Republic of Somaliland
Ministry of Planning and National Development

Government of Somaliland

Somali Core Economic Institutions and Opportunities Program (P152241)

Terms of Reference (ToR) for Project Implementation Unit Coordinator


A Project Implementation Unit (PIU) Coordinator is required to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSl) in the implementation of a World Bank-funded Program (the Somali Core Economic Institutions and Opportunities Program – SCORE).  The project development objective of SCORE is to improve the enabling environment for private and financial sector development and catalyze private investment and job creation.  The project is targeting effectiveness by March 2016.  In support of activities under SCORE, GoSl seeks to hire a coordinator to lead the Somaliland PIU.


Project Overview

GoSl has secured a grant from the World Bank (WB) administered by the Multi-Partner Fund (MPF) that will be applied towards implementation of SCORE over a three year period. The SCORE Program consists of three components.


Component 1 will help strengthen the economic institutions in three critical areas of the economy: (i) central banking, to allow for the emergence of a formal financial sector, which would improve access to finance; (ii) the Ministry of Commerce, to support the introduction of a basic and more modern legal and regulatory framework that would reduce transaction costs for entrepreneurs; and (iii) local port and customs authorities, to leverage private capital, networks and expertise to improve performance of the port sector (note Port sector activities are limited to Southern Somalia and Puntland under SCORE as Berbera Port activities are currently being carried out under a separate World Bank-funded initiative).


Component 2 would help expand economic opportunities in Somaliland through two support mechanisms: one linked to skills formation and private sector capacity building (SME Service Facility); and another one linked to direct financial incentives aimed at crowding in private investment in innovative and labor-intensive activities (Catalytic Fund). The Catalytic Fund will be open to all commercially-oriented sectors.  Special calls for proposal may be made for sectors considered to have important “public good” benefits or be of high priority to governments’ economic policy agendas. These may include considerations for priority sectors (e.g. gums and resins), gender (e.g. women ownerships), and youth ownership (to address youth unemployment). In addition, applications will be focused on improving products or processes, and/or developing new products or markets.

 Component 3 provides support for project management/implementation, including staffing of the PIU.

 Project beneficiaries

The primary beneficiaries of SCORE include the Bank of Somaliland, Ministries of Commerce and Industry, Ports Authorities, private entrepreneurs and their employees who will avail grants and access business development services under the SCORE program. These direct program beneficiaries may also collaborate and work with a number of other government ministries and agencies, as well as other private enterprises, which by extension become indirect beneficiaries. As indirect beneficiaries, Somali households are expected to benefit from increased private investments, entrepreneurial activity that supports job creation, and access to regulated and supervised financial services. Business associations and licensed financial institutions will also be indirect beneficiaries due to spillover effects resulting from improvements in public policy and the business environment.


Implementation arrangements

Component 1 will be implemented by GoSl with a PIU embedded within the Ministry of Planning and Development in Hargeisa. The PIU will be supported by the WB Task Team, which will include a Project Coordinator in Hargeisa and technical consultants based internationally (Washington, D.C. and Nairobi).


The PIU will consist of a PIU Coordinator and include capacity and expertise for procurement, financial management, M&E and technical expertise, as needed.  The PIU will have representation from other designated participating ministries in the form of ‘focal points’ situated in those ministries. These focal points will be existing full-time staff members of the government and/or civil service in order to enhance government ownership and build sustainable in-house capacity beyond the life of the project. The focal points will be designated by the government. The staffing of the PIU will depend on the content of the procurement and work plans.


