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29 Jun 2017

Muqdisho – Policy Advisor


CTG support and manage humanitarian projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world. With past performance in 15 countries – from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Central and South America – we offer a holistic fabric of project management, implementation and support. Skilled in emergency response to crises such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we have the ability to act quickly (crisis response teams can be on the ground in 24 hours) and to establish structured operations in high-risk environments. CTG recruit and manage qualified, skilled teams with extensive experience operating in challenging conditions.


The UNDP is the United Nations’ global development network.

Headquartered in New York City, UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It provides expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. The status of UNDP is that of an executive board within the UN General Assembly. The UNDP Administrator is the third highest-ranking official of the UN after the UN Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General.

To accomplish the MDGs and encourage global development, UNDP focuses on poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, energy and environment, social development, and crisis prevention and recovery. UNDP also encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women in all of its programs. The UNDP human development report office also publishes an annual human development report (since 1990) to measure and analyse developmental progress. In addition to a global Report, UNDP publishes regional, national, and local Human Development Reports.

UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from member nations. The organization operates in 177 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity. Additionally, the UNDP works internationally to help countries achieve the MDGs. Currently, the UNDP is one of the main UN agencies involved in the development of the post 2015 development agenda.

UNDP works with nations on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and its wide range of partners.


Role objective:

Somalia is undergoing a historic process of change, moving towards peace from decades of violent conflict, which ravaged the country and resulted in widespread suffering of its people. The provisional constitution of the Somali republic was agreed and endorsed on 1st August 2012. The 9th parliament successfully completed its term of office and remained a stabilizing force. The 10th parliament has been elected including the upper house. The newly established upper house will need support to develop its rules of procedure and to train its members to effectively provide support to the emerging federal member states.

The national federal parliament and its members have throughout the 9th parliament played a critical role in Somalia. If supported to effectively fill its place in the new political infrastructure of Somalia, the legislature will continue to operate as a venue for the debate and discussion of issues of national importance. Potential sources of conflict can be aired, debated and addressed publicly and in a bi-/multi-partisan manner. In order to achieve these objectives, both members of parliament and the parliamentary secretariat require urgent support. Apart of the NFP functioning parliaments exist in Garowe/Puntland and in Hargeisa/Somaliland and new assemblies are currently formed in the emerging states.

In support of the new federal government and the people of Somalia, UNDP Somalia is implementing a parliamentary support project in Somalia. Notably, the projects have been designed to support the national federal parliament, as well as the existing Somaliland and Puntland parliaments as well as other national and sub-national authorities including interim regional authorities to participate in the constitutional review process.

Constitutional Review Process:

Under the provisional constitution, the NFP has also been tasked with leading the process of constitutional review and implementation, which is required to finalize a national federal constitution and set in place a framework for national elections.

Support is required to help finalize the constitution and to implement it as a framework for the new constitutional dispensation. The 9th parliament produced a technical review of the constitution which provides a firm basis on which the 10th parliament is able to complete the process of review. The newly appointment Minister of Constitutional Affairs also has extensive experience in the making of the current constitution. In addition, the Speaker of the upper house was also re-elected. This provides for a firm basis of institutional memory that will assist in making the project even more successful.

A Master Plan has been developed along with a planning schedule which will now be transformed into a project document consolidating the partnership between the UNDP and the Minister of Constitutional Affairs. The project document will be concluded and signed before the end of June 2017. There is now firm political ownership of the process. In addition, the new Minister has already embarked upon an extensive process to secure the support of all key role players and stakeholders including civil society and regional administrations for the continued process of constitution making.

The project is intended to be formally and publicly launched at the end of July 2017 at a national convention after which a series of Shura councils will be held to build consensus between the role players.

UN Integrated Constitutional Support Team:

UNSOM and UNDP have developed an integrated constitutional team to assist the parliament, the federal government and sub national authorities to contribute to the 2017/18 constitutional review process. The team will build capacity at federal and state levels and ensure coherence of the constitutional reviews.

Expected output:

Objectives of the assignment:

The Consultant will closely interact with the senior leadership of the national federal parliaments, MoCA and UNDP. He/she will provide high-level policy guidance to the speakers of the both houses of NFP and Minister MoCA. He/she will prepare policy documents, concept papers, draft outlines for the NFP, MoCA and UNDP.

The scope of work will include:

Support to national federal parliament

  • Strategic support to the Speakers of both houses and parliament.
  • Planning of the parliamentary calendar, strategy program and priorities.
  • Continued support to the strategic planning and process design of the constitution making process.
  • Support to the parliament leadership re the establishment and management of the 10th parliament.
  • Continued support to the functioning of parliamentary committees including constitution review committee.
  • Support to the induction training, joint retreat of the NFP.

Constitution review support:

  • Strategic support to the MoCA.
  • Provision of advice and/or of a strategy paper re the next phase of the 2017 constitutional review process.
  • Participation in meetings/conferences re drafting of the revised constitution.
  • Provide technical advisory support to the MoCA to develop and implement the master-plan.
  • Support to the immediate amendments of the constitution.

UNDP direct support:

  • The Consultant will provide direct support to UNDP on the development of the next phase of the project that include consultations with counterparts to secure endorsement of counterparts.
  • The Consultant will provide direct support to the project team to create capacity for implementation of parliamentary support project.

Project reporting:

This role reports to the Chief Technical Adviser.

Team management:

Consultants need to have experience in managing a team.



§ Master’s degree in International Affairs, Public Policy, Public Administration, Communication, Social Studies Conflict Resolution or related field. and/or Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Public Policy, Public Administration, Communication, Social Studies Conflict Resolution or related field..

Work experience:

§ Minimum of 15 years of demonstrable relevant Administration experience.

Geographical experience:

§ Minimum of 15 years of experience in Africa with local experience in Mogadishu, Somalia is an advantage.


§ Fluency in English (essential) , Somali (desirable) and Arabic (desirable).

Key competencies:

Academic Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in International Affairs, Public Policy, Public Administration, Communication, Social Studies Conflict Resolution or related field.

Years of Experience:

15 years working experience in technical assistance to institution building and/or legal drafting, including in in post-conflict settings.

At least 10 years of experience working with state bodies, parliamentary development, constitution review at a senior level adviser.

Experience of working in post-conflict and crises settings, with dynamically changing conditions on the ground.

Experience of working in Somalia.

Experience in provision of high-level policy advise.

Experience in legislative development processes in developing country contexts would be an asset.

Technical Expertise/Competencies:

Communication and problem solving.


Capacity development/training.

Analytical skills.

Language Requirements:

Fluent in written and spoken English, Somali or Arabic are assets, but not requirements.

Institutional Arrangement:

Achievement of deliverable’s will be approved by the UNDP Chief Technical Adviser (CTA), parliamentary support project.

Payment will be made upon certification by supervisor of time sheets for actual dates of work and consultant performance in accordance with activities and deliverable’s as reported in the activity report.

CTG Global Managed Services DMCC will provide all administrative and logistical support to CTG consultant during the contact period.

Other relevant information:

to be advised.

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