Position:  Environmental and Climate Expert – TIPF

Location:  Mogadishu, Somalia

 

  1. Introduction

 

1.1. About ILED Programme

The Inclusive Local and Economic Development (ILED) is a four-year programme funded by the European Union (EU Somalia). The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to improved stability in Somalia by extending state authority and services, promoting local reconciliation and peacebuilding, creating inclusive economic opportunities and protecting the most vulnerable. ILED programme aims to adopt a geographic approach to programming, combining sector investments in an integrated way to address the multifaceted, complex nature of development in Somalia.

Building on consultations and comprehensive analysis with government counterparts and development partners in Somalia, ILED defined the following territorial corridors as preliminary basis for organising the integrated territorial planning and delivery:

  • Somaliland Corridor – from Burao to Borama
  • Central-North Corridor – from Bossaso to Dhusamareeb
  • Shabelle River Corridor – encompassing Lower Shabelle, Hirshabelle and Benadir Regional Administration (BRA)
  • Juba River Corridor – from Dolow to Kismayo

To achieve the overall objective of the programme, number of projects and instruments have been designed based on comprehensive territorial planning and consultation process conducted in 2019-2020. All ILED-funded projects are currently under implementation across the four corridors. These projects focus on livestock, fisheries, infrastructure, private sector investment, youth and social protection sectors as well as financial contribution to ongoing multi-donor funds—SSF, JPLG and IFC.

 1.2. Brief Backdrop – Territorial Integration and Planning Facility (TIPF)

Funded by the EU under the ILED portfolio, Adam Smith International (ASI) is implementing the Territorial Integration and Planning Facility (TIPF) to provide technical and operational support to the EU, government partners, and ILED’s implementing partners, i.e. FAO, UNFPA, DAI, NIS Foundation, AECF, Cash Consortium, and Nordic Fund. Under its ILED remit, TIPF’s main roles are to:

  • Provide programme coordination and management advisory support as well as helping to establish and operationalise the programme’s governance structures.
  • Develop Integrated Territorial Development Plans for all Federal Member State (FMS), Banadir Regional Administration (BRA) and Somaliland and support their implementation and integration through the delivery of ILED projects.
  • Ensure sectoral and cross-cutting issues are identified and mainstreamed in the design and implementation of the ILED projects.

In order to achieve the three-prong mandate outlined above, TIPF comprises a diverse team with significant presence across Somalia/Land. The team—technical/planning lead, M&E Lead, regional coordinators, and government-embedded advisors—played a critical role in ILED’s planning phase, i.e. extensive consultations across all territories which culminated in the formulation of Integrated Territorial Development Plans (ITDPs) for all federal member states (Jubbaland, South West State, Hirshabelle, Galmudug, and Puntland), Benadir Regional Administration, and Somaliland. The team is currently providing technical support to ILED stakeholders—i.e. Government partners, the EU, and ILED implementing partners—in the implementation of ILED projects across all territories. As such, the team will be providing technical and administrative support in the completion of this assignment as well as the adoption of ILED’s Mainstreaming Strategy.

 

2. Background to the Assignment

Central to the delivery of ILED-funded projects are a set of cross-cutting issues—i.e. gender, human rights, inclusivity and conflict sensitivity (Do No Harm), environmental and climate change. The situation, needs and interests of men, women, youth and marginalised groups will be taken into account. ILED is designed to attain to the principles of a rights-based approach (RBA) to development. All stakeholders will be identified and engaged to ensure ownership, participation and synergy. Political economy analysis and conflict assessments will precede programme activities.

Given the importance of the use of natural resources (land, water and marine resources) for most of the productive activities promoted under the programme and the high vulnerability of Somalis to natural disasters, ILED will importantly address climate change and environmental degradation as important cross-cutting issues. Indeed, the Programme will contribute to integrate climate risk and vulnerability assessments in policy development and planning and will promote integrated land use management planning principles. As such, by promoting economic diversification, the Programme will contribute to reducing the exposure of the Somali economy to climate risks. The environmental impact of ILED interventions will be assessed.

