Re-Advert: Terms Of Reference For The Development Of Community-led Early Warning Systems Guide For Nexus Consortium – Somalia And Somaliland

Re-Advert: Terms Of Reference For The Development Of Community-led Early Warning Systems Guide For Nexus Consortium – Somalia And Somaliland


Work Description/ Services Development of Community-led Early Warning Systems Guide for NEXUS Consortium Somalia
Post Title Early Warning Systems Guide – Consultant
Expected Places to Travel Somalia and Somaliland
Expected Start Date Immediately after concluding the Contract Agreement
Duration 25 working days
Location: Somalia and Somaliland
Application Deadline: 30th April 2022
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1.1 NEXUS Platform

NEXUS is a platform for change in response to the contemporary challenges to Somalia and Somaliland. The main goal of NEXUS Consortium is to transform the humanitarian, development, and peace ecosystem. The consortium, led by eight pioneering Somali NGOs, aspires to advance a locally driven agenda for change by building partnerships between communities, civil society, and the public and private sectors as well as through the implementation of integrated and sustainable interventions across the triple nexus of humanitarian, peace, and development.

Founded in 2019, NEXUS is a paradigm shifting platform that is now comprised of eight core members: Centre for Peace and Democracy (CPD), Gargaar Relief and Development Organization (GREDO), Horn of Africa Voluntary Youth Committee (HAVOYOCO), KAALO Aid and Development (KAALO), Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC), Social-Life and Agriculture Development Organization (SADO), Taakulo Somaliland Community (TASCO) and Wajir South Development Association (WASDA). These members possess wide-ranging technical capacities and represent communities across all Federal Member States of Somalia and Somaliland. NEXUS has two international partners who are committed to the localization agenda – Oxfam and Save the Children – and who support NEXUS in different areas of work.

NEXUS embodies the next evolutionary step of the Somali aid system, pioneering a locally led approach to delivering integrated peacebuilding, humanitarian, and development interventions. By breaking the silos of humanitarian aid, development, and peacebuilding and by creating much-needed spaces for local organizations to lead the way in seeking, scaling, and integrating solutions across these sectors, Nexus proposes local leadership as more than a means of realizing localization commitments.

NEXUS is strategically investing in the institutions of civil society and government, advancing a new, community-driven framework that creates space for local organizations, partners in government and the private sector to lead the way in identifying, scaling, and integrating community owned and driven solutions to humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding needs.

Globally, disasters and emergencies are on the rise and associated natural hazards, and their impacts on affected populations, can vary in time and space. There are increasing changes in the trend and magnitude of disasters and associated effects. A key component of disaster risk prevention and management is in the development and establishment of effective early warning system.  While natural hazards can be either sudden or slow onset, with both having the potential to devastate a community, country, or region. Sudden onset hazards are those that happen as the result of a single event with little to no warning, such as tsunamis and earthquakes, and they limit the ability of communities and institutions to react. A slow-onset disasters are gradual and does not emerge from a single, distinct event but comprises of event particularly as relates to climate and environmental degradation which occurs gradually over time, such as drought or floods. Effective Early Warning Systems (EWS) comes in consolidated context-oriented components which reflect and address the following critical areas; Knowledge of the risk including trend acquaintance, monitoring and warning Service, dissemination and communication and response capability. Early warning system is an adaptive measure for climate change, using integrated communication systems to help communities prepare for hazardous climate-related events. A successful EWS saves lives and jobs, land and infrastructures and supports long-term sustainability. Early warning systems will assist public officials and administrators in their planning, saving money in the long run and protecting economies

In both cases, the ability to monitor the factors that turn a hazard (the actual event) into a disaster (the worst-case result of the event) can help save both lives and livelihoods of populations that are at risk. Early warning systems (EWS) are central to limiting the loss of lives and livelihoods because of hazards and disasters. EWS are a series of organized surveillance mechanisms or actions that collect information on potential hazards in a given location, in order to trigger timely, coordinated responses.

In the local humanitarian context, Early Warning System (EWS) as an element of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) includes hazard monitoring system, forecasting and prediction of disasters, communication and preparedness activities, systems and processes that are meant to equip the people, communities, businesses, and government entities to react timely in order to reduce disaster risks in advance. In the context of Somalia, drought, floods, cyclones, disease epidemics, occasional locust invasion and human (population)mobility. NEXUS stands for change and belief in innovation that is conventional but also locally powered. NEXUS is looking at a community-based Early Warning Systems model that adhere to and grounded on locally acceptable, ‘bottom-up’ approach, that is people-centered. In view of the current situation in Somalia, a community-led Early Warning System is inevitable. The country had been devoid of such primary component of DRR for years while fully cognizant of the disaster related effects. This approach values the contribution and active participation and involvement of communities and. In the recent past, persistent droughts and flash floods along with other disasters have been affecting the communities in Somalia unprecedently. Nexus platform aims to develop the CEWS guide that is aimed at providing a road map to all the platform member organizations to successfully implement the programmes on Community-led Early Warning systems in Somalia and Somaliland.


