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In August 2014, the European Union approved the GreenMed II (ENI South regional environment programme 2014-2015) action document for a total EU contribution of EUR 28.6 million, out of which EUR15 million for phase II of the SWIM (Sustainable Integrated Water Management) programme, comprising a Supporting Mechanism (€ 3 million) and Demonstration projects (€ 12 million). SWIM II will target the same countries as SWIM I (www.swim-sm.eu/ ). The specific objective of the SWIM II programme was to strengthen integrated water resource management, with a special focus on water co-operation (including specific actions for shared water resources in the Maghreb), river basin management, water demand management, the water / energy / food security nexus, broad stakeholder participation and open access to data. A restricted call for proposals (CfP) was launched in December 2015 to select the SWIM II Demonstration projects. The overall indicative amount made available under this Call for Proposals was EUR 12,000,000. The amount of individual grants would fall between EUR 750,000 and EUR 3,000,000. The entire SWIM II programme was centrally managed, ie the European Commission is the Contracting Authority (CA). An Evaluation Committee was set up by the Contracting Authority. Their work had to be supported by a team of external assessors who had to perform the tasks described hereunder. Each Concept Note or Full Application had to be evaluated twice: once by an external assessor and once by an internal one, ie an EC staff, most likely based in the country where the SWIM Demonstration project was to take place. The aim of the current assignment was to provide a team of external assessors to support the EC in the selection of the best proposals received under the aforementioned call for proposals and to achieve a high-quality, complete and coherent selection process of projects in line with the criteria set in the Guidelines for Applicants. The specific objectives of this assignment were to ensure that the best applications would be selected for funding under the “SWIM Demos” CfP and that the timeline for contracting was respected. The expected results were : • The technical assessment of the Concept Notes (CN) by the external assessors was done in accordance with the guidelines to be provided by the CA and is in line with the published evaluation grids. 45 CN were assessed individually by two assessors, one external assessor provided under the current assignment and one internal assessor (an EC staff). • The technical and financial assessment of the Full Applications (FA) by the external assessors was done in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CA and was based on the published evaluation grids. 8 Full Applications (FAs) were assessed. Each full application had to be assessed individually by two assessors, one external assessor provided under the current assignment and one internal assessor (an EC staff). These assessments were used by the Evaluation Committee in the process of selecting the best proposals.

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