Terms of Reference for Project Engineer_November
Terms of Reference
a part of the World Banks assistance to the Government of Albania, a Water
Sector Investment Project WSIP was approved in December 2013. This project has
as main objectives to (i) improve the quality of water and wastewater services
in the Durres Water Utility Service Areas; and to (ii) improve the financial
performance of Durres Water Utility.
majority of Albanias water utilities are currently unable to cover their
operating costs due to a combination of factors, including high operating
costs, low metering, low bill collection rates, and high levels of nonrevenue
water. While average reported utility collection rates nationally stand at 84%,
collection rates in Durres were as low as 60% in 2010 and 69% in 2011.
Overstaffing at Durres Water Utility is also a major challenge, with 7.3 staff
per 1,000 water/sewerage connection compared to an EU benchmark of 2 staff per
1,000 connections. The utility had a Financial Working Ratio of 1.69 against an
EU benchmark of 0.50. The chronic lack of resources has forced the Durres
utility like several others, to defer costs of infrastructure maintenance,
ultimately contributing to accelerated deterioration and premature breakdown of
assets. Only 45% of the household connections nationally, and 50% in Durres are
metered, which generally encourages wastage, overconsumption and lack of
accountability for water resource usage. Low metering levels undermine billing
and collection efficiency, as many households refuse to pay when billed against
the norm rather than for actual water consumed.
project will finance priority water supply investments, including, six water
production wells and a bulk water transmission line that will provide up to
640l/s additional supply capacity to address the acute water shortages
experiences in the Durres Water Supply Service Area; ancillary investments
linking settlements in the Durres service to the bulk transmission pipeline and
priority investments in the water distribution network in Durres. In addition
the project will finance priority wastewater investments aimed at enhancing the
existing sewerage networks capacity to handle the increased water supply.
project is implemented by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (MTI),
which has the delegated powers to act as the Implementing Agency. The Project
Implementation Unit (PIU), charged of the day to day implementation of the
project, is under MTI structure.
Objective of consultancy
1. Project Engineer job
The project engineer will be a
civil engineer with minimum seven years of experience in the area of civil
engineering. He/she will have demonstrated capacity in engineering design
and/or water or sewerage utility operations as well good ability in the English
language. His/her main function will be to ensure the technical project
documents are prepared promptly and in accordance with best practices and
highest professional standards, and project works are carried out in accordance
with the technical requirements of the projects and the construction
implementation progress is satisfactory. He/she will report directly to the
director of the Water PIU.
The tasks of the PE includes but are not
limited to the following
· Assist PIU Director and Durres Water
Utility in preparing Terms of References for Consultancy Services and technical
specifications required to successfully implement the project, review and
comment draft reports, feasibility studies
and detailed designs prepared by the consultants and share them with DWU and
· Be responsible for all technical
approval steps of the detailed designs including DWU technical Council, GDWS
Technical Council, together with DWU staff prepare the application for technical
appraisal from construction institute
· Together with DWU and PIU staff prepare
the application file for development permits of the works under the Project.
· Assist DWU on preparation of customer
survey database and report to PIU Director
· Monitor closely performance indicators
of the project and report to PIU director. Support the preparation of the
· Work closely with DWU Technical staff
and review and assist in the development of proposals to reduce water losses
along main transmission and distribution network, increase metering level in
the utility, and other activities of the project pertaining to the overall
optimization of the water network.
· Work closely with DWU to prepare
technical proposal to improve sewerage network service. Familiarize him with
the sewerage scheme, identify areas of improvement, especially in the aspect of
separation of waste water from the storm water.
· Support the PIU and Project Site
Engineer in the supervision of works, goods and services under the Project.
· Other technical activities necessary for
the successful implementation of the Project, as directed by the PIU director.
· Have a relevant university education in
civil or water engineering.
· Experience in design, monitor ,supervise
of the water supply systems water supply system (min 7 years), working
experience in the WB financed project or other international organizations it
is a preferable
· Knowledge of
· Have good knowledge of English and be
able to communicate (oral and written) fluently
· Good computer literacy and functional
ability in processing of water modeling softwares like Water Cad, Epanet etc.
Good knowledge on Autocad and Office programs
· Sound and good knowledge of Government
rules and legal requirements in Albania in related to development permit,
design standards and supervision .
Project Engineer will report to PIU Director