Country: Federal Government of Somalia (FGS)

Name of the Project: Somalia Capacity Advancement, Livelihood and Entrepreneurship, through Digital Uplift Project (SCALED-UP),

Assignment Title: Chief Executive Officer

Project ID: P168115

Publication Date: May 06,2019,

Deadline Date: May 20,2019

Ref No. MoF/SCALED-UP/EOI/2019/0001

1. Background: The Ministry of Finance (MoF), on behalf of the Government has recently incorporated an apex development finance institution called Gargaara. It will be operating on commercial terms and conditions, including market-based pricing and take care to ensure not to crowd out private commercial institutions. This institution will work closely with Somali financial intermediaries and international development financial institutions (DFIs) to expand commercial access to finance for businesses and individuals with a view to improve lives and livelihoods of ordinary Somalis.

Gargaara is set up to leverage private capital, when its ready and forthcoming, to encourage entrepreneurship and support generation of jobs through high-growth MSMEs and access to finance. This new apex institution is structured on private sector principles and will benefit from a range of innovative approaches and blending tools to attain a far greater leverage of the US$15 million initial public funds being injected through the Somalia Capacity Advancement, Livelihood and Entrepreneurship, through Digital Uplift Project (SCALED-UP), a US$31 million four-year World Bank project that aims to support progress towards increased access to basic digital financial and government services targeting entrepreneurship and employment, particularly for women. Further down the line, Gargaara will be opened to sequential private sector investment and shareholding through follow-on fund-raising, from international sources including DFIs thereby sustaining the most dynamic MSMEs and provision of jobs, in a capital-constrained environment.

The MoF intends to use part of the proceeds from SCALED-UP to hire and Individual Consultant (Chief Executive Officer) and operationalize Gargaara as an apex institution to deliver financing to participating financial intermediaries (PFIs) for on-lending to Somali businesses and individuals. The objective is to kick-start financial intermediation for underfunded MSMEs representing the core of the Somali economy including women.

2. Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be tasked with providing strategic leadership to the apex institution and positioning it for rapid growth. The primary responsibility of will included: i) driving business growth and enhancing shareholder value through achievement of targeted Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to be approved by the Board of Directors, including mobilization of growth capital in form of debt and equity from existing and new investors using innovative financing approaches and blending tools; ii) enhancing brand awareness of ‘Gargaara’ through building a strong marketing and branding proposition; iii) ensuring compliance implementation of high standards of risk management, and strong internal controls and procedures; iv) leveraging technology to drive operational rigor and efficiency and all other specific tasks detailed in the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment that can be found at the following website: and link or can be provided upon submission of application in person or by e-mail. The e-mail address is provided below.

3. Duration: The proposed duration for the assignment is twelve (12) calendar months from starts date.

4. Selection Criteria: The selection shall be based on qualification, experience and skills of the candidate and followed by an interview. The qualifications, experience and competencies include:

I. University Degree in Banking, Finance, Economics, Business Administration, or similar with at least 10-12 years of experience in a relevant position or business sector.

II. Alternatively, an advanced degree with at least 8-6 years of experience in a relevant position or business sector.

III. Entrepreneurial spirit with management experience in financial services, investments, or relevant business sector.

IV. Proven leadership and good people skills.

V. Ability to work effectively in environment of ethnic, gender and religious sensitivity

VI. Familiarity with economy and political context like Somalia will be an advantage.

VII. Excellent written and verbal skills in English. Somali language skills will be an advantage.

5. The Ministry of Ministry of Finance now invites eligible consulting (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the above-mentioned Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services and furnish the Curriculum Vitae (CV).

6. Attention of interested Consultants is drawn to section III, para 3.14,3.16 & 3.17 of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers: Procurement in Investment Projects Financing Goods, Works, Non -Consulting and Consulting Services, July 2016, revised November 2017 and August 2018 (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

7. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultant method set out in the World Bank Procurement Regulations.

8. Interested Consultant may obtain further information (in person or by e-mail) at the address below during office hours from 8.00 a.m.– 4.00 p.m. Saturday to Thursday except on public holidays.

9. Deadline for submission: Expressions of interest should be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) by May 20, 2019 at 4.00 p.m. local Time.

Attention; the Procurement Specialist


Ministry of Finance

Federal Government of Somalia

Shangani District

Mogadishu, Somalia

Email Address:


Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at:

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