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  • Organization: IDLO - International Development Law Organization
  • Location: Mogadishu
  • Grade: Single Engagement Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-15

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National Legal Expert

Mogadishu (Somalia)

IDLO in Somalia

With funds from the Somalia Joint Justice programme through UNDP Somalia, IDLO is participating in the implementation of the “Somalia Joint Justice Programme” along with UNSOM, UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF. The programme is a 30-month programme supporting the National Development Plan 2017-2019 goal to ‘Establish independent, accountable and efficient justice institutions capable of addressing the justice needs of the people of Somalia’.

Recognizing the challenges facing the Somalia justice sector, the programme aims to contribute to sustainable security, peace and development by strengthening the capacity of justice actors to increasingly deliver justice services to users and communities in a human rights compliant manner.

The Consultancy

The consultancy falls within the framework of IDLO’s engagement in the “Joint Justice Programme”. The National Legal Expert will work in collaboration with IDLO Somalia’s Country Office staff, Somali government representatives, Somali justice sector actors, as well as other stakeholders.

IDLO is supporting the Federal Member States of Southwest and Jubaland in developing Litigants’ Charters. The Litigants’ Charters are meant to ensure that the general population is made aware of how the formal justice system operates and enables them to navigate through the justice chain institutions in claiming their rights and accessing justice. It will provide information on:

  • An overview of both the criminal justice system and civil justice system (pertaining to family, land and commercial matters) in Somalia;
  • Court Structure;
  • Conduct of court proceedings;
  • The minimum standards of services to be offered by the formal justice system;
  • The minimum standards of services to be offered by the Alternative Dispute Resolution system
  • Case referral mechanisms for districts which have no formal justice or criminal justice system
  • The rights and obligations due to victims and offenders in criminal justice.
  • Access to legal aid for the public

The Litigants’ Charters are meant to simplify the rules and procedures of the formal justice system, making it accessible to the general public.

The incumbent will report to the IDLO Country Director and work with the Field Program Manager and Program Coordinator. The Consultancy will be provided over a period of 3 and a half months from July 1, 2019 to October 15, 2019. The incumbent will be responsible for the implementation of the following activities and deliverables:

 1)Undertake consultations with justice institutions in the Federal Member States in Kismayo and Baidoa for the purposes of developing a needs assessment to assess prevalent justice needs in Jubaland and South West states. The         training needs assessment will be a 5 page report with recommendations on what should be included in the Litigant’s Charter and next steps;

2)Develop a Litigants Charter for Jubaland and South West State, in line with their justice needs and unique justice service delivery frameworks, additionally:

  • Provide technical support to justice actors, and relevant stakeholders during the information sessions on the Litigants Charter;

i.Develop final draft for a Litigant’s Charter Booklet in Somalia and English which shall be printed and distributed in Southwest and Jubaland states. The booklet will include:

1.The overview of the criminal justice system

2.Court structure

3.Referral pathways for districts which have no formal justice or criminal justice system

4.Steps to file a complaint

5.Conduct of criminal proceedings

6.The minimum standards of service that the formal justice system offers

7.Rights and obligations due to victims and offenders in criminal justice

Provide technical advice to IDLO staff during the delivery period as well as attend meetings and relevant conferences/events related to the area of the consultancy if requested.

3)With IDLO support, develop communication strategy and provide feedback to material for public awareness materials of key aspects of the Litigants Charter.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Education and Work Experience

  • Advanced University degree in Law with expertise on Criminal Justice;
  • Ten (or more) years’ work experience in the judicial governance or legal reform;
  • Proven experience in developing public legal awareness messages to educate the public on the functioning of the formal justice system;
  • Experience in developing manuals and other materials on justice service delivery;
  • Proven experience in training and mentoring;
  • Work experience as a lawyer in Somalia, particularly in criminal justice is desirable.

Language skills

  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Fluency in written and spoken Somali.

Specific Technical skills and competencies

  • Strong understanding of the Somali context, particularly in access to justice;
  • Highly organized, with a problem-solving attitude;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, flexibility and an entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Keen sense of ethics, integrity and commitment to IDLO's mandate. 


Candidates should prove their ability to work and travel in Somalia. Delivery period: July - October 2019

Remuneration upon deliverable: USD 10,000

Please kindly attach only Curriculum and Cover letter


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Contractor assigned to this work. This may not be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.

The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the recruitment to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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