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Ministry of Energy and Water

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


Request for Expressions of Interest for National Individual
Consultants
Organization: Project Coordination Unit (PCU)
Project: Irrigation Restoration and Development Project (IRDP)
Reference No.: MEW/PCU/REOI/322
Announcement Date: 05- Feb-17 Closing Date: 23-Feb-17
Nationality: Afghanistan Duration: one year (Likely to be extended)
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ministry of Energy & Water has applied
for a grant from the International Development Association toward the cost
of Irrigation Restoration and Development Project, and it intends to apply part
of the proceeds of this grant to payments for hiring the services of following
qualified national individual consultants.

Sr Brief Job Description/Duties and responsibilities


Required
l details of Qualification
the and
consultants
Experience
position
1 Position: 1. Working with other international/National Qualification:
project Consultants and MEW staff, ensure that Masters/Bachelo
Manager/Tech all financial and logistic activities required r degree in Civil
nical Team preparing and appraising sub projects as Engineering or
Leader of the scheduled, are implemented according to Irrigation
IRDP World Bank standards and all participants Engineering and,
Vacancy No: C- understand these processes and standards. at least 8 years
691 2. Preparation of consolidated annual work of experience in
Duty Station plans for all project components. the design and
Kabul, with 3. Further improve the standard set of implementation
travel to Herat, technical specifications prepared during of water
Kandahar, the IRDP for works to be carried out, e.g. resources and
Mazar-i Sharif, standard design, construction supervision, irrigation projects
Jalalabad, (traditional,
interim payments to Contractors and
Kunduz and modern surface
Issuance of the certificate of completion.
other regions. irrigation
4. In collaboration with the schemes and
Duration: dams projects) in
One year, Procurement/Contract Management
Specialist, further improve the system of semi-arid
subject to regions; proven
satisfactory procurement for contractors for all civil
records of
performance. works developed during IRDP, i.e. pre-
organizing and
qualification of contractors; advertising
managing large-

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scale
and bidding using World Banks
rehabilitation and
procurement guidelines (the procedures
recovery
should clearly indicate the evaluation
measures in
criteria and award requirements in terms various aspects
of bid security, performance bond, of water
advanced payment amounts, etc.). resources and
irrigation project
5. Together with MEW and the
implementation.
Procurement/Contract Management
Having
Specialist, further improve the system of
experience of
contract supervision of the works, and managing of
further strengthen the capacity of PCU Irrigation
and Provincial Water Management rehabilitation
Department staff in contract management projects of
and construction quality control. donors such as
WB, ADB, IDB
6. Work with other international consultants
and UN Agencies.
and MEW project staff in reporting on all Having
preparation and implementation aspects experience of
of the IRDP. working in
contract
7. Review and update implementation plan
management.
for irrigation schemes for the whole
Having
project. A detailed annual plan should be
experience of
prepared each year three months prior to planning with MS
the commencement of the year, which projects, good
should be submitted to PCU. Engineering
8. Prepare detailed reports on field knowledge of
assignments, monthly and quarterly concrete, soil
progress reports in standard mechanics,
formats and other training testing materials,
materials and publications/field Design
documents as may be needed and calculations and
a Terminal Report at the end of the QC of
project. Infrastructure.
9. Within the present Terms of Reference, Other water
carry out other duties as requested by the sector
PCU and MEW. experiences such
10. Maintain MIS, and prepare monthly, as dam
quarterly and annual progress reports and development,
the project implementation completion hydro
report. meteorological
11. Liaise with auditors for carrying out observation
project audit. networks and
flood forecasting
would be an
asset; fluency in
English (speaking
and reporting)
essential and

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fluency in Pashtu
or Dari desirable.

2 Position: Regional 2. PROJECT COMPONENTS Experience/Qualificati


Social/Gender The project will build upon and scale up activities ons: Five years of
Mobilization supported under the on-going Emergency Irrigation relevant field
Assistant Rehabilitation Project (EIRP). It will have the following experience A degree in
(C-642) No. of four components: (i) rehabilitation of irrigation development or social
Post: one infrastructure; (ii) small dam development; (iii) science is desirable..
Duty Station: establishment of Hydro-Meteorological Facilities and Working knowledge of
Jalalabad services; and (iv) support for Project Management, English and good
provinces) . Construction Supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation and command of national
Institutional Strengthening. languages
1. Component A: Rehabilitation of Irrigation (Dari/Pashtu) required.
Infrastructure: A willingness to travel
2. Component B: Small Dam Development: regularly to the field is
3. Component C: Establishment of Hydro- essential.
Meteorological Facilities and Services:
4. Component D: Project Management,
Construction Supervision, Monitoring and
Evaluation and Institutional Strengthening:
3. Environmental and Social Management
Framework

The Government of Afghanistan has, in lieu of a full


environmental and social assessment, prepared an
Environmental and Social Management Framework
(ESMF) since the precise scope and design of large
schemes and small dams is not yet known. The ESMF has
been prepared in accordance with definitions provided in
the World Bank Policies on Environmental Assessment
(OP 4.01), Involuntary Resettlement (OP4.12), Dam
Safety (OP 4.13), and Projects on International Waterways
(OP/BP 7.50) as well as relevant national laws and
legislations. The ESMF prescribes guidelines and
procedures that will aim to avoid, mitigate, or minimize
adverse environmental and social impacts of supported
activities and interventions. The ESMF includes a
Resettlement Policy Framework that would be applied to
prepare site/scheme specific resettlement action plan
(RAPs) if land acquisition and/or resettlement are
involved.

