Title: Rule of Law and Human Rights Specialist
Job ID: 29569
Practice Area – Job Family: Crisis Prevention and Recovery – DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE AND PEACEBUILDING
Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 07/04/2020
Duty Station: Dakar, Senegal
Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree – 7 year(s) experience
Languages Required: French
Vacancy Type: FTA International
Posting Type: External
Bureau: Crisis Prevention & Recovery
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension
UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan. Within the GPN, the Crisis Bureau guides UNDP’s corporate crisis-related strategies and vision for crisis prevention, response and recovery.
The Rule of Law and Human Rights Specialist is one of the lead experts in the Rule of Law and Human Rights knowledge domain. S/he is based in the Sub-Regional Platform in Dakar and reports to the Governance and Peacebuilding Advisor while also being a team member of, and regularly liaising with the team Rule of law, security and human rights for sustainable peace and developments at the Crisis Bureau, as part of the GPN. He/she will provide intellectual and strategic engagement as well as technical guidance on Rule of Law and Human Rights issues for UNDP, and represent UNDP in the wider Rule of Law and Human Rights community of practice, in particular within the UNDP-DPKO Global Focal Point for Rule of Law arrangement and the Tripartite Partnership (TPP – UNDP, OHCHR and the Global Alliance for National Human Rights Institutions), with bilateral partners, external experts, etc.
Working to ensure quality and coherent policy and programme advisory services within their region and across other regions, as well as alignment with the Strategic Plan, the ROL/HR Specialist advances the credibility and recognition of UNDP’s capabilities in this knowledge domain and associated community of practice. The Specialist will work closely with the Rule of Law and Human Rights community of practice across UNDP to support corporate learning and, in particular for the region and sub-regions, the implementation of the Global Programme for Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace & Fostering Development
In collaboration with other Advisors and Specialists in the Sub-Regional Platform in Dakar and Addis Ababa, HQ, Country Offices, Global Policy Centers, and rosters of external advisors, s/he is responsible for leading the provision of technical expertise and policy and programme advisory services to Country Offices, supports the implementation of the regional programme and, where appropriate, with key UN and external partners. S/he responds to requests from Country Offices and under the guidance of the Head of the Sub-Regional Platform, Coordinator of Governance and Peacebuilding in Regional Hub Addis Ababa & Head of Rule of Law, Security & Human Rights team, and in collaboration with corporate support providers, such as the Country Support Management Team, the Crisis and Fragility Engagement and Policy Team and the SDG integrator Team.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
1.Substantive delivery of technical assistance, policy development and programme support
2.Substantive development of tools and resources, from across UNDP’s network of expertise
3.Knowledge management and community of practice networking
4.Advocacy and partner engagement for effective policy positioning in the region
1. Substantive delivery of technical assistance, policy development and programme support
-Provide policy advisory and programming services primarily to COs within the region, that respond to country office needs, including through the provision of capacity building and backstopping to COs and UNCTs;
-Work with the Regional Bureau’s Country Advisors to ensure relevant, timely and multi-disciplinary response to Country needs for policy services;
-Support programming and implementation of the Global Programme for Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace & Fostering Development
-Ensure support to implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy in the Africa region.
-Collaborate substantively with COs and Regional Programmes to achieve regional/CO strategic goals and plans by supporting relevant regional initiatives and promoting synergies with the regional programmes;
-Support COs in project design, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and results reporting in line with RBM guidelines, and support quality assurance, risk management and due diligence processes;
-Provide sector specific and technical policy advice for crisis situations in coordination with the Country Support Management Team;
-Provide support to COs conducting and engaging in assessments related to all forms of crisis response, such as post-crisis, capacity and crisis-related/fragility assessments in coordination with the Country Support Management Team and the Fragility Engagement and Policy Team;
-Ensure risks are monitored and managed across the portfolio of advisory engagements including UNDAF formulation;
-Contribute to developing the capacity of national counterparts in support of achieving the Strategic Plan and other internationally agreed development goals as it relates to the Rule of Law and Human Rights knowledge domains;
-Provide policy advisory and programming services COs in other regions as requested by the Crisis Bureau and in agreement with the Team Leader for Rule of law, security and human rights for sustainable peace and development.
