The move follows the recent announcement of a plan by the Ministry of Justice to employ 300 women
RIYADH, February 12 (CIC) –The Kingdom’s Public Prosecution Office has said that it would recruit women as investigators for the first time.
“Vacancies are available in women’s positions on the staff of the Public Prosecution for the rank of Lieutenant Investigator,” the Public Prosecution notified on its official Twitter account.
The applicants should be Saudi citizens, be of good standing and be a holder of a degree in Sharia or information technology, from one of the Kingdom’s colleges or its equivalent.
The move follows an announcement in January by the Saudi Ministry of Justice that it plans to recruit 300 women as social researchers, administrative assistants, Islamic jurisprudence researchers and legal researchers. This is the first time in the history of the Kingdom that such a plan has been announced.
The selection will be done through an exam and the qualification required for these positions is master’s degree in relevant areas of study. Those who qualify will be employed in five main cities: Riyadh; Jeddah; Dammam in the Eastern Province and the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.
A series of reforms initiated this year in the Kingdom was particularly aimed at the empowerment of women. Notable among these moves was a decree issued in September of last year by King Salman to allow women to drive from June 2018. The Vision 2030 roadmap for the future, spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aims to increase the percentage of women in the workforce.
Saudi women are excited about the opportunity. Last month, the General Directorate of Passports (GDP) said that it had received an overwhelming response to a job advertisement for women to work in airports and land-border crossings. As many as 107,000 women applied against 140 vacancies advertised on January 18 by the directorate.
According to officials, the directorate’s website was visited more than 600,000 times, especially to check on the job vacancies.
Dr Waleed Al–Samaani, the Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, said that the ministry was keen to open the door to women “because they would be of great importance in facilitating the provision of services to beneficiaries in the judicial and documentary field”.