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National Rule of Law Officer



Yemen is facing an unprecedented political, humanitarian, and development crisis. Yemen’s post-Arab Spring transition did not conclude peacefully and spiralled into a full-blown war in March 2015 which still continues. Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world with 7 million people on the brink of famine, over three million internally. Since March 2015, health facilities reported 8,757 conflict related deaths and over 50,610 injuries. The humanitarian crisis remains extremely widespread: an estimated 22.2 million people in Yemen need some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 11.3 million who are in acute nee.  An estimated 17.8 million are food insecure, 16 million lack access to safe water and sanitation, and 16.4 million lack access to adequate healthcare.
A range of human rights violations have been documented – affecting women and children in particular. The conflict has destroyed infrastructure, eroded social cohesion and community stability, and damaged livelihoods and employment opportunities.  In the absence of meaningful employment and means of self-reliance, there has been an increase in negative coping strategies with reported increases in begging, child labour and child marriage, whilst in 2016, the UN documented 517 cases of child recruitment and 10 cases of arbitrary detention.
Despite inadequate state services for institutionalised protection even prior to the war, the armed conflict has further worsened the social balance in Yemen, and has weakened protection mechanisms that were safeguarded by a social balance that preserved peaceful co-existence amongst families and communities.
A full-fledged law-enforcement and justice system aligned with international standards remains a long-term objective. However, in the current conflict context, early interventions in the justice and rule of law sector can mitigate the impact of the current conflict and create the foundations for deeper UN engagement on rule of law and justice issues in the future.
Against this backdrop, UNDP Yemen developed two main programming pillars: 1) enhancing livelihoods and restoring of essential basic social services complementing the ongoing humanitarian effort 2) supporting (local) governance and peacebuilding to lay the foundations for eventual peace agreement in close partnership with the Office of Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSEGY).
UNDP Yemen worked with the OSESGY to develop a Rule of Law Programme in response to the current challenges as set out above.
The Rule of Law programme portfolio currently consists of:
  • A joint UNDP UNICEF/UN Women project to improve living conditions for women and children in detention in Yemen, including improving physical conditions (such as water and sanitation repairs), support the rehabilitation of detainees with psychosocial support, education and vocational training, reintegration support and build knowledge of corrections staff on treatment of prisoners in accordance with human rights principles. The project is titled ‘Responding to protection needs and supporting resilience in places of detention’.
  • Anticipated funding for a community based access to security and justice project in four governorates of Yemen, with potential for further expansion to other areas. The project uses a bottom-up approach that relies on targeted assessments with local communities as well as police, justice personnel to identify the most pressing safety, security, protection and justice needs, in selected communities.
UNDP is seeking qualified and motivated candidates for the position of national Rule of Law Officer to be based in Aden.
Under the overall supervision of the Team Leader Governance and Peace-building, and the direct supervision of the Project Manager and matrix reporting to the head of Aden Sub-Office, the incumbent will practically and substantially contribute to implementation of the enhanced security and protection at the local level.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:
  • Ensure effective advocacy, planning and programming, capacity building, representation and monitoring and evaluation of project activities;
  • Monitor and take actions in admin/finance and logistical issues. Coordinate the work of the project components;
  • Ensure effective and efficient financial management of project funds;
  • Ensure effective implementation of the project activities in Aden;
  • Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing.
Ensure effective advocacy, planning and programming, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation of project activities by focusing on the achievement of the following:
  • Collect data, monitor and measure the status of implementation for quarterly and annual reports and support the Monitoring Officer in the production of such reports;
  • Ensure and assist Rule of Law Partners to submit high quality reports on time;
  • Coordinate with the Monitoring Officer and Programme Analyst for the production of reporting formats to assess, monitor and measure outcomes, outputs and results of the project activities implemented by the counterparts in line with the signed agreements;
  • Prepare reports, work plans, regular donor progress and impact reports for the project;
  • Undertake regular monitoring visits to project sites, ensuring project documents are in compliance with UNDP policies and procedures and reporting on Project progress and constraints;
  • Develop relevant agreements, including but not limited to Letters of Agreements, Micro-Capital Grants and Responsible Party Agreements, in support to implementation of activities with national counterparts;
  • Follow up risk mitigation and engagement plans and ensure risk is mitigated and reduced;
Monitor and take actions in admin/finance and logistical issues. Coordinate the work of the project components by focusing on the achievement of the following:
  • Provide admin/financial and logistical support to the police and justice teams;
  • Provide monitoring and evaluation of project partner’s performances;
  • Coordinate UNDP’s work with the UNICEF and UNWOMEN to advance rule of law, maximize impact of UN interventions and “deliver as one”, minimize overlapping activities and to enhance security and protection for all Yemenis;
  • Day to day follow up of the implementation of the activities under the LoAs and MGAs in respective regions/member states;
  • Assist Agency partners to effectively communicate to the Project Management.
Financial management of project funds by focusing on the achievement of the following:
  • Ensuring accountability of use of project funds for their respective areas in Aden;
  • Under the supervision of the Project Manager and Programme Analyst, undertake financial management of the project activities, including monitoring Project financial expenditures and transactions;
  • Ensuring the integrity of financial system and, overseeing the administrative, financial and budgetary aspects of the project activities;
  • Ensuring that project resources are used in a balanced way that confirms the application of the Human Rights Based approach and contributes to peace building.
Effective Implementation of project activities by focusing on the achievement of the following: 
  • Providing technical inputs in drafting concise and analytical project proposals, budgets, reports, research, strategy papers and presentations in English relevant to the functioning of the rule of law system, and in line with work-planning;
  • Provide thoroughly researched information for formulation of project activities, preparation of draft project documents, work plans, budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements, etc;
  • Analyze and identify programmatic, operational and financial problems, and develop and suggest solutions;
  • Provide substantive and substantial inputs to the reporting, visibility and communications needs of project, including preparation of clear and concise reports and power-point presentations, when necessary, for various donor reports, donor briefings, meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.;
  • Working with government officials under guidance of senior UNDP staff in Aden, serving as a liaison between government officials and the Project Management;
  • Facilitating day-to-day management of Project activities; covering all phases of the project and adhering to the Project Document and quarterly work plans;
Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing by focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Facilitate/Organize trainings for partners on Project issues;
  • Facilitate training the project partners on thematic issues such as report writing, LOA management, proper office filling and record keeping and other areas that shall be identified with the national partners.
  • Synthesis of lessons learned and best practices in Project Management.

