Environmental Water Specialist

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Somalia 🇸🇴

Result of Service

Technical support provided to project activities relating water and water management.
Ensuring that all of the water aspects of the project are environmentally feasible.

Work Location

Galmudug, Somalia

Expected duration

9 months from August 2022 to April 2023.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that climate change or climate variability can increase the risk of armed conflict in certain circumstances. This has been referred to by the European Union as a ‘multiplier effect’ that reinforces environmental pressures and disaster risk, contributes to the loss of livelihoods, and forces the displacement of people. In a vicious cycle, conflict and displacement further degrade the capacities of people and institutions to adapt to environmental variability, increasing the vulnerability of communities to the negative effects of climate change. In Somalia, climate change acts as a threat multiplier by exacerbating competition between clans over grazing land and water resources, inducing displacement and the recruitment of youth by armed actors, marginalizing minority groups, and empowering the extremist organization, al-Shabaab, which exploits inter-clan grievances to capitalize on climate-induced crises.

In Somalia, competition over access to land and water is the structural driver of most violent conflict. Evidence suggests that this is the result of the interplay between the first three pathways identified above. Climate change and environmental degradation further reduce scarce water resources, forcing communities to migrate and confront one another for control over diminishing ecological yields. As climate change alters pastoralists’ traditional seasonal migration patterns, they develop new livestock and agricultural strategies and often traverse new territory in search of pasture and water for their livestock, contributing to land disputes. The resulting increased vulnerability of specific populations of climate-stressed areas amplifies and triggers migration within and between affected regions.

The project is being delivered by IOM, where UNEP is engaged as an active partner throughout, providing technical support on key environmental interventions and expertise on climate change and climate security related issues. UNEP is providing support on a number of key activities and deliverables in the project.

The consultant will be working closely with IOM and UNEP colleagues to ensure that the above deliverables of the project which are assigned to UNEP are met as well as coordinating and technically advising on the environmental components of water and water management for the project.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency:
Corporate:
• Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
• Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNEP;
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
• Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
Technical:
• Knowledge of wash programming;
• Knowledge of Nature based solutions would be a plus.
• Data management and quality assurance;
• Excellent overall computer skills
Professionalism:
• Works toward creative solutions by analysing problems carefully and logically – inspires and fosters innovation;
• Has a dynamic, positive and adaptive attitude towards work-related challenges, bringing innovative and effective solutions to them;
• Facilitates meetings effectively and efficiently;
• Resolves conflicts as they arise;
• Sets priorities, produces quality outputs, meets deadlines and manages time efficiently;
• Highly organized, detailed oriented.
Communication:
• Writes and presents clearly and convincingly.
• Fluency in English, oral and written with strong report writing skills.

Client Orientation:
• Maintains strong relationships with partners and clients.

Academic Qualifications: Degree in Water Resources Management, Project Management, Community Water Management, Community Development or Social Studies or a related discipline.

Experience:
• 7 years of working experience in the field of water delivery or environmental programming or other related disciplines; plus, relevant work experience in community water, Sanitation, and hygiene programs for displaced populations.
• Knowledge of the operating context in South and Central Somalia.
• Be able to use a wide variety of software, including Word, Excel, and Power Point. Ability to work independently in a result oriented multi-tasking and multi-cultural environment and manage conflicting priorities.
• Proven practical experience in the planning and execution of water and sanitation projects. Possibly experience in social work and / or humanitarian assistance.
• Demonstrated experience of integrating gender and diversity issues into WASH Programming.

Language: Somali national language, some understanding of local dialects and fluency in English.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.


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