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TERMS OF REFERENCE Water Governance Specialist – Mogadishu

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Water Governance Specialist

Post title Water Governance Specialist – 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 lusher 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 Specialist with National expertise in the development of strong water governance systems is required in order to support the assignment. The Specialist will provide support to the Team Leader and the Ministry team in developing the Strategic Plan over a period of 8 months.The consultant will be reporting tothe team leader 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 Water Governance specialist’sassignment is to support the overall formulation strategic plan for water resources development in Somalia with particular focus onwater governance issues.. The Specialistshall be a Somali national with deep understanding of the country context. This person shall support the TL and team in planning, implement and conclude the assignment. He/she shall provide experience in how to develop water governance, like assess present conditions, functions, roles and responsibilities, and what and how to address identified gaps and shortcomings. The task includes federal-state, inter-governmental, and inter-ministerial issues.

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

TheWater Governance 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 with special focus on water governance

·         Based on provided project documents (see above), together with Team Leader 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 as linked to water governance

·         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 TA 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.

·         Develop a water governance structure for Somalia. It will build on the present structure, but also add such functions, roles and responsibilities that are found needed. Attention will be given to transparency, openness, and water integrity.

  1. Develop and write assigned sections of the strategy

·         Support the identification and formulation of relevant strategy components 8in particular as linked to water governance): context and challenges; principles; objectives; and strategic actions.

·         Assist in ensuring 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 water governance development

·         Provide experience from the development of water governance 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. 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 Water Governance Specialistshould have post graduate degree in water resources management, development economics, institutional development, environment, climate change, natural resources management,social sciences, or engineering and PHD will be added Advantages

II.                  Experience and Skills:

The Water Governance Specialistwill need to have following expertise: i) proven expertise and hands on experience of developing water governance structures and capacities from the East / Southern Africa regions, 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 organisations, private sector etc.; viii)  experience of formulating and analyzing multi-dimensional projects; and ix) extensive experience of working with water governance in other countries than Somalia.

III.               Software Skills Experienced with 1) Power point, 2) Microsoft Word, 3) Outlook 4) Microsoft Excel 5) Microsoft Visio Standard 6) ArcGIS 7) Hydrological and Climatological Modeling.

IV.                Language requirements: a) Strong written and spoken English.

IX. Other Information
        The water Governance Specialistwill be required to have a personal laptop computer.
IX. Procedures for Applying

a)        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 thedg@moewr.gov.soand Hydrometeorology@moewr.gov.so, hr@moewr.gov.so

The closing date for receiving applications is 20 January 2020.


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