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TERMS OF REFERENCE

Duty Station: Home based with trips within the Country (as stated on the ToR)
Deadline for Applications: 21th of January, 2017
Type of Contract: Individual
Contract Post Level: Short-term consultant
Starting Date: October End of January, 2017
Duration of Consultancy: 40 working days spread over 3 months

I. Background
The Regional Maritime Security Programme (MASE) is part of the EU strategic framework for the horn of Africa meant to ensure coordination amongst regional organizations in the Eastern-Southern African and Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) region. The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is the Regional Authorizing Officer for MASE and has the lead in the coordination of various strands/results of the programme.

The EU is supporting under the 10 European Development Fund (EDF) and IGAD’s continuous engagement and leadership on aspects related to coordination within the region and in particular with regard to Somalia. IGAD also coordinates with other regional economic communities (REC’s) as well as bilateral and multilateral donors in order to enhance global maritime security in the region. The programme has intertwined objectives of enhancing maritime security and addressing key institutional and information bottlenecks including governance structures, coordination and evidence basic research to support decision making in the management of the MASE Programme.
IGAD responsibilities in the MASE Programme Estimate II project key Sub-Results:-
Result 1: Enhanced overall cross-regional coordination of MASE Programme
Result 2:  Established and strengthened Maritime Coordination structures inSomalia.
     Result 3: improved and expanded knowledge of Maritime Security Issues
     Result 4:  Review, harmonization and operationalization of  policy  and  legal framework dealing with maritime crimes.
This consultancy services primarily focuses on Result 3 and aims to collect evidence based research as a way of informing communities, government and agencies to plan and as well prioritize key interventions on the basis of evidence, marketability or relevance to setting up needs based interventions. This is meant to provide innovative livelihood options for target communities in coastal communities, Puntland, Galmudug and Mogadishu. The principal objective(s)of the study is to inform future programming and will help steer Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) livelihood/self-employment interventions.

II. Overview of the Assignment

The assignment aims to have  technical  inputs  and  guidance  from  a  Technical Consultant to study alternative options either related  to  fisheries  or  through  its  value chain households and youth gain employment – this is part of alleviating unemployment for youth-at-risk in the target areas in Puntland Galmudug and Mogadishu and other accessible areas in which the FAO’s Coastal communities Against Piracy  (CCAP)  is already working. This assignment seeks to provide support in terms of alternative livelihood options to the already existing CCAP project under FAO’s execution and implementation and geared towards its support.

Both IGAD and FAO in partnership under the support by the European Union would like use the study is to guide it is targeting of communities in subsequent phases of the IGAD/FAO partnership in the Programme.

III. Objectives of the Consultancy

This consultancy assignment has the overall objective of   generating a body of knowledge and information that can contribute to enhancing livelihood options arising from fisheries sector for the benefit of coastal communities. The study will aim to scope existing livelihood strategies and identify alternative livelihood for future programming

a) Specific objectives of the assignment are:-
To study potential economically viable opportunities for employment for coastal communities
Study how maritime security affected Somali coastal communities that are active in fishing and in in small-to-medium scale maritime trade
Provide practical guidance and offer programmatic recommendations to inform FAO on-shore livelihood/employment interventions under Coastal Communities against Piracy (CCAP).
b) Activities of the Consultancy
Undertake operational research for evidence based livelihood options for coastal communities with focus on self-employment opportunities through: -
Review of secondary information (relevant existing reports, studies, fishery sector analysis and previous assessments)
Map  current  livelihood  &  employment  strategies  of  youth  in  the  coastal  areas through informant interviews
Identify contextual opportunities and constraints for employment/self-employment
Identify feasible strategies to reinforce and develop capacities and employment options for youth in the target coastal areas.

Prepare a summary of key findings and recommendations, including new and on- going projects, and present them in a restitution meeting/workshop, gathering key stakeholders in the assessment and programming process.
Draft a comprehensive report; submit for review and incorporate comments into a quality final report.
Make a presentation to implementing partners FAO, and EUCAPNESTOR and EU and other interested regional organizations.

IV. Management of the Consultancy

IGAD MASE Programme will manage the consultancy and in full measure ensure due processes as well the execution, outputs planned and expected from the technical consultancy is achieved for the benefit of the Programme.

