Terms of Reference (TOR) For National Consultant for Coordination and Policy Reform on Gender in Security Sector Reform and WPS Agenda – Mogadishu, Somalia

Federal Republic of Somalia – PMO

Terms of Reference (TOR) For National Consultant for Coordination  and  Policy Reform on Gender in Security Sector Reform and WPS Agenda – Mogadishu, Somalia

Jamhuuriyadda Federaalka Soomaaliya

ةيلاردـيفلا لاــموــصلا ةـيروـهـمـج

Xafiiska Ra’iisul Wasaaraha

ءارزولا سيئر بتكم

The Federal Republic of Somalia

Office of the Prime Minister


Post title

National   Consultant   for  Coordination  and  Policy Reform on Gender in Security Sector Reform and WPS Agenda


Individual Contract

Organization unit

Office  of  the  Prime  Minister  and  UNSOM-UNDP integrated Security Sector Reform (I-SSR) Section


4 months


Mogadishu, with potential travel to the Federal Member States

Deadline for Application


Job description


Somali Women are often excluded from decision-making and political processes, as well as f rom post-conflict reconstruction efforts, in particular in the security sector. Although the 2017 Security Pact called for the adoption of a “strategy to mainstream gender and the WPS Agend a across the security sector”, and despite the ‘2019 Women’s Charter for Somalia and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women calling for zero tolerance of gender-ba sed violence the absence of gender disaggregated data and analysis of women’s participation and representation in the security sector hampers a more strategic engagement to increase women’s representation in the sector. A thorough assessment and consultations of this situation will facilitate strategic and meaningful engagement of UNSOM and international partners with national counterparts.

The Integrated Security Sector Reform (I-SSR) Section of UNSOM provides strategic advice and technical support to the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and Federal Member States (FMS) led security sector reforms in-line with the Comprehensive Approach to Security (CAS), the National Security Architecture Agreement, the Transition Plan, and the National Development Plan 9/Mutual Accountability Framework. The integrated approach allows UNSOM to meet its mandated tasks, as reflected below, with UNDP and UNSOM working to deliver the Security Sector Governance component. The work of the I-SSR Section is based on the agreed CAS principles of ensuring that Somalia’s security institutions are affordable, acceptable, accountable, and able.

On the auspices of Gender mainstreaming, advancing women’s role in security institutions and implementation of WPS agenda in the security sector reform programs, the Of fice of the Prime Minister (OPM) Gender & Human Rights Coordination, Peacebuilding Coordination, and Security Analysis Unit, in collaboration with the UNSOM I-SSR Section, will jointly implement the advancement of women’s participation in the Somali Security and Women, Peace & Security (WPS) project on the establishment of a national institutional mechanism to support the WPS agenda in Somalia. This will support the strategic coordination, monitoring, and implementation of the WPS agenda in Somali security institutions at all levels and the alignment of gender policies for the security sector, which will be developed out of the assessment, data collections and the consultation forums.

Key priorities are to: (i) identify national barriers and entry points to women’s meaningful

participation in the security sector in Somalia; (ii) Target the FGS and the FMS political leadership, and leading ministries and institutions of the security sector within Somalia’s federation, and create an important platform to promote the WPS agenda in the country’s security institutions by setting baselines, by reviewing the current challenges and policies, and by informing policy reform for equal participation of women in the security sector.

Ensuring inclusion and active engagement of civil society, community elders, youth and women groups, both at the FGS and the FMS level and allow a better understanding of the obstacles women face in the country’s security sector; enhanced strategic coordination of the implementation of the WPS agenda in the country’s security sector; as well as an increased advocacy and networking on the overall inclusion of women in the security sector, in particular in decision – making and leadership that will in-turn improve the institutionalization of gender related issues in Somalia’s security institutions and to promote women’s meaningful participation in the Somali security sector by assessing current obstacles to their recruitment, retention and promotion, and by identifying measures to address them.

Scope of work

The geographical scope be the Mogadishu. Banadir region and the five FMS. The duration of the assignment will be 4 months from 20 July 2021 until 20 November 2021.

Specific tasks of the consultancy will include the following:

In collaboration with the OPM, conduct stakeholder forums to discuss, identify and provide policy recommendations on actions and mechanisms to enhance and empower women’s roles and participation in the security sector.

