Project Coordinator

Somali Urban Investment Project (SUIPP) 

SUIPP Project Coordinator

Terms of Reference (TOR) 

.     1    Project Background 

The Somali Urban Investment Planning Project (SUIPP) will support feasibility, assessment and preliminary design studies for urban investment activities, which could be funded from a Multi Partner Fund (MPF), in the municipality of Hargeisa.

The SUIPP comprises a “project to prepare a project”. The main project – to be prepared by SUIPP -, called the Somali Urban Development Project (SUDP), has an estimated budget envelope of US$86.11m intended for support by the MPF. Pursuant to relevant Bank Operating Procedures, which specifically allow for such situations, and given that the project has an environmental safeguard categorization of B, the activities to be supported under the SUDP will include both detailed project design and implementation. The activities to be undertaken under the SUDP in Somaliland constitute the enhancement of solid and liquid waste management and water supply in Hargeisa, the extension and institutionalization of the Local Development Fund, and institutional strengthening activities focused on the Hargeisa Municipality and the Hargeisa Water Agency. 

Preliminary preparation, which includes feasibility studies and preliminary design for the main infrastructure activities under the SUDP, as well as a number of potential urban infrastructure investments on the Somaliland territories, and a range of institutional assessments, will be undertaken under the SUIPP – i.e. the project which forms the subject of Project Implementation Manual - also to be supported by the MPF. Some of the output of the technical work undertaken under the SUIPP will provide the basis for the preparation of the SUDP, while the scope of TA should also be applicable to urban development projects in a variety of different funding contexts. It should be noted that final design work itself – e.g. detailed engineering design, social and environmental impact assessments, exploratory drilling and preparation of bidding documents – will not be undertaken as part of the SUIPP. They will be undertaken as part of the SUDP or other projects under different financing arrangements and funding to cover these costs will be included in the project documentation and proposals relating to that operation.

Overall, the SUIPP will support two basic types of activity:

a.     Feasibility and preliminary design studies for the physical investments that will be supported by the SUDP and other urban development projects, and institutional assessments of the agencies that will execute these investments to provide an informational and analytic base for the preparation of institutional strengthening activities that will be supported by the SUDP. In order to facilitate the quick execution of these activities, they will be executed by the Bank pursuant to OP 10 (para 12);

b.     Provision of technical assistance to enhance the capacity of the Somali executing agencies to prepare and implement urban development projects, such as the SUDP, effectively and efficiently and to mitigate fiduciary and safeguards risk. These activities will be client executed. The SUIPP activities briefly described in “b” will implemented by Hargeisa Municipality (HM).


In order to establish sufficient capacity to prepare and then implement the SUDP, technical assistance for the BRA will need to be recruited under SUIPP comprising a full-time project coordinator, full-time procurement specialist, full-time financial management specialist, a part-time social and environmental specialist, and a part-time monitoring and evaluation specialist. Operating and minor equipment costs related to the recruitment and employment of these positions will also be incurred. In addition, some training and capacity building for these individuals and other staff associated with preparation and execution of the SUIPP and SUDP will be required.

    2.    Objective of the Assignment


The SUIPP Project Coordinator PC will have overall responsibility for the management of SUIPP and the SUIPP team. The PC will also be the primary interlocutor for the Project with the Minister of Finance and with the World Bank. The PC will also ensure the Project is implemented in compliance will all fiduciary and safeguards requirements, reviewing and approving all reporting on the project within the Ministry and with the World Bank. The PC shall also ensure active engagement with other ministries, regional and administrative districts in the implementation of the Project in order to ensure its smooth implementation.


The SUIPP Project Coordinator has the following overall responsibilities:

·        Preparing monthly and quarterly work plans for the PIU, in line with its functions (project preparation, tendering, award, implementation and supervision)

·        Ensuring that the PIU carries out its functions on schedule, and to an acceptable standard

·        Leading SFF project identification consultations at regional level.

·        Maintain excellent communications with the World Bank.

·        Overseeing the PIU procurement process

·        Participating in PIU monitoring visits.

·        Ensure that Environmental and Social Safeguard guidelines and policies are adhered to.

·        Ensuring that the PIU prepares monthly and quarterly progress reports for consideration by the SFF Operational Committee and Oversight Board

·        Managing SUIPP personnel in line with SUIPP Project Implementation Manual policies and guidelines (including anti-corruption guidelines and Code of Conduct).  

·        Ensuring safety and security of SUIPP PCU resources.

         3.    Period of Performance

The SUIPP Project is expected to begin 1st June 2016 and close 30 May June 2017.  12 Months of full time basis. Follow on implementation of SUDP is planned and the PC contract is eligible for possible extension.


4.    Qualifications

·        Relevant university degree or higher education, preferably in social sciences or international development.

·        Minimum of 10 years of relevant working experience in project development and management in Somaliland

·        Experience in working with Somaliland Government and Development and Development Partners.

·        Demonstrated experience in managing teams

·        Strong working knowledge of procurement processes

·        Strong understanding of best-practice approaches to monitoring

·        Strong communication and representation skills.

·        A drive for results in a relatively high-volume, quick-paced program environment, creativity and analytical capability required to respond to evolving program demands and current events. 

·        Strong inter-personal skills and ability to work within and build a team environment, ability to provide both detailed and strategic analysis, excellent communication and negotiation skills, ability to work effectively and harmoniously within a diverse work environment. 

·        Ability to adapt and cope with change.

·        Excellent computer skills.

·        Written and spoken fluency in Somali and English required. 

Consultants will be selected in accordance with the individual consultant selection method set out in the Consultant Guidelines, (January 2011, Revised July 2014 edition).

Expressions of interest/applications and attachments: a CV, three job referees and scanned copies of testimonials must be delivered to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by e-mail to   by 1600 hours on Thursday 26th May, 2016.

Please note that these positions are urgent, thus, the selected candidates must be ready to start work within two weeks.


Mr. Abdirahman Mohamoud Aided
Hargeisa Mayor,



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