The Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MoPIED)
Background Information about Host Institution
Somalia has benefited immensely from Official Development Assistance (ODA) and continues to view ODA as crucial to the country’s development. In the recent past, overall levels of official aid have been progressively increasing with assistance in 2018 estimated at US$ 2 billion.
About 20% of these funds were channeled through the three trust funds of the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF) jointly managed by Government and development partners. The remaining 80% is programmed bilaterally by development partners with Government counterparts and non-governmental implementing partners.
While these funds certainly contribute to the recovery and reconstruction of the country through important and valuable interventions, there is limited or no programmatic or institutional coordination.
Such lack of coordination often results in resources not being allocated to most needy sectors or areas leading to under-investment in country’s priorities, and duplication or overlap with attendant inefficiencies. It has also contributed to the fragmented output of the NDP-8 (2017-2019).
It is in this regard that the FGS has established the Donor Engagement Office (DEO) in the Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MoPIED) to provide effective coordination and engagement mechanism for enhancing the effectiveness and alignment external resources the country receives with national priorities.
The Donor Engagement Office (DEO) in MoPIED has been established to proactively faciliate the iPRSP/NDP-9 compliance check and verification process, and contribute to efforts towards the successful attainment of HIPC Completion Point trigger. In addition, the Office is established to strengthen alignment of ODA that is not channeled through the SDRF trust funds with the national development priorities of the NDP9. More generally, the DEO will support the interaction between MoPIED and development partners on matters pertaining to development planning and aid coordination, including use of country systems, thereby enhancing the efficiency of Government-Development Partners’ relations.
Organizational Unit/Department: Donor Engagement Unit
Duration of assignment: Maximum of 3 months
Objectives of Assignment
The DEO’s main objective is to enhance the effectiveness of development financing to deliver on the global commitments on Development Cooperation and ensure country ownership, focus on results, inclusive partnerships, transparency and mutual accountability in order to benefit both the Somali people as well as the taxpayers of the donor countries.
- Enable the DEO personnel to draft ODA analysis report on top 10 Donors
- Draft detailed descriptive report on Belgium, Sweden, and Netherland’s support to Somalia in the period 2017-2020 with coordination with DEO personnel
- Coordinate with DOE personnel to work on Monthly progress reports
- Talking points for the minister and or Head of Donor Engagement Office.
Responsibilities and Accountabilities
The Donor Relations specialist shall meet their objectives by focusing activities within the following responsibilities:
- Facilitate and ensure capacity building of DEO personnel for Donor Coordination
- Work on Official Development Assistance (ODA) analysis, specifically on Somalia for the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden governments from high level overviews to country and sector-specific analysis and implementation modalities.
- Coordinate and manage projects through the AIMS system alongside DEO personnel.
- Support the Head of DEO on operational coordination work and close collaboration of the Donors support to Somalia
- Act as a liasion for Donors and government funding, specifically for Belgium, Netherlands and Sweden, support to Somalia at the Donor Engagement Office (DEO) of the Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development and ensure one channel communication from the MoPIED to Donors.
- Act as a focal point for Donors meeting and facilitate meetings and agenda settings with the government and prepare talking points for the minister.
- Prepare and communicate and follow up regularly with the head of DEO on meetings’ action points
- Any other business assigned by the Head of DEO
- Demonstrated efficient communications and coordination skills to lead dialogues on complex development issues with government counterparts across multiple levels of government;
- Excellent workflow management and task organization skills;
- Coordinate and build good working relationship with other FGS, FMS ministries and other government institutions
- Advanced skills in the usage of computer software packages and web-based management systems.
Education and Experience
- Minimum of 2 years relevant work experience with bilateral or multilateral agencies dealing with issues related to aid delivery in fragile states context;
- Good knowledge of recent aid management practices and NDP implementation, including on issues related to donor performance, risk management, financing, aid effectiveness and monitoring and evaluation in fragile states;
- Knowledge and understanding policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks and policy formulation procedures in Somalia;
Fluency in written and spoken Somali and English