Consultant opportunity for expert on groundwater drilling policy, standards, and guidelines

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Consultant opportunity for expert on groundwater drilling policy, standards, and guidelines

The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) seek an expert on groundwater drilling in Belize. The purpose of this request for qualifications (RFQ) is to identify an expert who will work with government officials and local stakeholders to strengthen capacity and provide guidance on regulatory policies relating to groundwater well-drilling in Belize.

Background

The Government of Belize seeks to improve water security policies, particularly in the assessment of available groundwater resources and establishing the regulatory framework to administer these resources. The Hydrology Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources, which has oversight and management of water systems, is looking to strengthen Belize’s regulatory regime relating to groundwater resources. A key component of this proposal includes evaluating existing measures relating to groundwater well-drilling, providing capacity building for government and nongovernment well drillers and engineers, and supporting the development of regulatory standards and certifications for licensed well drillers.

Opportunity

The U.S. Department of State and USWP seek an expert in sustainable groundwater drilling. The selected consultant will meet with local stakeholders and conduct site visits across Belize to develop an assessment for existing groundwater drilling measures and procedures. The selected consultant will also be responsible for conducting training sessions with local well drillers from the government and local engineers. The Hydrology Department will be responsible for the training session logistical arrangements and the selected consultant will be primarily responsible for preparing the content for the training sessions. Topics of interest for training include guidance on the following areas:

  • Transitioning boreholes into productive wells
  • Completing records and reports for wells
  • Disinfecting and servicing completed wells and pumping equipment
  • Performing assigned tasks in accordance with quality and production standards required by industry.

The selected consultant will provide and review with the Belize’s Hydrology Department best practice models for well-drilling standards, qualifications, and certifications required by licensed well drillers.

The WCP exchange will cover the consultant’s travel expenses and an honorarium for each working day during the trip. The candidates must be available to travel to Belize in the March-April 2017 timeframe. The trip will not exceed one-and-a-half weeks, including travel time.

Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate expertise in the following areas as listed below. Please note that preference will be given to candidates affiliated with USWP partner organizations.

Preliminary draft itinerary

  • Days 1–2: Meet hydrology officials and field visits
  • Days 3–5: Training workshops
  • Days 6–7: Summarize field visits and prepare for best practices
  • Days 8–10: Review best practice models

Qualifications

  • Subject matter expert — The candidate’s experience should reflect both an advanced understanding of, and experience in, the technical, managerial, and policy aspects of groundwater systems and well-drilling operations, specifically in relation to conducting an assessment of current measures, establishing and executing well-drilling training, developing well-drilling standards, certification, qualifications and licensing procedures, guidelines, and manuals.
  • Significant field expertise — The candidate ideally has experience with the aforementioned subject areas in the Central America region and/or similar settings in other developing countries. Professional experience with government officials is preferred.
  • Professionally recognized — The candidate has been recognized by peers as an expert in the aforementioned fields. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways including as a lecturer, speaker, panelist, trainer, or through other professional and educational experience.
  • Strong communication skills — The candidate has strong communication skills, both oral and written, and can communicate with a variety of audiences from other experts to a general audience with minimal understanding of technical issues.
  • Regional competency — Relevant experience in the Central America region is highly desired in a candidate; experience in other developing countries should also be highlighted.
  • Spanish fluency — Fluency in Spanish is highly desired.
  • Follow up — Each candidate must describe how she/he intends to follow up on the initial visit to continue building relations with key stakeholders to serve as an ongoing resource, e.g., periodic teleconferences, remote supplemental training, advisory services, expanding networks.

Next steps: Application and consultant selection

  • An application should be a single attachment of a statement of motivation (limit 200 words) and resume (limit four pages), and should be received no later than by close of business 5:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 8, 2017, to Marc Dettmann at the USWP Secretariat (Marc.Dettmann@uswaterpartnership.org) with a copy to Tim Lattimer (Tim.Lattimer@uswaterpartnership.org).
  • Please indicate the relevant expertise areas (listed above) in the statement of motivation for which the applicant wishes to be considered.
  • The statement of motivation and the resume should address both this specific opportunity details and the qualifications listed in this announcement.
  • Each application will be reviewed by an independent group of peer professional experts. The USWP Secretariat will contact applicants who are selected for interviews soon after. The USWP Secretariat will make all candidate selections and travel arrangements in concert with the U.S. State Department, which funds this program.
  • Short-listed experts may be asked subsequently to provide a specific writing sample or other example of relevant work products demonstrating an ability to engage effectively with lay audiences for their areas of expertise.
  • Preference will be given to candidates affiliated with USWP partner organizations.
  • Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, so please confirm this in your application.

The USWP Secretariat welcomes contact from organizations interested in cofunding future consultancies under this program initiative. If you have any questions or would like more information about cofunding or this particular opportunity with Belize, please send an email to Marc Dettmann with the USWP Secretariat (Marc.Dettmann@uswaterpartnership.org) with a copy to Tim Lattimer (Tim.Lattimer@uswaterpartnership.org)

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