Position:  Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Expert – TIPF

Location:  Mogadishu, Somalia (with travel to Nairobi, Kenya)

 

Introduction

With relative political and security gains in recent years in Somalia, economic recovery, growth and resilience have been prioritised in Somalia’s National Development Plan (2017-2019). This has also been the emphasis in the New Partnership for Somalia (NPS), which sets out how Somalia and the international community will work together to meet Somalia’s most pressing political, security and economic needs and aspirations- The electoral process held at the beginning of 2017, brought a more representative government charged with urgent and core tasks including security sector reform, stabilization, economic recovery and political inclusion. In alignment with this vision, the European Union Delegation (EUDEL) in Somalia recently approved the Inclusive Local & Economic Development (ILED) Programme with € 83 million funding.

In Somaliland, its NDP II (2019-2021) highlights the need to focus on primary production, higher productivity and economic resilience to promote economic development and consolidate economic gains. The development of an inclusive financial sector, trade and investment facilities development of the private sector, access to finance for women and youth, and other marginalised groups were prioritised as key enablers to higher productivity and economic resilience.

 

Introduction Overall Objective of the ILED Programme

The objective of ILED is to contribute to stability in Somalia by extending state authority and services, promoting local reconciliation and peace building, creating inclusive economic opportunities and protection of the most vulnerable. ILED complements and supports the External Investment Plan (EIP).

In the Somaliland context, the focus is very much on inclusive economic development, increasing economic opportunities particularly through value chains development in the productive sectors, improving access to finance as well as capitalising on the Berbera Port development and the planned Special Economic Zone.

ILED has a territorially integrated approach to programming, so as to be able to combine in an integrated way the different instruments (political, security, operations and financial) and sectoral strategies and investments focusing on targeted corridors. This approach is to take into consideration the different contexts along the four corridors, and the need for prioritising and using different approaches in the different contexts. Based on rigorous analysis and consultation with wider Somali stakeholders, four corridors were selected for ILED to be implemented:

  • Juba River Corridor with an initial focus on Gedo and Kismayo regions
  • Shabelle River Corridor from Ethiopian border to the Lower Shabelle regions
  • Central-North Corridor: Galmudug-Puntland towards Bossaso
  • Somaliland Corridor: Burao-Berbera-Hargeisa-Borama

 

Results of the ILED Programme

The ILED Programme has three specific reinforcing results which will be prioritised differently in different contexts in Somalia/Somaliland:

Result 1: Stabilization and Local Governance: Increase the reach and legitimacy of local and municipal authorities, and their capacity to provide services; promote reconciliation and peace building, including by addressing drivers of conflict and deliver peace dividends;

Result 2: Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth: Revitalize and expand the local economy with a focus on livelihood enhancement, job creation, and broad-based inclusive growth, with a particular focus on opportunities for women and youth. this result has three sub-components:

  • Component 1: Enabling environment to mobilise investment, improve access to finance, and   essential services for private sector development
  • Component 2: Human skills, Labour Markets and Entrepreneurship
  • Component 3: Strengthening competitive, inclusive and resilient value chains

Result 3: Protection of the Most Vulnerable: Provide social safety nets to vulnerable people to contribute to strengthening their recovery and resilience

Under the Inclusive Local and Economic Development (ILED) programme, the Territorial Integration and Planning Facility (TIPF) was established to provide technical advice and operational support to the European Union Delegation to Somalia and as well as to government counterparts. The TIPF will ensure synergies with other donors and programmes, will help identify territorial priorities across four target corridors, and will conduct context, sectoral and political economy analyses in order to allow the ILED programme to address critical gaps The TIPF is specifically tasked to achieve the following results:

  • Support for the coordination and management of ILED Programme in all corridors
  • Formulation of territorial plans and sectoral projects ensuring consistency, coherence and sequencing of actions
  • Mainstreaming cross-cutting issues which include gender, human rights, inclusivity, environmental and climate change across ILED interventions and other EU Programmes. Specific focus is also given to women, youth and marginalized groups

Social Protection Component

The Social Protection Component of ILED is the largest component in the Programme due to the 27 million SAGAL project implemented by the Cash Consortium, with Concern Worldwide as the lead agency. In tandem with the SAGAL project, the TIPF will provide technical assistance on social protection to the EU Delegation, the Social Safety Nets Donor Working group (SSN DWG) and the Government of Somalia. The services will include coordination of SSN DWG, analytical work on social protection and Real Time Learning. The TIPF project is to independently verify the impact, efficiency, and effectiveness of the Social Transfer project, and to advise the EUDEL and the DWG on whether adjustments in approaches need to be made. The Social Protection Team will provide Real Time Learning feedback to the EUDEL on how the interventions in the different corridors are supporting the priorities set out in the Social Protection Policy and Implementation Framework.

Duties and Responsibilities

 Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Project Manager, this non-key expert is expected to undertake the following duties as outlined below

  • Design a Real Time Learning Platform supported by a knowledge management system to enable learning, coordination and sharing of knowledge
  • Independent Real Time Learning – to inform policy choices, contribute to the production of knowledge products and enhance adaptive and timely decision-making
  • Regular liaison with the World Bank PIU at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to inform policy choices, timely decision-making and programmatic
  • Regular reporting of analysis to the Donor Working
  • Support the development of quality assurance at both individual activity level as well as at the overall programme
  • Coordinate closely with implementing partners and the TIPF M&E Team to ensure to ensure activity outcomes and data are shared in a timely and joined-up, cohesive
  • Contribute to program-level M&E planning and system, e. defining program indicators and targets.
  • Contribute to the promotion of best practices in M&E, knowledge/data management and the integration of learning into delivery

Education Requirements

  • A post-graduate degree in Economics, International Development, Statistics, Strategic Planning, or Social Policy, or any other discipline relevant to the delivery of this
  • In lieu of a post-graduate degree, the candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields: Economics, International Development, Statistics, Strategic Planning, or Social Policy, combined with an additional 4 years of professional experience in monitoring, evaluation, learning and knowledge

Professional Experience and Skills

  • At least 4 years of relevant M&E-focused experience working on interventions either fully focused on social protection or with substantial social protection-relevant outputs
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and management of M&E systems more generally, but specifically in regards to social protection interventions, i.e. planning and management of
  • A proven track record of quality assurance in relation to programmes involving multiple implementing partners in the Somali
  • Demonstrated experience in ensuring learning uptake and programmatic adaptation, e. M&E and knowledge management best practices.
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills including excellent written and verbal skills in English – fluency in Somali is
  • Evidence of strong IT skills

 

For anyone interested, or if you know of strong candidates, please do send CVs with cover letters to Ali Sirad Ali.Sirad@adamsmithinternational.com (in cc here) copying recruitment.africa@adamsmithinternational.com by COB 22nd February 2020.  All candidate should ensure that they clearly indicate the position they are applying for in the email subject line.