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Call For Expressions Of Interest (Ami)-individual Consultant For Consulting Services For The Assessment Of The Land Sector And The Elaboration Of The Land Sector Reform Strategy (Strategic Investment Plan Of The Land Sector) For Djibouti 2022 – 2032

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Job Description



The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is a Regional Economic Commission (REB) of the African Union. Its member states are: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. IGAD’s mission is “to assist Member States and complement their efforts to ensure peace, prosperity and regional integration through increased cooperation in food security, environmental protection, promotion, maintenance of peace, security and humanitarian affairs, economic cooperation and integration”. IGAD’s activities focus on supporting policies, sharing information and exchanging knowledge, developing capacity and research, and promoting the use of science and technology.

The AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges mandates IGAD to provide technical advice to Member States, monitor the progress of land sectors and promote the harmonization of regional land policies as well as women’s land rights. The same declaration mandates Member States to promote land sector interventions that address the underlying causes of land insecurity, including by guaranteeing and protecting all land rights, improving transparency in land administration and promoting equal access to land for all land holders.

Since its establishment, IGAD’s Land Unit has been working on the progressive development of a strategic framework for its activities. The initial idea was to help Member States assess common challenges in land tenure.

This included: insecurity of land rights and rights to natural resources; precarious access to land for women, youth, pastoralists and other vulnerable groups; land issues related to conflict and post-conflict situations; the degradation of land and natural resources and the challenges of controlling it, in particular for resources shared among member countries; the challenges of managing the phenomenon of large-scale land acquisition; the absence of comprehensive land policies on expropriation and compensation; unsustainable development and management of urbanization; the confused situation in the administration due to the pluralism of legal frameworks (customary and statutory laws on land ownership and religious laws with a legal pluralism of statutory, customary and religious laws often coexisting among the same people and in the same areas); outdated cadastral census and mapping structures, and inefficient land administration; and limited technical capacity at all levels of governance.

Improvements in the land sector require structural changes that are only sustainable if they are integrated into development visions, driven at the national level and implemented systematically. Land reforms are no longer viable when land programmes do not meet local demand, capacities are not in place to support long-term activities, interventions are not national priorities, and activities are ad hoc and do not fit within the existing legal and policy framework.

Improving the performance of land policies, in terms of formulation and implementation, is necessary for IGAD to ensure cooperation between Member States. With financial support from the Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa, IGAD seeks to improve the performance of land administration functions in the IGAD region, bringing them closer to convergence and promoting the implementation of cross-border initiatives with land impacts. This project aims to achieve the following four outcomes:

1) Capacity building in the IGAD region in gender-sensitive land administration.

2) Strengthening gender mainstreaming in land administration in the IGAD region.

3) Strengthening the capacity of the IGAD region to implement land monitoring.

4) Strengthened coordination and implementation of the IGAD Land Governance Project.

Through this project, IGAD is helping Djibouti to initiate its land reforms in line with the AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges, the AU Agenda 2063 as well as the IGAD Activity Plan 2020 – 2030 on Land Governance, which prioritizes the convergence of IGAD Member States in the formulation and implementation of land policy, and monitoring progress.


Assess the current state of the land sector and use the results and recommendations as a basis for designing a new land sector reform strategy for the next 10 years, with the ultimate goal of strengthening efforts to remove barriers to service delivery in the land sector, increase the transparency and visibility of the land sector in order to effectively support private sector development, in particular by improving competitiveness and the business climate.


IGAD, in support of the Government of Djibouti, intends to engage the services of consultants to carry out the following activities:

(a) Assess current sectoral policy initiatives, policy reforms and the National Vision 2035, taking into account global, regional and continental frameworks on land governance, and

(b) Design Djibouti’s land sector reform programme, which should be integrated into a costed ten-year strategic investment plan for the land sector.

Specific tasks

3.1.1 Objective 1: Evaluate current sectoral policy initiatives, policy reforms and the National Vision 2035, taking into account global, regional and continental frameworks on land governance, and

· Conduct studies and organize workshops to explore current issues and trends in the land sector in order to reach consensus on key land policy provisions and sector development for the next 10 years. Clarification, in the context of social, economic and environmental imperatives, of key land policy topics such as (i) land assessment and allocation, (ii) a possible redefinition of the typology of land tenure, (iii) the land-use change process, (iv) land speculation, (v) access to land for low-income groups, (vi) management of public property, (vii) property taxes, (viii) gender parity in the land sector. Organize a consultation on land policy and its roadmap, which will describe its objectives, means and timetable for implementation, in line with Djibouti’s Vision 2035.

