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Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights Analyst

home based -part-time (60%)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: home based -part-time (60%)
  • Grade: IPSA-10, International Personnel Service Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
    • Security and Safety
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-27

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The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as  reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


This position is a home-based position. Travel is not required to Amman.

Travel is not currently envisaged as part of the duties of this role due to COVID-19 policies. If travel is required as part of country support work, the cost of travel will be covered by UNDP.

Office/Unit/Project Description 

The Arab States region continues to witness major conflicts and fragilities driven by multiple and intersecting root causes, such as a breakdown in social contracts, modes of policing that perpetuate abuses of power with little civilian oversight, unlawful human rights restrictions and recently, the intersecting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with more visible and exacerabated inequalities generally.

The Sustainable Development Goals provide the framing for UNDP’s development efforts across the globe. Through its Regional Hub for Arab States, UNDP provides technical assistance, programming and policy advice to country offices in 17 Arab countries, with the 18th located in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The Governance and Peacebuilding Team is one team providing assistance to the needs and priorities of these country offices and to regional projects and initiatives to ensure quality programming in the areas of conflict prevention, peacebuilding, governance and Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights (ROLSHR), among others. The regional ROLSHR work ranges and varies widely across a number of sub-thematic areas, from digitalization of case management systems to gender justice, security sector reform, legal aid and business and human rights (B&HRs), for example. In addition to providing responsive and proactive technical and other support to country offices in the region, the ROLSHR team contributes to a variety of global and regional policy initiatives and leads regional projects on ROLSHR.

The ROLSHR Analyst will contribute to the regional ROLSHR community of practice, support existing regional initiatives on gender justice and B&HRs and provide a variety of technical and other country office support. The applicant will have experience working on security, justice and/or human rights issues, as well as a global understanding of rule of law programming in development settings. Experience in programming within fragile or conflict affected contexts, and in applying gender and conflict sensitive approaches will be required.

Institutional Arrangement

The ROLSHR Analyst will report to the ROLSHR Regional Specilaist.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The staff member will work under the supervision of the ROLSHR Specialist, in close coordination with members of the ROLSHR cluster.

As mentioned above, there will be three main areas of work:

  1. Contribute to the planning and delivery of regional ROLSHR activities (e.g. review country assessments under the gender justice and equality before the law initiative, supporting COs in business and human rights initiatives, coordinate a new initiative on gender justice);
  2. Provide technical advice and support to Country Offices in the design and implementation of ROLSHR programming (e.g. support the development of and provid feedback on project documents, input into draft reports, write analytical knowledge products, backstop as needed, encourage innovation and continuous improvement to enhance programme delivery, provide quality assurance of documents developed);
  3. Contribute to regional knowledge management and the RBAS ROLSHR community of practice, including through the organization of webinars and discussions. Create other CoPs or knowledge sharing platforms as needed and suggest entry points for south-to-south learning and exchange.

Within the scope of the above three areas, the work activities may range from providing technical inputs and feedback into documents of various sorts, writing concept notes or project documents, contributing toward the design, planning and coordination of activities, developing strategies, participating in team discussions and country-level events, engaging with external partners, identifying lessons learned, etc. Generally, the staff member will support UNDP’s work and positioning in the region on ROLSHR from both policy and programming perspectives.

The ROLSHR Analyst will also be expected to provide support on additional ROLSHR initiatives and tasks as needed.

In the course of work, the staff member should also support the development and strengthening of linkages with peacebuilding, governance and conflict prevention. Regular consideration of gender equality dimensions is also expected.


Professionalism:  Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

  • A Master's degree, preferably in law, human rights, international development or a related field, or else extensive compensating experience in Rule of Law, Security and/or Human Rights. Law degree is preferred.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • A minimum of five years experience in Rule of Law, Security and/or Human Rights

Required  skills

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in either public sector (national or multilateral, including UN) or elsewhere (academia, non-governmental sector, corporate), with increasing levels of responsibility, of which at least 2 years’ experience must have been in international projects aimed at developing supporting capacities in the area of rule of law, security and/or human rights in the development sector.
  • Proven track record and experience in the UN System, any other multilateral or international organization in areas related to stabilization, rule of law, security, and/or human rights.
  • Experience of working in fragile and politically complex settings.
  • Excellent negotiating and communication skills and ability to mobilize support.
  • Strong analytical skills required.
  • English language writing skills and experience writing reports for a range of audiences, and to short deadlines.
  • Demonstrated understanding of results based programming.

Desired additional skills

  • Previous experience working in the Arab region on rule of law, security and/or human rights.
  • Qualitative research methods experience.
  • Experience organizing (online) events.
  • Gender expertise that can be applied in gender mainstreaming efforts and gender-specific programming.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Oral and written knowledge of Arabic and/or French is an asset.

Professional Certificates


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