1. Background

For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children’s lives in more than 120 countries. We are the world’s largest independent child rights organization, underpinned by a vision in a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children (SC) has worked in Somalia since 1951 and has provided emergency assistance since 1970 whenever there has been need. In 2016, SCI directly reached 600,936 children. Each year about 650,000 people benefit from our both longer-term development and humanitarian intervention works in Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance.

Somalia is a country coming out of decades of conflict and insecurity layered on top of cyclical and increasingly severe climate shocks, including recurring droughts and floods. Cyclical climate shocks are challenging subsistence rainfed based rural economy, making livelihood untenable for the population and resulting in wide spread displacement of women, men, girls and boys from rural to urban areas in search of basic services. Within this context, Somalia has some of the worst poverty indicators in the world. It is estimated that 77% of Somalis live below the poverty line[1]. Overall 49% of Somalis are unable to meet their food requirements even if they spend all of their money on food. According to the latest report by Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit – Somalia ((FSNU 2020)),[2]), 2.1 million people across Somalia faced acute food insecurity crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse, from October to December 2020, and approximately 850, 000 children are likely to be acutely malnourished in 2021. An addition, 3 million people are expected to be stressed (IPC Phase 2), bringing the total number of people facing acute food insecurity to 5.1 million in the country.

Somalia is on the frontlines of climate change. Climate risks and shocks are becoming increasingly frequent and severe, making major livelihood activity risky business: Agricultural sector: including crop production, livestock rearing and fisheries, are among the most affected activities under absence of appropriate adaptation measures. According to World Bank, Somalia is at high risk and experienced to several natural hazards, including drought, floods, cyclones, and climate-related diseases and epidemics in the past years. Climate crisis are severely impacting on the Somalis livelihoods and productive sector, as a result of the climatic variability, food security remains a major problem for the poor Somalia population[3].

Save the Children has been implementing evidence-based long-lasting humanitarian and development programs in in the country for the past 60 years, receiving financial and technical support from the international and regional development actors including ECHO, FCDO, USAID- BHA (FFP and OFDA- former), BMZ and FFO- Germany, MFA- Finland, NMFA- Norway, IGAD/ADB and many others.

Save the Children Australia, on behalf of the SC Association, is an international accredited entity to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). In Somalia, Save the Children Somalia Country Office is closely working with Somalia Government Directorate of Environment and Climate Change at the Office of the Prime Minister to develop a proposal for GCF support. A community-based adaptation project in Somalia is included in Save the Children’s GCF work plan with the broad parameters of the proposed project including a focus on:

  1. Increasing knowledge and understanding of climate change and adaptation strategies among communities and the government system by providing rigorous evidence-based analysis of the past and foresight impact of the climate change in country’s economy.
  2. Supporting priority local adaptation actions for the agricultural sector; and,
  3. Building government capacity and systems to support longer term sustainable adaptation actions against climate shocks and changes

2. Overall objective

Save the Children Somalia Country Office is seeking a suitably qualified consultant to support the further development of the initial project idea to GCF Concept Note stage, ensuring the proposal fits with the climate change objectives of the Somalia Government, Save the Children’s sector experience and GCF requirements.

The consultant will bring significant expertise on climate change in the context of Somalia and/or the region, including experience in developing large scale adaptation projects – ideally for the GCF. The consultant will use her/his expertise on climate change, understanding of Somalia’s climate change past, current, and future scenarios, and climate change data and adaptation priorities in line with GCF priority areas and focus to help refine and shape the concept in collaboration with Save the Children, the Somalia Government and other key stakeholders.

3. Geographical Scope

The consultant will be working with Somalia Country Office technical team and the Directorate of Environment and Climate Change at the Office of the Prime Minister, and engage with Save the Children regional Office, Save the Children UK and Save the Children Australia Climate Change Advisers

Purpose of the assignment

The Purpose of this consultancy is to support on the development of a high quality and submission ready concept note to the GCF. The consultant will make use of his/her climate change expertise to understand better the impact of climate change on rural, urban and coastal livelihoods in Somalia, and to facilitate and coordinate consultation with key stakeholders and advise Save the children on GCF priority areas.

