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Deputy Project Manager (Access to Justice) (NPSA9)


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Honiara
  • Grade: Junior level - NPSA-9, National Personnel Services Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Peace and Development
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed
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The Solomon Islands Access to Justice Project builds on the work undertaken in the A2J Initiation Plan and harnesses the evidence base sourced through the Access to Justice Study and Justice Services Mapping undertaken in 2018 and 2019, the strong collaborative partnership achieved through the A2J Technical Working Group and UNDP’s regional and global expertise.

Since the project commenced in 2019, the project has supported the training and deployment of provincial paralegals and community legal advocates to support the efforts of the Public Solicitor’s Office to enhance access to justice for the people of Solomon Islands. This support extends to digitalization of awareness efforts and collaboration with a wide range of justice actors and civil society. The project is transitioning into a new phase of justice programming which will involve broader engagement with the wider justice sector stakeholders.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Access to Justice Project Manager, the Deputy Project Manager will assist in day-to-day running of the project. The incumbent will work closely with UNDP, project partners and external implementation partners. The incumbent will assist the Project Manager to lead a national and international team. They will support and provide oversight of operations matters related to programme, ensure that the Project achieve all targets and deliverables. She/he will also oversee and coordinate the provision of project Operations, Administration, Finance, Human Resources, technical and other services as required for successful implementation. The incumbent will promote a client-focused, quality and results- oriented approach in the project and will work in close collaboration with UNDP and project partners for resolving complex programme management issues.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will report to the Project Manager, Solomon Islands Access to Justice Project UNDP will provide by email background reading materials, reports and documents on commencement of the assignment.

Support implementation of project activities as outline din the project document and supporting documents:

  • Facilitate the planning and development of annual workplans and identify and adapt annual targets in accordance with the project document in close coordination with the project partners.
  • Assist the Project Manager and have oversight of operations matters related to the paralegals and community legal advocates, in order to support smooth consistent service delivery;
  • Ensure the procurement of goods and services are timely and adhere to UNDP procurement policies;
  • Oversee and coordinate operations, administration, finance, human resourcing, technical and other services required for successful implementation;
  • Manage, prepare and monitor project budget to ensure it covers all operations costs including human resources logistics and financial liabilities;
  • Assist the Project Manager in leading initiatives to seek development partner ongoing support for project activities;
  • Assist the Project Manager in all quarterly, annual and other reporting requirements that arise;
  • Assist the Project Manager to manage field activities and work closely with the PSO and other agencies in implementing the project in the provinces;
  • Assist to effectively manage communication with the public, project partners, donors, and other coordination avenues;
  • Deputize the Project Manager in his/her absence
  • Any programmatic work as requested by the Project Manager and Country Office Management as may arise from time to time in the access to justice, rule of law and human rights space.

Ensure the day to day management of the operational aspects of the project:

Lead/support he Project Manager in undertaking the following tasks:

  • Annual work planning
  • Annual budgets
  • Budget revisions
  • Procurement planning and processes including development of terms of reference
  • Monitoring of budget and expenditure.
  • Contractual management.
  • Preparation of quarterly reports and annual report.
  • Supervision of project personnel.
  • Development of project communication pieces and knowledge tools.
  • Support to logistics for travel and project activities as required.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of project impact

Ensure creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of resource mobilization strategy focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Build and strengthen partnerships with UN Agencies, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the thematic areas of the project and based on the needs and priorities of Solomon Islands.


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

People Management competencies:

  • UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Business Direction & Strategy

  • Strategic Thinking: Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions, Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP
  • Effective Decision Making: Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources
  • Negotiation and Influence: Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates ‘win-win’ situations

Business Management

  • Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results
  • Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocol to achieve specific goals

2030 Agenda: Peace

  • Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights: Access to Justice


  • Legal Analysis and Report Writing: Ability to apply legal analysis to a diverse range of complex issues, and express themselves clearly; ability to communicate well, to all levels of staff and contractors/consultants, governments

Required Skills and Experience


  • Masters OR a Bachelor’s degree in law, development, business or a related discipline with the related years of relevant experience.


  • Masters with 2 years relevant experience at a national or international level, in the area of justice and/or management of justice related development projects preferably including some experience with UN Agencies
  • OR Bachelors with 4 years relevant experience at a national or international level, in the area of justice and/or management of justice related development projects preferably including some experience with UN Agencies
  • Have a demonstrated thorough understanding of the formal and informal justice system in Solomon Islands.
  • Applicant must have demonstrated ability to write high quality, methodically sound, analytical documents in English.  
  • Demonstrated hands on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
  • Proven experience working in collaboration with multiple development partners including donors and civil society.
  • Demonstrated experience of working in the Pacific in the area of Governance is an asset
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Prior experience and competency in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and knowledge of automated procurement systems, experience in handling of web-based management systems

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in oral and written English; Fluency in Solomon Islands pidgin; knowledge of other languages an advantage


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