The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasizes the critical role of well-functioning justice systems for sustainable development, particularly through Sustainable Development Goal 16 on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, which includes targets like ensuring equal access to justice for all, reducing corruption and bribery, ensuring access to information, and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Goal 16 is seen as an ‘enabler’ goal (SDG 16+), as peace, justice and strong institutions are all fundamental elements for accelerating progress towards other SDGs and guaranteeing that no one is left behind.
Judiciaries who uphold high standards of integrity and enjoy public trust are one of the cornerstones for ensuring equal access to justice for all, combatting corruption and ensuring accountability. Given the critical role of the Judiciary, UNDP in 2018, with support from the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and in partnership with the judiciaries of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, launched the Judicial Integrity Network in ASEAN. The initiative is aimed at fostering transparency, promoting integrity and increasing public trust through the exchange of good practices and peer-to-peer learning. The initiative achieved several results. These include:
Producing the Judicial Integrity Checklist, which is a tool specifically designed to complement the International Framework for Court Excellence (IFCE). The objective of the checklist is to support judiciaries in taking active steps to promote transparency, integrity and accountability within their courts, as part of the broader quality management systems. The checklist was developed in response to expressed needs of the Judicial Integrity Network members and in collaboration with the International Consortium for Court Excellence.
The tool was piloted in Malaysia, and the pilot experience was shared with the network members at the Second Meeting organized in March 2019. This sharing of experience helped to reflect on the merits of the tool as well as identify areas for improvement both in the tool and its implementation. Following the self-assessment, UNDP provided technical assistance to incorporate the recommendations and implement the action plan.
In its second phase (2019-2021) and despite challenges due to the pandemic, the project sought to continue the peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, strengthen and institutionalize the network, and develop collaboration with ASEAN bodies like the Council of ASEAN Chief Justices (CACJ), the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), and the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ). Finally, the initiative created opportunities to involve more women judges and experts in the network, as well as bring the topic of gender balance and gender inclusion as a way to positively affect judicial integrity, openness and fairness of the courts.
INTERNSHIP OFFICE BACKGROUND:
The UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) is responsible for the implementation of regional projects, knowledge management activities and the provision of advisory services to the 24 UNDP Country Offices in Asia and the Pacific. Transparency, accountability and anti-corruption are at the core of UNDP’s work to bridge inequalities in the Asia-Pacific region. BRH is leading UNDP’s anti-corruption work in the Asia-Pacific Region with projects on “Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies”, “Judicial Integrity Champions in APEC”, and “Promoting a fair business environment in ASEAN”.
These projects are UNDP’s major vehicle through which it responds to the growing demand for technical assistance in anti-corruption. They support interventions at global, regional and country levels in order to promote national ownership, capacity development, effective aid management and South-South cooperation in addressing corruption and fostering democratic governance.
Duties and Responsibilities
The intern will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:
Duties and responsibilities
% of time
Support to UNDP events organizations
The intern will help manage general documentation and provide support to the organization of events (workshops, seminars etc.) in the areas of transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption.
Research, documentation and knowledge management
The intern will support research activities on various issues related to governance, transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption in Asia-Pacific countries by: (i) conducting research and drafting situation analyses to support country works; (ii) mapping work and initiatives carried out in UNDP country offices and by other actors so that the regional projects can better share information and identify synergies; (iii) editing and preparing reports, newsletters, presentations as requested.
The intern will support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed.
Competencies and Attitude:
- Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
- Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
- Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mindset;
- Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
- Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
Required Skills and Experience
REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:
- Currently enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) or;
- Currently enrolled in a final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent) or;
- Graduated with a university degree - and if selected, must start the internship within one year after graduation.
Field of study: Public Administration, Public Policies, International Development, International Relations or equivalent social sciences.
- Knowledge and proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
- Computer literate in standard software applications and familiarity with Internet-based research.
- Excellent writing and drafting skills in English as well as good communication skills required;
- Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
- UNDP will not pay interns for internship but will provide a stipend in the amount of THB 8,302.50 monthly in accordance with the provisions of the UNDP internship policy; all other expenses connected with it will be borne by me or my sponsoring Government or institution;
- UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
- Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
- Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
- Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;
- Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
- Interns are expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;
- Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc.