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Project Analyst - Rule of Law & Human Rights


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Maputo
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
    • Human Rights
    • Democratic Governance
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2024-06-27


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UNDP Mozambique Country Office (CO) is part of the United Nations system working to support the country’s development agenda. Its overall aim is to ensure that people attain a better standard of living through sustainable development. Relations between the Government of Mozambique and the United Nations system were formalized on 1976. 

The work of UNDP in the country is guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for the period 2022-2026 and its Country Programme Document 2022-2026 (CPD), and focuses on:

  1. Human development;
  2. Economic diversification and sustainable livelihoods; 
  3. Climate resilience and sustainable use of natural resources; 
  4. Peace building, human rights and inclusive governance.

The Rule of Law and Human Rights Programme 2022-2026 is a whole of sector programme encompassing interventions of Access to Justice, Community Security and Human Rights, with a lifetime foreseen for the entire duration of the UNDP Country Programme Document. It is based within UNDP Mozambique’s Governance and Social Cohesion Unit and aims to strengthen the rule of law and the protection of human rights in Mozambique, by improving access to justice and community security, particularly in those communities affected by conflict and violence, and by strengthening the capacities of human rights mechanisms and institutions, thus contributing to bolstering the social contract in Mozambique.

With the auspices to substantively contribute to the enjoyment of people's rights to justice, security, peace and development, particularly women and people victims of conflict and displacement, the project is expected to contribute substantively to UNSDCF 4, SDG 16 and 5. The project, to this end is immediately interplayed with UNDP CPD Output 4.3. which states "Access to justice and the protection of human rights enhanced, particularly for women and vulnerable groups".

It is against this background that UNDP seeks to recruit a Project Analyst to work on the Rule of Law and Human Rights portfolio. The incumbent will be responsible for implementation and coordinating the implementation of the Rule of Law Project, coordinating the implementation of the three Pillars comprising it, namely: Pillar I, Justice institutions are better equipped with new skills and tools to deliver more equitable, effective, and transparent services, which are closer to and more affordable for vulnerable communities, Pillar II, Police institutions and communities acquire new skills and tools to better and collectively prevent conflict and violence and to respond to local security concerns, leading to improved community security, and Pillar 03. Human rights institutions and systems, and civic participation in democratic governance are enhanced.

Scope of Work

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Team leader of the Governance and Social Cohesion Unit, the Project Analyst - Rule of Law & Human Rights will be responsible for the implementation, management and monitoring of the Rule of Law and Human Rights Project within Governance and Social Cohesion Unit, namely Rule of Law and Human Rights 2022-2026”. The incumbent will provide the direction of project activities, ensure the achievement of project targets and results, plan project activities and inputs, and manage the day-to-day implementation of the projects as well as supervise project personnel.
Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent’s duties will be fulfilled in line with the prevailing UNDP rules and procedures as well as with due compliance with the UNDP internal control framework. The Project Analyst - Rule of Law & Human Rights will be responsible for the following duties: 
  1. Manage and supervise the implementation of the Rule of Law and Human Rights Project  in Mozambique, including planning and conceptualizing the project’s activities. Provide technical assistance to justice and rule of law institutions, including the Institute for Sponsorship and Legal Aid (IPAJ), the Ministry of Justice Constitutional and Religious Affairs, the Legal and Judicial Training Centre (CFJJ), the Supreme Court, the Attorney General’s Office, the National Criminal Investigative Service (SERNIC), the Police of the Republic of Mozambique and the Prison Management Authorities in the design and implementation of the Project’s work plan, activities and reports ensuring highly qualitative application of Results Based Management Tools, Leave no one behind principles, Human Rights Based Approaches and Gender Responsive Approaches.
  2. Oversee the coordination of the design and implement of training programs, workshops and seminars on human rights for various target groups; ensure the provision of specialized technical advice to national institutions in the formulation of strategies and policies to enhance people-centered, community justice and security, with a particular emphasis on the rights of women and girls to gender equality.
  3. Manage project management agreements and arrangements as established with National Authorities and donor’s agreements, ensuring top quality delivery of resources and strategic implementation of UNDP country, regional and global interventions. Lead state-of-the-art policy research and advise the UNDP CO’s in the area of access to justice and rule of law, including through the provision of research, data collection, and policy revision on national, regional and global issues related to SDG 16 and SDG 5.
  4. Mobilizing goods and services to support project activities, including drafting TORs and works/product requirements and specifications. Managing and monitoring project risks initially identified, submitting information on the new risks and possible mitigating measures to the Project Board for consideration and updating the status of these risks by maintaining a Project Risk Log.
  5. Ensuring adherence of project activities to the existing financial, procurement and administrative processes that are in line with prevailing UNDP rules and regulations and, at the same time, observing the project timelines. Prepare progress reports (progress against planned activities) Actively identify areas of opportunity for resource and partners’ mobilization and prepare top quality project proposals, reports brief notes and speeches, ensuring human rights language and issues are consistently mainstreamed.
  6. Actively engage and promote collaboration with colleagues from different projects and programs within UNDP CO and the UN system in Mozambique; Supervise the work of junior and project support staff. Provide outstanding project management support including the preparation of budget, management of UNDP’s corporate platforms and project management, audit and closure requirements and perform other duties as assigned.
Institutional Arrangement

The Project Analyst is embedded within the Rule of Law and Human Rights Project 2022-2026 of the Governance and Social Cohesion Unit. S/he will report to the Team Leader – Head of Governance and Social Cohesion Unit (strategic leadership and supervision, direct reporting as it may be ad hoc required). The incumbent will also be expected to work collaboratively with Gender Focal Point and colleagues in other relevant UNDP teams.


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 and/or /maintain coalitions/partnership.
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making.

Functional/Technical competencies

2030 Agenda: Peace  

  • Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights: Rule of Law, Justice and Security. 

2030 Agenda: Peace

  • Governance: SDG 16.

2030 Agenda: Peace 

  • Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights: Justice and Security for Women incl. GBV. 

Business Direction & Strategy

  • System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system. 

Business Management

  • 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.

2030 Agenda: Peace

  • Gender: Women, Peace and Security.

Business Development

  • Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content, or responsive to a stated need.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced University Degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in law, transitional justice, political science, social sciences, human rights, or related field.
  • A first level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in the above-mentioned fields of study, in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree. 
  • Minimum 2 years (with master’s degree) or 4 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, and/or hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
Required skills:
  • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.), database packages, and web-based management systems such as ERP;
  • Proven Knowledge of the Mozambique’s justice related legal and policy framework and institutional environment;
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and very good knowledge of project management tools;
  • Knowledge of people-centered approaches to access to justice and human security;
  • Understanding of human rights and gender issues, including in their socio-political and economic dimension.
Desired skills:
  • Excellent knowledge/experience in the functioning of the justice sector, particularly the chain of criminal justice and professional experience in most of these areas. justice sector reform, access to justice, gender justice, security sector reform and related issues;
  • Proven understanding of community justice and community security mechanisms and principles;
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare project proposals and administer budgets/resources/people;
  • Experience in results-based planning, Human Rights Based and Gender Responsive Approaches;
  • Ability to and understanding of Monitoring and Evaluation of development projects.
  • Excellent writing and communication in Portuguese and English is required.


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