Consultancy Services in Curriculum and Syllabus Development for IWRM Academic Education in Somalia

Job Details
Employer: Federal Government of Somalia
Job Title: Consultancy Services in Curriculum and Syllabus Development for IWRM Academic Education in Somalia
Job Type: Contractor/Consultant
Location: Mogadishu
Category: Other
Description:

Background

UNDP Somalia and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) have signed an agreement to build the capacity of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the Federal Member States (FMS) with an overarching focus on promoting resilience of the water-stressed, ecologically-fragile, and disaster vulnerable communities in the country. The project promotes an integrated approach and addresses capacity gaps and national priorities for Water, environment, and disaster risk management. It unleashes the potential of their synergies into a coherent and more integrated programming framework.

Institutional and human capacity in water related subjects is scarce in Somalia. As there are no opportunities to study and earn degrees in programs like integrated water resources management, data and information management, water and socioeconomic development, basin management, water engineering, water economics, and utility management within the country, those with required capacity are both few and have earned their degrees abroad. Each year the country spends large sums on sending students abroad for higher studies, or witnesses how short-term seminars and workshops are being organized to address long-term learning needs. This is not a feasible approach, and it does not benefit long-term development in Somalia. Somalia has to establish its own system of educating and training people for future needs within the water sector. Seminars and workshops are also needed, but then for well-focused specific issues linked to a certain skill or professional training, i.e., issues that can be addressed well over a few days or weeks.

At the moments many universities and colleges exist in Somalia. They provide education and training in many topics close to “water”, like agriculture, engineering, economics, development and resilience, but not one has a program – neither at Bachelor’s or Master’s level – focusing specifically at educating students and give them capacity to address the country’s huge and upcoming water challenge. In addition, the quality of education is sometimes inadequate. The education and training this initiative focus on will give much attention to maintain a good, international standard on all components and activities performed.

The academic program described in this project focuses on establishing and running a Master of Science (MSc) program in Integrated Water Resources Management. That provides a general, broad education in water, “a little bit of everything”, addressing many needs in Somalia but far from all. Obviously, many more needs exist. For example, a first Bachelor of Science (BSc) education in water and development, and MSc programs in e.g., groundwater development and management, water and sanitation, water and economics, data and information management, and utility management. This first academic initiative aims to achieve two main results, to (i) establish a structure for water education at a Somalia university, where additional focuses can be added at a low cost and easy work, and to (ii) establish and run a MSc program in IWRM and graduate students with an international standard in IWRM capacity

The project builds on past experiences, complements the ongoing national efforts under the National Development Plan (NDP-9), and calls for an integrated approach to deliver results on the ground in the areas of integrated water resources management, environmental governance, and disaster risk management.

Component 1: IWRM Capacity Development

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of the Federal Government of Somalia is responsible for implementing component 1 of the project, integrated Water Resources Management to build targeted capacities, both at the individual and institutional levels, to promote integrated water resource management (IWRM) and to contribute to the strengthening of Somalia’s capacity to build water security and bring wellbeing in Somalia. The component has two outputs to be achieved; 1. Enhanced Individuals Capacities for IWRM 2. Enhanced Institutional Capacities for IWRM. The component promotes an integrated approach and addresses capacity needs and gaps and national priorities for the water sector in Somalia.

Human capacity in water professions is scarce in Somalia. The project focuses on both short-term and long-term capacity development to enhance the capacity of the individual and institutional levels. As there are no opportunities to study and earn academic degrees in programs like integrated water resources management (IWRM), data and information management, basin management, water engineering, water economics, and utility management within the country, those persons with such education are both few and have typically earned their degrees abroad. Each year the government spends large sums on sending students abroad for higher studies or witnessing how short-term seminars and workshops are being organized to address long-term learning needs. That is not a feasible approach; it is costly and does not benefit Somalia's long-term development goals. Somalia has to establish its system of higher education in Water-related topics. Seminars and workshops are much needed, mainly for well-focused issues linked to a specific skill or professional training, i.e., issues that can be addressed over a few days or weeks.

The above includes a number of activities, where the establishment of academic education in IWRM at a selected university in Mogadishu is the focus of this document. That focus has two sub-goals:

· Establish an academic platform for education in "water." Such a platform will not only be used in the upcoming IWRM program but also in other future academic water educations. That includes (still tentative but progressing) a plan to offer an MSc in Integrated Water Resources Management. Establish an academic water platform includes, e.g., to identify a suitable university, develop close cooperation, assess its capacity to give courses in Water-related topics, support training of trainers, and discuss and develop an appropriate water education pedagogic approach.