· Carry out a detailed study on human resources, budgets, functions and institutional expenditures in charge of land aspects.

· reviewing progress in implementing policy, regulatory and institutional reforms, and assessing the costs of implementing reforms.

· Analyze the relevance of the land sector to Djibouti’s Vision 2035 and provide analysis on how reforms in the land sector will support the achievement of this vision.

· Estimate the possible consequences on the land sector of the political, legal and institutional changes that the Land Sector Strategic Investment Plan will develop and support.

An additional interest for the Government of Djibouti is the assessment of the financial cost and expected benefits of sectoral reforms and broader economic benefits as well as the contributions of the Land Sector Strategic Investment Plan to Djibouti’s Vision 2035. Recent experiences in other African countries suggest that land operations, land productivity, incomes and human development indices can improve when relevant land policies and programmes are introduced and implemented.

The different activities that make up the strategic investment plan for the land sector can be grouped under the following headings:

· Land policy and spatial planning policy development and legislative reform

· Identification and assessment of the use and adequacy of state-owned land; support for the land market and the rental land market.

· Improved access to justice to resolve land disputes; creation of a land fund; increased awareness of land rights, including activities on the gender dimension of land policy.

· Systematic allocation and demarcation of land rights; introduction of a unified, relevant and accessible land information system.

· Develop the decentralization capacity of land administration; strengthening land administration institutions at the central level to support decentralization; carry out land sector reform in accordance with government policy.

· Development of a sectoral approach for the mobilization and use of land sector resources.


The development of the Strategic Investment Plan for the Land Sector 2022 – 2032 will be led by four (4) experienced consultants (senior consultant – team leader, land administration and management expert, economist, gender expert) who have already worked on similar strategic plans and programmes of the land sector at the global level and with experience of the Djiboutian or Francophone framework and with complementary skills and experience in land administration, in land, gender and land macroeconomics and in the analysis and evaluation of projects and programmes. The knowledge and experience accumulated at the global and Djiboutian levels by the team will enable the mission to be completed quickly and cost-effectively, based mainly on secondary data, group discussions and interviews.


Consultants must produce the following documents for evaluation and development within the timelines suggested below:

(a) Initial report

  • An initial report within the first week after signing the contract, with preliminary results, suggestions for changes to the terms of reference and a detailed work plan.

(b) Evaluation Products

· A draft report for the evaluation

· A convincing final report for the evaluation of up to 60 pages (details can be presented in the appendix).

· A workshop or a restitution meeting in Djibouti where the results can be discussed.

(c) Proceeds from the development of the Land Sector Strategic Investment Plan:

  • A report of the working group on the seminar within one week of the seminar.
  • Reports of workshops/seminars/stakeholder meetings.
  • Produce strategy elements including the prioritization of development strategies and initiatives, the institutional framework, a monitoring and evaluation framework within six weeks of signing the contract,
  • Assessment of the financial, economic, sustainability and cost aspects of the activities of the strategic investment plan for the land sector; evaluation of proposals for financing the activities of the Strategic Investment Plan for the Land Sector.
  • A draft strategic investment plan for the land sector (maximum 60 pages) within ten weeks of signing the contract.
  • Final strategic investment plan for the land sector within 14 weeks of signing the contract.



