Lead Expert – Access to Justice and Gender Assessment
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Overview of position
The Somalia Joint Justice Programme (JJP), launched in August 2018, is a 30-month programme supporting the Somalia National Development Plan (NDP) 2017-2019 goal to “Establish independent, accountable and efficient justice institutions capable of addressing the justice needs of the people of Somalia”. Since the NDP highlights the challenges faced by women a to fully benefit from justice institutions, the JJP seeks to increase access to justice for the most vulnerable groups and particularly women. To this end, the programme will focus on two components. The first one relates to institutions and capacity building of justice actors and institutions to increase their capacities to provider justice services particularly to vulnerable groups including women. This will include among others: support to the establishment of special prosecutions cells for Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV)cases, community dispute resolution centres, capacity building for police, prosecutors and judges, increase of women personal in justice institutions as well as specific legal reform. The second component will address seek to bring justice services to the people particularly vulnerable groups through legal aid and legal awareness, mobile courts. It will also focus on addressing the social changes needed to support the institutional reform component through transformational training for women leaders and traditional/religious leaders to increase the participation of women in traditional justice mechanisms and support for the establishment of community-based mechanisms to support women seeking justice or redress.
The JJP has been partnering with New York University to measure the impact of the programme regarding perceptions, attitudes and behaviours regarding women’s access to justice. The baseline focuses on numerous issues ranging from access to formal justice institutions, perceived gender responsiveness of the traditional justice system, women’s access to land, women’s participation into the political process and in public institutions, interpretation of sharia law regarding women’s rights etc. A first baseline study has been conducted in Kismayo and Baidoa and will be expanded to Garowe and Jowhar. The mid-term and final evaluations will place additional emphasis on perceptions, attitudes and behaviours towards access to formal justice institutions, police, Attorney General Office (AGO) and Courts. In complement to the New York University study, the Joint Justice Programme seeks to conduct an analysis of key justice institutions (formal and informal) regarding their responsiveness to women, children and other vulnerable groups, particularly minority clans and IDPs.
Within this context, our client under the auspices of the UN Somalia Joint Justice Programme seeks to engage a Lead r Expert to conduct the study in collaboration with a National Gender consultant.
The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of our client's Portfolio Manager on Rule of law and Security in close collaboration with the Joint Justice and Corrections Section (JJCS) and Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHR), the United Nations Country Team (UNCT, the UN Rule of Law Global Focal Point (GFP) and the National Gender Consultant.
The overall objective is to undertake an analysis of challenges to access to justice for vulnerable groups in Somalia and gender assessment of key justice and rule of law institutions to ensure a comprehensive support base is created for women clients and other vulnerable groups, especially minority clans and IDPS to provide well-informed recommendations. The outcome of the study will complement the New York University study to ensure that a comprehensive support base is created for women clients within the Joint Justice Programme. It will also serve as a baseline for JJP and provide strategic guidance for future implementation of the Joint Justice Programme.
The study will focus on the supply side of the justice system and target both traditional and formal justice systems Police, Attorney General’s Offices, the courts and the corrections sector. It will also include an assessment on the inclusion of women in justice institutions and an analysis of the services provided by those institutions to vulnerable groups (including social-economic and cultural obstacles). The assessment will include identification of entry points for the programme to address such issues.
The scope of work will include but is not necessarily limited to:
- Gathering of information and data related to the inclusion of women personnel in justice institutions and their level of participation/contribution as well as the gender responsiveness of those institutions;
- Analysis of the situation of justice institutions (police, Attorney General’s Office (AGOs) and courts) regarding the inclusion of women personnel, their level of participation in those institutions and their contribution to the implementation of the institutions’ mandate. The consultant will also identify and analyse the structural barriers such as the social, cultural and institutional obstacles if any.
- Analysis of the functioning of justice institutions regarding cases involving vulnerable groups particularly women and girls, minority clans and IDPs. This will include collection of data regarding the type of cases and the institutions to which they were brought to, the response provided by those institutions, the adjudication process followed particularly by the traditional justice mechanisms (level and mode of participation of women in the process) and the interactions between those institutions particularly between the alternative dispute resolution centres, the police, AGO and the courts. The analysis will also include the social, economic and cultural factors that influence the response of those institutions towards women, children, minority clans and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs);
- Identify opportunities and entry points for the programme and proposed strategies to address the identified challenges with a view to ensure that the programme increases access to justice for vulnerable groups particularly women, children, minority clans and IDPs and contributes to their empowerment.