4. Specific Objectives

The objectives of this assignment are to:

  1. Ensure robust climate data analysis and provide contextualized recommendations to ground proposed project design in strong climate change adaptation and design project strategies that mainly focus on climate change adaptation, with mitigation benefits where feasible. Data analysis should provide strong background on the climate trends, and their impact on livelihoods including crop and livestock systems,
  2. Provide an analysis of community and government climate change adaptation needs, priorities and strategic options for addressing these in the proposed project.
  3. Support strong collaboration and consultation with key government stakeholders to ensure key government priorities drive the direction of the concept note.
  4. Draft and produce a high-quality concept note that is positioned to address climate risks through community level adaptation strategies and government level systems building.
8. SC Responsibilities

The SC Somalia will be responsible for the following:

§ Ensure effective coordination and logistic arrangement to support the consultants in undertaking their assignment.

§ Review and approve inception report and data collection tools- where applicable

§ Provide input into the tools developed, and the consultant scope of work.

§ Link consultants to relevant stakeholders including Directorate of Environment and Climate Change at the OPM

§ Review analysis of the data collected prior to the documentation of the final concept note

§ Review draft concept note

§ Approve and sign off final concept note

9. Consultant Responsibilities

The consultant’s specific tasks and objective will include the following areas:

· Review of the entity workplan and associated GCF / Save the Children guidance documents

· Conduct a desk review and stakeholder consultations on existing climate change policy and project interventions, to identify gaps and propose windows of opportunity through which this project can make meaningful impact,

· Co-facilitate consultation workshops and key informant interviews with relevant program stakeholders, including Somalia government,

· Liaise and work closely with key government stakeholders and the Save the Children Somalia Country Office technical focal point to identify activities that will have desired climate impacts, and can be justified and evidenced through robust climate data analyses,

· Conduct climate data analyses to establish clearly evidenced causal linkages between climate drivers and their existing impacts, filling in a wide variety of data gaps to the greatest extent possible,

· Conduct climate data analyses as necessary to understand and illustrate a projection of the climate and co-benefits of each project component/activity; and,

· Lead on drafting the concept note with Government Stakeholders, Save the Children Somalia Country Office technical team and with technical oversight from the Principal Climate Change Adviser of SC Regional Office and SC Australia.

10. Deliverables

The following deliverables are expected as key outputs for this assignment:

· Submission of desk review, climate trends analysis and climate projections (8 working days)

· Establish causal linkages between climate drivers and their existing impacts and define project activities and approaches to address them (2 working days)

· Conduct consultation workshop and key informant interviews with government and other stakeholders (4 working days)

· Submission of draft concept note drawing on climate analysis and consultative process (8 working days)

· Submission of final concept note, considering feedback from OPM and Save the Children (2 working days)

· Review comments received from GCF and integrate into finalised concept note (6 days)

11. Management and Logistics

The consultant will be supervised by Head of the Child Poverty Reduction and SC Somalia CO Economic Resilience and Livelihoods Technical Specialist. The consultant will be responsible for organizing logistical issues with limited facilitation from SCI and as per the consultancy agreement.

12. Duration of the Assignment
This assignment will require 30 days over a period of 2 months, according to the deliverables above.
13. Qualifications

The qualifications of the lead consultant

· Degree in Environment Studies, International Development, Geology, Social Science or a relevant discipline

· At least 10 years’ relevant experience in climate change sector planning, project delivery/development and management

· The interested must have prior experience developing, reviewing and/or evaluating climate change mitigation or adaptation project/programme, as well as experience implementing climate change projects/programs in developing countries in different regions.

· Strong understanding of the Somalia climate change context

· Strong facilitation skills for participatory consultations

· Deep understanding of policies and procedures of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and keeping abreast of communications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and Green Climate Fund- GCF priority areas is desirable.

· Excellent written and oral skills in English (GCF concept notes are produced in English)

· Ability to produce high quality written work to tight deadlines

· Knowledge of English is essential and Somali is an asset.

· Sensitivity to Somali culture, tact and constructive problem solving are essential

· Strong understanding of GCF funding proposal requirements, including prior experience in developing GCF concept notes/proposals.

14. Payment Details

Payment will be in accordance with contract and the detailed budget breakdown as submitted through the proposal, and invoices will be expected from the consultant prior to payment

The Consultant is responsible for providing professional liability and medical/emergency evacuation insurance. The assignment will include travel to Mogadishu to engage the Somalia NDA and government authority. The Consultant must adhere to Save the Children’s child safeguarding and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Harassment (PSEAH) policy at all times during the mission.

How to apply

Interested candidates shall submit their applications through no latter than **29th March*, 2021 at 5:00 PM***

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