Senior Policy/Legal Advisor — Tajikistan


Title: Senior Policy/Legal Advisor
Job ID: 16030
Practice Area – Job Family: Democratic Governance – RULE OF LAW AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE
Vacancy End Date: 11.05.2018 (Midnight New York, USA)
Duty Station: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 7 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree – 5 year(s) experience
Languages Required: English, Russian, Tajik
Grade: SB4
Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)
Posting Type: External
Bureau: Europe & the CIS
Contract Duration: 6 months with posibility of extension


UNDP Country Office in Tajikistan has adopted the Country Program Document (CDP) and United National Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2016-2020 as strategic documents to reinforce the strong partnership with the Government of Tajikistan to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by strengthening of strategic and policy frameworks on promotion of gender equality and gender mainstreaming, innovation, support policies and capacities for more effective, transparent, accountable and responsive governance that can bring greater development benefits to citizens and increase their confidence in public institutions. Both the CDP and UNDAF strategies focus on realising the rights of the most deprived and vulnerable populations and support of the UN system’s commitment to assist the country to meet its human rights obligations. It also underpins the efforts of the UN to enable the Government of Tajikistan to increase their leadership and ownership of the development process and human rights protection and to respond adequately to the needs of the most vulnerable populations.

UNDP Tajikistan Rule of Law and Access to Justice Programme is a comprehensive programme designed based on the past achievements and lessons learnt of the initiatives in the area of rule of law and access to justice in Tajikistan, and the outcomes of the consultations with the relevant stakeholders both at the national and local levels. The programme aims to consolidate a number of projects and initiatives to enhance Rule of Law and Access to Justice in Tajikistan, including (1) “Phase II – Access to Justice” project funded by Swiss Development Cooperation, (2) “Phase II – Strengthening Rule of Law and Human Rights to Empower People in Tajikistan” project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, and “Access to Judicial Information” project funded by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Under the “Access to Justice” project supported by SDC, UNDP in partnership with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation intends to establish a meaningful platform for policy dialogue between key ministries, judiciary actors, CSOs and other participants on priority issues related to judicial and legal reform as well as to raise the awareness and build capacity through training and mentoring of the legal aid providers.  In order to achieve sustainable results and ensure real changes and improvements at the level of both rights holders and duty bearers, “Strengthening Rule of Law and Human Rights to Empower People in Tajikistan” project will increase legal literacy and empower the vulnerable population, especially women and people with disability to defend their rights, build capacity of CSOs to participate in policy making process and advocate for human rights and gender equality mainstreaming. Under the “Access to Judicial Information” project UNDP anticipates to support provision of quality, accessible and timely information to the people about the judiciary and access to justice.

The Programme will help the Government of Tajikistan to improve the policy and legal framework to be compliant with the Constitution and international commitments and promote and protect the rights of vulnerable people, including to strengthen the target institutions capacity to meet their functional requirements and implement policies and deliver better services, including legal aid, in accountable, transparent and non-discriminatory manner. The programme will also build the capacity of CSOs, particularly of those representing women and people with disability, to participate in policy making process and advocate for Human Rights and Gender Equality mainstreaming. Under Legal Aid the programme will focus assistance on the development of state run legal aid system to provide quality legal aid to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups who face the greatest challenge in accessing justice, including women and persons with disabilities. The Policy Dialogue Platform will serve as a mechanism for local level stakeholders, including Legal Aid providers to communicate and provide feedback on key policy issues in the area of Rule of Law and Access to Justice. And finally, the programme will contribute towards achievement of sustainable development goals within its Global Agenda 2030.

The projects logically complement and reinforce each other leading to more sustainable results. While one project facilitates the policy dialogue between key Ministries, judiciary actors, and CSOs to identify priority areas for improvements in legislation/judicial reform and find sustainable solutions, other projects focus on specific institutions such as Supreme Court, Ombudsman office in Tajikistan, State Agency Legal Aid Center under the Ministry of Justice and local authorities to build their capacity and enable them to be fully engaged in the dialogue, implement laws and international obligations and provide better services to citizens.

Overall the Programme management responsibility will be with UNDP Tajikistan. The programme envisages close involvement and capacity building of the State Institutions such as Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court and Ombudsman’s Office and their respective divisions and departments at the national and local levels as well as the civil society organizations active in the area of Rule of Law and Access to Justice. It is envisioned that the programme implementation period will be for four (4) years: 2018 -2021.

