Project Manager, Legal Empowerment, (Component on Legal Empowerment), (Open to Indian Nationals Only)

Location : New Delhi, INDIA
Application Deadline :11-Oct-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-4
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :One Year (Extendable)


Government of India’s Access to Justice for Marginalized People Project supported by UNDP requires a Project Manager who will head the Project Management Team on Legal Empowerment. The Project (2013-2017) has two major components: Legal Empowerment (LEP) and technical support for the National Mission on Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms (JDLR).  The Project Manager will work under the direct supervision of Project Coordinator and will report to the National Project Director (NPD) and Programme Officer, UNDP.

Summary of Key Functions

The Project Manager, LEP will be responsible for managing the work of a team associated with the Legal Empowerment component of the Project, towards successful delivery of the expected outputs under the project.

This post will be located in the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice or Project space allocated under the Project. The Project Manager, LEP will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Project Coordinator and will report to the National Project Director and Programme Analyst, UNDP. The Project Manager will be responsible for managing the project activities as per the approved Work Plan. S/he will be responsible for integrating the project activities with the overall mandate of project.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Manager, LEP under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, has the responsibility for the following tasks:

  • In consultation with the Project Coordinator, take lead in planning, coordinating and monitoring the activities of the Legal Empowerment component of the Project and reporting to Department of Justice (DoJ) and UNDP;
  • Actively coordinate with the Project implementing agencies and other responsible parties and contracted institutions, monitor their activities, and collate feedback on progress in implementation. S/he will also be responsible for flagging any potential risks and suggest its mitigation measures;
  • Foster partnerships with National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), State Legal Services Authorities (SLSAs) and State Judicial Academies. Liaise with concerned State and local government bodies on a regular basis to ensure their active participation in the project;
  • Identify capacity development needs of implementing partners and arrange for necessary trainings. Facilitate technical assistance/support for project partners in all relevant areas as appropriate;
  • Ensure that knowledge products prepared under the previous phase of the Project are of high quality and are disseminated and used by the relevant institutions and stakeholders;
  • Undertake field visits to track progress made in implementation of the project and take corrective action as required;
  • In consultation with the Project Coordinator develop Annual Work Plan and implements it with the help of the project team;
  • Ensure effective financial management and reporting as per the UNDP financial guidelines;
  • Ensure receipt of quarterly progress reports and quarterly financial reports from all project sites, check for slippage against work plan and take corrective action;
  • Ensure financial delivery of the project as per the AWP;
  • Participate in the periodic review meetings and discussions related to project implementation, monitoring and follow-up;
  • Ensure preparation of periodical progress reports (quarterly and annual reports), review quality and consistency of internal reports;
  • Supervise the work of team members working for the LEP component of the Project;
  • Ensure facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the area of access to justice, legal aid and legal empowerment, legislative reform etc.;
  • Develop a good documentation strategy, and maintain a database of relevant material produced by different civil society groups, governments and UN agencies;
  • Represent the Project nationally and internationally;
  • Any other responsibility assigned by the Project Coordinator and Programme Analyst, UNDP.


Corporate Competencies:

  • 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 and discrimination.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Keeps abreast of new developments in the area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop himself/herself professionally. Shares knowledge and experience with the team and other stakeholders

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Possesses knowledge and understanding of law and human rights;
  • Possesses ability to research on issues related to access to justice, conceptualize issues and analyze data;
  • Proven ability to coordinate the work of others and to work as part of a team;
  • Has exposure to community level issues relating to access to justice;
  • Possesses ability to implement new systems, and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change.

Leadership and Self-Management:    

  • Ability to lead the Project Management Team internally and externally;
  • Effectively builds and sustains strategic partnerships with Government Agencies and main constituents, advocate effectively, communicate sensitively across different constituencies;
  • Builds strong relationships with the Project Management Team and with the project partners, focuses on impact and result for the project partners and responds positively to feedback;
  • Leads Project Management Team effectively, plays mentoring role and shows conflict resolution skills;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude Supervises the work of other team members;
  • Demonstrates strong influencing and facilitation skills;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change, new ideas and ability to manage complexities;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills.                                   

Required Skills and Experience


  • Essential to have Master’s Degree in law;
  • Any additional qualification in human rights, social work, development studies, management will be an advantage.


  • Minimum 7 years of relevant professional experience in the field of law, project design, project monitoring, research, reporting and documentation;
  • Experience in managing big projects, handling partnerships including funding;
  • Good understanding of issues pertaining to access to justice, legal aid and legal empowerment and human rights;
  • Good understanding of development issues i.e. human rights, gender, and participation etc;
  • Experience in applying a Rights Based-Approach to Development Programming;
  • Experience in participatory approaches involving a broad range of stakeholders including disadvantaged people;
  • Prior experience of lobbying and advocacy at different levels for protection of rights of marginalized communities;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, Power Point etc);
  • Good communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, with an ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Previous work experience with government agencies is desirable;
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure. 


  • Proficiency in spoken and written English;
  • A good command over Hindi is an asset.  


  • Willingness to travel.   

Remuneration package is Rs.136,331 /- per month (taxable). UNDP also offers additional benefits which include medical insurance coverage and limited pension reimbursement for contract holder and encourages work life balance.

UNDP strives to have a workforce which reflects diversity and gender balance, and applies an equal opportunities approach. UNDP does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS status. All selections are on merit.

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.

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