Consultancy for Capacity Strengthening of CSOs working in the Water Supply and Sanitation sector of
Experience: 5 years
With a population of over 150 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. Political unrest, poor governance and corruption have led to decades of water shortages, while the population has increased rapidly. Though there is surface and ground water, rapid population growth, particularly in urban areas, has not been supported with additional resources. Only 11% of people have access to safe sanitation and 42% live without access to clean water. Funding for water, sanitation and hygiene is low and there is little coordination within the government. The poorest and most marginalised people live in unofficial slum settlements using expensive private services.
The 2-year, EU–funded Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organisations (TAC) project is aimed at improving the capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to drive the governance of public sector Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) service delivery in Plateau state and in Riyom and Shendam Local Government Areas (LGA). This is expected to be achieved by continuous training and coaching to understand policy development, support development of sector documents, participate in governance processes, train community structures on WASH rights demand, implement electoral advocacy campaign, and facilitate budget advocacy.
A capacity assessment has just been concluded which adds to the evidence base as to programmatic areas CSOs will require technical support on to drive improved WASH governance in the state. The CSOs have over the years gained a basic working skill and knowledge of community mobilization, advocacy and other activities that support citizen engagement. However, they lack the technical skills required to conduct policy advocacy, systematically apply equity and inclusion principles and the human rights based approach to WASH advocacy and programming. They also require capacity support to strengthen their internal structures, raise funds and remain sustainable post-project.
The EU-TAC project hereby invites applications from highly resourceful, motivated and experienced professionals to serve as capacity strengthening consultants to facilitate training of CSOs and provide longer-term technical support to the trained CSOs.
The thematic gaps identified as areas the CSOs require support on are;
Human rights based approach in WASH programming,Equity and inclusion in WASH programming,Fund raising to resource interventions,Financial management processes,Organizational planning, monitoring, reporting and documentation.Performance tracking and monitoring of the WASH sector.Policy-focused advocacy in WASH and sector accountability advocacy (including budget tracking)
As such, WaterAid Nigeria is planning two training sessions as the highlight of a capacity improvement support, that applies quality improvement and adult learning approaches to strengthen the weak capacity of the CSO in the areas of focus. The trainings will serve as the first step in delivering tailor made capacity support in the areas listed above to CSOs working on WASH issues in Plateau state over a two-year period. The Capacity Strengthening consultant will lead in delivering the training and post-training support.
Objective and Scope
The main objectives for the capacity building consultancy are to;
Equip participants with the basic skills that will be used to advocate effectively for improved WASH governance in the state.Build organisational capacity of CSOs to sustainably supporting the WASH sector after the projectEquip CSOs with the requisite skill to implement and drive project activities in 2 LGAs; Riyom and ShendamDevelop, implement and track action plans with resource persons to ensure quality capacity support to CSOs is provided over the period of the project
Duration The trainings are planned to hold in December, 2018 and January 2019 while post-training support will run from December 2018 to July 2020. Those to be trained are civil society members of the NEWSAN Plateau coalition.
Terms of Reference
Develop training materials and presentation slides for the 4-day workshopDevelop and share workshop agenda and a detailed checklist of training requirements. Coordinate and deliver expected training outcomes within the training durationDevelop and facilitate training evaluation and action plans for participants. This will be used to support and mentor partners post training
Key deliverables It is expected at the end of the trainings, the civil society participants will have developed working knowledge and skills in the thematic areas for programing. It is expected that the CSOs will need time to gain confidence in applying the knowledge gained over a longer period however; through a quality improvement process, and they will be provided continuous support in delivering programme activities.
At least a master's degree in political science, public administration, public policy, law, economics, social sciences or such related fields.A minimum of 5 years of experience or Bachelor's Degree and 8 years of experience post qualification experience in any of the above areasExpertise in training and capacity building approaches on identified thematic areas.Experience in sector governance/reforms planning & implementation -in any sector (WASH sector experience will be a distinct advantage).Proven experience in working for or with civil society to drive a reform agendaExperience in designing social accountability tools, mobilizing the key stakeholders including media, the political leadership and consumers to support reformsKnowledge and experience in designing gender inclusive development programs.
Supervision and Ongoing support.
The consultancy will be conducted under the supervision of the Sector Support and Capacity Manager to deliver this capacity strengthening project in Plateau state. Support from the Coordinator, Policy and Sector Capacity, EU accountant and the Policy Analyst will be provided for successful training sessions.
Method of Application
Interested professionals should apply via sending the CV/Resume and a proposal stating their interst in the consultancy, the methodology of delivering the consultancy and a budget to ChiugoNwangwu@wateraid.org