With the remarkable progress made during the 9th Parliament, the Somali Government is very keen to deepen democracy and ensure political inclusiveness. Promoting inclusive politics is critical as it will contribute decisively to peace-building, state-building and sustainable development in Somalia. Somalia’s commitment to this is best illustrated by the endorsement of the National Development Plan with Government leading the participation in the London Conference and offering continuous support to programmes and projects.
UN integrated teams have developed various programmes supporting the transition to inclusive democracy in Somalia. These programmes have, notably since September 2012, been redefined to focus their contribution on inclusive politics in Somalia and have already delivered significant results. This is also true of the UNDP which continues through its various programmes to contribute both directly and indirectly towards the delivery and promotion of inclusive politics in the Federal Republic of Somalia. The primary focus is on building an inclusive political system that is met by responsive institutions providing an environment in which social cohesion can flourish and, in turn, influence democratic institutions.
The UN integrated programmatic approach addresses issues of political inclusion from several different yet complimentary angles. The foundations for inclusive politics are already embedded in the Somali Provisional Constitution, and this will be further strengthened in the review that is currently underway by means of a consultative, participatory and inclusive process which is supported by the UNDP/UNSOM constitutional review programme. The constitution promotes a ‘social contract’ that includes the various mechanisms that allow for the peaceful coexistence of various groups. It does this by establishing federalism, power-sharing mechanisms, and local governance. There is also a guarantee of equal access to power and peaceful and respectful political debate. In short, the Somali State, and its powers, will be the product of the agreement between its citizens. The participation of the Somali people is primarily expressed through the electoral framework and system, as also supported by UNDP/UNSOM in the run-up to the first direct, universal and multi-party elections since 1969, foreseen for 2020/1. By the same token, the Constitution will set the parameters for the architecture of power- and resources sharing. National law-making and operationalizing of the constitution requires a strong and fairly-elected Parliament, both National Federal Parliament and in all State Assemblies. UNDP’s parliamentary support programme not only addresses the technical capacities of these Parliaments but also their capacities to effectively represent the Somali people, to engage and communicate with all constituents, interest groups and the non-governmental sector in pursuit of reconciliation, peace and stability for the country. UNDP’s programmes also directly support the process of federalization and decentralization that will, over time, calibrate the national equilibrium between the federal, state and local Governments. Considering Somalia’s fragmented nature and fragile foundations, issues of political and civil reconciliation will determine for a large part the success in its quest for political inclusion.
Parliamentary Support Project- PSP II
Somalia is undergoing a historic process of change, moving towards peace from decades of violent conflict, which ravaged the country and resulted in widespread suffering of its people. The Provisional Constitution of the Somali Republic was agreed and endorsed on 1 August 2012. The 9th Parliament successfully completed its term of office and remained a stabilizing force. The 10th Parliament has been elected including the Upper House. The newly established Upper House will need support to develop its Rules of Procedure and to train its members to effectively provide support to the emerging Federal Member States.
The National Federal Parliament and its members have throughout the 9th parliament played a critical role in Somalia. If supported to effectively fill its place in the new political infrastructure of Somalia, the legislature will continue to operate as a venue for the debate and discussion of issues of national importance. Potential sources of conflict can be aired, debated and addressed publicly and in a bi-/multi-partisan manner. In order to achieve these objectives, both Members of Parliament and the Parliamentary Secretariat require urgent support. Apart of the National Federal Parliament (NFP) functioning parliaments exist in Garowe/Puntland and in Hargeisa/Somaliland and new assemblies are currently formed in the emerging states.
In support of the new Federal Government and the people of Somalia, UNDP Somalia is implementing a Parliamentary Support Project in Somalia. Notably, the Projects have been designed to support the National Federal Parliament, as well as the existing Somaliland and Puntland Parliaments as well as other National and Sub-national Authorities including Interim Regional Authorities to participate in the constitutional review process.
Constitutional Review Support Project (CRSP II)
Under the Provisional Constitution, the NFP has also been tasked with leading the process of constitutional review and implementation, which is required to finalize a national Federal Constitution and set in place a framework for national elections. Support is required to help finalize the constitution and to implement it as a framework for the new constitutional dispensation.
The 9th parliament produced a technical review of the constitution which provides a firm basis on which the 10th Parliament is able to complete the process of review. The newly appointment Minister of Constitutional Affairs also has extensive experience in the making of the current constitution. In addition, the Speaker of the Upper House was also re-elected. This provides for a firm basis of institutional memory that will assist in making the project even more successful.
A Master Plan has been developed along with a Planning Schedule which will now be transformed into a Project Document consolidating the partnership between the UNDP and the Minister of Constitutional Affairs. The Project Document will be concluded and signed before the end of June 2017. There is now firm political ownership of the process. In addition, the new Minister has already embarked upon an extensive process to secure the support of all key role players and stakeholders including civil society and regional administrations for the continued process of constitution making.
To provide overall administrative and financial support and ensure effective administrative and financial management of the projects under Inclusive Politics Portfolio which includes 1. Support to Constitution Review Process, 2. Parliamentary Support Project 3. Support to Universal Elections and 4. Women’s Political Participation, the Admin. & Finance Officer will be under the overall supervision of the Operations Specialist of Inclusive Politics Portfolio. He/she will work in close collaboration with the Portfolio Manager, UNDP operations teams, programme and Inclusive Politics projects staff, Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society, contributing to successful project implementation. The incumbent will promote a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.
The Programme will rely on coordination with and between different national counterparts, while supporting the Compact principle that development efforts are "Somali-owned, Somali-led". It will also maintain interactive partnerships with UN MPTF donors and other partner to make better use of the limited available resources.
Summary of Key Functions:
Ensures implementation of operational and administrative strategies, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Ensures effective administrative and logistical support, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Ensures efficient financial resources management of projects finances, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Support to implementation of resources mobilized for the project and achievement of the following result:
Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing focusing on achievement of the following results:
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall performance of the Projects and success in implementation of project and programme strategies. Accurate analysis, appropriate and efficient management of tasks, as well as sensitivity to a diverse cultural environment will impact on the results.
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Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management:
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Leadership and Self-Management:
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Contract Duration: One Year (With possibility of extension)
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