The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that 

  • human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is create;
  • necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.


Core Competencies:
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
  • IT competencies in Word, Excel, Power Point, and internet
Corporate Responsibility and Teamwork:
  • Serves and promotes the vision, mission, values, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Plans, prioritizes, and delivers tasks on time.
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda:
  • Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses.
Results-Orientation and Development Effectiveness:
  • Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals.
Management and Leadership:
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
Results-Based Programme Development and Management:
  • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation.
  • Analyzes country situation to identify opportunities for project development.
  • Building Strategic Partnerships:
  • Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners;
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally;
  • Is motivated and demonstrates a capacity to pursue personal development and learn.
Client Orientation:
  • Anticipates client needs;
  • Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider;
  • Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective;
  • Solicits feedback on service provision and quality.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Political Science, Law, Economics, Business Administration, Development or related field with 3 years of relevant work experience; OR
  • First level university degree in the above, and 5 years’ relevant work experience will be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience at the national or international level in international development issues
  • Proven Project management experience and good understanding of Project Cycle Management is a requirement;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) is a requirement.
  • Work experience within the UN or international organizations is an asset.
  • Work experience with rule of law system in Yemen is highly desirable.
Language Requirements:            
  • Fluency in both oral and written English and Arabic languages.


Important applicant information

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: aden
  • Grade: SB-4, Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-07

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