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National Advisor on IWRM Capacity Development – Mogadishu, Somalia

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National Advisor on IWRM Capacity Development

Post title

National Advisor on IWRM Capacity Development


National Advisor – MOEWR Individual Contract/ Deliverables based Contract

Suggested level


Organization unit

Ministry of Energy and Water Resources

Name of Supervisor (s)

Mr Abdrizack Mohamed Muhumed , Director General Ministry of Energy and Water Resources. 

Estimated duration

Deliverables based contract over a period of 5 months

Duty station

Home location and in Mogadishu. Travel outside of Mogadishu is required

Travel Plans


II. Organizational Context/Background

Institutional and human capacity in water related subjects is scarce in Somalia. As there are no opportunities to study and earn degrees in programs like integrated water resources management, data and information management, water and socioeconomic development, basin management, water engineering, water economics, and utility management within the country, those with required capacity are both few and have earned their degrees abroad. Each year the country spends large sums on sending students abroad for higher studies, or witnesses how short-term seminars and workshops are being organized to address long-term learning needs. This is not a feasible approach, and it does not benefit long-term development in Somalia. Somalia has to establish its own system of educating and training people for future needs within the water sector. Seminars and workshops are also needed, but then for well-focused specific issues linked to a certain skill or professional training, i.e. issues that can be addressed well over a few days or weeks

At the moments many universities and colleges exist in Somalia. They provide education and training in many topics close to “water”, like agriculture, engineering, economics, resilience, but not one has a program – neither at Bachelor’s or Master’s level – focusing at educating students and give them required capacity to address the country’s huge and upcoming water challenge. In addition, the quality of education is sometimes inadequate. The education and training that this initiative focuses on will give much attention to maintain a good, international standard on all components and activities performed.

The academic program described in this project focuses on establishing and running a Master of Science (MSc) program in Integrated Water Resources Management. That provides a general, broad education in water, “a little bit of everything”, addressing many needs in Somalia but far from all. Obviously, many more needs exist. For example a first Bachelor of Science (BSc) education in water and development is needed, and additional MSc programs in e.g. groundwater development and management, water and sanitation, water and economics, data and information management, and utility management would address urgent needs. Still, this is a start, with much more expected to come.

This first academic initiative aims to achieve two main results, that is to (i) establish a structure for water education at a Somalia university, where additional focuses (like outlined above) can be added at a low cost and by easy arrangements, and to (ii) establish and run a MSc program in IWRM and to graduate students with an international standard degree in IWRM.

III. Objectives of the assignment

The objective of this expert is to support capacity development in IWRM in Somalia. This consists of two main components:

Facilitate and lead the development and implementation of a (i) structure for academic education in water in Somalia, and (ii) a MSc Program in IWRM. Outputs of these two activities will be an established approach and capacity (including identified university / unit, teacher capacity and experience, curriculum development, quality monitoring, and international cooperation) for academic education in water in Somalia, and one or several batches of graduates with earned MSc degrees in IWRM. The number of batches graduating and the number of students per batch will be determined at a later stage. The Expert will, in addition to the above issues, also support inter-ministerial and inter-governmental cooperation on capacity development programs and identify and address overlaps and opportunities for synergies.

Engage in and support the roll-out of workshops and seminars in IWRM and other water linked topics, including environmental and resilience issues. Most of these workshops and seminars will be identified on a demand-driven basin, i.e. where for example a federal or state government ministry, a government-donor agency collaboration unit, the upcoming National Water Sector Coordination committee, or an NGO will approach the program and ask for support – both financially and thematically – to arrange capacity development. The topic will stretch from very hands on training on building structures to catch rainfall runoff, to identify water information needs, to government spatial planning. The National Advisor will engage in making these requests possible, by providing leadership, networking, defining objectives and activities, and arrange funding. However, to engage in implementation (e.g. teaching) is not a role for the advisor. An assigned partner will conduct such activities.

pIV. Scope of work/expected output

The National Advisor will carry out the following tasks.

