TECHNICAL ADVISOR (JUDICIARY) - DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FUNDED (DPF)
||Juba, SOUTH SUDAN
|Date limite de candidature :||22-Jun-12|
|Type de contrat :||FTA International|
|Niveau du poste :||P-5|
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|Date de commencement :|
(date à laquelle le candidat sélectionné doit commencer)
|Durée du contrat initial||One Year|
UNDP, South Sudan supports the Rule of Law sector through a three pronged approach. The unit’s programme supports State building through technical institutional support to key sector institutions including the Judiciary, Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the Police and Prison Services to improve service delivery; and in seeks to increase the scope and reach of the State through infrastructure development. The programme also supports access to justice through empowerment of right holders through support to the human rights commission, civil society organizations, community led rule of law forums; and promoting access to justice and strengthening of the customary justice system.
The Judiciary of Southern Sudan became operational during the period of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) 2005- 2011) and was inaugurated in June 2006. Today the functions and role on the Judiciary of South Sudan have been clearly recognized and spelt out in the Transitional Constitution (TCSS, 201), which came into force on the 9th July 2012 following the declaration of Independence of South Sudan. The Judiciary of South Sudan (JOSS) has the primary mandate of application and interpreting the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, in an independent, non discriminatory, fair and timely manner.
Like most nascent institutions of South Sudan, the Judiciary of South Sudan faces significant challenges including: case backlog and low case disposal; inadequate staffing, lack of adequate infrastructure and insufficient capacity to administer justice which has been further impacted by the introduction of a common law system as opposed to Sharia and Civil law system that prevailed per CPA era.
To accomplish its goal of providing access to justice to all without discrimination, the Judiciary seeks to ensure that judicial and administrative personnel in all courts and at all levels are competent, professional, customer service oriented, accountable and observe the highest standards of integrity and ethics based on the core values of the judiciary. In its Action Plan (2011-2014), the Judiciary strives to develop and implement effective management policies, systems and standards to improve the performance of the court system with the ultimate aim of providing an accessible forum for the impartial, efficient and fair resolution of disputes that has the confidence of the public.
UNDP support to the Judiciary is aimed at building both institutional and human resource capacity. This objective is intended to support the Judiciary of South Sudan (JoSS) to achieve its mission of laying a strong foundation for a united, peaceful and prosperous society based on justice, equality, respect for human rights and the rule of law premised on an independent judiciary, a pivotal concept for a solid, democratic Southern Sudan. UNDP South Sudan now seeks Technical Advisory support to be co-located in the Judiciary of South Sudan Ministry of Justice and to provide leadership and coordinating support to justice sector institutions through the UNDP Access to Justice and Rule of Law project. The Technical Advisor will support the Judiciary particular, and the justice sector as a whole, in collaboration with other UNDP technical advisors in the Ministry of Interior, Justice and with support from a Portfolio Manager.
Devoirs et responsabilités
The Technical Advisor will be responsible for technical advisory support relating to Court management and administration and will be co-located at the Judiciary Headquarters in Juba and work in close collaboration and consultation with Judges and judicial personnel. The Technical Advisor will report to Team Leader of the Governance and Rule of Law Unit, who will set specific tasks on achieving project results, programme direction, harmonization, linkages and coordination.
Summary of Key Functions:
- Policy advice and strategic technical guidance and leadership;
- Building Strategic partnerships and alliance;
- Support legal and policy reform for increased efficiency and alignment with international human rights standards;
- Support donor coordination and liaison for the justice sector;
- Achievement of results under the Access to Justice and Rule of Law Programme Resource Mobilization.
Policy advice and strategic technical guidance and leadership:
- Initiate and provide technical advice on efficient and effective judicial administration of cases; and the reduction of case backlog;
- Assist in reviewing and designing all technical content of the proposed interventions addressing critical issues including:
- Case congestion and delay;
- Implementation of mobile courts system;
- Regulation of customary courts and Traditional Authorities;
- Judiciary administration and optimal design and use administrative structures and operating systems.
Building strategic partnerships and alliance:
- Engage in a constructive dialogue with partners in South Sudan and the region to maximize consistency and synergy between the various support components, as informed by the priorities of the Government of South Sudan;
- Maintain continuous dialogue with the Government and other key partners to provide knowledge based advisory services and to ensure proper integration and co-ordination of other related development efforts;
- Support the Institutionalization of sector-wide approach to justice sector reform through the development of a national justice sector strategic plan;
- Disseminate the information on best practices and be active member of the UNDP global and regional networks;
- Provide professional opinions in areas of expertise through articles and papers.
