TECHNICAL SPECIALIST (ELECTORAL LEGAL FRAMEWORK) ELECT PROJECT
|Application Deadline :||23-Aug-12|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One year with possibility of extension|
UNDP supports stabilization, state building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP support, in partnership with the government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. Over the years UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution, Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial elections; institutional development through capacity building to the legislative, the judicial and executive arms of the state, and key ministries, Government agencies and commissions at the national and subnational levels. UNDP has played a key role in the management of the Law and Order Trust Fund, which supports the Government in developing and maintaining the national police force and in efforts to stabilize the internal security environment. Major demobilization, disarmament and rehabilitation and area-based livelihoods and reconstruction programmes have taken place nationwide. UNDP Programmes in Afghanistan have benefited from the very active support of donors. UNDP Afghanistan is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability and works in close coordination with the United Nations Mission to Afghanistan and the UN system as a whole to maximize the impact of its development efforts on the ground.
Years of conflict have damaged Afghanistan’s economic, political, physical, social and institutional structures. Reconstruction demands a secure environment in which there is credible leadership and enforced rule of law. Strong, legitimate and effective public administration structures, responsive to the needs of ordinary citizens - including the poor – are a precursor to any sustainable development. To this end, UNDP supports Afghan electoral institutions so that they can become more effective vehicles for development.
The UNDP Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow (ELECT) project- phase I (2006 – 2011) lent technical and operational assistance to Afghan electoral bodies throughout the 2009 Presidential and provincial council elections and 2010 parliamentary elections. This included the establishment of Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) offices throughout Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.
ELECT II project, commencing in January 2012, provides long-term assistance to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan, focusing on institutional strengthening and capacity consolidation. The overarching objective of ELECT-II is to support the national electoral institutions to plan and conduct credible future elections with minimal external support.
Continuing long-term assistance through support to capacity building of national electoral authorities beyond 2010 is in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1974 (2011). This assistance is closely coordinated with UNAMA, UNDPKO and EAD.
- The three key outputs for ELECT II are: Output 1: Operational and technical capacity of the IEC is developed to ensure well organized, future Afghan-led electoral processes.
- Output 2: The quality of the national voter registry is improved.
- Output 3: Capacity of the IEC to encourage broader democratic participation is strengthened
Duties and Responsibilities
The work of the Electoral Legal Framework Specialist shall be limited to technical advice of a programmatic nature for the IEC's substantive work. The work of the Electoral Legal Framework Specialist shall not involve advice or assistance of a legal nature relating to corporate, commercial, institutional or administrative law and issues, including issues related to the administration of UN personnel and staff members, which is the mandate of the Legal Support Office/ Bureau of Management.
The Electoral Legal Framework Specialist will be part of a team of advisors supervised and guided by the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and will report on delivery to the Senior Technical Advisor – Output 1. Her/his primary task will be to develop IEC capacity, and will systematically refer to the 2011 Independent Election Commission (IEC) Lesson Learnt Report and the IEC Capacity Needs Assessment as source to carry out her/his work. S/He will be embedded with the IEC and will be responsible for continuously providing technical advice and help to develop the technical capacity of IEC in the relevant areas of the electoral activities.
- Provide advice and assistance to the IEC in the drafting of amendments to the electoral legal framework, rules & regulations and ensure that international standards are met, while also incorporating the particular circumstances of the country.
- Build capacity of the IEC Legal Department staff with regard to drafting of legal provisions and regulations related to the legal framework
- Based on international best practice provide advice to the IEC on regulations regarding an inclusive and transparent conduct of elections including fraud mitigation
- Based on international best practice provide advice with regard to a reform of the law on structures and working procedures of the IEC
- Provide advice on formulation of regulations and procedures to strengthen women as voters and candidates.
- Provide advice regarding candidate vetting procedures
- Provide advice regarding models and mechanisms to regulate and monitor campaign finances
- Provide advice on electoral dispute resolution mechanisms based on international standards and best practice.
- Advise on how electoral complaints should be handled and assist in designing training programmes on handling of electoral complaints.
- Provide legal advice regarding voter registration regulations and procedures for cleaning up voter lists
- Providing advice on the drafting of codes of conduct and other regulation for candidates, political parties, media and observers;
- Work closely with the Procedures and Training Advisers on the drafting of election related procedures and training manuals.
- Make presentations as necessary on electoral legal issues to IEC and electoral stakeholders.
- Prepare briefing papers and talking points on electoral matters for ELECT
- Contribute to ELECT II regular reporting and to documentation of ELECT II capacity development support to IEC for best practice knowledge sharing.
- Perform any other task as assigned by the CTA.
- S/He will work closely with the relevant staff of the IEC Legal Department and the IEC Procedures Department.
- S/He will report regularly to the Senior Technical Adviser - Output 1.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Treats all people fairy without favoritism;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi – cultural, multi – ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; good leadership skills and ability to form a team effort;
- Ability to identify and analyze client’s needs and provide appropriate solutions to meet business requirements.
Knowledge, Management and Learning:
- Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning and applies newly acquired skills;
- Ability to perform with minimal supervision and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines;
- Ability to plan, guide tasks and undertakings in coordination with team leader.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
- Demonstrates planning and organizational skills and the ability to coordinate the work of others;
- Ability to lead formulation, oversight of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
- Works to meet tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent project/activities;
- Ability to convey complex technical concepts and recommendations to non-technical staff at senior levels, both in oral and in written form in a clear and concise style.
Leadership and Self-Management:
- Supervisory skills and ability to coach, monitor and develop staff;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
- Ability to plan and secure resources;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
- Remains calm in stressful situation;
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment with sound understanding and capability to empower and develop the capacity of national counterparts;
- Advanced computer skills and strong knowledge of various software including Excel, Power Point and Word.
Knowledge on Afghan’s culture, tradition and Islamic context an advantage.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master degree in law, political science or related fields
- Familiarity with different electoral systems and election dispute resolution systems
- Familiarity with international standards and best practice concerning electoral framework legislation
- Strong legal drafting skills
- A minimum of 7 years progressive experience in electoral legislation issues or electoral technical assistance
- Experience in working with electoral management bodies or tribunals and in developing countries.
- Ability to work harmoniously with people from varying cultures and backgrounds.
- Ability to work in hardship conditions and stressful situations.
- Prior experience in Afghanistan, in particular an election management programs a significant advantage;
Language Requirements: Fluency in written and spoken English is essential; knowledge of Dari/Pashto is desirable.
- Interested and qualified International candidates should apply on-line through the UNDP Jobs site at http://www.undp.org.af/Jobs/index.htm and please ensure that to fill up and upload Personal History Form-P.11 which is available at http://www.undp.org.af/Jobs/index.htm in the relevant field of the on-line application and please ensure that to fill up and upload Personal History Form-P.11 which is available at in the relevant field of the on-line application
- Incomplete applications or applications received after the closing date will not be given consideration. Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.
- For more detailed information about UNDP Afghanistan please visit our website at www.undp.org.af
- Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply
- Successful candidates must be prepared to start work within 3 weeks of the offer of appointment.
- Internal candidates who have served a minimum of 12 months in the current assignment are invited to apply.
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