Act as MoEWR’s single node and responsible staff officer in all matters linked to capacity development in water and funding through the UNDP-SIDA supported project;

Initiate and drive the development of an academic IWRM structure and MSc program at a selected Somalia university. That includes (although other activities may also be included) to identify a university, engage in discussions with selected university on the establishment of an IWRM structure and MSc program, agree on time plan, outcomes, agree on roles and responsibilities, identify external partners to engage, and to link UNDP with selected university assigned to implement the academic education.

Establish an informal advisory panel for the project. This should preferably include only a few persons (4-5?) to engage in the gradual development of academic water education in Somalia;

Coordinate and maintain close information sharing and partnership with MoEWR leadership, federal and state governments, international partners, and any project engaged in capacity development in water;

Together with selected university and its staff and the advisory panel, engage in the development of a Somalia context-specific curriculum and pedagogic approach for the MSc program. This implies to start with an open mind, look at the needs, student backgrounds, university capacity to provide training, potential partners, and have a Somalia-unique program designed. Critical will be to ensure a close linkage to the Somali real-life water context, appropriate pedagogic for learning (possibly problem-based learning, action-learning), and the immediate needs that exist for capacity in water today. Distance learning pedagogic may be included.

Establish a quality monitoring system for all academic education promoted and implemented through this project. The standard of education must start at an international good quality level – from year 1. This requires adequate preparation – curriculum, teachers training, practical arrangements, scholarships, and distinct targets and expectation – as well as cooperation with an international university of a very good standing. Such university could e.g. be engaged to monitor and assess, review curriculum and student work, and informally support teachers. Again, second-quality standards will not be accepted. The training shall with time become known as a cutting-edge, innovative, and field and needs oriented education.

Once university activities start, like the selection of students and teaching and field work is ongoing, maintain a close collaboration and overview in order to ensure that good quality teaching develops, students learn as expected and are satisfied, and that financial management follows good orders.

Take leadership and act pro-actively in promoting workshops and seminars delivering enhanced capacity in water across Somalia. The project contains many budget lines on this issue. The National Advisor shall develop a plan on how to make good use of these resources – including priority needs, partners, and locations – and reach out and engage the water sector to demand such support.

Support workshops and seminars in identified areas by working together with implementing partners – government ministries, special units, task forces, and projects, and NGOs/private sector – to develop e.g. the content, identify partners, and teachers. The advisor will not implement workshops or seminars, nor engage in the teaching, but will support and facilitate the delivery of workshops and seminars.

Arrange all contracting issues (and any other formality) linked to the funding and implementation of workshops and seminars and linked to UNDP/SIDA funding;

Monitor and assess the quality and delivery of all supported workshops and seminars and when necessary follow up and take required correctional action;

Among all organizations involved in supporting water sector capacity development ensure streamlining and promoting of synergies in activities and the avoidance of overlaps or unmet gaps;

Ensure close alignment of all activities with the National Water Resources Strategy and Roadmap;

Manage all project reporting and communication with funding partners UNDP/SIDA as stated on contract and agreed upon. Maintain an updated budget. Communicate with UNDP on budget issues, like possible reallocation of budget means for different activities.

VIII: Qualifications and Competencies

The National Advisor shall represent the following qualifications and competences.


The Expert should have a Master Degree in a subject linked to natural resources management, (preferably water resources management), resilience, disaster risk reduction or climate change.

Experience and skills:

The advisor will need to have the following expertise: i) 10 years of relevant professional experience in water resource management, including capacity development, managing floods and disaster risk in a Somalia context, institutional development, project management, and working together with international organizations / donor agencies; ii) excellent communications and presentation skills. He or she should be highly computer literate. The advisor should be experienced in working in an international development context, balancing government priorities with funding partner requirements; and (iii) strong and proven leadership qualities, self-driven motivation, and keen to achieve stated results with a margin and with quality.

Language requirements:

Fluent in written and spoken Somali and English.

IX. Other Information

The advisor will be required to have a personal laptop computer. The assignment may require some travel within Somalia and in that case mainly to state capitals.

IX. Procedures for Applying

Interested experts who have the qualification to do the job are encouraged to submit the following document: An up-dated and recent C.V. and Cover letter addressing the selection criteria above

The above documentation should be submitted by e-mail to the iwrmprocurement.moewr2020@gmail.com and copied to  dg@moewr.gov.so

The closing date for receiving applications is 24th July 2021



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