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JPO - Justice Coordination Officer, Governance and Sustaining Peace


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Ouagadougou
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • International Relations
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
    • Democratic Governance
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Peace and Development
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Under the JPO programme framework, the following position is open only to nationals of the Belgium. For detailed information on the JPO Programme and recruitment criteria, please visit

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UNDP Burkina Faso is recruiting an expert to support justice sector and human rights coordination and partnership management (i) for the facilitation of the consultation framework of the technical and financial partners of the “Justice and Human Rights Sectoral Framework Dialogue”(SFD), (ii) and coordination for an effective synergy of the technical and financial partners’ interventions.

The UNDP Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme:

The UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) JPO Programme equips outstanding young leaders with the skills and experience required to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and make a positive difference in the world. As a pathway into the world of development, the programme offers young professionals excellent exposure to multilateral cooperation and sustainable development while providing a valuable entry point into the UN system. 

During their assignments, JPOs benefit from the guidance of experienced UNDP staff members and are actively involved in supporting the design and implementation of UNDP’s programs within UNDP’s headquarters, regional or country offices. Additionally, the JPO will undergo a journey of exposure and growth which will build both personal and professional capacity for a career within the multilateral development sector.

As a JPO and young professional in UNDP you should be interested in pursuing a global career with aspiration to work for a field-based organization in support of the development agenda.

The JPO will work as part of a team and be supervised by an experienced UNDP staff member, including :

  • Structured guidance and feedback, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing of responsibilities 
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results
  • Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
  • Completion of the yearly UNDP Annual Performance Review (APR) including learning and development objectives

The JPO will benefit from the following learning and development opportunities:

  • Participation in a virtual Programme Policy and Operations Induction Course within the first 4 to 6 months of assignment
  • Use of yearly JPO duty-related travel and training allocation (DTTA), as per the online DTTA guide
  • On-going Masterclasses on relevant and inspiring themes
  • Career development support mechanisms and activities
  • Networking with fellow JPOs, young professionals and senior UNDP colleagues
  • Mentoring programme 
  • Other training and learning opportunities  

Organisational context 

The slowness and inefficiency of justice are at the heart of citizens' dissatisfaction with the judicial institution and the crisis of confidence between justice and the population. Moreover, justice remains difficult to access geographically, financially, and psychologically. In addition to its tardiness, justice in Burkina Faso is characterized by poor access to justice, the persistence of corruption, and the poor functioning of the system of disciplinary sanctions for judicial actors.

Since 2015, the country has been facing an unprecedented security crisis that affects all Sahelian countries. The creation of self-defence groups, armed community clashes, and military operations to secure insecure areas have led to significant human rights violations. In addition to terrorism, there were recurring police blunders and the exclusion of women accused of witchcraft. The socio-cultural context is unfavourable to the establishment of equal rights for women and men, impunity for violence against women, including sexual violence, and harmful traditional practices. Although normative protection texts have been ratified and a good number of laws have been adopted, cases of human rights violations are still occurring in Burkina Faso.

To provide solutions to the problems identified, the Transition authorities had already organized in 2015 the "National Conference of Justice" which concluded a "National Pact for the Renewal of Justice". In 2018, a sectoral policy "Justice and Human Rights" (2018-2027) was developed with the vision: "Burkina Faso has a credible justice system, accessible to all and respectful of the rules of a State governed by the rule of law that guarantees women and men the effectiveness of their rights, for a peaceful and united Nation”. However, dysfunctions persist and continue to fuel the dissatisfaction of the population. The newly established National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in July 2018, is still underperforming in terms of reporting on cases of human rights violations, due to its weak technical, human, logistical and financial capacities. Civil society human rights organizations are dynamic but remain dispersed and not very specialized to better play their monitoring and alert role.

To address development and governance challenges, Burkina Faso has developed a National Economic and Social Development Plan (PNDES), followed by PNDES II in 2021. Sectoral frameworks for dialogue (SFD) have been established to oversee the implementation of sectoral policies, under the responsibility of the lead ministries of the 14 planning sectors. The technical and financial partners of the Justice and Human Rights sectoral framework meet to coordinate their support and create synergies in the implementation of their programs and projects. The partners designate a SFD lead partner and alternates for a period of one (01) year and put in place internal coordination mechanisms and tools. UNDP is the lead partner for the Justice and Human Rights SFD for the year 2021-2022. As such, it is responsible for revitalizing the SFD and regenerating its working methods and tools to be more inclusive, collaborative, flexible and effective, ensuring a better contribution of the TFPs to the JHR SFD and to the meetings of the thematic groups, in particular by adjusting the format of the meetings and by improving the tools for collaboration. UNDP has placed the mandate of leading the TFPs of the JHR SFD under the following triptych: i) build synergies, ii) act in concert and carry out joint actions, iii) and measure impact and communicate together on the achievements .