During preparation of the present ESMF, the experience


of implementation of ESMFs in several projects (NSP,
NERAP, HLP, EIRP and other projects) in Afghanistan
was reviewed and good practices and lessons learned have
been incorporated into the present ESMF including
guidelines regarding grievance redressal and community
consultations. The project has also developed a
comprehensive matrix of all anticipated adverse
environmental and social impacts of supported activities,
as well as their monitoring and mitigation measures.
4. Organizational Structure

The PCU has six regional offices that provide nationwide


coverage for preparation and supervision of rehabilitation
schemes and regional social inclusion and gender
assistants are placed in each regional office. Similarly,

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the FAO technical assistance will have social and
environmental specialists for oversight and internal
monitoring compliance with the ESMF. The IRD
Project training plan also includes training in social and
environmental aspects for project staff, local communities
including Mirabs, CDC, and contractors.
Reporting lines

The Regional Social Inclusion and Gender Assistant will


report to the National Social/Gender Officer and will also
be under the general supervision of the of the Regional
Team Leader. In close cooperation with regional
environmental and social safeguard staff and other
project and TAT staff, the Regional Social Inclusion and
Gender Officer will have primary responsibility for
ensuring that social inclusion and gender requirements
and procedures are properly taken account of in the
design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all
regional sub-projects.

A Regional Social Inclusion and Gender Assistant will be


expected to be familiar with the key IRDP documentation,
including the Environmental and Social Management
Framework and the Land Acquisition and Resettlement
Policy Framework. She will spend a significant
proportion of her time each month working with non-
irrigation water users at village and district levels and will
have the following responsibilities:.
Specific Responsibilities:
1. Work closely with the FAO Regional
Environment and Social Safeguard Supervisor
(ESSS) and PCU Regional Environment and
Social Safeguard Assistant (ESSA) to
a. ensure that the projects social inclusion
and gender requirements, detailed in the
projects operational manual and social
inclusion and gender strategy and
reflected in the Water Law and Water
Sector Strategy are mainstreamed
throughout sub-project development.
b. identify primary and secondary
stakeholders at local level in
consultation with community
leadership.
c. carry out social screening across all
identified stakeholder groups and
collect baseline information on social
inclusion in accordance with ESMF
guidelines.
d. review the social findings with other
members of the PCU regional
management team
e. Support village authorities in
identifying appropriate local womens
organisers
f. prepare draft Environmental and Social
Management Plans (ESMPs) ensuring
that recommendations and concerns of
vulnerable groups, especially women-

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headed households, are properly taken
account of in the document.
g. Promote greater interaction between
womens and mens CDCs and other
village structures in all aspects of
project development to enhance the
achievement of projects objectives.
h. prepare regular progress reports on the
implementation of the ESMPs ensuring
that the extent and nature of non-
irrigation water users involvement in
the project is properly reflected.
2. Use Womens CDCs and other appropriate
forums to reach vulnerable groups, especially
female-headed hhs, at village level in order to:
a. disseminate information about the IRDP.
b. seek non-irrigation water users
opinions on proposed sub-project
activities.
c. consult women as far as possible in
design, implementation and
monitoring of proposed activities
including identification of specific
measures to prevent/mitigate adverse
social and environmental impacts of
proposed activities.
d. ensure that the views of marginalised
people, especially widows, are sought.
3. Provide orientation on IRDP to village women
organisers and womens CDCs
4. Build capacity of village women organisers to use
mobilisation processes and tools.
5. Support and guide local women organisers in all
aspects of their work. This will involve regular
village visits, meetings at district level.
6. Support women organisers to promote
participatory monitoring and evaluation (PME)
of sub- project activities by women and other
vulnerable groups.
7. Document non-irrigation water users
involvement in and challenges to their
participation in each stage of the project.
8. Share progress/challenges of involving
marginalised groups in sub-project activities with
ESSS/ESSA and agree a joint plan of action to
overcome challenges which will include
promoting the benefits of womens involvement
to mens CDCs and water management
departments.
9. Liaise with regional NGO coordinating groups
and other relevant regional associations to
identify NGOs and other organizations working
to build womens voice and influence and
identify possible synergies between them and the
IRDP project.
10. Increase vulnerable groups awareness,
particularly that of women, of the project by
disseminating information on it through locally
and culturally relevant communication channels
such as mosques, village meetings, womens

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CDCs and NGOs, as well as broadcast and print
media
11. Carry out other tasks at the request of the
National Social &Gender Officer.

The Project Coordination Unit (PCU) of Project: Irrigation Restoration and Development Project
(IRDP) under Ministry of Energy and water now invites National eligible consultants to indicate
their interest. Interested eligible candidates must provide information indicating
that they are qualified to perform the services and are invited to submit their
CV (Curriculum Vitae), including employment records, description of similar
assignments carried out, experience in similar conditions, availability of
appropriate skills etc.
The covering application letter should indicate that he meets all the required qualifications and
experience (as mentioned above) quoting references to various paragraphs of CV to
demonstrate this.
A consultant will be selected in accordance with Section V Selection of Individual Consultants
procedures set out in the World Banks Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by
World Bank Borrowers (May 2004 as revised in October 2006 and May 2010).

Interested eligible consultants may obtain further information from the address below during the
office hours 08:00 am to 16:30 pm from Saturday to Wednesday or by e-mail.
Expressions of interest must be delivered or sent by e-mail to the address below no later than
23-Feb-17
Eng .Nasir Ahmad " Ahadi"
Director, Project Coordination Unit (PCU),
Ministry of Energy & Water, Darul Aman Road, Kabul Afghanistan.
E-mail add Nasir Ahmad Ahadi [ahadi.nasir@eirp-afg.org]
Copy to Mohammad Hamidi [mhamidi@eirp-afg.org] and
saeed.azizullah@eirp-afg.org

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