Job Opening

Posting Title: Capacity Assessment Expert (Somalia)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 28 March 2023 - 10 April 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-United Nations Environment Programme-205491-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

To have a costed capacity plan for the new Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in Somalia. A plan that sets out what capacities and types of capacities are needed to deliver on both the National Development plan and the Ministries new strategy. This plan will also link to the National Adaptation Plan and the National Determined Contributions (NDC) and the National Environmental Strategic Action Plan (NESAP). The plan will also have a clear operational and management approach that sets out how the Ministry will ensure stability; help remove barriers to accessing climate finance and have clear training and capacity building needs. This consultancy will be in parallel to a World Bank Assessment and it is essential that this piece collaborates closely with the World Bank work.

Work Location

Mogadishu (Somalia) and Nairobi (Kenya)

Expected duration

3 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental
authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of
the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system
and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

Somalia has been and continues to face an increasing number of threats due to climate change multiplied by extensive environmental degradation, unsustainable land use, widespread deforestation which worsen cyclical droughts and floods. All these factors play a major role in intensifying conflict amid poverty, political instability, and insecurity. Flooding along the Shabelle Watershed has led to death, displacement, destruction of agricultural land and outbreaks of water-borne diseases. Extreme weather conditions have been increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change. Recurrent floods (and droughts) underscore the need for nature focused interventions to address water and land mismanagement, riverbank breakages, soil erosion and degradation that increase flood risks and food insecurity. Conflict management will benefit from disaster risk approaches, environmental mediation, and resilient water resource management in times of scarcity due to droughts. The gains made through sustained humanitarian actions will be compromised if flood and drought risk continue to be high among the riverine communities along the Shabelle (especially among farmers and agro-pastoralists) with subsequent negative impacting political, social and peacebuilding efforts. According to the 2021 Fact sheet on Somalia by Sipri “There is clear evidence that climate impacts like droughts and floods are worsening livelihood conditions in Somalia, marginalizing affected groups and contributing to grievances and community tensions: with implications for ongoing conflict”. The current UN in Somalia’s mandate from the UN Security Council states: “further recognising the adverse effects of climate change, other ecological changes, natural disasters, among other factors, on the stability of Somalia, including through drought, desertification, land degradation and food insecurity”.
The Federal Government of Somalia has recently setup the new Ministry of Environment and Climate Change with a clear mandate to support adaptation and environmental sustainability. Being a new entity there is a request to support the capacity building of the Ministry to enable it to achieve the goals set out by the setting up of this important Government department.

Therefore, UNEP is seeking an International consultant that has expertise in capacity assessments for Ministries of Environment. The objective is to send a multi-disciplined team to Mogadishu to work with the technical teams of the Ministry of Environment and the Leadership to understand priorities and needs of the Ministry. Through a deep understanding and a comprehensive analysis of the needs a clear picture will be pulled together that will provide the Ministry a clear road map for implementing its goals. This work will also help the Ministry to form the units needed and required to meet not only its goals but also help smoothly access and implement climate financing, help in the effective and efficient coordination with federal member states and will help in the technical oversight and delivery of policy and enforcement of environmental regulations.

1. Conduct analysis of existing national plans and strategies including NAP, NESAP, NDC, NDP-9.
2. Conduct analysis of current Structures and teams in the Ministry with a view to determining their appropriateness for service delivery and cost-effectiveness, in view of limitations on national budget in Somalia.
3. Conduct benchmarking analysis of other Federal Government Systems around the world with similar structures that could be used as a model for Somalia in terms of management and governance of environment and natural resource assets.
4. Conduct stakeholder consultations (for e.g. key informant interviews, focus groups, etc.) and analysis from donors and from partners, UN agencies and CSOs as well as other Government Ministries and departments on the structure, gaps and needs for the Ministry of the Environment.
5. Provide recommendations on Structure of the different units in the Ministry.
6. Assess the existing capacity, focusing on legislation, policies and procedures, of the MoECC in the following aspects (with practicable, context-relevant recommendations for gap-filling):
o Access to information
o Public participation
o Quality and effectiveness of environmental assessments, including environmental and social impact assessments (EIAs and ESIAs) and environmental audits (EAs)
o National standards for environmental management, including air quality standards, land and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste management, freshwater resources management, marine and coastal resources management, and ecosystem and biodiversity management (forests and protected areas)
7. Provide recommendations on Capacity needs and training gaps as well as staffing gaps and technical team’s requirements including costing out the recommended structure and training needs.
8. Set out a costing methodology for capacity needs and a plan of action for possible funding for the capacity gaps.
9. Support the design a strategy for implementation of the recommendations and how to implement.
10. Detailed final Report.

Qualifications/special skills

An advanced degree in environmental studies, economics, social and political sciences, development studies, or related field.
At least 8 years’ working experience in relevant sectors by the team lead for conducting similar assignments.
1. Knowledge of capacity planning and costing methodologies.
2. Proven capacity and experience of Climate financing methodologies and practicalities for ensuring Green climate financing readiness
3. Proven capacity to plan and manage capacity building operations and logistics.
4. Knowledge and professional experience in climate security, analysis of climate hazards as well as their impacts.
5. Knowledge and professional experience in conflict management and state capacity building.
6. Knowledge and experience in conflict issues in Somalia.
7. Proven experience in the development of technical documents, reports in an accurate and concise manner.
8. Knowledge/understanding of Somalia environment/institutional dynamics.
9. Excellent analytical and leadership skills.


Excellent English report drafting skills.

No Fee


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