The Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) is requesting a grant from the World Bank, International Development Association (IDA) to increase equitable access to safe water and sanitation services and to improve service delivery. This objective is expected to be achieved over a 12-year period through a Series of Projects (SoP), of which the operation detailed in this document is the first. The programmatic approach will ensure continuity of the sector engagement and also facilitate a sustained contribution to the Bank’s ongoing support to the water sector in the West Bank and Gaza (WB&G). The proposed Program will have strong links to the water sector interventions co-financed by the World Bank and the Partnership for Infrastructure Development Multi-Donor Trust Fund (PID MDTF) that play a crucial role in addressing the challenges in the sector and critical water services in priority areas under the first project, while also laying the basis for rebuilding better in the long-term.
The Program is expected to consist of three projects that will overlap in time and vary in geography, with a consistent component-level design to facilitate scaling-up. The three projects are expected to commence in 2023, 2026 and 2028, respectively. The anticipated duration of the first project is five years while the duration of subsequent projects is expected to be six years each, with overlapping periods. Overall Sop completion is expected by 2035.
The focus of the proposed SoP-1 will be on improving water services in line with the PWA’s priorities and the water sector’s strategic development plan and desire to improve water services in areas with the lowest water per capita and improve service providers operational and financial performance. In order to address the long-term structural challenges of lack of water supply, and contribute to a resilient and sustainable recovery, the project will also undertake strategic sector reform and capacity building activities supporting water sector institutions, encouraging a robust reform agenda and providing targeted technical support for improved management of O&M toward financial sustainability of the sector and contribute to the improvement and containment of and bolster the water sector’s resilience to future disasters such as COVID-19.
Project Components: The Project will consist of four components:
Component 1 - Improvement of Water and Wastewater service management: the project will finance investments in the water and wastewater facilities. The aim of these investments is to provide safely managed water supply services to unserved population and ensure efficiency of the operation and maintenance of existing wastewater treatment plants. This component will finance the implementation of the water supply infrastructure required to improve access to and quality of water supply in North Jenin including expansion of water distribution networks to remove critical bottlenecks and improve water allocation in selected areas in WB&G and preparation of feasibility studies for the second Project.
Component 2 - Improve performance of Water Sector Service Providers: This component aims at strengthening the capacity of the water institutions and the SPs’ operational and financial efficiency, and their responsiveness emergencies. It will also provide necessary technical assistance and capacity building activities to address sector challenges and sector reform to accelerate the implementation of reform related to the clustering of service providers under the LGUs and establishment of RWUs. This subcomponent will also include interventions to enhance the PWA’s capacity to develop and implement water sector policies, strategies, and sector development plans and will support improved social accountability of service providers. The technical assistance will provide general planning and institution-building support to improve service providers performance in line with the PDO. In particular: (a) Sector Reform and Strategic Planning; (b) Improve Financial and Operational Performance of the Service Providers; (c) Improve Social Accountability of Service Providers.
Component 3 - Project Management and Monitoring: This component will support the Project Coordination Team (PCT) hosted within PWA and Project Implementation Unit (PIU) that will coordinate, implement, monitor and report on the project implementation progress.
Component 4 - Contingent Emergency Response Component This component will improve the PA’s ability to respond effectively in the event of an emergency in line with World Bank procedures on disaster prevention and preparedness.
Individual Consultancy Service for Management Information System Specialist
The PWA intends to engage an individual consultant in the West Bank as Data Management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist (MIS).
Main Tasks, Responsibilities and Scope of Work:
The Management Information System is expected to monitor and follow up all the data analysis and information management aspects of the Water Security and Resilience Program, within all components of the project as follows:
- In collaboration with the PIU team, lead and coordinate the PWA team’s efforts in providing advice, building capacity, and advancing the development and implementation of the Donors’ (such as World Bank, AFD, kfW) data management including data compilation and analysis during project preparation and implementation.
- Support and collaborate with the PIU team for, the preparation and implementation of collection of data, analyzing and design a relational databases to manage the data at the program level , and develop reporting requirements to take decision and monitor progress.
- Participate in relevant meetings especially during the donors’ missions and prepare all reports for the mission as needed
- In collaboration with the PIU Team, conduct capacity assessment and identify what capacity building is needed in terms of information management aspects, and ensure capacity development for PWA.
- Provides support for data processing/data management tasks across the project, as needed.
- Analyzes existing infrastructure data and incorporates newly accepted infrastructure data into GIS.
- Develops Spatial databases specialized in storing and administering spatial and nonspatial Data related to the program components within the targeted areas.
- Performs advanced technical and administrative work in the use of Geographic Information Systems, to provide development, analysis, queries, reports, maps, graphics as needed related to the institutional components/ reforms, planned investments to be considered and infrastructure projects being implemented as part of program.
- Maintains databases and ensures that these databases are up to date and accurate.
- Builds related models in order to create an efficient workflow.
- Develops, tests and implements procedures to accomplish the goals and objectives of the program with respect to geographic information systems development and maintenance.
- Performs quality control reviews; ensures the technical integrity of data, the accurate input/coding of data.
- Provides support in conducting training
- Work in close collaboration with other members of the project team e.g. Environmental, Social Specialists, M&E, Communication etc., for the implementation of the project.
- Undertake other duties as per the requirements of the project or as directed by the PIU manager at PWA.
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Minimum Required Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer/Data Science or a GIS-related field is required
- Have at least 5 years of professional experience in the application and practices of GIS for planning, analysis, design and management of spatially and non-spatially distributed databases.
- Familiarity with techniques for organizational design, process improvement, technology assimilation and process modeling.
- Experience of working in teams at different levels.
- Has self-initiative, is dynamic in establishing relationships
- Possesses the ability to build models in order to create an efficient workflow.
- Ability to write reports, technical summaries, memorandums, training guides, and procedure manuals.
- Ability to effectively present information.
- Adept at creative problem-solving skills to work autonomously, and a genuine interest in continual learning and improvement.
- Good management skills, particularly workshop organizing and moderation, communication skills as well as having the ability to work in a team.
- Languages: Fluency in Arabic and good English skills (written and spoken)
The contract will be for 1 year extendable as demand necessity, on a full-time basis. The expected start date for the position is 01st of December 2022.
Interested consultants shall submit her/his applications includes (Cover letter, CV describing similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills, etc.) must be delivered by email addressed below no later than 10/10/2022.
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