eC2: Formative research and social and behavioral change communication to promote improved water, sanitation and hygiene behaviors in rural

Deadline:  22-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective:  The objective of the assignment is to assist the MRD and key stakeholders in the rural WASH sector to develop a SBCC package to promote improved WASH behaviors, with a focus on child-centered behaviors that have the potential to reduce child stunting. The WASH behaviors to be included in the SBCC package consist of (i) promoting latrine adoption among rural households, (ii) promoting Handwashing with Soap (HWWS) among caretakers and children, and (iii) promoting correct Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) for drinking and for preparing infant formula and food. To achieve the above objectives, the assignment requires completion of the following tasks: 1) conducting spot research on behavior related to HWWS of caretakers and children; and HWTS for drinking and for preparation of infant formula and weaning foods; 2) developing an overarching umbrella concept and brand to be used for all future WASH campaigns; and 3) developing a package of behavior-specific SBCC materials to promote latrine adoption, correct HWWS and HWTS.

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Strong thirsts in fragile countries: walking the water scarce path of refugees

syrian-refugee-kid-water-pointImagine that you must flee home at once. You may be fleeing violence, social tensions, poor environmental conditions, or even persecution. You and your loved ones may walk for several days to find safety, and may even go for periods without food.

What would you need to survive?

The answer is clean water. Finding drinkable water is one of the first steps in your journey to a new home. If you instead consume contaminated water, you risk exposure to several diseases. Drinking water unfit for consumption may not only harm your health in the short run — drinking unclean water may cause life-long health problems. And of course, these problems multiply if entire communities, or even cities, face these health problems.

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Endline Survey for the Impact Evaluation of Overcoming Barriers to Adoption of Sanitation for the Poor Households in the Philippines

Deadline: 20-Feb-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

Objective: The endline survey will be implemented in approximately 15 pre-selected households per barangay (village) across 272 barangays (total of 4,080 households) to collect post-intervention data from 17 selected municipalities in the 5 provinces of Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol (Region 7), Leyte and Eastern Samar (Region 8). The endline survey will focus on collecting basic information from households in order to test for balance between treatment and control groups and to understand financial behaviors and practices of participating households. Anticipated modules include: (i) household roster and demographics; (ii) assets, income and labor force participation; (iii) dwelling characteristics; (iv) water sources and drinking water; (v) latrine and sanitation facilities; (vi) program exposure and knowledge of sanitation practices; (vii) credit and savings; (viii) access to finance; (ix) children (under 5) health section and (x) risk aversion behavior. Other key stakeholders of the project will also be interviewed. This includes the participating local government units, regional DSWD staff, and partner MFI and masons.

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eC2: Post of Short Term Consultant (STC)- Energy and Water Advisory

pexels-photo-831890.jpegDeadline: 18-Feb-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: STC will require to do: Business Development and Client Support: data analysis, industry research, brand engagement of the Textile sectors in India, Sri Lanka and other countries as required and support the IFC business development efforts including negotiations with clients and acting as the client relationship manager; for selected projects/markets, undertake project preparation activities (e.g. feasibility studies) in order to support the development of projects which can be presented to the private sector for investment; Support the team to establish and maintain quality client relationships to ensure responsive client service and enhance new business opportunities; Maintain a good knowledge of IFC work programs to ensure timely delivery of tasks. Track project timetables, provide feedback and help with project team coordination. Perform various project related searches and prepare reports and respond quickly to queries from management and staff.

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Water works: how a simple technology in Dhaka is changing the way people get clean water

Amy Pickering laughs when she thinks of all the things that went wrong with the impact evaluation she recently completed of a water chlorination project in the slums of Bangladesh’s capital city Dhaka: delays, monsoons, and more delays.“It was the hardest project I’ve ever done,” says the seasoned research engineer, now a professor at Tufts University, who was working on a project funded through the World Bank’s Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund.

Clean water is an issue in Dhaka and other overcrowded cities in the region, where contamination by bacteria can lead to high rates of diarrhea, harming children’s growth and health. For Pickering, who specializes in water quality and diarrheal disease, the challenge was finding a water treatment technology that could work without electricity and operate in Dhaka’s extreme weather.

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Water PPPs that work: The case of Armenia

Downtown Yerevan. Gusty winds, frosty air. Inside a hotel in the town square, cocktails and canapés, speeches and signatures. On this evening in November 2016, representatives of the State Committee for Water Economy (the Armenian water authority) and Veolia (a large international water operator) gathered to celebrate the signing of a new partnership: a 15-year national lease to provide water and wastewater services for the whole country. The lease began in January 2017, thus marking the start of a “second generation” of water PPPs in Armenia. Solid gains had already been made under the “first generation” between 2000 and 2016. At this crucial juncture, a World Bank study reviewed Armenia’s experience so far and analyzed the way forward under the new national lease.

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Top 7 water blogs of 2017

As a new year of insightful and interesting blogs begins here, we celebrate some of the most popular entries on The Water Blog from 2017.  Thanks to our readers and bloggers, The Water Blog is growing every year. From global, to regional, to national, and local perspectives, and covering key themes that resonate with a diverse community, we strive to ensure our content makes an important contribution to the global dialogue on water issues, and offers readers fresh insights as well as vital resources they otherwise may have not known about.

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Protecting Watersheds Through an Innovative Learning App

Watershed protection is a complex challenge that needs a multi-sectorial approach. Innovative and interactive tools, such as the new World Bank Spatial Agent app, is one solution, according to Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep, a Global Lead for Watersheds with the Bank’s Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice.Harshadeep, also the leader of the Spatial Agent app team, believes the app’s interactive maps and charts can help to us explore multi-sectoral synergies in a spatial development context. The data can promote collaborative efforts for sustainable and environmentally sound watershed management.

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Towards a Climate-Smart World: 12 Ways for a Resilient Future

In early 2016, the Fiji province of Ra was hit by Cyclone Winston, the biggest storm ever cycloon.pngrecorded in the Southern Hemisphere, impacting 62% of the Fiji population and caused F$2 Billion in damage (20% of GDP). It killed 44 people, injured hundreds and left 131,000 people homeless. The Category 5 storm first made landfall in Ra, leaving its communities completely devastated. Cyclone Winston was an example of new enemies facing communities. Enemies that are linked to climate change.

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eC2: Sectoral Water Use Assessment for Adaptive Allocation and Valuing Water in Tanzania

Deadline: 08-Jan-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The Bank is carrying out analytical study on Tanzania freshwater resilience, which will underpin institutional reform and future on-the-ground investment for water resources management. A core activity of this study is to assess water use of the major sectors, namely, agriculture and industry, in Tanzania. The agricultural and industrial sectors are the major economic drivers of the country representing the biggest and most rapidly expanding users of water resources.


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