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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Bamako
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • Legal - International Law
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Legal - Broad
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-23

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Republication poste de Rule of Law Technical Advisor - FTA P5

Bamako (Mali)


Mali is a fragile state that is gradually emerging from a serious security, political, social and economic crisis. Indeed, the crisis in January 2012 resulted in massive displacement of populations, massive violations of human rights, looting and the destruction of public infrastructure, especially when the northern regions were occupied by Armed groups. After a presidential and legislative election (in August and November 2013), which was generally well-held thanks to the joint efforts of the United Nations and the international community, Mali signed its return to constitutional order. He now faces the triple challenge of reconciliation, reconstruction and peacebuilding, whose facilitation and implementation instrument is the agreement for peace and reconciliation in Mali.

The agreement for peace and reconciliation in Mali was signed on 15 May 2015 by the Malian government and the Azawad Movement platform and completed on 20 June 2015 by the signature of the Coordination of the movements of the Azawad, after several months of negotiations, under the auspices of ECOWAS, with the support of the African Union and the United Nations integrated Multidimensional Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). However, the security situation remains volatile and unpredictable because of the serious threats that continue to affect safety with terrorist attacks and anti-personal mines on international forces including MINUSMA and the civilians. During this fragile period, UNDP in partnership with other UN entities have worked through GFP to provide support to build capacities of the national judicial system and national human rights institutions to bring perpetrators of grave human rights violations to justice. UNDP in Mali provides support to foster stronger rule of law institutions and enhance access to justice and security through many programmes starting 2013.

Efforts including support policy and infrastructure of justice and security institutions, rule of law assistance is geared towards strengthening the institutional capacity of justice and security institutions, the implementation of the plan of emergency for the amelioration of the rule of law in Mali that was supported by UNDP and in support of National Government to realize the objectives of the peace agreement provisions related to rule of law, justice and security.

Institutional support is matched with efforts at the local level to ensure effective service delivery, increasing legal awareness and legal aid programmes, improving gender responsiveness and increasing the public confidence in the formal system. Special focus will be given to exploring modalities for engagement with informal justice system and strengthening its linkages to the formal system. UNDP also provides justice support as part of the Global Focal Point on Police, Justice and Corrections in partnership with MINUSMA, UN Women, UNODC and OHCHR.

While the country is organizing its second peaceful elections since the crisis, access to justice and security become key priorities for peacebuilding and the restoration of state authority.  UNDP is seeking suitable candidates for the position of Rule of Law Technical Advisor, who will contribute to the effective implementation and delivery of its Rule of Law assistance in Mali.

The Rule of Law Advisor will be responsible for the effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation and delivery of UNDP rule of law assistance across different programmes including for assistance provided under the Global Focal Point on Police, Justice and Corrections arrangements.

S/he will work closely with the specialists in the Governance cluster and other UN agencies and MINUSMA-JCS to support the implementation of UNDP rule of law, justice, security and human rights assistance in Mali.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Country Director and direct supervision by the Deputy Country Director (Programme), the Rule of Law Technical Advisor will undertake the followings:

Perform quality assurance for UNDP rule of law portfolio (justice, security and human rights), including  for its joint rule of law projects. 

Substantially support the implementation of the UN Rule of Law Strategy and Results Framework under the Global Focal Point arrangement, and to ensure coordinated planning and delivery.

Assume responsibilities for the management of the UNDP Rule of Law Team (programme and operation), through providing strategic planning, technical oversight, coordination with MINUSMA, UNWOMEN, UNODC as well as any other relevant UN entities and international partners.

Build and maintain strategic partnerships with the Government of Mali relevant ministries and departments, including but not limited to Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Interior, civil society organizations, as well as, with key bilateral and multilateral actors. 

Provide in-depth analysis and strategic advice on rule of law institutional development, organizational change and effectiveness, with a view to strengthen UN engagement in developing rule of law institutions, and to achieve transformative change.

  • Strategic guidance and advice to UNDP Senior Management for the implementation of the Joint Rule of Law Programme focusing on a coordinated approach to justice and security reforms (justice, and law enforcement/police/gendarmerie), and rule of law services delivery including access to justice, criminal justice, and community based security,; as well as overall capacity development of rule of law institutions and actors;
  • Strategic Planning, Quality Assurance of the Strategic and Results framework of the Rule of Law window/Multi Partner Trust Fund, Joint Programmes and joint projects, and coordinate the management of UNDP Rule of Law Team;
  • Resource mobilization and build partnerships across the Rule of Law sector (justice, security and human rights).

Strategic guidance and advice to UNDP Senior Management for the implementation of the Joint Rule

of Law Programme focusing on a coordinated approach to development of rule of law institutions and its effective services delivery throughout the country. This is through support on-going reform processes pertaining to access to justice, development of law enforcement institutions including police, gendarmerie and prisons. In addition to supporting community-based justice structures as appropriate, including informal/alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and community based security. The rule of law CTA will support the CO achieve the following results:

  • Provide strategic guidance and advice to national justice sector institutions and actors on rule of law policy issues; strategic planning, research and monitoring and evaluation, including developing key performance indicators, strategic plans for various organizations and research into various issues which impact on institutional performance;
  • Advice on identifying entry points based on objective prioritization and sequencing to achieve a mixture of short-term, medium-term and long-term results which produce tangible improvements to restoring basic justice and security functions and improving access to justice and security at local and national level;
  • Ensure the technical work undertaken across the joint programme is well adapted to the local context, political analysis and is in line with international good practice;
  • Contribute to building a strong understanding of the political dimension of the justice and security sector to identify the drivers and blockers of change and then develop strategies to ensure that project implementation is achieving impact;
  • Ensure technical soundness of project activities, effectively manage risks and conflict sensitivity towards achieving programmatic outputs and outcomes.