Capacity development for institutional reform and development:
- Assess and identify the training needs of Judges and JoSS support staff in the area of court and case management and administration;
- Support the development and rollout of a standardized case filing and tracking system;
- Provide technical advice on the establishment of a formal and standard court case data collection and record management system;
- Support the introduction of information technology and computerization of data within JOSS;
- Contribute to the training of JoSS personnel on case management and administration;
- Promote capacity development aimed at improving case disposal rates and reducing case backlogs sourcing a series of training and learning events.
Support donor coordination and liaison for the justice sector:
- Support the leadership of the justice sector to strengthen the joint donor coordination mechanism;
- Maintain a database of donor inputs into the sector;
- Support the convening of regular justice sector partnership forum;
- Network and build credible working relations with JOSS, UN and donor partners.
- Catalyze mobilization of additional cost-sharing resources from the government, donors and Regional partners to widen the support base for institutional development in the Judiciary and sector as a whole;
- Develop partnerships with other individuals and organizations to ensure wide participation and sharing in development issues that UNDP is addressing, including UNDP’s most valuable resource –knowledge;
- Maintain relationships between the Ministry and the donors and present a clear analysis of how their financial support has contributed to the results they requested, and promote the institutional development efforts to new donors.
Achievement of results under the Access to Justice and Rule of Law Programme:
- Advise project team on the achievement of specific results of the project detailed in the Annual Work Plan;
- Identify synergies between the institution specific interventions and other projects of the Access to Justice and Rule of Law programme to maximize impact and results;
- Act for the Portfolio Manager of the Access to Justice and Rule of Law programme in his/her absence;
- Undertake any other duties as may be required by counterparts and UNDP;
- Assist the UNDP project team to achieve results as identified in the Annual Work Plan.
Impact of Results:
- Improved access to justice through an increase in the case disposal rate and efficient management and administration of the courts;
- Reduction in case backlog;
- Increased protection of citizens rights through speedy access to justice, and strengthening of accountable, accessible, affordable and equitable courts Rule of Law Institutions in South Sudan.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
- Ability to work with a multi-cultural and diverse team.
- Demonstrated experience in managing development projects, particularly in the area of justice sector reform;
- Substantial previous experience providing technical advice to, and working with senior government officials;
- Sound understanding of issues related to law and development;
- Demonstrated strong management, coordination and facilitation skills;
- Excellent management and communication skills (oral and written);
- Results oriented, flexible and problem solving skills;
- Ability to work under pressure, analyzing large amounts of sensitive information and supporting crucial decision making at the highest levels of government;
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to initiate discussions about complex security subjects;
- Ability to work in an environment which is evolving from a military into one protective of the rights of civilians, by leading from behind;
- Sound judgment, maturity, flexibility and adaptability, with regard to cultural sensitivity;
- Willing to live and work in a hardship environment.
Qualifications et expériences requises
- Advanced University Degree ( Postgraduate degree in Law); a Legal Practitioner (Licensed ) will be an advantage.
- Minimum 10 years of relevant work experience in justice sector reform;
- 5 years of professional experience working with a national Judiciary and/or member of a public prosecutor’s department will be of added advantage;
- Specific experience in implementing case management and case backlog reduction programs will be an asset;
- Experience of managing development projects and providing high quality technical advice within Government institutions in the area of justice reform;
- Proven understanding of the formal administration of justice from a sectoral perspective;
- Relevant experience required in court, case management especially focusing on delay reduction in cases and dealing with large case backlogs;
- Experience in managing justice reform programming in an international context, preferably in a post-conflict setting;
- Proven experience in partnership building and networking;
- Strong analytical ability and written and oral communication skills is a requirement;
- Computer skills and strong knowledge of various software including Excel, PowerPoint and Word;
- Knowledge of UNDP programme management procedures and policies, including experience with Atlas (Resource Management System), would be an advantage;
- Access to a network of practitioners able to support continuing education for the legal profession in South Sudan.
- Excellent knowledge of English and ability to communicate clearly in written and spoken English.
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