To develop Community-led Early Warning Systems (CEWS) Guide that is people-centered multi-hazard, multi-sectoral forecasting and early warning systems, disaster risk and emergency communications mechanisms, social technologies and hazard-monitoring telecommunications systems; develop such systems through a participatory process; tailor them to the needs of users, including social and cultural requirements, in particular gender; promote the application of simple and low-cost early warning equipment and facilities; and broaden release channels for natural disaster early warning information.

  2. Review the existing Early Warning System in Somalia at all levels (National, Regional and local) to identify gaps, challenges and opportunities for improvement and mainstreaming early warning information into decision-making.
  3. Develop and establish CEWS guide that is simple and local context friendly and articulate what the CEWS guide entails, which includes but not limited to detailed description of resources needed to establish and the need for new technologies and establish procedure and standards around the CEWS that will support local NEXUS member organizations to gradually adopt and implement the CEWS.
  • Develop step by step process that leads to maximum utilization of the CEWS which includes but not limited to what, how, where and when the process on data acquisition, synthesis, conceptualization, and analysis, modelling and reporting will be done. Explore inherent practices within the community that deliberately or unintentionally relate to EWS and how these practices can positively contribute to the CEWS guide.
  1. Document strategies for dissemination of information and map and enlist various stakeholders and illustrate the flow of information and each stakeholder’s contribution and support required by each and document how gender and vulnerable groups will be involved in the development and utilization of the CEWS.
  2. Clearly demonstrate the connection between the national disaster management framework and the CEWS. Layer and develop synergies and how the community level EWS systems, data and structure feeds to the district, regional, state and national EWS.
  3. Explore and document how best the community and organizations can conduct monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the established CEWS.

The assignment is expected to entail qualitative methodology where Key Informant Interviews will be administered to Nexus member organizations focal persons, local, regional, state and Federal level government officials, other organizations involved in Disaster Risk Reduction interventions and key stakeholders including the private sector where possible. A desk review of the relevant documents in the field of Early Warning Systems, and Disaster Risk Management will also be done to enrich the collected data and in the end lead to development of a comprehensive guide. The consultant is, thereafter, expected to draft the guide and submit to the Nexus secretariat and member organizations for their input before presenting the final document.

  1. Inception report: Outlining details of activities with proposed methodology and workplan.
  2. Data Collection Tools
  • A precise and concise Community-led Early Warning Systems Guide that is not more than 40 pages

The consultant will report to SSWC/NEXUS, with day-to-day supervision done by the NEXUS Institutional Development Unit Manager.


The consultancy work is expected to be completed within 30 days from the date of signing of the contract between the Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC) and the successful consultant.


The lead consultant/consultancy firm should:

  • Have at least postgraduate degree in Disaster Risk Management, Environmental Science, Agricultural Sciences such as Rangeland Science or Economics, Natural Resource Management or any other related fields.
  • Have more than eight years’ experience in humanitarian development and Disaster Risk Reduction preferably in fragile context like Somalia.
  • Past experience in setting-up and operating EWS in the Horn of Africa Region would be an asset.
  • Experience working with consortia (of local/national humanitarian or development organizations).
  • Demonstrate experience and expertise in conducting similar assignments for reputable organizations.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge in Somali language is an added advantage.
  • Have capacity to deliver in the timeline outlined.

  • Technical Proposal that clearly explains the proposed methodology/ approach, and timeframe to conduct the consultancy and the company profile.
  • Rationale of how the consultant/consultancy firm meets the requirements needed to execute this assignment.
  • Indicative Budget in US Dollars clearly showing the breakdown for all activities including consultant’s fee, air and ground transport, accommodation, and meals for the consultants inclusive of statutory tax deductions.
  • Brief Curriculum Vitae of key staff to be involved in the consultancy work.
  • Contact information for three referees.

Submit your proposal to;  with the subject line of the email body Development of Community-Led Early Warning Systems Guide”.

  1. Closing Date

The deadline for submission of proposal is 30th April 2022.





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