Terms of Reference: Ministry of Planning and National Development Somaliland.


Terms of Reference: 2022-2026 National Development Plan III Consultants.

Duty station: Hargeisa-Somaliland

Reporting to: Director General Ministry Planning and National Development Somaliland.

Type of assignment: Secondment

Duration: 6 Months


The Nordic International Support Foundation (NIS) is a non-profit organization, headquartered in Oslo. NIS work with international donors, national governments, community leaders, national civil society groups and other key stakeholders to support processes that facilitate recovery from conflict through a variety of means, and currently implement projects in Somalia, Mali and Myanmar.

The NIS-administered Support to Somali Experts Secondment and Capacity Building Programme (SES), funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), aims to support the efforts of the Swedish government in seconding high-capacity Somali diaspora and local experts to a range of national institutions in Somaliland for the implementation of the National Development Plan (NPD). By helping to provide high-capacity diaspora experts to weakened government institutions, this programme seeks to boost their capacity to function and implement government policy. While the provision of experts under a single programme will not remedy all the capacity constraints faced by government, this programme will help to build the core competencies necessary to achieve longer-term and more ambitious development goals in the years ahead.


The current 2017-2021 National Development Plan will expire in December 2021. By that time, the new National Development Plan for 2022-2026, prepared with subnational stakeholder adequate participation and government ownership, will need to be finalized and ready for roll-out in January 2022. Somaliland has now established a tradition of medium-term development plans linked to the 2030 vision and this will be the third national development plan progressing towards the national vision. The purpose of this concept note is therefore, to outline the processes, management and coordination mechanisms to be followed in the preparation of the National Development Plan 2022-2026.

Underlying its preparation and implementation will be the need to ensure that the NDP 2022-2026 is aligned with and progressing towards the Somaliland Vision 2030 and the SGDs. It’s critical that the national development planning must be country owned and based on a process of broad-based participation and consensus-building that delivers a comprehensive context analysis sufficient to inform desired development results and outcomes. The national development planning process should link policy, planning and budgeting; identify national development objectives and priorities; improve the quality of expenditures leading to efficiency gains; harmonize development financing; and promote accountability and transparency through strong monitoring and evaluation. Therefore, the NDP 2022-2026 process will be designed to open up space for participation by all major stakeholders, including civil society organizations, private sector representatives, women’s groups, youth organizations and marginalized groups.

To ensure that the new NDP is evidence based and results driven there is a need to gain a baseline understanding of what is happening within the nine key sectors that will be the strategic core of the NDP. For each sector an analysis will be conducted that will provide key sector policy decision makers and stakeholders with the foundational information required to make forward looking planning decisions regarding their Sector and how it will progress over the next 5 years. Based on the baseline data drawn from the sector analysis, prioritization process which will set out the outcomes, targets, indicators and the priorities of the next five years for each sector will be proceeded to. Consequently, when sector analysis and the prioritization process come to close, amalgamating the sector based work and drafting NDP III will immediately follow.

  1. Purpose of the Assignment

To provide assistance to the NDP III Technical Team in the development of Sector components within the NDP III

  1. Outputs and Deliverables

The output for the role will be:

– National Development Plan III

  1. Scope of Work

The Consultant/Advisor will carry out but not necessarily be limited to, the following activities:

  1. a)Work closely with Sector Technical Teams to assist them in completing the sector situation analysis.
  2. b)Assist NDP III Technical Team as directed in the facilitation of workshops for the setting out of sector goals, objectives, outcomes, targets and priorities.
  3. c)Assist the Technical Team to deliver affective regional consultation process.
  4. d)Compiling analytical report while assisting the NDP III Technical Team as required in the drafting of NDP III chapters.
  5. e)Perform other functions as may be requested by the Ministry.
  6. Reporting

The consultant’s work will be guided by NDP III technical team and will report his/her progress directly to the Director General for the Ministry of Planning and National Development Somaliland.

  1. Impact Required

Besides the specific outputs and scope of work mentioned the following steps/actions are required to be

undertaken throughout the assignment. These are standard requirements for all assignments undertaken

through this contract:

A)Transfer of skills: One of the main responsibilities of the qualified Somaliland expatriate, and one which he

she will be measured against, will be to ensure continuous and systematic transfer of knowledge and skills as

related to the assignment. It will have to be agreed with the beneficiary institution which civil servants will have

to benefit from this knowledge.

  1. B) Work plan: A work plan will have to be developed with the Supervisor during the first week of assignment

which will provide clear and time bound activities to successfully implement the outputs of the assignment.

  1. C) Mid Term Review: there will be a mid-term review of the assignment between the incumbent and

the beneficiary institution to discuss progress of the assignment and feedback on performance.

  1. D) Interim and Final Reports: A progress report will be submitted by the incumbent to the

Thereafter a final report will be provided at the end of assignment.

  1. Qualifications and Competences of the Consultant/Advisor.

The consultant/Advisor will have overall responsibility for the assignment but will also be supported by Sector

Technical Teams. It is desirable for the Consultant to have the following disciplines and qualifications:

  • Proven experience in development of National Development Plans and mainstreaming
  • Experience in evidence-based development planning and policy in Somaliland and/or Africa
  • Knowledge of and experience working with/in the specific sector being
  • analyzed.
  • Knowledge of and experience in project management and using sector
  • wide approaches.
  • Experience in fiscal forward projections and planning.
  • Awareness of Aid Effectiveness Principles.
  • Strong critical analysis skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in formulation, planning and budgeting.
  • Strong proven critical qualitative and quantitative analytical skills.
  • Advanced computer skills would be an asset.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, age sensitivity and
  • adaptability.
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion, and loyalty.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Somali and English languages.
  1. Education.

Master’s degree or higher in Sustainable Development, Economics, or a closely related field.

  1. Experience.

At least 10 years of work experience in the field of international development, with a focus on social policy and development.

  1. Communication.

Fluency in English and Somali, both written and oral (Advanced level) speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors’ language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

How to apply

Equal Opportunities: We value diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees.

This position is open to Somali speaking candidates for both in-country and the Diaspora. Interested Candidates especially female candidates who meet all the requirements are highly encouraged.

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