About Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH)

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH) renders humanitarian aid worldwide, and currently works in 36 countries. DKH supports people who are affected by natural disasters, war and displacement and who are not able to cope on their own in the emergency situation they find themselves in. The work is guided by the Humanitarian Principles and the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS). It is DKH's approach to work through a global network of partner organizations.

DKH is part of the Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e.V. (EWDE), an umbrella-organization with a nationwide established Social Service Agency, one of the biggest welfare institutions in Germany.

About the DKH Program in Yemen

Since 2019, DKH has established the DKH Yemen Emergency Response Program. The program is implemented by local partner organizations, supported by own office structures in Aden and Sana’a, and guided by the DKH Yemen Strategy 2019-2021. The main thrust of the work of DKH is to meet urgent humanitarian needs across the country while also building resilience and social cohesion.

While DKH is not planning to directly implement humanitarian projects in Yemen, it has to be ensured that the local partner organizations have the administrative and technical capacities to respond to the crisis according to highest quality standards possible. It is a continuous effort to increase and further strengthen relations with the local partner organizations and building their capacities.

The Aquafarming Project

Fishermen in Western coastal areas in Yemen lost assets and access to fishing grounds. In some locations, fishermen are completely prohibited in using their larger boats, and in other locations the fishing area is restricted. A DKH rapid needs assessment revealed fishermen are looking for alternatives. An identified solution is aquafarming in coastal waters.

For the planned project “Increasing Resilience through Innovative and Sustainable Improvement of Food Security and Livelihoods for Returnees, IDPs and Host Communities in the Western Coastal areas of Yemen”, DKH is about to receive a grant of 4 Mio. Euro from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for a project of up to 36 months. It is the project’s objective that “existing livelihood strategies are enhanced and more sustainable through the successful introduction of locally-adapted innovative products and processes, increasing community resilience and food security”. The planned project has a “fuel efficient cooking and food processing component” and a “aquafarming component”. The latter is the larger component of the project, and part of this consultancy.

Scope of Services

The scope of the consultant service covers a feasibility assessment which will form the basis of the project development. The consultancy will first establish a baseline and describe the proposed interventions to sustainably manage the coastal aquafarming project, and provide clear recommendations on project planning, design and implementation. As part of the feasibility assessment the consultant will propose the operational and technical measures that will lead to a successful implementation of the project. This shall include recommendations to prevent harm to the local communities and their environment.

The scope of the proposed consultancy includes a Feasibility Assessment (FA) with the following tasks:

  1. Analyze, collect and describe the up-to-date technical and socio-economic information available on aquafarming to justify project rationale, geographic coverage, project beneficiaries, and other details of the proposed project as a baseline. All required information needs to be linked to the specific context in Yemen, and wherever applicable, refer to national policies such as the “Republic of Yemen Ministry of Fish Wealth National Fisheries Strategy 2012-2025”.
  2. Following the proposed project design of aquafarming in coastal waters, provide analysis of the technical due diligence in Yemen, and develop the scope and technical parameters for deploying the aquafarming technology and carrying out the proposed activities to achieve these objectives while considering the humanitarian context in which they will be implemented. Essential parameters such as cage location, cage design, cage construction, fish types, hatcheries, fingerlings, feed etc. shall be provided and recommended.
  3. The technical due diligence shall also assess the environmental, and socio-cultural feasibility of the proposed project. It shall specifically review the potential of enhanced nutrition outcomes and food security as well as gender needs.
  4. Provide a cost estimate for the proposed investments such as cages, hatcheries, fingerlings, feed as well as other small-scale community infrastructure.
  5. Provide recommendations on the selection criteria for identifying the geographic/location of these interventions in terms of beneficiary communities or other beneficiary units in the project areas. The FA will provide GIS based maps to illustrate the analyses.
  6. In conjunction with project activities, develop the Project Implementation Framework (PIF) including institutional responsibilities, project resource utilization and timeline. The PIF has to be in line with the annually allocated resources by the backdonor BMZ.
  7. Develop a M&E Framework describing the metrics and process used for monitoring of project results. Also, recommend further actions, including any additional data generation that will support the M&E and end of project results assessment.
  8. If required, prepare terms of reference for additional consultancy services recommended for project implementation. This shall take the capacities of DKH Yemen as well as of the implementing partner organizations into account.
  9. Carry out initial consultations with key project stakeholder and beneficiaries of the planned project, and provide record of stakeholder consultations.
  10. Justify any recommended changes, as needed, to the proposed project design to ensure its
  11. feasibility. Any changes shall also be applied to the planned results, activities and indicators.

Profile of the Consultant

The consultant/team of consultants shall have the following profile:

  • University degree in a related field;
  • Substantial experience of at least 5 years in aquafarming in complex environments, humanitarian operations and/or development programs;
  • Previous work experience in the region including insecure environments;
  • Substantial knowledge of the international humanitarian system, institutions and donors, including compliance requirements and accountability frameworks;
  • An additional asset would be prior experience with back donor funding from the German Government, especially the BMZ;
  • Experience with the approach of working with local partner organizations;
  • Ability to travel to the project sites in Yemen;
  • Excellent oral and written English and Arabic skills.

Closing date: April 09, 2020 (only shortlisted candidates will be contacted)

Contact: Kindly send your application including budget (detailing the daily rate and the costs for transportation and accommodation) and CVs by email to Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe headquarters in Berlin: jobs@diakonie-katastrophenhilfe.de.

Further questions regarding the assignment kindly address to nina.skandalaki@diakonie-katastrophenhilfe.de. The complete Terms of Reference can be sent upon request