Senior Rule of Law Officer at UNDP, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Deadline: 22 May 2019

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Senior Rule of Law Officer in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The duration of this post is 1 year.

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The Senior Rule of Law Officer is responsible 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.

UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

Key Job Responsibilities

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The Senior Rule of Law Officer will perform the following functions-

  • Policy Advice & Technical Assistance
    • Provide policy advice and technical assistance to the justice institutions with a focus on the Sierra Leone Police, the Ministry of Justice, the Judiciary and the Independent Police Complaints Board and the SLCS.
    • Work closely with the Judiciary providing technical assistance to support the consolidation of the civil and criminal procedure reforms ongoing in the institution.
    • Train and support relevant justice sector personnel in organizational development methods and tools.
  • Strategic partnership and resource mobilization
    • Establish and maintain dialogue with government officials, both local and national, NGOs, partners, donors and communities to provide knowledge and understanding, ensuring accurate interpretation of the project objectives and implementation.
    • Identify areas of cooperation and coordination with other UN agencies, development partners and NGOs for the implementation of joint activities related to the Program.
  • Knowledge building and capacity development of institutions and staff
    • Contribute to the development of knowledge products as they relate to the enhancement of access to justice and security sectors.
    • Support policy development and dissemination of knowledge on access to justice and security sectors’ best practices and program results for advocacy, resource mobilization, learning and practice development.
  • Financial & Operational Management
    • Ensure integrity of financial and administrative procedures as well as a consistent application of UNDP procedures, rules and regulations.
    • Support the Rule of Law project team in supervising requisitions, purchase orders and payment requests in ATLAS, and ensure monthly delivery updates to the Rule of Law Specialist on financial delivery performance.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

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  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in law, International Human Rights, Criminology, Police Studies or in any other related field of study.
  • At least 5 year’s work experience in Sierra Leone or a related post-conflict setting, with substantial direct experience as legal advisory role and technical access to justice and security, justice sector reforms and/or strengthening of the rule of law and security sector.
  • Detailed knowledge and familiarity of issues and key actors in the justice and security sector.
  • Experience in development work, partnerships building and resource mobilization.
  • Prior experience within the United Nations, in particular UNDP is desirable but not a requirement.
  • A qualified legal practitioner (but not an absolute requirement for selection).
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Nationality of Sierra Leone.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit UNDP.

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