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EXTERNAL TECHNICAL AUDIT OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS OF 5 GRANT-FUNDED MEDIUM SCALE IRRIGATION SCHEMES AND OF THE NTCHENACHENA MEDIUM SCALE IRRIGATION SCHEME

Country Malawi
Sectors Rural development and food security
Language English
Status Framework
CV Deadline 2017-08-17
Background

Agriculture remains the most important sector of the Malawi economy, contributing over 80% of the country’s foreign exchange earnings, employing about 80% of the total workforce as well as providing a significant contribution to the national and household food security. Most of Malawi’s agriculture is rain fed and vulnerable to possible climatic changes and is dependent on a single annual rainy season which in many areas (especially lowlands) is becoming increasingly short and unpredictable. Irrigation development is seen as one way of mitigating the risk of inevitable future climatic changes. In addition, Malawi’s population growth has resulted in land holding sizes becoming smaller and the pressure on land is ever increasing. Irrigation development is therefore seen as one way of improving productivity and therefore sustaining more households with improved food- and cash- crop production levels.

In 2010, the Government of Malawi (GoM) developed an Agricultural Sector Wide Approach (ASWAp), which is a strategic framework aiming at increasing agricultural productivity, with a view to improving food security, diversifying food production and increasing agricultural incomes for rural people. ASWAp aspires to attain a minimum 6% annual growth in the sector, assuming that at least 10% of the national budget continues to be allocated to agriculture. In addition, the GoM has also launched the Green Belt Initiative (GBI). GBI is a Presidential initiative aiming to expand area under irrigation.

The European Union (EU) funded “Support to the implementation of the ASWAp and GBI” programme is based on a Financing Agreement of EUR 69million signed in October 2012 between the GoM and the EU. The programme’s objective is to reduce poverty in line with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS) by increasing agricultural productivity and food security of rural communities. The programme has two main components, Component 1: Operationalization of the ASWAp (implemented through an Administrative Agreement with the World Bank); and Component 2: Irrigation – with two sub-components, namely: Support to the establishment of the Irrigation Fund and Development of medium and large scale irrigation schemes.

Objectives

The global objective of this assignment is to provide assurance to the Contracting Authority, Supervisor and other key stakeholders that the development of the 6 medium scale irrigation schemes are being carried out in accordance with their respective contracts and that any gaps in compliance are identified and remedial plans are devised to address the gaps.

The specific objective of the Technical Audit is to provide assurance to the Supervisor and the Contracting Authority that physical works being executed under the 6 medium scale irrigation schemes meet the set contractual conditions, quality and engineering standards in line with best practices for such irrigation infrastructure. In addition, the Technical Auditors are to provide an assurance on the quality of the monitoring systems and processes put in place by the grant beneficiaries (for the 5 grant schemes) and by DoI (for Ntchenachena scheme) in the development of the irrigation schemes

Activities
  • Familiarise themselves with the final Detailed Designs of the 5 grant schemes (including the small dams on Mtete and Chilingali schemes) and of the Ntchenachena “Detailed Design Report” (engineering sections only); if required, recommend corrective measures addressing detected anomalies that could affect the quality of the irrigation system.
  • Check the conformity and quality of the contractual documents (works and supervision contracts signed between the Grant Beneficiaries - or DoI for Ntchenachena - and their respective Contractors carrying out the physical works), including the internal consistency of the contractual documents and the presence or absence of contractual elements requiring correction or further action. This will assist in ensuring that there are no deficiencies in the contractual documentation and or specifications for the various works that could negatively affect the quality of the outputs
  • Carry out 4 site visits to each of the 6 medium scale irrigation schemes in order to determine: (i) the progress of the works compared to the work programme highlighting any delays and their possible causes; and (ii) the quality of the works in conformity with the technical specifications and or appropriate standards.
  • Review contract management to verify that good practice is adhered to. In particular, review technical monitoring systems and processes established and actually performed by the Grant Beneficiaries and their appointed supervision teams/consultants (if any), as well as by DoI (for Ntchenachena scheme); assess the consistency between the technical qualities stipulated in the respective contracts, those stated in the various reports and those actually noted on site.
  • Review the Contractors’ invoices and or payment certificates as submitted to the Grant Beneficiaries (or to DoI for Ntchenachena) for payment in order to ascertain the adequacy and proper fixing of unit prices and ascertain the conformity between works carried out and those invoiced. In addition, assess the value for money aspect of the works; and estimate the works remaining to be executed and financial forecast for the project up to completion.
  • Suggest, at all stages of the Technical Auditors’ work, possible corrective measures for anomalies detected that could affect the quality of the works (and avoid their repetition), and provide recommendations for corrective measures addressing the gaps and delays if any.

Project Position 1

Position Expert 1: Team Leader & Irrigation Specialist (Cat II)
Qualification
  • University degree in Engineering (at least a Bachelor's degree - preferably Master's degree - in the area of irrigation or civil engineering or equivalent);
  • Must be fluent in English and possess excellent reporting skills in English.
Required Experience

General Professional Experience

  • At least six (6) years' professional experience working in the management and implementation of irrigation or water infrastructure projects.
  • Good knowledge of computer-software (at least Microsoft-Office Word and Excel).

Specific Experience

  • Experience in the supervision of works of at least 2 irrigation schemes or other water related structures being constructed or rehabilitated.
  • Design-review or construction supervision of at least 1 dam (could instead be covered by expert 2).
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in developing countries, preferably Southern Africa.
  • Experience in operation and maintenance of irrigation schemes will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience with EDF procedures for grant’s and work’s contract management will be an added advantage.
Estimated Manpower 98 WD
Mission Begin 25/09/2017
Mission End 20/09/2018
Contact Christophe De Jaegher

Project Position 2

Position Expert 2: Irrigation Specialist (Cat III)
Qualification
  • University degree in Engineering (at least a Bachelor's degree - preferably Master's degree - in the area of irrigation or civil engineering or equivalent).
  • Must be fluent in English and possess good reporting skills in English.
Required Experience

General Professional Experience

  • At least 3 years' professional experience working in the management and implementation of irrigation or water infrastructure projects.
  • Good knowledge of computer-software (at least Microsoft-Office Word, Excel and Power-Point).

Specific Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in developing countries, preferably Southern Africa.
  • Design-review or construction supervision of at least 1 dam (could instead be covered by expert 1).

The following experience will be an added advantage:

  • Supervision of works of at least 1 infrastructure being constructed or rehabilitated.
  • Operation and maintenance of irrigation schemes.
  • EDF procedures for grant’s and works’ contract management.
Estimated Manpower 92 WD
Mission Begin 25/09/2017
Mission End 20/09/2018
Contact Christophe De Jaegher