Governance Specialist; Parliamentry Expert for Parliament Support Project Mid-Term Evaluation/Strategic Project Prioritizationt

Location : Mogadishu/Home Based, SOMALIA
Application Deadline :10-Jun-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
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(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :(2) Two Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :(2) Two Months


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. On 20 August 2012, the Transitional Road Map ended and 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. On 20 August 2012, the Transitional Road Map ended, and a new chapter in the history of the country began. The Provisional Constitution of the Somali Republic was agreed and endorsed on 1 August 2012. The provisional constitution establishes two Houses of the legislature - a House of the People (or lower house) and a House of the Regional States (or upper house). The 275 Members of the House of the People were selected by Somalia’s traditional elders, and then approved by a Technical Selection Committee which was responsible for vetting candidates. This process was undertaken during August and September 2012 and resulted in a parliament widely recognized as representative and credible. In the absence of the Upper House, the Provisional Constitution mandates the House of Peoples to constitute the National Federal Parliament by itself.

The Federal Government of Somalia, UN and Donor Community Launched New Joint Programmes through the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF), within the framework of the Somali New Deal Compact. These joint programmes directly support the Peace-building and State-building Goals of the Somali Compact, and the key deliverables of the Government’s Vision 2016, with a specific focus on achieving results in the state formation process, constitutional review, electoral support, rule of law, youth employment, and institutional capacity development. The initiatives will in particular build a stronger civil service at Federal and State levels, support more effective delivery of justice services, and provide thousands of jobs for Somali youth. They will also support key deliverables in the Government’s Vision 2016, including the formation of new federal member states in the South and Central regions of Somalia, undertaking the review of the constitution, and building capacity of the country to deliver democratic electoral political processes. The launch of these programmes within the framework of the SDRF reflects the strong commitment of the international community and the Government of Somalia to work as one in order to improve the lives of Somali women, men and children, thus strengthen the government institutions and cooperation between Somalia and international partners.

Somaliland has a bi-cameral parliament composed of a lower house (the Golaha wakiilada) consisting of 82 elected members and an upper house (Golaha Guurtida) which consists of 82 clan chiefs. The Guurti is established to promote peace and security, to maintain customary law and to ensure Islam as the religion in Somaliland. The guurti has the power to revise all laws from the Gulaha Wakiilada.

Puntland’s Parliament was established in 1998 and was initially comprised of Members appointed by clan leaders. The Puntland Parliament consists of 66 legislators in the current Parliament who represent clans residing in PL. The election of the President and Vice President is then carried out by MPs, all of whom served a term of four years. Since its formation, Puntland has had three Parliaments and three Presidents. The current Parliament was selected in January 2014.

In 2015/6 new parliaments were formed at state level for Jubaland, Galmudug and South-West state. The project from the very beginning engaged with these parliaments and provided technical assistance and material support from the initial phase. Depending on the progress of state formation additional parliaments may emerge in the months ahead.

The UNDP Parliamentary Support Project provides technical and material assistance to National Federal Parliament, the parliaments in Puntland and Somaliland as well as the newly emerging parliaments in order to effectively discharge their functions in relation to law-making, oversight and representation. This support helps creating the foundations for longer-term development, both in terms of building up the parliaments of Somalia as representative, capable and trusted state institutions, as well as working directly with MPs to strengthen their capacities to contribute to nation-building efforts.

This Project has five offices namely UNCC and MIA in Mogadishu; Hargeisa, Somaliland; Garowe, Puntland; and Nairobi, Kenya.

The existing Parliamentary Support Project is intended for the period of March 2013-December 2016. The project has not been evaluated so far and it will come to an end by December 2016. UNDP Somalia would like to conduct a mid-term evaluation of the project engaging three experts to work as an independent evaluation team for this assignment.

The objective of the evaluation is to assess the impact of the project so far (results, achievements, constraints), to provide information on the effectiveness, relevance and value added of the support provided to parliaments in Somalia and Somaliland by UNDP since 2013, and to receive recommendations for the design of a follow up project for the period 2017-2020.