Against this backdrop, TIPF is commissioning an assignment to assess ILED Programme’s responsiveness to environmental and climate risks in Somalia. More specifically, the assessment will examine how well environmental and climate considerations are targeted in the design and implementation of ILED project and identify existing gaps and issues. In turn, the assignment is expected to propose a brief and clear strategy on mainstreaming environmental and climate impact into the delivery of ILED projects. The set of recommendations will be accompanied by an actionable framework comprising of activities, methods, and tools, including a performance assessment plan.

 

3. Scope of the Assignment

TIPF seeks to engage a environmental and climate impact expert to undertake this assignment—consultation, formulation and validation of ILED Programme’s strategic approach mainstreaming environmental and climate impact considerations into the delivery of the projects. The scope of work for the expert are as follows:

  • Review ILED Programme’s ToRs—rationale, design, key result areas, and expected impact—with a particular focus on environmental and climate impact as a cross-cutting issue.
  • Review the Integrated Territorial Development Plans (ITDPs) which ILED has developed for all federal member states (Puntland, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, South West State, and Jubbaland), Benadir Regional Administration (BRA), and Somaliland, assessing the priorities and actions proposed in each ITDP in relation to the mainstreaming of environmental and climate impact as a cross-cutting issue—what, where, when and how.
  • Conduct stakeholder mapping and analysis—EU, ILED implementing partners, government partners, TIPF, and representatives of target beneficiaries—to identify a set of overarching mainstreaming objectives for environmental and climate impact.
  • Closely consult with relevant EU Programme Managers, including productive sectors, infrastructure, social protection, youth, and private sector development in order to identify key focus areas in regards to the mainstreaming of environmental and climate impact into the delivery of ILED projects.
  • Review the capacity of the various ILED projects—technical and financial—to ensure the effective mainstreaming of environmental and climate impact into the delivery of their respective projects.
  • Identify existing gaps and challenges in the programme’s capacity for mainstreaming environmental and climate impact and provide recommendations.
  • Draft an assessment report including a roadmap for mainstreaming environmental and climate impact into programme delivery with a clearly-defined results and resources framework and action plan.
  • Hold a programme-wide stakeholders’ workshop to validate the findings of the assessment.

 

4. Methodology

The Consultant is expected to:

  • Conduct literature review of all relevant programme documents and tools.
  • Conduct interviews with all relevant stakeholders, e.g. EU programme managers, ILED implementation partner representatives, government counterparts at national and regional levels (including BRA and Somaliland), and TIPF.
  • Conduct key informant interviews with representatives from the broader stakeholder field, i.e. chambers of commerce, private sector, civil society organisations (women and youth organisations in particular) and community-level groups including women, youth, and target community leaders.

 

5. Expected Outcomes

The Consultant is expected to submit the following deliverables:

  1. An inception report that outlines the methodology and a detailed workplan to be submitted prior to the start of the field work (within 5 working days).
  2. Submit a final draft of ILED’s environmental and climate impact assessment report which fully reflects the purpose, scope and requirements of this assignment, including tools and frameworks to guide the implementation of the assessment’s recommendations.
  • Design and deliver a validation workshop attended by representatives of ILED actors/stakeholders.

 

6. Qualifications and Skills Required

The environmental and climate impact expert (consultant) shall meet the following requirement and skills:

  • At least a Master’s Degree in sciences (environmental studies, ecology, etc.) social sciences (development studies, public policy, etc.) or any other relevant disciplines.
  • At least 7 years of prior experience conducting research predominantly focused on environmental and climate impact in the Horn of Africa, preferably in Somalia.
  • Demonstrated experience in formulating/drafting environmental and climate impact assessments and strategies and actionable policies.
  • Prior experience in making strategic and technical contributions in the mainstreaming of cross-cutting priorities into the delivery of development interventions.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with multiple stakeholders and parties in the delivery of similar assignments, preferably in the Somali peninsula.
  • Excellent research and situational analysis experience, particularly in the Somali context.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.

 

7. Duration of the Assignment

 The assignment is expected to be completed in 40 working days. The consultant shall provide a detailed breakdown of the assignment in the inception report. ASI will facilitate all the necessary logistics to conduct the assessment.

 

All  interested candidates who meet the qualifications  (females strongly encouraged) are asked to send  your CV with a cover letter to Ali.Sirad@adamsmithinternational.com,  copying Mohamed.Hersi@eu-tipf.org by COB 10th January 2022.