Water Development Commission

Ethiopian Herald Jan15,2021






Credit No. IDA-64450

Assignment Title /Consultancy Service for Strategy Development in Gender Equity and Disability inclusive for WASH Sector in Ethiopia

Reference No.: ET-WDC-154134-CS-QCBS

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of One WaSH National Program phase II and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services. The consulting service (“ the service“) includes Strategy Development in Gender Equity and Disability inclusive for WASH Sector in Ethiopia.

Overall Objective of the assignment

Overall objective or goal of the assignment is to develop one strategy and action plan with separate sections for Gender Equity and Disability Inclusion for the Ethiopian WASH sector. Besides, gender and disability intersect in many ways since half of the persons living with disabilities are women. The strategy and action plan reflects the intersection in detail.

Besides the conventional conditions, gender equity and disability inclusion in emergency and pandemic situations need to be addressed to leave no one behind in emergency response and resilience building.

Specific objectives of the assignment

  • Specific objectives of the assignment in the preparation of the Ethiopian WASH sector Gender Equity and Disability Inclusion Strategy and action plan are:
  • Existing national situation of gender equity and disability inclusion contexts in WASH sectors assessed considering non-emergency and emergency situations. This assessment is made on the base for the strategies and action plans for the contexts of Urban, Rural, Pastoralist and Humanitarian areas.
  • The gaps, best practices and lessons learned that can be inputs for the aimed strategy and action plan, identified.
  • International experiences and lessons learned reviewed and incorporated
  • Strategy and an action plan for WASH sector actors to practically implement the WASH projects with gender equity and disability inclusion fully included, developed.
  • An action plan that can clarify the practical implementation roles and responsibilities of different actors and harness the synergies between WASH organizations in Ethiopia in inclusive WASH implementation, developed
  • Gender equity and disability inclusion training materials that are directly related to the strategy and help to implement a proposed action plan, produced and submitted
  • Training of trainers to facilitate better understanding of the gender equity and disability inclusion strategy and to build implementation capacity of the action plan, conducted.

Scope of the Work

The scopes of the consultancy services include the following: This consultancy work is expected (but not limited to the following major tasks.

  • Review/analyses relevant national and regional level WASH-related policies, strategies, and program documents from government and non-government organizations in relation to gender equity and disability inclusion. Please refer to Annex 1 for relevant documents
  • Review/analyse experiences and lessons learned of other countries and incorporate in a way that could be done differently aligning with the context of Ethiopia to ensure achieving of better results.
  • Define conceptual framework that the strategy for gender equity and disability inclusion for the Ethiopian WASH sector need to follow.
  • General consultation of the stakeholders at federal and 7 selected regions
  • With present situation of COVID 19 pandemic, propose methods for obtaining information and conducting consultations aligning with COVID response strategies.
  • Submit and present inception report to the Equity and Disability Inclusion Task Force
  • Conduct a detailed field assessment at Federal (Addis Ababa) and in 7 selected regions of Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR, Tigray, Afar, Gambella and Somali with the following sample size.
  • It is expected that the assessment to provide insights of community, institution (Schools and Health Facilities) in all rural, urban, pastoralist and humanitarian context.
  • Submit report for field assessment and include desk review into the inception report. Reports to be submitted to the E&DI Task Force.
  • Gender Equity and Disability Inclusion Strategy shall have separate sections for Gender Equity and Disability Inclusion as well as a section with intersection of gender and disability.
  • It shall also include five years Strategic Action Plans for both sections as well as gender and disability intersection with explicit results framework whereby short term, mid-term and longterm results are clearly identified.
  • The strategic action plans include in detail roles and responsibilities of multiple governmental, non-governmental agencies, development partners, civil societies, and private sectors to facilitate implementation arrangements.
  • Outline work of the Disability and Inclusion Task Force at the federal level and set modalities for engagement with regional, zonal, and local counterparts to materialize the strategy and implement the action plans.
  • The strategic action plans incorporate an estimated budget as well as a clear monitoring plan with SMART indicators and responsibilities to follow up on its implementation.
  • The monitoring plan shall have a separate follow up process mechanism to be used by the task force members to conduct a 6-month progress check-in/evaluation after finalization of the documents and to revise the action plan if needed based on findings of the progress made and the overall situation.  Present and submit the Draft Strategy and Action Plan to the E&DI Task Force
  • Present the draft Strategy and Action Plan to the stakeholders in a national level workshop with Federal and Regional participation
  • Present and submit the Final Strategy and Action Plan to the E&DI Task Force. All documents of Strategy and Strategic Plan of Action shall be in English.
  • Prepare training material for gender equity and disability inclusion strategy familiarization as well as enhancing action plan implementation capacity
  • Conduct initial training of trainers to a maximum of 40 participants based on training material produced


The total duration of the service is 30 weeks (210calendar days)

The Water Development Commission now invites competent and eligible  consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The short-listing criteria are: Core business and years in business, qualification and experience in the field of assignment, organizational, managerial and technical capabilities of the firm.

Selection of Consultants shall be in accordance to “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016, revised November 2017 and August 2018” (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. But, should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub consultancy. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture

shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost Based Selection method set out in the Consultant IPF procurement regulation.

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours 9:00 am to 12:00 am noon and 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm after noon from Monday to Friday.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by e-mail) on or before Monday 29th January 2021, 4:00 local time (Afternoon)

Water Development Commission, Attn: Mr. Nuredin Mohammed,

Haile Gebrselassie Road, Ministry of Water Irrigation and

Energy, P.O.Box: 13/1076, Tel: +251 116637018

E-mail: nuredinmohammed@yahoo.com 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Water Development Commission