Malawi seeks consultants for Shire River control, management program

The government of Malawi invites expressions of interest from consultants for a series of river control and management tasks under its Shire River Basin Management Program. Responses to a half-dozen solicitations are all due March 12.

The World Bank said the Shire is a critical river basin in Malawi from the perspective of hydropower, irrigation, water supply, catchment management, environmental and social services, flood management, and navigation. It is one of several Malawi basins being eyed for multi-purpose infrastructure investments in water resources.

The major hydroelectric facilities in Malawi are on the Shire River: 24-MW Nkula Falls A, 100-MW Nkula Falls B, 40-MW Tedzani 1 & 2, 52.7-MW Tedzani 3, and 64.8-MW Kapichira Falls. Electricity Supply Corp. of Malawi plans to double the size of Kapichira to 128 MW.

The Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation invites expressions of interest for a half-dozen tasks, a primary one being Shire Basin Planning Support over 50 months. That consultancy includes development of a comprehensive knowledge base, modeling tools, facilitation of stakeholder consultations, and development of basin/sub-basin and thematic plans.

Expressions of interest also are sought for:

  • Design of national guidelines for integrated catchment management and rural infrastructure over 24 months;
  • Implementation support services for participatory flood risk management over 50 months;
  • Geographic information systems technical expert to support spatial information management over three years;
  • Support for participatory catchment management and income generating activities over 50 months;
  • Creation of a marketing study to support catchment planning in targeted areas over six months.

Information on the Shire River Basin Program may be obtained from the World Bank’s Internet site under

Expressions of interest and qualifications for each solicitation are due March 12 to Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation, Attn: Chairman of the Internal Procurement Committee, Shire River Basin Management Program (Phase I) Project, ADL House – SRBMP Project Office, 2nd Floor, P.O. Box 30242, Capital City, Lilongwe, Malawi.

For information, contact Procurement Specialist, Shire River Basin Management Program (Phase I) Project, (265) 1-774252; Fax: (265) 1-774253; E-mail:,

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