Project Manager – Somaliland

LAW is an independent, non-profit organisation comprised of human rights lawyers working in fragile and conflict affected areas in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. We have a particular focus on gender equality and sexual and gender-based violence, natural resource exploitation, rule of law and accountability, and transformative justice, working to bring justice to those who need it most. LAW’s ground-breaking work has received international and local media coverage, and recognition.

Somaliland Programme

LAW is planning to set up a consortium with other partner organisations in coordination with the Somaliland authorities and other relevant stakeholders on enhancing access to justice for survivors of Gender Based Violence. We are searching for a committed human-rights oriented professional to set up and project manage the implementation of this project and to provide technical support and guidance to ensure that the project objectives are achieved.

The post holder will be based in Hargeisa, Somaliland and will be our focal person engaging and networking with our partners, taking the lead in implementation of activities to ensure the achievement of project objectives and delivery of outputs.


Reports to: Programme Manager Horn of Africa

Duration:12 months: extension subject to funding and performance

Location: Hargeisa, Somaliland

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week

Role Overview and Responsibility:

The postholder will ensure the implementation of the programme is within budget and manage key relationships with all stakeholders and perform duties in accordance with the responsibilities outlined below:


· Work collaboratively with the Consortium partners to initiate the project in Somaliland and establish partnerships with key agencies and government institutions;

· Ensure the implementation of the project in line with the proposal, budgets, strategies and donor requirements as well as LAW tools and policies.

· Identify women organisations and stakeholders to participate in the project.

· Coordinate, train and develop tools and guidance for project partners.

· Represent LAW in the working group mechanisms;

· Coordinate meetings and workshops as well as visits to project activities and sites;

· Develop the capacity of the office to document, disseminate and learn from project activities

Project Management:

· Plan, monitor and report on the project in collaboration with the Head of Kenya and the Horn.

· Regularly report internally on project implementation as well as contribute to narrative reports for the donor.

· Maintain records relating to project implementation on all technical and financial aspects of project operations;

· Ensure the safety and security of project staff in the field;

· Ensure effective M&E tools are developed and global indicators are demonstrated through impact evaluation.

· Ensure the programme activities are in line with due diligence and LAW policies and procedures;

· Manage the budget allocated in compliance with LAW policies/ frameworks as well as donor regulations

· Undertake any other assignments as requested by LAW management.

Advocacy and Communications:

· Raise the profile and visibility of the programme with external stakeholder and represent LAW on national and regional platforms.

· With the support of the line manager and consortium partners, develop and implement an advocacy strategy to realise project objectives

· Establish networks with local NGO and Government bodies;

· Ensure website and social media content related to the programme is up to-date and engaging audiences by contributing to LAW advocacy tools, including factsheets and the LAW Annual Report;

Experience, Skills and Qualifications Required:

This is a national position and only Somaliland citizens will be considered for this position with no criminal record.

· Bachelor’s degree in human rights law, criminal law, refugee law or relevant social science;

· 5 years demonstrated experience in development and/or humanitarian work preferably in programme management access to justice and working with survivors of GBV;

· Knowledge and experience in legal aid services, working with vulnerable communities and gender programming in complex environments.

· Demonstrated experience in project management, M&E and budget management.

· Good knowledge of donor regulations and reporting.

· Good understanding and experience in working at district and/or community level with government and UN systems

· Experience representing vulnerable individuals is essential, with experience in case management cases of sexual and gender-based violence and/or child protection cases preferred;

· Ability to meet tight deadlines

· Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and strong technical literacy;

· Excellent written and oral required in both English and Somali

Terms of Contract

This is a project funded position with an attractive package commensurate offered for the nature of the position depending on the candidate’s skills and experience. Other benefits include: 25 days annual leave per annum, public holidays and health insurance. In addition, travelling and training opportunities to enhance your professional development. The contract will be renewable on the basis of performance and availability of funds

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