Living conditions at the Duty Station: Ouagadougou is a family duty station. Ouagadougou is a lively city with rich culture. The climate of Ouagadougou is tropical, hot all year round, with a dry season from November to March and a rainy season that runs roughly from late April to early October.

Duties and Responsibilities

Facilitation and coordination of the consultation framework of the technical and financial partners (TFP) of the Justice and Human Rights (JHR) sector:

  • Ensure the Secretariat of the consultation framework of the technical and financial partners of Justice and Human Rights Sectoral Framework Dialogue (SFD JHR);
  • Ensure the technical and logistical preparation of the consultation meetings of the TFPs;
  • Propose agenda items, take minutes of the meetings and share minutes.
  • Follow up on the recommendations of meetings between TFP and SFD JHR
  • Develop and update the matrix of interventions and other tools for monitoring partners’ activities;
  • Establish a database of studies, surveys and analysis in the field, support the digitalisation of the database;
  • Develop plans for joint missions and reviews in conjunction with the SFD JHR
  • Elaborate the periodic calendars of activities of the TFPs, inform the TFPs and the national counterparts of meetings and activities of interest;
  • Draft Newsletters of the activities of TFPs;
  • Attend sectoral reviews of related SFDs (Defense, security, Administrative and Local Governance, etc.) and develop summary notes and proposals for inter-sectoral synergy;

Ensure the relationship with the CSD JHR and serve as a focal point for the TFPs:

  • Serve as a liaison between the SFD JHR and the TFPs, ensure the technical and logistical organisation of meetings;
  • Establish a contact list of national partners and make it accessible of the TFPs
  • Ensure the sharing of information between the SFD JHR and the TFPs;
  • Within the framework of the annual review of the SFD JHR, ensure the sharing of documents with the TFPs and integrate/synthesize the inputs/comments of the TFPs;

Serve as focal point for UNDP and assist in resource mobilization:

  • Serve as the focal point for the partners of the JHR sectoral framework;
  • Identify and propose synergies with the TFPs and ensureclose follow up of actionsto be carried out;
  • Elaborate notes,synthesis and analysisdocuments on cooperation and synergy opportunities with other TFPs of the sector;
  • Contribute to mobilization of resources and partnership building;
  • Ensure the follow-up of perception surveys conducted by UNDP in the justice and human rights sector;
  • Expand and consolidate the partnership with sister agencies of the UN system;
  • Provide any other support required in relation to the domain;

Support planning and implementation of studies and perception surveys for effective monitoring and measurement of impact in justice and human rights sector:

  • Support knowledge management of tool sand products in support of justice and human rights sector;
  • Contribute to planning studies, perception surveys and analyses supporting the justice and human rights sector, including in relation with SDG 16 targets and indicators;
  • Assist in preparation of supporting documents, concept notes and TOR;
  • Liaise with responsible parties(think tanks, universities and CSOs);
  • Facilitate for a for presentation and dialogue on findings of studies and surveys;
  • Support the design and production of communication tools;

Core Competencies:
  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work 
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking 
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning 
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making
Technical and Cross-functional competencies:
  • Communication:  Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.
  • Team work: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Development and Innovation: Take charge of self-development and take initiative. 
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent Advanced Degree in a related field of expertise of Law, Political sciences, Business administration, project management

Experience, Knowledge, and Skills

  • A minimum of (2) two years of paid working experience in a relevant field.
  • Work experience in the field would be an asset.
  • Work experience on justice and human rights would be an asset.
  • Fluency in French and English.
  • Required computer skills (Word Excel, PPT, etc.)

Age requirement

  • Under the JPO programme framework, candidates for this position should not be older than 32 years of age as of 31 December of the year of application.
  • Under the JPO programme framework, the following position is open only to nationals of the Belgium. For detailed information on the JPO Programme and recruitment criteria, please visit

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status. 

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