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  • Posted: Mar 20, 2020
    Deadline: Mar 27, 2020
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  • RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 3,700 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and ...
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    Development of Standard Asset Register and Asset Management Policy

    LOE: 30 days

    Background
    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Effective Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Services (E-WASH) program seeks to improve urban water and sanitation service delivery by strengthening the governance, financial and technical viability of five state water boards (SWBs) in Nigeria. E-WASH will work toward achieving the following mutually reinforcing objectives:

    • Creating professionally managed and commercially oriented SWBs.
    • Improving the financial and operational viability of SWBs.
    • Strengthening policy, institutional and regulatory frameworks for improved WASH services (including establishing accountability mechanisms).
    • Building national and state WASH advocacy, coordination, and communications for reform.

    The activity is part of USAID’s wider efforts to build closer coordination with the Government of Nigeria (GoN), including the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR), select SWBs, and allied stakeholders, to advance broad-based economic growth and resilience through improved WASH services in urban areas. Interventions will be targeted in 5 states selected based on criteria but where there is commitment from the state government leadership and show a willingness to embrace enduring reforms to improve water service delivery. The five states are Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger and Taraba.

    Objectives of the Assignment:

    • This assignment seeks to develop standard asset Register and Asset Management Policy for each of the 5 SWBs in Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger and Taraba States.
    • Information like the cost, location, age, description, condition of the assets etc. will be captured in an electronic form.
    • Existing Asset record will be migrated to Electronic register. The SWB personnel will be trained on asset management to enhance their capacity to manage the infrastructure at their disposal.

    Scope of the Assignment:

    • The Asset of the of the E-WASH SWBs are spread over entire state land scape. Most of these assets are in dilapidated condition with little or no information about their condition.
    • The aim of this assignment is to develop an asset management policy and Asset Register for the Utilities.
    • All the fixed assets of the SWB and their present condition and worth will be captured in an electronic register to aid inventory management and logistics.
    • SWB staffs will be trained on asset management to improve their capacity to manage the infrastructures at their disposal.

    Type of Assets:

    • Main Water Works
    • Mini Water Works
    • Transmission Network
    • Electrical Installations
    • Distribution Installation
    • Land
    • Industrial
    • Commercial and administrative buildings
    • Laboratories
    • Workshops
    • Computer Software and Hardware
    • Vehicles
    • Communication Equipment etc.

    Specific Tasks
    The STTA will among other things do the following:

    • Develop Asset Management Policy for the SWB.
    • Develop Electronic Asset Register adopting user friendly application package
    • Capture the fixed asset of the Utility in the Asset Register
    • Migrate records on the existing Assets of the utility to the new register
    • Train at least 15 SWB staff on Asset Management and Updating Asset Register.
    • Develop task specific asset management training to be undertaken by the utilities

    Deliverables:

    • Inception report
    • 1st Interim report detailing -Training material on Utility Asset Management, Template for capturing records on Asset
    • 2nd Interim report detailing -Training report (at least 15 SWBs staff) trained on asset management
    • Asset Management Policy
    • Draft final Report
    • Final Report

    Working Arrangements:

    • The STTA will undertake part of the assignment from his/her office and the USAID E-WASH Offices located in Abuja and in designated states where the E-WASH Program is being implemented.
    • He/she will work closely with the Utility Technical Advisor (UTA), Utility Technical Specialist and the General Manager of the 5 SWBs i.e. Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger and Taraba States.
    • USAID E-WASH and the SWBs will provide all available data for the STTA including supporting staff who have institutional memories and knowledge of the SWBs fixed assets. However, in case of data gaps, the Consultant is expected to fill such gaps in close collaboration with the SWBs.

    Level o Effort:

    • We reckon that this assignment will be for 30 days. The first week will be applied for arrangement and development of Work plan for the assignment, outline description of the way the service is intended to be undertaken, time schedule for the execution of specific assignment and outline of all reports.
    • The following week will be applied for classroom/workshop mode of training on Inventory and Asset Management. 4 weeks will be used for collating information on existing asset and populating the asset register.

    Qualifications

    • A minimum of master’s degree holder in Management Accountancy, Certified Public Accountancy, Business Administration, Financial Management or any other directly relevant qualification.
    • Not less than 10 years cognate experience as an accountant or financial controller, with qualification  Knowledge of international accounting standards is essential.

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Extremely strong organizational and prioritization skill with strong ability to adaptively manage to objectives, resolve issues and escalate as necessary.
    • Strategic thinker with proven ability to link event objectives to specific prioritized work-plan
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and establish strong working relationships with key colleagues
    • Self-starter, able to think creatively and work independently
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment and carry out multiple activities and projects with competing deadlines
    • Excellent oral and written English language communication skills
    • Willingness to travel domestically in Nigeria if necessary.

    Payment Schedule

    • We offer a highly competitive remuneration.
    • Requests for payment shall be tied to deliverables as indicated above.

    Note: Payment is subject to approval/acceptance of Deliverables

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    Hydraulic Modelling of Pipe Networks Consultant

    LOE: 17 days

    Background
    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Effective Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Services (E-WASH) program seeks to improve urban water and sanitation service delivery by strengthening the governance, financial and technical viability of six state water boards (SWBs) in Nigeria. E-WASH will work toward achieving the following mutually reinforcing objectives:

    • Creating professionally managed and commercially oriented SWBs.
    • Improving the financial and operational viability of SWBs.
    • Strengthening policy, institutional and regulatory frameworks for improved WASH services (including establishing accountability mechanisms).
    • Building national and state WASH advocacy, coordination, and communications for reform.

    The activity is part of USAID’s wider efforts to build closer coordination with the Government of Nigeria (GoN), including the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR), select SWBs, and allied stakeholders, to advance broad-based economic growth and resilience through improved WASH services in urban areas. Interventions will be targeted in 6 states selected based on criteria but where there is commitment from the state government leadership and show a willingness to embrace enduring reforms to improve water service delivery. The six states are Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger, Sokoto and Taraba.

    Objectives of the Assignment
    To examine the existing water supply networks in selected towns of E-WASH intervention State Water Boards/Corporations by modelling the behavior of flows in the existing pipe network under different operating conditions that recognize the demand for water supply, existing pipe diameters, materials and their current conditions of functionality, ground topography and minimum policy requirements for the supply to identify low-pressure points and suggest modifications where necessary in the network.

    Scope Of The Assignment:

    • The aim of this assignment is to develop hydraulic model for every E-WASH SWB and to capture them on a suitable GIS platform.
    • All the transmission and distribution networks of the SWB will be modelled for optimal operational performance alongside the appurtenances and fittings such as valves, washouts, Tees, Bends, Chambers, Standpipes meters etc.
    • The STTA will provide technical guidance on overall network modelling with a goal of integrating data into a GIS platform.
    • This roadmap for implementation will also include capacity development of the state water utility staff to efficiently update and maintain the network systems.

    Specific Tasks
    The STTA is expected to carry out analysis of the networks using suitable hydraulic modelling software(s) to ascertain the conditions of flow and pressure at key points in the network under different operation regimes that simulate current and future realities of infrastructure upgrade and plant operations.

    The specific tasks include, among others, the following:

    • Review inventory of the networks and ground features from available records and maps of the towns.
    • Determine distances and elevations of key nodal points in the network as well as location and elevation of key system components and to also determine roughness factors and losses associated with each.
    • Determine the demand for supply service for each area or sub-areas of the network and compare with what is currently available.
    • Identify and propose suitable software(s) for the modelling and analysis of the networks and deployment and installation of same.
    • The software to be deployed should meet the requirement/characteristics including but not limited to effectively carry out hydraulic modeling for a minimum of 10,000 pipes and 10,000 nodes, handle all network control elements like check valves, shutoff valves, pressure release valves, pressure sustaining valves, different shapes of storage tanks (circular, rectangular,), elevated and ground reservoirs; elements like fixed and variable speed pumps, ability to calculate energy consumption, color coding of the network based on available pressures and flow velocity.
    • The software should be able to carry out water quality modelling for some chemicals like Chlorine residual, Aluminium residual, Sulphate residual, etc. The software should be flexible enough to interface with some GIS/CAD software. As well as deployment of appropriate hardware (one desktop computer).
    • The expert will prepare a hydraulic model based on the identified parameters and will simulate the distribution network system performance under different field conditions, including flow and pressure conditions at different points within the system and develop 24-hours extended simulation.
    • Study the pressure zones for each metropolis and see the desirability or otherwise of continuing with distribution according to the zones.
    • Assess the impact of additional consumers on the system with and without upgrades
    • Highlight low- and high-pressure points in the system and any suggestions for changes that might be necessary for optimum system utilization to meet design demands from the inhabitants of the towns.
    • The expert shall highlight any vulnerabilities or risks that could further affect the performance of the existing system and how best to manage them.
    • Shall also identify key elements of an operating strategy for better management of the infrastructure.
    • Develop training needs for SWB staff on hydraulic modelling.
    • Provide hands-on training for relevant staff of the SWB such that they can run the model effectively.
    • Identify any other training requirement for SWB on NWR reduction, Asset management, etc
    • Develop a strategy on how the SWB will use the model for optimum performance.

    Deliverables:

    • Orientation
    • Inception report from commencement of the assignment on how he intends to implement the assignment in terms of Planning, resources utilization (Key personnel, and facilities). This report is also expected to identify any major/minor inconsistencies in the scope of work, or any other factor which may affect achieving the objective of the assignment
    • Interim report 1detailing -Draft hydraulic model of the system including analysis of the network for each locality under different operational regimes Draft final Report
    • Interim report 2 detailing -Training report (at least 2 SWBs staff trained)
    • Draft final Report- Draft final report to include details of the extent of the assignment accomplished, resources utilized, challenges encountered as well as proposed strategies to ensure sustainability of the results of this assignment.
    • A Hydraulic Model of the network system
    • Debriefing
    • Final Report

    Working Arrangements:

    • The STTA will undertake part of the assignment from his/her office and the USAID E-WASH Offices located in Abuja and in designated states where the E-WASH Program is being implemented.
    • He/she will work closely with the Utility Technical Advisor (UTA), Utility Technical Specialist and the General Manager of the SWBs
    • USAID E-WASH and the SWBs will provide all available data for the STTA including supporting staff who have institutional memories and knowledge of the SWBs fixed assets.
    • However, in case of data gaps, the Expert is expected to fill such gaps in close collaboration with the SWBs.

    Level of Effort:

    • We reckon that this assignment will be for 30 days.
    • The first week will be applied for arrangement and development of Work plan for the assignment, outline description of the way the service is intended to be undertaken, time schedule for the execution of specific assignment and outline of all reports.
    • The following week will be applied for classroom/workshop mode of training on Inventory and Asset Management. 4 weeks will be used for collating information on existing asset and populating the asset register.

    Qualifications
    Each Urban WASH Utility Expert is required to have the following qualifications:

    • Master's degree in Water Engineering/ Civil Engineering, Hydraulics (or mechanical, electrical or environmental) or related field.
    • At least 10 years of experience working on network performance improvements, and particularly in the areas of utility management, safe water production and operational efficiency.
    • Proven experience in performance monitoring of utilities, including the oversight and/or management of performance data collection, data quality/data control, indicator reporting and analysis, metrics, and performance reporting.
    • Knowledge of environmental best practices, especially in civil works, water quality, water supply and water resources.
    • Knowledge of political economy of Nigeria and the work environment especially as it relates to utility management
    • Fluent in English, both written and spoken, and able to produce concise, high-quality technical reports with all necessary documentation, pictures and infographics.
    • Understanding of the local language spoken in any of these 5 states is preferred but not compulsory
    • Experience in urban sanitation reform is preferred, but not compulsory

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Extremely strong organizational and prioritization skill with strong ability to adaptively manage to objectives, resolve issues and escalate as necessary.
    • Strategic thinker with proven ability to link event objectives to specific prioritized work plan
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and establish strong working relationships with key colleagues
    • Self-starter, able to think creatively and work independently;
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment and carry out multiple activities and projects with competing deadlines.
    • Excellent oral and written English language communication skills;
    • Willingness to travel domestically in Nigeria if necessary.

    Payment Schedule

    • We offer a highly competitive remuneration.
    • Requests for payment shall be tied to deliverables as indicated above.

    Note: Payment is subject to approval/acceptance of Deliverables.

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    Drinking Water Monitoring & Laboratory Quality Assessment Support Consultant

    Locations: Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger, and Taraba

    Background
    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Effective Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Services (E-WASH) Program is working to improve urban water and sanitation service delivery by strengthening the governance, financial and technical viability of five state water boards (SWBs) in five states in Nigeria. E-WASH will work toward achieving the following mutually reinforcing objectives:

    • Creating professionally managed and commercially oriented SWBs.
    • Improving the financial and operational viability of SWBs.
    • Strengthening policy, institutional and regulatory frameworks for improved WASH services (including establishing accountability mechanisms).
    • Building national and state WASH advocacy, coordination, and communications for reform.
    • E-WASH is part of USAID’s wider efforts to build closer coordination with the Government of Nigeria (GoN), including the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR), select SWBs, and allied stakeholders, to advance broad-based economic growth and resilience through improved WASH services in urban areas. E-WASH is being implemented in Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger, and Taraba which were selected based on the potential level of impact in the states and where there has been significant commitment from the state government leadership and a willingness to embrace enduring reforms to improve water service delivery.
    • As part of the continued implementation of the E-WASH, the program has a utility support fund aimed at supporting utilities to improve their performance either in terms of water production or management. Another area of support is designing clear strategies on non-revenue water management.
    • E-WASH is seeking the services of a short-term independent consultant to support the management in coordinating a number of the activities related to the Utility Support Fund in controlling Water Quality and Assurance/Compliance and in conducting an outcome based training and skills transfer program for the application credible laboratory results in Water Quality Management (Process Control and Water Quality Assurance program per of NIS-554-2015 requirements for each state).

