Economic Research Advisor

Beneficiary Institution
Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development
Duty Stations
Mogadishu
Stream
Under MIDA salary scale
Duration
Until 31 December 2017
Post Date
19 Jun 2017
Deadline Date
03 Jul 2017

Summary

Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MOPIED) has completed developing a new National Development Plan (NDP), the first in a period of 30 years. The NDP has been formulated through an inclusive and transparent process while engaging sectoral ministries of the Federal Government and Federal Member States, civil society, parliament and academia as well as the international development partners. The plan sets out priorities for Somalia for the period 2017 - 2019 and embeds sustainable development goals, adapting them to the national context.

Background


The main objective of IOM MIDA Somalia is mobilizing human and financial resources, in order to contribute to the stabilization and development of Somalia through local and diaspora expertise. MIDA provides the necessary mechanisms to improve institutional performance and their capacity to respond to the needs of the Somali people while at the same time maintaining that the knowledge is left behind once the diaspora experts complete their assignment. The beneficiary institution will host the qualified Somali diaspora expert, and will be responsible to provide a safe and secure work environment. MIDA will monitor the expert while in assignment.

Expected Result

Under the overall guidance of Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
Conduct research on economic development issues in Somalia and prepare analytical reports on economic analysis as it relates to major issues of concern to Federal Government and Federal Member States;
Analyze trends, challenges and prospects at Federal and Member States for economic development through policy-oriented research on economic development;
Review and consider national and regional experiences of the process of economic development and identify specific actions that the Federal Government and Federal Member States may domesticate;
Conduct in-depth analysis of the capacities of national institutions with potential competitive advantages for economic development. This will imply data collection, identification and tracking of both government and non-government barriers, consultations with the private sector and other stakeholders;
Formulate proposals for strategies, policies and programs as well as effective measures aimed at harmonizing national regimes and legislations on economic development;
Perform analytical studies in relation to strengthening of the overall Institutional framework for economic development of the country;
Identify, analyze and prioritize the major components and status of natural resources endowments related to economic development in Somalia;
Identify, analyze and prioritize the key national resource management issues that are essential for economic growth and productivity;
Clearly identify, and analyze relevant policies, market and economic development options as they relate to sustainable management of natural resources;
Identify the key research gaps in the economic development and sustainable management of natural resources in Somalia;
Identify possible opportunities for the advancement of economic research and development in Somalia;
Identify capacity building needs of various stakeholder groups for economic development at Federal and Federal Member States;
Perform other analytical economic studies as required

Targets

Set of national indicators in line with National Development Plan and Conduct research on economic development issues in Somalia
Review and consider national and regional experiences of the process of economic development and identify specific actions that the Federal Government and Federal Member States may domesticate
Mainstreaming the research on economic development in the National Development Plan
Formulate proposals for strategies, policies and programs as well as effective measures aimed at harmonizing national regimes and legislations on economic development

Requirements

Besides the specific outputs mentioned, MIDA is requiring the following steps/actions to be undertaken throughout the assignment. These are standard requirements for all assignments undertaken through this project:
1.Transfer of skills: One of the main responsibilities of the qualified Somali 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.
2.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. This work plan will be shared with the MIDA focal person in the field. This work plan can be revised during the mid-term review to reflect new developments or changes in strategy.
3.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.
4.Interim and Final Reports: A progress report will be submitted by the incumbent to the Supervisor and to the MIDA focal person in the field. Thereafter a final report will be provided at the end of assignment.

Qualifications

Level of Education:
Bachelor`s Degree in Economics or related field
Minimum 5 or more years in policy planning
5 or more years government work;
Proven track record of using strategic research
Languages needed:Fluency in English and Somali is required
General Skills / Other Requirements:
Diverse field experience desirable
Previous experience working with Somali government in policy planning
Good knowledge of MS Word, Excel

Salary

To be determined by MIDA based on qualifications and level of the assignment.

Security

Health insurance, including evacuation due to medical emergency, will be provided by the project. However, experts will be requested to provide a recent medical certificate stating that they are physically well and apt to work in a hardship area in Africa.
Please note that neither IOM nor Swedish Government, according to the contract, will be responsible for the security of the qualified Somali expatriates. The host beneficiary institution will be responsible for the security of the individual.
Before leaving the country of residence and upon arrival in Nairobi or in Somalia, the qualified Somali expatriate will receive a pre-departure briefing including security advice and cultural background.

How to apply

All applications must apply online through the MIDA website.

To start the application process the applications are required to register on account with the QUESTS-MIDA website. Go to www.quests-mida.org login and register as a user, then fill the form and create a password to inter in the application section.

Short listed candidates will be informed of the status of their application. If you encounter any problems when applying visit the FAQs section on the website for more information.