 Under the strategic leadership as the Head of Unit, the specific duties of the PIU coordinator will include:


  • Prepare and follow through a phased programme of action to ensure coordination of efforts in implementing the SCORE program for the government;
  • Develop and strengthen collaboration with government focal points, the project steering committee (PSC), development partners and other stakeholders to facilitate their understanding and support to the SCORE program;
  • Provide advice and support in the establishment and staffing of the PIU;
  • Supervise work of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs);
  • As required, embark on change management and communication campaigns;
  • Lead and coordinate the preparation of the Project Implementation Manual (PIM), ensuring that project implementation are in compliance with the stipulations of the PIM;
  • Initiate and coordinate the preparation of annual work plans of the various implementing agencies based on a standardized format;
  • Coordinate the preparation, monitoring and reporting on the execution of the overall procurement plan of the project for the procurement of goods, consulting and non-consulting services consistent with procurement guidelines of the funding Development Partners and the specific provisions of the Grant Agreement;
  • Ensure the provision of logistical and other support to local and international consultants engaged under the project;
  • Conduct, commission, and/or coordinate monitoring and evaluation activities of the project;
  • Prepare periodic Project Status Report (PSR) for review by the World Bank Task Team and PSC;
  • Provide secretarial services to the PSC;
  • Prepare Government section of the Implementation Completion Report (ICR) at the end of the project; and
  • Carry out other functions related to the project that will, from time to time, be agreed upon between the GoSl and the World Bank Task Team.


 Duration of Assignment: The PIU Coordinator shall be contracted for an initial one year period, with possibility for extension for additional year(s) based on performance and requirement.

 Reporting:      The PIU Coordinator will report to the Minister of Planning and Development. In addition, he/she will perform under the overall guidance of the World Bank Task Team Leader(s) for the SCORE Program.

 Work plans:    The assignment will be managed through a work plan process allied to the quarterly program work plan. The consultant will need to be available for quarterly project reviews either in country or in Nairobi.

 Deliverables include:

  • Project Implementation Manual
  • Approved Annual Work Plan (AWP)
  • Quarterly Progress Reports
  • Background papers for Project Steering Committee meetings and minutes of meetings
  • Interim Financial Reports (IFR)
  • Annual Financial Statements and audit report


Language: Reports and other documents shall be submitted in English.

Location of the assignment: The duty station is Hargeisa, Somaliland. The PIU Coordinator will be based in the PIU within the Ministry of Planning and Development.


Facilities to be provided: The PIU will provide the PIU Coordinator with office facilities, essential utilities, office services, stationery and office supplies and use of a computer, printer, scanner and photocopying machine.


 The candidates should have at least:

  • Experience with the implementation World Bank grant operations and applied knowledge of World Bank fragile states and trust fund policies and procedures
  • Track record of successful coordination with government and private sector stakeholders
  • Applied knowledge of Donor (particularly Multi-lateral\UN) Policies and Practices in fragile state setting
  • Complete fluency and writing skills in Somali and English
  • Minimum bachelors level degree in social science and technical work completed in key areas of PSD activity (particularly investment climate, public-private dialogue)
  • Minimum of eight years of fragile state operational experience, particularly in the Somali peninsula
  • Readiness to work and travel in areas of insecurity, in accordance with UN security directives;
  • Readiness to work in multi-cultural environment and respond work to tight deadlines on a continual basis
  • Ability to work with people from different social and educational backgrounds
  • Candidate who possess a relevant postgraduate qualification with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in Somaliland context with strong technical leadership in private sector or financial sector environment
  • Reputable person with good characteristics, knowledge, skills and proven capability in Ministry, Department and Agency planning, development and government policy formulation
  • Someone with knowledge of Somaliland generally and the sensitivity to the underlying social, economic and cultural context in particular
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a multi-disciplinary project management team, build effective working relations with colleagues and clients, and capable of working under pressure, with good experience in leadership and strategic management of project team at national level
  • Proven experience in Project Management, coordinating, cooperating and negotiating with high level Government officials, donor partners and multitude of local stakeholders
  • A charismatic change agent - with extensive experience in context specific - practical techniques for change management.

 Please Contact on or before January 15th 2016 to Ubah Mohamed at Tel: 00252-63-442-4880

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Department of coordination

Ministry of Planning and Development