International Consultancy Mandate

The Swiss Water and Sanitation Consortium is looking for a Consultant to assist in preparing an approach and tools for “Blue Schools & the Water Cycle in My Environment”

Place of assignment: Nairobi, Kenya and “home office” | Duration of assignment: 21 Days | Dates of assignment: July-September 2017 | Language: English (knowledge of French beneficial)

Application Deadline: 4 June 2017 at 17:00 GMT

Background: The Blue School concept is a promising approach to improve and raise awareness about the link between water, waste, food and environment among children.  It has been pioneered by the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance and further developed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and partners. The Blue School concept complements the usual WASH in Schools (WINS) activities with a school garden as practical place to show relationships between food production and an efficient management of water; and a demonstrative place for watershed and land management practices.

The objective is to enable members of the Swiss Water and Sanitation Consortium to refine the Blue School concept 2.0 in order to provide project teams with recommendations, materials, new ideas and more practical guidance on how to better implement Blue School with a focus on the environmental component; specifically:

  • A Blue School Concept 2.0 Methodological Note
  • A catalogue with context specific technologies that can be implemented in schools to demonstrate the link between water, waste, food and environment.
  • A Kit (called blue school kit) that will provide teacher/project staff/local government experts with the necessary step by step facilitation guide and materials to initiate pupils to the different components of the blue school and the link between those components, with the focus on environment.
  • A Road Map describing all the steps to undertake to transform a school into a blue school, including steps to build ownership of key stakeholders and ensure the sustainability of the activities that will be implemented.

The above points are detailed below in the PDF: Project Outline Blue Schools

Procedure and Method of Work (estimated at 21 days)

Pre-workshop desk review / networking to identify and review relevant existing materials; review the agenda with Consortium Workshop leads; preparation of drafts: (7 days) | Workshop Facilitation: 5 days (4 workshop days and one day travel) | Post workshop Activities: 9 days

Proposal: Please respect the following structure (four components) for your proposal, which is compulsory:

  1. Cover letter with signature(s)
  2. Curriculum vitae of the consultant (max. 2 pages)
  3. Short description about qualifications and competences of the consultant with reference to the TOR; including proposed methodology for identifying/selecting the technologies and approaches for demonstration (max. 2 pages)
  4. Financial proposal in Swiss Francs in EXCEL: Worksheet_BlueSchools_Consultancy 2017

Deadline: Electronic submissions to Daya Moser, Swiss Water & Sanitation Consortium Coordinator at, by 4 June 2017 at 17:00 GMT.

More information can be found on the following link: Mandate_ToR_BlueSchools2.0_Consultancy 2017

Link to the official website:

Webinar: Experiences on Behaviour Change

24th May 2017 | 4-5.15 p.m. CEST

Massive resources are invested in water and sanitation facilities to ensure access to water and sanitation for all. Yet, efforts to date are not sufficient to provide people with facilities. And: facilities are useless if not used properly. WASH infrastructure and WASH products must be linked up with behavior change interventions around hand washing, latrine use and maintenance, water treatment and storage etc…

In this webinar Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation will introduce the adapted RANAS Behavior Change Approach of EAWAG and their experiences made in Mali and Mozambique. For a summary of the key learnings you may also want to read this blog.

Join the interactive session for experiences sharing HERE.


cewas Start-Up Program

Course: 9 August 2017 – 15 September 2017 | Application deadline: 18 June 2017

You or your co-workers have got a great business idea in sanitation, water or resources management? Then this Start-Up Programme from cewas is just what you need!

The cewas Start-up Programme aims to support young dedicated graduates to develop their convincing ideas for a sustainable development of the water sector. cewas is a Swiss-based non-profit competence centre combining expertise in sustainable water, sanitation and resource management with innovation in business development.

The cewas Start-up Programme offers future entrepreneurs a unique one-year training and coaching opportunity to put their sustainable business idea into practice. The programme contains 4 modules and will be held from 9 August 2017 to 15 September 2017 in Switzerland and Sweden. It further includes 10-months remote coaching by renowned international experts. Modules may also be attended individually.

  • Module 1: Get inspired and develop your business idea,
  • Module 2: Define your winning business model,
  • Module 3: Test your business idea with real customers,
  • Module 4: Prepare for launch: from marketing to finances and operations.

For more information on this year’s edition of the Start-up Programme, click HERE. Application deadline: 18 June 2017. Applications can directly be sent to Jonas Schmid via Email.


Your Expertise at the TIP Platform





Invitation to the TIP Platform of the Korea International Water Week 2017 (KIWW 2017)

Event: 20th-23rd September 2017     |     Session Proposal Deadline: 19th May 2017

You are invited to contribute your expertise to the TIP Platform in KIWW 2017. The TIP (Technology, Implementation, Policy) Platform is the signature program of the Korea International Water Week 2017 (KIWW 2017). It was designed to lead implementation based on developed policies and technologies, and aims to promote sharing knowledge and experiences on practical solutions for water challenges at various scales.

