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, Security 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 Regional Hub and is also a team member of, and regularly liaising with the Rule of law, Security and Human Rights for Sustainable Peace and Development team within the UNDP Crisis Bureau, and as part of the GPN. At the hub level S/he will be part of the governance and peace building team. He/she will provide intellectual and strategic engagement as well as technical guidance on Rule of Law, Security 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 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, Security and Human Rights community of practice across UNDP to support corporate learning and, in particular, the implementation of the Global Programme for Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace & Fostering Development.
The applicant will have experience in working in security and/or stabilization issues as well as a global understanding of rule of law programming in development settings.
In collaboration with other Advisors and Specialists in the Regional Hubs, 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 Regional Hub Manager, 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
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
Livelihoods and economic recovery assessments and planning
Ability to use methods, tools and regional analysis to determine impact of crisis and inform policy and programming
Livelihoods and Economic Recovery
Knowledge of Livelihoods and Economic Recovery concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
Migration and Displacement Dynamics
Knowledge of impact of migration and displacement issues within a humanitarian-development nexus
Sustainable Development Goals
Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
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.
Management & Coordination
Ability to manage and coordinate programmes and projects
Required Skills and Experience
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