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Environmental Specialist – Mogadishu, Somalia

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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

The Federal Goverment of Somalia – MoEWR

Ministry of Energy and Water Resources

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI)

COUNTRY: Federal Government of Somalia (FGS)

NAME OF PROJECT: Somali Electricity Access Project (SEAP)

PROJECT ID:

 P165497

Grant No.:

TF A9159

Assignment Title:

Environmental Specialist

Reference No.:

 SO-MOEWR-210229-CS-INDV

Place of assignment:

Mogadishu, Somalia

1. Background

The Federal Government of Somalia (the Government) is currently implementing one World Bank – funded project in the energy sector. The Government has secured a grant from the World Bank to implement the Somali Electricity Access Project (SEAP). The project development objective is to expand access to electricity in targeted urban, peri-urban, and rural communities. The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (the Ministry) has established a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to carry out the day to day activities of project planning, coordination and implementation of the Somali Electricity Access Project (SEAP); and the proposed Somali Electricity Sector Recovery Project. The Ministry intends to engage a consultant to work as Environmental Specialist of World Bank – financed energy sector projects within the PIU.

The project comprises of the following four components: (i) Electrification of households and small businesses through standalone solar home systems; (ii) Analytic work for enabling electrification through Solar Powered / Hybrid Mini-grids; and (iii) Technical Assistance, Capacity Building and Project Management.

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MoEWR) intends to apply part of the proceeds of the Grant to hire an Environmental Specialist as part of the Project Implementation Unit.

2. Scope of Work and Responsibilities:

The scope of work for the assignment include but not limited to the following tasks:

(i). Provide technical advice on environmental and social safeguards and environmental and social (E&S) risk management; (ii) Support the ministry of Energy and Water Resources in the implementation of the World Bank-financed SEAP project in line with the Somali environmental and social legal framework and the World Bank’s Safeguard policies applicable to SEAP as well as the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) as spelt out in the Bank’s 10 Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs) for the Energy Sector Recovery project; (iii) identify gaps in E&S risk profiling, compliance, and propose measures to enhance compliance, ensuring effective and efficient engagement of the Ministry on environmental and social policy frameworks; (iv) provide overall environmental

management oversight during the implementation of the project, supporting and advising the PIU in addressing a variety of environmental issues at all the stages of the implementation of the project and in social and environment related training/awareness for each component of the project; (v) Implement social risk management related activities as outlined in the Environmental and Social Management framework (ESMF) of the project and other project applicable instruments; (vii) In consultation with stakeholders Prepare necessary social and environmental documents as required under the project, including but not limited to social and environmental guidelines and tools; gender based violence (GBV) management plans; stakeholder engagement plans (SEP), Labour and influx management plans; and all other specific tasks detailed in the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment that can be found at the following website:   HYPERLINK “http://www.moewr.gov.so/” www.moewr.gov.so or can be provided upon submission of application in person or by e-mail provided below.

3. Selection Criteria:

Selection shall be based on qualification and experience of the candidate and followed by an interview. The minimum qualification, experience and skills should include:

Bachelor’s degree in Environment, natural resource management, energy, public health and or relevant fields; Master’s degree will be an added advantage ; 3-5 years of progressive experience in environment impact assessment and analysis; Significant practical experience with the World Bank safeguard policies and/or IFC Performance Standards evidenced from similar work carried out in the past works; Knowledge of Environmental and Social issues and conditions for Renewable Energy projects ; Experience in projects by NGO’s, international development organizations, governments and public institutions is essential, Experience in Environmental and Social compliance and Monitoring and Evaluation, and understanding of Somalia’s unique context.

4. Duration:

The duration for the assignment is 12 months, renewable based on satisfactory performance and availability of budget.

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources now invites eligible Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing these services. Interested Individual Consultants must submit their Curriculum Vitae (CV) indicating that they are qualified to perform the services.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraphs 3.14, 3.16 and 3.17 of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers: Procurement in Investment Financing Goods, Works, Non-Consulting and Consulting Services dated July 2016 and revised in November 2017 and August 2018, (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultants Selection method set out in the World

Bank’s Procurement Regulations.

Mode of submission of Applications and deadline:

Interested Consultants may obtain further information including a detailed Terms of Reference at the address given below from 8:30 to 3.30pm Mogadishu time (Excluding public holidays).

Expressions of interest (EOI) and CV must be delivered (in person or by e-mail) in a written form in three (3) hard copies (if not by e-mail) to the address below by 14th January 2020 at 16:00 Hours (Mogadishu Time) – Subject marked clearly as – Application for Environmental Specialist.

Project Implementation Unit

Ministry of Energy and Water Resources

Federal Government of Somalia

Email:   seap.procurement@gmail.com

ANNEX: TERMS OF REFERENCE

Environmental Specialist

Somali Electricity Access Project (SEAP) and Somali Electricity Sector Recovery Project (SESRP)

Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, Federal Government of Somalia 1. Background

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (the Ministry) has established a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to carry out the day to day activities of project planning, coordination and implementation of the Somali Electricity Access Project (SEAP); and the proposed Somali Electricity Sector Recovery Project. The Ministry intends to engage a consultant to provide Social Safeguard support for the World Bank – financed energy sector projects within the PIU and Energy Coordination Unit (ECU). This Terms of Reference define the scope of activities and responsibilities of the project Social Safeguards Position.

