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Judiciary Technical Advisor – Mogadishu, Somalia

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Duty Station:  Mogadishu, Somalia

Position Title:   Judiciary Technical Advisor

Duration:   11 months, with possibility of extension


The Position

The position falls within the framework of the Judiciary of Somalia and its endeavors to establish a Judiciary Training Institute. Competent and qualified justice sector professionals acting in accordance with the rule of law are fundamental to achieving effective and efficient justice administration and, over time, to increase public confidence in the integrity of justice institutions and their ability to administer justice. Absent or limited professional qualifications pose a major challenge to reconstruction efforts and reforms designed to restore confidence in justice institutions must directly address professional standards and ongoing performance to instill confidence. By setting up a training institute that ensures the development of judicial capacity to handle civil and criminal cases, the Somali government will ensure that the Somali judiciary is equipped to respond to the legal needs of its citizens by providing access to fair and efficient justice.

Supported by the Joint Justice Programme, the Judiciary seeks a Judiciary Technical Advisor to provide technical support to the Judiciary in developing the institutional structures and coordinating efforts in the establishment of the Judiciary Training Institute.

The JTI Technical Advisor will be recruited into, and embedded within, the Judiciary in Mogadishu for duration of 11 months (February – December 2020).

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Justice (or any other person he delegates) and in close coordination with IDLO, the Judiciary Technical Advisor will:

  1. Support the Supreme Court in preparation, review and finalization of project proposals, and concept notes as required and advised by the Chief Justice.
  2. Provide overall technical support on the implementation of Joint Justice (JJP) program activities, and  guidance to departments within the Judiciary as needed, and attend briefings and planning  meetings;
  3. Review and develop judiciary inspection scheme and Lead the preparation and undertaking of monthly inspection missions and produce comprehensive reports.
  4. Conduct an assessment of judicial training in Somalia & capacity of justice actors, consolidating findings into an in-depth report on capacity gaps & learning needs of Somali justice actors;
  5. Develop the Judiciary Training Institute’s Legal Education and Professional Development Training Curriculum in Somalia;
  6. Organize and facilitate meetings to sensitize institutions on and establish the Judiciary Training Institute;
  7. Review and revise draft JTI establishment documents, including the draft Charter and roadmap;
  8. Provide legal research & advisory services as needed by the Chief Justice and IDLO;
  9. Participate as required in meetings/workshops and serves as a liaison between the Judiciary and other government agencies and international organisations in area of expertise;
  10. Make accurate documentation of all activities undertaken in day-to-day work and report effective achievements and drawbacks to Judiciary and IDLO focal points;
  11. Lead the efforts to establish a sustainable institutionalized framework for skills development and training of judges in Somalia, enabling judges to fulfill their roles in compliance with legal developments in Somalia, international human rights standards and other key criteria.
  12. Advise the Supreme Court on overall strategic development goals of the judiciary and implementation of key strategic plans, policies, procedures and manuals.
  13. Lead the efforts to establish the JTI’s physical infrastructure and human capital.
  14. By working with all relevant stakeholders, ensure that the JTI develops and implements Legal Education and Professional Development Curriculum and Training in Somalia.
  15. With the guidance of the senior leadership of the judiciary ensure that the JTI develops a Cross- Pollination Approach to Delivering Legal Education in partnership with regional and national institutions.
  16. Working with all relevant partners, ensure that the JTI provides access to Legal Resources to the Judiciary and Public.
  17. Advise the FMS judiciary institutions on key issues of courts development and undertakes basic technical and legal trainings for the judges and non-judiciary personnel in FMS.
  18. Work with International & National experts undertake a training needs assessment & present the findings through a comprehensive report.
  19. Develop training master plan and systems for keeping training records for the entire justice sector including federal member states.
  20. Review, and develop existing judiciary trainings manuals and make all necessary corrections/ additions in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.


  1. Demonstrates integrity, impartiality, fairness, honesty and truthfulness in daily activities and behaviors.
  2. Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills.
  3. Leads teams effectively and shows mentoring as well as conflict resolutions skills.
  4. Demonstrates ability to share knowledge, mentor and coach people so as to transfer skills.
  5. Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback.

Required Qualification

  1. Advanced university degree in law or equivalent from a recognized university.
  2. At least 15 years of work/professional experience in the field of law or judiciary, or government institution capacity building.
  3. Experience in designing and delivering Legal Education and Professional Development.
  4. Strong experience in Somalia justice sector.
  5. Fluency in English and Somali is required.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should send their CV, Cover letter, and academic and professional certificate to Vacancy@supremecourt.gov.so  and copy to: Info@supremecourt.gov.so NOT later than 25th March, 2020 

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