Call for EOI: Co-development of Integrated River Basin Management training modules with ICIMOD

Submission Deadline: Friday 16 April 2021, 5.30pm (AEST)

The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is seeking Australian Partner/s to update, develop and deliver Integrated River Basin management (IRBM) training modules in collaboration with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

Activity Background

The AWP, the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and ICIMOD signed a Memorandum of Understanding in April 2019. Since then, AWP has been engaging with ICIMOD’s River Basin and Cryosphere (RBC) programme to develop activities centred around Integrated River Basin management (IRBM) and water governance.

The selected partner/s will work closely with ICIMOD’s RBC programme to develop and deliver the IRBM training. The IRBM training builds on Australia’s support to the Strengthening Water Resources Management in Afghanistan (SWaRMA) project in 2018. The Resource Book on Multiscale Integrated River Basin Management from a Hindu Kush Himalayan perspective and eight IRBM training modules will be updated in collaboration with ICIMOD to train 13 participants from water and related departments and agencies from the Hindu Kush Himalayan region (HKH) and ICIMOD member countries. The IRBM training will be delivered over two years:

  • Year 1: Virtual IRBM training modules (4.5 days) – to be delivered in September–October 2021.
  • Year 2: IRBM training modules (10 days) – to be delivered in Kathmandu, Nepal in September or October 2022.

Activity Description

The objectives of this activity are two-fold: 1) to work with ICIMOD in updating the resource book and IRMB training modules; and 2) to assist ICIMOD in delivering Year 1 & 2 of the IRBM training program.

The main objectives of the training are:

  • To enable participants to the concept and approach of IWRM and IRBM.
  • To understand the multi-disciplinarily concept of IRBM in the context of HKH countries (from participants) including water governance and institutional frameworks, water diplomacy, regional cooperation, socioeconomic drivers, and gender and operational aspects of water resources management.
  • Share practical IRBM experiences through group work and role play and exposure visits.
  • Familiarise participants with the tools and approaches for understanding river basin drivers and impact.
  • Learn from Australian experience to manage river basin management with concrete examples from Murray-Darling basin.

The scope of work is guided by the associated Terms of Reference (ToR) and will be conducted virtually in 2021 with the potential for travel to Kathmandu, Nepal in 2022. Options for remote engagement due to COVID-19 restrictions should be included in the Expression of Interest (EOI). AWP will facilitate introductions with ICIMOD, and we encourage partners to propose flexible delivery methods. Up to AU$150k has been allocated to this activity, which should include remuneration and expenses for virtual delivery technology.

Further description of the activity is outlined in the ToR provided in Annex A.

View full details and eligibility/selection criteria here.



Caitlin Windross
AWP Snr Program Officer
T: +61 2 6206 2689


Interested partner/s should submit an EOI via the following online form by 5:30pm (AEST), Friday 16 April 2021 (late applications will not be accepted):

Note, please do not use the AWP Tender Submission Template provided on the online form as this template is for full proposals only. Instead, this EOI should include a description of relevant experience of the partner/s, as well as proposed program plan, and daily remuneration rates based on the AWP Partners Remuneration Framework. EOIs should be a maximum of ten pages. Appendices and CVs should be included within your application document (max 1 file upload allowed).

The formation of consortiums of partners is encouraged.

Selected partner/s will be invited to work with AWP and ICIMOD to finalise the activity design including methodology and detailed budget.

Note that AWP reserves the right to not proceed with the outlined activity and is not liable for any costs incurred by partners in preparing EOIs.


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