Terms of Reference Senior Strategic Policy Advisor


Jamhuuriyadda Federaalka
ةيلاردفلا لاموصلا ةيروهمج


ةي روتسدلا نوؤشلا ةرازو

Wasaaradda Arrimaha Dastuurka


Federal Republic of Somalia
Ministry of Constitutional Affairs
Terms of Reference
Senior Strategic Policy Advisor

Description of the post

The Ministry of Constitutional Affairs invites applicants who are citizens of Somalia for the following consultancy position:
Consultancy Title: Senior Strategic Policy Advisor
Supervisor:Director General
Job Category: Individual Consultant
Duty Station: Mogadishu, Somalia
Opening Application Date: 28/06/2018
Closing Application Date:  04/07/2018


The Federal Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA) mandate is to facilitate the creation of enabling conditions that would ensure the effective implementation of the constitutional review and implementation process. Its role therefore includes: promoting and facilitating political and public consultations on the review process with the Joint Oversight Committee of the Federal Parliament of Somalia, the Independent Constitutional Review and Implementation Commission, Federal Member States, political, social and cultural groups and the Somali people in general in order to create an open, transparent and inclusive constitutional review process.
The Constitutional Review and Implementation Support Project Initiation Plan (PIP), endorsed in February 2018, supported the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs to formulate and develop its Master-plan upon which the constitution review process will start. The PIP supported the initial activities required to take place to ensure an inclusive consultative process is in place to endorse and adopt the Master-plan. During the PIP period, the MOCA held extensive consultations with key role players and stakeholders that provided the current phase of constitutional review with the required legitimacy.
The constitutional review support project is designed to provide responsive support to the constitution-making bodies, particularly to the activities of MoCA; and support for public education and consultation, particularly envisaging the inclusion of women, youth, minorities, and other marginalized people. The projects envisaged in the MoCA Master Plan, especially with regards to consultative processes and civic education, are considered important entry points for respective Project activities. The objective of the assignment will be to provide expert advice and strategic guidance to the Minister and the Director General on the political and constitutional matters.

Scope of Work

The consultant will provide technical advisory support to the minister on the constitutional review process, continued strategic support to the functioning of the ministry. The policy advisor is to provide independent analysis, advice and recommendations to the ministry. He/She will be responsible to identify significant issues and determines the need for direction from the ministry. The policy advisor coordinates various policy reviews and other major policy related issues.
Functions/Scope of work will include:
Lead the ministry towards realization of its goals, vision and mandates regarding to constitution review process;
Support and guide the minister in the implementation of the joint roadmap throughout the review process and promote women’s participation in the Constitution Review Process.
Provide technical and policy guidance to the minister on facilitating political negotiations at Federal Government level with the Federal Member States.
Support senior staff of the ministry with policy initiatives which can include legislative, review and giving advice on specific areas on the constitution review process;
Build and maintain good working relationship with strategic partners to enhance successful implementation of the constitution review process
Serve on various standing technical working groups, ad hoc committees and task forces as required and represent the ministry at meetings and conferences on the constitution review process.
Assist the minister in managing and interpreting political and policy developments and identify opportunities to engage in dialogue with policy makers and highlighting initiatives;

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

Target due date
Review and

Duration to
approval required



Provide policy guidance and
6 months
July – Dec 2018   Document and

strategic Support to the Minister
Report approved

and DG on review process.
by DG



Support the Minister in dealing
6 months
July – Dec 2018
Document and

with key priority issues in the
Report approved

constitution in line with
by DG

Government Political Roadmap for



Assist in developing policy
6 months
July – Dec 2018
Document and

initiatives and help the Minister
Report approved

and DG engage in dialogue and
by DG

consultations Technical Working

Groups and with Federal Member



Build and maintain rapport with
6 months
July – Dec 2018
Document and

the stakeholders including
Report approved

Technical Negotiation Working
by DG

Group and FMS


Provide timely and relevant policy
6 months
July – Dec 2018
Document and

advice to the minister and DG on
Report approved

political negotiation on thematic
by DG

areas in the constitution


Support and contribute to review
6 months
July – Dec 2018
Document and

and assist in design of new
Report approved

strategies and policy guidelines
by DG


Strengthening the ministry’s
6 months
July – Dec 2018
Document and

planning capacities as well as
Report approved

ability to develop and present
by DG



Reports to be provided:

Monthly report for completed activities and deliverables with documents developed, training and workshop reports.
Quarterly Narrative Report
Institutional Arrangement

The consultant will work in the ministry office in Mogadishu with possible travels to the regions, under the supervision of Director General of the ministry. Achievement of deliverables will be approved by the Director General of the Ministry.
Payment will be made upon certification by supervisor including time sheets for actual dates of work and consultant performance in accordance with activities and deliverables as reported in the activity report.

Duration of work

The contract is six (6) months from the period July – December 2018.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate for this position must have:
University degree in Public Policy, International Relations and Political Science and Governance or a related discipline;
At least 10 years of relevant experience in position related with planning and policy, governance or constitutional affairs;
Demonstrated experience in policy development, strategic planning and/or high level public sector management, and to prepare well written and researched policy documents;
Experience in drafting reports, briefings and training materials
Sound demonstrated understanding of gender issues and principles;

Skills and Competencies

Excellent understanding of Somali political and constitutional history.
Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations;
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations, both orally and in writing, in a clear, concise style;
Ability to work with minimum of supervision; and to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with staff members and others and to have a high sense of confidentiality, accountability, initiative and good judgment.
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;
Strong knowledge of computer systems, including using internet explorer and Microsoft Office applications such as Ms Word, Ms Excel, and PowerPoint
Fluent in Somali and English is required.

Gender mainstreaming

The Ministry of Constitutional Affairs is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Other information

The Consultant will need to bring her/his own laptop.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit their CV along with their application letter via e-mail to hr@moca.gov.so no later than 04/07/2018.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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