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2 Jan 2019

Senior Governance Adviser

Job Description

  1. General Information
Post/Title Senior Governance Adviser
Reports to: Chairperson
Employer National Independent Electoral
Duty Station Mogadishu
Date of issue 02/01/2019
Deadline for application 15/01/2019
1.  About NIEC:

National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) Constitute a Commission which is established on Article 111G of the provisional constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia, its mandate is organizing, conducting, and monitoring elections of districts, regional, national, Public referendum and regulating and monitoring Political Parties.

  1. Purpose of the Job:

The Senior Governance Adviser, under the supervision of NIEC’s Chairperson, will work with the Commissioners, Secretary General, NIEC Directors in regards Democracy and Governance. The Adviser will provide technical direction, guidance, and input into existing and new democracy and governance related initiatives. Work involves a full range of project and program design, activity monitoring, data collection, political, conflict and social analysis and program evaluation in the democracy sector in Somalia.

The Senior Governance Adviser will provide training, mentoring and feedback on performance for NIEC Secretariats.

  1. Main responsibilities of the Job:
  • Support the Commission identify and analyze key policy issues related to governance and democratic participation, and propose innovative ways to address them in support of the peace and governance agenda;
  • Support the Commission identify and prioritize strategic and catalytic governance interventions, including quick-wins, that would help the NIEC record transformational impact and enhance transparency, accountability and integrity in the administrative machinery;
  • Support the Commission in ensuring effective coordination with key Democratic, Justice and Accountability Institutions, with the aim of deepening democratic governance practices;
  • Ensure the Commission reform initiatives and priorities are translated into NIEC’s strategic interventions, and advice on the development of short/medium/long-term activities that would be integrated into NIEC’s Strategic Plan and M&E instruments;
  • Perform and document regular political analysis pertaining to governance and institutional development;
  • Assess/Analyze coordination and communication structures and mechanisms between the three branches of government and within the executive, and propose improvements to the NIEC;
  • Propose and contribute to capacity assessments to be performed within key government institutions in order to identify capacity development plans;
  • Engage regularly with private sector and civil society organizations and promote/induce their involvement in key policies development;
  • Establish a regular coordination mechanism with NIEC staff to provide guidance on programmatic activities.
  • Identify opportunities and entry points for NIEC in the area of governance, through partnership management and development of concept notes;
  • Provide strategic and policy advice to the governance programme for a strategic and well-resourced NIEC flagship programme;
  • Recommend policies, controls and procedures of voter registration, candidate registration, electoral complains and disputes.
  • Demonstrate mastery in a field of specialization, with comprehensive knowledge of professional best practices;
  • Consult with internal and external stakeholders to identify, propose and build consensus around best solutions;
  • Develop and provide advice on training programs to strengthen the NIEC’s capacity;
  • To suggest refinement and improvements in the present procedure and mechanism for promoting free and fair elections;
  • To take feedback from the different stakeholders for improving election procedure and mechanism;
  • Any other assignment related to the election operations given by the management;
  1. Academic Qualification:
  • Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, governance, development studies, international development or any other related field of study.
    1. Work experience:
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in the area of governance, public policy, public administration, International development;
  • Proven track record in political-economy and governance analysis and provision of high level policy advice;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Somali political and governance landscape;
  • Experience in public sector and/or international organizations is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of FGS policies, regulations, rules, procedures and practices;
  • Experience in previous post-conflict elections is an asset;
  • Experience working in Somalia is an asset;
  • Familiarity with working with an international organization is an asset;
  1. Preferred skills:
  • Solid analytical, advocacy and presentation skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills, and a passion for his/her work;
  • Fluency in English and Somali languages, both written and spoken;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, be diplomatic and partner with stakeholders and international teams;
  • Self-motivated and driven individual with a proven ability to work independently and with team to achieve goals with ambiguity, prioritize work, implementing structure and clarity to a process/program;
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools;
  • Written and spoken fluency in Somali and English;

Documents required:

  1. Application letter
  2. Updated CV
  3. Copies of certificates and other supporting documents.


Applicants should send their documents to the following link: . The screening of your application will be conducted based on the information you submitted. Before applying, we strongly suggest that you review your profile to ensure completeness. Note that the closing date for application is Jan 15th, 2019.

“NIEC is an equal opportunity employer”

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