Social Protection Coordinator – TIPF 

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


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.

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 regionsCentral-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:

  • Support the EU Delegation and the Donor Working Group to coordinate effectively and efficiently towards developing common approaches and systems in social
  • Provide Secretariat function for meetings and communication, including support to the DWG Chair and Deputy Chair in accordance with the Terms of
  • Organise and manage DWG meetings and other events with external partners.
  • Support the EUDEL and donors to actively participate in coordination mechanisms established by the Government underpinning the NDP9 pillars and ILED programme objectives of peace, stabilization, local economic development resilience and durable
  • Support the EU DEL to ensure consistency between the actions of SAGAL project and the Social Protection policy framework at National and Regional
  • Coordinate with MoLSA FGS to roll out the Social Protection Implementation Framework in a systematic and coordinated
  • Support the DWG to develop a division of labour in terms of geographic location or financing of projects /activities as set out in the Social Protection Policy and the associated Implementation Framework.
  • Establishment of a basic knowledge management system that is accessible to the EU Delegation

Education Requirements

  • A master’s degree or equivalent in at least one of the following fields: Social Sciences, Economics, International Development, Public Policy, or related relevant
  • In lieu of a master’s degree the candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields: Social Sciences, Economics, International Development, Public Policy, or related relevant disciplines, combined with an additional 2 years of professional experience in the design and/or implementation of social protection

Professional Experience and Skills

  • Demonstrated experience in working with the coordination mechanisms in the Somali
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and supporting coordination mechanisms in the Somali contexts.
  • A proven track record of supporting Government and donors in inter-sectoral
  • Strong experience of social protection, the key principles, international good practice and debates, including awareness of evidence and those issues of importance for social
  • Extensive experience in learning-/evidence-based    policy development and knowledge
  • Ability to represent the programme at FGS and FMS levels on the topic of social protection as well as to engage with and coordinate key stakeholders’ involvement.
  • Proven management skills and a competence in people
  • Highly diplomatic and emotionally intelligent with strong English oral and written communication skills.
  • A minimum of 8 years professional experience in socio-economic development policy and/or humanitarian policy
  • Ideally at least 2 years of professional experience in the Somali
  • Ideally at least 2 years of experience working or collaborating with bilateral and multilateral development partners.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing efforts to integrate cross-cutting themes into social protection interventions, i.e. climate resilience, gender, conflict sensitivity,
  • Demonstrated experience in communications and advocacy as part of building synergy and complementarity across multiple donor platforms and interventions.


For anyone interested, or if you know of strong candidates, please do send CVs with cover letters to Ali Sirad (in cc here) copying by COB 31st May 2021.  All candidate should ensure that they clearly indicate the position they are applying for in the email subject line.