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Judicial Expert

Job Description

Judicial Expert

Organization: UNDP – United Nations Development Programme
Location: Mogadishu
Grade: P-4, International Professional – Internationally recruited position – Mid level
Occupational Groups:
Democratic Governance
Legal – Broad
Closing Date: 2019-03-14
What does it mean?


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Somalia has been supporting the government’s efforts in effective implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), which is aligned with the corporate Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In support of development plans outlined in the NDP, UNDP in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders including government, multilateral agencies, private sector and civil society has been developing and implementing projects in its main thematic areas of Economic Growth and Employment, Democratic Governance, Rule of Law and Security, Human Development and Economics, and HIV/AIDS.  These projects contribute towards achieving the overall national goal of socioeconomic transformation for poverty reduction, economic revival and societal transfer in a socially just and gender equitable manner.

The Rule of Law (ROL) Portfolio includes projects and programmes on justice, police, and security Sector Reforms, Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Human Rights. These five projects and programmes are interlinked and address the overall Contributing Outcome under the UN Strategic Framework priority 2: “Supporting institutions to improve Peace, Security, Justice, the Rule of Law and safety of Somalis” and strategic priority 3: “Strengthening accountability and supporting institutions that protect”. It addresses the National Development Plan on RoL and Access to justice goal, to “establish independent, accountable and efficient justice institutions capable of addressing the justice needs of the people of Somalia.”

Under the auspices of an integrated  UN Joint Justice Programme comprising UNDP, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), UNICEF, and UN Women, UNDP manages the programme  and funds allocated to it while UNSOM’s Joint Justice and Corrections Section (JJCS) provides technical expertise, contributes to the development of the rule of law strategic plan and policymaking framework in the context of the mission’s mandate, guidance regarding the political and strategic dimension of justice reform, and ensures the integration of all outputs into the transition plan through the Comprehensive Approach to Security.

Within this context, UNDP requires services  of a Judicial Expert to support UNSOM to enhance the alignment between the political and development mandates.  The Judicial Expert will report to and receive overall guidance from the UNSOM JJCS Chief, and administratively will report to the UNDP Rule of Law Portfolio Manager.


Summary of key functions:

Ensure the development and implementation of the Justice and Corrections Model for Somalia
Ensure Institution building within the Justice sector in Somalia
Ensure capacity building of court personnel
Ensure engagement with national and international counterparts
The Judicial Expert will undertake the following tasks:

Ensure the development and implementation of the Justice and Corrections Model for Somalia:

Provide technical support to the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and Federal Member States (FMS) on the federalization of the justice sector with the objective of obtaining a political agreement on the justice and corrections model;
Advise national counterparts on the management structure of the Justice and Corrections model;
Participate in the development of terms of reference for technical committees as part of the management structure;
Provide technical support to different technical committees;
Work with partners on the development of FGS justice plan and FMS state justice plans and their implementation.
Ensure Institution building within the Justice sector in Somalia

Participate in the drafting of by-laws/regulations regarding the functioning of the Judicial Service Commission and Constitutional Court;
Review legislation and draft commentaries and other relevant documents.
Ensure capacity building of court personnel

Provide technical guidance to justice Government Personnel on mentoring sessions with prosecutors and judges;
Conduct regular sessions with court personnel in Banadir region;
Evaluate the impact of mentoring sessions, identify challenges, best practices and lessons learned;
Prepare legal research and analysis on new developments in the justice sector, particularly regarding judicial independence, the appointment and dismissal of judges, high profile cases etc.
Provide one training on the preparation of the State justice plans and the Institutional and capacity development plans for the Ministries of Justice at the Federal Member States and Federal government institutions.
Ensure engagement with national and international counterparts:

Participate in the Joint UN Global Focal Points (GFP) for Rule of Law;
Participate in any relevant coordination meetings within the UN, with the Donor community and with national partners.
Results to be achieved

One technical workshop on the Justice and corrections model on the key outstanding issues
Concept note on management structure and ToR for technical committee model for management structure TORs developed
One training provided to the FMS and FGS justice and judiciary on the development of the state justice plans
All justice state plans reviewed
One training provided on the development of institution and capacity development plans
All institution and capacity development plans are reviewed
Organized workshop for development of regulations regarding the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) code of conduct or complaint mechanisms and Constitutional court
Two mentoring sessions with judges in Banadir courts conducted



Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Ability to persuade others to follow
People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Knowledge of justice and judiciary  and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical solutions
Support capacity building

Ability to provide training and mentoring to high level national stakeholders


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, or bar qualification or equivalent, in addition to a first-level degree in law, is required.
A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant academic qualifications and/or legal experience in the field of justice and/or rule of law assistance may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A minimum of seven years of progressive professional experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal Judicial Expert, or adviser in the field of justice is required; this must include a minimum of one year of experience providing technical assistance for the development or reform of legal and judicial institutions in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting;
Work experience in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting/context is desirable and previous experience in Somalia is an asset;
Management experience is desirable. UN field experience, especially in a peacekeeping operation of special political mission, is desirable.
Language Requirements:

Excellent command of the English language (both verbal and written)

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Ability to work with minimal supervision, taking own initiative and control to implement tasks to accomplish stated goals and objectives through effectively delivered results;
Easily adaptable to new cultural working environment and, ability to live and work in challenging physical environment.

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