The Palestinian water sector is in a very important period: in order to efficiently serve the population at the best price, but also to address the significant lack of wastewater treatment, a new water law was published in 2014. It put particular emphasis on the importance of better understanding the recurring problems of water and sanitation services of the country. With this in mind, strengthening the skills of their human resources seems to be the most appropriate means, while involving the whole of the sectoral players.
It is thus the main component of the Water Program Palestine of the GIZ, which also aims at supporting the institutions of the sector, such as the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) or the Union of Palestinian Water Service Providers (UPWSP).
Implemented by the consortium ICON, IOWater and GCT (Palestinian Consultants specialised in training), this project gathers the skills of numerous national and regional experts to achieve the following:
A mapping of sectoral stakeholders and the assessment of the existing training programmes in the country for the water services and sanitation professionals, in order to define an optimal logical framework of intervention (through a precise definition of the needs and target groups, avoiding overlap and repetition with similar programs…);
The realization of training courses for the staff from water supply and sanitation utilities, including practical workshops, field visits, case studies, and the participation in forums and international seminars; on various key thematics: operation and maintenance, commercial and customer management, the use of GIS,…;
The support to the main decision-makers (PWA) in order to enable them to carry out and take over the evolution of the sector.
• Project management and Coordination
• Support to the Union of Palestinian Water Service Providers for the implementation of training activities
• Preparation of a national annual training plan for the water sector
• Preparation and realization of training courses, ‘capacity building’