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Program Associate, Somalia

Mogadishu (Somalia)

  • Organization: IDLO - International Development Law Organization
  • Location: Mogadishu (Somalia)
  • Grade: Level 3 - Process Management Support Role - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-29

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The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) works to enable governments and empower people to reform laws and strengthen institutions to promote peace, justice, and sustainable development.

IDLO is an intergovernmental organization that promotes justice, peace, and development by providing legal expertise to governments, multilateral, and civil society organizations. It seeks to enhance human rights, economic growth, and good governance through technical assistance on judicial and legal reform, capacity-building, and legal empowerment programs and projects. Bringing together a range of diverse local, national, and international stakeholders and working in an enabling rather than directive or prescriptive way, IDLO acts as a catalyst for social change. It prides itself on its flexibility, speed, and entrepreneurial spirit.

While IDLO works in all developing regions of the world, it has significant operations in countries emerging from conflict. IDLO is the only intergovernmental organization with an exclusive mandate to promote the rule of law. It currently has 27 Member Parties and benefits from the collective wisdom of a prestigious International Advisory Council. 


With funds from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Counterterrorism, IDLO is implementing a 16-month project entitled “Enhancing the Capacity of Justice Institutions to Deliver Justice in Somalia.” 

The purpose of this project is to increase the capacity of judges and prosecutors in Somalia to fairly, effectively, and efficiently adjudicate/prosecute civil and criminal cases and to enhance access of the Somali population to formal justice institutions. IDLO will support the operationalization of the Judiciary Training Institute (JTI) by strengthening the operations and performance of the JTI; supporting the development of a national approach to harmonize the application of laws in the Federal Member States and the promotion of educational opportunities for judges and prosecutors adopted by the JTI; increasing the capacity of federal judges and federal prosecutors to handle cases of gender-based violence, and increasing the capacity of federal prosecutors to adjudicate serious crimes, improve courtroom etiquette, and to follow prosecutorial procedures. The project will also support the establishment of five Attorney General’s Offices in the Puntland, Jubaland, South West Somalia, Galmudug, and Hirshabelle.


The position falls within the framework of IDLO’s engagement in enhancing the capacity of justice institutions to deliver justice in Somalia. The Program Associate will work in collaboration with IDLO Somalia’s Country Office staff, Somali government representatives, Somali justice sector actors, as well as other stakeholders. 

The incumbent will report to the Field Program Manager. The position will be provided over a period of 12 months from 01 November 2020 to 30 October 2021.

Summary of Functions

  1. Support day-to-day program implementation and ensure project consistency with project design and delivery and with IDLO processes and procedures;
  2. Monitor Program activities to ensure compliance with contracts and procedures and that program cycle quality controls are in place.
  3. Program Development and Program Representation.

Key Results Expected 

Support Day to Day Project Implementation: 

1. Assisting the Field Program Manager with day-to-day administrative tasks;

2. Assisting the Field Program Manager with operational implementation, including budgeting, logistics, administration, and other activities as required;

3. Acting as a liaison, when necessary, between the Somalia field office and the Rome Program Coordinator for services within IDLO headquarters, including finance, security, human resources, and other departments;

4. Draft, collage and provide input for the finalization of internal and external reports, in collaboration with the field office; coordinate the approval and submission of program reports;

Monitor and Reporting:

1. Collaborate and communicate regularly with the Finance Unit to ensure payments are made on time, including flagging any urgent budgetary issues to the supervisor/ budget holder; 

2. Ensure internal procedures and guidelines are observed, monitor compliance with program contracts;

3. Conduct research on legal, political, social, and economic events, trends, and/or developments relating to the project; respond to internal and external requests for such research;

Program Development and Program Representation:

1. Represent IDLO in program events and training; 

2. Coordinate logistics of training sessions and procurement developments;

3. Liaise with donors and government officials. 


1. Assisting members in the Somalia field office, when necessary, with any issues that arise. 

2. Any other duties required by the supervisor 


Education and Work Experience 

  1. First degree in public administration, business administration, public policy, law, or other relevant social sciences; 
  2. 1-2 years of relevant professional experience, ideally within an international organization; 
  3. Excellent written and spoken English;
  4. Excellent written and spoken Somali; 
  5. Proven ability to excel in administrative tasks;
  6. Excellent work ethic;
  7. Team player.


For this locally recruited position, IDLO shall offer the selected candidate an Affiliate contract of 12 months, with the possibility of extension subject to performance and availability of funding. 

In addition, IDLO shall offer the candidate an annual basic salary of $20,000.

This local position is open to candidates who are nationals of the duty station, or with permanent resident status or other legal authorization permitting to work in the duty station. 

Applications will be screened on regular basis; a qualified applicant might be recruited before the deadline. In the interest of making the most effective use of resources, only the short-listed candidates will be contacted during the selection process.


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.



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