Child Rights Advisor

Beneficiary Institution
Ministry of Women, Development and Family Affairs
Duty Stations
MIDA Salary Scale
5 Months
Post Date
21 Jul 2017
Deadline Date
04 Aug 2017


The MoWHRD is looking for a high caliber individual to advise the Ministry on child related matters. The Child Rights Advisor will provide the link between the ministry and stakeholders.
Reporting to the Director General, the position holder will be responsible for providing technical support for the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting on child protection within the Ministry. S/he will provide technical guidance to ensure quality implementation and mainstreaming of child protection across all activities carried out by the ministry and key partners. The position will represent the ministry at various internal and external coordination and learning forums.


The civil war in Somalia that started in 1991 and lasted for decades resulted in violation of the rights for the population with children and women suffering the most. Institutions were weakened and had low capacity and gaps in terms of service delivery to children.
Despite the enormous challenges facing the federal authorities, major gains have been made against the insurgents across Somalia. This slow but strategic expansion into previous inaccessible areas raises hope and optimism in Somalia and her international partners that the country is at a turning point.

Child rights and child protection has emerged as a priority area for action by the Somali government and stakeholders. The Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development (MoWHRD) of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) was re-named and its mandate broadened in January, 2014 to include all human rights issues. The MoWHRD is mandated to guarantee the promotion and protection of the rights of children as part of the wider human rights obligations in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Human Rights Instruments ratified by Somalia. The Ministry is cognizant of the enormous responsibility before it and has shown commitment to deliver on its mandate including development of appropriate policies to domesticate regional and international conventions that Somalia is a party to.

The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia, 2012 defines a child as a person under 18 years of age. This is in line with Article 1 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), 1989. According to the Somali National Development Plan (2017 2019) the children of Somalia remain among the most vulnerable in the world as a result of the widespread violations and multiple protection risks they face. Majority live in emergency settings. The violations include killing, maiming, sexual abuse, abduction, child recruitment and high rates of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) and child marriage. Frequent attacks on schools and health facilities from Al Shabaab as resulted in low school attendance and high mortality and malnutrition rates. The proposed National Child Protection System and the on going legal and policy development aims at ensuring that children rights remain a focal point in the national agenda.


The Child Rights Advisor will work closely with relevant government departments, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and community groups to:
* Develop a Five (5) Year Child Protection Strategy for the MoWHRD.
* Advice the MoWHRD on child protection and related matters.
* Support the staff to strategically develop, and integrate child protection in all line ministries through, training, learning and knowledge sharing activities.
* Undertake implementation of child protection activities in the MoWHRD.
* Co-ordinate and harmonize work on child protection by the MOWHRD and partners.
* Review and advice on merging or co-ordination of previously made agreements involving the MoWHRD relevant to child protection.
* Provide technical support to ensure domestication of human rights relevant to children.
* Provide technical input on child protection during policy and legal development processes.
* Support the MoWHRD to advocate to the ministry in charge of finance and planning and development partners for increased resources in support of the MOWHRDs strategic goals and areas of focus.
* When requested, represent the MoWHRD at relevant conferences and workshops.
* Identify best practices and research in child protection to support the MoWHRD and contribute to knowledge management in child protection.
* Conduct training needs assessments; develop and implement training programs within the MoWHRD and other line ministries on child protection.
* Transfer knowledge and skills during trainings and mentoring sessions to other staff at the ministry to ensure child protection structures are strengthened at the ministry.

The above duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive. The position holder may occasionally be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.


Strong management and communication skills.
Strong problem solving, interpersonal and negotiation skills.
Ability to work with different partners including state and non state actors in child rights and child protection related matters.
Adaptability and flexibility to adjust to changing schedules and priorities.
Effective critical information gathering to create accurate reports.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Analytical thinking.
Excellent computer literacy skills
Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Power Point etc.


University Degree in Social Sciences, Law, Psychology, Development Studies, Human Sciences or relevant field.

A minimum of ten (10) years experience in the field of child rights and child development or child protection matters.
5 years experience in leadership and management within government, the UN or NGO sector.
Experience developing quality reports, including policy briefs, for a range of audiences including practitioners in the field of child rights and child protection and policy makers.
Ability to speak and write Somali.
Ability to communicate complex ideas in English.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different cultural backgrounds.
Ability to work in emergencies, independently and in a team.
Strong cross-cultural communication skills.


This will be determined by MIDA Sweden based on qualifications (VI) and level of the assignment (X).


Health insurance, including evacuation due to medical emergency, will be provided by the project. However, experts will be requested to provide a recent medical certificate stating that they are physically well and apt to work in a hardship area in Africa.
Please note that neither IOM nor Swedish Government, according to the contract, will be responsible for the security of the qualified Somali expatriates. The host beneficiary institution will be responsible for the security of the individual.
Before leaving the country of residence and upon arrival in Nairobi or in Somalia, the qualified Somali expatriate will receive a pre-departure briefing including security advice and cultural background.

How to apply

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