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TERMS OF REFERENCE IWRM and strategy development Specialist in Somalia

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IWRM and strategy development Specialist

Post title IWRM and strategy development Specilaist. – National Water Resources Strategic Plan(A Framework for Action)
Status National Consultant –  MOEWR  Individual Contract/ Deliverables based Contract
Suggested level Specialist
Organization unit Ministry of Energy and Water Resources
Name of Supervisor (s) Mr Abdiwahid Ibrahim Ahmed, Director General, Ministry of Energy and Water Resources
Estimated duration Deliverables based contract over a period of 8 months
Duty station Home location and in Mogadishu. Travel outside of Mogadishu is required
Travel Plans required

II.Organizational Context/Background

Somalia’s paradox as a country is that it is becoming increasingly water scarce and economically water dependent. In the north, over 80% of the country’s landmass is classified as Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL), making it relatively unproductive for agriculture, with nomadic pastoralism the only potential livelihood option. Somalia’s ASALs house the greatest national proportion of pastoralists in Africa. In the south, the country is considerably more lush with rivers that often flood. The riparian areas are unable to capture and use flood runoff effectively, such as for irrigation.

Water and climate trends show reduced surface water availability, reduced groundwater reserves, and increased occurrences of drought and flood events. National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) revealed that flash flooding has created significant erosion and loss of fertile topsoil into the sea while extensive dry seasons have adversely impacted food security. In recent years, gully erosion has destroyed important valleys creating deep gorges that often restrict mobility of both pastoralists and their animals. Erosion is a growing problem due to Somalia’s alarming deforestation rate at 4%. The recent drought following consecutive seasons of poor rainfall and low river water levels reduced average harvests by 70%, caused significant livestock deaths, contributed to drought-related stress migration.

Issues with water scarcity and flooding are expected to be aggravated by the impacts of climate change; future scenarios project dry periods that are predicted to be less prolonged but more frequent than those that have marked the country over the past decade. And though total annual precipitation is expected to increase, reversing a trend of frequent prolonged droughts that have marked the country over the past decades, it is highly likely that this will be associated with an increased frequency of extreme wet days.

Compounding the economic impacts on agro-pastoralism is the lack of basic water governance structures. Integrated Water Resources Management has been an internationally recognized methodology since 1992 when the Dublin Principals were jointly concluded at the International Conference on Water and the Environment. These principals emphasize that water management and development should be participatory, including with the involvement of women and that water is an essential and crucial economic good. Developing a national strategic plan for IWRM, which focuses on rainwater harvesting, groundwater and surface water capture was highlighted as an urgent need by the Federal Government of Somalia.

In July 2019, thePrimeMinisterdecidedtodevelopastrategicplanforwaterresourcesdevelopmentinSomalia. The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MoEWR) has been tasked to develop National Water Resources Strategic Plan (A Framework for Action) following an inclusive process and along the principals of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The Ministry will ensure national ownership as well as inputs from all relevant stakeholders, with the technical, financial and administrative support of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP-Somalia).

A Specilaist for IWRM and strategy development. inNational expertise in the development and formulation of national water policy/strategy documents is required in order to support the assignment. The Specialistwill provide support to the Team Leader and appointed Somali team in developing the Strategic Plan over a period of 8 months, report to UNDP with day-to-day guidance from the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and UNDP. Details of the assignment are presented in subsequent sections of these TORs.

III. Objectives of the assignment

The scope of the IWRM and Water Strategy Specialist.  assignment is to support the formulation of a National Strategic Plan for Water Resources development in Somalia. The Specialist shall be from the Somalia – and have experience from the region like  Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda – and represent international expertise in IWRM and strategy development. This person shall support the TL and team in planning, implement and conclude the assignment. He/she shall provide experience in how to develop a national water strategy, like assess what already exists, how to define and describe key issues included, and turn these into priority activities from countries in the region. The specialist is expected to provide particular support in (i) planning how to develop the strategy (collection of data and information); (ii) the analysis of collected data and information; and (iii) write assigned sections of the strategy.

While supporting the formulation of the National Strategic Plan will be the main objective of the assignment, this will be associated with sub-outputs, including: a) Water Resources Development Roadmap; b) Water Resources Compact; c) National Water Forum or Dialogue. The objective of the assignment should be achieved following all-inclusive processalong the principles of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).