Methodology for the study:
The methodology used shall include a combination of desk reviews, interviews, site visit and focus group discussions. It shall be comprehensive (including detailed methods, techniques of data collection, analysis and sampling framework) and data collection tools. It will also provide a roadmap for the study with clear plan for engagement and explanation how quantitative and qualitative data will be collected and used in the study. Participatory techniques and other approaches for gathering and analysing data should be paramount in the assessment.
The study shall be of a consultative nature and will involve both national and international stakeholders which will assist the JJP to take the discussions forward for future interventions.
The key inputs to the assessment shall include but are not limited to;
- An inception report outlining the consultants’ approach and proposed methodology to undertake the tasks;
- Desk review of relevant documents (policy documents, reports, data already available). Both quantitative and qualitative data may be reviewed in relation to the work on elimination of violence against women, sexual and gender-based violence as well as conflict related sexual violence, economic rights and social justice to identify areas of improvement/enhancement;
- Interviews and/or Focus group discussion with key stakeholders (staff at AGO, Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development, donors, civil society organizations, UN Agencies, International Development Law Organization (IDLO), traditional elders, women leaders, women clients, representatives from minority clans and IDPs and other actors at the national and FMS levels etc.);
- Observation of dispute resolution processes by traditional justice mechanisms and trial monitoring;
- Identify the existence and capacities of key stakeholders across the GBV referral pathways in the targeted areas;
- Selection and analysis of sample case, per category of identified cases, and decisions from Justice institutions informed by a gender and conflict lens.
Project Reporting: Rule of Law and Security Portfolio Manager.
• At least 10 years of relevant national/international working experience in international development sector, especially working on gender equality issues, social justice, access to justice for vulnerable groups;
• Experience and In-depth knowledge of capacity development programming on elimination of violence and discrimination against women and /or women access to justice;
• Extensive knowledge of international, regional and national gender standards and experience in best practices in promoting women’s human rights and access to justice is highly desirable;
• Experience working on gender issues particularly related to SGBV, social justice and/or economic empowerment at either national or international level;
• Experience with implementing gender mainstreaming across various sections, including gender mainstreaming within human rights and justice programmes with the United Nations, national governments, international organizations and/or civil society organization in a developing country highly desirable.
• Experience of working in countries with Sharia and plural legal systems
• Experience of working in conflict/post conflict settings are desirable;
• Project implementation experience with the UN system is an advantage;
• Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UNs values and ethical standards;
• Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of our client
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
• Treats all people fairly and without favouritism;
• Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
• Awareness and sensitivity regarding gender Issues
• Creative problem solving
• Effective communication
• Inclusive collaboration
• Stakeholder engagement
• Leading by example
• Knowledge of methodologies and best practices for promoting gender equality, equity and women empowerment in general and in Somalia in particular;
• Proven ability to advocate and provide policy advice in gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment;
• Sound practical knowledge on gender issues related to SGBV, social justice and/or economic empowerment and related strategies implemented by government institutions especially in conflict and post-conflict countries;
• Strong analytical, research and report-writing skills including ability to synthesise
information from various sources using a combination of data collection techniques (interviews, legal research, observation and FGDs to draw from its key themes/issues to produce well written reports;
• Ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships with decision-makers and to relate to external partners including international organizations and NGOs including women’s organizations, grassroots community groups, etc.,
• High degree of political acumen and sensitivity and demonstrated ability to achieve results in politically and operationally complex environments;
• Ability to assess and prioritize work needs as well as to multi-task and juggle competing priorities;
• Ability to work effectively individually as well as effectively within a team and, harmoniously with people from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;
• Outstanding presentation and strong public speaking, interpersonal and diplomatic skills as well as the ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders and to present ideas clearly and effectively;
• Good knowledge of the UN System and understanding of inter-agency coordination processes is an advantage.
• Proficiency in data processing software such as SPSS, STATA and or other known relevant statistical programmes
• Excellent Microsoft Word and PowerPoint skills
- On completion of each deliverable, achievement of Deliverables will be approved by the client's Rule of Law and Security Portfolio Manager. Payment will be made following certification by our client that the services related to each deliverable have been satisfactorily performed and the Deliverables have been achieved
- Consultant will be required to have a personal laptop computer.
- Interested candidates please apply before 27-05-2019
- Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.