Programme Officer for the Global Focal Point for the Rule of Law (GFP) [Temporary]

  • Added Date: Monday, 06 July 2020
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 12 July 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Justice and Corrections Service (JCS), Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), Department of Peace Operations (DPO). While the successful candidate will report directly to the JCS Chief, he/she will work in tandem with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Programme Specialist for the Global Focal Point for the Rule of Law (GFP) and serve the broader GFP Management Group, co-led by DPO and UNDP. In the first instance, the Programme Officer's responsibility will be to manage the implementation of the justice and corrections-related programmatic elements of the GFP on behalf of JCS.

The Programme Officer will be responsible and accountable for facilitating the response of JCS to country-level requests, channelled through United Nations entities on the ground, with timely and quality justice and corrections assistance. This will entail facilitating access to global knowledge and people, and providing advice on assessments, planning, funding and partnerships. The GFP arrangement covers peace operations, special political missions and non mission settings. Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) was established in 2007 to strengthen the links and coordinate the Department's activities in the areas of police, justice and corrections, mine action and weapons/ammunition management, the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants and security sector reform.



Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
โ€ข Develop, implement, manage and evaluate assigned projects; monitor and analyze project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions
โ€ข Support the operationalization of joint assessments, programmes, deployments and fundraising and track progress of the GFP.
โ€ข Together with the UNDP Programme for the GFP, oversee the administration of the GFP arrangement (including organize GFP management meetings, prepare agendas, take minutes of meetings, ensure follow up on agreed action items, etc).
โ€ข Organize GFP retreats and planning meetings as needed.
โ€ข Help organize country-specific meetings for relevant United Nations entities and in country colleagues and provide substantive backstopping.
โ€ข Suggest and organize thematic meetings, propose agenda topics, identify participants, prepare documents and presentations, etc.
โ€ข Monitor and report on Security Council mandates, Independent Peacekeeping Reviews, Strategic Assessment Missions, Technical Assistance Missions, Security Council thematic debates, C-34 deliberations, code cables, etc, relevant to GFP management or GFP countries.
โ€ข Research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources, and develop policy, guidance and tools to be agreed on by GFP managers and partners.
โ€ข Organize Member State/donor meetings and events.
โ€ข Organize meetings of Principals and Assistant Secretaries-General.
โ€ข Draft talking points and briefing notes for meetings of senior officials with other United Nations entities, donors, corrections contributing countries, Member States, etc. โ€ขDraft various documents, including reports, fact sheets, newsletters and other outreach material for internal and external use.
โ€ข With the UNDP Programme Specialist for the GFP, coordinate activities related to the GFP work plan and budget, prepare related documents and provide input to reports to donors.
โ€ข Liaise with GFP partners and other United Nations entities, and network with non-United Nations actors (such as international and regional organizations, research institutes, think-tanks, consultants, etc).
โ€ข Organize joint training workshops on GFP relevant topics for in-country colleagues and staff at Headquarters; deliver presentations on assigned topics/activities.
โ€ข Perform other duties as required.


โ€ข Professionalism:
In-depth knowledge of issues related to the support of justice and corrections components in United Nations field missions. Sound understanding of planning, management and administration in the areas of justice and corrections. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of problems. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources (e.g., electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases). Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in 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.

โ€ข Planning & Organizing:
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

โ€ข Teamwork:
Works collaboratively with colleagues both inside and outside the Organization to achieve goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places GFP agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with management decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, politics, business administration, management, economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in programme
management, including two years in the management or support to rule of law programs, is required.
Three years of experience working in countries with peacekeeping operations or at United Nations Headquarters is desirable.
Three years of experience working in an international tribunal is desirable.
Two years of experience implementing rule of law programmes in a field operation is desirable.
Two years of experience working in political affairs in a peace operation setting is desirable.
One year of experience in a peace operation is desirable.
Significant experience writing and editing documents and reports for publication is desirable.
Significant experience working in the headquarters of an international organization is desirable.
Significant experience working in a diplomatic mission is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

โ€ข This position is temporarily available until 14 February 2021, with possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

โ€ข While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

โ€ข Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

โ€ข This temporary job opening may be limited to โ€œinternal candidates,โ€ who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

โ€ข Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

โ€ข Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term โ€œsexual exploitationโ€ means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term โ€œsexual abuseโ€ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term โ€œsexual harassmentโ€ means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetratorโ€™s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on โ€œManualsโ€ hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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