Development of Strategic Plan is part of the UNDP/GEF Project titled: “Support for Integrated Water Resources Management to Ensure Water Access and Disaster Reduction for Somalia’s Agro-Pastoralists”. A (i) Project document, (ii) strategy outline; (iii) annotated strategy, and (iv) ToR for full team is provided the team assigned the task.

IV. Scope of work/expected output

The IWRM and Strategy Specialist . Will support the formulation and writing of a National Strategic Plan that is cognizant of the context and challenges in Somalia. The specific tasks grouped would include:

A.      Support the preparations of how to develop and formulate a National Strategic Plan

·         Based on provided project documents (see above), together with TL and team, develop an overall plan of action and time frame of how to develop a National Strategic Plan.

B.      Support the identification and collection of data and information

·         Identify what type of data and information to collect and how to collect it;

·         Give consideration to data quality, different type of sources, and what is feasible to collect given time constraints;

·         Participate in the review of key government documents as linked to the assignment;

·         Participate in meetings and workshops designed to collect data and information. Specifically, the Specialist for IWRM shall participate in all the three large workshops.

C.      Support the analysis of collected data and information

·         The data and information collected, from the review of publications and documents, small meetings, and large workshops, has to be analyzed in a structured way, leading towards the strategy documents and its different components.

  1. Develop and write assigned sections of the strategy

·         Support the identification and formulation of strategy components: context and challenges; principles; objectives; and strategic actions.

·         Identify additional strategy components (or removal of components) and ensure that the strategy provides a comprehensive and well-structured document that address key issues in Somalia’s water development process

·         In consultation with TL and team, write assigned sections of the strategy.

  1. Provide international / regional experience in strategy development

·         Provide experience from the development of national strategy and policy development processes. Of particular relevance will be to share the experience of such work from the East and southern African regions.

  1. Support additional components of the assignment

·         Support the development and formulation of a Road Map and Water Sector Compact;

·         Support the development and implementation of a National Water Forum.

V. Monitoring and Progress controls
The assignment will be monitored and facilitated by the Portfolio Manager – Resilience and Climate Change and ministry of Energy and Water Resources. The quality of the deliverables mentioned in the next section will be jointly assessed by the Portfolio Manager, UNDP and Director General, Ministry of Energy and Water Resources. The consultancy fees would be released upon the certification of Portfolio Manager. The payment schedule will be on a monthly basis against following deliverables:

i.              Inception Report (Month 1)

ii.             Progress Report (Month 2)

iii.            Progress Report (Month 3)

iv.            Progress Report (Month 4)

v.             Draft National Strategic Plan (Month 5)

vi.            Draft Road Map (Month 6)

vii.           Final National Strategic Plan and Road Map (Month 7)

viii.          National Water Forum, Water Sector Compactand Water Forum Report (Month 8)

VI. Final product/Deliverables
 Refer to Section V
VII: Review/approval time
Refer to Section V
VIII: Qualifications and Competencies
I.                    Education:

The Specialist 1 should have post graduate degree in water resources management, development economics, environment, climate change, natural resources management, social sciences, or engineering.  PhD will added advantage

II.                  Experience and Skills:

The Specialist 1will need to have following expertise: i) proven expertise and hands on experience of developing and writing national water plans, policies and strategies, and in building cross-sectoral linkages for undertaking the task mentioned in the scope of work; ii) good communications and presentation skills as well as an excellent English language communication skills (written and spoken) as well as computer literacy. iii) ability to analyze the root causes of the issues and come up with an implementable set of interventions; iv) past experience of working with multi-sectoral teams; v) sensitivity towards the opinions of the stakeholders/team members, gender mainstreaming, institutional partners and Somali communities; vi) strong presentation, analytical writing and time management skills; vii) experience of effective interaction with policy makers, UN agencies, donors, communities, civil society organizations, private sector etc.; viii)  experience of formulating and analyzing multi-dimensional projects; and ix) extensive experience of working with IWRM in other countries than Somalia.

    III.Language requirements: a) Strong written and spoken Somali and English.

IX. Other Information
        The Specialist 1will be required to have a personal laptop computer.
IX. Procedures applying

Interested experts who have the qualification to do the job are encouraged to submit the following document:

a)        An up-dated and recent C.V. and Cover letter addressing the selection criteriaabove

The above documentation should be submitted by e-mail to the Director General DG@moewr.gov.soandto Hydrometeorology@moewr.gov.so, hr@moewr.gov.so

The closing date for receiving applications is 20 January 2020.


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