Terms of Reference – Co-Consultant – Mogadishu – Beledweyne, Somalia

Ministry of Energy and Water ResourcesFederal Government of Somalia

Terms of Reference – Co-Consultant

Title: Co-Consultant

Project: Sustainable Water Resources Management in Somalia – IWRM

Duty station: Mogadishu – Beledweyne, Somalia

Duration: 60 days

Supervisor: Project Coordinator


The catchment area of the Shabelle River in central and southern Somalia is considered the breadbasket of the country. Rain-fed agriculture takes place here during the rainy seasons of Gu (April to June) and Deyr (October/November).

Climatic conditions and the geographical location at the lower reaches of the Juba- Shabelle River system, the most important water reservoir in the region, make Somalia highly dependent on the amount of water flowing out of the upper reaches of Ethiopia. This is where 60 percent of the river headwaters are located, providing 90 percent of the outflow, with only 10 percent of the outflow coming from Somalia. The lower reaches of the two rivers are subject to the same seasonal cycle of drought and flooding.

Due to the lack of a regulatory mechanism and a medium-term strategy for sustainable water resources and disaster risk management, the Shabelle River has become a dumping ground for all rubbish and waste material or a landfill for all kinds of waste, which reduced the depth and width of the river flooding. This has led to a reduction in the depth and width of the river. The flood control channels have been abandoned and are blocked by weeds due to lack of maintenance. Local communities thus contribute additionally to the recurrent floods through their behaviour. All these problems hinder the flow of the river, which leads to bank breakage, flooding of villages and destruction of property and land. The river bed of the Shabelle has dried out completely several times in the past four years due to extreme drought and high temperatures. At the same time, the frequency of extreme climatic events such as heavy rainfall, floods or droughts is expected to increase. As a result, the food security of the Somali population has and will deteriorate significantly.

Hence, to prevent this problem, the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MoEWR) is to identify, design and implement pilot measures that solve management problems relating to flood protection/ mitigation and improved agricultural productivity with funding from GIZ.

Objectives of assignment:

The Co Consultant is assigned to facilitate the apt implementation of the community mobilization function of the GIZ-IWRM Somalia project in line with the principles and guidelines of GIZ and the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources.

Duties and responsibilities:

The Co-consultant shall contribute towards the analysis of general socio-economic conditions of the fiveselected villages, as well as in the formulation of methodology for replication of lessons learned;

  • Design training program on community development and empowerment;
  • Support local communities in building partnerships with organizations, local private entrepreneurs and other informal organizations in pursuit of project’s objectives;
  • Organize workshops to raise awareness about the specific roles and functions of community based groups in IWRM project implementation, and support their roles and involvement towards sustaining project impacts;
  • Strengthen and revitalize existing water committees;
  • Assist community groups in the identification of productive/income-generating activities, creation and strengthening of co-operatives, and community education program;
  • Contribute towards the preparation and implementation of project’s community mobilization work plan, including the preparation of TORs of local contracts and national consultants;

Qualifications and competencies

The Co-consultant is expected to have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and a minimum of three years of experience. Specific experience in Somalia and work experience with the public sector and/or international organizations will be an asset.


The Co-consultant shall report to the Project Coordinator on a regular interval.


The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer shall:

  1. Develop mobilization framework and strategy.
  2. Submit a final report at the end of the assignment

Duration of the Work:

Contract is for 60 days subject to extension conditioned on availability of funds.

Duty Station:

Duty station of the officer will be at the headquarters of Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, Mogadishu, Somalia, with occasional field mission to project location in Beledweyne, Hiiraan.

How to apply

All applications shall send their CV specifying the title of the job to:

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