RFP invited for Study of domestic water security from lens of gender, social inequities & water management practices

RFP invited for Study of domestic water security from lens of gender, social inequities & water management practices

Organization: UNICEF

Apply By: 23 Aug 2019

About the Organization:

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do. Together with their partners, they work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

Name of Work: Study of domestic water security from lens of gender, social inequities and water management practices in Barmer and Jaisalmer Districts of Rajasthan, India

Project Background

Jal Jeevan Mission, national flagship programme of Government India (building on National Rural Drinking Water Programme – NRDWP) envisions safe and adequate drinking water for all, at all times, in rural India. By 2022, ensure that at least 90% of rural households are provided with piped water supply; at least 80% of rural household have piped water supply with household connection: less than 10% use public taps and less than 10% use handpumps or other safe and adequate private water sources

Rationale for the Study

The rationale of the study is to create adequate evidence to inform the development of an equity focused, gender transformative water security strategy, which in turn will inform the implementation plans (with special focus on western Rajasthan), led by the Government of Rajasthan in line with the national flagship programme on water, i.e. recently launched Jal Jeevan Mission. Government of Rajasthan is in agreement on such an evidence development as a prerequisite to the strategy and later operational plan development.

Scope of Work

The scope of the study will be to:

  • To map and analyze inequity (gender, caste, tribe, geography) in access, availability and adequacy of water for domestic purpose through formal government system as well as informal community and/or household measures such as traditional water  harvesting systems. This will also include the study of the existing private water markets prevalent in the area, its cost (including analysis of who pays it in the household), frequency and footprint on the current ecosystem.
  • To study prevailing practices of women, men, girls, boys, including community participatory mechanisms, regarding domestic water security including collection, storage, distribution, management (including O&M) and roles in households, with specificity for the caste/ tribe/ geography. There will be a focus on households with disability and women headed households.
  • To compute and analyze socio-economic cost (including opportunity cost) of domestic water security and its tradeoffs, including opportunity cost of time, for women, men, girls and boys with specificity for caste/ tribe/ geography/ disability in study area. This will include the impact on schooling and other opportunities and rights of adolescents especially girls and a focus on women-headed households as those are usually the most disadvantaged in India
  • To map current barriers and enablers (knowledge, attitude, norms,) around water access and management, as well as opportunities for community engagement (including community based platforms and mediums) to inform a comprehensive SBCC strategy

Qualifications & Experience required

A leading research agency, with at least 10-15 years of experience in qualitative research in the field of development specifically on the rural drinking water sector. The agency should have the technical expertise to understand and unpack gender norms and customs and also be able to make ‘gender-transformative’ recommendations. The agency needs to have experienced research professionals with deep insight into psychographic and behavioral and gender studies; excellent communication skills in Hindi, English and for qualitative inquiries local dialect of Marwari used in western Rajasthan; has familiarity and experience in using various quantitative and qualitative research approaches and tools, proven excellent analytical and research report writing skill.

Duty Station: The agency can be based out of any location in India but all reporting to be done at UNICEF, Rajasthan State Office based at Jaipur

How to Apply

The deadline for submission of proposals is as follows: 23rd August, 2019 (Friday). Proposer will submit the proposals electronically at jaipur.consultants@unicef.org  in the following manner:

  • Technical Proposal file clearly named as “Technical Proposal-RFP-9151317
  • Financial Proposal file clearly named as “Financial Proposal- RFP-9151317
  • Services Form to be signed and sent along with the Technical Proposal for acceptance of GTCs

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