Gender Justice Specialist – Garowe

  • Garowe
  • Full time
  • 1 year ago
  • / Monthly

Job Information

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    Posted On Jun 24 ,2020
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Job Level :
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    Job Experience : 5 years

Job Description




The Ministry of Justice, Religious affairs, Constitution and Rehabilitation of Puntland state of Somalia is the strategic partner of the UN Women’s Joint Justice Programme for establishing an independent and accountable justice institutions capable of addressing the justice needs of the people of Somalia by delivering justice for all specially, women access to justice is a priority to ensure the rights and accessible justice services for the Women and girls. The UN Women Rule of Law (RoL) Portfolio implements the 30-month Joint Justice Programme together with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), UNICEF, UNDP and IDLO.

The Gender Justice Specialist will be the head of the Gender Unit at MoJRACR which is aligned with the Constitution and international standards and ensures that justice institutions address the key grievances and injustices of Somalis; and that more Somalis have access to fair and affordable justice.

To respond to the aforementioned principles, the Ministry of Justice, Religious Affairs, Constitution and Rehabilitation (MOJRAR) of Puntland state of Somalia is looking a qualified Gender Justice Specialist to mainstream issues of gender equality and gender empowerment, and women’s rights and build capacity of the judiciary.

General Information

Title: Gender Justice Specialist
Duration of the assignment: 6 Months (With possibility of Extension subject for performance and funding)
Type of contract: Service Contract
Duty Station: Garowe
Supervisor: Under the supervision of the Minister of Justice and DG
Date of Issue: 23 June 2020
Closing Date: 30 June 2020


Duties and Responsibilities

a)       Institutionalize gender mainstreaming framework as a core value into relevant units and departments of the MOJRAR

  • Work with MOJRAR leadership/management to: 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;
  • Collaborate with UN and UN Women ROL Teams for the development of a Women’s Access to

Justice Policy (including implementation of SC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security);

  • Support the MOJRAR 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
  • 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).

b)      Build the technical capacity of MOJRAR and its management in gender analysis and planning,

including through the development of a policy on Women’s Access to Justice

  • Conduct an assessment of the existing MOJRAR institutional capacity (including staff knowledge/capacity, guidelines/policies, others);
  • Elaborate a capacity development/training plan to increase the capacity of MOJRAR 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 Development and Family Affairs (MOWDAFA) and Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC), support the implementation of a gender-responsive budgeting process including through: review of current and planned expenditures related to the MOJRAR /justice sector; ii. assessment of the extent to which specific interventions to address women‘s needs and violence against them are financed or could be financed.

c)       Promote the reduction of the current gender gap in the judiciary to transform it into an equal opportunity employer

  • Review job assessment standards and promotion criteria for discrimination;
  • Advise on incentives and affirmative action measures where appropriate in order to ensure the promotion of women to the higher echelons in the MOJRAR and judiciary;
  • Strengthen the commitment of the leadership to address institutional inequalities to achieve a critical mass of women in senior judicial

d)      Promote the use of sex-disaggregated data, and gender statistics

  • 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;
  • Support the creation and regular update of a database on the situation of female staff of the MOJRAR and in the judiciary, and monitor/publish data on the proportion of women in senior positions (as part of Gender Unit oversight functions).

e)       Establish partnership and accountability procedure for the implementation of the Women’s

Access to Justice Policy i.e. coordination, networking, and monitoring

  • Support and collaborate in the elaboration of a Women’s Access to Justice Policy, including consultations with stakeholders and information/data collection
  • Collaborate with MOJRAR specialized units (i.e., Traditional Dispute Resolution (TDR) Unit, Policy and Legal Drafting (PLD) Unit, Legal Aid and Legal Awareness Unit) to coordinate the implementation of the Women’s Access to
  • Support and monitor gender mainstreaming efforts across the
  • Provide oversight and monitor the implementation of the Women’s Access to Justice Policy, periodically reporting to the Minister of Justice, Religious Affairs and Rehabilitation on progress and results, including recommendations for
  • Develop and/or strengthen long-term collaborations with development partners and specialized UN agencies (such as UN Women and UNDP) for support in capacity –development on resource-mobilization and project
  • Promote and participate in fundraising initiatives for women and girls’ access to justice

programmes, including elaboration of project proposals.