The following are the outcome and outputs of the UNDP Parliamentary Support Project:

  • OUTCOME 1: NFP and Parliaments of Somaliland and Puntland capacitated to operate as inclusive, transparent and effective law-making, oversight and representative bodies contributing to national peacebuilding and nation-building goals;
  • OUTPUT 1 (Strategic Plan Objectives): NFP and Parliaments of Somaliland and Puntland supported to enact quality legislation and to maintain effective oversight over the other branches of government according to the interests of all people and in support of peace-building and nation building;
  • OUTPUT 2 (Strategic Plan Objectives): NFP and Parliaments of Somaliland and Puntland established as an effective institution, with a functioning administration and infrastructure and leadership supported to discharge their constitutional mandates to fairly, inclusively and transparently manage the business of Parliament and lead the Parliamentary Administration;
  • OUTPUT 3 (Strategic Plan Objectives): MP’s throughout the country are empowered to represent and remain accountable to the people and to provide leadership in a way that promotes national unity for Somalis, including young people and women, participative & representative democracy and more effective contribution to political decision-making.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of Assignment:

UNDP will conduct a mid-term evaluation exercise in collaboration with the key stakeholders (NFP, SL & PL and donors). This evaluation shall be conducted by three experts to work as an independent evaluation team for this assignment.

The evaluation / strategic project prioritization will look at the Parliament Support Project with regard to its support to the National Federal Parliament, Somaliland and Puntland Parliaments, as well as newly formed regional assemblies and – if needed - will make separate recommendations based on each parliament.

Purpose and Use of the evaluation / strategic project prioritization is:

  • Mid-term evaluation: To provide information on the impact, effectiveness, relevance and value added of the support provided to parliaments in Somalia and Somaliland by UNDP since 2013; and provide recommendations for corrective actions to implement prior to the end of the project;
  • Strategic prioritization / Project Outline: Based on the findings of the evaluation provide information related to strategic prioritisation and project outline for a follow up project for the period 2017-2020, including support to established parliaments, the Upper Houses, and newly formed parliaments, as well as the overall funding strategy.

Functions/Scope of work:

The evaluation team shall consist of three international consultants a Team Leader (M&E Specialist), a Governance Specialist and a Value for Money Specialist. This ToR is for the recruitment of the Governance Specialist / Parliamentary Expert who will work under the supervision of the Team Leader and contribute to the overall co-ordination of the evaluation and for the overall quality and timely submission of the evaluation report to the UNDP Parliament Support Project.

Mid-term evaluation

  • The mid-term evaluation shall provide information re the following issues:
  • Establish a before-and-after-assessment (status February 2013 versus May 2016) of the parliaments which receive technical assistance;
  • Assess whether the programme activities are based on a well-founded and relevant theory of change / logical framework? What is the project’s theory of change? How has the (implicit or explicit) theory of change been implemented? Assess the theory of change / logical framework underlying the project;     
  • Evaluate what methods have been used to achieve the outputs and whether the activities implemented contributed to reaching the overarching outcomes for the programme;
  • Assess to which degree the project has achieved the outputs as well as the likely sustainability of project results. How have the parliaments progressed with regard to their three core functions (oversight, legislation and representation) using internationally recognised indicators in this field to assess this;
  • Identify and assess the UNDP’s programme contribution in terms of quality of legislation, exercise of oversight, legitimacy, representativeness, budget discipline, transparency, resolution of disputes; women representativeness;
  • Analyse and assess which support / technical assistance has worked / or not worked and why;
  • Evaluate the applied partnership principles witch national counterparts, donors and other implementers. Assess coordination of technical assistance with other actors providing support to parliaments;
  • Assess programme implementations issues including project governance mechanism, communication with donors, quality of reporting, efficiency of project team work and size of project team;
  • Assess the impact of the project vis-à-vis women and youth.


  • Good knowledge of UNDP’s mandate and the political, cultural and economic contexts of the region;
  • Working experience in conflict or post-conflict countries required for the conduct of the exercise itself, and for understanding the particular context of the evaluation;
  • Proven work experience in use of participatory evaluation methods for identifying measurable target indicators;
  • Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in the combination of selective fields of the following: legislative, oversight, representation etc.;
  • Experience in and knowledge of the UN (preferably UNDP) systems and approaches;
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the major economic and social development issues and problems in Somalia;
  • Promotes the principles outlined in the UNEG ‘Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation. Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards (human rights, peace, understanding between peoples and nations, tolerance, integrity, respect, results orientation (UNDP core ethics) impartiality;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Experience in the project cycle and knowledge of the activities of multilateral development donors will be an added advantage;

Required Skills and Experience

Master’s degree in governance, political science or law, legislative studies, related fields, such as conflict studies, peace building, human rights, policing etc.;

Minimum 10 years of technical expertise, including working experience in developing countries, in the field of governance including both local and international, public administration, conflict management;

Experience in conducting evaluations at programme and/or outcome levels in related fields with international organizations or UNDP projects; previous experience in undertaking evaluations of UNDP parliament projects will be an added advantage;

Experience in implementing a range of qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques and methods in programme evaluations.


  • Excellent knowledge of English.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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