Consultancy For Designing Water Catchment & Micro Irrigation Schemes Infrastructures in Gedo Region

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

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  1. About Norwegian Refugee Council and the Project

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been present in Somalia since early 2006. Over these years, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has demonstrated a regional competence and expertise in working with displaced populations with programs in Food Security, Education, Water and Sanitation, Shelter, Information Counselling and Legal Assistance. Since 2013 NRC has become one of the leading actors in Implementing resilience programs in Somalia.

In South Central Somalia, NRC is implementing resilience projects funded by DFID and EU- DEVCO through Building Resilient Communities in Somalia (BRCiS) consortium. The resilience program is intended to contribute to resilience of the target communities to shocks of drought, flood, conflict and diseases

As part of NRC’s resilience program in Dollow (Geddo) in Jubba land State, NRC through Participatory Community Analysis process undertaken in Kabasa, Qasanley, Abdillohow, Kaharey, Garsobore and Luuq Godey, in Geddo region, crop and fodder production as key areas of intervention capable of supporting their pastoral and agro pastoral livelihoods. NRC intends to support these interventions through irrigation and therefore intend to map out, design and develop Bills of Quantities (BoQ) for Small scale irrigation schemes and medium scale water harvesting and storage reservoirs which may be Berkart or larger water pan/dam with Liners. NRC is therefore looking for dynamic and well qualified and competent engineers to lead this process.

1.2 Purpose of the consultancy

The main objective of the consultancy is to map out, design, develop Bills of Quantities and produce report for 3 medium scale water harvesting reservoirs (in Abdilohow, Kaharey and Garsobore all in Dolo district) and 4 small scale irrigation schemes (3 in Dollow and 1 in Luuq). The design and Bills of quantities thereto produced will guide NRC to support the construction of the water harvesting and storage reservoirs and the irrigations schemes with the aim of supporting crop and fodder production through irrigation.


The consultant will work closely with the community leaders and members, NRC project Staff in the 7 project sites (six in Dolow district and 1 in Luuq district) to undertake the following assignments:

  • (i)Map and lay out the catchment for 3 medium scale water harvesting reservoirs (Berkats/Water pan/dam) and 4 Small scale irrigation schemes.
  • (ii)Design 3 medium scale water harvesting reservoirs (in Abdilohow, Kaharey and Garsobore all in Dolo district) and 4 small scale irrigation schemes (2 in Qasanley, 1 Kabasa in Dollow and 1 in LuuqGodey-Luuq district)
  • (iii)In consultation with NRC staff develop the Bills of Quantities for 3 medium scale water harvesting reservoirs (in Abdilohow, Kaharey and Garsobore all in Dolo district) and 4 small scale irrigation schemes (2 in Qasanley, 1 Kabasa in Dollow and 1 in Luuq-Godey-Luuq district)
  • (iv)The consultant will be responsible for wetting design(s) from all relevant authorities.
  • (v)S/He will be obliged for any clarity that may require regarding design and/or execution of the infrastructure(s), during the implementation of the project within 2 days of consultation, failure of which may cause suspension of his/her final payment.
  • (vi)The design capacities of irrigation channel(s), water catchments and other infrastructures shall be supported with respective calculations.


  1. The assignment will involve consultations with all the NRC, Local authorities of Dollow and Luuq district and the Community Disaster Management Committees from the project sites listed above.
  2. The consultant to be identified for the assignment will develop tools and methodologies through which the assignment will be executed.
  3. The exercise is expected to commence as soon as a possible and in any case not later than the Early March 2017 and be completed within two weeks.


The Consultant will have:

  1. Have degree in Agricultural Engineering, Water and Environmental Engineering, Civil and structural Engineering or related fields.
  2. At least 5 years of professional experience in international development, private sector or government
  3. Specific knowledge and experience in designing Water catchment structures and irrigation schemes.
  4. Should be able to calculate required delta and duty of crops.
  5. Exceptional skills in appropriate engineering tools for mapping and laying out, drawing engineering designs and developing BOQ for Water catchment structures and Small scale irrigation schemes appropriate to Arid and semi-arid context.
  6. Experience of working in Somalia or Arid and Semi-Arid Districts in Kenya/Ethiopia.


Candidates who meet the above profile can apply on line through the “VACANCIES” link at

Please register your curriculum vitae: CV for the candidate (or CV of the person expected to be Lead Consultant in case it is an organization that is applying). The following should also be attached:

  1. Cover letter – maximum 1 page: Introducing the candidate and interest in the assignment. This should also include information regarding proposed timeline (actual dates) for the assignment and your consultancy rates.
  2. Technical and financial proposal – maximum 3 pages: This should provide information on key aspects of the tools that the consultant proposes to use for this assignment. The document should demonstrate that the candidate understands what needs to be done and possible deliverables. It should also include professional fees, subsistence cost, cost for developing engineering designs and Bills of Quantities as well as costs for compiling the final report for the assignment. Please note all costs must be broken down into details (no lump sums, no contingencies etc.)
  3. Example of previous work: This should be an assignment that was done in the last 1-3 years and should include the contacts of the organization or person that you worked for on this assignment.

NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners/employees and to check that its partners/employees have not be involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.