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Consultancy – Somaliland Legal Consultant, Hargeysa, Somaliland

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Job Description

  • Organization: IDLO – International Development Law Organization
  • Location: Hargeysa (Somalia)
  • Grade: Single Engagement Agreement – Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal – Broad
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-22

Organizational Background

The IDLO, in collaboration with other consortium members, is promoting a reformed and modernized Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system through the establishment and operationalization of a new ADR Centre in Somaliland under the Program ‘Strengthening the social contracts through access to justice” funded by the Government of the Netherlands (Also known as Damal Programme). The program aims to foster the social contract in Somaliland by increasing the legitimacy of justice institutions. 

The overall goal of the program is expected to be achieved through three (3) intermediate outcomes: (1) improved access to an Alternative Dispute Resolution(ADR) mechanism and referral pathways, especially for vulnerable groups; (2) enhanced access to formal justice for vulnerable groups through holistic support to gender-based violence (GBV) survivors and affected communities; and (3) increased participation of citizens in Somaliland in accountability processes relating to the provision of security and justice. The specific mandate of each Centre is to facilitate the practice of ADR and settle claims and disputes at the community level, facilitating and increasing access to justice for the local population, particularly vulnerable categories.

The Position

IDLO seeks a short-term legal and justice consultant to support the Damal program to review and revise Standard operating procedures and Code of Conduct for ADR Centers.

Period of Consultancy:

The consultant will be based in Hargeisa and is expected to work for 30 working days.

The Specific objective of the training:

  • Under the direct supervision of the Field program manager, the consultant will collaborate with other Damal program staff and implementing partners based in Somaliland. The consultant shall:
  • Review and revise the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Code of Conduct (COC) for ADR centers.
  • Provide training in Hargeisa, Togdheer, Las’anod and Ceerigabo for the ADR centre 
  • Develop methods and modes for contact delivery, focusing on group activities for each training (role play, case study, brainstorming, task exercise, and group discussions).  
  • Understanding of the legal, political, social, and economic context.
  • Provide technical advice to IDLO staff during the delivery period as well as attend meetings or relevant conferences related to the area of consultancy if requested.  

Scope of financial Proposal and Schedule of Payments

  • The consultant will be offered a lump sum fee inclusive of travel costs, accommodation and subsistence allowance during work assignment (where applicable)
  • The payments will be made in installments based upon outputs/deliverables specified in the TOR (under payment schedule) and upon certification of satisfactory work as per work plan endorsed by Damal.

Payment Schedule 

  • 20% on signing the contract and submission of a blueprint including methodology for revising the SOP and COC. 
  • 40% on completion and submission of deliverables 1 to 3. 
  • 40% on submission of deliverables 3 to 6 and confirmation from the supervisor

List Deliverables

The legal consultant is expected to perform all the following deliverables:

  1. Three pages Inception reports detailing the proposed methodology and agreed on work plan submitted within 5 days from the date of signing the Contract.
  2. Revised Standard Operating Procedures and Code of Conduct for ADR Centers
  3. Training deliverable
  • Detailed training plan (including objectives, methodology to be adopted, training modules, and schedule), to be sent in Microsoft Word format via electronic submission to the PM within five days after the signature of the agreement. The training plan should be a minimum of 5 pages. 
  • PowerPoint presentations as well as training work for participants (i.e. case studies, group work, brainstorming, discussions, etc.), to be sent via electronic submission to the PM for review and input. Details of the training Four days of training in Las’anod, Erigavo, Burco, and Hargeisa. 16 days of trainings+ 4 days preparation + four reporting one for each training
  • Pre-/post-test evaluation form to be utilized for each training session as well as completed pre-/post-test evaluation sheets. Completed forms to be sent via electronic submission to the PM.
  1. Weekly reports providing updates from all training (such as number and composition of attendees, notable discussions, or reflections), to be submitted to the PM every Monday morning. Reports will be a minimum of 2 pages and are to be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. A sample template will be provided.
  2. Report on assignment including an analysis of consultancy achievements, pre/post evaluation results, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations for the future. The report should be at least 20 pages in length and will be submitted electronically within 15 days of completion of activities to the PM in Microsoft Word format.

Competencies 

To deliver these above-mentioned objectives and the associated scope of work, IDLO is searching for a candidate with the following skills and experience: 

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of Justice and Legal Issues in Eastern regions of Somaliland. IDLO and its partners operate in complex environments and deliver a diverse portfolio of projects. To deliver long-term outcomes (scale-up, replication, sustainability, etc.) and help the program develop a reputation for excellence (responsive, pioneering, professional, etc.) the successful candidate will need to demonstrate a deep conceptual understanding of Justice and Legal Issues in Eastern regions of Somaliland.
  • Extensive experience in developing and operating Justice and Legal Issues in Eastern regions of Somaliland. The Damal program is setting up a number of ADR centers and Capacity development for local IPs. The successful candidate is expected to develop training material, templates, tools, forms, etc. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a proven track record of delivery, which will allow them to build on this work and fully develop, implement and manage effective ADR-related capacity support. 
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of training, one on one monitoring, and coaching others in Justice and Legal Issues, systems, and activities. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate their potential to provide targeted support to Damal local IPs as well as specific partners staff members to build in-house ADR capacity and improve the coherence of ADR center’s activities. 

Ideal Candidate profile

Education and work experience 

  • Proven experience in drafting training materials, concept notes, reports, and manuals.
  • Work experience in Somaliland.
  • Ten years of work experience in the legal field, access to justice, informal justice, ADR is an asset
  • Advanced Master’s degree and equivalent education for legal, international human rights, or international politics.

Language Skills

  • Fluent oral and writing in English and Somali.

Specific Technical Skills and competencies:

  • Excellent writing skills in English and Somali
  • Excellent knowledge of the Somali traditional justice system and ability to interact with government officials, justice stakeholders, elders, scholars, and sharia leaders.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting training.
  • Ability to work under the pressure with tight deadlines and flexibility.
  • Highly organized with the ability to work under pressure.

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria Weighting (%) 
1. Knowledge and understanding of ADR in the Somaliland context    25 
2. Experience in developing/reviewing SOP, and Code of conduct for implementing partners  40 
3. Knowledge and experience of building a team and individual capacity and knowledge sharing on justice and legal issues and ADR system in particular  20
4, Knowledge on mentoring and coaching on the operationalization of ADR training/CD 15
Total  100 

Terms and Conditions

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 short-listed candidates will be contacted during the selection process.

IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome applications of qualified and diverse candidates.

IDLO is committed to achieving a 50/50 gender balance at all levels within its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for IDLO vacancies.

IDLO does not tolerate sexual exploitation or abuse, any kind of harassment, including harassment of a sexual nature; or discrimination. As such, IDLO will conduct careful reference and background checks of all selected candidates as part of its selection process.

DISCLAIMER 

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. 

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality and in compliance with IDLO’s policy on personal data protection.

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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