IOM the Netherlands has started the second phase of its Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D) programme. Through the transfer of knowledge and expertise, CD4D2 engages diaspora to support the development of their countries of origin.


The overall objective of CD4D2 is to promote the active role of diaspora in selected sectors in four focus countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria and Somalia.

In each country priority sectors and institutions have been identified, in close coordination with responsible ministries and the Netherlands embassies. Assignments are for a short periods of up to 3 months and the project offers an allowance to cover costs.

Background Information about Host Institution

The Ministry of Interior and Local Government is one of key Ministries of Somaliland and entrusted with playing an important role in improving the quality and standards of life of urban and rural communities in Somaliland. Responsibilities include;

  • Country security;
  • Good governance and decentralization reforms;
  • National security supervision of Local governments;
  • Conduct of elections;
  • Public Administration; and
  • Immigration matters.

The Ministry is authorized to deal with all issues that concern immigration, asylum seekers and refugees and to take corrective actions to deal with emergency issues that can threaten the lives of Somaliland people and their security, such as armed conflicts. The Somaliland Ministry of Interior and Local Government has a major role in achieving tangible outcomes in politics, security & administration development at regional, district and communal levels.

In addition, it is the government institution mandated to take the lead for coordinating and ensuring equitable and fair access to external aid aimed at improving the livelihood of the Somaliland people. It also has regulatory and oversight roles as well as giving guidance and technical advice to local and international partners/counterparts.


Organizational unit/Department

  • Office of the Minister
  • Office of the DG
  • Head of the Department of planning

Duration of assignment: 3 months

Objectives of Assignment

Somaliland is one of very few countries that does not have any building regulations or Building Code. The Ministry of Interior and Local Governments realizes having a Building Code is necessary as it provides minimum standards for the protection of life, property, environment, the safety and welfare of the general public and the occupants. It is important aspect that is missing from current city laws, and it is a process that one must go through when building safe and durable infrastructure. Therefore, there should be codes to regulate the design and construction of structures which can then be adopted into law for the whole country. Architects, engineers and designers must be guided by these codes and the owner must obtain planning permission or a building permit from the Local Government. Therefore we need a Building Code Expert with an architectural background to come up with the first edition of  the Somaliland Building Code.


  • Minimum standards of the Building Code and to ensure alignment with all known functional, technical and operational aspects of the Building Code requirements.
  • To secure the host institution’s approval and acceptance of the Building Code course applicants (engineers).
  • To plan and govern the standards of the Building Code by using strategic fast tracking.
  • To specify how course applicants can review infrastructural designs and ensure they meet the Building Code requirements.
  • Monitor and update the latest International Building Code contents as the project unfolds to ensure ongoing continuity.
  • Endorsement of the seminars, meetings, conferences, and the teachings organized within the framework of the research areas of the Building Code Planning Committee.
  • To prepare and manage the Building Code research budgets.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Facilitate course applicants to undergo relevant training and participate in workshops and seminars
  • Provide timely and sufficient advice to course applicants to write and practice their positions of Building Officials, Drawing Examiners, Building Inspectors etc. and offer constructive criticism.
  • Organizing and carrying out educational and methodical work related to the discipline
  • Planning research work, practices and teaching for some of the Committee for the course applicants.
  • Preparing the development of manuals, laboratory work, workshops and seminars
  • Writing research proposals, papers and other publications about the process of the Somaliland Building Code.
  • Advising on the selection of materials used for the engineers and other aspects of procurement.
  • Producing, analyzing and advising on detailed specifications for suitable materials or processes to be used, and chairing Committee meetings, writing reports and giving presentations.


The resource person is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Presenting the extent of the problem as well as the political, social and environmental of it and pinpointing responsibility
  • Sharing the results of policies and plans
  • Recognizing and accounting for limitations to findings
  • Identifying criteria for proposing and selecting solutions.
  • Leadership skills and a willingness to take on responsibility.
  • Good communication skills, as interaction with other professionals and authorities occurs frequently.
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • A logical and practical approach to problem solving.
  • An eye for detail and design, with the ability to visualize objects in three dimensions (3D).
  • Planning and organization skills.

Education and Experience

Architectural work experience between 10 to 15 years is desired.

Language requirements



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