Institutional Capacity Assessment and Institutional Development Training for Water and Wastewater Unit within JSCPD in West Bethlehem – 2016


The World Bank considered one of the key active donors in the Palestinian water and wastewater sector. In August 2012, it has approved the provision of around ($US 3,650,000) through its State and Peace-building Fund to finance a new development project entitled “Water Supply and Sanitation Improvements for West Bethlehem Villages” is supposed to last for 36 months.

The project aimed mainly to improve, through a pilot project, the delivery of water and the planning of wastewater services in targeted five rural communities (Battir, Nahhalin, Husan, Wadi Fukin, Walajeh) that are marginalized due to mobility restrictions in West Bethlehem region. That in response to problems facing these rural communities which including among others: environmental and human health issues due to the pollution of springs.

To this end, PWA is intend to contract with consulting firm to undertake an assignment entitled “Institutional Capacity Assessment and Institutional Development Training- Water and Wastewater Unit within JSCPD in West Bethlehem”. 

The main objective of this assignment is to assess the current capabilities and needs of the JSCPD and principally its new established water and wastewater unit (WWU) in terms of (institutional & administrative, technical and financial) aspects, with respect to its ability to sustainably plan, manage, operate and maintain water and sanitation system and services.

This assignment will contribute in achieving the overall objective of the project under the Capacity Building Component, which represented by the improvement and enhancement the capacity of JSCPD/ WWU to plan, manage, operate, and maintain water and wastewater system and services, as measured by the preparation of a business plan (a tariff structure that aims at full recovery of O&M costs, and a tariff collection rate of at least 80%), in order to reduce reliance on subsidies.

Description of Actual Services Provided by GCT:

  •  Conduct a Stakeholder Analysis – which is needed to understand who are the important players that need to be involved in the development of the JSCPD.
  •  Analyze the Community – with focus on specific issues for the project such as pre-paid water meters, willingness and ability to pay, priorities of the community, etc.
  •  Model Structure – which looks at the JSC model, compares it with national policies and legal framework, looks at best practice, and formulates a suitable structure. This includes the relationship between the JSC and the VC, MoLG, and PWA. It also sets the mandate of the JSC and links it with the PA’s plans to establish regional utilities.
  •  Assess Administrative Capacities – to determine if the current organizational structure, staffing, standard operating procedures, operational plans, etc. are adequate.
  •   Assess Technical (services) Capacities – to manage the JSC in general but with specific attention to required systems and training on water and wastewater matters.
  •  Assess Financial Capacities – including tariff and billing structures with financial projections focusing on economic viability of the JSC.
  •   Review and analyze the current tariff structure, and propose the measures to achieve the full cost recovery.
  •   Review the achievements of JSCs and utilities that use the pre-paid meters from both financial and social aspects, and to recommend whether the pre-paid meters could be used or not.
  •  Determine Suitability of Work Environment – including IT, furniture, equipment,
  •    Conduct on job training for the technical and admin team to assist them to conduct and develop the work environment.
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