Rule of Law Specialist
Application deadline 6 months ago: Monday 14 Feb 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.
UNDP’s Access to Justice, Security and Human Rights Program supports the Judiciary of South Sudan; the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs; and the Ministry of Interior, including the South Sudan National Police Service and the National Prisons Service of South Sudan, the Law Reform Commission and the South Sudan Human Rights Commission to increase access to justice, strengthen security and promote human rights in South Sudan. The program has staff collocated in rule of law institutions in Juba, Aweil, Torit, Bor, Wau and Yambio. As a member of the program, the Rule of Law Specialist will focus on enhancing the effectiveness of UNDP’s justice, security and human rights programming in South Sudan through the provision of technical support to national partners to develop and implement effective state policies, laws and strategies; successful coordination and management of program activities; quality assurance of project implementation; contribution to reporting requirements; and generation of key lessons learned and best practices and program achievements for internal and external distribution.
The objective of UNDP’s Access to Justice programme is to strengthen the rule of law in South Sudan, increase access to justice, improve security and safety and promote respect for human rights as enablers for sustaining peace and laying the foundation for the country to recover from years of conflict.
The Rule of Law Specialist reports directly to the Chief Technical Advisor, Rule of Law and Program Manager. Under the guidance of the CTA/PM, s/he works closely with the Human Rights/Transitional Specialist and in coordination with the state level justice actors that include judges, prosecutors, lawyers and traditional leaders to develop and implement policy and legal reforms, strategies to increase access to justice, reduce case backlog and long pretrial detention, increase a culture of human rights respect and initiate inclusive transitional justice activities.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Chief Technical Advisor for Rule of Law and Program Manager, or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Rule of Law Specialist will perform the following tasks:
Provision of advice and technical support:
· Advise the state level stakeholders in improving or establishing sustainable mechanisms for access to justice, including statutory, traditional conflict resolution mechanisms, human rights and transitional justice mechanisms;
· Advise the stakeholders on policies, strategies, systems, methods of management and training needs of justice actors;
· Liaise with the Chief Technical Advisor to provide overall technical guidance on matters of government policy on access to justice, human rights respect and transitional justice;
· Put in place policies, strategies and systems for inclusive law reform, effective access to justice, human rights promotion, impunity against SGBV and transitional justice;
· Collect and issue updates on activities on access to justice, SGBV, human rights and transitional justice including changes in legislation and national or regional strategies or action plans.
Capacity building of state level stakeholders: · Support state institutions to develop and implement policies, long term strategies, systems and action plans for the establishment of effective legal and justice services and monitoring of human rights trends;
· Support the development and practice of alternative and modern methods of increasing access to justice especially for vulnerable groups and resolving communal disputes;
· Develop and implement capacity building strategies to meet the capacity and training needs of the state institutions involved in dispute resolution and human rights protection;
· Support community-based organizations and group, state government, traditional authorities and vulnerable groups to development
, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Leadership, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in Teams
planning, developing, managing and monitoring legal, human rights and judicial/justice sector reform processes at the national and international levels.
South Sudan is a difficult duty station, which is classified as a non-family duty station as thre is basic infrastructure in the capital Juba and the country. The highly recommended vaccination in South Sudan is Yellow Fever. Please note that without evidence of yellow fever vaccination, access to South Sudan is restricted. South Sudan is a Security Phase III level. There is a UN imposed curfew from 7:00pm to 6:00am due to security and crime.
The widely used currency for business transition in the South Sudan Pounds (SSP). The official exchange is currently at 130SSP to 1USD. Banking facilities are widely available but the use of bank credit and debit cards is limited.
There are several mobile telephone companies including ZAIN, Vivacell, Gemtel and MTN providing services and sim cards can be easily bought with cash after registration by the service provider. There are no fixed telephone lines in South Sudan/Juba.
South Sudan electricity on the national grid is almost non-existent as its switched on once in a while. The capital Juba is powered by individual household generators. Running water is dependent on water tankers that deliver water to households at a fee. UN regulations state that houses of staff members must have electricity and reimburses these costs incurred outside the accommodation rental cost.
There are restaurants serving food from different regions of the world. Markets and shops are fairly well stocked with food items, clothes and other household goods. There are also local markets for vegetables and other farm produce. The cost of living is generally high as almost all the goods are imported. UN personnel are provided medical services in the UN Agency clinic Other medical services can be obtained at the UNMISS Level 2 hospital.
South Sudan is a unique country. It provides for an interesting and enriching environment, but also requires a mature level of cultural awareness, as well as more stamina and commitment than elsewhere to make life comfortable and affordable. Therefore, flexibility and the ability and willingness to live and work in harsh and potentially hazardous conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort, are essential.