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UNDP supports stabilization, state building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. Over the years UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution; Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections; institutional development through capacity-building to the legislative, the judicial and executive arms of the state, and key ministries, Government agencies and commissions at the national and subnational levels. UNDP has played a key role in the management of the Law and Order Trust Fund, which supports the Government in developing and maintaining the national police force and in efforts to stabilize the internal security environment. Major demobilization, disarmament and rehabilitation and area-based livelihoods and reconstruction programmes have taken place nationwide. UNDP Programmes in Afghanistan have benefited from the very active support of donors. UNDP Afghanistan is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability and works in close coordination with the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan and the UN system as a whole to maximize the impact of its development efforts on the ground.
Afghanistan’s justice system faces extraordinary challenges. Justice sector infrastructure has often been destroyed or damaged by fighting or decay during the years of conflict; a large number of Afghanistan’s court houses are in need of construction or rehabilitation. Legal professionals are very often the victims of violence by insurgent groups who target them as agents of the state; threatening of justice officials, particularly in the less secure regions of the country is absolutely commonplace, and assassinations are very common. Corruption is a constant concern; judges and other justice system officials are poorly paid, justice system capacity to prosecute corruption is very limited, and corruption is perceived as rampant both within and outside the justice system. The Government of Afghanistan (GoA) and international community are concerned about bolstering the credibility of the “formal” justice system, recognizing that Afghanistan’s traditional justice system plays a major role in resolving conflicts yet does so at times in violation of national and international human rights obligations, particularly the rights of women.
Following continuous engagement in supporting Afghanistan’s justice sector since 2002, UNDP Afghanistan’s justice sector support has now entered a new phase. The Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA) Project draws on the lessons learned through two previous UNDP justice projects– Strengthening the Justice System of Afghanistan (SJSA) and Access to Justice at District Level (AJDL). The JHRA Project continues many activities piloted by these projects, while also adding several new activities identified as key priorities by Government partners.
The 1st phase of JHRA Project was implemented from June 2009- 30 June 2012. The project was designed to support the achievement of the priorities and benchmarks on human rights, rule of law and justice as highlighted in the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and the Afghanistan Compact. The JHRA project worked to improve access to justice at the national and provincial levels in Afghanistan. Programmatic interventions were undertaken by using human rights based approach that simultaneously strengthened citizens’ capacity to claim their rights and enhanced the capacity of justice delivery system actors to deliver justice in compliance with the rule of law and human rights standards. The Project activities included awareness raising through training justice officials, and raising the human rights awareness of community members including school teachers and students, and the general public and villages throughout districts in Afghanistan. It also engaged with the rehabilitation of district justice facilities providing emergency infrastructure works and basic equipment so facilities can function. At the national level, the project assisted the three national justice institutions including; the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the Supreme Court (SCt), and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) in strengthening their capacity so as to be able to better contribute to the justice reform process and the realization of human rights in Afghanistan.
The new phase of JHRA is expected to be initiated by January 2013. At present, a Project Initiation Phase is being implemented. During this period a comprehensive project document for the second phase (JHRA Phase II) is being developed for implementation under a direct implementation modality. JHRA Phase II will leverage on the work undertaken in Phase I and deepen the interventions at the national level and provincial levels and attempt to work across the justice sector, involving the rule of law service providers. The project will also be introducing a component on legal empowerment for the poor and work on labour deficits and other civil law issues.
JHRA Phase II has four project outputs:
Output 1: High-level coordination mechanisms for developing policy and legislation in accordance with international and national standards are established and functional in State justice institutions.
Output 2: Mechanisms for providing quality access to justice services to vulnerable groups are established and functional.
Output 3: Public participation processes and knowledge base for improving access to justice and human rights compliance established.
Output 4: Project Support Unit: Internal oversight, monitoring and evaluation capacity in place.
The JHRA Phase II project output 1 which includes High-level coordination for developing policy and legislation in accordance with international and national standards will be under the leadership of a Policy, Legislations and Human Rights Specialist, and supported by a Policy, Legislations and Human Rights Coordinator. The Coordinator will be reporting directly to the Policy, Legislations and Human Rights Specialist and coordinating closely with the National Project Manager and the Chief Technical Advisor.
Note: UNDP Afghanistan reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP Afghanistan at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and education requirements.
Duties and Responsibilities
The work of the Policy, legislations and Human Rights Coordinator will include providing assistance to the Policy, Legislations and Human Rights Specialist for management of output 1, technical support to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) especially on substantive issues to the Taqnin (Legislative Drafting Unit), Planning and Policy Department, Human Rights Support Unit and mentoring staff working under different contractual modalities within this project component.
Summary of Key Functions:
Manage JHRA’s overall programme of assistance to MoJ under project output 1 or as directed by the Policy, Legislations and Human Rights Specialist.
This will include:
Lead technical support to the MOJ and JHRA in coordination with the Policy, Legislations and Human Rights Specialist.
Mentoring and capacity development for output 1 in coordination with the Policy, Legislations and Human Rights Specialist.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience
Interested and qualified national Afghan candidates should apply on-line through the UNDP Jobs site at http://www.undp.org.af/Jobs/index.htm . Please make sure to submit the following required documents for your application: Completed P.11 Form. The form is available http://www.undp.org.af/Jobs/index.htm Updated CV and Motivational Letter (Cover Letter) explaining your suitability and interest applying for this job.
Incomplete applications or applications received after the closing date 01 January 2013 will not be given consideration. Please note that only applications who are short-listed will be contacted.
For more detailed information about UNDP Afghanistan please visit our website at www.undp.org.af
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.