The Expanding Access to Justice Program (EAJ) is a five-year associate award (2018–2023), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) via the Freedom House-led Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM) and implemented in partnership between Pact and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI), that aims to improve access to justice and mechanisms to address grievances in Somalia and Somaliland.
The three main project objectives are 1) Improved public access to legal information through research, analysis, and policy interventions, 2) Enhanced quality and reach of legal aid services, 3) Increased capacity and sustainability of access to justice actors. Focusing on support to access to justice, the EAJ is occupying a niche, which allows engagements at the community level that is designed to support citizens in navigating Somalia’s plural legal structures; engagements with government and other stakeholders with a view to strengthen networks supporting legal aid; and the development of a strong demand side for justice.
Building on experience in Year 1, the EAJ intends to supplement its activities and approaches in Year 2 through an ‘everyday’ contextual analysis in Jubaland and South West State. It therefore seeks to deploy one consultant from either Jubaland or South West State, currently residing in one of the two areas.
The purpose of the consultancy is to provide the EAJ with in-depth local context analysis and information throughout Year 2. Analysis and local contextual understand will ensure that EAJ activities are relevant to local community socio-cultural and well as political dynamics.
The contextual analysis will form part of a multi-faceted approach to conducting ongoing analysis of the local political economy as it relates to the justice sector and the expansion of legal aid and access to justice activities. It will be built around a set of simple and clear processes to furnish the project with a steady flow of information about the contextual environment.
The key objectives of the consultancy are to:
- help to identify allies for reforms or potential conflicts among partners
- help understand unique opportunity to influence decision-makers
- contribute to issue-focused research that analyses contextual factors
- monitor changing conditions against selected context and risk indicators, using those indicators as red flags that trigger internal discussions and consultation with USAID to establish whether the operating scenario has altered significantly enough to require program modification
- feed into the EAJ’s continuous learning exercises
- enhance understanding of EAJ partners’ motivations, challenges, and relationships
The contextual analysis will feed into brief environmental scans every.
EXPECTED RESULTS (OUTPUTS)
The expected outputs from the consultancy are analyses or background information on:
- developments concerning the justice sector in the state and other EAJ relevant information
- specific topics, where requested
TASKS and Key deliverables
The consultant will need to undertake the following tasks to achieve the above-mentioned objectives:
- monitor local media on access to justice matters
- regularly consult with key respondents and relevant actors to review contextual changes related to program activities and objectives
- Provide monthly briefs/updates on the current situation as it relates to EAJ program objectives
- Provide briefs on special thematic issues upon request
SUPERVISION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE
The Consultant will work home-based and will be supervised by the EAJ Research Team Leader.
PERIOD OF CONSULTANCY
It is a requirement that the consultant is resident in either Jubaland or South West State.
The consultancy is based on a contract of up to 96 working days, in the period from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020.
assurance of confidentiality
All deliberations relating to this consultancy, including all information collected from various meetings/documents shall be kept confidential and shall not be divulged to any third party either verbally or in writing or in any other form.
APPLICANT SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
The Consultant should have the following educational qualifications, skills and experience:
- MA degree in social science, law, political science or related discipline;
- An excellent understanding of the Somali local political and institutional landscape particularly regarding justice and dispute resolutions systems;
- Demonstrated access to key respondents in the justice sector;
- English writing skills and experience conducting qualitative interviews;
- Fluent in Somali language;
- Be resident in either South West State or Jubaland.
Submit the following documents with your expression of interest for this consultancy:
- Curriculum Vitae with three references
Applications should be submitted to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Organization
ABA ROLI is a non-profit program that implements legal reform programs in roughly 40 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 400 professional staff working abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organizations, including human rights groups.
For more information about what we do at ABA ROLI please visit: https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/rule_of_law/about.html