Senior Environment Advisor, Jubbaland

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The Nordic International Support Foundation

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Employer: The Nordic International Support Foundation
Job Title: Senior Environment Advisor, Jubbaland
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somalia; Kismayo

Senior Environment Advisor, Jubbaland

I. General Information

Title of Consultancy: Senior Environment Advisor

Duration of the assignment: Six Months with a possibility of Extension

Duty station: Kismayo, Jubaland, Somalia

Supervisor: Director General of Jubaland Ministry of Environment

Working at Ministry of Environment Kismayo, Somalia

II. Background

In the last three decades, Somalia’s environment was severely degraded as a result of the absence of governance structures and enforcement mechanisms. This allowed unsustainable exploitation of the fragile environment leading to loss of biodiversity, land degradation, soil erosion, water scarcity among others. The National Development Plan 2020-2024 considers environment degradation enabled by lack of governance instruments, high poverty prevalence coupled with climate change as the key drivers of unsustainable management of Somalia’s environment and natural resources. Nearly 80% of the population depends on biomass energy hence putting more pressure on the available forest resources to meet the demand. This in turn continues to accelerate both charcoal burning and tree felling for commercial and domestic use. The charcoal business especially in Jubaland State had developed into one of the major export products, becoming a major source of income for millions of rural populations. The loss of tree cover has resulted in the disappearance of large areas of land that used to be tree-covered. This has led to the erosion of soil and freshwater. Jubaland State is dependent on climate-sensitive sectors especially livestock production and agriculture which remain susceptible to climate change and variability. Increased frequencies of climate shocks such as increased drought incidences, intermittent floods, desert locust infestation among others continue to destroy livelihoods, aggravate conflicts over water and pasture resources and increase internally displaced populations in the region. Somalia is considered a Least Developed Country (LDC), with nearly 69% of its population living below the international poverty line. Additionally, the country experienced over two decades of conflict, hence limited capacity to effectively respond to the impending impacts of climate change.
In the waste sector, the growing trend in emissions is closely linked to population growth, urbanization rate, and population living standards. This can be attributed to the peace-building initiatives that yielded remarkable economic growth in the Jubaland state particularly Kismayu city for the last few years encouraging investors of Somali origin from western countries and neighboring regions like Kenya and Ethiopia. Therefore, the management of such generated volumes of waste represents a major logistical problem. However, no proper records and data are available of solid and liquid waste generated in terms of tons per year. There is an urgent need to construct controlled dumpsites and sanitary landfills to develop a clean mechanism exploiting the recycling potential and derive energy production from waste and reducing emissions. Although intensive community awareness must be conducted to educate them on the importance of the project because currently waste treatment is only limited to burning of the open-air debris which emits CO2, CO, N2O gases to the atmosphere hence contributing to the global warming. Therefore, there is a need to implement sophisticated composting and incineration technologies considering cost-benefit analysis and engaging the private sector. In solid and liquid waste in Jubaland state especially Kismayu requires the construction and installation of a standard anaerobic digestion treatment plant to mitigate emissions.

In the last decade, Somalia including Jubaland State has made great strides not only in terms of stability but also institutional building. The country is gradually transiting from insecurity and emergencies towards peace and stability, paving the way for the development of long-term policies and strategies to achieving sustainable development. Notable policies relevant to the environment sector include the NDP 2020-2024, National Charcoal Policy 2020, The National Environment Policy (NEP), Environment Regulations 2020, Recovery and Resilience Framework (RRF), Energy Policy, NAPA, National Climate Change Policy, Draft National Environment and Strategic Action Plan (NESAP) and the recent NDC update. However, Jubaland is faced with myriads of environmental and climate vulnerability challenges. The existence of weak environmental and almost absence of climate change-related policies and institutional frameworks at the State level, weak coordination with the Federal Government, absence of up-to-date environment and climate change vulnerability status, gender dimensions of impact remain a challenge.

This presents an opportunity to align the sustainable management of Jubaland State environment and Natural resources with national plans, policies, and actions to attain the objective of sustainably managing its environment and building resilience against climate change in the State. Importantly, this will ensure it doesn’t become a hindrance to Somalia’s overall agenda of sustainable management of its environment and Natural Resource and gearing the country towards low carbon resilient development pathway as envisaged in the NDP 9.

It is against this backdrop that SIDA is supporting the Jubaland State’s Ministry of Environment by seconding a sector expert.

III. Objective of the assignment:

To enhance the Jubaland Environment Ministry’s capacity in the implementation of the State’s environmental laws, policies, strategies, and action plans in line with NDP9 to build resilience against climate change in the sate

IV. Scope of Work

  • Advise ministry’s policy makers on relevant environmental laws, policies and action plans;
  • Provide technical advice relating to environmental governance to the state ministry.
  • Identify strategic environmental focus areas, the needed expertise and formulate the capacity building and enhancement interventions on these matters.
  • To conduct capacity assessment and develop capacity building plan based on the findings for effective implementation of environmental policies, laws strategies and action plan.
  • Provide on job training, capacity building, and guidance national staff engaged in the planning, assessment of environmental governance, implementation and evaluations
  • Support the development of technical capabilities of the operational and greater environment teams
  • Support addressing a sustainable model for waste management in Jubaland state of Somalia
  • Provide technical support to the demonstration of low technology incinerators.
  • Introduce and account for proper separation and final disposal of waste including medical waste.
  • Support and facilitate the ministry to operationalize the State Environmental Strategy and Action Plan(SESAP) in line with the National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan (NESAP)
  • Organize SEAP capacity building workshops and trainings at FGS and FMS
  • In coordination with the national directorate of environment and climate change Work collaboratively with partners to improve the environmental governance system of Jubaland state.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with partners FGS and other state level ministries

VI. Qualifications and Experience

  • Candidates should have a post-graduate degree in Environmental science, Law, Chemistry, Natural Resource management, Climate change or related disciplines from recognized educational institutions, and at least 10 years’ proven experience in the environmental and climate change governance Considerable knowledge and work experience of Somalia’s environment
  • Ability to take an integrated analytical approach to climate vulnerability impact/risk assessments, adaptation planning, and response design
  • Experience of managing projects
  • Ideally experience of undertaking environment, climate change, socio-developmental related consultancies in Somalia preferably Jubaland State
  • Experience in policy development and implementation
  • Experience in intergovernmental and multilateral arrangements and processes relevant to environment
  • Knowledge of global policy processes under the UNFCCC and familiarity with NDCs, NAPs and climate finance such as GCF, GEF and others is an advantage
  • Ability to work well with a diverse sector stakeholder including from Federal and State Governments, Development Partners, CSOs, academic institutions, private sector among others
  • Excellent knowledge of the Somali and English language (both spoken and written) and excellent communication skills

Functional Competencies:**


· Mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.

Planning and organizing

· Effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner;

· Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work.

· Ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent activities.

Teamwork and respect for diversity

· Ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries.

· Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender.

Leadership and Self-Management

· Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback

· Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

· Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure

· Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

Language requirements:

· Somali and English are the working language for this assignment.

· Knowledge of other languages are advantage.


Equal Opportunities: We value diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees.

This position is open to Somalis both in-country and the Diaspora. Interested Candidates especially female candidates who meet all the requirements are highly encouraged.

Only successful candidates will be contacted, Please apply in below link:

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