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Assistant Project Officer- Access to Justice (Re-advertisement)
|Location :||Nairobi, KENYA|
|Application Deadline :||04-Jun-10 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SC-8|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One Year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||One Year (with possibility of extension)|
The Rule of Law and Security Programme (ROLS) programme began in 2002 and is currently in Phase III of its inception (2009-2011). The ROLS program has five interlinked components each with direct funding support and separate management arrangements. The components are programmatically and operationally linked and mutually reinforcing, while working closely with other UNDP programmes. The main objective of the Access to Justice Project is to strengthen access to basic structures for the administration of justice and respect of international human rights standards by all Somalis.
The Access to Justice Project has utilized a multi- pronged approach in its implementation of activities which has emphasized both strengthening the judiciary and the prison system in Somalia. This is part of a wider strategy to support all aspects of the ‘criminal justice chain’ from effective policing to efficient judicial processes and prisons. The re-establishment of an independent judiciary is therefore combined with the re-establishment of a competent police force and functioning prisons. Effective justice systems can only be developed based on the rule of law and the rule of law itself requires the protection of effective criminal justice measures.
Over the past several years, the Access to Justice component has strengthened institutions through training and infrastructure rehabilitation. These initiatives were complemented by an approach which included legal empowerment and confidence-building of the Somali public, including legal clinics, legal aid, translation and awareness-raising at community levels
Phase III of the project has and will continue to focus on ensuring that the Somali population have Access to Justice throughout the regions and in assisting with the establishment of a judicial system (both formal and non-formal) that is fair and transparent; complies with international human rights standards and is accountable to the people of Somalia. A priority of the project will be to increase Access to Justice for vulnerable populations, such as women, IDPs, those living with HIV/AIDS minorities and children. The project will support the expansion of legal aid services inside and outside regional capitals through agreements with legal aid providers and Bar Associations. There is also strong potential to integrate better the three sources of Somalia law: customary law, Shari’ a and secular law with support from ROLS.
Under the direct supervision of the Access to Justice Project Manager (PM), the Judiciary Specialist is required to perform duties and responsibilities in accordance with the objectives and activities in the work-plan and other duties as requested by UNDP and as outlined in the project document and the chapter III here below.
Under the supervision of the Access to Justice Project Manager, the incumbent is responsible for providing high quality technical, administrative and financial support, monitoring agreements and provision of advice to counterparts. S/he also supports tasks related to advocacy, programming, monitoring and evaluation, and representation. S/he ensures continuity of work in the absence of the CTA.
The incumbent works on a daily basis with colleagues in the UNDP CO and at the project level, necessitating that the incumbent be able to develop and maintain viable working relationships with colleagues across the organization and counterparts, and be able to work with them in a responsive client orientation and in a problem solving mode.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
1. Providing technical and administrative support and advice to Access to Justice Project Managers including monitoring of agreements, drafting internal and external reports, donor briefings, representing UNDP at meetings, focusing on achievement of the following results:
2. Establishing, in collaboration with UNDP Access to Justice Project Managers and counterparts, a reporting system and formats to assess, measure and report achievements, status of implementation, challenges, etc. of project activities in line with Terms of References of signed agreements, focusing on achievement of the following results:
3. Providing technical advice and draft concise, analytical and high-quality Access to Justice project proposals, budgets, reports, research, strategy papers and presentations in English relevant to the functioning of the judicial system in Somalia, Access to Justice project activities and in line with work-plan 2009, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Impact of Results:
The key results have an impact on the success of specific areas of cooperation under the UNDP country programme. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design, implementation and outcome of key Access to Justice project activities under the ROLS portfolio; as well as creation of strategic partnerships and reaching resource mobilization targets.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.