Organization: UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 05 Dec 2013
FOURTEEN (14) TOWNS INSTITUTIONAL CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO CONDUCT A BASELINE SURVEY TO DETERMINE THE CURRENT STATUS OF URBAN WATER SUPPLY, SANITATION SERVICES AND HYGIENE PRACTICES
The UNICEF Zimbabwe Country Office is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to pre-qualify/shortlist competent and qualified Institution(s)/contractors to conduct a baseline survey for an urban water, sanitation and hygiene programme in 14 towns of Zimbabwe i.e. Bindura, Chipinge, Chiredzi, Chivhu, Gokwe, Gwanda, Hwange, Karoi, Mutoko, Mvurwi, Plumtree, Rusape, Shurugwi and Zvishavane. Shortlisted Institutions/contractors will be invited to participate in a competitive Request for Proposal procurement process.
UNICEF Zimbabwe, with funding from Australian Aid, is supporting the Government of Zimbabwe in the implementation of the “Fourteen (14) Towns Rehabilitation of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene-14 TRWASS)”. The programme aims to (i) Improve access to water supply and sanitation services to, and hygiene practices among 350,000 residents of the 14 targeted towns through rehabilitation of water and sanitation systems and hygiene promotion with focus on equity and gender; and (ii) Contribute to improved financial sustainability, management and functionality of water and sanitation services in the target small to medium sized towns.
Scope of the Assignment:
The Institution(s) are expected to:
a. Establish baselines for programme indicators i.e. collect data on the coverage of improved drinking water supply and sanitation services (with strong focus on gender, vulnerability and disability), level of sustainability of WASH services, willingness and ability to pay and the level of hygiene knowledge and practices among the target population;
b. Map the vulnerable groups/areas in terms of accessibility to water and sanitation services in order to establish the service levels for the poor and vulnerable populations; and
c. Identify the barriers to equitable access of WASH services on the basis of gender and social inclusion analysis.
Interested Institution(s)/Contractors should have the following qualifications and skills within their team:
• Engineer (Civil, Environmental, Water and Sanitation), Public Health Specialist, Social Scientist and Financial Analyst
• Demonstrated skills and experience in assessing water supply and sanitation systems.
• Demonstrated skills in Research and Monitoring and Evaluation.
• Demonstrated skills in integration of cross cutting commitments such as HIV and AIDS, gender, disability, disaster risk reduction, child protection, access to services by the elderly and other disadvantaged groups.
• Demonstrated experience in carrying out baseline surveys.
• Familiarity with urban water, sanitation and hygiene programmes in Zimbabwe.
• Must be able to operate legally in Zimbabwe.
How to apply:
At this stage, UNICEF is requesting Expression of Interest from Institution(s)/contractors interested in executing and conducting this baseline survey in 14 towns of Zimbabwe. Interested Institution(s)/contractors should submit a written Expression of Interest in five copies along with complete company documentation that will allow a full and detailed assessment of their company to be conducted.
Information provided will be reviewed to assess each Institution’s suitability to be included in the upcoming competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Only short listed Organizations/Institutions will be contacted for submission of proposals in line with UNICEF procedures. Please note that this Expression of Interest does not entail any commitment on the part of UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to accept or reject any or all of the EOIs without assigning any reason.
If your Institution(s) is interested in participating in the planned solicitation and meets the requirements with suitable experience, please download the attached EOI document for full detailed instructions.:
Your response must be submitted in sealed envelopes in five (5) hard copies as per instructions in the EOI document by close of business (17:00 hours) on Thursday, 05th December 2013.
Please refer to attachment for further information on how to apply.