About Civil Service Strengthening Project (CSSP)

About Civil Service Strengthening Project (CSSP)

Somaliland’s unique development trajectory has evolved out of a process of more than twenty years of grassroots peace-building and state-building, forged in relative isolation from other development contexts characterizing the region. Over time, a complex and resilient institutional structure has taken shape in which modern institutions, traditional and religious authorities, the private sector and civil society work together in order to effectively ensure peace, stability, freedom against piracy and terrorism, economic growth, the delivery of basic services, the protection of livelihoods and social development. Civil service reform remains a priority of the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) and has been identified as a key priority in the Somaliland Special Arrangement (SSA). The Somaliland Special Arrangement, a separate and distinct part of the Somali Compact, lays out a way forward for institutionalizing ongoing Somaliland processes and initiatives within an overarching and equal partnership between the Somaliland government, its people, and the international community. The third priority under Peacebuilding and State-building Goal (PSG) 5: Revenue and Services are to create a merit-based and equitably-distributed civil service that delivers high-quality basic services and security for all Somaliland citizens. To deliver on this priority, the Government of Somaliland (GoSL), together with the World Bank and its other development partners, endorsed the Somaliland Civil Service Strengthening Project (CSSP) as the vehicle to support human resource and institutional capacity improvement in targeted government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).


Project Objective

Strengthening basic functions for payroll, human resources, and policy management in selected central agencies and line ministries. CSC is the main implementing agency of the project and will collaborate with key central agencies to implement different components of the project.


1. Project Objective

Project objective is strengthening basic function for payroll, human resources and policy management in selected central agencies and line ministries......

2. Project  Implementation Dates

     Project Start date:   03-10-2016            

     Project End Date:    30-06-2021

3.Project Implementing Agency

       CSC will be the main implementing agency of the project and will collaborate with key central agencies to implement different components


Project Beneficiary

The following institutions will benefit from the project:


ü Somaliland Civil Service Commission (CSC)
ü Civil Service Institute (CSI)
ü Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA)
ü Ministry of Finance (MoF)
ü Ministry of Presidency (MoP)
ü Ministry of Planning and National Development (MoPND) and
ü Sector ministries with a focus on service delivery and economic development (two pilot ministries will be selected among the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment and Rural Development, and Ministry of Energy and Minerals)

 Project Components 


Component 1:

Strengthening Policies, Procedures and systems for civil service Management

  1. Subcomponent 1.1: Civil Service Headcount and Payroll Management
  2. Subcomponent 1.2: Strengthen HR Management
  3. Subcomponent 1.3: Public Sector Pension Reform

Component 2: Reorganization in Targeted MDA

Subcomponent 2.1: Reorganization of key departments in the targeted MDAs
Subcomponent 2.2: Civil Service Talent Management Programme

Component 3: Strengthening Policy Management and Capabilities at the of Center Government

Component 4: Project Management