Consultants to Develop the National Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance strategic plan – SNV


Kigali, Rwanda


Contract type: Consultancy contract

Company Description

SNV is committed to integrity in procurement, and only selects suppliers based on objective business criteria such as price and technical merit.

SNV does not tolerate fraud, collusion among offerors, falsified proposals/bids, bribery, or kickbacks. Any firm or individual violating these standards will be disqualified from this procurement, barred from future procurement opportunities, and may be reported to both the Office of the Inspector General.

Employees and agents of SNV are strictly prohibited from asking for or accepting any money, fee, commission, credit, gift, gratuity, object of value or compensation from current or potential vendors or suppliers in exchange for or as a reward for business. Employees and agents engaging in this conduct are subject to termination and will be reported to the Office of the Inspector General. In addition, SNV will inform the Office of the Inspector General of any supplier offers of money, fee, commission, credit, gift, gratuity, object of value, or compensation to obtain bus Gikuriro programme is a 5 year (Nov 10, 2015- Nov 9, 2020) USAID-funded program focusing on capacity building and nutrition and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) service delivery. The programme is implemented through a consortium of two international agencies; Catholic Relief Services – USCCB (CRS) who is the prime and SNV, the Netherlands Development Organization as sub recipient. The Gikuriro programme works through decentralized Government of Rwanda (GoR) systems and structures and is in line with USAID’s Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy to improve nutrition to save lives, build resilience, increase economic productivity, and advance development. The programme is designed to catalyze improved nutrition, hygiene and sanitation through structures at the community and decentralized levels to support the GoR Community-Based Food and Nutrition Programme (CBF&NP) and Community-Based Environmental Health Promotion Programme (CBEHPP).

Job Description

The consultant will be required to develop the National Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and surveillance strategic plan aiming at guiding the sector with clear and concise strategic options for this component of a broader water safety approach.  The consultant will work in close consultation primarily with Ministry of Health, and also with Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) and Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) from the kick off to final validation and approval of the strategic plan. For further details, please refer the ToR for this assignment.

Key specific detailed tasks will include to:

  • Desk review of all existing relevant documents
  • Assessment of existing roles and responsibilities around drinking water quality surveillance and monitoring
  • Define vision, objectives, and guiding principles of the national strategic plan linking to SDGs, the 1st National Strategy for Transformation (NST1), the 4TH Rwanda Health Sector Strategic plan (2018-2024), Rwanda Standards Board (RSB), Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), Water and Sanitation Commission (WASAC) Ltd etc.;
  • Assessment of existing documents, activities and capacities through desk review and key informant interviews
  • Proposed strategic plan (vision, objectives, guiding principles, strategies, activities)
  • Costed implementation plan for 5 years, including start up and running costs of the program
  • Present vision, objectives, and guiding principles to relevant stakeholders in the kick off meeting and incorporate meeting outcomes/inputs
  • Prepare inception report detailing methodology and gap analysis tools to be used;
    1. Strategic plan gap analysis methodology and tools
    2. Align the strategy with legislative and institutional arrangements in the national, regional and global contexts;
    3. Indicate major pillars of the strategic plan
    4. Set guiding principles for strategic plan
    5. Set roles and responsibilities of different actors from central to cell levels to implement the intended strategy in the meaning
    6. Development of strategic orientation
    7. Development of monitoring and evaluation framework
    8. Financing of the drinking water quality surveillance strategic plan
  • Use as a reference the existing draft National drinking water quality surveillance Strategic Plan (2010/11) to re-develop the new strategic plan addressing all global and national developments;
  • Conduct rapid courtesy calls to relevant government ministries, authorities, agencies, boards and public health laboratories and also UN agencies and active WASH sector actors in Rwanda;
  • Prepare draft National Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance Strategic plan and share to different national platforms, working groups and relevant sectors for review and comments/inputs;
  • Produce the second version of the strategic plan and share to similar stakeholders for review and inputs;
  • Present the final strategic plan to the validation workshop to be organized by the client;
  • Incorporate the final inputs and submit for strategic document to the client/ss.


The consultancy is open to two consultants (One international and one national) combined who meet the following specifications;

  • the consultants (international and national) could have academic degree in one or more of the following areas: Environmental Health, Water resource management (WRM) or Public health Laboratory or sociologist with  master’s degree/PhD;
  • An international consultant should have background and work experience as consultant in water quality monitoring/ surveillance or water safety plans preparations in others countries and be able to transfer knowledge to Rwanda. Similarly, a local consultant should have working experience in the water quality monitoring and surveillance areas, and has in-depth knowledge about the country context in the WASH sector.
  • Both consultants should have experience of 5 years minimum in the field of strategy development related to WASH, WRM and Water quality monitoring/surveillance and has successfully completed at least proof of one similar assignment in Rwanda or in other country or region.
  • Language: The international consultant must be fluent in English and possess an excellent written and oral communication skills. Similarly, the national consultant should be fluent in English and Kinyarwanda. Working knowledge of French would be a plus.

Both would be knowledgeable about the Rwanda WASH and health sector especially about the Environmental Health Promotion Program (CBEHPP), water and sanitation policies and strategies is desired;

Applicants checklist                                                                              

Applicants interested in this assignment shall submit a full application, which include the following:

  • Cover Letter, signed by an authorized representative of the applicant and indicating name of applicant, address, phone numbers, and email address, and contact person for any purpose related to this RFP.
  • Technical proposal:
  • The consultant is required to prepare a detailed methodology for the assignment. This methodology will include, among others, the following:
  • Literature review, legislative and institutional arrangements as well as a comparative analysis of other environmental health, Water and sanitation and national water supply and  policies in the region and beyond and HSSP IV and SDGs;
  • Gap-analysis tool;
  • Assessment through formal and informal interviews and Focus Group Discussions with key informants;
  • Organizing a series of consultative meeting with different stakeholders
  • Prepare a report featuring identified gaps and how the strategic plan will address them.
  • Additionally, the consultant will use the following contents/chapters of outline for detail technical proposal presentation:
  • proposal situation analysis;
  • Problem statement;
  • Objective;
  • Methodology/approach;
  • Lay-out/framework for the strategy;
  • Implementation approach of the strategy (who, what and how);
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Framework;
  • Template for indicative budget and potential sources; and
  • References.

Additional Information

Expected outcomes

  1. National Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance Strategic plan well developed;
  2. Resource mapping and clearly indicate realistic financial plan to implement the strategy in the anticipated period; and
  3. Presentation to stakeholders in the validation workshop/s and incorporate inputs accordingly.


The consultants will start this assignment on 1st August and submit deliverables within 35 calendar days in early September 2019.

Coordination and supervision

The consultant will perform his/her duty in close collaboration with Ministry of Health, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) and Gikuriro WASH program team.

 Mode of application

All applicants should include the following:

The application should include:

Technical proposal

Indicative budget for the assignment

Similar experience

Attach copies indicating similar exercise.

Selection criteria

Quality of the Technical proposal ( 30)

Academic qualification (10)

Quality and viability of the Budget Proposal (40)

Relevant experience (10)

Submission time clearly indicated and realistic (10)


The Applicants must fully meet all requirements of this RFP, and are requested to submit their proposals no later than 17st, July, 2019 at 17h00 local Kigali time.

National and international are eligible to apply.

Note: SNV  shall inform ONLY successful applicant(s).



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