Call for Proposals – Water modelling for climate resilience in Lao PDR

The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is seeking to appoint suitably qualified and experienced water modelling and training facilitation experts to support the Lao PDR Department of Water Resources (DWR) to deliver water modelling training across multiple departments responsible for the management of different aspects of Lao PDR’s water resources.

Activity Background

DWR has identified the need for support with water modelling training, across multiple departments responsible for water management. Some initial training has been undertaken but there continues to be both need and interest in an expanded training program to include a larger number of individuals and different elements of water modelling.

DWR has identified the need for a more strategic approach to training which is collaborative and participative. There is a need to ensure new knowledge becomes embedded in multiple departments, and individuals are aware of how to generate and use data. This type of strategic support will ensure long term sustainability of knowledge building and increase institutional and individual capacity.

The activity forms a component of Australia’s long-standing collaboration with the government of Lao PDR and builds on support related to river basin planning and groundwater management.

Activity Description

This activity addresses an identified need for technical training in modelling within DWR. Given the range of available models used for water resource management, the training will include an overview of modelling for decision making, as well as the application of a model for a case study basin. DWR have also requested specific training in use of the eWater Source model, with some training having already been delivered through other projects. A program of training and mentorship would offer the opportunity to build on the existing knowledge of team members who had previously received training, and to introduce new concepts and approaches to additional team members thereby expanding and embedding knowledge.

Further description of the activity is provided in Annex A – Terms of Reference.

End of Activity Outcomes

The end of activity outcomes include:

  1. Improved climate resilient management of water resources under conditions of uncertainty, with established processes for improved decision-making.
  2. Increased technical capacity across multiple departments to deliver climate resilient management of water resources.
  3. Partnerships between Australia and Lao PDR will be strengthened through ongoing collaboration with DWR and other Lao government departments.

The expected outputs include:

  • Quarterly Progress Reports that include (but are not limited to): co-developed workplan; identification of knowledge facilitators; co-developed training materials; and outcomes from the engagement.

Application Procedure

Interested partner/s should submit a proposal via the online form by Friday 19 May 2023 at 5:30pm (AEST) using the AMWF Proposal Template provided.

Late applications will not be accepted.

The proposal 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).

The formation of partner consortiums is encouraged.


Proposals will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • Meeting the expertise and experience requirements outlined in the ToR at Annex A, including demonstrated experience in water modelling including the use of eWater Source model, and training, mentorship, and knowledge brokering/facilitation on principles and practices related to water modelling.
  • Incorporation of Gender Equality, Diversity, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) approaches and outcomes throughout the activity. Please refer to the Addressing GEDSI in AWP concepts, proposals, and tenders: Guidance for partners for integration of GEDSI approaches into the activity design and implementation.
  • Including effective approaches for information/knowledge sharing, including engagement of local partners.
  • Clear strategy for capacity development of individuals, organisations, and governments.
  • Demonstrated Value for Money.


For any questions, please contact Lucy Chilver, AWP Program Officer by Friday 12 May 2023 at 12:00pm (AEST). All questions received will be compiled and presented with answers on this page below.


1. The Asian Institute of Technology have noted their interest in working with partners in a consortium for this project. Contact person: Dibesh Khadka.

2. The funding arrangements for this activity have been modified to accommodate a request from DWR for specific training on Source, consistent with the eWater Customer Licence Agreement. AWP has decided to split the activity into two agreements in the interests of transparency, and will sole-source eWater for the training component, in accordance with the Conflict of Interest policy. The successful applicant will be required to develop and coordinate a program of training, within which specialist training on eWater Source will be provided by eWater staff through a separate contract with AWP. The lead individual or agency will be required to work collaboratively with a trainer from eWater to ensure technical training and mentorship on Source is integrated into the training program which addresses the use and value of water modelling more broadly. The new activity value is up to $108,500 AUD (ex GST), and an updated Terms of Reference has been provided.


Call for Proposals – Water modelling for climate resilience in Lao PDR (PDF, 295KB)

Annex A – Terms of Reference (PDF, 177KB)

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 proposals.
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