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Position National Gender Specialist 

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Job Description

Vacancy Announcement: (1) Position National Gender Specialist  

Reporting to the: Ministry of Justice

Duty Station: Bay region Baidoa

State Date: 20th Aug, 2019

Application closing date: 16th Aug, 2019



The Ministry of Justice of Southwest State of Somalia is seeking qualified people from a recognized tertiary institution in the field of law, political science/ international affairs, international development studies, gender/women’s studies, human rights or a related field. Other educational background within social and political science may be accepted provided the candidate has demonstrated experience within gender, human rights, rule of law and justice sector institutional development.

The Gender Unit  will be established within the framework of the Somalia Constitution which guarantees equality and right to freedom from discrimination and guided from the various global, regional, and national policy commitments to gender equality and women empowerment (including Somalia National Gender Policy; SC Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security; CEDAW; the Beijing Platform of Action; the SDGs; the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA);the African Charter and Its Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa for Gender Equality). These policy documents provide a framework for integrating gender perspectives into the legal and judicial structures and institutions at policy and operational levels.

In this context, gender mainstreaming entails integrating gender issues into the justice sector and administration and improves the Government’s overall response to gender-based issues within and outside these institutions. With the establishment of the Gender Unit, the integration of gender issues in the justice sector has been recognized as key to operational effectiveness and institutional credibility.

National Gender Specialist

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Work with MOJ leadership/management to: i. promotes awareness and sensitize on gender equality and the promotion and protection of women and girls’ rights; ii. secure political commitment from the highest levels of leadership and management within the justice sector to implement strategies and polices, while contributing to the reform of the state ‘s response to violence against women and girls;
  • Support the MOJ in the development and/or revision of national laws in order to include specific measures to harmonize traditional practices with national laws with a view of promoting inclusion and upholding women and girls ‘right to live free of violence;
  • Contribute to the elaboration of national policies, strategies and action plans that set out roles and responsibilities of different justice actors to promote zero tolerance for violence against women;
  • Develop a training curriculum on women’s rights for justice sectors’ actors, in collaboration with UN ROL JP partners;
  • Collaborate with justice sector’s actors – court administration, judges, prosecutors, legal aid providers and custodial corps – to promote women’s access to justice (including through institutional development, capacity building, policy/legal framework development, service provision, sensitization/awareness raising).
  • Conduct an assessment of the existing MOJ institutional capacity (including staff knowledge/capacity, guidelines/policies, others) and elaborate a capacity development/training plan to increase the capacity of MOJ staff to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment and put in place more effective prevention and response mechanisms to violence against women;
  • In collaboration with Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development, promote the mobilization of and development of partnerships with communities, non-governmental organizations and civil society to take coordinated action toward preventing violence against women and girls and supporting survivors and their families;
  • In collaboration with UN Women and other UN partners, design and deliver trainings for the traditional justice actors and women on the gender justice, SGBV and international women’s rights instruments
  • Support design and implementation of initiatives for data generation concerning women and girl’ differentiated access to justice, with a specific focus on barriers that women, girls, members of minority groups and/or other special needs’ groups face when accessing justice through formal and/or informal justice systems;
  • Support the establishment of an information management system to collect and analyze age and sex-disaggregated data as a tool to understand the obstacles and responses to women’s access to justice; respond to the different needs of SGBV (male and female) survivors; analyze trends; monitor reports and responses to SGBV cases and share data with partners, whenever appropriate;
  • Provide oversight and monitor the implementation status of women’s access to justice in the formal and traditional justice institutions and periodical reporting to the Minister of Justice on progress and results, including recommendations for compliance;
  • Effectively coordinate with the justice and security actors to undertake coordination activities in monitoring the implementation of the Women’s Access to Justice including convening of mothly coordination meetings
  • Conduct weekly monitoring visits to the Community Dispute Resolution Houses (CDHR) to monitor implementation status of the gender-responsive traditional justice system
  • Support MOJ leadership/management in its oversight role for the implementation of gender-related activities across the justice sector in the framework of the UN Rule of Law Joint Programme (ROL JP), preparing recommendations for corrective actions, if needed;
  • Support and actively contribute to progress and/or quality assessment exercises regarding the implementation of ROL JP gender activities as well as the effective mainstreaming of gender across ROL JP activities;
  • Provide oversight and contribute to overall management of MOJ – UN Women 2018/2019 Letter of Agreement (LOA), ensuring effective and timely compliance with administrative/financial and planning/reporting requirements
  • Perform any additional function/task, as required.


