Vacancy Announcement: (1) Position National Gender Associate Reporting to the: Ministry of Justice
Duty Station: Bay region Baidoa State Date: 28th Aug, 2018
Application closing date: 3rd September, 2018
The Ministry of Justice of Southwest State of Somalia is seeking qualified people from a recognized tertiary institution in the field of 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.
The Gender Unit will be established within the framework of the Somalia Constitution which guarantees equality and right to freedom from discrimination and guided from the various global, regional, and national policy commitments to gender equality and women empowerment (including Somalia National Gender Policy; SC Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security; CEDAW; the Beijing Platform of Action; the SDGs; the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA);the African Charter and Its Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa for Gender Equality). These policy documents provide a framework for integrating gender perspectives into the legal and judicial structures and institutions at policy and operational levels.
In this context, gender mainstreaming entails integrating gender issues into the justice sector and administration and improves the Government’s overall response to gender-based issues within and outside these institutions. With the establishment of the Gender Unit, the integration of gender issues in the justice sector has been recognized as key to operational effectiveness and institutional credibility.
National Gender Associate
Duties and Responsibilities
The Gender Justice Associate will work under the supervision and in close collaboration with the Gender Justice Specialist – Head of the Gender Unit. The Gender Justice Associate will support the Head of the Gender Unit through the following tasks:
- Provide support for the elaboration of a detailed 2-year work-plan for MOJ Gender Unit (2018-2019) and periodic reports on progress/results achieved, including consultations with key stakeholders across the justice sector;
- Provide support and contribute to the elaboration of a coordination/strategic partnership plan for the promotion/protection of women and girls’ rights and the effective mainstreaming of gender in: i. Ministry of Justice (including TDR Unit, Legal Aid and Legal Awareness Unit); South West State
justice sector (including courts, AGO, legal aid providers, lawyer’s association/s); iii. State government level (including with MOWHRD, MOS and Police Force).
- Provide support for the effective integration of a gender-sensitive and gender-responsive approach in awareness raising and information campaigns in justice sector, actively collaborating with MOJ specialized units (TDR Unit, Legal Aid and Legal Awareness Unit) and other justice sector’s actors (courts, AGO, legal aid providers, lawyers associations);
- Provide support for implementation of a gender-based capacity assessment of MOJ staff and elaboration of findings reports, including recommendations for action and elaboration of a capacity building/training plan for MOJ staff (based on results/findings of gender capacity assessment);
- Provide support for the elaboration of a draft training curriculum on women’s rights for justice sectors’ actors, in strict collaboration with justice actors and UN ROL JP partners;
- Provide support for the development of a comprehensive plan for the establishment of an information management system for: i. management of case-related information (with a focus on SGBV cases); ii. participation of female practitioners in MOJ and across the justice sector;
- Provide support (logistical and secretariat functions) to the coordination meetings between the justice and security actors on women’s access to justice
- Provide support to the monitoring visits and data collection on the progress and updates from the CDRH
The Gender Justice Associate will also be directly responsible for the following tasks:
- Maintain an appropriate filing system for approved work-plan activities for the Gender Unit;
- Maintain an appropriate filing system of the equipment and financial resources allocated to the Gender Unit (for verification and audit purposes);
- Provide support in regular monitoring visits and data collection of ROL JP gender-related activities as well as of other gender-related initiatives implemented across the justice sector;
- Participate in and provide support to trainings and/or awareness raising/sensitization initiatives on women and girls’ rights (in justice sector as well as other sectors);
- Assist in developing and implementing monitoring tools;
- Provide support in collecting, compiling and sharing updated information on the progress achieved in women and girls’ access to justice;
- Develop and maintain effective working relationship with relevant national and international stakeholders;
- Participate in the identification and mobilization of leaders to champion women and girls’ rights;
- Promote and participate in fundraising initiatives for women and girls’ access to justice programmes, including drafting of project
- Detailed work-plan for assignment and regular quarterly reports of progress/results achieved;
- Detailed 2-year work-plan for MOJ Gender Unit (2018-2019) and quarterly reports on progress/results achieved;
- Coordination/strategic partnership plan for the promotion/protection of women and girls’ rights and the effective mainstreaming of gender in: i. Ministry of Justice, Religious Affairs and Rehabilitation (including TDR Unit, Legal Aid and Legal Awareness Unit); ii. South West State justice sector (including courts, AGO, legal aid providers, lawyers association/s); iii. state government level (including with MOWHRD, MoS and Police Force).
- Planning document for establishment of information management system for: i. management of case- related information (with a focus on SGBV cases); ii. participation of female practitioners in MOJ and across the justice sector;
- Quality minutes of the justice and security sector coordination meetings
- Ethics and Values: demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity
- Organizational Awareness: demonstrate institutional knowledge and sound
- Development and Innovation: take charge of self-development and take
- Work in teams: demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural
- Communicating and Information Sharing: facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective
- Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards
- Conflict Management: surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable
- Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: encourage learning and sharing of
- Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
- Ability to provide policy, programme and strategic advice on Rule of Law with a specific focus on justice sector reforms in conflict/post-conflict
- Ability to design and implement institutional reform plans from a gender-sensitive / gender- responsive perspective, particularly for the justice sector, with ability to promote
- Ability to support institutional development and capacity building through elaboration and implementation of strategic and operational plans, guidelines and training
- Ability to effectively contribute to strategic planning, programme/project implementation, results- based management and
- Ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships with a variety of stakeholders (including government civil society, international development/aid community) and develop inter-institutional coordination and communication mechanisms
Required Skills and Experience Education
High school diploma and) or enrollment in graduate (BA)studies in law, political science/ international affairs, international development studies, gender/women’s studies, human rights or a related field.
- Knowledge of or experience in programme/project implementation in gender, rule of law and/or justice sector
- Knowledge of or experience in promoting institutional development and strengthening capacity of staff and counterparts in multi-cultural
- Knowledge of or experience in capacity building for gender, particularly design and implementation of training plans and training
- Knowledge of or experience in Somalia and/or countries with Sharia law or knowledge of Sharia law an
- Excellent communication skills
- Fluency in Somali and English (oral and written)
Interested and qualified candidates who meet the required qualifications are encouraged to submit their application and CV as hardcopy to the office of the Ministry of Justice & Judiciary Southwest State of Somalia-Baidoa or to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org & CC: email@example.com not later than 1st September, 2018
Qualified female candidates are very encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.