Terms of Reference Constitutional Technical Officer (CTO)

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Terms of Reference Constitutional Technical Officer (CTO)

DESCRIPTION OF THE POST
 
The Ministry of Constitution and Reconciliation invites applicants who are citizens of Somalia for the following officer position:
 
Position Title:              Constitutional Technical Officer (CTO)
Supervisor:                              Director General
Duty Station:                          Dhuusamareeb, Somalia
Opening Application Date:     02 Sep 2018
Closing Application Date:      05 Sep 2018
 

BACKGROUND
 
The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and Federal Member States (FMS) are mandated to reach political agreements on a number of federalism and state building issues and to complete the current constitutional review process (CRP) with the aim of producing a final national constitution agreed upon by all stakeholders, harmonized with FMS constitutions and approved by the Somali people.
Since May 2017, the FGS and FMS began discussions and set December 2019 as the deadline to complete the revision of Federal Provisional Constitution adopted in 2012. The CRP, launched in May 2018 at a national constitutional convention held in Mogadishu, consists the implementation of a number of work components such as civic education, outreach and political dialogue and reconciliation activities in order to reach a final agreement on politically contentious issues and decide what kind of federalism is suitable for Somalia. Galmudug has a responsibility to effectively contribute to the constitution-making process.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT
 
The Galmudug Ministry of Constitution and reconciliation (MOCAR) is mandated to participate in the CRP and federalization processes on behalf of Galmudug State. MOCAR was established in 2015 with the mission of “serving the people of Galmudug by developing, promoting and sustaining democratic values and practices and protecting their rights in a federal Somalia.” The Ministry is also mandated to implement a far-reaching and diverse civic education and public consultation campaigns to educate citizens and record their inputs on key issues relating to the ongoing constitutional reform and federalism.
 
To implement its mission, the Ministry focuses on five core priorities:
 
§  Strengthening the capacity of the Ministry;
§  Leading the Galmudug democratization process;
§  Leading Galmudug’s engagement in the national constitutional review process;
§  Engaging in negotiations with FGS and FMS aiming to complete national federal structures; and
§  Implementing civic education and outreach programs for the Galmudug people.
 
The main objective of this position is to provide policy formulation advice and coordination as well as capacity development to ensure that Galmudug MOCAR effectively participates and makes lasting contributions to the federalization and constitution-making processes.

SCOPE OF WORK
 
Under the direct supervision of the Minister and Director General, general responsibilities of this position are:
·         Ensures that adequate financial controls are in place to maintain propriety and proper accountability of expenditures.
·         Engage in permanent debate on constitutional issues and their implementation as inter-governmental body / standing commission.
·         Lead the Galmudug political engagement with the Federal Government, including:
·          To make proposals on the harmonization of Galmudug and Federal constitutions
·         Prepare for and participate in changes to the Federal constitution
·         Provide advice on constitutional issues / provisions to the GSS Government
·         Engage in constitutional review and further constitutional development / reform; devise and execute constitutional education and public awareness raising;
·         Check state laws on constitutional validity. Cooperate with central government (FGS) on federalism affairs pertaining to the state constitution and connected laws and regulations.
·         Monitoring/overseeing rights of Galmudug vis-a-vis the Federal Government (e.g. Power and resource sharing, donor support)
·         Collaborating with the Federal Government and federal member states in the design and implementation of the federal system and formation of member states in Somalia Designing, preparing draft bills on the subject, and implement
·         Develop and advise on constitutional provisions regarding elections and democratic proceedings.
·         Preparing the ground for elections – reconciling communities; legal and institutional frameworks; citizens’ awareness;
·         Facilitate and monitor rule of law adherence in democratic processes and state / district elections.
·         Ensuring relevant Government institutions establish the systems (e.g. census, civil registry, demarcation of District boundaries, voter registration) which allow every citizen of Galmudug to vote and be elected according to the Galmudug constitution
·         Provide acknowledgement/medals of honor for outstanding civic engagement performance to NGOs and other non-state actors
·         Reports to the project Director for any task related to the project.
·         Working time: 6 days/week (Saturday – Thursday) from 8:30AM – 1:00PM.

FINAL PRODUCT/
DELIVERABLES

Deliverables
Estimated Duration to Complete
Target Due Dates
Review and Approvals Required (Indicate designation of person who will review output and confirm acceptance)

  1. Engage in permanent debate on constitutional issues and their implementation as inter-governmental body / standing commission.
    One Month
    Sep 2018
    Document and Report submitted and approved by supervisor

  2. To make proposals on the harmonization of Galmudug and Federal constitutions.
     
    Prepare for and participate in changes to the Federal constitution
     
    One Month
    Oct 2018
    Document and Report submitted and approved by supervisor

  3. Engage in constitutional review and further constitutional development / reform; devise and execute constitutional education and public awareness raising
    One Month
    Nov 2018
    Document and Report submitted and approved by supervisor

  4. Check state laws on constitutional validity. Cooperate with central government (FGS) on federalism affairs pertaining to the state constitution and connected laws and regulations
    One Month
    Dec 2018
    Document and Report submitted and approved by supervisor

 
DURATION OF WORK
 
The contract is four (4) months from the period 1st September 2018 to 31st Dec 2018.
 

QUALIFICATION
 
Education:
§  Bachelor’s degree in Business administration, public administration, Economic or related field.
 
Experience:
§  A minimum of 3 years working experience in the area of Administration.
§  Previous work experience in working with NGO, UN agencies or Government Institutions.

SKILLS AND CONPETENCIES
 
Functional Competencies:
·         Demonstrates integrity, impartiality, fairness, honesty and truthfulness in daily activities and behaviors.
·         Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills.
·         Leads teams effectively and shows mentoring as well as conflict resolutions skills.
·         Demonstrates ability to share knowledge, mentor and coach people to transfer skills.
·         Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback.
·         Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
·         Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
·         Sound judgment; ability to extract, interpret, analyze and format data and to resolve operational problems.
·         Ability to work with minimum of supervision; and to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
·         Ability to work with accuracy under time constraints and pressure;
·         Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with staff members and others and to have a high sense of confidentiality, accountability, initiative and good judgment.
·         Training and user support skills;
·         Team work skills or proven skills in working as part of a team,
·         Proven leadership ability and management skills,
·         Good interpersonal skills;
·         Ability to build networks and make effective contacts and connections;
·         Excellent presentational skills – both verbal and written;
·         Excellent communication and people skills;
·         Fluency in Somali and English is mandatory. Spoken other languages like Arabic is an advantage.
 
Language Requirements:
Fluency in English is required; must be a native speaker of Somali and fluency in Arabic is an advantage.

 
GENDER MAINSTREAMING
The Galmudug Ministry of Constitution and Reconciliation is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

 
APPLICATION PROCESS
Interested parties must submit the following:
 
§  A motivation letter stating reasons for seeking employment with the MOCAR.
§  Comprehensive Curriculum Vitae.
§  Three (3) contactable referees who have good knowledge of the candidate’s work.
§  Copies of all academic qualifications.
 
Applications must be sent to: con.reconciliation.gm@gmail.com  and CC mohamed.ali.farah@undp.org by ————————————–, quoting the job title on the email subject line.
 

 




SOURCE: Terms of Reference Constitutional Technical Officer (CTO)

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