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Senior Local Government Advisor, Ministry of Interior, Federal & Reconciliation – Galmudug

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Job Description

Terms of Reference (TOR) for Senior Local Government Advisor

(LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT)

Job title

Senior Local Government Advisor, Ministry of Interior, Federal & Reconciliation – Galmudug

Type of Contract

Consultant

Location

Galmudug

Supervisor

Director General – Ministry of Interior, Federal & Reconciliation

Period

12 Months with possible Extension

Time input

100%

Background

The Ministry of Interior and Local Governments (MoIFAR-Galmudug) of Galmudug are responsible for the local government’s portfolio, including district council formation, establishing systems for local governance structures and strengthening their capacity with a view to promoting democratic and accountable local governments that provide better basic services for stability and enhanced peace. The MoIFAR-Galmudug are currently in the process of forming district councils in the districts in line with Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) Wadajir National Framework for Local Governance. The MoIFAR-Galmudug therefore intend to hire Senior Local Government Advisors to support the work of their Departments of Local Government (DoLG) that will enable the ministry achieve their local governments mandates.

The Advisors should ensure that in implementation of their work, strong emphasis is placed on gender, women, youth and marginalized groups in local government, human rights, local governance and good governance principles of transparency, accountability and participation.

The primary target groups for support by the Advisors are Department of Local Government, Department of Planning and other Department staff of MoIFAR-Galmudug.  The secondary target groups are district councilors and LG staff, as well as staff in relevant State government institutions, notably in Ministry responsible for local government, planning, public works and finance.  Where relevant, non-state actors will be used to help build capacity among the primary and secondary target groups.

Objectives of the assignment

The Senior Local Government Advisors will provide wide ranging support to the MoIFAR-Galmudug with a comprehensive approach to assist local governments to be credible, professional service providers, with increasing public investment in basic services, strengthened civic awareness ensuring community participation in local decision-making and development through:

Supporting the design of legislative frameworks, regulations and guidelines of relevance to local governance including planning and institutional development;

Supporting the strengthening of the capacity of key Departments of Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs & Reconciliation to carry of their mandate; 

Supporting the capacity development of district council’s staff for the delivery of services at district level implemented through a participatory planning process.

Supporting the ministry to put in place appropriate monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of all activities to ensure that the key objectives are met in an accountable and transparent manner.

Scope of work 

Summary Ensure that MoIFAR-Galmudug plays an active role in policy advice, strategic thinking and knowledge sharing through conducting policy briefings and participating in missions related to local governance; and promoting the flow of information to donors, government institutions, and other relevant stakeholders.

Encourage full participation of stakeholders in the local government planning reform process to enhance empowerment and ownership.

Support MoIFAR-Galmudug to ensure efficient day-to-day management of all local government planning and capacity building activities.

Support MoILG to design and supervise capacity building and training programmes, monitoring and evaluation frameworks and ensure timely implementation of activities in order to achieve appropriate coordination and harmonization of all project activities.

Support MoIFAR-Galmudug Planning Department to provide quality control of all activities in MoILG and at local government level to ensure efficient implementation of the workplan

Detailed

Ensure that MoIFAR-Galmudug plays an active role in policy advice, strategic thinking and knowledge sharing through conducting policy briefings and participating in missions related to local governance; and promoting the flow of information to donors, government institutions, and other relevant stakeholders.

Provide support to MoIFAR-Galmudug to participate in policy forums with relevant stakeholders including other institutions, civil society, the private sector, and donor organizations to ensure coherency in approaches to relevant policy agendas.

Provide support to MoILG to write policy and strategy briefings as required on relevant issues for local governance.

Strengthen capacity of MoIFAR-Galmudug to ensure that all donor support contributes to the improvement in service delivery, accountability and transparency, and that gender sensitivity and other relevant cross cutting issues are being addressed.

Provide policy and strategic advice to relevant government stakeholders on policy and guideline requirements for the local governance, and

Communicate, with guidance from MoIFAR-Galmudug, closely with government stakeholders at national, regional and district level to enhance further expansion and/or consolidation of the project activities.

Provide support to MoIFAR-Galmudug and district councils to identify options for resource mobilization at the local level and promote policy discussions with relevant government agencies and local authorities on this issue.

Set up a system in MoIFAR-Galmudug to gather relevant information including maps, reports and other material that enhance the knowledge needed to further implementation of the local governments reform programs, and help ensure that this information is made available to district councils in a timely manner.

Encourage full participation of stakeholders in the local government planning reform process to enhance empowerment and ownership.

Assist MoIFAR-Galmudug in identification and formulation of coordinated approaches to local government planning, management and implementation of activities.

