Request for Expressions of Interest (Consulting Services – Individual Consultant Selection). Closing Date 23 June 2016

Country: MYANMAR, Project: Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project

Credit No: IDA 5559, Project ID: P146482

Assignment Title: Individual Consultants for Water Sector Institutional Review and Options Assessment Study


Reference No: C1.2.1.a; C1.2.1.b; C1.2.1.c


The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project. Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR), Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) is the implementing agency of the AIRBM through the Project Management Unit (PMU) established under the supervision of the DG of DWIR, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services. The Project Management Unit now invites expressions of interest from qualified candidates for the following positions:

C1.2.1.a – Team Leader and Institutional Specialist;

C1.2.1.b – Management Specialist; and

C1.2.1.c – Governance Specialist

Interested consultants must provide their updated curriculum vitae, indicating personal and technical skills, qualifications and experience in similar assignments. In submitting their expressions of interest, consultants are kindly requested to indicate the positions they apply for and the reference number given above. The candidates may express interest in more than one positions.

This assignment is designed to: (i) support the AIRBM PMU to review the institutional setting of the water sector, (ii) assess options for institutional improvements based on international experience and the specific conditions, needs and opportunities in Myanmar, (iii) make recommendations for effective stakeholder consultation as an input into the further development of the multi-stakeholder platform, and (iv) support discussions and consensus building towards an agreed institutional and capacity development program.

The inputs of the consultancy will be provided in two phases: (1) Institutional review and options assessment phase (planned for July to December 2016) and (2) Consensus building and consolidation phase (planned for March – August 2017).

The scope of the institutional review is ambitious and pertains to a comprehensive review and assessment of options for improvement of water resources management in Myanmar. To achieve this scope, the assignment will be implemented by a team of three complementary consultants who will work closely together but bring specialized expertise to the institutional review:

(1) Team leader and Institutional Specialist: The consultant will review the overall system of water and related agencies, the roles and responsibilities of the various agencies, and how they interact with each other. The objective is to design options for a comprehensive institutional framework that avoids overlaps, fills existing gaps, and ensures complementarity and clear mandates to address Myanmar’s water resources development opportunities and water resources management issues. The consultant has demonstrated experience working in, or advising, an organization or institution that oversees multiple agencies involved in the planning, management, or regulation of water resources, as well as experience advising water sector agencies.

(2) Management Specialist: The consultant will examine the efficiency of key water sector agencies, including management structure, staffing, capacity, and budget. The consultant will also be required to assess the organizational requirements of agencies proposed under different institutional options. H/she will work with the Governance Specialist to ensure that gender and diversity issues are properly taken into account at the agency level. The consultant shall have demonstrated experience in managing one or more water sector agencies, either as a high-level public official or a consultant.

(3) Governance Specialist: The consultant will examine the efficiency and efficacy of relationships between different water sector agencies, including but not limited to apex organization, ministries, departments, and states/regions. The objective is to ensure a smooth flow of information and data, overall policy and planning coherence between the different entities, and transparency and accountability towards all stakeholders. The consultant will take the lead in ensuring that IWRM and gender and diversity issues are appropriately considered at all levels of the study. The consultant will have demonstrated experience in working in or with a wide variety of water sector agencies and/or RBOs, either as a high-level public official or a consultant.

The main output of the services will be (1) consolidated draft report on the institutional review of Myanmar’s water sector and preliminary assessment of options for improvement and (2) consolidated final draft institutional review and options assessment with the institutional reform, development and capacity development program.

Interested consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The criteria that will be used to evaluate the Expression of Interests applicable for all three positions are: At least a Master’s Degree in an appropriate discipline such as engineering, environmental sciences, planning, public/business management, or law; More than 20 years of professional experience in one or more of the above described areas of water sector institutions, management of institutions, and governance and gender; Experience with institutional assessments and institutional development of government agencies and semi-government agencies; Knowledge of the water sector in Myanmar or other countries in the region would be an advantage.

The attention of interested consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. Further information and a copy of the detailed Terms of Reference (TORs) can be obtained at the address below during working days from 10:00 to 16:00 hours. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below in person, or by mail, or by e-mail by 23 June 2016.


Mr. U Win Hlaing, AIRBM Project Director, Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River

Systems (DWIR), Ministry of Transportation and Communication

Address: No-400, Lower Pazundaung Road, Pazundaung Post Office, Postal Code 11171, Pazundaung

Township, Yangon, Myanmar. Phone: +95-(0)1- 292961, Fax: +95-(0)1- 290230, Email: dwir.airbm@, With a copy to: Prof. Dr Khin Ni Ni Thein, AIRBMP Component 1 Director,Email:


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