UNDP Junior Professional Officer (JPO) - Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights Officer

  • Added Date: Thursday, 07 November 2019
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 08 December 2019

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The UNDP Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme

The UNDP JPO Programme equips outstanding young leaders with the skills and experience required to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and make a positive difference in the world. As a pathway into the world of development, the programme offers young professionals excellent exposure to multilateral cooperation and sustainable development while providing a valuable entry point into the UN system. During their assignments, JPOs benefit from the guidance of experienced UNDP staff members and are actively involved in supporting the design and implementation of UNDP’s programs within UNDP’s headquarters, regional or country offices.


The UNDP Global Policy Network and Crisis Bureau:

UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan. Within the GPN, the Crisis Bureau guides UNDP’s corporate crisis-related strategies and vision for crisis prevention, response and recovery.


The Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights team

The Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights (ROLSHR) Analyst is a specialist in the Rule of Law and Human Rights knowledge domain. S/he is based in the Crisis Bureau in UNDP New York Headquarters and reports to the Policy Specialist – Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights.

S/he will participate in the wider Rule of Law and Human Rights community of practice within the UN and externally, in particular within the UNDP-DPO Global Focal Point for Rule of Law arrangement.  Particular focus will be paid to the development of a horizontal network of practitioners across UNDP and the broader development community and working closely with UNDP Regional Hubs.

Working to ensure quality and coherent policy and programme advisory services on ROLSHR issues, especially justice and security, the ROLSHR Analyst advances the credibility and recognition of UNDP’s capabilities in this knowledge domain and associated partnerships and community of practice.  The Analyst will work closely with the Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights community of practice across UNDP to support corporate learning and, in particular the implementation of the Global Programme for Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace & Fostering Development in these areas.

In collaboration with other Advisors and Specialists in the Crisis Bureau and Global Policy Network, s/he is responsible for providing support to the provision of technical expertise and policy and programme advisory services to Country Offices and, where appropriate, with key UN and external partners.  S/he responds to requests from Country Offices and works under the guidance of the Team Leader, and in collaboration with corporate support providers, such as the Regional Hubs, Country Support Management Team, the Crisis and Fragility Engagement and Policy Team and the SDG Integrator Team.


Reporting structure and partners

The JPO will report to the Policy Specialist – Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights.

The partners include the UN entities within the United Nations Global Focal point for the rule of law specifically OROLSI, UNODC, OHCHR, UNWOMEN. In addition, partners outside including civil society and think tanks. Other partners include donor contributing and partner countries.


Content and methodology of supervision

As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:

  • Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results (Performance Evaluation Report)
  • Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment
  • Easy access to the supervisor
  • Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness
  • Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
  • Completion of the yearly UNDP Performance Management Document (PMD)
  • If more than one supervisor; clear agreement of the roles and responsibilities between the relevant parties.


Under the supervision of the ROLSHR policy specialist and in conjunction with the ROLSHR team, the JPO will:


Responsibility 1 - Contribute to the development and implementation of the Global Programme of Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights

  • Provide support the justice and security portfolios of the Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights (ROLSHR) Team of the Crisis Bureau of UNDP from a development perspective. In particular, with a view to their application in crisis, conflict and fragile settings
  • Provide country office support to designated contexts
  • Provide policy support to justice and the SDG agenda
  • To support the development of policy guidance, programme support and advocacy for people-centred security and support to conceptualising the linkages with the SDGs.
  • Support the development of innovation in justice sector engagement in particular in terms of promoting access to justice for vulnerable groups and accelerating justice within the implementation of the SDGs. 


Responsibility 2 - Contribute to supporting the UNDP Global Community of Practice, learning and knowledge management in the ROLSHR domain

  • Support the Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights Learning Symposium
  • Support the Annual Rule of Law and Human Rights event.
  • Support the monitoring and activation of the Global COP for the ROLSHR global team
  • Provide policy and programme support to justice and security working across the whole UNDP Global Policy Network.
  • Support knowledge management and learning opportunities horizontally in UNDP, and within the broader ROLSHR community, on ROLSHR issues in the context of the UNDP Global Policy Network




Key competencies - Core

  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • People Management
  • Communication
  • Delivery


Key competencies - Technical/Functional

  • International development
  • Rule of law, security and human rights
  • Knowledge management




Advanced University degree at Master’s level in international relations; human rights; law; development or other related fields.


Working experience

  • Two years work experience (with maximum of 4 years) in a relevant field, preferably in rule of law, security and human rights.
  • Previous work experience in developing countries would be an advantage
  • Literacy in social media is desirable

Full-time consulting experience and formal volunteer work through the United Nations Volunteer Programme may be counted at a rate of 100% of the time service, provided it is relevant to the position.



  • Working knowledge of English
  • Working knowledge of another UN language would be highly desirable



National of the Netherlands





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Contract Duration: Initially one year with the possibility to extend up to a maximum total of 3 years

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