Vacancy: TOR, Contracting of Civil Society Organisation(s) to partner with SNV Ghana on Market Strengthening and Professionalisation of WASH service delivery for the Healthy Future for All project in Ghana.

Date 30 Jan 2023
Location Nandom and Lambussie District
Job Type Contractor/Consultant

Company Profile

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that makes a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty by helping them raise incomes and access basic services. We focus on three sectors – agriculture, energy, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) – and have a long-term, local presence in 24 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty, helping them raise incomes and access basic services. Driven by the Sustainable Development Goals, we are dedicated to a society in which all people are free to pursue their own sustainable development, and no one is left behind. This commitment to equity directs us to focus on gender and youth. SNV bridges the gap between theory and practice, policy ambitions and effective implementation at scale. We implement approaches tailored to local needs as we believe that countries and communities themselves should be the owners of change. By connecting our global expertise with our extensive and longstanding in-country experiences, we help realise locally owned solutions.

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Job Description

Terms of Reference

Construction of 4No. Limited Mechanised Water Systems (LMS) in the Nandom and Lambussie Districts under Healthy Future for All Project


In 2020, Ghana's access to basic water supply stood at 86% overall (only 42% thereof safely managed). In rural areas, the picture is different; only 72% have access to basic water supply and thereof only 16% to safely managed services. As per the international SDG indicators, "safely managed drinking water" is defined as using an improved drinking water source located on-premises, available when needed, and free of contamination. In 2020, access to basic sanitation in Ghana was 24% (thereof, 13% safely managed). Unsurprisingly, in rural areas, the overall percentage is lower (17%) but with a higher rate of safely managed facilities (15%). The explanation lies in the criteria for "safely managed" which include off-site treatment and on-site treatment – the latter often practiced in rural areas where space is not as limited as in urban areas. A similar picture can be painted for progress in hygiene and access to water and sanitation services in health care facilities and schools.

Despite the progress Ghana has made on water supply, sanitation, and hygiene overall, the urban-rural disparity persists. The Upper West region of Ghana, a region with a few small towns and primarily rural characteristics, has the highest poverty rates (60-72%) and the highest depth of poverty. This stands in stark contrast to the Southern regions like Greater Accra and Ashanti, and Western regions where poverty rates are much lower. These regional differences are also reflected in the health and wellbeing of children.

Healthy Future for All (HF4A) is a Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Nutrition intervention in Ghana's Nandom and Lambussie districts that will lead to substantial development in the targeted communities. Over three years, HF4A will improve the quality of life for all and specifically increase the number of children under 15 years growing up in a hygienic environment at home and in school. At SNV, we start our implementation with a baseline, Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) study and formative research to plan our interventions based on evidence. Social Behavioural Change (SBC) interventions for key target audiences aim at empowering beneficiaries to make informed decisions that lead to positive change and resilience. In parallel, and to harness private sector potential, concrete measures will strengthen supply chains and professionalize service provision. HF4A will look into increasing the availability of finance options for households to turn their decisions into actions. At the same time, carefully and jointly with the local government, selected infrastructure interventions will boost the functionality of water and sanitation facilities in health care facilities, schools, and communities. WASH governance is a central component to ensure sustainability and will be strengthened through improved long term and joint multi-stakeholder planning while including all social groups in the respective processes.


Under this 3-year project, SNV seeks a partner to strengthen the capacity of local WASH market stakeholders including service providers, hardware vendors, infrastructure management teams (WSMTs) and other supply/value chain actors. This partnership will see to enhanced delivery of WASH through skills, professionalisation and regulation of various actors.

Areas of Intervention 

Main areas of intervention are:

  • Development of supply chain to enhance accessibility at the district and council level. Assess available sanitation hardware & services available and explore avenues for improvement

  • Post - training and follow-up support for Water and Sanitation Management Teams ensuring proper execution of their functions.

  • Provide advisory support and coaching to professionalise existing and newly established WASH businesses in collaboration with local Business Advisory centre (BAC) - Develop and execute business development plan of action ensuring formalised business operations.

  • Partner with other local CBO in the roll-out and implementation of sanitation bye-laws to create enabling environment for private sector engagement

  • Provide support to the roll-out of a rural Revolving fund targeting increase in WASH facilities

Outputs and outcomes 

These above-mentioned interventions will lead to the following outputs:

  • A functional mapping of private sector players in sanitation and water at the district and area council level.

  • Establishment of platform for knowledge sharing, price setting and collaboration amongst service providers

  • Proper management of WASH infrastructure at the community level through WSMTs.

  • Professionalisation of private sector players. Bridging critical gaps in supply, quality, recognition and regulation of WASH businesses and service providers.

  • Bankable and credit-worthy WASH businesses eligible for lending through rural revolving fund.

  • Reduced risk associated with lending to WASH Businesses in project areas.

These outputs will yield a stronger WASH market to benefit the underserved.


The project is managed by SNV. The selected CSO will be responsible for the further development of the above-mentioned interventions, in close collaboration with the SNV project team. The CSO reports to the Healthy Future for All Project Manager through the WASH Financing and Marketing Advisor.

Scope and coverage of work 

The Healthy Future for All (HF4A) project is a Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Nutrition intervention in Ghana's Nandom and Lambussie districts (Upper West Region) that will lead to substantial development in the targeted communities. Over three years, HF4A will improve the quality of life for all and specifically increase the number of children under 15 years growing up in a hygienic environment at home and in school.

Contract duration

The contract is offered for 9 months, with the possibility of extending the contract till the end of the implementation period.

Selection process and timeframe 


Process steps


Publish call

30th January

Submission deadline for Expression of Interest

13th February

Interview initial selected CSOs


Evaluation and Final selection of CSOs

Contracting and signing of contract

Start of Assignment

1st March

Required Skills or Experience

Guidelines and selection criteria

During the selection process SNV would like to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of each CSO, based on the below mentioned criteria:

  • Legal status and history (degree of legal articulation and biographical indications)

  • Mandate, policies, and governance (compatibility between the goals of the CSO with those of SNV and a sound governance structure)

  • Constituency and external support (ability to build collaborative relationships)

  • Organisational capacity at district/regional level

  • Technical capacity on thematic area, with a strong financial background and on the ability to implement a programme with quality

  • Managerial capacity (ability to plan, monitor, evaluate and co-coordinate activities)

  • Financial capacity (ability to ensure appropriate management of funds)

How To Apply

Submission of Expression of Interest (EoI) 

Interested applicants, should submit a clear Expression of Interest (EoI).

This EoI SHOULD NOT be more than 5 pages describing the interest of the CSO in this project, and the reasons why the CSO is best placed to be part of such a project. It should include:

Technical Proposal

  • An overview highlighting the CSO’s capability in delivering the assignment including evidence of performing similar assignment within the last five years; experience in WASH sector will be preferred.

  • A brief technical proposal outlining understanding of the assignment, a proposed approach/methodology, work plan on how objectives of the assignment will be achieved. This may include applicant’s own ideas/recommendations towards better delivery of the assignment.

  • Submissions should as well include CSO’s company profiles and company’s registration.

Financial Proposal

  • Personnel costs or professional fees should be indicated in the proposal

  • Detailed Programme or activity cost which aligns with proposal workplan must also be clearly stated

Applications should be marked in the subject line: “Contracting of WASH CSO

Deadline for submission is 13th of February 2023 5pm close of Business.

Please submit a soft copy with all attachments to SNV Procurement Unit through [email protected]


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