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Position titleSenior Liaison Officer
Place of performanceMogadishu, Somalia
Apply by11/12/2019
Start date15/12/2019
Durationup to 7 months (@21.75days/month)
QualificationBachelor's degree in Political Science, History, Economics or any related field, or equivalent. Any further academic studies in the field of International Relations would be an asset..
Sector experienceMinimum of 10 years of demonstrable relevant Administration experience and/or minimum of 10 years of demonstrable relevant Humanitarian Aid experience.
Geographical experienceMinimum of 10 year of experience in Africa (essential).
LanguageFluency in English and Somali are essential.
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CTG OverviewCTG stands for Committed To Good. With an ethical approach at the heart of all that we do, it is a description that makes us proud. Respect for the fundamental human rights of our staff, and those our staff encounter, is a cornerstone of our values. We strive for gender equality, inclusion and diversity, providing fair and equal opportunities for all. We take a zero tolerance approach to corruption and stay true to local labour laws and all local statutory requirements.
In operation since 2006, today we are honoured to serve clients in 15 fragile and conflict-affected states assisting with disaster relief, peace building, humanitarian aid and development programmes through our specialised recruitment, HR management and operational services.
Overview of position
The project is notably responsible for:
  • Contributing to the effective implementation of the NDP / CAS through the provision of adhoc, targeted & complementary support. 
The project aims to:
  • To support the work on the inclusive politics agenda including security & justice, federalization, the constitutional architecture & democratization through elections.
  • Contribute to the articulation & implementation of the key political & development policy processes & the facilitation of effective relations of the federal & state govt's with the relevant aid coordination structures by liaising between the Somali authorities & principal international partners.
Role objectives
Results to be achieved by the non key expert:
  • Provision of sound advice to the Somali authorities & principal international partners the on political & security dynamics within Somalia & in relation with its neighbours to inform decision making.
  • Provision of sound advice & context background to inform programmatic action by operations sections.
  • Contribute to advocacy & advance aid strategic interests in Somalia with federal, state stakeholders, international & regional partners.
Overall tasks:
Under the direction of the Project Manager the non key expert will support the project in:
  • Ensuring regular, meaningful contact with the local authorities & concerned implementing partners at field level.
  • Ensuring continuous & appropriate flow of information regarding donor funded projects & programs, issues related to project implementation & relevant political, security & socioeconomic related developments.
  • Communicating routinely with the Project Manager to ensure follow up to issues arising from project monitoring & quality control.
  • Promoting & supporting coordination mechanisms among implementing partners, UN agencies & other organisations operating in the area of reference.
  • Reporting on the local policy framework & on aid priorities, strategy, approaches & guiding principles vis-à-vis cooperating partners.
  • Providing timely information, notably through, flash reports & monthly reports.
  • Providing logistical support & information to operations staff visiting Somalia.
  • Facilitating visibility of aid funded interventions & reporting on perception on the ground & progress when requested to do so for specific projects or programs.
Specific tasks
Under the direction of the Project Manager the non key expert will: 
  • Report to the principal international partners on deliberations held with the Somali authorities.
  • In consultation with the relevant aid coordination structures, inform Somali authorities on political priorities & approaches, in view of donor sensitivities & positions.
  • Monitor, analyse & report regularly on internal & regional political & security developments, including centre periphery relations & maintain broad network of contacts with Somali, regional & international interlocutors. This shall include processes related to the democratisation agenda, both at federal & decentralised level, the constitutional review process, state formation & federalism & the security agenda.
  • Provide advice & context background to operations sections in order to frame & inform the provision of aid assistance to Somalia & the design of programmatic action.
  • Regular interaction with interlocutors within the Somali political, security, civil society & private sector establishment, notably the Presidency, the Prime Minister Office as well as Council of Ministers, Parliamentary leadership, House Committees, State Leadership & with key partners within the International Community.
  • Facilitate the exchange between the various donors & Somali actors, through substantive contributions & guidance.
  • The consultant will be based in Nairobi & Mogadishu. Travelling outside of the bases will have to be justified & approved by the Project Manager.
  • The consultant will perform other tasks as requested by the Project Manager.
Project reporting
Reporting modalities:
  • The consultant will work in collaboration with the Project Manager, but under the guidance of the principal international partners.
Reporting requirements:
  • The consultant will be expected to produce regular political & policy updates whenever significant developments take place.
  • The scope of these updates will be adjusted to the context.
  • Significant political & policy developments should result in a thorough written analysis.
  • Such updates may be upon the initiative of the consultant, or in response to a request by the contracting authority. 
  • In addition, there must be a final report at the end of the period of implementation of the tasks.
  • The draft final report must be submitted at least one month before the end of the period of implementation of the tasks.
Key competenciesThe indicative profiles of the non-key expert for this contract are as follows:
- The consultant should have an in depth knowledge of political dynamics in Somalia & should be intimately familiar with the role of the international actors in this context & the aid architecture that underpins this engagement.
- The consultant should hold, at a minimum, a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, History, Economics or any related field, or equivalent. Any further academic studies in the field of International Relations would be an asset.
- S / He should have at least 10 years' experience in supporting transitional political & development processes in the Somali context. S / He must have demonstrated intimate knowledge of the donors’ tools & instruments in the development, political & security area. S / He should have worked for an international organisation or diplomatic mission for at least 5 years & must be able to work in a multicultural environment.
- The consultant should be a Somali speaker with excellent knowledge of written & spoken English. 
- The expert must have impeccable references. 
Team management
This role does not have any team management responsibility.
Further information
Facilities to be provided by the contracting authority & / or other parties:
  • The consultant will be responsible to foresee in his / her own accommodation & means of transport & security.
  • The duty of care rests with the consultant.
  • The consultant may avail of the facilities of the EU flight (under incidental expenditure), free of charge.
  • This does not however constitute an entitlement. 
Location:
  • Somalia. The consultant will be based in Nairobi & in Mogadishu.
  • The consultant will travel to other parts of Somalia, as appropriate & upon written authorization by the Project Manager.
Start date & period of implementation:
  • The intended start date is 15th December 2019 & the period of implementation of the contract will be until 14th July 2020.
  • His / Her timesheets will need to be duly approved by the Project Manager at the end of each working month.