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Posted: 15 July 2021
Location: Hargiesa
Posted: 15 July 2021
Location: Hargiesa

Program Officer

Posted: 15 July 2021
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14 August 2021 Project Management Hargiesa Full Time University Of Hargiesa
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University of Hargeisa

Law Legal Aid Clinic


Position Title Program Officer
Report to Legal Aid Clinic Executive Director
Duty station Hargiesa, with frequent travel to project locations
Duration Project Based  
Number of positions 1
Issue Date 14 July 2021
Closing date 21 July 2021

About University of Hargesia Legal Aid Clinic:

 University of Hargeisa Legal aid clinic (LAC) was established in 2002 and became operational in 2003. The organization has remarkably embarked on strong achievement to meet its destined objective in relation to serving pro poor persons living in the boundary of Somaliland to protect rights and freedoms of vulnerable groups including but not limited to women, children, elderly people, and internally displaced persons.

LAC is affiliated with University of Hargeisa, which provides main premise, and it has other offices near regional court of Mardoodi Jeeh region where lawyers and paralegals operate to support low-income people who are seeking for legal aid

LAC’s mission is to be the leading provider of quality legal aid and legal education services,

Ensuring effective access to justice for the poor and vulnerable groups as well as a training hub for law students.

About the Programme

LAC is implementing a the sub project that aims to work with ADR centers by empowering traditional leaders to properly solve cases on the basis of community will and preference. The project aims to strengthen the social contracts in Togdheer, Sool and Sanaag regions of Somaliland through establishing ADR Centres. The project will give priority for serving the most vulnerable people within the society including women, girls and SGBV survivors through providing health, psychosocial and legal support.

With funds from The Government of the Kingdom of Netherlands, through IDLO’s consortium leadership, LAC is in partnership with IDLO and other implementing partners to implement a project in Somaliland entitled “Strengthening the Social Contract through Access to Justice in Somaliland.” 

The purpose of this project is to strengthen the social contract in Somaliland, by increasing the legitimacy of justice sector institutions. This overall goal will be achieved through three mutually reinforcing objectives: (1) to Improve access to alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and referral pathways, especially for vulnerable groups (2) to Enhance access to formal justice for vulnerable groups through holistic support to GBV survivors and affected communities, and (3) to Increase participation of citizens in Somaliland in accountability processes relating to the provision of security and justice.

About the position:

Under the direct supervision of the LAC Program Manager, the Program Officer will be responsible the execution day to day activity of the project, will support the programming, documentation and reporting of the project.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Support the establishment of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Burao, Las Anod and Erigavo.
  • Responsible for compiling and maintaining official records and documents on the planning, programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the access to justice program.
  • Conduct field visits and monitoring of ADR Center staff including lawyers and paralegals.
  • Support the training of paralegals and other ADR Center Staff
  • Support with day-to-day execution of program activities
  • Provide support or supervise to Program lawyers and paralegals.
  • Any other task direct by the program manager.

Essential Qualifications:

  • University degree in law, social work, or similar field.
  • At least 2 years’ experience in legal service provision.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrate understanding of rule of law in preventing and protecting vulnerable members of the community.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with alternative dispute resolution mechanisms; and experience in SGBV laws.
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.)

Interested candidates should submit their updated CVs, copies of certificates, recommendation letter, and cover later (in one document) to not later than 21 July 2021.