House of Representatives, Parliament of Somaliland
Background Information about Host Institution
The Somaliland Parliament has a unique place in Somaliland’s long history of the formal state system. Since Somaliland was formally established as the British Somaliland Protectorate between 1884-18871, the territory was administered by the authorities sent from London, who were appointed as Commissioner or Consul-General. These appointed officials acted ‘as the chief authority in the Protectorate’ with full legislative, executive, and judicial powers ‘under the Secretary of State for the Colonies’ of the British government. That meant there was no elected government with separate branches established based on separation of power. After the Second World War, Somaliland was administered by the British Military Administration; and on its way to independence from the British colony, the first Legislative Council was established in 1957.2 Post- independence, the first parliament was elected in early 1960 in Somaliland’s first general election.
That first unicameral parliament was constitutionally named a ‘Legislative Council’ composed of 33 members and had functioned for a short period as a legislature in a parliamentary system of government.3 According to the 1960 constitution of Somaliland, this parliament had a three-year term unless dissolved for failure to form a government headed by a Prime Minister and composed of Ministers who were also members of parliament.
The legal Advisor will work under the the Office of the House Speaker
Duration of assignment: Maximum of three months
Objectives of Assignment
The “Legal Advisor” is expected to support the Speaker in all areas related to legal issues through training and capacity building for the legal team of the House. The overall objective for hiring legal advisor is to provide legal advise to the leadership of the House and technical support to the committees through coordination and organizing the Parliament business in accordance with the Parliamentary procedures.
The legal advisor will assist the House leadership in organizing and coordinating Parliament committees and the chairs of the committees to actively contribute in Parliament business Committee role in the Parliament. The Legal Advisor also intends to assist the Speaker in organizing the Secretary General and the Legal advisors of the House to effectively organize the operations in accordance with the House Internal Procedures.
The Legal advisor will assist and advise the Speaker in organizing Parliament sessions in accordance with House procedures through organizing and operationalising and micro-planning of the Parliament approved agenda.
Finally, The legal advisor will assist the House leadership and Parliament business committee in developing Parliamentary Committee a customized procedures which will enable each committees to do their business in accordance with House Procedures and the Constitution.
By the end of the assignment, the Legal Advisor will deliver the following outputs:
- The legal staff and other key staff of the Parliament got on-the-job-training, during which the business process will be made clear
- Proper work coordination is set up between the House Leadership, Parliamentary staff and Legal advisors
- Parliament agenda and day to day operations are organized
- Parliamentary business committee meetings are well organized and agreed action points of the meetings are properly implemented
- House leadership role in improving the Parliamentary committee
- Parliament businesses are conducted in compliance with the House procedures and the Constitution.
- Customtized committee procedures and guidelines are developed for each committee
Responsibilities and Accountabilities
- Review Parliament legal staff capacity, competence and operations
- Liaise with the Speaker the day to day operations of the Parliamentary and assist the Speaker in organizing the weekly and monthly priorities and action plans
- Assist the Speaker to coordination the work of the Parliament committees
- Assist the legal staff of the Parliament to develop Parliamentary committee procedures and guidelines
- Assist the Speaker and Secretary General in organizing Parliament sessions and achieving the agenda of the Sessions
- Culturally sensitive
- Hard worker
- Superior writing skills, adherence to very high standards for presentation of proposal/report materials; consistent attention to detail; excellent organizational skills; and ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines.
- Familiarity with local, regional, and national foundation and government funding sources.
- Ability to work collaboratively and form solid relationships with internal and external contacts.
- Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel, strong preference.
- Proficient with statistics packages.
Education and Experience
- Master’s degree of LLM with 3 Years of experience or Bachelor Degree of Law with a minimum experience of 7 Years.
- English: Fluent
- Somali: Fluent