This mission draws on multidisciplinary expertise and experience at the international level, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, including Djibouti’s land reforms and programmes, to ensure that the work on land sector assessment and the development of the Land Sector Strategic Investment Plan 2022-2032 is properly carried out. Consultants should preferably possess skills and experience in the following areas:**

  • Politique foncière et gestion foncière
  • Réforme institutionnelle du secteur foncier
  • Administration foncière
  • Analyse et intégration de la dimension genre
  • Suivi et évaluation
  • Analyse économique et calcul des coûts des programmes du secteur foncier

Education et expérience minimums :

  • Un chef d’équipe possédant au moins un master et plus de 15 ans d’expérience avérée dans le domaine de la politique foncière, de l’économie, du cadastre et de la gestion foncière, et ayant une grande expérience dans la gestion de programmes, dans la gestion du changement stratégique et de l’évaluation des projets de réforme du secteur foncier.
  • Un expert en administration et gestion foncières possédant au moins une maîtrise dans des domaines connexes et plus de 10 ans d’expérience avérée dans les réformes de la politique et de l’administration foncières, la planification stratégique et les développements connexes.
  • Un économiste titulaire d’un diplôme d’études supérieures en économie et possédant plus de 10 ans d’expérience avérée dans la préparation, l’évaluation, le calcul des coûts et l’analyse des projets et programmes du secteur foncier.
  • L’expert en genre doit être titulaire d’au moins une maîtrise en études de genre ou dans des domaines connexes et avoir au moins 10 ans d’expérience dans l’intégration du genre dans les projets et programmes du secteur foncier.
  • Tous les consultants ci-dessus doivent posséder une grande expérience de travail à l’échelle internationale avec les partenaires du développement et les institutions gouvernementales sur les questions foncières ; une expérience de travail avec les institutions de la société civile serait préférable.
  • Une expérience de travail en Afrique subsaharienne, en particulier dans les systèmes d’administration foncière francophones et surtout dans les politiques et programmes du secteur foncier, est souhaitable.

Connaissances et compétences supplémentaires requises.

  • Cette mission est réalisée en français. Une excellente maîtrise du français est obligatoire pour tous les consultants.
  • Solide compréhension des meilleures pratiques internationales, des défis mondiaux et régionaux en matière d’administration et de gestion foncières, y compris les initiatives de développement en cours, l’élaboration de la politique foncière, y compris la mise en œuvre en cours du Cadre sur les politiques foncières en Afrique, les initiatives de modernisation de l’administration foncière et l’intégration des systèmes d’information foncière.
  • Une compréhension des nombreux facteurs de l’évaluation des résultats et des impacts en ce qui concerne la recherche et le transfert de connaissances dans le secteur foncier, l’engagement politique et les interventions visant à informer non seulement la pratique, mais aussi les hypothèses et les cadres conceptuels des plans stratégiques du secteur foncier – et une expérience ou des idées sur les moyens innovants d’évaluer les impacts dans ce domaine.
  • Solides compétences en matière de communication et de facilitation, notamment dans les processus de développement.


  • Une expérience dans l’élaboration, l’articulation et la mise en œuvre de stratégies de réforme du secteur foncier dans les pays en développement.
  • Une expérience du régime foncier, de la gouvernance foncière et des réformes juridiques et administratives au niveau régional sera un avantage.
  • Expérience avérée dans l’analyse et la planification des programmes d’investissement du secteur public dans les services fonciers.
  • Une expérience de travail à Djibouti sur les réformes du secteur foncier et une connaissance du cadre de politique publique et des conditions macroéconomiques de Djibouti seront un avantage supplémentaire.


La durée totale des services des consultants, est de 120 jours répartis sur trois mois.


Les consultants intéressés doivent fournir des informations indiquant qu’ils sont qualifiés pour exécuter les services en envoyant un courriel :

  • Lettre de motivation avec les coordonnées actuelles du candidat, y compris la manière dont l’expérience antérieure du candidat correspond aux objectifs des services de consultant ainsi que son intérêt pour le poste (pas plus de deux pages) ;
  • CV complet des consultants et des références professionnelles ou lettre de recommandation.

The eligibility criteria, the establishment of the shortlist and the selection procedure will be in accordance with IGAD procurement rules.

How to apply

Interested individual consultants can obtain further information at the address below during office hours from Sunday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. local time, or by email at procurement@igad.int with a copy to Esther.Obaikol@igad.int

Consultants must submit their Expression of Interest (MI) to: procurement@igad.int with a copy to Esther.Obaikol@igad.int by 25 October 2021 at 23:59 East African Time (GMT+3).

Please note that at this stage, no PROPOSAL, whether technical or financial, is requested.

Procurement Unit

Administration and Finance

IGAD Secretariat

Avenue George Clemenceau

Email: procurement@igad.int

PO BOX 2653, **

Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti



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