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8 May 2019

Terms of Reference Gender Based Violence (GBV) Victims Advocate

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Terms of Reference Gender Based Violence (GBV) Victims Advocate

8 May 2019


Horizon Institute is an NGO that assists governments and non-for-profit institutions to create and take advantage of development and capacity building opportunities to improve justice and governance systems. Horizon’s work lies at the intersection of human rights/rule of law, institution building and locally driven development. We integrate all three approaches to promote locally driven initiatives and implement development projects that result in stronger communities.

Application Deadline: 29 May 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Start Date: 15 June 2019


As the GBV Victims Advocate, you will be required to provide sensitive and competent support services to victims of GBV. You will be supporting clients through the legal process and advocating on their behalf to justice actors and other support services. The role will be focused primarily on domestic violence and sexual assault, but can include other forms of gender-based violence.

The GBV Victims Advocate will be based in Burao, Somaliland, with frequent travel within Somaliland.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing court advocacy services, including accompanying victims to court, providing assistance with submitting court applications, as well as liaising between different services and justice actors (the police, CID, court staff, prosecutors, and judges);
  • Conducting outreach in communities and at court to identify individuals in need of victim advocate services.
  • Interviewing clients and identifying relevant legal and social issues;
  • Carry out thorough risk and safety assessments;
  • Providing accurate information regarding relevant criminal justice procedures, as well as information on available resources;
  • Making timely referrals to appropriate support organisations;
  • Completing administrative tasks including client intake, as well as maintaining accurate case records.
  • Working with communities to increase their understanding of the legal protections available for GBV and empower individuals to use these legal protections.


We are looking for self-motivated and flexible candidates, who can demonstrate a strong passion for justice and human rights.


  • A degree in law, social work or a similar field;
  • At least 5 years’ experience working on issues around gender based violence, including sexual assault or domestic violence;
  • Native Somali speaker and proficiency in English;
  • Excellent interpersonal, as well as oral and written communication skills;
  • Confident with Microsoft Office (including Excel);
  • Demonstrated interest in, and knowledge of, the areas in which Horizon works;
  • Ability to deliver compassionate, sensitive and respectful client support;
  • Effectively identify priority tasks and carry out efficient case management;
  • Strong capacity for problem solving and taking initiative;
  • Ability to maintain strong working relationships with clients, team members and external stakeholders including justice actors.


  • Experience working with NGOs focused on justice, human rights or women’s rights;
  • Familiarity with the justice system and legal procedure;
  • Experience practicing law;
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed or client-centred approaches to casework.

Given the sensitivity of the position, women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Duration of Contract: TBD

Compensation: Competitive rate and health benefits

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV detailing relevant experience and available start date to Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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