  • Detailed work-plan for assignment and regular quarterly reports of progress/results achieved;
  • Detailed 2-year work-plan for MOJ Gender Unit (2018-2019) and quarterly reports on progress/results achieved;
  • Coordination/strategic partnership plan for the promotion/protection of women and girls’ rights and the effective mainstreaming of gender in: i. Ministry of Justice (including TDR Unit, Legal Aid and Legal Awareness Unit); ii. SW justice sector (including courts, AGO, legal aid providers, lawyers association/s); iii. state government level (including with MOWHRD, MOS, Police)
  • List of awareness raising and information campaigns in justice sector in which a gender-sensitive and gender-responsive approach has been effectively integrated;
  • Capacity building/training plan for MOJ staff (based on results/findings of gender capacity assessment);
  • Planning document for establishment of information management system for: i. management of case-related information (with a focus on SGBV cases); ii. participation of female practitioners in MOJ and across the justice sector;
  • Training of traditional justice actors and women on gender justice and related international women’s rights laws and delivery of trainings to traditional elders and religious leaders on women’s rights
  • Monitoring visits to the CDHR centers and coordination meetings of the justice and security actors conducted to monitor status of improved women’s access to justice implementation status of the Rape Act and regular progress updates prepared and disseminated



Core Competencies

  • Ethics and Values: demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity
  • Organizational Awareness: demonstrate institutional knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Development and Innovation: take charge of self-development and take initiative.
  • Work in teams: demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communicating and Information Sharing: facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.
  • Conflict Management: surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies

  • Proven ability to provide policy, programme and strategic advice on Rule of Law with a specific focus on justice sector reforms in conflict/post-conflict settings.
  • Proven ability to design and implement institutional reform plans from a gender-sensitive / gender-responsive perspective, particularly for the justice sector, with a demonstrated ability to promote change.
  • Proven ability to support institutional development and capacity building through elaboration and implementation of strategic and operational plans, guidelines and training plans.
  • Ability to effectively contribute to strategic planning, programme/project implementation, results-based management and reporting.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships with a variety of stakeholders (including government civil society, international development/aid community) and develop inter-institutional coordination and communication mechanisms 

Required Qualifications and experience:

Required Skills and Experience



Bachelor’s degree in law, political science/ international affairs, international development studies, gender/women’s studies, human rights or a related field. Other educational background within social and political science may be accepted provided the candidate has demonstrated experience within gender, human rights, rule of law and justice sector institutional development.


  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in coordination, management and programme/project implementation, with specific expertise in gender, rule of law and/or justice sector reform.
  • Demonstrated experience promoting institutional development and strengthening capacity of staff and counterparts in multi-cultural settings.
  • Proven experience in capacity building for gender, particularly design and implementation of training plans and training materials.
  • Relevant experience from Somalia/countries with Sharia law or knowledge of Sharia law an advantage.
  • Excellent communication skills required.


  • Fluency in Somali and English (oral and written)


Interested and qualified candidates who meet the required qualifications are encouraged to submit their application and CV as hardcopy to the office of the Ministry of Justice & Judiciary Southwest State of Somalia-Baidoa or to the email address moj@swss.so & CC: deckow65@gmail.com and ahibraahim@gmail.comnot later than 16th Aug, 2019


Qualified female candidates are very encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.





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