor programmes) and identify gaps and measures to bridge these through the adoption of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approaches and principles.
The work will take into account other major related on-going or planned activities related to water and sanitation policy, and specifically consider the important issue of Tokelau's capacity to adapt to the water-related impacts of climate change, with a view to ensuring that the policy and coordination framework supports provisions to strengthen this capacity.
The Consultant will be required to work under the direction of SPC and the Tokelau Government, and in consultation with relevant government parties, civil society and the private sector. In undertaking this work, the Consultant will contribute to building the ongoing capacity of Tokelau governance structures at multiple levels. The Consultant will be required to apply a highly participatory approach during the assignment, and undertake coaching and targeted training of counterpart staff in order to enable their meaningful participation in this and future policy development processes.
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