Department of Constitutional Affairs

Department of Constitutional Affairs

The following are the functions of the Department of Constitution Affairs: –

 

  • Preparing and implementing the five (5) year strategic plan and budget for the department.
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating Department’s strategic goals
  • Supervising all programs and activities of the department related to the review, amendment and dissemination of the Constitution
  • Conducting research and preparing various literature reviews and comparative analysis on the Constitution and its clauses
  • Assisting the Minister in mobilizing sufficient resources and expertise for carrying out the Minister’s mandate
  • Assisting the Minister to put in place plans and strategies to carry out meaningful and all-encompassing civic education programs and activities on the Constitution
  • Attending relevant meetings, roundtable, workshops and other events
  • Preparing analytical reviews and keeps relevant records on the Constitution
  • Preparing the policies, framework and programs for supporting the constitutional, federalism, gender, human rights and democratization process in PSS
  • Preparing and implementing a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system and tools for the Department
  • Preparing and implementing the capacity development for all staff based on the needs assessment and in-line with Puntland Civil Service Commission (PCSC) guidelines and requirements.
  • Preparing the annual financial estimates in consultation with the heads of sections

The department is divided into two sections which include the Constitution Reform and Management and Civic Education Sections. The following table provides the functions for each of the sections:

 

SECTIONS FUNCTIONS
1.  Constitution Reform and Management Section ·  Review the policies, legislation and regulations on the constitution affairs in PSS

·  Preparing the draft bills that are required to achieve the objectives of the Constitution Reform and Management

·  Implementing the policies, procedures, guidelines and regulations for the Constitution reform and management

·  Monitoring the implementation of constitution reform and management policies, rules, guidelines and regulations in Puntland

·  Implementing the five (5) year strategic plan and budget in the Constitution Reform and Management Section

·  Facilitating the translation of the Constitution into all official languages recognized in Puntland

·  Developing Constitution information dissemination strategies

·  Initiating the reform process by making proposals to Cabinet/Parliament regarding Constitution amendments

·  Liaison with the Puntland MDAs in the promotion of the Constitution as a matter of national interest for constitutional awareness among people of Puntland

·  Coordinating inter-ministerial and sectional collaboration and cooperation on constitution reforms and management matters

2 Civic Education Section ·  Reviewing the policies, procedures, guidelines and regulations that support Civic Education in PSS

·  Developing and implementing the policies and Programs for supporting Civic Education in PSS

·  Monitoring the implementation of Civic Education policies, and Programs in Puntland

·  Preparing the draft bills that are required to achieve the objectives of the Civic Education

·  Implementing the five (5) year strategic plan and budget in the Civic Education Section

·  Coordinating the development and training programs of all the civil servants in the public service in matters of Constitution and parliamentary affairs

·  Coordinating the development of proposals to development partners and Puntland State of Somalia for supporting civic education on constitution affairs

·  Collaborating with institutions of higher learning and the Puntland Civil Service Institute (CSI) for purposes of offering appropriate training on constitution reforms and management

·  Encouraging all persons and organizations including Civic organizations to disseminate awareness and knowledge of the Constitution throughout society.

·  Conducting awareness campaigns including advocacy meetings and stakeholders’ workshops on Constitution matters

·  Coordinating inter-ministerial and sectional collaboration and cooperation on Civic Education matters