Request for Expressions of Interest for Assessment and Design of the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Institutional, Legal and Regulatory Framework at Bauchi Water Sector Reform Project

SUWASA

Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa

A USAID program implemented by Tetra Tech ARD

Request for Expressions of Interest for Assessment and Design of the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Institutional, Legal and Regulatory Framework in Bauchi State, Nigeria

 

Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) is implementing a three year reform project to improve the delivery of water and sanitation services to the urban areas of Bauchi State, Nigeria, SUWASA is requesting expressions of interest (REOI) from qualified consultancy firms (firms) in the water sector to conduct an assessment and design of an institutional, legal and regulatory framework for urban water services in the State of Bauchi. The assignment will be done through a consultative process where different options for the institutional arrangement would be assessed, analyzed and discussed. Currently, the State has neither the information base for decision-making, the autonomy to make decisions, or the resources to implement the decisions, SUWASA wishes to engage the services of a firm to assess the shortcomings and gaps in the current institutional arrangement and come up with a clear institutional, legal and regulatory framework for the urban water and sanitation sector in Bauchi State. The anticipated work by the consultancy firm will include to:

  • Assess the Institutional and legal framework for urban water supply and sanitation services in Bauchi State. The assessment should identify:
    • All the current key players in the urban water sector, defining their roles and responsibilities;
    • The key challenges and gaps of the current arrangements, identify any legal inadequacies and impediments to the successful autonomous operations of the BSWB, review the edict (current law was enacted during the Military regime);
    • weaknesses and inadequacies vis-a-vis water policy and other international best practice in the sector.
  • Design an institutional framework for the urban water supply and sanitation services in Bauchi State. The consultant must clarify the roles and responsibilities of the following bodies: the Office of the Governor, State Ministry of Water Resources and Rural Development, Bauchi State Water Board, Local Government Area Administration, other Government Ministries such as the Ministry of Environment, Budget and any other relevant Ministries. Also clearly outline institutional linkages (if any) with the Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA), Rural Water supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), etc
  • Design the regulatory framework: determine and define the objectives of economic regulation in Bauchi State, define the roles and responsibilities of the regulatory framework, design an organizational chart for the regulatory body including reporting mechanisms, determine staffing requirements for the regulatory body and operational budget and funding mechanisms for the regulator
  • Develop the legal framework for urban water  supply sanitation services: make necessary consultations to determine the key elements of the draft legislation, draft a forward looking legislation that promotes key principles of urban water service delivery mechanisms; consult with key stakeholders on the draft
  • Road map: design a roadmap for the implementation of the above items

 

Deliverables:

  • Once awarded the expected deliverables include;
  • an inception report;
  • a report presenting the results of the assessment of the current institutional arrangements of Bauchi State Water & Sanitation Sector;
  • a new institutional framework for the urban water supply and sanitation services in Bauchi;
  • regulatory framework for the urban water supply and sanitation services, draft legislation for the sector;
  • a roadmap clearly showing an implementation plan for all the items above specifically.
  • Due to the nature of these services, only those firms possessing demonstrable knowledge, experience, expertise and performance in projects of similar nature or in this filed of activities are encouraged to participate. If interested, send an EOI with a maximum of six pages responding to the following;
  • Explanation of  firm’s understanding of the work to be performed;
  • A capability statement indicating a proposed approach;
  • Minimum five years experience in the relevant sectors;
  • Provide at least three examples of the firm’s similar work in Nigeria,
  • West Africa or from the rest of Africa. Basically, this is a description of similar assignments in similar socio-economic conditions:
  • Firm’s profile and registration status in Nigeria,
  • Firms will be shortlisted based on the responses to the above points.

 

All Submissions shall be by e-mail with “Expression of Interest for Bauchi Institutional Development” in the subject line latest by 10.00am, on Friday

October 28th 2011 to the e-mail address below: Email: eoi@ard-suwasa.org

 

The Chief of Party, EOI No. SUWASA/10/2011/001

Bauchi Water Sector Reform Project

First Floor Kiganjo House, Rose Avenue,

P. O, Box 38454

Nairobi, Kenya

 

Tel: +254 20 271 2312

Fax; +254202712314

 

Website: www.usaid-suwasa.org

 

Please note that this notice does not constitute a solicitation and SUWASA reserves the  right to change or cancel this REOI at any time.

 

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