Call for Proposals: Managing Water Scarcity in the Mekong Region – Water Scarcity Profiles

Submission Deadline: Wednesday 28 October Monday 2 November 2020, 5.30pm (AEDT) – EXTENDED

The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is seeking to appoint partners to prepare five water scarcity country profiles that will feed into the design of a regional Water Scarcity Program being developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

 Activity Background

The FAO Regional Office for Asia Pacific is developing a Water Scarcity Program (WSP) for the Indo-Pacific region which seeks to emphasise water allocations, environmental water, and policy dialogue and reform. FAO is currently assessing water scarcity in the agricultural sector across the Indo-Pacific region and is already examining policies and practice in five representative countries – Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Fiji.

AWP is seeking to engage partners to support the expansion of these assessments to an additional four countries in the Mekong Region (Cambodia, Thailand, Lao PDR and Myanmar) and to the Murray-Darling Basin in Australia.

The water scarcity profiles will be developed using an established methodology. Separately from this activity, they will be integrated into a water scarcity regional publication. The outputs of the activity will be used in FAO’s preparation and development of the regional water scarcity profile, and to strengthen the emerging FAO-Australia partnerships to assist with the management of scarcity in the Indo-Pacific region.

Activity Description

FAO is preparing a regional water scarcity profile for the Indo-Pacific, with the broad objective to prepare the region’s agriculture sector for a future of increasing water scarcity by improving how government and non-government actors manage water and its implications for food production and rural prosperity.

As part of the scoping phase, FAO is assessing the nature and extent of water scarcity across the region, the policy environment in place to manage it and the use of models to inform policy and action. Work also includes the development of models and tools to assist in agricultural adaptation to water scarcity and to determine where real water savings can be made in a river basin.

Further details on the activity can be found in the Terms of Reference provided at Annex 1.

View full details and eligibility/selection criteria here.



Ingrid Carlier
AWP Snr Program Officer
T: +61 2 6206 8358


Submissions should be made via the online form, noting any requirements in the eligibility/selection criteria above. The formation of consortiums of partners is encouraged.

Note, please do not use the AWP Tender Submission Template provided on the online form. Instead, this proposal should use the AMWF Proposal template, and should include a description of the relevant experience of the partner/s, as well as proposed daily remuneration rates based on the AWP Partners Remuneration Framework. Proposals should be a maximum of ten pages, plus annexes for Curriculum Vitae (CV). Appendices and CVs should be included within your application document (max 1 file upload allowed).


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