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Chief Technical Advisor – Djibouti

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Job Description
Agency: UNDP
Title: Chief Technical Advisor
Practice Area – Job Family: Democratic Governance – JUSTICE
Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 03/06/2020
Duty Station: Djibouti, Djibouti
Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree – 7 year(s) experience
English, French
Grade: P4
Vacancy Type: FTA International
Posting Type: External
Bureau: Arab States
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension
The European Union (EU) is the leading development aid donor (in the form of projects) present in Djibouti.

Every 7 years, the EU defines together with the Djiboutian government a National Indicative Plan (NIP) which identifies priority sectors for intervention. At its mid-term review in 2017, it was agreed to include the justice sector among its priorities. As a result, an action document has been drawn up in this area by the EU together with the Ministry of Justice, which obviously also covers certain human rights aspects.

The present project is in line with and responds to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDOs), in particular strategic objective 16 and, to a lesser extent, strategic objective 5.

By common agreement, but in this case tripartite, UNDP Djibouti was chosen as the organization best placed to implement this ambitious project.

In this regard, it is worth noting the demonstrated capacity of UNDP worldwide to implement rule of law and justice programmes. Moreover, in concrete terms, the Djibouti office has already successfully implemented complicated initiatives in this area thanks to the good relations it maintains with its partners in the justice and human rights sector, thanks to its strategic positioning with national institutions for the achievement of Goal 16 of the Millennium Development Goals: these are the reasons that justify the choice of this partnership.

UNDP Djibouti will start implementing this project on justice in the first half of 2020, in close cooperation and with support from the EU.

Duties and Responsibilities
·         Knowledge management

The Chief Technical Adviser will be under the overall supervision of the Resident Representative, the direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative and will work closely with UNDP programme specialists.  Through UNDP, the Chief Technical Adviser will work with the Ministry of Justice and the European Union Delegation in Djibouti (EUDEL). The Senior Technical Adviser for Justice and Human Rights will be responsible for leading, coordinating and implementing the Justice and Human Rights Project.

The summary of the key functions to be performed by the incumbent will include:

Program Implementation and Strategic Partnership Management
Technical advice and strategic coordination
Knowledge management and
Program Implementation and Strategic Partnership Management of the Justice and Human Rights programme:
Monitor and manage all program timely and quality program implementation functions, including budget and financial management, monitoring and evaluation, and donor and UNDP reporting functions of the justice project in collaboration with the technical and financial staff;
Prepare annual work plans, human resources plan, annual procurement plan with program results and objectives, and in consultation with national and international counterparts;
Foster strong partnership and maintain periodic consultation and strong stakeholders satisfaction for the Justice and Human Rights programme stakeholders (government counterparts, donors and civil societies).
Perform quality control function of project activities, including assessing impact and effectiveness, organize baseline information, tracking outputs and results, and ensure timely and efficient delivery of project outputs through a client-satisfaction approach, as well as high quality reporting on project activities;
Assess the impact and effectiveness of the assistance through regular consultations with national and international counterparts and stakeholders, regular field visits, analysis and preparation of progress and other required reports;
Ensure guidelines and procedures are in place to manage the program in an effective and results-oriented manner, and ensure that results are produced in a timely manner and in accordance with applicable procedures;
Ensure the proper implementation / implementation of UNDP rules and regulations on human resources, financial management and procurement throughout the program;
Develop the capacity of the national program staff in the field of justice, rule of law and human rights;
Provide and identify expert technical advice on program-related topics;
Monitor the risk assessment of the program and update it as appropriate;
Carry out other relevant tasks as requested by UNDP management and/or the Ministry of Justice and/or the EU Delegation in consultation with UNDP;
Formulate the Terms of Reference of the consultants to be recruited under the project.
2.Technical advice and strategic coordination:

Provide technical knowledge to contribute to strengthening national capacities in ​​rule of law and justice reform; including support to the local authorities in establishing legitimate mechanisms to improve access to justice of the population across the country.
Support legal authorities, the administration, implementation and monitoring of project activities within the scope of the Project on Justice.
Provide technical advice and mentoring on basic human rights, code of conduct and principles of the justice system to local judiciary, law-enforcement, security and traditional authorities.
Engage in capacity- and confidence-building with non-governmental rule of law actors, including consultative and participatory processes with national stakeholders, including women’s networks and legal professionals.
Provide technical advice and support to the formal justice systems, taking into account deep rooted customary practices in place;
Sensitizing community-based customary law/traditional conflict resolution mechanisms to basic human rights and gender.
Participate in inter-agency working groups and initiatives to promote rule of law, protection and human security.
Ensure coherence, complementarity and coordination with other development partners in the area of ​​the rule of law and access to justice;
Advocate and contribute substantially to joint planning and / or programming initiatives of the United Nations, European Union and multiple partners;
Provide technical support to UNDP management, the Ministry of Justice, the EU Delegation in consultation with UNDP, and all relevant partners, including civil society as needed.
3.       Knowledge management and communication, in close collaboration with UNDP communication team: 

–       Ensure adequate visibility and awareness of program implementation, lead and support communication, partnership development and resource mobilization efforts for the program;

–       Bring good international practices to national partners; he / she will identify and propose the required specialized international assistance.

–       Contribute to the development of strategy and thought leadership, in order to implement reforms that focus on the population in a consultative manner, as well as supporting national and international partnerships, particularly in the implementation of the justice project;

–       Ensure that program activities are closely coordinated with stakeholders – national and international – and that a high level of collaboration and cooperation is in place at all levels;

–       Act as a focal point for the program vis-à-vis the national party, the media, the public, UN agencies, EU, development partners, CSOs, etc;

               Participate in the Country Office’s resource mobilization efforts

Required Skills and Experience

Advanced University degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations or related field, preferably with specialization in human rights/legal assistance


At least 7 years’ work experience on justice sector reform, access to justice, judicial reform and/or strengthening of the rule of law, including access to justice for women (and GBV victims) and vulnerable populations;
Proven experience in programme management, programme implementation, coordination and resource mobilization.
Have a great capacity for technical consultations and facilitation of dialogue with national counterparts, and be able to support a positive attitude of work;
Previous professional experience with the United Nations or European Union at the strategic, programmatic and technical levels, is a major advantage;
Ability to work in an institutional setting with senior officials as well as with civil society organizations
Good knowledge and experience in the Djiboutian justice sector is an important asset.

Professional command of French and English is required
Good knowledge of Arabic (oral and written) is an asset

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