The Senior Policy and Legal Advisor, under the overall guidance of the Programme Manager, is responsible for the implementation of  project activities related to rule of law and access to justice policies and reforms. The Senior Programme Advisor will maximize efforts to achieve expected Programme results, by ensuring the implementation of activities in accordance with the detailed work-plan outlined in the Rule of Law and Access to Justice Programme document as well as other relevant plans and decisions agreed upon between UNDP team, donors, and implementing partners.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Development and Analysis of Legal Policies and Practices:

  • Advise to better linkage rule of law and access to justice initiatives/projects under the Programme in line with global indicator framework for Sustainable Development Goal 16 and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • Contribute to the creation of national platform/mechanism among stakeholders, develop monitoring and evaluation framework, and  report on progress/challenges towards achievement of SDG16 and its targets;
  • Provide analysis of the relevant national legal policies and practices, legislation and international laws/standards in the area of rule of law and access to justice;
  • Contribute to the development of access to justice innovation methods, initiate and facilitate discussions and inputs on innovative approaches with interested stakeholders;
  • Evaluate the data, used by the country in its national reports on main UN treaties (UPR, ICCPR, ICESR, CEDAW, CAT etc.) submitted to treaty bodies (selectively and relevant), and give expert comments and advices if needed;
  • Prepare and propose on the subjects for the Rule of Law Policy Dialogue meetings and carry out preparatory review and research on the selected topics to feed the discussions;
  • Liaise with relevant government justice institutions and local partners to have them engaged in regular government – civil society policy dialogue meetings on rule of law reform and implementation at national, regional and local levels;
  • Design and agree with relevant stakeholders a sound and comprehensive monitoring and evaluation mechanism for on-going rule of law and access to justice initiatives/projects within the Programme;
  • Participate in state initiated working group sessions/workshops dealing with Rule of Law Reforms to provide substantive expert support;
  • Explore and advise best practices on development of justice system, including state run legal aid, enforcement of judicial decisions, openness of judiciary;
  • Review past experiences and lessons learnt to generate discussions and enhance the quality of legal aid provision and monitoring;
  • Design and advise a sound monitoring and evaluation system for legal aid provision based on review and analysis of existing tools;
  • Review and advise on better case management systems within Programme supported State Run Legal Aid Centres (LAC) and smooth transition to the government along with its unification;
  • Advise on the steps on joining the Republic of Tajikistan to OPCAT and UNCRPD and further actions to the relevant stakeholders;
  • Advise to the stakeholders on adoption of different applicable models of monitoring mechanisms of the closed and semi-closed institutions deriving from the provisions of the OPCAT;
  • Advise, develop, put in place, pilot/implement and communicate the outcomes of piloting/implementing mechanisms for monitoring of justice and penitentiary institutions;
  • Contribute to Programme engagement with UN sister agencies and international organizations to better coordinate and exchange efforts in the area of rule of law and access to justice;
  • Prepare plan of action for legal policy development and project development;
  • Provide substantive contributions in the rule of law, access to justice, governance, and human rights area through identification of key policy issues and formulation of best possible and alternative policy and programme options at regional and national levels;
  • Stimulate strategic thinking in the subject area, taking into account the needs of Government, local authorities, non-government and development partners;
  • Map on a consistent basis the development of legal issues, covering the situation and strategic opportunities in the form of professional papers and reports;
  • Monitor the process of implementing legal policy reform and development services. Ensure highest UNDP standards in the provision of technical and advisory inputs, organization of workshops, seminars and trainings;
  • Contribute to the production of reports provided by beneficiaries, review and get feedback if needed.

