The Ministry of Justice was created in 1956 during the joint Somali/Italian administration with the aim of achieving a sustainable democratic system of governance that operates within a clearly defined and predictable legal environment. The responsibility of the Ministry is to promote democracy, good governance and human rights through the development of policies and programs that enhance the enjoyment of social, economic and political rights. The Ministry of Justice is headed by a Minister who is appointed by the Prime Minister and supported by the deputy Minister. The duties and obligations include: policy formulations on legal drafting, advocacy, external relations, as well as to serve as agents for justice, and respect to the supremacy and rule of law. The Ministry is administered by the Director General (DG) and the rest of the departments working under him as the structure indicates.
Name of Host Institution
Ministry of Justice, Federal Government of Somalia (FGS)
Address of Host Institution
Martine Road, Hamar-wayne District, Mogadishu
Focal Point at Host Institution
Mr. Muhyadin Hashi Dalmar, Admin and Finance Director
Martine Road, Hamar-wayne District, Mogadishu
Background Information about Host Institution
The Ministry of Justice is a public federal government institution. Its mission is to;
- To continually strive to empower our people by delivering justice, equality before the law, truth, dignity and integrity;
- To assist in restoring order and to create faith in an environment where the rule of law prevails;
- To promote democracy, good governance and human rights through the development of policies that enhance the enjoyment of social, economic and political rights;
- Building and strengthening the capacity of the justice system especially the independence of the Judiciary, based on Justice, Equality, Trust and respecting the Constitution, Laws and other By-laws of the Country.
The position falls within the framework of the Federal Government of Somalia Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and its endeavors to coordinate and be a focal point of the ministry’s relations with the office of the Prime Minister (OPM) regarding the implementation of the Government’s Justice and Security Roadmap and in line with NDP9. MoJ seeks a Legal Advisor to provide technical support to the MOJ’s legal affairs department in coordinating the development and implementation of the ministry’s role of the Justice and Security Roadmap on Juvenile Justice and child protection reform activities.
Access to Justice and Human Rights Department
Duration of assignment
Objectives of Assignment
The Juvenile Justice Advisor will report to the Access to Justice and Human Rights Department as immediate supervisor, and also the Director-General (DG) of the ministry and is responsible to coordinate, draft, review and finalize national policy on protecting the children and justice for the children. The incumbent will conduct services with, make submissions to and build relationships between OPM’s office JSR/NDP9, The MoJ, and other similar Juvenile Justice divisions and child protection authorities of government ministries and institutions that are part of “Justice and Security Roadmap” (JSR).
The Juvenile Justice Advisor will be recruited into, and embedded with, the Ministry of Justice in Mogadishu for a duration of 3 months.
- Ministry’s role on “Access to Justice and Human Rights” national Agenda is delivered.
Responsibilities and Accountabilities
- Conduct research on legal issues related to Juvenile Justice and Child Rights and ensure the draft Juvenile Justice Bill is in line with international Human Rights standards;
- Support MoJ to conduct consultations on draft Juvenile Justice Bill and seek consensus in line with human rights standards;
- Provide support in the presentation of the draft Juvenile Justice Bill to the Council of Ministers, committees of the Federal parliament, UN agencies and other stakeholders in answering questions raised by them and other institutions or agencies;
- Printing of minimum standards of children in detention booklets on age verification and diversion guidelines, monitoring and case management of children in detention, police training on diversion, child rights and GBV,
- Transfer his/her knowledge and skills to the Legal Affairs Department local staff.
- Perform other work-related duties as required.
- Shows respect for others,
- Interpersonal skills,
- Understands others’ viewpoints,
- Accepts/provides constructive criticism,
- Makes positive decisions,
- Takes responsibility for actions,
- Communicates with colleagues,
- Organizes time effectively.
- Planning & Organizing,
- Motivation & Team Development,
- Stress Tolerance,
- Cognitive Competencies.
Education and Experience
- A degree in Law/Social Science or related field
- At least 3 years of professional experience in justice for children, corrections, law enforcement or child counselling, monitoring;
- Experience in Somalia or in similar contexts is highly desirable;
- Sound understanding of Somali legal development needs and justice/judiciary environment;
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to develop excellent relations with Somali counterparts and external actors;
- Ability to live, work, and travel in Somalia.
Ability to write, read and communicate in Somali and English