Vacancy: Community Group Facilitator – Puntland


International Development Law Organization


The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) enables governments and empowers people to reform laws and strengthen institutions to promote peace, justice, sustainable development and economic opportunity. We contribute to creating stable and inclusive societies where every person can live free from fear and want, in dignity and under the rule of law.

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The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) has extensive experience and a good track record of implementing successful rule of law programs in conflict and post-conflict contexts like Somalia. Since 2012 IDLO has been working with government authorities at both the federal and state levels as well as key justice institutions and the informal justice system to enable them to fulfil their core functions, improve governance and strengthen access to justice for citizens, particularly for the most vulnerable. IDLO’s programs aim to promote the rule of law in Somalia across a number of areas, including institution building, policy and legal reform, access to justice and human rights, stabilization and countering violent extremism.


In Puntland, IDLO in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and Religious Affairs (MOJRAR), has been promoting equitable access to justice for Somali citizens, including vulnerable populations, through a reformed and modernized Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system in Somalia.  To this end, IDLO is supporting the establishment and operationalization of three ADR Centers in North Galkayo, Buhodle and Badhan whose mandate is, thanks to a roster of selected adjudicators from the communities, deliver justice services and handle cases raised at community level.

In light of the essential role played by the informal justice actors and the new ADR Centers, it is important to raise legal awareness and promote the mandate and role of the centers at community level, as well as facilitate discussion and exchange with the different stakeholders (i.e. formal justice institutions, police, vulnerable groups, youth etc.) to collect feedbacks, promote accountability and address gaps raised by the community members.

To this end, IDLO, in collaboration with MOJRAR, seeks to identify a local facilitator in North Galkayo, Buhodle and Badhan to prepare and coordinate community dialogues meant to increase awareness on ADR and empower the communities to demand quality justice service and make ADR centers socially accountable. In particular community dialogues will be addressed to:

  1. Community leaders, male and female, representative of the municipality, formal courts, police, civil society and community paralegals, Community Based Organizations to coordinate efforts and foster collaboration;
  2. Vulnerable categories, i.e. women, minorities, IPDs etc. The gender perspective and approach has to be taken into particular account during the community dialogue to foster the role of women for advocating and participating in the community dispute resolution. The community dialogue will represent a safe space for vulnerable peopled to present the challenges they are facing on access to justice;
  3. Youth and youth organizations to improve and foster their relations with the ADR Centers.

The total number of people per community dialogue is estimated around 60 participants.

At the end of each community dialogue, participants will have acquired knowledge and awareness about the centers, their relevance for the communities and will be able also to promote their use in the community. In addition, during the community dialogues participants will provide their feedback on the wok of the ADR centers, how they need are addressed and areas of improvement.


 The selected candidate(s) will be responsible for designing, managing and reporting the community dialogues. She/He will drive the discussion during the community group to ensure that the scope of the activity is reached.


  • Support MOJRAR and IDLO in identifying the attendees and prepare the agenda to guide the discussion;
  • Coordinate an estimated number of four community dialogue per community;
  • Draft concise reports to summarize the event, highlighting the feedback received from the participants and recommendations.


The meetings are expected to be conducted during the period August- September 2019.


The remuneration will be agreed based on the number of community dialogue scheduled in each ADR center.

 Ideal Candidate Profile

 Education and Work Experience

  • Advanced University Degree in Law, Gender studies, Development Studies or equivalent
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience as trainer and/or facilitator in community mobilization activities, particularly with a focus on gender and legal issues.

Language skills

  • Fluent oral and writing skills in English and Somali.

 Specific Technical skills and competencies

  • Excellent knowledge of the Somali context and of the communities;
  • Familiarity with the Xeer system and Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms in Somalia;
  • Experience and familiarity with legal and paralegal aid is an asset;
  • Excellent knowledge of the gender issues and barriers to access to justice for women in Somalia;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting trainings and seminars;
  • Proficient in utilizing standard industry technology, including Microsoft Office and related software;
  • Very good communication and mediation skills;
  • Ability to interact and engage with government representatives, elders and civil society organizations.

 Behavioral competencies

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Enthusiastic and proactive attitude in building partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders and driving results, including at the senior level;
  • Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, flexibility and an entrepreneurial spirit. Ability to respond timely to queries and provide feedback;
  • Self-motivated and dynamic with a willingness and ability to use initiative to assist the organization to achieve its objectives;
  • Keen sense of ethics, integrity and commitment to IDLO’s mandate;
  • Ability and willingness to travel in Puntland.

How to Apply

  1. CV along with the Application
  2. In your application letter please indicate if you have a particular expertise or experience related to the task.

 Interested candidates should submit their CV along with their application letter via and not later than 20th August, 2019 5:00 PM

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