Under the auspices of the Somali Compact 2014 – 2016 that was agreed in September 2013 and the United Nations Somalia Integrated Strategic Framework 2014 – 2016 signed with the Federal Government on 29 October 2014, the Somalia Joint Rule of Law Programme (‘the Programme’) has been developed. The Programme is designed to support the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) in achieving the Somali Compact Peace-building and State-building Goals (PSGs) 2 Security (Policing component) and 3 Justice, which identifies the strategic objectives of establishing unified, capable, accountable and rights-based Somali federal security institutions providing basic safety and security for all; and establishing independent and accountable justice institutions capable of addressing the justice needs of the people of Somalia by delivering justice for all. In accordance with the Compact’s Special Agreement for Somaliland, the Programme also includes separate work-plans for Justice & Corrections and Police as well as the associated results frameworks that are aligned to the Somaliland needs and priorities.
The Programme is founded on the Somalia Rule of Law Programme Priorities which were developed by the PSG 2 and PSG 3 Working Groups and endorsed by the Somali Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF) Steering Committee on 31 August 2014 as a thematic priority for part of the initial funding pipeline for the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund (UN MPTF). The Programme adopts the thematic approach of rule of law for support to police, justice and corrections and builds on previous support provided to rule of law, and in particular the progress already made under the Somali Compact as reported by PSG 2 and 3 Working Groups and discussed in Copenhagen in November 2014.
The Programme represents a joint approach by the United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the UN Country Team to strengthen collaboration, focus and coherence to support the implementation of the Somalia Rule of Law Programme Priorities. The Programme builds on the positive gains, experience, expertise and added value of relevant UN partners under the Global Focal Point Arrangement to advance rule of law and constitutes a key landmark to maximize impact of UN interventions, minimize overlapping activities and maximize UN MPTF resources and know-how of the UN to “deliver as one” to enhance justice and security for all Somalis. The Programme framework ensures that collective UN action to enhance rule of law retains capacity building, gender equality and human rights principles as cross-cutting issues of this approach as outlined in the Somali Compact.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager Rule of Law Project, he/she is responsible for the management of the UNDP Justice Technical Team with regards to capacity building to justice and corrections institutions and actors. He/she will develop and coordinate UNDP’s efforts to develop and strengthen the justice system in Somalia, with a special focus on the establishment of an independent and accountable judiciary.
He/she will work in close collaboration with the national Justice experts in the UNDP Area offices, the Police Technical Team, National Area Project Managers, operations team, programme staff in other UN Agencies, and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful implementation of capacity building related activities.
He/she will provide strategic guidance and advisory services to the national counterparts including but not limited to policy making processes, legislation review, capacity building and institutional reform mechanisms.
Summary of key functions:
Ensures knowledge building and management.
Ensures capacity building of Justice and Corrections Institutions in the area of policy making and legislative drafting processes focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Provide technical advice to the Judiciary with a view to building national capacities and strengthening the rule of law.
Ensure capacity-building of national counterparts including the Ministries of Justice, the Attorney General Offices and the Judiciaries at the Federal and state levels;
Provide support to development of Judiciary policies and institutions in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
Provide support to key accountability and oversight bodies. Contribute to the establishment of a Human Rights Bill and Commission.
Effective capacity building of the Justice System Stakeholders to cater for the capacity development needs of all justice actors (judges, prosecutors, lawyers, legal aid providers, court clerks) focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Provide support to the Judicial Training in conducting needs assessment, formulation and implementation of training policies and programmes for judges and prosecutors.
Provide capacity development support to practicing lawyers and legal service providers (due process, counselling and representation, referral etc.).
Establish support to faculties of law and scholarship programmes for members of the Judiciary to receive induction training, advanced judicial training and develop strategies to increase the knowledge and capacity of the staff of the Judiciary;
Develop and ensure implementation of case management systems and tools within courts and prosecution offices.
Provide technical and advisory services to institutional reform processes focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Development of accreditation standards for law schools to ensure the quality and uniformity of legal education. Ensure that UNDP assistance builds national capacity to operate legal education and professional training institutions.
Provide technical advice to strengthen the judiciary, including developing indicators for measuring improvements;
Facilitate the development of mechanisms and procedures to ensure that the selection and appointment of judges is based on professional, merit-based criteria in a transparent and independent process which represents the diversity of the country.
Contribute to the development of standards of performance and internal regulations for the justice sector.
Ensures effective and efficient results-based project management focusing on the achievement of the Somaliland Rule of Law programme development and its implementation in 2018 following results:
Develop project document with clear objectives, theory of change, outputs and indicators.Prepare donor reports and donor proposals to raise funds for the Somaliland Rule of Law project.
inputs and outputs in line with the project’s approved annual work
Facilitating day-to-day management of the ROL project activities, covering all phases of the project and adhering to the Project Document and annual work plans;
As required, represent the project in national/international fora/discussions on the Judiciary
Ensures knowledge building and management:
Identify sources of information related to capacity development of the judiciary and judicial institutions, and lessons learned directly linked to the rule of law
Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice
Organize trainings for the key Rule of Law partners on judiciary issues
Successful implementation of the Rule of Law Programme 2018 onwards and the NDP II shall ensure increased injection of both short and longer term institutional capacity development at different levels, resulting in the overall success of the Programme in Somaliland.
Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda
Results-Orientation and Development Effectiveness:
Building Strategic Partnerships
Identifying and Building Partnerships
Developing promotional projects and organizational messages
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Creating Visibility for UNDP/Supporting UNDP’s Capacity to Advocate
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Developing innovative and creative approaches
Conceptual Innovation in the Provision of Technical Expertise
Developing innovative and creative approaches
VI. Recruitment Qualifications
Master’s Degree or equivalent in Law, Human Rights, Political Science, or law related field.
Minimum of 7 years relevant work experience in law or other relevant legal area;
Relevant experience in formulating and conducting capacity development trainings.
Experience in the design and implementation of rule of law support programmes, preferably in developing countries and/or countries emerging from crisis;
Experience with informal justice and alternative dispute resolution mechanism preferred;
Strong IT skills.
Excellent oral and written English skills