|20 November 2023||Safety and Security||Mogadishu, Somalia||Full Time||Adam Smith International (ASI)|
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WOMEN, PEACE, AND SECURITY SPECIALIST
In the context of Somalia, the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda holds significant importance due to the fact that Women in Somalia have been disproportionately affected by conflict and have faced various forms of violence, including sexual and gender-based violence.
Additionally, women in Somalia have played crucial roles in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and community reconciliation efforts, often working at the grassroots level to promote dialogue, social cohesion, and peace. Recognizing these contributions, in recent years and gradually, FGS and the international community have made efforts to integrate the WPS agenda into their peace and security frameworks.
The role played by Somali women in peace and state building is at the heart of the agenda started by UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which acknowledges that women are not just victims of war, but also agents of peace. The Resolution urges increased participation of women and the incorporation of gender perspectives into all peace and security efforts. In a statement in 2004, the Security Council called upon Member States to advance UNSCR 1325 implementation through national action plans (NAPs).
The Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development (MOWHRD) in Somalia developed a National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace, and Security in 2022. The Office of the National Security is also committed to driving forward progress on the WPS agenda, and potentially developing their own Action Plan. An opportunity exists to further promote collaboration and consultation between the MOWHRD, ONS, other government security institutions, and civil society.
Somali women's civil society organizations have also played an essential role in advocating for the inclusion of women's perspectives and rights in peacebuilding efforts. They have worked to increase women's participation in peace negotiations, conflict mediation, and the formulation of policies that address gender-specific needs.
The challenges to fully implementing the WPS agenda in Somalia are numerous. First, improved coordination between government institutions, their international partners, and other stakeholders, is necessary for ensuring its practical implementation. Second, many governments have experienced challenges in effectively monitoring the implementation of their NAPs, to measure successes over time, and strengthen the evidence base for effective approaches - a challenge that is also likely to prove relevant in Somalia. Third, current conditions in the country challenge the full implementation of the NAP. Ongoing insecurity, limited resources, traditional gender norms, and cultural barriers continue to hinder women*’*s meaningful participation and access to justice. Sexual and gender-based violence remains a major concern, particularly in the conflict-affected areas and amongst displaced populations.
To ensure that the NAP fully reflects the diverse perspectives and priorities of all government entities, we seek the expertise of an expert in Women, Peace, and Security to facilitate a more collaborative approach in the development and implementation of this critical plan. To recognize and support the important role of women in peacebuilding and security, we must take steps to ensure that women's perspectives and needs are fully integrated into conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction processes in Somalia.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications, including a detailed curriculum vitae (CV), a cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and qualifications, and contact information for at least three professional references. Applications should be submitted to Recruitment.Africa@adamsmithinternational.com no later than 20th November 2023.