Consultant – Ground Water Consultant: Recovery and Assistance Initiative for Borno II – Nigeria
Project Location: Northeast Nigeria (Borno State – Dikwa, Gwoza, and Ngala LGAs)
Mercy Corps’ RAI Borno II program aims to meet the immediate needs and restore the dignity of conflict-affected populations in marginalized LGAs of Borno State by improving their access to shelter, WASH facilities, protection services and income to meet their priority basic needs. Ensuring the supply of safe water within IDP camps and host communities in the Ngala, Dikwa, Gwoza LGAs is a significant challenge. The high demand for safe water by IDPs and host communities has placed extreme pressure on already limited water points within the camps and communities, and the influx of new IDPs continues to add to the strain. Attempts to meet the demands for both consumption and livelihood activities, such as gardening and the maintenance of livestock, has led to the over-extraction of underground water. As a result, water sources within IDP camps are frequently depleted during the dry season. To address this situation, Mercy Corps seeks to implement a ground water monitoring system that will monitor the flow characteristics and/or the quality of groundwater, thereby supporting the efficient use of water throughout the year.
Purpose / Project Description:
Mercy Corps seeks a Ground Water Consultant to develop a ground water monitoring system that transmits data from water points to the Mercy Corps/Rural Water and Sanitation Authority (RUWASA) systems. This will allow for the centralization of data collection and analysis, thereby facilitating the monitoring and rationing of the resource to extend the life of water points in times of drought. The Consultant will cover the three LGAs of Dikwa, Ngala and Gwoza and should ensure that all camps within the three LGAs are equally covered. The population in the program target areas totals 100,800 individuals.
The Consultant will:
- Develop clear and justified system for timely collection, centralization, and analysis of ground water-level data for Mercy Corps Nigeria.
- Support the installation of four (4) data loggers in four (4) water points while training the RUWASA and Mercy Corps staff and WASH partners in Borno state.
- Assist in determining the specifications of the required equipment for the complete ground water data collection and analysis in collaboration with the RUWASA and Mercy Corps Nigeria team. This includes Data Loggers, Bluetooth, GPS, computer, android phones, mobile network and related licenses and contracts.
- Harmonize multiple existing ground water data collection efforts and existing databases under the Mercy Corps system and help in the installation of software for data collection, reading and analysis.
- Build the capacity of Mercy Corps Nigeria’s WASH Technical team, RUWASA staff, and other interested WASH partners to collect, centralize, and analyze ground water-level data and to communicate with the water point operators on instructions related to the control of water extraction.
- Build capacity of the Mercy Corps’ WASH Technical team and RUWASA staff on ground water level data collection, centralization and analysis to control water extraction and inform the decision-making processes.
- In collaboration with Mercy Corps team, support the development of appropriate strategies for ground water monitoring by RUWASA/Mercy Corps to achieve the optimal use of the resource.
The Consultant will develop and provide the following deliverables:
- Ground water monitoring methodology
- Training manual for ground water monitoring
- Training of Mercy Corps and RUWASA staff on ground water monitoring and data analysis
- Installation of software for ground water monitoring data in to Mercy Corps computers
- Selection of 4 water points for installation of new data loggers
- Installation of new data loggers
- Develop and set up the Mercy Corps monitoring system, including transmission of data from water points to Mercy Corps’ systems
- Handover to Mercy Corps
- Draft report
- Presentation of the preliminary results to Mercy Corps, WASH cluster, and RUSWASA technical unit
- Final report
Timeframe / Schedule:
The assignment is expected to begin on October 28, 2019 for and last for a period of 22 days. Estimated durations for each required activity is as follows:
- Develop Methodology: 2 days
- Develop training tools, manuals, and handouts: 2 days
- Train Mercy Corps and the Rural Water and Sanitation Authority staff and WASH partners on groundwater monitoring and management: 3 days
- Conduct field assessment to identify gaps and needs in the three LGAs: 4 days
- Install and test digital data loggers in 4 water points: 5 days
- Set up software on Mercy Corps computers for downloading data from water point loggers: 1 day
- Test capacity of and mentor Mercy Corps team to ensure proper transfer of technology, knowledge, and appropriate methodologies: 2 days
- Report writing: 3 days
Required Experience & Skills:
- At least 5 years of experience in groundwater management/monitoring, hydro-geology, or other relevant areas of expertise;
- Experience in conducting similar activities;
- Post-Graduate qualification in water related studies with focus on ground water management;
- Extensive knowledge of ground water monitoring tools;
- Versatility, flexibility and ability to adapt solutions to the context;
- Experience in capacity building and knowledge transfer.
- Mercy Corps will facilitate travel and arrange meetings for the consultant.
- Early in the consultancy, the consultant must submit a list of people/institutions that s/he would like to meet with, so that the Mercy Corps team can arrange meetings. (Potential meetings could include RUWASA, Ministry of Water, WASH cluster etc.)
- Mercy Corps will require copies of all raw data collected under this consultancy.
- Mercy Corps will assist the consultant in identifying a translator.
- Mercy Corps will provide transportation to the Consultant to visit the project areas.
- Mercy Corps will pay the Consultant according to the following schedule: 20% on submission of methodology, 60% payment on submission of the first draft report, 20% payment on final report submission.
The Consultant will report to:
WASH Program Manager based in Maiduguri, Nigeria
Individuals interested in applying for this consultancy must submit materials to Mercy Corps by Friday September 13, 2019. They are requested to include in their application the following documents: CV with at least two references included, a 1-page expression of interest detailing the technical bid, a separate financial bid detailing the duration of work, a list of equipment required to complete the consultancy successfully (including associated costs), methodology and information on the proposed consultancy rate.