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
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 office of the Prime Minister (OPM) regarding the implementation of the Government’s Justice and Security Roadmap and in line with NDP9.
Access to Justice and Human Rights Department
Duration of Assignment
Objectives of Assignment
The Media and Communication Advisor will report to the Access to Justice and Human Rights Department as immediate supervisor, and also 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 Media and Communication Advisor will be recruited into, and embedded with, the Ministry of Justice in Mogadishu for duration of 3 months.
Ministry’s role on “Access to Justice and Human Rights” national Agenda is delivered.
Responsibilities and Accountabilities
- To support implementation of media strategies, tactics and messages to achieve, to be the main media communications contact and coordinate all media communication roles of the ministry; to draft media announcements, releases and advisories;
- Provide support and lead (where needed) in developing high quality communications content for external and internal use. Work with various departmental teams to ensure that the communications activities calendar is kept up to date and is applied for weekly planning in consultation with the DG and director of the access to Justice Departments and other support teams;
- Prepare and support formulation of background notes, speeches and talking points for public appearances, to produce high-quality and regular media and marketing material that meets the needs of MoJ and its partners; To pitch stories to journalists and organizing press briefings, as directed;
- To support development and use of related infrastructure, including press lists, media monitoring services, online broadcast video delivery services, etc.
- Develop a media outreach plan to identify and build relations with a network of traditional and specialized media and maintain these relations to increase ministry’s media profile;
- 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 First level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in Mass communication, (or preferably in communications, media, journalism and other related discipline is required)
- At least 3 years of professional experience in Media/Communications and and/or Public relations Affairs
- Experience in Somalia or in similar contexts is highly desirable;
- Sound understanding of Somali development needs and political/social 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