Gender Justice Specialist

  • Added Date: Thursday, 09 August 2018
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 18 August 2018

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The UNDP CO in Liberia is seeking suitable candidates for the position of Gender Justice Specialist. Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Chief Technical Advisor/Programme Manager - Rule of Law, the incumbent will contribute to the successful implementation and delivery of the GOL/UNDP/OHCHR Joint Programme entitled Strengthening the Rule of Law in the Liberia: Justice and Security for the Liberian People (2017-2019). The incumbent is also expected to oversee the implementation and delivery of the UNDP/UN Women/IOM Joint Project entitled Inclusive Security: Nothing For Us Without Us (2018-2019).


Implemented in the context of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, the GOL/UNDP/OHCHR Joint Programme aims to support the Government of Liberia in its efforts to build a society based on the principles of rule of law, human rights and justice. The programme is geared towards enhancing the capacities of, and public confidence in, rule of law institutions, as well as strengthening access to justice and security, especially for women and girls. Interventions are designed with a view to sustainability and linking activities to ‘system-level’ policy development.


Support rests on a supply and demand equation that combines enhanced service delivery by resilient justice and security institutions with the public’s ability to access such services and hold duty-bearers to account. By increasing public confidence in the sector, support is designed to be catalytic, strengthening state-society relations and creating an enabling environment for development. As such, the programme is oriented around the following four mutually reinforcing interventions:


·         Capacity of justice and security institutions strengthened and linkages forged

·         Civil society contribution to rule of law and community access to justice enhanced

·         Gender responsiveness of justice, security and legislative actors strengthened and women and girls’ access to justice and security improved

·         Capacity of key actors and stakeholders to monitor progress and results in rule of law development increased


The outcomes and outputs are based on a clearly defined theory of change, building on the lessons learned during the UN system’s engagement with Liberian rule of law sector since 2003. Capitalising on the comparative advantages of each of the implementing partners, activities are carefully designed to achieve outputs and contribute to outcome level change that impacts the lives of beneficiaries and engenders systemic resilience and human development.

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Chief Technical Advisor/Programme Manager - Rule of Law, the Gender Justice Specialist will be responsible for the implementation and delivery of key components under Outcome 3 of the GOL/UNDP/OHCHR Joint Programme (Gender responsiveness of justice, security and legislative actors strengthened and women and girls’ access to justice and security improved) as well as mainstreaming gender across the programme as a whole. As such, the incumbent will be expected to:


Technical Support and Assistance


  • Provide technical assistance to institutional counterparts on an ongoing basis, with a view to sustainably improving the availability, accessibility and appropriateness of justice and security services for women and girls, including those threatened by or experiencing violence
  • Help improve institutional performance across the entire justice chain, while seeking to remove the various barriers hampering women and girls’ access to justice
  • Support the development and implementation of a sector-wide gender mainstreaming strategy and support multi-stakeholder consultations on priority areas of reform
  • Ensure proper information-sharing, coordination and cooperation with other development actors, including the UNCT and the programme’s donors/development partners
  • Support the establishment of stronger working relations between justice and security institutions to ensure greater coordination and cooperation
  • Perform any other duties as required by the Chief Technical Advisor/Programme Manager - Rule of Law, the Team Leader/Senior Governance Advisor and/or the Deputy Country Director/Programme


Programme Delivery and Implementation


  • Support the Chief Technical Advisor/Programme Manager - Rule of Law in his/her programme management functions, including budget and finance management, work planning, procurement, recruitment, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting
  • Identify priority areas for follow-up rule of law, justice and security assistance, ensuring consistency and complementary with ongoing activities and interventions
  • Help advance gender justice by ensuring that the activities listed under Outcome 3 are implemented in a timely and effective manner
  • Support the sensitisation of justice and security sector personnel, with a view to reducing discriminatory attitudes and behaviours and strengthening gender responsiveness across the ‘justice chain’
  • Promote the development and implementation of gender-sensitive HRM policies and procedures, with a view to further increasing the number of women working across the justice and security sectors
  • Help strengthen lawyers’ capacity to provide gender-sensitive legal services and rights-based advocacy for women and girls, including by delivering a specialised training programme and developing clear guidelines and a client service charter
  • Oversee the implementation and delivery of the UNDP/UN Women/IOM Joint Project entitled Inclusive Security: Nothing For Us Without Us (2018-2019)
  • Assess the impact and effectiveness of the programme through regular field visits and highlight achievements, progress and challenges through impact and results-driven reports


