The Migration for Development (MIDA) Somalia programme supports the mobilization of resources and expertise of the Somali diaspora to contribute to the stabilization and development of Somalia, while ensuring that skills and knowledge are transferred to the host institutions and retained by local staff once the diaspora experts complete their assignments.
About the JICA Project “Youth Employment Project for Somalia”
On September 2017, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), being the bilateral development agency of Japan, signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Federal Government of Somalia, for the Youth Employment Project for Somalia (YEPS), a technical cooperation project.
The project will support the formulation of development plans for industries that create employment opportunities and a human resource development plan toward advancing youth employment in Somalia. The project will also provide human resource training for trainers of educational and vocational training agencies and for start-up and existing companies in the private sector.
With long-running conflict in Somalia since 1991, the state has not adequately protected the socially vulnerable. Among the challenges is that adequate employment opportunities are not being provided to the young under 30, who comprise approximately 70 percent of the population. As a result of inadequate work, some young people have turned to piracy and armed rebel organizations to obtain food for daily living. It is therefore urgent that the government takes the lead by formulating a policy to improve the environment that supports youth employment and entrepreneurship.
Building on the outcome of the Youth Employment Baseline Study for Somalia, which was carried out by JICA from 2013 to 2015, the project is the first technical cooperation in Somalia in 26 years, since 1991. It is expected that the project will improve the environment supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship and create more job opportunities for the youth in Somalia in the future.
The selected candidate will assist the implementation of JICA YEPS project and JICA activities under the supervision of the Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MoPIED). The selected candidate will be required to closely work with Japanese consultants, who will be based in Kenya or Japan, JICA Kenya Office and MoPIED in order to achieve the purpose of the project.
The selected candidate will be required to particularly play a role as a focal point among other Somali advisors dispatched to other ministries under the framework of JICA YEPS project. The selected candidate will also support the implementation and coordination of project activities such as training in third countries / Japan and collect / analyze the necessary information for project activities.
Under the overall guidance of the Ministry of Planning, investment and Economic Development, the M&E Advisor will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
Besides the specific outputs mentioned in section IV, MIDA is requiring the following steps/actions to be undertaken throughout the assignment. These are standard requirements for all assignments undertaken through this project:
1. Transfer of skills: One of the main responsibilities of the qualified Somali expatriate, and one which he/she will be measured against, will be to ensure continuous and systematic transfer of knowledge and skills as related to the assignment. It will have to be agreed with the beneficiary institution which civil servants will have to benefit from this knowledge.
2. Work plan: A work plan will have to be developed with the Supervisor during the first week of assignment which will provide clear and time bound activities to successfully implement the outputs of the assignment. This work plan will be shared with the MIDA Project Assistant. This work plan can be revised during the mid-term review to reflect new developments or changes in strategy.
3. Quarterly and Final Reports: A progress report will be submitted by the incumbent to the Supervisor and to the MIDA Project Assistant. Thereafter a final report will be provided at the end of assignment. An exit interview will be requested following the final report to be held prior to the experts’ departure.
General Skills / Other Requirements:
This will be determined based on qualifications and level of the assignment.
Health insurance, including evacuation due to medical emergency, will be provided by the project. However, experts will be requested to provide a recent medical certificate stating that they are physically well and apt to work in a hardship area in Africa.
Please note that neither IOM nor JICA, according to the contract, will be responsible for the security of the qualified Somali expatriates. The host beneficiary institution will be responsible for the security of the individual.
Before leaving the country of residence and upon arrival in Nairobi or in Somalia, the qualified Somali expatriate will receive a pre-departure briefing including security advice and cultural background.
To apply please send your CV (with two professional references including their email and phone number) and a cover letter by email to email@example.com. PDF format is preferred. Kindly write: Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor/MoPIED in the subject field of the email when sending the application.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.