Consultancy – Rule of Law, Justice, and Security Consultant

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 27

Position description

Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights are cornerstones of UNDP’s work to achieve sustainable human development and eradicate extreme poverty. SDG 16 articulates the key role that governance and the rule of law play in promoting peaceful, just, and inclusive societies.

UNDP’s Global Programme on Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development aids national partners to build resilient communities that are supported by just institutions.

With an in-country presence before, during and after a conflict, UNDP is increasingly expected to assume a substantive role in providing rule of law, justice and security assistance to countries threatened or affected by crisis and fragility. To meet these demands, UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has made rule of law a priority area for programming. UNDP’s Global Programme for Strengthening the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations has been the main operational and financial instrument for UNDP globally to engage on justice & security in crisis-affected countries. Drawing on some of UNDP’s most innovative rule of law programmes in crisis-affected and fragile situations, it has sought to expand such experiences to assist UNDP Country Offices to develop multi-year, comprehensive rule of law programmes that respond rapidly and effectively to the needs on the ground.  In 2016, the Global Programme supported comprehensive rule of law programmes in over 40 crisis-affected situations, with a total programming value of over USD 200 million.

The RoLJSHR team within BPPS is responsible for the implementation of the Global Programme, as well as practice development in the areas of rule of law, justice, security and human rights as they relate to crisis prevention and recovery in conflict and disaster settings.

The Global Focal Point for Rule of Law

In September 2012, Secretary-General appointed UNDP and DPKO as the Global Focal Point for Police, Justice and Corrections Areas in the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict and Other Crisis Situations through a policy committee decision. Since then, the GFP has provided a united front for rule of law assistance in crisis contexts, with the aim of streamlining assessment, planning and delivery to improve overall impact. The GFP achieves greater impact through joint approaches to assistance with involvement from UNDP, DPKO, UN Women, OHCHR, UNODC, PBSO, UNDP, DPKO, DPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNOPS, UN-CTITF and the UN Team of Experts on Rule of Law/Sexual Violence in Conflict. This approach allows the UN to respond more effectively to requests for complex and politically nuances assistance by drawing quickly and strategically on the collective expertise of GFP partners. The GFP responds to requests for support from UN Country Teams, Political and Peacekeeping Missions in crisis and post-conflict settings. In Mission contexts, the support is provided throughout the mission life-cycle – from start-up to draw-down – and adds value in the context of transitions. It also serves as a platform for joint resource mobilization. For this purpose, the RoLJSHR team also leads UNDP’s engagement with DPKO, as the Global Focal Point of Justice, Police and Corrections.

Under the direct supervision of the RoLJSHR Team Leader, the contractor will help advance UNDP’s mandate in Rule of Law, Justice and Security with a focus on cross agency collaboration and will support GFP Management and operations for the advancement of coordination and impact of rule of law programmes at country level.

Duties and Responsibilities


Under the overall supervision of the Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights Team Leader and working closely with the RoLJSHR team, the consultant’s overall functions will be as follows:

  1. Support implementation of the Global Rule of Law and Human Rights Programme including ROL related joint programming and feeding programmatic lessons into global policy with a special attention on innovation:

  2. Support at least 3 countries in advancing their ROL agenda with smarter ROL designs using innovation, people centric approaches and data driven approaches.

  3. Represent the unit in Mission review processes and planning processes that are likely to impact the coherence of ROL in the field with a focus on mission contexts and the GFP;

  4. Contribute to increasing the quality of reporting on monitoring and evaluation to specific programme support countries and coordinate with relevant teams within UNDP to advance innovative approaches to rule of law in the field;

  5. Support the implementation of the Global Focal Point for Rule of Law by promoting the principles of joint Rule of Law approaches at the field level:

  6. Produce lessons learned and sharing of good practices for the Global Focal Point arrangement with a focus on transitions, joint programming and programmatic funding experiences;

  7. Contribute to successful delivery of GFP support to field missions;

  8. In line with the GFP Review recommendations and in collaboration with the GFP core team and the broader ROLJSHR and DPKO OROLSI team, assist practice and recommendations to advance interoperability of the GFP;

  9. Support selected countries in becoming more operationally effective in the field through better coordination and collaboration through partnerships, particularly with DPKO.



Functional Competencies: 

  • Strong partnering skills and ability to mobilize support for UNDP;
  • Strong programme design skills;
  • Strong analytical, negotiation and communication skills, including ability to produce high quality reports and programmes;
  • Clear understanding and experience of policies and procedures for corporate due diligence and reputational risk management;
  • Innovative approaches/experience on global development issues;
  • Ability to function in a team environment.

Behavioural Competencies:

  • Productive and efficient worker, highly motivated;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks;
  • Strong initiative and is comfortable to pro-actively reach out to new and existing external partners;
  • Performance-oriented and focused on results;
  • Persistence and willingness to follow through;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and flexibility;
  • Ability to take instructions and to learn on the job;
  • Communication and advocacy skills;
  • Curiosity and desire to work a complex, international environment.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP, and partner organizations;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

Excellent understanding of international development issues and knowledge of the UN system.

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