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
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).
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.
* 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;
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