Call for Proposals: Pakistan water diagnostic and roadmap

Submission Deadline: Friday 6 December 2019, 3.30pm (AEDT)

The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is looking for Partners to form a consortium to collaborate with the Ministry of Water Resources (MOWR) in Pakistan and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to prepare a water diagnostic and roadmaps to address critical urban water challenges in the Sindh and Punjab provinces.

The overall Activity includes three sub-activities:

  1. Situation analysis and diagnostic for the Sindh and Punjab provinces
  2. Development of a practical roadmap for improved water-related investment, management and use
  3. Presentation of the roadmap to stakeholders in Pakistan and hosting a delegation to Australia.

Further description of the Activity is outlined in the Terms of Reference (ToR) provided in Annex A.

View full details and eligibility/selection criteria here.


Rory Hunter
AWP Program Manager
T: +61 2 6201 5237


Submissions should be made via the online form, noting any requirements in the eligibility/selection criteria above.


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1. What is the definition of Partners, and can international experts form part of the proposals?

This call for proposal is only available to AWP Partners. Our partnership base comprises six sub-groups: private; educational and research institutions; not-for-profits; Federal government agencies; State government departments or agencies; associations; and water utilities. It is expected that the partners form a consortium to implement this Activity. The AWP Partner can include international or Australian experts (not registered as Partners) in the proposal as sub-contractors. The names of specified personnel and sub-contractors and CVs should be included in the proposal documentation. Proposals will be assessed against the selection criteria outlined in the Call For Proposal.

2. What is SAVE Training?

The Security in Vulnerable Environments (SAVE) Training is a two-day course to prepare personnel for operating with and without Close Personal Protection teams (CPP) in medium and high threat environments. The training focusses on personal security, current threats, security equipment, communications equipment, and security planning. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and AWP require that all personnel and sub-contractors working in Pakistan have completed SAVE Training- Module 1. The training is delivered in Sutton, NSW and the costs are approximately $3,000 per person plus the costs of travel to the venue. These costs are to be covered in the Proposal by the partner as a reimbursable expense. Other security training (i.e. the United Nations or World Bank) will not meet the DFAT and AWP requirements for this Activity.

3. Is the Partner responsible for the arrangement and payment for the Pakistan delegation to visit Australia?

Yes, Task 9 of the Terms of Reference (ToR) requires partners to arrange a delegation to Australia for up to five high-level Pakistan Government representatives. The Partner will be responsible for arranging and paying for all logistics/travel and working closely with AWP and DFAT to put together a 1-week visit in up two Australia cities. This should include a combination of meetings with key Government agencies in Australia and practical site visits to demonstrate interventions for improving urban water management. For budget purposes the Partner should assume in the proposal:

  • International flights (business class)
  • Domestic flights (economy)
  • On-ground transport costs
  • Accommodation for five nights
  • Visa cost will not be covered by Partner or AWP.

AWP is open to the delegation to Australia being brought forward in relation to the overall project schedule. The Partner should clearly justify this approach in the proposal documentation.

4. How many visits to Pakistan are required by the Partner?

AWP will not set a minimum number of visits required by the Partner. To ensure that the Partner works collaboratively with the Ministry of Water Resources (MOWR) and key stakeholders at the provincial and city levels it is expected that there would be at least one visit under each of the three sub-activities. To build this working relationship it is expected that Task 1 (detailed work plan) is completed in Pakistan. The initial visit will also be important in defining the existing datasets, ongoing or planned investments and water management situation in Pakistan and meeting with donors and development partners. It is likely that most visits to Pakistan would include consultations at the national level in Islamabad and then at the Provincial and City level in Karachi and Lahore.

5. Will the AWP assist Partners in accessing existing data?

The AWP recognise that the Source model developed for Indus River Basin by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and groundwater models developed by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and other datasets will be critical for completing the water diagnostic. The AWP and DFAT will assist in facilitating access to any existing models or datasets owned by Pakistan MOWR and other Ministries and our Australian or International Partners working in Pakistan and South Asia.

This activity will rely on consolidating secondary data and stakeholder engagement in Karachi and Lahore and not include any field trips to collect primary data. As the Activity ToR was developed in collaboration with Pakistan MOWR it is not anticipated that Partners will be required to purchase datasets.

6. Are Partners only required to prepare the roadmaps for Karachi and Lahore cities?

Yes, the Partners are required to prioritise the interventions (Task 6) and then prepare roadmaps for Karachi and Lahore cities (Task 7). It is expected that the situational analysis and diagnostic (Sub-Activity 1) would consider the key issues and opportunities for improved water management at the provincial, catchment and city scales. The roadmaps should include short, medium and long-term investments in water infrastructure, data and information systems, human resources and institutional capacity. The partner is not required to seek funding sources but can link to the information obtained in Task 3 related to ongoing and planned investments. It is expected that capacity development and gender and social inclusion (GESI) are built into the key steps of this activity.

7. Who are the owners of the Roadmaps?

Task 4 and 5 will be very important in mapping out the current understanding of water governance and the key issues for improving water management. In terms of the roadmaps there will be roles and responsibilities at the national, provincial and city levels that need to be clearly linked to the proposed interventions these may include: i) national – MOWR, ii) Sindh and Punjab provinces – Irrigation Department, Planning and Development Department, and, iii) city – Water and Sewerage Board.

DFAT and AWP are currently engaging with MOWR to nominate focal points at the national, provincial and city levels to support the implementation of this Activity. The Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) will play a role in guiding the activity and Partner should update the Committee on progress during in-country missions or via teleconference

8. How do I make a submission?

Click on the ‘Make a Submission’ button located in the top right to provide your contact details and upload your application document.

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