Position:  Social Protection Expert – TIPF

Location:  Home-based



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. 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.


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).

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
  • Shabelle River Corridor
  • Central-North Corridor
  • Somaliland Corridor


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


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. This TIPF contract will 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 develop common approaches to social protection.
  • Review the outcomes of the Real Time Learning exercise to inform policy choices.
  • Advise EUDEL, the DWG and the Government to build a common understanding of social protection and social transfers approaches in the Somali context, as well as provide policy options through knowledge products.
  • Engage with key stakeholders through different forums and one-on-one dialogue to be informed of developments in Social Protection.
  • Deliver short analyses and a policy option paper, on demand, on social protection in Somalia based on the outcomes of the real-time learning and assessment of the developments in the sector.


Education Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in Economics, Sociology, Social Policy, or any other related social science discipline relevant to the delivery of this effort.
  • In lieu of a Master’s degree, the candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields: Economics, Sociology, Social Policy, or other related social science discipline, combined with an additional 5 years of professional experience in researching and advising governments, donors, and development agencies specifically on poverty reduction, social protection, community resilience, etc.


Professional Experience and Skills

  • At least 10 years of demonstrated work experience in the fields of poverty reduction, social protection, community resilience, etc., particularly in an advisory capacity.
  • At least 5 years of policy research and analytical experience in the fields of poverty reduction, social protection and related issues.
  • Sound in-depth knowledge of the social, political and economic dynamics/challenges faced by Somalia in regards to designing and implementing effective social policies on poverty reduction and social protection.
  • Strong experience in working with governments, particularly in the Somali context, in either an implementation or advisory capacity.
  • Strong experience in knowledge transfer within a multi-stakeholder setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills particularly in a large team setting involving multiple implementing partners, donors, and government stakeholders.
  • Excellent written, communication and presentation skills in English.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


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 31st May 2021.  All candidates should ensure that they clearly indicate the position they are applying for in the email subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.