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Groundwater Engineer

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 The Federal Government of Somalia

Ministry of Energy and Water Resources



Country:                             Federal Government of Somalia (FGS)

Name of the Project:                        Horn of Africa – Ground Water for Resilience Project (GW4R)

Project ID:                           P174867     Grant No.: IDA – D9310

Consulting Service:              Groundwater Engineer

Individual/Firm:                   Individual

Deadline:                              November 14, 2022

Duty station:                        Mogadishu, Somalia

Reference No.:                     SO-MOEWR-316207-CS-INDV


The Groundwater for Resilience project (GW4R) is a component of the World Bank financed Horn of Africa (HoA) initiative. The project is intended to increase sustainable access and management of groundwater as a key contributing factor to enhanced climate resilience of targeted communities. The project will strengthen the foundations for regional approaches to resilience building through an improvement of the knowledge base and institutional capacity related to climate shocks, and investments in enhanced groundwater supply and improved utilization.

GW4R addresses groundwater development in order to enhance living conditions and reduce and control the impacts of climate change. Strengthening the region’s capacity to assess, develop, monitor, and manage groundwater resources play a vital role in the ability of vulnerable communities to cope with and adapt to the effects of climate shocks. The GW4R is framed around four components: (i) Institutions and Information, (ii) Infrastructure and Investment, (iii) Inclusive Innovation, and (iv) project management, knowledge, and operation. The project initially focuses on three countries -Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia – and Somaliland and IGAD for the regional integration.

The Somalia component of the GW4R project is titled Abaar-Tir, a US$30 million equivalent operation that will support the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), specifically engaging the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MoEWR), and the Federal Member States of Galmudug, Hirshabelle, Jubbaland, Puntland and South-West States, and Somaliland. Abaar-Tir is intended to strengthen sustainable management of groundwater and to ensure that the resource is available to people and communities, sustainably used, and fostering economic growth over time, also long after the project is concluded. Abaar-Tir consists of three main components. These are (1) build and rehabilitate infrastructure to improve groundwater supply and use; (2) building the institutional capacity and knowledge system of federal and member states to implement the project; and (3) project management and to arrange internal knowledge management and learning. Each component is subdivided into several sub-components and linked activities.

MoEWR will establish a National Project Coordination Unit (NPCU) to carry out the day-to-day project planning, coordination, and management. The NPCU will be headed by a Project Coordinator. In each Federal Member State, a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) will be established for to implement investments in enhanced groundwater supply and community services.

The MoEWR is seeking to use a portion the GW4R to finance the recruitment of a Groundwater Engineer


The Groundwater Engineer will contribute to the realization of all planned project activities linked to technical, engineering, and capacity aspects of groundwater planning, development, maintenance, and monitoring.  Tasks shall be undertaken in a timely, high-quality, and cooperative manner. The Groundwater Engineer will act as a counterpart colleague to project water engineers and construction staff engaged by MS PIUs.  Communicate closely with all MS PIUs, technical backstopping firm, and state construction companies and support the coordination of investment activities at federal and state levels;

He/she will lead all work on hydrogeological, aquifer and groundwater studies and mapping;

ensure that the project’s investments in enhanced groundwater supply are in strict compliance with existing or upcoming guidelines and manuals. This includes the Project Operations Manual (POM) and all appropriate and relevant best practices and international standards.

The Groundwater Engineer shall perform all other specific tasks detailed in the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment that can be found at the following website: or can be provided upon submission of application in person or by e-mail provided below.


Skills and Qualifications

Selection shall be based on qualification and experience of the candidate and followed by an interview. The minimum   qualification, experience and skills should include:

Bachelor’s Degree and Masters from a recognized in one of the following disciplines: groundwater hydrology or civil /Groundwater Engineering; Minimum of 8 years hands-on experience in groundwater engineering and development work in Somalia;


The Groundwater Engineer will report to the Abaar-Tir Project Coordinator and work in close collaboration with relevant departments within MoEWR, other line ministries, project NPCU and PIUs, the World Bank, and all engaged and contracted partners. He/she shall strictly adhere to those guidelines and manuals that regulate safety in project implementation. These include the Project Operations Manual (POM), specific World Bank guidelines and operational procedures, and all appropriate and relevant best practices and standards.


The duration for the assignment is initially for one (1) year period with an extension based on project duration, availability of budget and satisfactory performance.

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources now invites eligible Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing these services. Interested consultants must provide the following (i) Curriculum Vitae (CV) with 3 reference persons; (ii) copies of certificates of academic qualifications; and (iii) cover letter indicating that they are qualified to perform the services.


How to apply

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraphs 3.14, 3.16 and 3.17 of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers: Procurement in Investment Financing Goods, Works, Non-Consulting and Consulting Services dated November 2020 (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultants Selection method set out in the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations.


Interested Consultants may obtain further information including a detailed Terms of Reference at the address given below from 8:30 to 3.30pm Mogadishu time (Excluding public holidays).

Expressions of interest (EOI) and CV must be delivered (in person or by e-mail) in a written form in three (3) hard copies (if not by e-mail) to the address below by 14th November 2022 at 11:59 PM (East African Time) – Subject marked clearly as – Application for Groundwater Engineer

Project Implementation Unit (PIU),

Ministry of Energy and Water Resources,

Federal Government of Somalia,


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