Environmental Safeguard Specialist

The World Bank

Somalia 🇸🇴





Country:                                        Somaliland

Name of the Project:                    Water for Agro-pastoral productivity and Resilience

Project ID:                                    P167826  

Consulting Service:                      Environmental Safeguard Specialist

Individual/Firm:                           Individual

Duty Station:                                Hargeisa

Duration:                                      6 Months

Deadline:                                       27 September 2022

Ref No.                                         SO-MOPND-SL-311170-CS-INDV

1. Background of the Project

Building on the experiences of the Water for Agro-Pastoralist Livelihoods Pilot Project (WALP) implemented by Somaliland government funded by the World Bank in which four sand dams were built and contributing to the National Development Plan. The Ministry of Planning and National Development is implementing the Water for Agro Pastoral Productivity and Resilience Project “Biyoole.” The objective of the Biyoole project is to develop water and agricultural services among agro-pastoralist communities in dry-land areas of Somaliland. The project is framed around the following components and sub-components: – Component 1. Support development of multiple-use water sources, 1.1 construction of new community water points (number) and 1.2 rehabilitation of community water points (number); Component 2. Institutional and Capacity development, 2.1 national and state institutional capacity building and 2.2 community development and demand mobilization; Component 3. Supporting sustainable land management and livelihoods development around water points. 3.1 integrated landscape management and 3.2 Agriculture and livestock support; Component 4. Project management, M&E, knowledge management and learning and contingent emergency response.

The Somaliland Government is establishing a core multi sectorial Project Implementation Unit (PIU) coordinated by the Ministry of Planning. The role of the PIU is to support the management, coordination, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of project activities. The PIU will be staffed with the following positions: – Project Coordinator, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Finance Management Specialist, Procurement Management Specialist, Social Safeguards/ CDD Specialist, and Environment Specialist.

The Ministry of Planning and National Development intends to apply parts of the proceed for the payment for the services of the Environmental Safeguards Specialist Consultant Position.

2. Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Project Coordinator, the Environmental Safeguards Specialist will have the following duties and responsibilities: Provide overall environmental management oversight at state level during the implementation of the project, supporting and advising the SPIU in addressing a variety of environmental issues at all the stages of the implementation of the project and in environment related training/awareness for each component of the project; Develop, update and ensure implementation of all environmental instruments in the project; Train and monitor all implementing agencies and contractors in environmental risk management;; Receive and consolidate reports on ESMP implementation and present progress and plans at ISMs; Undertake screening of sub-projects in liaison with the social specialist and in accordance with the project’s ESMF and the provisions of project wide plans; Ensure that the draft ESIAs/or ESMPs/Project Reports and other environmental and social safeguards documents prepared by consultants and contractors are in compliance with the project ESMF; Based on screening outcomes, support preparation of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment/ESAMP Reports and Follow up with the ministry of planning local offices for any permitting as well as any additional statutory requirements. S/he will undertake all other specific tasks detailed in the Terms of Reference (TOR) that can be found at the following https://mopnd.govsomaliland.org/articles/tor or can be provided upon submission of application to the address indicated below.  

3. Selection Criteria:

The selection shall be based on qualification, experience and skills of the candidate and followed by an interview. The required qualifications and experience include:

  • A BSc in environment, natural resource economics, environmental science, environmental engineering or related field with a minimum experience of 5 years in similar assignment supported by the World Bank or similar multilateral agencies
  • Familiar with the National Environmental Laws, Policies, Regulations and the World Bank’s ESF or equivalent MDB safeguard policies
  • Knowledge and onsite practical experience of assessing EHS risks, and hazards related to construction and operation of water and sanitation projects in Somalia, including experience working on internationally financed projects.
  • Excellent communication/ interpersonal skills and ability to work harmoniously in teams, government officials and communities.

4. Timing Duration of Assignment

The Environmental Safeguard Specialist shall be contracted for an initial period of 6 months.

The Ministry of Planning and National Development now invites eligible Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the above-mentioned services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the Services and furnish (i) Curriculum Vitae (CV) with 3 reference persons; (ii) copies of certificates of academic qualifications; and (iii) cover letter indicating that they are qualified to perform the services.

5. Submission requirements

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to section III, para 3.14,3.16 & 3.17 of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers: Procurement in Investment Projects Financing Goods, Works, Non -Consulting and Consulting Services, July 2016, revised November 2017 August 2018 and November 2020 (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.  

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultant method set out in the World Bank Procurement Regulations.

6. Mode of submission of application and deadline.

Interested applicants may obtain further information including a detailed Terms of Reference from the Ministry in person or by e-mail to the address given below during office hours from 9.00 a.m.– 4.00 p.m. Saturday to Thursday.

Deadline: Expressions of interest and Curriculum Vitae (CV) must be delivered to the address below by hand, mail, courier or email on or before September 27, 2022, at 23:30 hours.

Email Address: [email protected]

Address of the Ministry of Planning and National Development: Sha’ab area, Hargeisa, SL

Female applicants are highly encouraged





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