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SBA International Legal Consultant

International Development Law Organization

Overview & Responsibilities


The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) enables governments, empowers people, and strengthens institutions to realize justice and promote peace and sustainable development. IDLO is the only global intergovernmental organization exclusively devoted to promoting the rule of law and access to justice.

With its headquarters in Rome, Italy, a Branch Office in The Hague, and Permanent Observer Missions to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, IDLO carries out policy advocacy, research, and learning, as well as rule of law and justice programmes in countries through some 17 Country Offices operating in every region of the world.


IDLO has extensive experience and a good track record of implementing successful rule of law programmes in 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 fulfill their core functions, improve governance and strengthen access to justice for citizens, particularly for the most vulnerable. IDLO’s activities in the country aim to promote the rule of law in Somalia across several areas, including governance, institution building, policy and legal reform, access to justice, and human rights. In its programmatic work, IDLO has developed a strong partnership with a broad range of Government stakeholders at the Federal level, including the Office of the Presidency, the Office of the Prime Minister, the Office of the Chief Justice, the Attorney General’s Office, the Ministry of Justice (among other ministries), the Somali Bar Association, the Financial Reporting Center, as well as the Federal Member States (Puntland, Jubaland, Southwest, Galmudug, and Hirshabelle).


IDLO, with funds from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), is implementing a 2-year programme called the “Somalia Justice Support Programme.” The SOMJUST responds to the national priorities, as outlined in the 2020-2024 National Development Plan, and aims to contribute to enabling criminal justice institutions to deliver efficient, equitable, and accessible justice services to Somali citizens (Goal).


The position falls within the framework of IDLO’s engagement to enable Somalia’s criminal justice institutions to deliver effective, efficient, accessible, and accountable justice services to Somali citizens (Goal). The Legal Consultant will work in collaboration with the SOMJUST programme team, national counterparts, and other stakeholders.

The incumbent will report to the Technical Legal Advisor. The position will be provided over 12 months from 15 January 2023 – 15 December 2023.

Summary of Functions

  1. Support the Somali Bar Association (SBA) to advance its institutional policies and documents and develop training manuals for practicing lawyers.

Key Results Expected

The Somali Bar Association (SBA):

  1. Complete IDLO’s Basic Training of Trainer’s (TOT) online course to ensure that training manuals produced under this consultancy align with IDLO’s adult training methodology.
  2. Support the SBA to advance its institutional policies and strategies including updating the following existing documents: (1) Strategic Plan (2) By-laws and governance structure (3) Code of Conduct (4) Pupillage Guidelines (5) Resource Mobilization Strategy.

Remuneration $8,000 USD

Deadline: April 2023

  1. During an SBA Workshop in Mogadishu, perform two tasks (1) undertake a training needs assessment of practicing lawyers to determine training needs (both basic and specialized) in coordination with IDLO and SBA and (2) lead a discussion on SBA institutional documents in order to validate and finalize the documents.
  • For the TNA, the consultant will produce a report. The report shall: (1) Provide an overview of existing educational and training opportunities for Somali lawyers; (2) Identify critical issues and gaps in these educational and training opportunities; (4) Recommend practical steps to be taken for progress towards improving justice sector response including strengthening referral pathways; (5) Provides concrete recommendations on strategic legal, institutional and policy directions for policy makers and key implementing agencies, as well as development agencies including areas for possible training and capacity building.
  • Report Structure will consist of: (1) Table of contents; (2) Acronyms and/or List of Figures; (3) Executive Summary (4) Introduction, context, methodology; (5) Findings; (6) Recommendations; (7) Conclusion; (8) Acknowledgements; and (6) Annexes.

Remuneration for Final Product: $4,500 USD

Deadline: March 2023

  1. Develop a comprehensive training manual for advanced legal trainees with a special focus on financial crimes, violence extremism and SGBV (20 pages per subject, for a total of 60 pages in length).

Remuneration for training manual: $9,000 USD

Delivery date: October 2023 for the manual

  1. Develop a comprehensive training manual for the purpose of onboarding new legal trainees in Mogadishu as well as legal trainees in the Federal Member States, 40 – 60 pages in length.

Remuneration $8,500 USD

Delivery date: June 2023

Summary of Deliverables and Remuneration:

  1. Update SBA’s institutional policies and strategies (February 2023) $8,000 USD
  2. TNA Report (March 2023) $4,500 USD
  3. SBA Complex Crimes Training Manual (May 2023) $9,000 USD
  4. SBA Basic Training Manual (June 2023) $8,500 USD
  5. Total Remuneration: $30,000 USD

Job Requirements


Education and Work Experience

  • University degree in law, licensed attorney preferable.
  • Fifteen (or more) years of work experience in international organizations, legal reform, human rights, and/or
  • Proven experience in policy and legislative drafting.
  • Advanced English writing skills is a necessity.
  • Proven experience drafting legal/judicial curricula.
  • Proven experience in legal research and writing.
  • Work experience in Somalia is highly desirable.

Terms & Conditions

IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome applications of qualified and diverse candidates.

IDLO is committed to achieving a 50/50 gender balance at all levels within its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for IDLO vacancies.

IDLO does not tolerate sexual exploitation or abuse, any kind of harassment, including harassment of a sexual nature or discrimination. As such, IDLO will conduct careful reference and background checks of all selected candidates as part of its selection process.

Application closing date: 28 December 2022.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the employee/consultant/intern assigned to this work. This may not be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the consultancy opportunity to meet business and organizational needs as necessary. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality and in compliance with IDLO’s policy on personal data protection.

How to apply

Please make sure you apply to the following link:

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