Socioeconomic and Capacity Need Assessment of fisheries in Omo-Turkana and Baro-Akobo-Sobat Basins

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)




Socioeconomic and Capacity Need Assessment of fisheries in Omo-Turkana and Baro-Akobo-Sobat Basins


The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), under the Ecofish Programmee (funded by EU), is implementing a project to pilot fisheries co-management system in Omo-Turkana and Baro-Akobo-Sobat (BAS) Basins. 

Both Omo-Turkana and BAS Basin fisheries were assessed and found as having no appreciable and viable fisheries governance structure, almost open access and largely left to the fishers, with little or no government involvement. Such cannot holistically address the use and development of the water and its fishery resources. Nevertheless, there are no, or limited, indications of over-exploitation of fisheries in both basins but there are expected ‘localized overexploitations’. Fishers are poorly organized and therefore have weakness in managing the fisheries and cannot ably control the fish market prices. High postharvest losses and poor fish handling and processing technologies. Fisheries in both basins is also constrained especially by weak government institutions, poor extension services; use of rudimentary fishing and post-harvest technologies coupled with movement restriction along fish trade routes. Poor post-harvest handling and fish preservation resulting in an estimated loss of more than 40% of value of produced fish. Climate change is also affecting the livelihoods of the fishing communities in various ways. 

In order to utilize the fisheries sustainably in both basins and improve the livelihoods of the fishing communities, an Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP) has been prepared for both basins. Initiating an IFMP in both Lake Turkana (shared between Ethiopia and Kenya) and BAS (shared between Ethiopia and South Sudan) is to establish a bilateral joint basin-wide fisheries management system to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of the shared fisheries resources. 

Socioeconomic assessment and support to gender inclusivity, climate change adaptations & indigenous technology and knowledge (ITK) integration in fisheries management in both basins is fundamental. In order to suggest the development of harmonization of policies, strategies and agreement on scientific methodology (used by countries to collect fisheries data) between the countries sharing the resource, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan that share the fisheries resources, it is important to make situation analysis in policy related issues in all of the three countries. In order to develop capacity building plan and its implement, capacity and training needs assessment for key stakeholders in fisheries of each of the two basins is essential. The capacity building plan in addition to policy issues, it should also focus mainly for bilaterally harmonized enforcement, compliance and prosecution procedures in the fisheries sector of the three countries.

IGAD, as a Regional Economic Community, has the comparative advantage to support the implementation of cross-border fisheries management in a coordinated manner with resource sharing Member States. The sustainable utilization of the huge fisheries potential in Omo-Turkana and BAS Basins will have a major role in building resilience of the ASALs communities. 

General Objective

The overall objective of this proposal is to assess the socio-economics, ITK, gender inclusiveness, climate change smart fisheries and capacity needs (including policies) of the fisheries sector in both Omo-Turkana and BAS Basins and in the three countries (Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan) to serve as inputs for the harmonized implementation of the IFMP in both basins.

Specific Objectives

  1. Assess the socio-economic situation, gender inclusivity and ITK integration in fisheries management for each basin in the three countries
  2. Conduct capacity need assessment (including policy related issues) and climate change smart fisheries practices in each of the basins.
  3. Develop capacity development implementation plan for bilaterally harmonized enforcement, compliance and prosecution procedures for each basin.


  1. Separate reports for specific objectives number 1 and 2 for each basin (four separate reports)
  2. Detailed capacity implementation development implementation plan to support capacity building for bilaterally harmonized enforcement, compliance and prosecution in the fisheries sector

Methodology and Scope

The consultancy will cover 3 IGAD Member States (Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan) and will address the fisheries sector in Omo-Turkana and BAS Basins. Lead consultant will develop and submit expression of interest. The lead consultant need to engage national experts for data collection (3 national experts)

The scope of the assignment will include the following:

  • Conduct a desk review and analysis of literature
  • Undertake wider consultations with fishery experts, Fishery extension agents, fisheries directorate officers, fishers, fish traders, processors, government administration offices and other relevant stakeholders
  • Carry a detailed data collection using tools such as questionnaires
  • Analyse data and produce synthesis report at basin level
  • Incorporate the comments of IGAD and the member states in the final documents. 

The Consultant will work under the overall guidance of Program Manager for Environment Protection and with the day to day supervision by the Regional Fisheries Expert.


The assessment will be carried out on the following MS: Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan on the two basins (Omo-Turkana and BAS Basins). 

Qualification and Experience of the Lead Consultant 

  • MSC on Fisheries resource management, Fisheries economics and fisheries related sciences
  • Ten years of professional experience relevant to the assignment Skills       
  • Excellent knowledge of the region fisheries resource potential
  • Experience on socio-economic and capacity need assessment analysis
  • Demonstrated consultancy experiences in IGAD region
  • Report writing skill
  • Mobilizing national experts
  • The candidate for this assignment needs to be fluent in English and have excellent drafting skills.


The consultant will produce: 

  • An inception reports, within 15 days of starting the assignment (including data collection tools and the work plan);
  • Intermediary reports, following data collected from both basins and the three countries;
  • Detailed and comprehensive final written reports in English
  • Detailed capacity development plan for each basin

Duration of the consultancy

The time envisaged for the consultancy is 60 working-days, implemented during a period of 3 months.


Negotiable on the basis of experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

Interested Consultants must submit their expression of interest (updated CV and non-returnable educational and work experience credentials with a cover letter) and the CV of the 3 national consultants to the address below in person, or by mail or by email no later than Sunday 17th  October  2021 at 2:00 pm EAT.

  • Remarks: The consultants that already applied, no need to apply again.

Procurement Unit

Administration and Finance

IGAD Secretariat

Avenue Georges Clemenceau

E-mail: [email protected]

P.O. Box 2653,

Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti

Women applicants are encouraged.