International Legal Consultant (Water and Land)

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Hargeisa, Somalia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Organizational Setting

This position is located in Hargeisa, Somalia.

Reporting Lines

The International Legal Consultant (Water and Land) will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Somalia with the guidance of SWALIM Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and the direct supervision of the Integrated Land and Water Resources Management (ILWRM) Project Coordinator and technical supervision of the Legal Officer, LEGN.

Technical Focus

The International Legal Consultant will provide legal support to government legal focal points and local legal consultants to review Water and Land (WAL) related regulatory frameworks; identify existing gaps; support the government institutions in developing policies in different WAL areas and make recommendations to harmonize/streamline existing policies.  The International Legal Consultant will also provide guidelines on the formal role that the Information Management Centres (IMC) to be established in Hargeisa and Garowe will have in supporting the local institution regarding WAL related data and information.

Tasks and Responsibilities

General legal and policy framework for WAL:

  • Guide two local legal consultants in collecting, reviewing and analysing key policy, regulatory and legislative documents concerning land and water resources management and development in Somaliland and Puntland, respectively.
  • Identify inconsistencies, gaps, and overlaps of the existing Somaliland/Puntland WAL-related regulatory frameworks and make a recommendation on a streamlined regulatory framework for Integrated WAL management with Ministries/Agencies for Agriculture, Environment, Livestock, Water and Disaster management, with cross-ministerial co-ordination.
  • Identify inconsistencies with or implementation gaps of key relevant international commitments regarding WAL and make recommendations for addressing them in the respective territories.
  • Conduct a workshop in Hargeisa and Garowe respectively to present and discuss the findings and recommendations.
  • Prepare a summary of workshop outcome and agreed on recommendations as well as a draft plan of action and terms of reference for implementing necessary legislative amendments.
  • Prepare a final report containing a summary of activities, findings, and final products of the work (report should emerge or integrate finding from the review of the documents, workshops, proposals and current legislation or policies).
  • Provide specific inputs/proposals to amend or complement current legislation/policies in final report
  • Ensure the implementation of ILWRM activities according to Somaliland National Development Goals (NDGs) and Country Programme Framework.

Establishment of IMC (an institution with a specific role in the legal and institutional framework mentioned below):

  • Guide the two local consultants in the collection of all available information regarding the mandates, functions, and powers of relevant public institutions in the respective territories about information management on WAL, in particular Ministries/Agencies for Agriculture, Environment, Livestock, Water and Disaster management.
  • In coordination with the line ministries involved in ILWRM project, define the legal, institutional and operational set-up of the IMC.
  • Conduct a workshop in Hargeisa and Garowe respectively to present and discuss the governance model of the IMC and specifically the Inter-Ministerial Coordination Committee (IMCC) institutional role and necessary legislative action.
  • Prepare a legal instrument (possibly a Decree) to establish the IMC.
  • Prepare the TOR and the Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs), which formalize the IMCs’ role in supporting the local institutions for what concern the WAL related data and information.
  • Prepare and include role, composition, mandates, operation procedures for IMC and IMCC.
  • Review and draft IMC governance model which is proposed to be the Interministerial Committe, or Board.
  • Draft WAL sharing policies of data produced by IMC, through a consultative process with the line ministries involved. 
  • Conduct a final workshop in Hargeisa and Garowe respectively to present final drafts of all texts prepared for discussion and approval.
  • Implement any necessary amendments to texts based on workshop outcome and submit a final report.

Performs other related duties, as required.

  • Assure/Certify Somaliland/Puntland IMC Land Tenure.


Minimum Requirements

  • Law degree and an advanced university degree (LLM or Ph.D.) in environmental law or related field.
  • At least 8 years of postgraduate professional experience in land and water-related fields, developing and implementing land and water management policies and legislation, undertaking legal and policy assessments, analysing institutional roles and making recommendations.
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills  

  • Understanding of the regional and international policy and political landscape;
  • Proven record of analytical legal work on natural resource governance;
  • Proven record of drafting texts of legislative nature; 
  • Understanding of transboundary resource management, network system, and knowledge as well as watershed structures design.


FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list

Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications

Candidates should upload language certificate/s when submitting their application.

For more information, visit the FAO employment website


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

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