eC2:Pre-Feasibility study for a financing facility to improve water utilities efficiency in the Danube River Basin Region

Deadline: 31-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

The World Bank ECA Water team is considering different options to support client countries in the development of special financing facilities for water utilities, with a focus on facilities extending targeted lending to utilities for increasing their operational efficiency directly impacting their financial situation. A regional, multi-country or national financing facility would aim to achieve the following objectives: i) provide financing for small investments resulting in efficiency improvements which can contribute to achieving long term sustainability of WSS services; ii) improve cost recovery and financial sustainability and utility creditworthiness; and iii) contribute to building up a commercial banking market for WSS utility lending by developing the skills of commercial banks to take municipal/utility risk. See attached TOR for further details. The Firm to be selected will undertake a feasibility study to support the design of such financing facility.

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eC2: Mekong Delta Pillar: Firm climate-resilient livelihood models and transition strategies

Qiangtang River BasinDeadline:  24-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Consultant will provide technical expertise across a range of fields including agro-ecology, livelihood adaptation, agricultural economics and value chain, and community and gender, to review, identify and provide analysis of sustainable climate-resilient transition models in agriculture, aquaculture, and horticulture livelihoods in the Mekong Delta.

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Thirsty Energy: A five-year journey to address water-energy nexus challenges

WB_Infographic_6x32_1000About 5 years ago we embarked on a global initiative titled “Thirsty Energy” to respond to water-energy nexus challenges around the world. The initiative, a joint effort of the Water and the Energy Global Practices at the World Bank, has finally come to an end. We wanted to reflect on the lessons learnt along the way, as our team has developed a fantastic set of material and methodologies to move the needle forward on this issue. We hope that the global community takes advantage of this to ignite change.

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eC2: Assessment of water-related academic and research capacity in Central Asian countries and development of recommendations for improvement

waterDeadline:  18-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective:  During the past few years, all CA countries have introduced main principles of the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) into their national policies and practices at central and local levels. Practical implementation of IWRM principles required higher quality of background education and skills among water professionals at all levels. Trying to meet these new demands some universities in CA countries have introduced elements of IWRM curriculum in their academic programs. However, these efforts remain scattered and uneven across the region.

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eC2:Economic and Social Impact Evaluation of Water and Waste Water Sector Investments(China portfolio case study)

Deadline: 10-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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Objective:   The International Finance Corporation (IFC)is seeking a firm to conduct an economic and social impact evaluation(ESIE)of selected water and wastewater investments in China. The quantitative component of this analysis will focus on GDP and employment impacts at a regional and/or national level. IFC has conducted a thorough literature review exploring the conceptual connection between interventions in water/waste water projects and welfare. IFC is seeking to build on this literature review to conduct the ESIE of selected investments in China. The project entails the development of a generic Excel-based tool to quantify ex-ante the value added by water/waste water sector investments to relevant macroeconomic sectors.

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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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