The goal of the presence of the UNDP Regional Hub’s Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights Programme Specialist is to ensure substantive advice and support to country offices in the Latin America region on the rule of law and related topics, including a specific focus on citizen security.
Specifically, the regional hub component provides substantive partnerships support and performs cross-practice integration and coordination functions strengthening UNDP’s / BPPS support to UNDP COs.
In full consultation with relevant colleagues in New York, the regional presence aims to provide proximate and immediate technical and advisory services to Country Offices in the region on rule of law, justice, security and citizen security and human rights issues, mainstreams G&P practice issues in country office and regional programmes and provides localized and quickly deployable hands-
on support during emergencies. Regional Hub supervision is matrixed to the ROLJSHR Team in NY and the RSC management (secondary reporting line).
Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights are cornerstones of UNDP’s work to achieve sustainable human development and eradicate extreme poverty.
Through rule of law and human rights assistance, UNDP contributes to building peace and democratic governance across the full range of development contexts.
Key areas of UNDP’s rule of law and human rights work include :
Improving access to justice and remedies, and helping people enforce their rights;
Assisting governments to establish capable justice systems, including the rapid restoration of justice services and dispute resolution mechanisms following crisis or conflict (targeting, in particular, previously marginalized communities);
Increasing community security and reducing armed violence, including through curbing the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, promoting security sector reform and citizen security;
Addressing sexual and gender-based violence and increasing women’s participation and leadership in justice and security institutions, particularly in peacebuilding and recovery contexts;
Supporting the promotion and protection of human rights, including strengthening the work of National Human Rights Institutions, supporting engagement with the international human rights machinery and promoting the application of the human rights-
based approach to development programming and national planning processes; and
Supporting transitional justice to promote redress for past violence and human rights violations and to enable societies to recover from the legacy of violence.
UNDP supports community security by working with local officials and individuals to identify both the causes of insecurity and solutions to improve safety.
An important component of this work is building capacity of police, strengthening accountable institutions, and advocating for human rights.
This includes advocacy and support for the implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence policy. UNDP helps to establish effective police-
community relations to enhance security, trust, and protection of populations, especially women. This includes strengthening police capacities to adopt community-
oriented and gender-responsive policing. Additionally, UNDP supports measures to curb the proliferation and availability of small arms and light weapons, including the promotion of the International Small Arms Control Standards.
Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of Governance and Peace Building Cluster, the Programme Specialist, will be based in the Panama Hub and will be responsible for providing high-
quality policy advice, technical expertise and programmatic support on Institution Building, Community Security, Human Rights, Access to Justice, Transitional Justice and Gender Justice, to UNDP country offices, in collaboration with the ROLJSHR Team in HQ, and where appropriate, with key UN and other external partners.
The incumbent will strengthen UNDP's practice on Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights with a focus on Citizen Security -
in the region and will ensure the quality and relevance of the current portfolio of programmes and projects from a ROL perspective, ensuring alignment with corporate practice policies and promoting corporate knowledge products and tools.
To that end, Rule of Law functions are fully integrated in the Regional Hub’s Governance and Peace Building Cluster structure, results planning and delivery.
Duties and Responsibilities
The key results have an impact on the improvement of UNDP’s ability to support countries on rule of law, justice, security and human rights with a focus on citizen security as well as broader prevention and sustaining peace issues, through the provision of high-
quality policy advice, programme design and resource mobilization, fostering cohesion across efforts in the thematic area, building bridges across practices, UN agencies and external partners, and contributing to the development of networks of experts, peers and key actors to foster South-
South cooperation in the region.
Summary of Key Functions :
Provides policy advice / technical support to country office programmes;
Provides practice management support, co-ordination, and advocacy;
Performs knowledge management functions;
Provides partnerships and inter-agency coordination.
1. Provides policy advice / technical support to country office programmes, focusing on achievement of the following results :
o Policy advisory and technical services in the following areas : rule of law, justice, security and human rights, with a focus on citizen security and armed violence prevention, including police reform, violence and crime prevention and governance of security institutions;
conflict prevention and peace building, including mechanisms for dialogue and reconciliation;
o Building of institutional capacities for rule of law, citizen security and working with national partners;
o Strategic planning and reform of legal framework, including reform of substantive, procedural and institutional legislation;
o Integration of rule of law, justice, security and human rights into national development frameworks, including UNDAFs and PRSPs;
o Contribution to managing the regional roster of experts in the field of citizen security in Latin America and the Caribbean;
o Ensuring compliance with relevant UN policies and business processes and UNDP programme management requirements as stipulated in the Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures (POPP), especially the HRDDP.