    Objectives of the Assignment:

    • The expert will support in collaboration with an International Consultant, all technical matters related to the system operations of basic laboratory testing equipment and reagents, process control and water quality management.
    • Support in the Water Quality Management skills transfer program to capacitate the utility staff in the compliance monitoring requirements of NIS-554-2015 and assist in the training of the SWBs Water Quality Control Staff.

    Scope of the Assignment:

    • Water quality assessment is an integral part of water service delivery. And there is need to equip and train the six SWB laboratories with standard equipment and reagents to enable the water boards carry out their functions at the desired capacity and hence be able to conduct effective surveillance and process monitoring for optimal performance.
    • One of the deliverables defined for the Water Quality Monitoring assessment in the E-WASH priority states in Nigeria was a training program for laboratory staff to improve their level of competence. The assessments completed in September 2019 defined the competence levels of the staff, in general, as insufficient. Low scores were recorded for knowledge, skills, and attitude.
    • An Outcome-based Education (OBE) methodology is regarded as the best approach to increase the level of competence of staff. The OBE methodology allows the employer to define the outcomes of the training in terms of knowledge and skills requirements for work to be done. For an organization using a laboratory for Quality Control and Quality Assurance, outcomes could be specified in terms of the following core key performance areas:

    Basic Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Housekeeping:

    • (Basic numeracy, Cleaning of glassware, Handling and storage of glassware, Different types of glassware and their uses, how to read different types of liquids in glassware, Storage of chemicals, Making up of chemical standards and work solutions, Personal Protective Equipment, Laboratory safety, Distilled water, basic calculations, and many more related topics)
    • Elemental Information and Computer Technology (ICT) skills (as applicable to each location)
    • (electronic logging of data, Back-up procedures, Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) operation)

    Basic Water Treatment:

    • The staff should understand how drinking water is treated and the function of each treatment step. The analysis of water samples to assess the efficiency of the treatment process and Quality Assurance (QA) will be placed in context with analytical methods.

    Instrument Training:

    • (Principles applied for instruments used for water analysis, Daily maintenance of the instrument, Calibration of the instrument, Fault finding, Minimum stock of spare parts, Use of the UPS in case of power failure)
    • Analytical Method and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) writing
    • Staff will be trained to write an analytical method and a SOP that has been verified in a logical and systematic manner.
    • Implement the Quality and Technical Management system
    • Staff will be trained on how to customize a Quality and Technical Management system, using the instruments, methods, and other supporting activities as a foundation.
    • The recommended mode of the proposed OBE will be “training -of -trainers.” During this process, a laboratory expert with a proven skills transfer record (Specialist) provides training to selected staff at a central locality.
    • After training has taken place at the specific sites, the Specialist will visit all staff on the respective sites for final assessment and moderation, including a final examination and certification. The Specialist will also perform the role of a coach for the trainers and staff.

    Inputs by E-Wash:

    • E-WASH to provide as much as possible.
    • Locations of the training.
    • List of trainees from E-WASH SWBs.

    Level of Effort:

    • We reckon that this assignment will be for 20 days.

    Qualifications
    The WASH Expert is required to have the following qualifications and skills:

    • A First Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Water / Environmental Sciences, or a similar field related to water resources management.
    • Knowledge and experience in the Water Management sector.
    • General professional experience
    • At least 6 years of relevant professional experience or 4 years (with a post-graduate degree) in the field of water monitoring and water quality assessment.
    • Good communication and team working skills
    • Specific professional experience
    • Practical experience in providing technical expertise for water monitoring -Physical-Chemical, Heavy Metals, Priority Substances - and reporting; relevant working experience in the environmental/water quality field.
    • Experience with water quality assessment including sampling, analyses and/or data interpretation.
    • Experience in providing on the job training and capacity building activities.

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Extremely strong organizational and prioritization skill with strong ability to adaptively manage to objectives, resolve issues and escalate as necessary.
    • Strategic thinker with proven ability to link event objectives to specific prioritized workplan
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and establish strong working relationships with key colleagues
    • Self-starter, able to think creatively and work independently
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment and carry out multiple activities and projects with competing deadlines
    • Excellent oral and written English language communication skills
    • Willingness to travel domestically in Nigeria if necessary.

    Payment Schedule

    • We offer a highly competitive remuneration.
    • Requests for payment shall be tied to deliverables as indicated above.
    • Note: Payment is subject to approval/acceptance of Deliverables

    Method of Application


    Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Application Letter as one single word document to: STTA@ewash.rti.org using the "Job Title" as the subject of the email.

    Note

    • On the subject line of your e-mail, you should only put the e-mail subject line as indicated above (no other text should be on this subject line)
    • Consultants are encouraged to apply as soon as they see this advert.
    • Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for negotiations.
    • Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
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