Somalia has benefited immensely from Official Development Assistance (ODA) and continues to view ODA as crucial to the countrys development. In the recent past, overall levels of official aid have been progressively increasing with assistance in 2018 estimated at US$ 2 billion.
About 20% of these funds was channeled through the three trust funds of the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF) jointly managed by Government and development partners. The remaining 80% is programmed bilaterally by development partners with Government counterparts and non-governmental implementing partners.
While these funds certainly contribute to the recovery and reconstruction of the country through important and valuable interventions, there is limited or no programmatic or institutional coordination.
Such lack of coordination often results in resources not being allocated to most needy sectors or areas leading to under-investment in countrys priorities, and duplication... or overlap with attendant inefficiencies. It has also contributed to the fragmented output of the NDP-8 (2017-2019).
The Government has attemted to achieve improved ODA coordination through various past efforts, however challenges still remain that limit effectivenss of assistances in achieving the desired development results.
It is in this regard that the FGS has established the Donor Engagement Office (DEO) in the Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MoPIED) to provide effective coordination and engagement mechanism for enhancing the effectiveness and alignment external resources the country receives with national priorities.
Donor Engagement Office (DEO)
The Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MoPIED) of the FGS, leads the national development planning process, and is also charged with coordination of government agencies and development partners policies and programming responses to the national development plan. The Ministry is also responsible for development and implementation of medium and long-term national strategies.
The Ministry coordinated the lastest National Development Plan (2020-2024), prepared through an inclusive and transparent process. The the 9th National Development Plan (NDP-9) endorsed by Cabinet on 26th of September 2019, will function as the country´s interim Poverty Reduction Strategy (iPRSP). In meeting iPRSP conditions, the NDP-9 presents a set of prioritized and sequenced priorities organized under four Pillars, namely; inclusive politics, security & rule of law, inclusive economic growth and social development. The four Pillars align with the four FGS Roadmaps. The NDP-9 again in meeting iPRSP conditions sets out a sound macro-economic and fiscal framework which guides government expenditure and official development assistance (ODA) in line with national priorities.
Besides completion of iPRSP compliant NDP-9, the Plan will allow Somalia to seek debt relief as part of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative, which in itself will be a significant milestone in the countrys path to poverty reduction. Somalia reached the HIPC Decision Point milestone in March 2020 and, thus, became eligible to begin receiving debt relief under the enhanced HIPC Initiative. This will allow Somalias debt to be irrevocably reduced from US$5.2 billion at end-2018 to US$557 million in net present value terms (NPV) once it reaches the HIPC Completion Point in about three years time. One of the most crucial HIPC Completion Point triggers will be satisfactory implementation of poverty reduction strategy for at least one year.
Moreover, IPRSP Compliance of all ODA development aid programmes will be a key component and prerequisite under the Revised Aid Architecture laid out by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) in March 2020. According to the Revised Aid Architecture, the IPRSP Compliance will be a process led by MOPIED in consultation with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
The Donor Engagement Office (DEO) in MoPIED has been established to proactively faciliate the iPRSP/NDP-9 complinace check and verification process, and contribute to efforts towards the successful attainment of HIPC Completion Point trigger. In addition, the Office is established to strengthen alignment of ODA that is not channeled through the SDRF trust funds with the national development priorities of the NDP9. More generally, the DEO will support the interaction between MoPIED and development partners on matters pertaining to development planning and aid coordination, including use of country systems, thereby enhancing the efficiency of Government-Development Partners relations.
The Donor Engagement Office (DEO) has been established to ensure Somalias development assistance portfolio remains in line with the countrys laws and the global commitments by development partners and recipient countries of ODA to the effectiveness of development aid.
The DEOs main objective is to enhance the effectiveness of development financing to deliver on the global commitments on Development Cooperation and ensure country ownership, focus on results, inclusive partnerships, transparency and mutual accountability in order to benefit both the Somali people as well as the taxpayers of the donor countries.
In coordination with and reporting to the Head of Donor Engaement Office (DEO), the Donor Engaement Office (DEO) Donor Relations specialist will support the Head of DEO preparation and day-to-day operations of the office.
The Donor Relations specialist shall meet its objectives by focusing activities on the following responsibilities: Act as a focal point for Donors support to Somalia at the Donor Engagement Office (DEO) and Ministry of Planning Investment and Economic Development (MoPIED) and work with the DEO team for regular updates on German government funding. Share information on Donors support and ensure one channel communication from the MoPIED to Donors. Work on Official Development Assistance (ODA) analysis, specifically on Somalia for Germany government from high level overviews to country and sector specific analysis and implementation modalities. Support the Head of DEO on operational coordination work and close collaboration of the Donors support to Somalia Act as a focal point for Donors meeting and facilitate meetings and agenda settings with the government and prepare talking points for the minister. Prepare and communicate and follow up regularly with the head of DEO on meetings action points Any other business assigned by the Head of DEO
Deliverables Draft ODA analysis report on top 10 Donors Draft detailed descriptive report on German Support to Somalia in the period 2017-2020 Monthly progress reports Talking points for minister and or Head of Donor Engagement Office.
Bachelors degree in related fields
Experience Minimum of 2 years relevant work experience with bilateral or multilateral agencies dealing with issues related to aid delivery in fragile states context; Good knowledge of recent aid management practices and NDP implementation, including on issues related to donor performance, risk management, financing, aid effectiveness and monitoring and evaluation in fragile states; Knowledge and understanding policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks and policy formulation procedures in Somalia; Demonstrated efficient communications and coordination skills to lead dialogues on complex development issues with government counterparts across multiple levels of government; Excellent workflow management and task organization skills; Coordinate and build good working relationship with other FGS, FMS ministries and other government institutions Advanced skills in the usage of computer software packages and web based management systems.
Fluency in written and spoken Somali and English Mogadishu Somalia
Donor Relations Specialist Mogadishu Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MoPIED) Mogadishu