Job vacancy: Social Safeguard Specialist









Country:                                     Somaliland

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

Project ID:                                  P167826

Consulting Service:                   Social Safeguard Specialist

Individual/Firm:                       Individual

Duty Station:                             Hargeisa

Duration:                                   6 Months

Deadline:                                   27 September 2022

  1. No.                                  SO-MOPND-SL-311171-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 Social Safeguard Specialist Consultant Position.







2. Duties and Responsibilities:


Reporting to the Project Coordinator, the Social Safeguards Specialist will have the following duties and responsibilities: Develop, update and ensure implementation of all social instruments in the project, Train and monitor all implementing agencies and contractors in social risk management; To review  reports/outputs of the TA activities prepared by the individual consultant & ensuring that the  safeguards requirements specified in the ToRs are constantly implemented, Receive and consolidate reports on ESMP implementation and present progress and plans on social issues at ISMs, Carry out social mapping of all groups and structures in the community including disadvantaged groups and identify mechanism to include disadvantaged groups in information dissemination, consultation and feedback, project benefits including access to water, CIP priorities and employment opportunities, Facilitate inclusive stakeholder meetings as part of CDD process including separate meetings with disadvantaged groups at both community and government level; Manage GM mechanism at national level and train contractors VDCs and implementing agencies in social requirements, Ensure all social instruments are implemented at national level either directly or via contractors, Ensure there is a robust, trusted and functional GM that is accessible to all communities, workers and stakeholders, Provide quarterly reports to PC on the implementation of all SRM instruments and functioning of the GM.

S/he will undertake all other specific tasks detailed in the Terms of Reference (TOR) that can be found at the following 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:


  • BSc in, social sciences (sociology, anthropology or community development, or gender; etc.)
  • MSc in NRM, Social sciences will be added advantage
  • At least 5 years’ community development experience in government and other Non-governmental Institutions in promoting gender and vulnerable and marginalized groups inclusion, conflict mitigation, labor management, participatory approaches and feedback mechanisms
  • Proven experience on community participatory, action plan development  and conflict management ,
  • Excellent English and local language written and verbal skills.
  • Excellent understanding and commitment to social inclusion, conflict mitigation, labour management, gender and GBV, stakeholder engagement and participatory development.
  • Familiarity with the World Bank’s ESF and commitment and passion to develop skills in social risk management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the capacity to apply a survivor-centered approach to support, guide, listen, assess, plan and follow up on services and survivor support.
  • Experience in delivering inclusivity and gender-sensitization trainings to a wide range of audience including in challenging environments. Experience in working with the government, donor institutions, and World Bank, UN,





  1. Timing Duration of Assignment


The Social 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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:

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


Female applicants are highly encouraged