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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • Legal - Broad
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Peace and Development
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-14

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Criminal Justice Officer

Hanoi (Vietnam)

Background

In recent years, despite the overall progress in Viet Nam, the Judicial Reform Strategy to 2020 recognizes that social and economic achievements have to be sustained through deepening democracy and building a substantive “rule of law” state. The need to promote legal empowerment and ensure justice to all, and vulnerable groups in particular, remains strong and is an utmost national priority especially when Viet Nam is experiencing rapid changes as a newly emerged middle-income-country. To further support Viet Nam in the implementation of the Strategy for the Development and Improvement of Viet Nam’s Legal System to 2010 with a Vision to 2020 (Resolution 48) and the Judicial Reform Strategy for the Period until 2020 (Resolution 49), the Justice and Legal Empowerment Programme (the Programme) has been developed to meet the most urgent need as results of recent reviews of the implementation of these important Strategies to identify key priorities for law and judicial reforms in 2016-2020.

The Programme is funded by the European Union, and consists of two parts - a co-delegation agreement (PAGoDA) to provide targeted capacity building to institutions and evidence-based research and a basket fund for small grants for civil society organisations called the Justice Initiative Facilitation Fund (JIFF). The PAGoDA mechanism is co-funded by UNDP, UNICEF and is implemented by UNDP and UNICEF in partnership with Ministry of Justice of Vietnam.

Under the PAGoDA mechanism, the Programme will strengthen the rule of law through a more reliable, trusted and better-accessed justice system. Specifically, it aims to focus on those population groups which, according to dependable data, face the greatest obstacles in using the justice system to invoke their rights, and on improvement of mechanisms for rights protection, legal services including advice, assistance and representation.

The four targeted results of the Justice and Legal Empowerment Programme are:

  1. Increased public awareness and understanding of rights and how to invoke those rights according to principles enshrined in Vietnamese law, mechanisms and procedures for how to use the law, and options for seeking legal advice, assistance and representation.
  2. Increased access to legal advice, assistance and representation in both civil and criminal matters.
  3. Improved enabling legislative and regulatory framework for legal empowerment and access to justice
  4. Enhanced integrity and transparency in the justice sector

In the implementation, gender equality is mainstreamed throughout the Programme outputs and there will be a continual process of assessing the impact on women and men of any planned action, in all areas and at all levels.  Gender equality is integrated as a cross-cutting issue by the rationale, activities, indicators and budget associated with each output, and with each output promoting gender equality in a significant and consistent way.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Team Leader of the Programme, PAGoDA mechanism, UNDP, Assistant Resident Representative, Governance & Participation, the Criminal Justice Officer is responsible for providing technical implementation of the PAGoDA’s component within the area of criminal justice. The Criminal Justice Officer acts as quality assuror vis-à-vis programme activities within his/her portfolio, ensuring an integrated approach to programming, liaise with technical counterparts and implementation partners of UNDP, and will be responsible for coordinating UNDP’s contributions to annual workplans, progress and final reports.

The Criminal Justice Officer works in close collaboration with the operations team, programme staff in UNDP and other UN Agencies and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful project implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

  • Ensuring effective implementation of PAGoDA’s component on the thematic area of criminal justice
  • Strategic partnership building and management
  • Provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government, facilitation of knowledge building and management
1. Ensures effective implementation of PAGoDA’s component within the thematic area of criminal justice focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation achieving the following results:
  • Ongoing analysis and research of the political, legal and social situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to research and other documents produced on the thematic areas assigned
  • Design and formulation of the Programme activities within the area of responsibility, translating the Programme’s priorities and Programme description into interventions.
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned
  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results. Substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of problems, development of solutions.
  • CO business processes mapping and preparation of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management.
  • Evaluation of the programme/project impact. Monitoring and analysis of the programme environment, timely readjustments in portfolio.
  • Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies and other international partners including with other UN agencies. Introduction of performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery and resource mobilization, targets and milestones.
 
2. Ensures creation of strategic partnerships in cooperation with the management support and Governance & Participation Team focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Development of partnerships with government institutions, relevant donors, UN agencies, private sector, civil society active in the specific thematic areas based on the Programme description. 
  • Analysis and research of information on partners, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new interventions, active contribution to the overall office effort in partnership building.
 
3. Ensures provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government, facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Provides technical and substantive support to the delivery of high quality and measurable PAoDA’s component results by monitoring and reporting results achieved in the implementation of the thematic areas assigned
  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals.
  • Development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners. Active contribution to UNDP/UN advocacy on SDGs and governance.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Sharing information, organization of trainings for the CO staff on the thematic areas assigned.

Competencies

Core

Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 4: Models independent thinking and action

Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Delivery

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Technical/Functional

Advocacy and Activations

Ability to design and implement strategic short/long term campaigns and carry out customized activations to highlight UNDP's position and support issue based advocacy.

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Results-based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Partnerships

Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Innovation

Ability to manage organisational resources and deployment in pursuit of innovative approaches and initiatives

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Resource Mobilization

Ability to identify and organize programmes  and projects to implement solutions and generate resources (definition is unclear and not well linked to the stated competency)

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Knowledge Management

Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Knowing your audience

Ability to use a range of techniques and intelligence to develop and implement customized initiatives to target varied audiences to meet UNDP's  objectives.

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, 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.

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Master’s Degree or equivalent in Law.

Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing policy research/advisory/advocacy services and programme management including partnership building in the area of criminal justice.
  • Hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation and management of development projects; sound knowledge of international best practices, national policies, legal and institutional frameworks in criminal justice.
  • Good analytical, conceptualization and communication skills; ability to work as team member in a multicultural environment.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.

Language Requirements: Excellent command of both spoken and written English and Vietnamese, including excellent drafting skills.

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