Support Organisations (SO)

Support Organizations (SOs) are envisaged under the project to undertake Capacity Building and provide necessary handholding support to the GPWSC/GP/Community within the project area. The SO will also undertake Information Education Communications (IEC)/ Behavioural Change Communication (BCC) activities for Rural Water and Sanitation in the assigned area.

The SO will be engaged by DPMC under the guidance of JSWSMS/SPMU/DWSC/DPMU and as per predefined the evaluation and selection criteria of SO. Since, the no. of schemes as well as type of schemes per district/ batch varies hence, number of SOs required per district would be different. Number of SOs to be hired by DPMC would be decided under the guidance of JSWSMS/ SPMU/DWSC/for the district depending upon the coverage of population and intensity of the schemes. The SO is expected to have key staff in place with necessary skills and proven experiences in the areas of Community Mobilization, Capacity building, Technical Support in Water and Sanitation, Procurement, Finance, Social and Environmental aspects. SO will exit from the scheme cycle but will continue to support in sustainability related activities of the schemes/project villages till the continuation of the RWSPL-LIS i.e. up to six years from the effectiveness of the project.

The specific objectives of SOs intervention in the allotted gram panchayats is to mobilize community, build their capacity, provide engineering and technical guidance, hand hold and mentoring of PRI members and community based institutions for implementation of RWSS project.

Purpose of Hiring SO

The proposed intervention aims at creating water and sanitation assets at the community level in selected panchayats of 6 districts of Jharkhand. A State Project Management Unit (SPMU) has been created under Jharkhand State Water & Sanitation Mission Society, Drinking Water and Sanitation Department, GoJ for the effective implementation of the proposed RWSSP while District PMU is located within District Water Sanitation Mission (DWSM). The project will promote decentralized service delivery arrangements with increased participation by the PRIs and communities and enhanced accountability at all levels. The decentralization of RWSS service delivery will lead to entrusting responsibility to the DWSM and concerned institution/ PRI for Multi Village Schemes (MVSs) and to the Village Water and Sanitation committee (VWSC) for Single Village Schemes (SVSs) and the intra-village component of the MVSs.

The proposed project requires intensive planning, community mobilization, communication, capacity building, engineering, infrastructure development, monitoring and administrative support, especially at grassroots levels for effective implementation sustainability of the project outcomes. It is therefore proposed that JSWSMS/ SPMU appoint the District Project Management Consultants (DPMCs) with expertise in undertaking support activities in planning, community mobilization, communication, capacity building, engineering, infrastructure development, monitoring and administrative support to water supply and sanitation schemes at village and panchayat level. DPMC will work closely with the DWSC through the District Project Management Unit (DPMU). The SPMU/DPMU will oversee the work of DPMC and provide necessary guidance to them. The DPMC will have specialists with expertise in community mobilization, technical (water and sanitation), social and environment, communications, procurement, financial management, etc. DPMC will work as the field arm of DPMU and coordinate with DPMUs at the district headquarters. DPMC will also, as a part of its own team, engage Support Organizations (SO) at GP level to mobilize community for the project implementation. Selection of Support Organization would be through a transparent process with support and guidance from SPMU/DPMU.

The Project will adopt an integrated approach to water supply, household and institutional sanitation and community-wide environmental sanitation. : An integrated scheme cycle approach will be adopted for planning, implementing and managing the water supply and sanitation schemes. While the SHS/ SGSs and MVSs will provide piped water supplies, the sanitation interventions in convergence with NBA will include household toilets, institutional sanitation, environmental sanitation and IEC/BCC activities for demand creation and strengthening linkages to improving nutrition, health and hygiene practices. SO will take up both water supply and sanitation activities at habitation level.

Details of Support Organization is available under Terms of Reference of Support Organization.