Ministry of Commerce and Industry
I. General Information
Name of host institution:
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Address of host institution:
Name and email address of focal point in host institution:
Ahmed Elmi Muhumad,
Background information about host institution
The Federal Government of Somalia recognizes the importance of trade and industrialization for socio-economic growth; and thus launched the investment law and other regulatory framework related to trade and industry of which the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is mandated to promote external and internal trade as well as the industrialization and cooperative policy formulation. The Federal Government of Somalia has also crafted a National Development Plan and priorities for economic recovery and sustainable development; and committed to engage international, national and sub-national stakeholders.
Commerce, and industry remain critical to the relative stability and gains shown by Somalia’s economy. These sectors also remain the engine of the growth of Somalia’s private sector, establishing relative favorable business environments that have facilitated investment in several sectors including livestock, telecommunications, and remittances.
It is worth noting that one of the biggest challenges the Federal Government of Somalia faces is lack of financial resource to utilize available human capital and the Ministry of Trade and Industry is not immune. The areas where this kind of support would make a huge impact include; strengthening capacity of the ministry, provide necessary resources, address ambiguity of roles & responsibilities and improve quality of human resource.
Consequentially insufficiently qualified human resource is a major stumbling block for the ministry to undertake and deliver on these pivotal tasks.
II. Position Information
Organizational unit/ Department:
Commerce and Industry Department
Duration of assignment (max 3 months)
To be determined by the institution
III. Objectives of Assignment
The Commerce and Industry Advisor position acts as ministry’s development liaison and advisor to the ministry’s leadership and facilitates the organization’s initiatives with regard to commerce and industry. The Commerce and Industry Advisor plans, develops, implements and administers programmes for the ministry. This position is also responsible for development and integration of commerce and industry programs and associated projects to achieve strategic business goals and operational objectives.
IV. Responsibilities and accountabilities
- Support the EIF process to move forward and conduct a detailed Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) for Somalia
- Guide the Ministry on the process of World Trade Organization (WTO) accession in order to be part of ruled-based multilateral trade.
- Ensure timely response to changes in WTO accession
- Conduct research and disseminate output for public and external interested partners
- Advise on policies establishing favorable business environments that facilitate private sector investment in trade such as agriculture, livestock, telecommunications, and remittances, as well as commerce in terms of activities such transportation, insurance, warehousing, advertising that affect trade
- Advise on bilateral, multilateral and regional trade relations and cooperation and investment framework for expanding trade
- Undertake other duties dimmed necessary by the Minister
Main tasks include:
- Provide technical assistance to Ministry of Commerce & Industry on trade and industry investment profiles and opportunities
- Recommend Ministry on sound policies promoting economic growth, regional integration and trade, and commerce
- Assist Ministry on policies and strategies that improve competitiveness of various value chains – livestock and livestock products, textiles, farm products, among others
Establishment of close collaboration with individual staff member and the ministry as whole is essential. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the qualified expertise to create a teamwork environment and take mentoring role so as to assure not only the deliverable for this assignment, but also a personal development for the staff within the ministry to sustain the improvement and reuse the knowledge.
The CD4D participant is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:
- At least ten years of experience within a similar position
- Provide success at top management level business in the private sector or public institutions
- Knowledgeable about Somalia business laws, commercial and industry law, concessions laws and process and international business standards
- Proven ability for the promotion of small business and for external financial investment
- Knowledgeable industrial, internal trade, external trade and marketing policies and their implementation
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Strong organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
- Demonstrate strategic thinking and rigorous analytical skills
- Strong team player
- Track trends and developments that effect the ministry’s ability to meet current and future needs
- Establish service standards and develop strategies
- Handle complex issues and work under minimum supervision
- Use various communication systems, methodologies and strategies to promote dialogue and shared understanding
- Deliver difficult or unpopular messages with clarity and diplomacy
- Develop solution that addresses the root cause of problems and prevent recurrence
- Develop plan for business development and influence strategic directions
- Demonstrate a broad understanding or very detailed area of expertise in Commerce and Industry
- Understand how technologies can enable business processes
- Understand business applications and tools
- Develop simple business cases
- Carryout processes reengineering models and redesign
- Conduct risk assessment
VIII. Education and Experience
- Good knowledge of institutional building, commerce and industries, and knowledge of international trade business policies
- Conceptual and strategic planning, analytical capacity and ability to thoroughly analyze, evaluate and communicate effectively critical matters
- Master degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Communication, Engineering or equivalent and at least 10 years experience in working with Somali Government.
- Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed trade and industry strategies, planning and policies that identify Ministry of Trade and Industries’ priorities.
IX. Language requirements
Fluent in written and spoken English and Somali