Consultancy – National Legal Trainer – Somalia


Consultancy – National Legal Trainer – Somalia

Terms of Reference

National Legal Trainer


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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 Somalia, IDLO has been promoting equitable access to justice for Somali citizens, including vulnerable populations, through a reformed and modernized Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system. In collaboration with the Ministry of Justice of the Federal Government of Somalia and the Ministries of Justice of the Federal Member States (FMS), IDLO is supporting the establishment and operationalization of nine ADR Centers across the country. In light of the essential role played by informal justice actors and the newly-established ADR Centers in their communities, it is vital that the ADR Centers’ adjudicators settle disputes in compliance with the human right standards, with a focus on women’s rights, the Somali Provisional Constitution, the judicial system, and the Somali Law provisions with reference to the ADR areas of jurisdiction. Given the essential role played by informal justice actors and the newly-established ADR Centres as it is vital that ADR Centre Adjudicators are familiar with the Constitution, the structure of the judicial system, key legislation, and human rights standards—especially as these apply to women and other vulnerable groups. To support compliance of ADR actors with human rights standards, IDLO—with support of the ADR Units in the respective states— will conduct seven 4-day trainings on key legislation and human rights including women’s rights and on inclusive modes of dispute resolution, targeting all the ADR Centre Adjudicators, as well as other relevant stakeholders (including Government officials and women’s groups) in Galmudug, South West, Jubaland, Puntland and Hirshabelle using a dedicated training manual and training materials.

To reach the above deliverable IDLO is looking to establish a team composed up to three (3) national Legal Trainers with relevant experience in teaching basic human rights principles, Sharia Law, women’s rights and children rights and with a great understanding of the local context and particularly of with the customary system.


The Legal Trainers, depending on their area of expertise, will be re quested to achieve on ore more of the following deliverables


The Legal Trainer will be expected to perform all or part of the following deliverables, depending on the level of expertise.

Period Description Estimated n. of working days
May 2021 

(2 weeks)

Deliverable N.1 

·       Need Assessment. The Assessment will be conducted remotely through online interviews to a sample of ADR staff and IDLO (or in person if possible)

·       Curriculum Development. Based on the need assessment, the trainer will develop a basic curriculum for ADR adjudicators. The Curriculum will identify subjects, module and sub-topics to address the gaps of the adjudicators, foster the knowledge and skills to settle disputes promoting a HRs based approach.

·       Revision of the IDLO Basic Legal Manual for adjudicators. Based on the finding of the need assessments the Legal Expert will revise and update the Manual to eventually cover gaps in terms of contents.

June –July 2020 


Deliverable N. 2 

Delivery a maximum of seven (7) 4-day trainings on key legislation and international human rights norms in the project locations. The deliverable will include the following activities

·       Preparation of the Agenda

·       Preparation of training materials (PPT, exercises, final test, methodology

·       Delivery of a 4-day training and drafting training reports

The Agenda and training materials will be informed by the findings of the need assessment and updated contents of the training manual. The PPT training material will be drafted following IDLO’s Template and will become exclusive property of IDLO.

5 day per training (training delivery and one day for training report)

Estimated Timeframe and Reporting

The deliverable will be produced over a period of maximum 60 days. The specific dates for training will be agreed with the ADR Program Manager and the counterparts. The Trainers will report to the Field Program Manager. IDLO might engage more than one trainer to reach the deliverables, depending on the time available and the mobility and accessibility to the training locations vis-à-vis the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and security challenges.

Ideal Candidate ProfileS

Education and Work Experience

  • Advanced University Degree in Law and Islamic Law;
  • A minimum of 7 years’ experience in delivering training on human rights standards and Islamic Law;
  • Previous experience in drafting training materials, concept notes, reports and manuals’
  • Previous experience of working in Somalia in the area of access to justice, informal justice, ADR is an asset.

Language skills

  • Fluent oral and writing skills in English and Somali.

Specific Technical skills and competencies

  • Excellent writing skills in English and Somali;
  • Excellent knowledge for the Somali traditional justice system and ability to interact with elders, sheiks and scholars
  • Excellent knowledge of the Provisional Constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Puntland Constitution, Sharia Law; international human rights standards, as well as of the protection of vulnerable groups, such as women and children;
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting trainings and seminars;
  • Expertise in utilizing Microsoft Office and related software;
  • Ability to interact and engage with government representatives, elders and stakeholders.

Behavioral competencies

  • Strong communications and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines;
  • Ability to respond timely to queries and provide feedback;
  • Keen sense of ethics, integrity and commitment to IDLO’s mandate;
  • Ability and willingness to travel across Somalia.


Interested candidates shall submit their application through Impactpool website at the Below the link by June 6, 2021.





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