The TIP Platform will be composed of total 15 selected sessions and held from 20th to 23rd 2017 in Gyeongju, Rep. of Korea during the KIWW 2017.

The session proposals aim to shed a light on the current issues of the following five Focus Areas of the TIP Platform:

  1. Smart Water Management
  2. Water Recycling and Reuse
  3. Water for Socio-economic Development
  4. Water Governance and Partnership
  5. Water ODA

Deadline: The session proposal can be submitted through the official website no later than 19th May, 2017.

Thank you in advance for additionally informing the SWP on your topic in case of your participation in the TIP sessions: Email

For more information on the TIP Platform click HERE.

Innovate 4 Water (I4W) - Call for Application!

Speakers Wanted, Exhibition Spaces Available!

Event: 7th-9th June 2017 – Application Deadline: 15th May 2017

Innovate 4 Water invites all SWP members interested in contributing to the event on 9th June 2017 to register and submit the topics by latest 15th May 2017.

Innovate 4 Water is a matchmaking forum for sustainable development, which will take place over three days at WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland. It brings together water innovators, investors and other stakeholders to accelerate innovation and diffusion. For more information, visit following link: I4W

Papers linked to SWP Workshop on water risks at Econatukongress

The following two published papers are related to the SWP workshop on water risks held at the Econaturkongress in Basel, Switzerland, on March 31st 2017. While the first document aims at advancing corporate water stewardships, the second one focuses on the European water dependency in relation to imports.

Exploring the Case for Corporate Context-Based Water Targets

This paper has been released by CDP, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Resources Institute (WRI), WWF, and CEO Water Mandate and serves as guidance for companies who are moving beyond water efficiency targets and are ready to take the next step in developing truly context-based approach. Context-based targets and their associated goals and planning need to take into account the situation in the catchment, including political and social situations. Thus, this paper serves especially companies and non-governmental organizations committed to improving water security for all and advancing corporate water stewardship, a topic discussed during the SWP Workshop at the Econaturkongress. Link to the document: click HERE.

Europe: Vulnerable When it Comes to the Water it Imports

Water, like energy, is a key input into any economy. International trade in commodities implies long-distance transfers of water in virtual form, where virtual water is understood to be the volume of water that has been used to produce a commodity and that is thus virtually embedded in it. Knowledge about the virtual water flows entering and leaving a region can cast a new light on the meaning of water dependencies of a region’s economy and its susceptibilities outside its borders.

The Water Footprint Network has launched a new study Dependencies of Europe’s economy on other parts of the world in terms of water resources which shows how important economic sectors in Europe have important actors in their supply chains outside of Europe. On that same coin, Europe is susceptible to water availability when it comes to products like: soybeans, rice, sugar cane, cotton which are often produced areas of scarcity. Link to the document: click HERE.

World Water Forum 2018: Expression of interest

The World Water Forum (WWF) takes place every three years and it represents the world biggest water-related event. The WWF is organised by the World Water Council (WWC) – of which the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) is a member – and the host country. The WWF mobilizes the various sectors of society to strengthen action for solution to water management worldwide.

The next edition will take place in Brasília from 18-23 March 2018. The organisation of the Forum is composed of four processes – thematic, regional, political, and citizen – as well as from the newly created sustainability process. In addition, an exhibition space will be held. The thematic process focuses on 6 theme and 3 cross-cutting issues.

As in the previous edition in Korea, the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) will participate in the processes towards and during the forum, mainly focusing on the thematic, citizen and regional processes. Possibilities to participate in the exhibition are also being explored.

The organisation of the forum is moving ahead fast. The program of the WWF will be mainly shaped until end of June. The questions of this short survey aim to identify the intentions and modalities of participation of the members at the WWF. This should support the work of the Secretariat in coordinating the participation, supporting members if needed and advocating to allow members to have an active role in the various processes. Therefore, please answer to this survey rapidly.

In case of questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the SWP Secretariat (

Singapore Water Convention 2018 - Call for Papers

Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) – Call for Papers!

The SIWW’s call for papers is now open. The Water Convention, which is the main event at the SIWW, welcomes water practitioners and leaders to share their best practices, strategies and applied technological solutions which address the challenges and provide opportunities under the following domains or themes:

  1. Delivering Water from Source to Tap
  2. Effective and Efficient Wastewater Value Management
  3. Water for Liveability and Resilience
  4. Water Quality and Health

All papers received will be reviewed by the Programme Committee made up of an international panel of renowned water experts. Submissions close on 18 August 2017. Thank you in advance for additionally informing the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) on your submission by sending an Email to: For more information about the event and themes, please visit the following link: Water Convention 2018

About: The biennial SIWW is where leaders as well as practitioners in water management from every corner of the world meet to discuss solutions to the growing water challenges around the globe. For general enquiries on SIWW, contact or visit the official website at