The Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF) serves as the centrepiece for the partnership between the government and international community. It functions as both a coordination framework and a financing architecture for implementing the Somalia National Development Plan (NDP), in line with the principles of the New Partnership for Somalia (NPS). The coordination structure for the SDRF comprises nine Pillar Working Groups (WGs) corresponding to each of the nine pillars of the NDP. Under the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF), the Pillar Working Groups are responsible for sectoral and programmatic coordination within the pillars of the National Development Plan (NDP). Development partners use these groups to present programs at an early stage of development to discuss alignment with NDP priorities, coordinate with key actors, and avoid duplication. The groups will also be responsible for tracking and reporting on progress within their pillars, which will then be compiled by the Secretariat and inform discussions of the Steering Committee.
It is anticipated that considerably large part of the NDP funding will come from International Development Partners to finance NDP priorities. Therefore, the Federal Government of Somalia is strongly committed to making aid more effective by working closely with donors to ensure that development is Somali owned and led, and is strongly aligned with NDP priorities.
The Economic Development Working Group has been established as it is essential for Government to be able to deliver and/or support economic development in order to revitalize local economies and build resilient and economically diverse country.
The Economic Development Pillar is responsible for establishing the ‘Economic Foundations’ for sustainable long-term growth and poverty reduction. The overall strategic aim of the Pillar is to ‘revitalize and expand the Somali economy with a focus on livelihood enhancement, employment generation and broad-based economic growth’.
The Economic Development Working Group is tasked with developing a range of short to long-term projects and programs designed to remove impediments and build government capability to address priority economic development issues, ensure greater aid effectiveness and harness the effective delivery of the NDP priorities.
- To strengthen information sharing, dialogue and coordination among Government and Development Partners with regard NDP projects and programs;
- To identify, prioritize and promote priority projects and oversee the allocation of available resources to NDP priorities;
- To monitor and review the performance in delivery by key stakeholders;
- To report on progress in delivering priorities for economic development to the SDRF on regularly basis;
- To serve as a forum for promoting and building sector-wide approaches to the development of economic, productive, and national resource management sectors;
- To oversee the implementation of NDP priorities; as identified within the NDP Economic Development Agenda;
The Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MoPIED) chairs the PWG, co-chaired by two donor ‘co-leads’ – The Embassy of Denmark and DFID. Members of the PWG comprises relevant federal and regional member state ministries, multilateral and bilateral donors, UN agencies and private sector.
The PWG had its first meeting in October and is expected to present a cohesive and integrated economic strategy in line with NDP priorities. These priorities in collaboration with stakeholders would then need to be realized into flagship programmes that would have tangible effects on economic growth of the country. It is therefore recognized that there’s a need for a dedicated advisor to support the lead of the PWG 5 in MoPIED, lead donors and UN focal points to ensure substantial progress against key milestones is achieved by end of the NDP in 2019.
Objectives of the assignment
The assignment outlined in this TOR is intended to address this need, by bring on board a full time advisor to assist the Pillar Working Group 5 – Economic Growth for a period of one year. The overall goal of the assignment will be.
- Provide advisory and technical support to the Federal Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development in its role as chair of the PWG 5;
- In consultation with stakeholders, develop strategies/action plans to develop projects and programmes to support economic growth and development;
- Keep the PWG Core Members of all relevant projects, programmes and funding opportunities in support of the PWG;
- Develop effective engagement with donors, agencies and other members of the PWG;
- Coordinate development of projects and programmes with participation of government and relevant agencies, ministries and federal and regional states;
- Establish and maintain an internet-based knowledge platform for PWG 5 including best practice information gained through comparable Fragile States initiatives and key Somalia specific information sources e.g. census and survey data, donor mappings, key reports, etc.;
- Participate in PWG 5 and sub working group (SWG) meetings and advise on steps to promote increased coherence between SWG-level activities, including measures to ensure an appropriate level of information sharing and the cross-fertilization of information and ideas;
- Provide research and analysis in support of the SWGs on an ‘as needed’ basis, including and in particular, private sector development and productive SWGs;
- Address key informational constrains and establish a shared evidence-base for the formulation of new PWG 5 programmes. Primary data and research are notoriously scarce in Somalia, placing a greater emphasis on the need to share the limited research and analytics sources that are available;
- Assist in the establishment of mechanisms to ensure greater consistency in the measurement and reporting of results / impacts. The success of the PWG 5 process will be assessed primarily in terms of its perceived ‘additionality’ with respect to the impact of new economic development initiatives. This in turn will require greater attention to the accurate and consistent and measurement of results across PWG 5 programmes, projects and initiatives undertaken by a diverse range of stakeholders and implementing partners;
- Ensure effective knowledge sharing between PWGs (1-9) and between PWG 5 SWGs, including mechanisms to ensure increased ‘coherence’ and effectiveness in PWG 5 programming. Current PWG 5 priorities, to be reflected in the SWG structure, are highly inter-related and need to be managed in a way that maximizes potential synergies. In addition, there is an important need to ensure that economic policies promoted through the PWG are consistent, both ‘internally’ – i.e. within the substantive priority areas embraced by PWG 5 – and ‘externally’; i.e. with approaches adopted by other PWGs – Effective and Efficient Institutions, Social and Human Development, Infrastructure, Resilience and HR and Gender;
The consultant should possess the functional competencies consistent with a high- level strategic assignment of this kind including:
- A strong client / results orientation;
- The ability to build strategic partnerships;
- A demonstrable ability to adopt and apply knowledge in different contexts;
- Excellent communication, organization and facilitation skills.
- Conceptual innovation;
- Intellectual leadership.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in economics or a related social or political science discipline.
- A minimum of 10 years’ relevant work experience in the field of international development cooperation and / or employment policy gained through work in a government, consultancy or international development agency context.
- Demonstrable first-hand experience working at a senior level within governments and international development organisations in a technical advisory / coordination capacity.
- Experience in aid coordination, Somalia and / or other fragile states would be a considerable advantage.
- Excellent communication, organization and facilitation skills.
- Fluency in written and spoken for both English and Somali;
How to APPLY: Confidential applications can be addressed the Human Resource at the Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com . Only a Cover Letter and Curriculum vitae (CV) in PDF format must be delivered, by 1500 hours of 17th , February, 2018. Applications addressed exclusively to one of the above email addresses will not be considered.