2. Support for Delivery of Programme Results:

  • Assist in preparing results framework for each output and establish performance and impact assessment indicators and system;
  • Provide support to manage delivery of results by using up-to-date best practices and know-how in the subject area and accordingly assist in planning delivery of resources for the performance year;
  • Provide programmatic support to the Programme Manager in planning and implementing programme activities in accordance with the project document (e.g. support the preparation of AWP and draft budgets, organize workshops, seminars, liaise with contractors, etc);
  • Preparing ToRs for consultants, experts and service providers and support in selection, recruitment and development of mission programmes of international and local experts, as required according to UNDP rules and regulations;
  • Compile and analyze information in the subject areas of programme assistance to national partners, draft programme documents and work plans and prepare tables and statistical data as required;
  • Collect, classify, summarize and evaluate data and information, carry out technical review of programme documents (proposals, activity plans, financial forecasts), prepare draft sub-project agreements, review financial reports of the relevant programme partners;
  • Support the Programme Manager in monitoring the progress of the Programme activities related to capacity development of target groups and the policy dialogue through regular site visits, meetings with beneficiaries and/or participating government agencies and CSO as well as collecting and compiling quantitative and qualitative data and monitoring reports;
  • Maintain regular working relations with state agencies and CSOs active in RoL and A2J area;
  • Prepare systemic Programme and Project Reports according to the requirements of the donor, government and UNDP;
  • Provide support to the Programme on internal and external communication of outcomes;
  • Explore and advise to the Programme development and implementation of justice innovation initiatives;
  • Put in place gender equality and mainstreaming in order to raise gender marker of the Programme;

3.  Advocacy, Networking and Communication:

  • Assist the Programme in maintaining trustful relationships and maintaining continuous and constructive dialogue with the government, civil society, local communities, donors and else partners to maximize consistency and synergy on rule of law reform and access to justice initiatives, and to maximize impact and results;
  • Ensure that activities and support to government and civil society is coordinated and synergies are utilized to assist in attaining the Programme’s outputs and outcomes;
  • Facilitate and contribute in media coverage of the programme work;
  • Disseminate the information on the best practices and be active member of the UNDP global and regional networks,  contribute to the preparation of the brochures, publications, press releases for dissemination of UNDP assistance and experience.

4.  Partnership and Resource Mobilization:

  • Network and build credible working relations with related government agencies, UN and donor partners;
  • Assist in preparing proposals for mobilization of human, technical or financial resources from international development organizations, non-government organizations and the private sector;
  • Assist in mobilizing resources to support the achievement of project outputs and outcomes;
  • Ensure that programme activities are closely coordinated with stakeholders and a high level of collaboration and cooperation is in place at the national, regional, local and district level


IV. Competencies and Selection Criteria
Description of Competency at Level Required
(For more comprehensive descriptions please  see the competency inventory)
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Ability to persuade others to follow
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Ability to get things done
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Advocacy/Advancing  a Policy-Oriented Agenda
Analysis and creation of messages and strategies
  • Creates effective advocacy strategies
  • Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Results-Based Programme Development and Management – Contributing to results through provision of information
  • Provides information for linkages across programme activities to help identify critical points of integration
  • Provides information and documentation on specific stages of projects/programme
  • Provides background information to identify opportunities for project development and helps drafting proposals
  • Participates in the formulation of project proposals
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Building Strategic Partnerships
Identifying and building partnerships
  • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant
  • to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda
  • Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and
  • potential partners
  • Promotes UNDP’s agenda in inter-agency meetings
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Developing new approaches
  • Seeks a broad range of perspectives in developing project proposals
  • Identifies new approaches and promotes their use in other situations
  • Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking
  • Makes the case for innovative ideas from the team with own supervisor
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Resource Mobilization.
Implementing resource mobilization strategies
  • Analyzes information on potential bilateral donors and national counterparts to recommend a strategic approach
  • Identifies and compiles lessons learned
  • Develops a resource mobilization strategy at the country level
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter
  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work Assignments
  • Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Research and analysis
  • Analysis and creation of messages and strategies
  • Performed analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses
  • Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for global advocacy work and adapts it for use at country level
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Client Orientation
Contributing to positive outcomes for the client
  • Anticipates client needs
  • Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider
  • Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective
  • Solicits feedback on service provision and quality
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

Required Skills and Experience:

V. Recruitment Qualifications
  • University degree in Law, Public administration, Development or other related fields.
  • 5 to 7 years of relevant experience (with Masters’ Degree) or 7 to 10 years of relevant experience (with Bachelors’ Degree)  in provision of policy advice in the area of rule of law, justice, human rights and/or experience in law making.
  • In-depth knowledge of Government structure and Legal and Judicial institutions framework, and good understanding of Tajikistan’s development context in general and rule of law sector in particular.
  • Familiarity with the on-going legal and judicial reforms and access to justice initiatives in Tajikistan, including those focusing on legal aid, alternative dispute resolution and human rights promotion.
  • Deep understanding of the challenges and prospects of rule of law reform and access to justice initiatives.
  • Experience of working with the UN, international organizations, government institutions and/or civil society;
  • Strong analytical, communication and negotiation skills
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in both verbal and written English, Tajik and Russian is a must.



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