Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

EU Supported IGAD-EUTF Project

Terms of Reference

Position: Cluster  Coordinator — South-Omo Cluster - Marsabit and Moyale Cluster - Mandera Cluster


Following the catastrophic drought in the IGAD region in 2010/11 consultations amongst development partners led to a consensus that efforts should be made to participate in joint program planning and design at country and regional levels in order to coordinate financing instruments, under the coordination of IGAD and its Member States, subsequent to which the European Union embarked on the process of developing a region-wide programme on peace building, pastoral livelihoods and resilience in the IGAD region as part of the Horn of Africa Drought Resilience Initiative.

The European Union, in consultation with the countries in the IGAD region and IGAD Secretariat, has developed an Action Document on Cross Border Resilience-building. The objective of the project is to enhance livelihood resilience of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in drought prone areas in the IGAD region. Missions have been undertaken in those countries that have officially requested the EU for support, namely in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

Climate change and the subsequent recurrent drought is one of the most serious threats in the IGAD region. In fact, the IGAD region is one of the most affected areas in the world by recurrent drought and climate variability. In 2010 / 2011, the region was hit by the most severe drought in 60 years which led to famine and food insecurity affecting more than 13 million people in the region. This prompted the countries in the region to work together to address drought emergencies collectively. They organized a meeting at Summit level in Nairobi on 9 September 2011 and agreed on a number of measures, including the need to address drought emergencies at regional level.

In this regard, the Summit requested partners in development and the international community at large to support the region in its effort of ending drought emergencies. Furthermore, the Summit requested partners in development to intensify their technical and financial support to drought resilience and to aligning their development efforts to national and regional development frameworks. The Summit directed IGAD Secretariat to coordinate efforts of all stakeholders (member states, partners, civil society, private sector, etc) in ending drought emergencies in the region.

This is a regional project currently being prepared for Kenya Ethiopia and Somalia, with provisions for other IGAD member states to join later. In Kenya, the project is targeted for 3 ASAL counties while in Ethiopia it is targeted for South Omo, Dollo Ado, Dollo Bay and Moyale area.

The project has four lots: i) Conflict early warning and peace building, ii) Resilience and Livelihood Support, iii) Coordination and capacity building, and vi) Climate and rangeland early warning. Under each component are various sub-components as summarised in the Action Document.

Within IGAD the cluster Coordinator shall be responsible for overall coordination and the activities of the project under IGAD and EU cross border Project.

Here below find the Terms of Reference outlining the objective; expected outputs; and the list of tasks; as well as the reporting, and qualification requirements for the assignment. 


The objective of the assignment is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the project as well as to enhance appropriate linkages between IGAD, MS, Development partners and Non State Actors in the IGAD region.

3. Duties and Responsibilities

The cluster Coordinator is expected to deliver the following institutional outcomes:

  1. Provide leadership and coordination of the project at cluster level;
  2. Organize and manage technical and steering committee meetings;
  3. Coordinate with IGAD cluster coordinators and support the timely generation of quality technical and financial reports,
  4. Lead discussions with other stakeholders implementing projects and / or programmes in the target area;
  5. Work as the link between member states, IGAD, UNDP and EU and whenever called to do so with other stakeholders,
  6. Support production of credible, timely early warning and early response (both climate and conflict related) analysis on how environmental, climatic and natural resource competition factors drive peace and security
  7. Link environmental issues to regional and international security, where possible and practical,
  8. Document and gain a deeper understanding of cross border climate early warning policy.
  9. Concretely analyse impacts policy and operational interventions in the cluster area
  10. Facilitate cross border Knowledge management and capacity development with the local governments, Lot 1 and 2 implementers, IGAD, UNDP and UNEP as appropriate.

4. Qualification and Experience/Minimum requirements

  • Post graduate degree in Water Engineering/Management, Rangeland Resource Management, Development studies, Socio-economics, Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, Environmental Law/Economics, conflict management, peace and development, and Geography and other related courses.
  • Studies of resources-related conflict is an added advantage;
  • 10 or more year experience in national, regional and international organizations programme leadership and coordination;

5. Core Competencies

  • Knowledge of resilience and issues in the IGAD Region;
  • Innovation and networking;
  • Ability to mobilise and coordinate a wide range of partners is critical;
  • Good Communication and interpersonal skill;
  • A good knowledge of computer applications;
  • Ability to prepare concise, timely, analytical and informative documentation.
  • Fluency in English; Working knowledge of French is an added advantage.
  • Working experience in the IGAD region member states in a similar capacity is a definite advantage;
  • Experience in publishing analytical reports consumed by policymakers and operational officers
  • Able to effectively brief senior officials and citizens at the local level
  • Ability to work under pressure in a team made up of diverse nationalities and cultures


The duration of the assignment will be three (3) years with possible renewal. 


Attractive IGAD rates will be applied with entry level being negotiable depending applicant’s qualification and experience. 


IGAD Cluster Offices in Lodwar, Moyale, Mandera (or Nairobi depending on conditions) 


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9. In the Subject line, please write: Ref: EU Cross border cluster Coordinator – South-Omo Cluster OR Marsabit Moyale Cluster OR Mandera Cluster


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