2. Provides practice management support, coordination and advocacy, focusing on achievement of the following results :
o Strong advocacy role in fostering citizen security and rule of law in the region, with a view to deepening political commitment and reforms in this area, including partnership building and resource mobilization;
o Support to relevant regional initiatives (such as PREVJUVE, CARISECURE, INFOSEGURA, and Tri National Peace Building Fund initiatives) and promotion of synergies with the regional governance programme of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, including building the UNDP network of rule of law, justice, security and human rights focal points in the region to deliver effective and responsive projects and initiatives in the area;
o Promotion of synergies with the work undertaken by different agencies of the UN system;
o Strengthening portfolios and identification of new entry points for country offices in Rule of law and citizen security;
o Resource mobilization for regional and national programmatic initiatives supported for LAC.
3. Performs knowledge management functions, focusing on achievement of the following results :
o Promotion of knowledge management, in particular, at the national levels with the COs and at the regional level, by encouraging the documentation of practice experience and lessons learnt and the development of replicable tools from applied initiatives;
o Development, with the PM Service Team in coordination with the experts in Regional Center RCLAC, of region-wide lessons learnt, best practices and generation of knowledge needed to shape UNDP's strategies in the region.
4. Provides partnerships and inter-agency coordination, focusing on achievement of the following results :
o Collaboration in the building of strategic alliances and partnerships, especially with key think tanks and non-governmental organizations, as well as with donors;
o Collaboration in the development of interactions with UN agencies, funds and programmes, and other external partners (such as the OAS, SICA, World Bank and Inter-
American Development Bank) to support rule of law work;
o Contribution to country offices, regional hub and HQ efforts and updates on ROLJSHR in LAC, as required.
Corporate Competencies :
Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Functional Competencies :
Technical Knowledge :
Demonstrates a good understanding of rule of law, justice and security sector reform and human rights programs in complex country contexts, with a specialty on citizen security;
Exhibits a good knowledge of institutional development, sustaining peace and political issues;
Demonstrates understanding of gender dimensions of justice and security and response and prevention of SGBV, as well as Human Rights-based approaches;
Demonstrates ability to provide policy and strategic planning advice at a senior level;
Displays process, transparency and accountability;
Development and Operational Effectiveness;
Ability to lead and contribute to national and international processes of strategic planning, change processes, results-
based management, work planning, and reporting;
Ability to understand and formulate and manage budgets, oversight of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects, linked to national systems;
Ability to apply development theory to the specific country context to identify creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations;
Ability to build and sustain effective partnerships with UN Agencies and Mission and main constituents, advocate effectively, communicate sensitively across different constituencies;
Ability to mobilize resources;
Ability to implement new systems and effect behavioral and attitudinal change.
Knowledge Management and Learning :
Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture;
Has good knowledge on UNDP programme and operational issues and understanding of UN integrated planning processes;
Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
Has knowledge of UNDP / UN policies and programme complex development and sustaining peace contexts.
Management and Leadership :
Builds strong relationships with stakeholders and clients, focuses on impact and results for clients, and respond positively to feedback;
Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment;
Excellent interpersonal skills;
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
Demonstrates capacity to communicate effectively;
Resource management; capacity to plan and organize programmes effectively;
Demonstrates resourcefulness, initiative and mature judgment;
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree in Law, Political Science, Social Sciences, or related field.
At least 7 yearsof relevant professional experience in rule of law with a focus on citizen security, specific experience desired on justice and security sector reform, transitional justice human rights, and SGBV;
Experience of working in politically complex settings;
In-depth understanding of international development issues and practices, and practical experience of working with development partners at a senior level;
Experience in the political and economic context of the LAC region is required;
Demonstrable work experience in building partnerships, knowledge networking, resource mobilization and programme management;
High-level planning, facilitation, communication, and capacity development skills with a demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge and skills in a complex institutional environment;
Sound analytical skills on political, legal, social, cultural, and other relevant issues.
Language Requirements :
Fluency in English and Spanish, both oral and written, is required;
Working knowledge of other UN official language is an asset.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.