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Invitation for Applications (IFA)


Country Somaliland
Project Holder Ministry of Water Resources
Project Water Resources Development in Somaliland
Fund Somaliland Development Fund
IFA Title Opportunity for Geotechnical Engineer (Short Term Expert) for the Design of Las Anod Water Supply System, Sool Region, Somaliland
IFA No. P327


The Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) is a 4-year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) filling a critical gap supporting projects that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). SDF is currently funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), and the Governments of Norway and the Netherlands. The SDF has allocated funding to the Water Resources Development in Somaliland Project implemented by the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR). As part of its objectives, this project seeks to undertake comprehensive water study and detailed design and implementation of critical activities of Las Anod Urban Water System (Sool Region). The MoWR intends to use part of the funding for engaging the services of an experienced Geotechnical Engineer for the design of Las Anod Water Supply System, Sool Region, Somaliland for duration of 10 weeks (60 working days).

The Somaliland Development Fund Secretariat on behalf of the Ministry of Water Resources now invites applications from qualified Geotechnical Engineers for the above assignment.

 Required Qualifications/Skills

The Geotechnical Engineer will have the following skills, experience and qualifications:

Qualifications and skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in Geotechnical Engineering, Civil Engineering or related discipline;
  • Demonstrated excellent command of spoken and written English. Fluency in Somali will be an added advantage although not essential; and
  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills.

General professional experience:

  • Must have a minimum of 8 years’ experience in conducting geotechnical investigations for large and complex projects similar in scale to the Las Anod Water Supply Project; and
  • Must be registered with a recognized professional body in the home country.

Specific professional experience:

  • Must have carried out at least three similar (geotechnical investigations for water supply dams) assignments in the last 8 years; and  
  • Must be familiar with the use of computer aided applications for modelling of earthworks and cost estimation. 

How to apply

Interested candidates should send their applications (cover letter and CV) to the Somaliland Development Fund Secretariat through e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Candidates should indicate in their cover letter how they fit the criteria outlined in the advert. All applications must be received by 08 August 2017 at 1600hrs East African Standard Time. Full Terms of Reference can be requested via email from SDF recruitment consultant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (l.vocks[at]europeansolutions.nl). Applicants should clearly indicate the position they are applying for in the email subject line.

Any attempt by a candidate to influence the outcome of the recruitment process in any way which can be interpreted as canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification from being considered for the position.

This role is open to all qualifying candidates.

Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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