Senior Rule of Law & Human Rights Officer

Senior Rule of Law & Human Rights Officer

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Background:

The project seeks to strengthen rule of law, access to justice and security delivery in Sierra Leone in compliance with international human rights standards. It builds on the lessons learnt from UNDP’s Access to Justice (A2J) and Security Sector Reform (SSR) projects and years of UN and development partners’ support to justice and security delivery. The new project takes a holistic approach bringing together justice and security sector interventions under one framework which will enhance synergies and coordination. The project establishes shared priorities with an aim of contributing to the maintenance of peace and stability and to strengthen the rule of law, access to justice, accountability, transparency and respect for human rights. The key objective of the project is to ensure equal access to justice for all, focusing on the most marginalised, those vulnerable in the justice sector especially women and children. The project also seeks to address gaps in the justice sector chain and correctional services and to build on achievements under the two thematic projects “Promoting Transparency in Sierra Leone’s Judiciary” and “From Prisons to Corrections” that are supporting the achievement of legislative and institutional reforms.

Overall, the project seeks to address continued challenges around access to justice and security for the poorest and to build trust of the population in justice and security sector institutions. The failure to provide effective rule of law contributed greatly to the civil war highlighting the need to ensure justice and security institutions are supported to become a pillar of good governance in the country. Justice, security and oversight institutions are significantly underfunded by the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) which constitutes a real challenge and it is critical therefore that project interventions are sustainable.

The ROL project seeks to recruit a Senior Rule of Law & Human Rights Officer to provide support for the implementation of the project in its last phase as well as contribute to ensuring that lessons learned through the project are well documented for the formulation of a new one with focus on strengthening and deepening human right-based approaches to the next ROL programming phase. The ROL and HR Officer will contribute to the mainstreaming of the SGDs especially goals 5 and 16 within the ROL programme cycle and support efforts toward building partnership with government and the donor community around the implementation of the SDGs Agenda 2030. In addition, the ROL and HR Officer will provide support for the development of policies and contribute to the mainstreaming of human rights across the project focus areas.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Policy advice and development on Human Rights Mainstreaming.
  • Support to the implementation of the SDGs Agenda 2030.
  • Human Rights Knowledge building and strengthening of oversight institutions.
  • Support the identification and development of new programs with SDGs and human right focus.

Policy Advice on human rights development & mainstreaming:

  • Provide policy advice on human rights development and mainstreaming with focus on supporting justice institutions enhance human right culture across project implementation;
  • Work closely with the Human Rights Commission to provide technical assistance to support the consolidation human rights across Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs);
  • Support the HRC in efforts in reviewing and enacting an improved legislation to enable enhanced human rights protection and fulfilment;
  • Support the establishment of stronger working relations between human rights institutions and justice sector institutions and civil society organisations working within the sector to ensure greater coordination and cooperation across the sector;
  • Analyzing information in order to identify rule of law and human rights trends and propose actions;
  • In close coordination with the Rule of Law Programme Specialist ensure regular monitoring and evaluation of UNDP’s support to the HRC and other oversight institutions.

Support to the implementation of the SDGs Agenda 2030:

  • Establish and maintain dialogue with government officials, both local and national, NGOs, partners, donors and communities on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030 with focus on enhanced coordination across the board;
  • Support Government’s efforts and other partners’ efforts toward the CSOs’ efforts toward their participation to the Volunteer National Review (VNR) of the SDG 16;
  • Develop concept notes to position UNDP’s contribution to the SDGs Agenda 2030;
  • Identify areas of cooperation and coordination with UN agencies, other development partners and NGOs for the implementation of joint activities related to the SDGs Agenda 2030;
  • Identify opportunities for the implementation of the SDGs with specific recommendations on actions needed for improved collaboration and coordination.
  • Human Rights Knowledge building and strengthening of oversight institutions
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge products as they relate to the enhancement of human rights-based approaches to ROL, access to justice and security;
  • Enhance capacities of ROL and oversight institutions to mainstream human right approaches to oversight functions with focus on the delivery of services pro-poor oriented;
  • Lead initiatives on human rights capacity development for justice and security sector partners with emphasis on strengthening the supply side of justice in compliance with human rights principles.

Support the identification and development of new programs with SDGs and human right focus:

  • Support the project to identify, design and formulate new access to justice and security initiatives focusing on linkage between support to CSO for improvement on the demand side and government institutions on the supply side of justice and security services with a human right lens;
  • Develop concept notes and project documents in the areas of strengthening human rights and improving access to justice and security for rural communities.
  • Enhance the project’s staff knowledge on the SDGs through the development and delivery of presentations with focus on the SDGs Agenda 2030 and linkages with rule of law, access to justice and human rights.
  • Perform any other related functions as may be assigned from time to time by the Rule of Law Programme Specialist.

Impact of Key Results:

The results of the work of the Senior Rule of Law & Human Rights Officer will help strengthen UNDP’s delivery of effective support across the Rule of Law project to national policies and capacity development, in part through the establishment and/or strengthening of strategic partnerships as well as facilitation of reporting requirements with a key emphasis on contributing to sustain the mainstreaming of human rights-based approaches to programming within the project.

The incumbent will increase the visibility and contribution of UNDP in the subject area especially as pertains to working with national counterparts on the SDGs Agenda 2030 and supporting Rule of Law and Human Rights institutions. He/she will be responsible for technical advisory support on human rights to national counterparts from the institutions as above mentioned and will provide the Rule of Law project with contextual recommendations on human rights when necessary.

Competencies:

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN 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

Functional Competencies:

  • Sound knowledge of the Sierra Leone legal/justice system, including the political environment and legal statutes as they pertain to human rights
  • Ability to work under pressure and to remain calm
  • Sound political judgment, impartiality, diplomacy and discretion
  • Proven ability to establish priorities and to plan, organize, coordinate and monitor won work plan and provide advice and guidance to others; in-depth understanding of divisions’ strategic direction; resourcefulness; sound judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated sound judgment in resolving issues/problems; ability to proactively seek and recommend sound policy initiatives
  • Ability to actively seek to improve programmes/services, offer new and different options to solve problems/meet client needs.
  • Excellent and effective communication (verbal and written) skills, including the ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations, diplomacy and tact; ability to convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Effective negotiating skills and ability to work with others to reach mutually benefitting and lasting understandings

Required Skills and Experience:

Education:

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in law, International Human Rights, Criminology, Police Studies or in any other related field of study.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years’ work experience in a post-conflict setting, with substantial direct experience on human rights strengthening, advocacy and justice and security sector reforms and/or strengthening of the rule of law and security sectors;
  • Detailed knowledge and familiarity with issues and key actors in the justice and security sectors with emphasis on leading coordination and human right capacity development initiatives;
  • Experience in development work, community relations and partnerships building and resource mobilization;
  • Prior experience within the United Nations, in particular UNDP is desirable but not a requirement.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English

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