· Plan and implement an MSc program in IWRM. Using the platform established, develop and implement an MSc program in IWRM. By doing so, many issues required for future programmes in other water topics will also evolve and help such programmes to develop.

Objectives of the assignment

In the above-outlined process, an international partner is required to carry out the following:

  1. Engage, guide and discuss with the advisory panel committee for the implementation of IWRM MSc program in Somalia

  2. Develop curriculum and syllabus for the implementation of IWRM MSc program in Somalia

  3. Share the regional experience in establishing academic IWRM programmes and feed that into all activities undertaken;

  4. Link the selected university in Mogadishu with a network of universities in the region and facilitate contracted services like experienced teachers, distance learning courses/lectures, thesis supervision, and more;

  5. Assess the capacity of the chosen university to deliver the program and to engage in training of trainers (teachers), that the admission of students is well managed, and that practical arrangements are undertaken.

  6. Support and enable quality control and international accreditation

Scope of Work

Working with close collaboration with the National Advisor of IWRM Capacity Development at the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of the Federal Government of Somalia, the international partner will develop an appropriate curriculum and syllabus of the IWRM MSc program in Somalia at the end of December of 2021.

Critical issues that the international partner must give attention to including but are not limited to:

· Somalia has suffered from many years of internal strife and difficulties. Today that implies sometimes weak institutional arrangements; a recent time-limited academic history, students of very varied backgrounds, some isolation in the past, and a huge need for improved water capacity – often closely linked to issues of governance, power, culture and norms;

· While the scientific issues of IWRM remain the same across the region, the pedagogic approach and how the transfer and building of knowledge take place probably differ. Thus, the programme has to reflect that. A standard (theoretical) program may not work. Most likely, it has to be adapted, possibly reflecting, e.g., problem learning, a strong focus on socioeconomic, power and gender issues, and to establish a shared understanding among students of what drives the Somali water sector and its linkages to growth and well-being;

· Water is at the core of development in Somalia. Thus, students need to learn more than only the science of IWRM. They probably also need to expand knowledge about, e.g., important global and regional development processes and actors, trends and issues in environmental sustainability and history, and general news in Africa and elsewhere. The students will probably benefit from being exposed to global events and becoming "global citizens." This also includes improved English language capacity.

Qualifications and Competencies

The international partner will be required to be an experienced organization with specialization in the development of curriculum in IWRM, implementation of academic education, training and awareness-raising programs specific to integrated water resources management. The international partner must have conducted similar work before in/out of the African continent, particularly the higher education sector, delivering and implementing the IWRM program at the MSc level in Africa. The international partner will have a proven ability to work closely with universities and other relevant stakeholders to develop and implement a practical and standard curriculum of IWRM in Somalia.

The international partner shall have the following qualities and competencies:

· A network of academic capacity development universities and institutions in Africa and globally;

· Documented experience in supporting and setting up new university institutions engaged in capacity development in IWRM and other Water-related topics;

· In-depth knowledge about IWRM and linked water issues as found and practiced in East Africa;

· Based on the African continent or having its focused work supporting capacity development in Africa.

Deliverables

The duration of the assignment is 4 months. The control points of this contract are the deliverable based mentioned below. Deliverables are required in order for payment to be processed.

SN / Deliverables / Date

1. Inception Report including detailed Work Plan - 10th of October 2021

2. First 1st Draft Curriculum and Syllabus of IWRM MSc Program - 15th November 2021

3. Second 2nd Draft Curriculum and Syllabus submission - 15th December 2021

4. Final Draft Curriculum and Syllabus Submission - 20th December 2021

5. Submission Approved Final Curriculum and Syllabus - 30th December 2021

HOW TO APPLY

Interested consultancy firm who have the qualification to do the job are encouraged to submit the following document: An up-dated and recent C.V. and their Proposal addressing the selection criteria above

The above documentation should be submitted by e-mail to the iwrmprocurement.moewr2020@gmail.com and copied to dg@moewr.gov.so

The closing date for receiving applications is 30 September 2021

Publish date: 2021-09-21 01:04:00
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