Development and Execution of Online Training Course on Conjunctive Management, Groundwater Governance and Cooperation on Transboundary Aquifers
Contract duration 7 months (30 October 2021- 30 May 2022)
The GEF-Project “Improving IWRM, knowledge-based management and governance of the Niger Basin and the Iullemeden-Taoudeni/Tanezrouft Aquifer System (NB-ITTAS)” aims at improving knowledge-based management, governance and resource conservation of the Niger River Basin and the Iullemeden-Taoudeni/Tanezrouft Aquifers (ITTAS), to support IWRM for the benefit of communities and the resilience of ecosystems. The project rationale is that water resources of the Niger River are highly interlinked with the groundwater of the ITTAS system and this calls for the planned integrated co-management of surface and groundwater resources (conjunctive management).
The core funding of the project is provided by GEF with additional support, as co-financing from partners and beneficiary countries and organizations. The project is implemented through UNDP and UNEP and executed by Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and UNIDO for UNDP’s component and by the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) and UNESCO for UNEP’s component. The project geographic scope encompasses all the riparian states of the Niger Basin and the aquifer countries sharing the greater Iullemeden-Taoudeni/Tanezrouft Aquifer system. The (11) beneficiary countries are Algeria, Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria.
The project will progress towards this objective through the execution of four components with respective outcomes. The four components of the project are
Component 1: Promoting conjunctive management of ground and surface waters. The main aim of this component is to complete the TDA for the entire ITTAS and develop the ITTAS SAP (shared action program). This should be done early on so that the findings can be fully taken into account in other components of the project, in particular defining conjunctive management pilots under Component 2.
Component 2: Sharing responsibilities and benefits with local communities, civil society in conserving basin resources, including groundwater. The purpose of this component is to implement a wide range of community-based projects aimed at addressing many of the key issues and challenges originally identified in the TDA/SAP/SDAP as well as those conjunctive management pilots anticipated to be identified in the Niger and ITTAS TDA/SAP under Component 1.
Component 3: Strengthening industries’ environmental/social responsibility capacities. Component 3 aims at encouraging the industry to reduce pollution through the adoption of best practices and new technology. A win-win approach is a key driver of this approach with private companies encouraged to invest in environmentally responsible behaviour and making savings over time, especially since policy and legal changes are expected to increasingly punish environmentally irresponsible behavior.
Component 4: Capacity building and stakeholders involvement in Niger River ecosystem-based management. Component 4 is cross-cutting in nature and is aimed at supporting the required building of capacity to ensure that national policies and institutions are in place towards ecosystem-based management of the Niger River basin.
Corresponding to each of these components the following four outcomes are expected from the project
1. IWRM is supported by a sound understanding of groundwater resources and their linkages with surface water systems.
2. Niger Basin Users Associations and National NGOs engaged in basin resources management and conservation for better control of flood/drought/pollution, reduction of pressure on land, forest and biodiversity while improving living conditions of households.
3. Introduce a systematic and integrated approach of industrial competitiveness and environmental/social responsibility through Environmentally Sound Technology (TEST) to reduce wastewater discharges and pollution loads in the Niger River introduced and demonstrated.
4. National Policies and Institutions, Civil Society Platforms support Niger River Ecosystem-based management.
UNESCO is involved in Component 4 of the project (limited to output 4.1.1 and 4.1.2), jointly with the other implementing partners (NBA and OSS), for the implementation of Component 4 of the project, dedicated to cross-cutting capacity building and stakeholders’ involvement in the Niger River ecosystem-based management. More specifically, UNESCO’s involvement is concerned with the governance dimension of Conjunctive Management and support for the development of governance options integrating surface and groundwater resources.
Objectives of the assignment
Within this framework, UNESCO is seeking for a qualified contractor, who could design, plan, and execute a specialized training course focused on Groundwater Governance, Conjunctive Management, and Cooperation on Transboundary Aquifers. In addition, the contractor will provide tailored support to the Members of the ITTAS Task Force for the revision of two key documents and will deliver the revised documents at the end of the training.
Details of the assignment
A) Prepare and deliver a training course on Groundwater Governance, Conjunctive Management, and Cooperation on Transboundary Aquifers. The course will be in English and French. The course will be articulated along 4 modules.
Module 1 – Groundwater governance, with a focus on the ITTAS region (4 hours English and 4 hours French)
Module 2 – International water law (with a specific focus on transboundary aquifers), with a focus on the ITTAS region (4 hours English and 4 hours French)
Module 3 – Domestic water laws, with a focus on the ITTAS region (4 hours English and 4 hours French)
Module 4 – Conjunctive Management of surface and groundwater resources, with a focus on ITTAS region (4 hours English and 4 hours French)
The training course will be articulated as follows:
Introductory webinar. Introductory webinar (live) with simultaneous interpretation (interpretation provided by UNESCO) in English and French. The 120-minute introductory webinar will be aimed at presenting the course to the participants, including also the parts related to the revision of project documents. The webinar will take place in the month of January 2022.
Online course. As mentioned above, the course will be articulated along 4 modules, which will be hosted on a UNESCO platform. UNESCO will provide support with the setup of these recordings as well as integrate the course materials in its online learning platform. The contractors should be available for the managing of the course online and to engage actively with the participants, through the integrated forum, as well as via short webinars to facilitate live interaction with the participants if and when needed. The online course should be held in the period between January and April 2022.
Closing webinar. The closing webinar, which will last 120 minutes, will be aimed at gathering feedback from the participants on the course, and its outputs. The closing webinar will take place in May 2022.
UNESCO will take care of simultaneous interpretation when needed.
B) Provide tailored support to the Members of the ITTAS Task Force for the revision of project documents, namely:
Report 1, mapping of the current actors as well as regional and national institutional frameworks and consultation mechanisms for surface water and groundwater management in the Niger Basin and ITTAS
Report 2 analyses possible governance options integrating surface and groundwater resources in the project area, based on the findings of the first report and drawing on lessons and experiences in TBA governance mechanisms elsewhere in the world.
The support will be provided by using Report 1 and Report 2 as training material and collecting feedback from members of the task force.
C) Prepare a revised version of Report 1 and Report 2, based on the feedback obtained by trainees.
Deliverable A.1. Concept note for the training course. This document will include the course structure, timing and methodology.
Deliverable A.2. Training material. These will include, the script for the videos (in English and French), PowerPoint presentations (in English and French), relevant bibliography and any additional supporting materials deemed useful.
Deliverable A.3. The training course delivered, forum moderated, student’s assignments evaluated. Report on the training.
Deliverable C.1. Report 1 and Report 2, modified and improved, in line with the outcome of the discussions with trainees during the training.
Profile of the contractor
The ideal contractor is an institution or legal entity, profit or non-profit, with proven expertise in the areas of Groundwater Governance, Transboundary Waters and Water Law. The ability to work and prepare documents in both English and French will be a requirement. Previous working experience with the United Nations system will be an asset.
Due to the nature of the assignment, UNESCO is inviting only institutions or legal entities to submit proposals. Proposals submitted by individuals will not be taken into considerations.
Submission of offers
The proposal will have to be submitted via email at the following addresses email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. The proposal will have to include a cover letter, a description of the contractor (highlighting previous experiences in similar context/areas), a methodology for the execution of the work, and a budget, itemized in line with the activities listed above. The deadline for applications is set at 23:59 (Abuja Time) of 28 October 2021.
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