Strategic Planning and Joint Programme/projects Quality Assurance focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Provide advice and guidance for the strategic planning and the implementation of the joint rule of law programmes/projects and work plans; being accountable for the overall results of UNDP rule of law programme;
  • Ensure the results specified in the annual work-plan of the Joint Programme/Joint Projects meet the required standard of quality, in a coordinated way and within the specified constraints of time and cost;
  • Coordinate and supervise the activities of the project staff, experts and consultants working as part of the rule of law technical assistance team.
  • As well as any other staff member under the direct supervision of the CTA Rule of Law;
  • Conduct field visits to supervise, coordinate and monitor field-level activities of the ROL projects;
  • Supervise outsourced research and dissemination of research findings;
  • Advise UNDP Country Office on the overall implementation of the Joint Programme/Projects;
  • Formulate an effective monitoring and evaluation system of the joint programme/projects and report on progress, including reporting to UNDP, Global Focal Point partners, development partners and national stakeholders on progress;
  • Facilitate and ensure quality assurance of reports including Progress Reports, Financial Reports, Annual Progress Reports, etc. and ensure timely completion of technical reports for the Joint Programme/Projects;
  • Manage operational processes related to rule of law portofolio, including process for the selection of suppliers, contractors, and partners. This include the preparation of terms of reference (TORs), request for proposals (RFPs) and equipment specification in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations;
  • Provide input to senior management briefs and talking point on justice and security as requested;
  • Lead the technical committee of the joint MINUSMA-UNDP-UN WOMEN project Support to the fight against human rights violations and to restart justice in Mali.

Resource mobilization and partnerships across the Rule of Law sector (justice, security and human rights) focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Liaise with project partners, national and international partners on all matters concerning the implementation of the project;
  • Lead on strategic relationship building with key government counterparts to ensure full and sustained partnership;
  • Lead on relationship building with donors to ensure on-going resources for the rule of law projects and to initiate new partnerships;
  • Support UNDP efforts for resource mobilization for the Multi Partner Trust Fund RoL Window and joint projects;
  • Coordinate programme activities with other UNDP initiatives to further build programmatic and strategic synergies, as well as other United Nations agencies, donors, and other international partners, to develop inter-agency synergies and build complementarities with other programs;
  • Raise visibility of the Joint Rule of Law programme/projects through knowledge sharing and well-developed communication materials;
  • Develop pilot initiatives for functional partnerships between justice and security sector stakeholders and non-governmental organizations, local media and the public;

Support joint communication efforts

  • Basic functions of the justice system, and of the criminal justice chain, are re-established from a people-centered and an access-to-justice perspective, and sustainability measure are dually in place;
  • Access to justice and other basic services are brought closer to the people, and vulnerable groups including girls, women and children can access justice services; (leaving no one behind)
  • Judiciary mechanisms enabling to fight against impunity are put in place/reinforced; national partners have minimal capacities to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate grave human rights violations, including sexual violence; victims of grave human rights violations, including of sexual violence, benefit from minimal assistance;
  • Local and national processes enabling peacebuilding and transitional justice are supported within an approach based on the rights of victims;
  • The police and gendarmerie are gradually providing protection services in sensitive sites; Conflicts and insecurity at intervention sensitive sites are gradually being brought under control through mechanisms for safeguarding rights and community-based dispute resolution processes (CBDR);
  • Partnerships with MINUSCA, UNWOMEN, UNODC and any other GFP partners y are functional, and enable a coordinated and appropriate response to the challenges of justice and security; partnerships with international partners are supported, strengthened and lead to effective delivery;
  • UNDP Rule of Law programme’s donors and international partners are well informed on progress and challengesFinancial and Operational Management
  • Ensure integrity of financial and administrative procedures as well as a consistent application of UNDP procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Successful implementation and delivery of UNDP rule of law assistance in Mali



Ability to make new and useful ideas work: Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division;


Ability to persuade others to follow :Ensures teams are resourced for success  and empowered to deliver;

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction :Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform : Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement :Accepts accountability for the outcomes of programme delivery and facilitates improvement and innovation in the delivery of products and services

Collaboration and Partnership

Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.  Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP :Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise;

Resource Mobilization

Ability to identify and organize programmes  and projects to implement solutions and generate resources : Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Knowledge Management

Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise;

Relationship Management

Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships : Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise;

Project Management

Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals : Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise;

Strategic thinking/Visioning

Ability to analyse the organization’s value proposition and shape visionary/long term plans.  Use insight to identify target audiences and partners and to inform communication objectives, messages and solutions : Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise;

Conflict Analysis and Risk Assessment

Knowledge of conflict analysis and risk assessment concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations : Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise;

Required Skills and Experience


Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in law, human rights, human/social sciences or other related field.


  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience, including at least five years in a senior position in an international development role in the rule of law sector;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and supervising large projects (minimum USD 5 million) and teams aimed at developing the capacities of the rule of law sector;
  • Experience of sector wide approaches to justice and security reforms, including experience working with the major actors of the justice and security sectors;
  • Experience on access to justice practices and policy making;
  • Understanding of protocol and processes related to cultural norms of driving change processes with judges, lawyers, police and prison officials;
  • Previous experience in conflict/post conflict contexts;
  • Experience with Joint Programmes desirable;
  • Experience with UNDP would be an advantage

Language Requirements:

Excellent command in written and spoken French and English


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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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Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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