Terms of Reference







Terms of Reference


Position Title:                     Education Sector Technical Consultant

Location:                             Hargeisa, Somaliland, based in Ministry of Education & Science

Duration:                            12 months

Start Date:                          4th September, 2018

Application Deadline:      10th September 2018



The UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralised Service Delivery (JPLG), Phase III is a 5-year programme implemented by ILO, UNCDF, UNDP, UN-HABITAT and UNICEF. The Programme is aligned with the National Development Plan II and supports the establishment and transformation of local governments through capacitated institutions, legal frameworks, policies and practices that are accountable, inclusive, and gender-equal that support the effective delivery of services which contribute to improving the well-being of men, women and children.

JPLG III will focus on creating an enabling environment for improved service delivery and greater stability, through improved legal, policy and system frameworks. It will also support enhanced local government capacities and promote more inclusive local governance, with greater attention given to women, youth and minority groups. Specific programme outcomes are as follows:


Outcome 1: Policy, legal and regulatory frameworks on local governance finalized.

Outcome 2: Local governments have the capacity to deliver equitable and sustainable services, promote economic development and peace.

Outcome 3: Local governments demonstrate improved engagement of citizens, with an emphasis on women and marginalized groups.


The first two phases of the programme set a good foundation for local governance and decentralized service delivery. It supported the commission of functional assignment sector studies in Health, WASH, & Education and contributed to the improvement of the capacity of district councils to plan local priorities and strengthen the implementation of new functions in support of local social service delivery. In phase II, an expert consultant was assigned to the Ministry of Education and Science (MoES) to support the process of piloting decentralised education service delivery through careful analysis of the existing system, budget flows, functional responsibilities and building capacity at central and local level for monitoring and oversight. In phase III, the focus will be on consolidating the gains made in the previous phase and advancing the implementation of the education sector decentralization strategy.



Scope of Work

The consultant will provide technical advice, supervisory and capacity building support to MoES and District Social Affairs Department staff for the implementation of local government-led service delivery in primary education, focusing on the functions devolved by the MoES to district councils as per the Education Sector Decentralization Strategy. The consultant will support MoES in rolling out decentralized education services in line with the strategy and in reference to the agreed plan of action, monitoring and oversight indicators and agreed performance standards. The assignment will entail frequent travel to districts and close coordination with other relevant ministries including the Ministry of Planning and National Development (MoPND), the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the Somaliland Civil Service Institute (CSI), as well as UNICEF and other UN JPLG Partners.


Key areas of responsibility:

  • Provide technical assistance on the roll-out of the education sector decentralization strategy, in line with the decentralization policy and roadmap, the national education sector strategic plan and the district development frameworks.
  • Provide technical assistance in the design, implementation and monitoring of decentralized education service delivery in line with the education sector decentralization strategy and in close collaboration and coordination with MoES, targeted local governments, UNICEF and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide technical assistance to MoES teams on the implementation, monitoring and oversight of decentralized education service delivery, as per the MoUs signed between the ministry and the target districts, ensuring that activities across and within levels of government are coordinated, complementary and not overlapping.
  • Provide capacity development and mentoring support to the staff of local governments Social Affairs Departments on required skills and competencies for delivery of basic primary education services and coordination with regional and national stakeholders, under the framework of their devolved functions.
  • Contribute and participate in relevant primary education coordination meetings and workshops at national and district levels, ensuring strong advocacy for education sector decentralization.
  • Ensure close collaboration with the Champion Secretariat office and UNICEF/JPLG team in information sharing, meetings such as inter-ministerial Committee (IMC), Director Generals Technical Working Group (DG/TWG), JPLG review meetings, etc.
  • Support MoES and the targeted district authorities in the negotiation, preparation and review of the technical proposals, budgets and reports on decentralized health service delivery.
  • Undertake periodic monitoring and technical trips to the targeted districts to ensure proper implementation of decentralized education service delivery activities.
  • Participate and contribute to key coordination, planning and review meetings within MoES and with JPLG stakeholders and agencies to update and share progress and ensure programme linkages with key programmes in the ministry, JPLG and within UNICEF. Share timely briefs and minutes of the meeting with respective teams.
  • Produce and share monthly and quarterly reports with relevant partners (MoES, MoI, UNICEF/JPLG) on key achievements, challenges and recommendations, including progress in the implementation of the education sector decentralization strategy.
  • Perform other tasks, as assigned by the DG of MoES and/or UNICEF-JPLG.




Expected Deliverables and Time frame

Tasks/Outputs Finalised by
1.       Monthly narrative reports including technical monitoring missions undertaken, on the job trainings and mentoring activities undertaken and/or completed, obstacles met/challenges, corrective measures undertaken, recommendations of further measures required and lessons learned. Monthly
2.       Quarterly report on progress in implementing the Education Sector Decentralization Strategy By end of each quarter
3.       Final report on overall progress, achievements and results of the consultancy.  The report should outline the results, bottlenecks and achievements and should provide clear and specific recommendations for future programming. End of year




Desired background and experience

  • Degree or Post graduate in Education or social sciences (Education planning, financing or management, public administration, economics, public policy)
  • At least five years progressively responsible work experience in the planning and management of social development programmes preferably in Education.
  • Skills in communication, networking, advocacy and negotiation.
  • Ability to organize and implement training, including development of curricula and methodologies.
  • Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
  • Fluency of written and spoken English and Somali.
  • Computer skills and various office applications.


Duration of Assignment

  • Assignment will be carried out over a 12-months period, with possible extension subject to performance.



  • The consultant will report to the Director General of the Ministry of Education and Science on a bi-weekly basis. The consultant will receive technical supervisory backstopping and support from UNICEF and MoES. Deliverables will be sent to both MoES and UNICEF.


Application Instructions:

  • Interested and qualified candidates are requested to send their applications (CV, Motivational letter and copy of credentials) to arashiddahir75@gmail.com and copy to amidle@unicef.org. Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Female qualified applicants are especially encouraged to apply.





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