Joint Supreme court of the Republic of Uzbekistan, UNDP and USAID ‘Rule of law partnership in Uzbekistan’ (ROL) project has been implementing since 2014. The overarching goal of this joint project is to strengthen public access to and trust in Uzbekistan’s judicial system, with focus on all four types of courts (civil, economical, criminal, and administrative) and the whole justice chain. The project will work towards this goal through a primary partnership with the Supreme Court and, as appropriate, other justice sector stakeholders, building on these institutions’ political will to strengthen public trust and achieve greater alignment with internationally recognized standards of accountability and performance. Based on national priorities declared in Strategy of Action for 2017-2021 and the best international experience, ROL project will provide assistance to Supreme court of the Republic of Uzbekistan as well as other partners in elaboration of strategic and legal framework to improve accessibility of court information and transparency of judiciary, in strengthening research and analytical capacity of Supreme Court in order to implement judicial and legal reforms, wide involvement of representative of civil and expert society as well as donor organizations in open discussion of reforms and provision of assistance in strengthening rule of law in Uzbekistan. For this purpose project aims to implement following tasks:
1) Increase systemic, institutional and procedural judicial independence in civil, economic and administrative courts through providing strategy policy advice to key decisions makers;
2) Enhance criminal justice and civil justice systems in line with international standards and the best practices related to fair trial and due process’
3) Increase integrity, efficiency and competency of judiciary through upgrading continuous education system for judges and wider application of e-justice tools. Improve court Administration Systems and Performance.
The ROL project will identify concrete challenges and implement corresponding activities that can measurably strengthen judicial independence, enhance transparency and accessibility of courts and improve efficiency of court administration. Through agreed upon interventions, this project will help strengthen judicial independence and accountability, a critical step towards improving the rule of law in Uzbekistan and ensuring the nations’ further progress towards a democratic society. The project will work on improving services, making citizens feel invested in the court system and increasing citizen access to the courts (civil and economic). This will be achieved through improving judicial system performance, enhancing the knowledge and technical skills of judges, lawyers and court personnel and increasing responsiveness to citizen feedback regarding the judicial process.
While the project envisions the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan as its primary point of contact, it will also closely collaborate with Supreme Judicial Council of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Research Center for the Study of Justice under Supreme Judicial Council of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Bureau for enforcement under the General Prosecution Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Development Strategy Center, Lawyers’ training Center under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Tashkent State Law University, Institute for monitoring Current legislation under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and other justice sector reform champions which possess the political will to implement reforms. Through working with a number of partners, the project can ensure that maximum impact is achieved, as well as a strategic, coordinated and holistic approach to increasing public access to and trust in Uzbekistan’s judicial system. The approach will not only include GOU partners, but will also cooperate with international organizations and donors, to provide for a coordinated response to national development needs.
Under direct supervision of the Project manager and overall guidance of the UNDP Cluster on Good Governance, Policy and Communications, the Task manager on training and research will be responsible for the satisfactory achievement of the entrusted tasks, as described below:
University degree in Law, Public Administration, International Relations or related field.
At least 3 years of work experience in developing and implementing training programs, conducting researches. Previous experience in international development organizations and government agencies would be considered as a strong asset.
Language requirements: Fluency in Russian. Good command of English. Uzbek language is an asset.
Strong project management and events coordination skills
Legal training and teaching background is an advantage
Ability to use ICT as a tool and resource
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Contract Duration: 6 months with possible extension
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