Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

EU Supported IGAD-EUTF Project 

Terms of Reference

Position: project Coordinator


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 World Bank embarked on the process of developing a region-wide programme on 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. Sudan and Ethiopia are working on their component.

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

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

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. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The project Coordinator is expected to deliver in the following areas:

  1. Leadership and Coordination of the project: provide strategic direction and oversight to the project and the various thematic areas under the project. Effectively mobilizing the staff to support the vision of the project and to ensure success of the same. Implement the decisions of the IGAD Platform Steering Committee, the General Assembly and The Council as will be appropriate;
  2. Champion the project objectives: Disseminate and advocate to enhance ownership of the project among the IGAD member states, the development partners and stakeholders in the region;
  3. Linkages and Harmonization National and Regional Initiatives: Ensure appropriate linkages and harmonization of the strategies, action plans and processes on resilience in the region. Ensuring consistency of Regional, and Country Programming Papers (considering Cross Border issues), Implementation Plan and Coordination projects, Common Monitoring and Evaluation tools and procedures across the region;
  4. Building and maintaining Strategic Partnerships: the coordinator is expected to facilitate the mapping of partners contributing to the resilience agenda and form alliances with them rallying them to effectively support the Regional project, national level coordination mechanisms, initiatives and processes relevant to resilience thereby enhancing coordination;
  5. Resource mobilization: spear head mobilization of resources (human, physical and financial) to address the identified priority interventions at national and regional levels, rally members states and partners towards common themes and priorities as per IDDRSI strategy, national priorities while meeting the needs and aspirations of the communities;
  6. Facilitate Regional Knowledge management and capacity development: the project coordinator will promote and facilitate knowledge management, coherence and effectiveness among knowledge management, research and capacity building Centres of excellence in the region, member states and IGAD as appropriate.

Qualification and Experience/Minimum requirements

  • Post graduate  degree in Drylands related fields or Development studies, socio-economics, agriculture, livestock, rural development, international relations and other related courses.
  • Studies of International Relations is an added advantage;
  • 15 or more years experience in national, regional and international organizations programme leadership and coordination;
  • Working experience in the IGAD region member states in a similar capacity is a definite advantage;

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 advantange.


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



IGAD rates will be applied. However remuneration will be negotiable depending on applicant’s qualification and experience.


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