NGO Consultant to Support on Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project (RWSSP-2)

Assignment Name: NGO Consultant to Support on Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project (RWSSP-2)

Country: Cambodia

Location within Country:  6 provinces, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Banteay Mean Chey, Battambang, Pursat, and Kampong Chhnang.

Professional Staff Provided by PDAO: 21 Professional Staffs

Donor: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

No. of Staff: Eighteen (18) program staffs and 3 support staffs, total of 21 staffs.

Address: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

No. of Staff-Months:  864 person/month

Duration of Assignment: 48 months

Start Date (Month/Year)

March 01, 2011

Completion Date

February 28, 2015

Approx. Value of Services: USD 779,258.86

Name of Associated Consultants: Action for Development (AFD)

Narrative Description of Project:

The Second Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project (RWSSS-2) (ADB Grant 0156-CAM) is designed to expand access to improved rural water supply and sanitation (RWSS) and to better the health of rural residents in six provinces around the Tonle Sap Basin in Cambodia. It will contribute to the Government of Cambodia’s efforts to achieve its Cambodia Millennium Development Goal targets of improved rural water supply coverage by 50% and improved rural sanitation coverage by 30% by 2015, and its long-term sector targets of 100% improved water supply and sanitation coverage by 2025. The Project will support current institutional reform for improved service delivery in the sector, including project management, through (i) a subnational-level capacity development program, and (ii) an enhanced partnership between the provincial departments of rural development (PDRDs) and nongovernment organizations (NGOs). It will also link to public financial management activities for rural development.

The aim of this assignment, the contracted NGO consultant team, is to assist and to work closely with the provincial department of rural development project team (PDRD/PPT) for project management, technical issues, community development and training. It includes: (i) assisting with project implementation (ii) helping manage and implement the community mobilization and village skills development; (iii) training commune and village focal persons; (iv) help identify water points; and (v) reaching agreements with property owners. Through their close liaison with PDRD staff, the NGO staff have increased the capacity of the PDRD project management, implementation and community development staffs.

Services Provided by PDAO:

    • The conduct of subproject feasibility studies and preparation of subproject feasibility reports (SPFRs) for each candidate subproject commune;
    • The implementation of the PCBC for each subproject adapting, as appropriate, the PCBC to suit the specific requirements of the province and commune;
    • The development of a community participation strategy to ensure the participation by all social groups irrespective of gender, ethnicity, or income levels;
    • Undertaking awareness programs in subproject communes to commune, village WSUG and household levels;
    • Communication of information on Project and ADB policies on resettlement, environment and ethic minorities to PDRD and sub-provincial levels;
    • Communication technical option for improved RWSS facilities using an informed choice approach;
    • Assist in the establishment of WSUGs at communal water points ensuring that the WSUG Board is comprised with 40% women members with representation of the ethnic composition of the water users;
    • Assist village communities in the timely preparation Village Water and Sanitation Plans (VWSSPs) including land acquisition and resettlement requirements, and environmental assessments;
    • Assist the village communities to submit the VWSSP to the Commune Council (CC) and facilitate its approval;
    • Assist in the establishment of WSUGs and provide capacity building;
    • Coordinate and deliver hygiene awareness and water use and sanitation behavioral change training to Project beneficiaries as outlined in the Project Capacity Building Plan;
    • Motivate and encourage men to participate in the water use and hygiene education programs;
    • Collect and coordinate health data related to water borne diseases and, using sample households with (a) access to improved water and sanitation facilities, and (b) having good user practices- as a baseline to support a case for further RWSS investment based on the identified health benefits;
    • Assist the Project to initiate skills development programs to (a) inform and the poorest household in the community of the potential economic and employment opportunities related to improved RWSS, (b) identify interested people seeking skills development, and (c) referral to ongoing  livelihood programs;
    • Identify and provide capacity building to entrepreneurs interested in supporting RWSS by providing related services including: (a) manufacture of components (rings, precast siabs, and tollet base slabs), (b) installation of components (pit latrines and lined dug wells), (c) construction of toilets and small water facilities including PVC pumps, (d) manaufacture and supply of household equipment (ceramic filters, small sand filters, Jumbo Jars), and (d) operations and maintenance of RWSS facilities Including pump maintenance and toilet dislodging;
    • Provide women, the poor, and unemployed returnees from Phnom Penh following factory closures, with referrals to the private sector for skills development and employment opportunities;
    • In collaboration with PDRD, develop a community based monitoring system for data collection on hygiene and health indicators;
    • Document learning experiences on community mobilization to share among the eight provinces and with other projects, development partners and NGOs;
    • Submit quarterly reports to the PDRD Team to highlight progress both financial and activity, constraints and recommendations to mitigate the constraints;
    • Implement other aspects of the Project Capacity Building Plan as directed from time to time;
    • Ensure that community mobilization is undertaken effectively and transparently; and
    • Assist PDRD and the PCU to better attain the objectives of the Project