Assist MoIFAR-Galmudug in promotion of approaches to design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities that encourage empowerment and ownership.

Assist MoIFAR-Galmudug to ensure it encourages the participation of all stakeholders and special interest groups, especially women, youth, the elderly and disabled, and IDPS in the planning, implementation and evaluation of all development and capacity building activities

Support MoIFAR-Galmudug to gather relevant information including maps, reports and other material to enhance knowledge and understanding of the location of the different interest groups and communities who need specific targeting

Support MoIFAR-Galmudug to ensure efficient day-to-day management of all local government planning and capacity building activities

Support MoIFAR-Galmudug to ensure that all activities, especially but not limited to those agreed to under the Joint Local Governance Program (JPLG), are implemented in an efficient and timely manner, according to agreed upon workplans, and in compliance with relevant rules and regulations.

Assist MoIFAR-Galmudug to identify human resource needs, assist in the preparation and regular updating of Terms of Reference for staff and consultants, supervise staff, and conduct regular performance reviews as required.

Help ensure that staff capacity and capability is utilized in the most efficient manner to achieve service delivery through district councils.

Provide support to MoIFAR-Galmudug in liaison with counterparts with regards to all donor funded activities and facilitate efficient management of the projects by government counterparts to ensure accountability, transparency and good governance principles.

Provide appropriate support to MoIFAR-Galmudug to ensure that all project activities are well planned and coordinated, and that roll-out of local governments projects take place in a coherent manner.

In consultation with relevant MoIFAR-Galmudug staff, provide support to the preparation of workplans and budgets necessary to meet the outputs.

Help facilitate team building and coordination between all MoIFAR-Galmudug staff to ensure improved output.

Assist MoIFAR-Galmudug in preparation of relevant progress reports on activities of local government projects which are directly linked to identified outputs and activities.

Support MoIFAR-Galmudug to design and supervise capacity building and training programmes, monitoring and evaluation frameworks and ensure timely implementation of activities in order to achieve appropriate coordination and harmonization of all project activities.

Assist MoIFAR-Galmudug define capacity building goals in line with workplans agreed to with the JPLG and within the given budget framework.

Provide support to MoIFAR-Galmudug to design, schedule, implement and supervise a capacity building plan for ministry officials, regional and district councilors and staff and ensure that all training activities are implemented as planned

Assist MoIFAR-Galmudug ensure that all MoIFAR-Galmudug staff have relevant workplans and assist MoIFAR-Galmudug in the follow up of these workplans to ensure timely implementation of all capacity.

Support MoIFAR-Galmudug to design tender documents for procurement of training service provider and follow through with a procurement and selection process.

Support MoIFAR-Galmudug Planning Department to provide quality control of all activities in MoILG and at local government level to ensure efficient implementation of the workplan

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Assist MoIFAR-Galmudug to design a backstopping and quality control plan and help facilitate effective implementation of service delivery at the local level

Provide support and guidance to help ensure appropriate management of funds by MoILG and at district level

Identify gaps and challenges and support MoIFAR-Galmudug to solve these problems and facilitate MoIFAR-Galmudug to call on districts to help solve identified problems.

Help ensure appropriate management of all resources and assets provided to MoIFAR-Galmudug and target emerging districts.

Perform any other duties that maybe assigned by the Director General or requested by the JPLG.

Monitoring and Reporting

The consultants will provide monthly progress reports to the DG MOI by summarizing work done

The reports are to be approved by the Director General.

VI: Qualifications and Experience

Education:

Bachelor’sDegree in Social Science, Public Administration, Political Science or any other relevant field. Additional qualifications in training methodologies, adult learning and master’s degree are an added advantage.

Experience and skills:

At least 10 years of relevant experience working in a ministry or a capacity building institution.

Comprehensive understanding of local governance and experience working in or with a local government institution (s).

A solid understanding of Somalia’s local government system.

Experience in promoting capacity building and local governance in multi-cultural environments, and in conflict environments

Management experience and

Experience working as an advisor

Experience in representing government in multi-stakeholder forums

Self-motivated and self-driven and ability to work with a minimum of guidance.

Ability to push processes forward, to be persuasive and at the same time collaborative, supportive and diplomatic.

Ability to be calm and well humored while under pressure

Language Requirements:

Fluency in written and spoken Somali and English required.

How to apply

Submit your most recently updated CV and cover letter to  Hr.moifar.gms@gmail.com and Copy   procurement.Soco@kirkonulkomaanapu.fi  not later than 30th September, 2020. MoIFAR-Galmudug will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.

Email: Hr.moifar.gms@gmail.com                     Ministry Office: Dhusomareb

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