2. Project Overview

The federal Government of Somalia has secured a grant from the World Bank to implement the Somali Electricity Access Project (SEAP). The project development objective of SEAP is to expand access to electricity in targeted urban, Peri-urban, and rural communities. SEAP consists of three components:

Component 1: Electrification of households and small businesses through standalone solar home systems

This component aims to reduce market barriers for the private sector to provide modern energy access through solar home systems and targets (i) poorer households and small businesses in areas that cannot afford to connect to mini-grid services; (ii) households and businesses in these areas that are not sufficiently close to a mini-grid to be economically connected; (iii) isolated villages and smaller settlements where mini-grids do not make economic sense; and (iv) nomadic pastoralists whose livelihoods do not lend themselves to a fixed electricity connection. This component will fund a range of market-building supply-and demand-side interventions in response to these challenges. The proposed intervention includes: Seed and result based grants, consumer awareness and quality assurance.

Component 2: Analytic work for enabling electrification through Solar Powered / Hybrid Mini-grids

This component will support the mini-grid sector in Somalia. this component is expected to include the following activities: (i) Detailed geospatial mapping, (ii) Review of property rights and land issues pertaining to energy infrastructure investment, (iii) Pre-feasibility studies for hybridization, (iv) Pre-feasibility studies for greenfield (new) sites identified in geospatial mapping, (v) Developing structuring options for the financing, operation, and ownership of new mini-grids; and (vi) Defining legal, institutional and financing arrangements for developing mini-grids.

Component 3: Technical Assistance, Capacity Building and Project Management

This component will support a range of activities to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry and overall energy sector management, power and access planning, and provides support for project management/implementation, including staffing of the PIU.

Scope of work for the Environmental Specialist ( ES)

Objective of the Assignment

The objective of the consultancy is to

Provide technical advice on environmental and social safeguards and support the ministry of Energy and Water Resources with regard to the World Bank-financed SEAP project in line with World Banks safeguards policies. The environmental specialist will also identify gaps in risk profiling, compliance, and propose measures to enhance compliance, ensuring effective and efficient engagement of the Ministry on environmental and social policy frameworks.

Provide overall environmental management oversight during the implementation of the project, supporting and advising the PIU in addressing a variety of environmental issues at all the stages of the implementation of the project and in environment related training/awareness for each component of the project.

Implement safeguards related activities as outlined in the Environmental and Social Management framework (ESMF) of the project.

Prepare necessary documents, such as environmental guidelines and tools in consultation with stakeholders and help the PIU in commissioning and managing additional and/ or special studies/assessment, if necessary.

Carry out citizen engagement, maintaining adequate stakeholder engagement and grievance redress mechanism and ensuring that private sector entities maintain the same at their level including liaison with CBOs, NGOs and project affected communities;

The Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialist will report to the PIU coordinator. The successful applicant will work with the PIU and have frequent interactions with World Bank staff and other stakeholders

3.2. Responsibilities

Working closely with the project coordinator of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources Project Implementation Unit (PIU), the Environmental and Social Safeguards specialist is expected to

Prepare guidelines, tools and notes for use in the project based on relevant environmental policies, acts and regulations/ directives of the FGS and relevant Environmental and Social Framework safeguard (ESF) policies of World Bank Group

Provide technical expertise on key issues related to environmental assessment on sustainability risks in the design, preparation, implementation and supervision of SEAP operations.

Provide support in supervision and monitoring of projects on the SEAP project portfolio in compliance with the applicable World Bank Policies/guideline and environmental requirements on a regular basis, which may include, overseeing environmental analysis of elevated risk clients, recommending risk mitigation measures where necessary

Resolving environmental issues in case of non-compliance, and where needed, preparing a time-bound environmental action plan with specific follow-up procedures.

Training of peers and clients on environmental awareness and management, as necessary.

Organize environmental orientation & awareness, and training for project partners, local consultations as well as local community engagement and other relevant stakeholders.

Prepare environmental information materials and help the client/s in disseminating the information to the relevant stakeholders.

Review subproject and activity plan, design, cost, and bid documents to ensure environmental factors and mitigations are incorporated, and subproject/ activity documents and environmental documents are in harmony;

Carry out site supervisions during implementation of subprojects and activities, and provide feedback to the PIU Coordinator.

3.3. Assignment Location

The Environmental Specialist will be based in the PIU office at the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources Headquarters in Mogadishu, and will be expected to regularly meet and support the Project Coordinator. The consultant may also be called upon to undertake any other duties as determined by the Project coordinator, including attending more program-wide meetings.

3.4. Time frame and Reporting

The expected duration of the consultancy is one year, with possibility of contract extension subject to satisfactory performance. The assignment is expected to commence on March 2021.

The consultant will report to the SEAP Project coordinator at the Minister of Energy and Water Resources, and work closely with the World Bank Project Team for guidance and advice.

4. Qualifications and Experience Requirements

The candidate should have the following desired qualifications and experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Environment, natural resource management, energy, Public health and or relevant field

Master’s degree will be an added advantage

3-5 years of progressive experience in conducting Environmental Impact Assessment and Analysis Significant practical experience with the World Bank safeguard policies and/or IFC Performance

Standards evidenced from similar work carried out in the past works.

Knowledge of Environmental and Social issues and conditions for Renewable Energy projects

Experience in projects by NGO’s, international development organizations, governments and public institutions is essential

Experience in Environmental compliance and Monitoring and Evaluation is essential.

Understanding of Somalia’s unique context

Fluency in oral and written Somali and English

Readiness to work in multi-cultural and fast – paced environment meeting tight deadlines Reputable person with good ethical and moral character.

Possess GBV specific skills to supervise issues related to GBV (e.g., supervise signing of Codes of Conduct (CoCs), verify working GRM for GBV is in place, refer cases where needed) and work with GBV Services Providers as entry points into service provision to raise awareness of the GRM.

Inputs/facility provided by the Client

The client will provide office space with necessary furniture and other facilities such as printing facility etc. to enable the consultant to perform day-to-day work. The Client shall also provide soft and hard copies of any existing relevant Finance documents e.g. manuals if any on signing of the contract.

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