Somalia is amid major new political and security developments that will offer a greater possibility for peace and security than the country has seen in over 20 years. Across the country, security is gradually improving and economic activity is slowly restarting. The presence of the State on the territory is being re-established in the context of a three-tiered federal system which includes the FGS, Federal Member States (FMS) and district level administration. With the support of the international community, Somalia will continue to develop modernized institutions, with the aim of restoring services. The revised Aid architecture builds upon the coordination architecture that was established to support the coordination and implementation of the New Deal Compact previous New Deal Compact architecture. The government is currently carrying out a series of processes towards which they would like external aid to align and which may affect the structure of the Somali aid architecture. On one hand consultations are being conducted to prepare a revised National Development Plan (NDP 9) which will also act as an iPRSP for the period 2020-2024. On the other hand the government, through an effective internal coordination mechanism, has recently finalized four roadmaps which identify a wide set of priorities and propose milestones and activities in the areas of Inclusive Politics, Economic Development, Security & Justice, and Social Development. The government is also committed to the New Partnership for Somalia (NPS), agreed in London in May 2017, which includes a Mutual Accountability Framework (MAF) between the Government and the international community.
The NPS and the NDP define aid management arrangements through the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF) and its constituent pooled funds, administered by the UN, the World Bank, and the African Development Bank. However, the current aid management arrangements and SDRF pooled funds only address approximately 20% of the aid flows into the country, and do not provide detailed policy recommendations on how to manage broader aid flows, which remain off-budget and outside of national oversight mechanisms.
The EU is currently funding the Resilience Programme for Somalia which is based on the objective “to revitalise and expand the Somali economy with a focus on livelihood enhancement, employment generation, and broad-based inclusive growth”, financed from the European Development Fund (EDF). Under this project our client has been requested by the EU to provide support by filling in the identified gaps with flexible tools and mechanisms to implement the NDP/CAS structure by establishing a Partnership Coordination Facility for Somalia. Coordinated efforts are essential in order to transform Somalia into a more resilient, and improved, economic sector with greater security, gender equity, improved human development, stronger infrastructure, and better access to basic services that is delivered by accountable governmental institutions. This transformation is hindered by slow institutions that are unable to respond quickly to emerging needs.
With the rapidly changing landscape, and the roll out of the NP9 approaching, it is envisaged that there will be a huge impact on the coordination of Resilience programming. The consultant would be asked to work with relevant counterparts, and review the existing documents – New Aid Architecture, the 4 Road Maps, NDP9, and see how best
2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment
The purpose of the assignment is to review the following
prepare the “Jobs and Growth Compact for the Somali People” (JGC) document by reviewing EU support to Private Sector Development in Somalia, finding the gaps and best practices to that will provide a strategic direction for future EU action in this area.
The Consultant will be under the direct supervision of the EU & client and he/she must be able to work independently to deliver the below duties and responsibilities:
Tasks and scope of task required
The Expert will be responsible for the following tasks:
a) Ensure relevance/alignment of the JGC on NDP9 and MAF (+ NIS and Somaliland NDP2) which have been adopted in the meantime + Horn of Africa Initiative
b) Explore linkages in the JGC between economic development and resilience in Somalia.
c) Take stock of lessons learnt from recent private sector events that the EU has organized or sponsored (seminar in Hargeisa, forum in Garowe, EIP Outreach Event in Addis).
d) Take stock of recent developments at EU programming level (ILED inception, VC analysis finalized, upcoming support to business incubators, and review of EU TVET activities)
e) Review of the draft JGC document:
a. Fine-tune recommendations, especially by identifying specific synergies with EU Member States, ILED and other EU programmes.
b. Identify specific support from DEVCO Investment Climate or ILED facilities.
c. Sharpen the analysis in relevant sections of the draft JGC document (e.g. macroeconomic outlook, value chains potential in terms of jobs and growth, climate/environment, youth/women economic empowerment…).
d. Check/update some figures to ensure that it is based on relevant and the latest published reports and studies.
e. Draft a short version of the JGC ready for publication (for larger audience).
· The work will mostly require desk review, but also discussions with the EU Delegation (Head of Delegation, Deputy Head of Delegation, Head of Section, and relevant programme managers, TIPF Team) and a few EU Member States as well as MOPIED, MOCI, NAO, FMS, Chambers of Commerce and other private sector organizations.
· The review should be conducted in January but the consultant will be required to present the final draft version during the investment and jobs event in Mogadishu.
· Present a new version of the JGC for publication (for larger audience).
· The consultant will be required to travel to Nairobi, Kenya.
· The work is estimated to be done in 15 days, but the consultant will be required participate in the Private sector event in Mogadishu, February/March 2020.
The Private sector Engagement and Economic Development Consultant will render his or her contractual obligations in coordination with and under the guidance of the EU. When requested so by the EU, the consultant will make him- or herself available for further adjustments of his or her deliveries outlined above.
Educational/Work Experience Requirement:
- Master’s Degree in economics, business administration, finance or related field or relevant discipline.
- Bachelor’s Degree in combination with four (4) additional years of relevant professional experience will be considered in lieu of the Master’s Degree.
B. Work Experience
- A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in private sector engagement and economic development especially interacting with economies in transition and fragile contexts is required
- A minimum of two years of experience in the field of development finance is required
- Substantial and demonstrated understanding of contextual transition dynamics and processes, and preferably with substantive knowledge of Somalia.
- Experience working with the EU or knowledge of EU Development policy is required.
- Academic research skills required.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to dialogue with national authorities and institutional structures, interact with high-level government officials and to establish harmonious working relationships and motivate stakeholders is required.
- Experience in presenting high-level academic work to state actors in a service-orientated manner.
- Flexibility, including demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to adapt to changing work and project circumstances and respond to unforeseen developments; and
- Willingness to travel Kenya and Somalia and other places as will be determined by EU for the implementation of activities.
- Willingness to be based in Mogadishu, Somalia.
C. Language Requirements:
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
- Knowledge of Somali language is an added value.
- Working knowledge of additional UN or regional languages is considered an asset.
Interested candidates should create a profile and apply on CTG careers website through the link below.
Please refer to the vacancy number: VAC-3052. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.