V   Methodology of the Consultancy

This assignment study will involve both secondary and primary research combing both qualitative and quantitative techniques. The consultant will use the following methods:-
Review the literature including reports on Somalia by government, UN agencies and regional entities operating in Somalia
Design methodology of resurveying Somali fishing communities regarding their livelihoods. The sample should include fishing towns and villages representing all areas of Somalia (Puntland, Galmudug, South Central Somalia)
Involving field work undertake brief key informant interviews with officials at the ministries of fisheries, antipiracy entities and coastal communities
Conduct key informant interviews  with  representatives  of  multilateral  agencies and non-governmental organizations active in Somalia
Interview with prominent Somalia individuals with knowledge of  Somalia’s fisheries sector.

VI.  Scope of the assignment.

The study will be based on the premise that a wealth of knowledge, experience and understanding about livelihood options for local people exist among fishing communities. And  an  understanding  of livelihood strategies  adopted  by  different categories of stakeholders in fishing communities- along with their strengths and weaknesses- could be the  points  for  leveraging  and  informing  FAO  self-employment and livelihood interventions in coastal communities of Somaliland, Puntland, Galmudug and South Central Somalia. The ultimate objective of the study is to showcase options potential for adoption and scale up. The study will identify specific livelihood and self- employment challenges of fishing communities in the respective villages/regions and present livelihood/employment opportunities available in the sector and the region.

The  study  will  also  seek  to  assess  the  sustainability  and  equity  implications  of  the choices proposed using sustainable livelihood framework approaches.

VII. Management of the Consultancy

The selected consultant/firm shall report to MASE Regional Coordinator who will be the overall technical responsible person for the assignment, copying MASE Technical Expert in all communications. During the assignment execution, the consultant will maintain regular contacts with target group of the assignment and liaise on issues of concern throughout all phases of the assignment to ensure smooth implementation of the assignment.

VIII. Deliverables and Timelines

The consultant should prepare and submit the following deliverables;

1. Inception Report on the methodology, detailed work plan and activity schedule reflecting the interpretation of the Terms of Reference (ToR) within one (1) week after the signature of service agreement. In this stage, the consultant has to submit all necessary logistics needed during the execution of the assignment.

2. Draft Final report covering the delivery a research report: livelihood options for youth and impact of maritime security to the coastal communities

IX. Duration of the Assignment.

The assignment is 40 working days spread over 3 months (February –April 2017).
a)  Costing
The consultancy would be based service agreement, which will have a fixed price (lump- sum) whereby the consultant individual/firm is expected to cost for the assignment as follows:
i. Professional fees for the duration of the assignment period with expert(s) input commensurate with the assignment tasks and deliverables.
ii. Reimbursable costs (Per Diems for field missions, travel costs- in land fees, custom duties and air ticket fees from-and-to duty stations of the expert)
iii. All in-country costs and expenditures.
iv. The Consultant would provide his/ her own security cover needed for this assignment.
v. He/She would liaise with IGAD’s Office in Garowe, Somalia.

Qualifications and skills required

Education: Master Degree in Economics, Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and related discipline.
Experience:

* At least 10 years of overall work/professional experience  in  the  field  of livelihoods, sustainable enterprise development,  employment  generation  and local economic development.
* At  least  several  years’  experience  in  fisheries  programme  management  and implementation
* At least several years’ experience in developing and implementing employment policies, programmers and strategies.
* Experience in value chain and market systems development approach.
* Experience in baseline surveys, value chain analysis and development of strategies and action plans.

Working experience with multilateral and bilateral organizations, UN agencies & government    institutions    in    sustainable livelihoods/community empowerment/natural resources management
Experience of work in a related to a (post) conflict countries, will be an asset.

Skills and Abilities

* Cultural competent and sensitive to local customs
* Excellent analytical skills and  strong  commitment  to  sharing  expertise  and experience in order to identify gaps and advise relevant strategies
* A high standard of written and spoken English is essential;
* Strong communication skills, to develop methodical and succinct materials;
* Able to work effectively in an environment where systems do not exist or function as they should;

Application procedures

Applications shall include:

1) Application letter of the individual expert or consultancy firm
2) Detailed Curriculum Vitae  and  scanned copies and  all  relevant testimonials and experiences
The above application should be sent to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and with copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Applications and submissions  should be made on or Before  22nd January,2017 at -17.00--time


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