USAID Karnali Water Activity
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The USAID/Nepal Karnali Water Activity will create healthy, resilient, and water secure communities at the watershed level through strengthened water and sanitation governance that improves water resource management (including water for more resilient and biodiverse ecosystems), enhances sustainable access to drinking water, improves agriculture water management, and reduces the fecal pathogen burden in the environment from poorly managed non-sewered sanitation through fecal sludge management. The program team will methodically integrate water resource management (WRM), watershed biodiversity conservation, and water and sanitation service delivery by mapping and strengthening the roles, connections, and capacities of key actors and stakeholders system-wide.
Water Use Master Plans (WUMPs) are a key entry point for the USAID Karnali Water Activity to implement its activities at the local level. WUMPs incorporate all possible uses of water resources and cover four components of water resources management pertaining to (i) water supply and sanitation; (ii) irrigation and drainage; (iii) environment and climate adaptation; and (iv) water energy. They are an integrated, inclusive planning tool for local governments to synchronize WASH Plans; implement prioritized Drinking Water Schemes (DWS), including Multi-Use Schemes (MUS) and Source Conservation (SC); and develop service providers. Throughout these processes, WUMPs emphasize the inclusion of women and socially and economically marginalized communities in the planning, implementation, and utilization of water resources.
The WUMP process has proven to be an effective administrative tool for integrated water supply and water resources management at the local level, one that ensures an authentic and inclusive participatory process. However, the uptake of the WUMP process by local governments has been slow as a result of the dated WUMP Guidelines, misalignment with Nepal’s federal system and local government’s budgeting and planning processes, and lengthy process. The Karnali Water Activity will catalyze uptake by 1) improving alignment between the WUMP and local government budgeting and planning processes; 2) tailoring community facilitation, while sustainably building local capacity for the WUMP process; and 3) aligning WUMP plans with larger watershed dynamics and ecological boundaries to strengthen upstream-downstream understanding for amplified impact. The basis of WUMP formulation is the existing WUMP Guidelines, prepared and issued by the Ministry of Water Supply and Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development in 2016. USAID Karnali Water Activity has reviewed the WUMP Guidelines to identify areas for improvement and efficiency gains. These findings have been collated into a WUMP Review Report to inform the development and implementation of WUMPs. The Report’s findings were further validated through a participatory WUMP Co-Design Workshop with local resource partners and municipalities. The workshop brought a broad spectrum of public and private sector actors together in an intensive and iterative co-design process to collectively develop and document an improved WUMP process, including the creation of standardized methodologies and tools for developing new WUMPs and updating/revising existing ones. In June of 2022, the Karnali Water Activity, in collaboration with 14 local governments, made four awards to local organizations to support 14 municipalities in developing their municipal-level WUMPs. The Activity will make additional awards later this year to develop an additional 15 WUMPs. In total, the USAID Karnali Water Activity will support 29 target municipalities in preparing new WUMPs or updating pre-existing WUMPs.
The WUMP Manager will serve as the technical lead for the project’s WUMP activities, providing technical oversight and management of a portfolio of local WUMP awards. S/he will work closely with government agencies, subcontractors, USAID Karnali Water Activity Team, and communities to develop the WUMPs. In collaboration with the COP, DCOP, Director of Operations, MERL team, and other members of the Technical team, the WUMP Manager will ensure the effective technical design, implementation, and close-out of 29 WUMP awards and subcontracts, managing the technical activities through the entire subcontract life cycle. Duties may include but are not limited to supporting the issuing of subcontract and proposal solicitations, review, award, implementation, compliance, strengthening awardee and municipal capacity, and managing the subcontracts to perform as per agreed scope of work.
Level of Effort/Timeline
This position is full-time with 8 working hours per day or 40 working hours per week. The employment contract will be for one year, with the possibility of extension. The position is based in Surkhet and reports to the Deputy Chief of Party.
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Interested candidates should submit their application no later than July 24, 2022
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