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