  • Make budgetary recommendations on sustainability of gender-responsive services of the

f)        Develop partnership with justice and security actors and strengthen community relations to prevent and respond to SGBV

  • Lead the integration of gender perspectives into the work of MOJRAR specialized units to ensure the inclusion of specific measures and actions in relation to promoting gender equality and preventing gender-based
  • Effectively coordinate with MOJRAR and AGO to undertake integrated gender-sensitive and gender-responsive approaches to outreach and awareness-raising.
  • Advise the Minister on the best practice and approaches to integrate gender-sensitive investigations into mobile courts, once they become
  • 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
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationship with relevant national and international

g)      Coordination and oversight of MOJRAR Gender Unit

  • Provide strategic guidance and leadership for the Gender Unit, establishing and managing the functions and duties of the
  • Elaborate and regularly update Gender Unit mandate/TORs, organogram and job descriptions for Gender Unit
  • Ensure, facilitate, and actively contribute to the preparation of periodical (i.e., annual, quarterly and monthly) management tools such as work-plan, budgets, financial and narrative reports for the Gender
  • Ensure adequate operational management of financial resources and equipment allocated to the Gender Unit, providing oversight for the adequate functioning and appropriate use of the Unit’s equipment, and ensuring that information is regularly prepared and maintained for verification/audit
  • Manage, supervise and coordinate the work of the Gender Unit staff, coaching and mentoring the staff of the Gender Unit as appropriate to improve their performance and empower employees to take
  • Provide oversight to and regularly assess the performance of Gender Unit staff, including through the development and revision of individual annual and quarterly work-plans and progress
  • Collaborate with MOJRAR leadership/senior management and support the effective execution of the Ministry mandate of promoting and delivering justice for
  • Support MOJRAR 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
  • 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
  • Provide oversight and contribute to overall management of MOJRAR – UN Women 2020 Letter of Agreement (LOA), ensuring effective and timely compliance with administrative/financial and planning/reporting requirements (as per MOJRAR – UN Women 2020LOA).
  • Manage special projects and/or initiatives that support the mission and vision of the Ministry of Justice, Religious Affairs and
  • Perform any additional function/task, as

Required Skills and Experience Education

Master’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 5 years’ experience in coordination, management and programme/project implementation, with specific expertise in gender, rule of law and/or justice sector
  • Technical expertise and experience in policy development and strategic planning in rule of law from a gender perspective is
  • Demonstrated experience promoting institutional development and strengthening capacity of staff and counterparts in multi-cultural
  • Proven experience in capacity building for gender, particularly design and implementation of training plans and training
  • Relevant experience from Somalia/countries with Sharia law or knowledge of Sharia law an
  • Demonstrated drive for continuous improvement and incorporation of lessons learned and best practices into business process
  • Strong communication and excellent drafting skills


  • Fluency in English and the Somali language is essential (Oral and Written)

Other Skills:

  1. Experience in researching and analyzing security, political and social issues in Somalia is an
  2. Highly motivated with a positive attitude and pro‐active problem‐solving
  3. Proficiency in the use of computer with common software and internet; good knowledge of Microsoft Office
  4. Willingness and ability to work closely with governments, international institutions/agencies and
  5. Demonstration of professional behavior and personal ethics, transparency and openness to encourage respect and similar behavior from colleagues in the
  6. Experience of working successfully with a variety of stakeholders, particularly governments,

think‐tanks, media, and non-governmental organizations.

  1. Willingness to fight for equality in every aspect including

How to apply:

To apply for this position, please submit the following relevant documents:

  1. CV along with application letter and a copy of passport size
  2. Verified Copies of academic Certificates or

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. interested candidates should submit their CV along with their application letter via e-mail copying and not later than 30 June 2020 5:00PM in Somalia time.