-Provide substantive inputs in the development of UNDP’s policies for the thematic area and contribute to the formulation of global policy products
2. Substantive development of tools and resources, from across UNDP’s network of expertise
-Provide technical expertise in identifying tools, developing methodologies and producing knowledge management products linked to crisis-related rule of law and human rights;
-Provide technical expertise on the content development for regional/CO knowledge products through the analysis of data, case evidence, and research findings in accordance with corporate standards;
-Contribute to the identification and scoping of technical issues warranting collaboration with HQ and regional teams to research, develop and share knowledge-based tools, such as policy positions/practice notes/concept papers and other research-based products to influence/advance policy dialogue in the knowledge domain and present UNDP’s knowledge assets and capabilities at global and regional forums;
-Work closely with policy teams in HQ to advance research, testing and roll-out of newly commissioned policy/business development initiatives, by providing the regional perspective/specificities as well as experience-based insights on what is of most practical value for national counterparts and regional leaders;
-Design and deliver training on programming tools including by developing training packs for COs to facilitate innovation learning, foster and encourage policy innovation and continuous improvement to enhance programme delivery.
3. Knowledge management and community of practice networking
-Contribute to the continuous analysis, documentation, codification of regional results/lessons learned;
-Review regional data, case evidence and research findings to distill pivotal lessons for UNDP globally;
-Advocate and enable South-South facilitation of exchanges and experiences sharing where valuable;
-Support the capacity development of UNDP staff in application of tools and practices;
-Development and strengthening of linkages with peacebuilding and governance community of practice, both inside and outside of the UN system.
4. Advocacy and partner engagement for effective policy positioning in the region
-Advocate the application of ground-breaking ROL and Human Rights-based approaches, especially as an integrated approach to achieving the SDGs, in various regional and country fora with a view to deepen related political commitment and related reforms;
-Represent UNDP within engagements in interagency coordination in ROL and Human Rights policy areas and in particular for the regions, in support to the UNDP-DPKO Global Focal Point arrangement and the Tripartite partnership of UNDP, OHCHR and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions;
-Advise on resource mobilization/financial assistance as required and coordinate approvals as required.
-Provide technical advice on relationship management of regional partners and resource mobilization in line with Crisis Bureau priorities and corporate guidelines;
-Provide technical advice on mobilizing and fostering external partnerships behind regional initiatives;
-Manage the building of strategic alliances and partnerships, especially with key think tanks and non-governmental organizations;
-Ensure UNDP/Crisis Bureau Representation at inter-agency meetings, academic conferences, donor consultations and other events;
-Collaborate with UNDP advisors / programme managers and country-based and Peace and Development Advisors.
Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
Ability to persuade others to follow
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Rule of Law, Justice, and Security
Knowledge of Rule of law, Justice and Security concepts and principles and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
Human Rights and HR Mainstreaming
Knowledge of international Human Rights standards and principles and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations and Human rights mainstreaming (HRBA) and application of human rights policies (HRDDP, RUF)
Knowledge of transitional justice and victim assistance issues and concepts and ability to apply in strategic and/or practical situations
Peacebuilding and Reconciliation
Ability to support peace processes to facilitate recovery and development
Sustainable Development Goals
Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Ability to substantively engage and foster networks with academia, research institutions, and think tanks.
Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
Collaboration & Partnerships
Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support. Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP
Management & Coordination
Ability to manage and coordinate campaigns and people with inspiration. Believe in and promote diversity in the workplace and reshaping the workforce to meet need.
Required Skills and Experience
-A Master’s degree, preferably in international development, law, international affairs, business administration, development economics, or other relevant field, or extensive compensating experience in Rule of Law and/or Human Rights.
-A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in either public sectors (national or multilateral, including UN), private (academia, non-governmental sector, corporate), with increasing level of responsibility
-Proven track record and leadership experience in the UN System related to rule of law and human rights in crisis and fragile contexts
-Excellent negotiating and communication skills and ability to mobilize support from a wide range of partners (public, private, academic, civil society, business community leaders)
-Proven track record of management and resource mobilization skills
-Fluent and proficient in French. Good command of English highly desirable.
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