Engage with gender focal points or relevant departmental heads in both FGS and FMS security ministries and security institutions to extract information on policy and regulation gaps in relation to recruitment, retention, and promotion in the Somalia’s security sector.

Examine in collaboration with the Parliament Defense, Security and Gender Committees on the current legislative gaps and institutional barriers to women’s recruitment, retention, and promotion in the Somalia’s security sector.

Engage with civil society organization, women’s group, women’s leaders and scholars to discuss and identify cultural, structural, political, legislative gaps and institutional barriers to women’s participation in the security sector.

Discuss how risks of SGBV to female personnel can be addressed and reduced with stronger accountability mechanisms.

Engage with FGS and FMS Ministries of Women and Human rights to discuss policy and awareness campaign which can facilitate the establishment of quota for women in defense and security institutions.

Identification of norms, policies, and commitments of the FGS and FMS to advance the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women at all levels of the security sector, such as the quota system, and analysis of the level of implementation of these policies, including those that address SGBV, and the challenges for their fulfilment.

Develop provision of recommendations to increase women’s representation and participation in the security sector, including drafting of a proposal for a communications campaign to attract women’s talent for the security sector.

To undertake the consultation forums and policy reforms the consultant will engage with OPM Gender & Human Rights Unit , security and peacebuilding coordination units, as well as the FGS, Banadir Administration and FMS counterparts, such as Ministry of Internal Security, Ministry of Defense, Somali Police Force, Somali Defense Forces, National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), Immigration and Border Security and Custodial Corps, including female personnel in the security sector, women’s civil society organizations and other stakeholders, with the OPM, OPM Gender & Human Rights, Peacebuilding Coordination and Security Analysis Units and I-SSR Section having the oversight on the coordination, consultations and policy reforms implementation.

The Consultant will also work closely with OPM Gender & Human Rights, Peacebuilding, and Security Analysis units as well as UNSOM I-SSR, UN Police, Defense Sector Reform and Gender Sections, and the good offices for engagement of UNSOM, UNCT leadership with the country high-level authorities on the need to elevate the discussions on the implementation of WPS agenda in the security sector.

Key Measurable Deliverables

In collaboration with the OPM and UNSOM I-SSR organize and manage consultation with key stakeholders on women´s participation in the security sector.

Organize forums with broad participation on increasing women’s role and participation in the security sector.

Present the findings from the consultations processes with recommendations for policy reform.

Provide recommendations for a national mechanism that would enhance the role of women in the security sector.


National Consultant for Coordination and Policy Reform on Gender in Security Sector Reform and WPS Agenda reports to the Gender Focal Point of the I-SSR Section and OPM Gender & Human Rights Coordination, and Peacebuilding Coordination Unit office assigned personnel for project oversight.

Provide weekly situation report and Monthly activities report to both I-SSR and OPM Gender & Human Rights Coordination and Peacebuilding Coordination Units.

Recruitment Qualifications and Competencies

Education: Master’s degree Security studies, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Gender Studies, International Law, Public Policy, or related fields. A degree from a military staff/war college is strongly preferred, or any other related field.

A first-level university degree in combination with four additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience and skills:

At least four years of responsible experience in the areas of gender and human rights and Security Sector.

Previous experience working with security agencies.

Experience in drafting strategic analysis, facilitation of high-level forums and policy reform.

Good understanding of the political, social, cultural and gender dynamics of Somalia

Demonstrated knowledge of gender mainstreaming in security sector reform.

Demonstrated experience in supporting capacity building exercises with proven experience in providing technical support with a facilitation role.

Institutional knowledge of the UN and the Federal government of Somalia would be an asset.

Excellent communication skills.

Good in report and policy writing.

Experience in coordination, policy forms and formulation of high-level forums.

Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

No criminal record.

No evidence of any criminal of terrorist associations.

Demonstration of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for d iversity.

Language and other skills

Good knowledge of English and Fluency in Somali is required.

Assessment Method:

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Submission of application

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application via email  hrm@opm.gov.so and copy  unsom-rolsig-i-ssr@un.org

Submission package


A cover letter with a brief presentation of your consultancy explaining your suitability for the work and link to portfolio of work.

All relevant academic certificates

NISA Certificate or CID Certificate, Passport and or National Identification Card.

Applications submitted after 07 July 2021 will not be accepted.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply





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