Gender Mainstreaming


  • Support broader CO efforts to mainstream gender across all projects and programmes
  • Build in-house capacity for gender mainstreaming, including by organising learning activities and developing and disseminating knowledge products
  • Ensure corporate policies for gender equality and gender parity are localised and adhered to
  • Participate in inter-agency coordination mechanisms for gender equality and women’s empowerment

Financial and Operational Management


  • Ensure integrity of financial and administrative procedures as well as a consistent application of rules, regulations and procures with regard to programme implementation and operations
  • Prepare requisitions, purchase orders and payment requests, as appropriate
  • Closely monitor the delivery status and prepare monthly updates for the Chief Technical Advisor/Programme Manager - Rule of Law, the Team Leader/Senior Governance Advisor and the Deputy Country Director/Programme


Coordination and Cooperation


  • Ensure that the programme activities are closely coordinated with the stakeholders - both national and international - and that a high level of collaboration and cooperation is in place at all levels
  • Provide support in advancing thematic coordination, including identifying programmatic entry points in the area of ROLJS and ensure consistency and complementary implementation in relation to other UNDP activities and interventions
  • Ensure coherence, complementarities and coordination with other development partners in the area of rule of law, justice and security
  • Build partnerships with local and international CSOs throughout programme implementation
  • Ensure adequate visibility and awareness in relation to programme implementation and conduct and support resource mobilisation efforts for the programme
  • Contribute to UN global knowledge networks and communities of practice on a regular basis


Successful implementation of the GOL/UNDP/OHCHR Joint Programme entitled Strengthening the Rule of Law in Liberia: Justice and Security for the Liberian People (2016-2019) as well as the UNDP/UN Women/IOM Joint Project entitled Inclusive Security: Nothing For Us Without Us, especially in relation to strengthening the gender responsiveness of the different justice and security institutions and sustainably improving women and girls’ access to justice and security

Corporate Competencies


  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN values and ethical standards 
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism
  • Completes IPSAS training and certification in results-based management (RBM)


Functional Competencies


Knowledge Management and Learning


  • Promotes a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office
  • In-depth knowledge of development issues
  • Ability to provide and advocate for policy advice
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and successfully applies newly acquired skills


Development & Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to support formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and programmes
  • Strong ICT skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office software


Partnerships & Teamwork


  • Focuses on impact and results and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities


Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills



  • Acts with tact and diplomacy
  • Remains calm, in control and good-humoured, even under pressure 
  • Demonstrates excellent political/conflict analysis
  • Possesses the ability to convey difficult issues and positions to (senior) counterparts and officials



Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Social Sciences or related field. A Master’s Degree in Social Sciences or related field will be an advantage



A minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in the area of design, management and implementation of justice and security sector reform processes and/or capacity development support initiatives


Proven exposure/experience in justice and security sector reform, capacity building, access to justice, legal aid and assistance, gender justice, advocacy and/or human rights


Experience in project/programme planning and execution as well as monitoring and evaluation


Excellent knowledge of UN/UNDP rules, regulations and procedures


Extensive experience of working with government authorities as well as with civil society organisations, professional unions and academic institutions


Knowledge of resource mobilisation processes of multilateral and bilateral donors, combined with experience in project/programme development and fund raising


Language Requirements:

Fluency in English, including excellent writing skills.

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Contract Duration: 12 Months

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