Protection of Civilian & Rule of Law Officer – UNDP


Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations Development Programme
Job Identification3980
LocationsKhartoum, Sudan
Posting Date05/30/2022, 01:31 PM
Apply Before06/14/2022, 05:59 AM
Degree LevelAdvanced/Postgraduate Degree
Job ScheduleFull time
Vacancy TypeNational Personnel Service Agreement
Practice AreaRule of Law, Security and Human Rights
BureauRegional Bureau for Arab States
Contract Duration1 Year
Education & Work ExperienceMaster’s Degree – 2 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 4 year(s) experience
Other CriteriaMaster’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in law, Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences,or related field
Required LanguagesFluency in English and Arabic.
Vacancy Timeline2 Weeks
Mobility required/no mobilityno mobility required


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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 Head Quarters, Regional and Country Office levels forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. As part of the UN country team in Sudan, UNDP aims to contribute to the significant reduction of extreme poverty throughout the country and to support the establishment of a critical mass among Sudan’s people that is ready and able to engage in the development process of the country. In line with the overarching SDG Goal “Leave No One Behind” embedded among others in SDGs 1, 5,10 and 13, UNDP programme interventions target localities characterized by high levels of poverty and exclusion, and those affected by conflict

The unfolding political situation in Sudan requires in the immediate, medium- and long-term measures to support the country during the transitional period and beyond to ensure an orderly and peaceful transition to democratic governance. These priorities include inter alia: Protection of Civilan; Constitution making; capacity building of Rule of Law institutions: RoL/legal reform; Anti-corruption; Transitional justice; Local Governance; Planning and Public Expenditure Management and Oversight; Huma rights; Security Sector Reform (SSR); Peacebuilding and Reconciliation; Youth, CSOs and Gender Empowerment; and Economic Reform/Economic Development.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP seeks to recruit National Protection of civilian & Rule of Law Officer charged with the responsibility of design and implementation of the UNDP transitional priorities in Protection of civilians, Rule of Law  and Human Rights.

S/he will assist in formulation, management and monitoring of programme and project activities. The incumbent will assist in the analysis of political, social and economic trends and provide Policy advice services in the assigned thematic area, and coordination of project activities.S/he will  work in close collaboration with the operations team, programme staff, Government officials, technical advisors and experts, donors and civil society by ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation. Assist in identification of emerging opportunities for resource mobilization with external donors and trust funds as they relate to the assigned thematic area and provide inputs for the development of internal and external knowledge networks of practice.

Summary of Key Functions:

  1. Identification of areas for support and interventions within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned especially in the areas of women’s empowerment, human rights, youth, participation and democratic representation, access to justice, conflict resolution, transparency and anti-corruption, citizen security, and decentralization as well as the identification of new innovative technologies and policies to overcome these challenges.
  • Implementation of programme strategies.
  • Contribute to the creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy.
  1. Work in an integrated manner with UNITAMS Rule of Law and in close cooperation with relevant UN partners and assist in ensuring coordination and synergies with other projects and programmes in line with the humanitarian-development-peacebuilding nexus approach.
  2. Design and formulation of CO programme within the area of responsibility, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions and recommending appropriate implementation modality. Coordination of programme implementation with the responsible agencies. Introduction of performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery, targets, and milestones.
  3. Supports mobilization of resources in support of new project proposals to be designed under his/her portfolio as well as other regional initiatives in Protection of Civilian Governance, Rule of Law, and Human Rights           
  4. Participate in dialogue with Sudanese public institutions, civil societies, and criminal justice institutions to expand knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation in support of programme initiatives.

Institutional Arrangement

Under the overall guidance of the Rule of Law & justice Reform Portfolio head and direct supervision of the Programme Officer, Governance and Rule of Law.


Achieve Results:LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work
Think Innovatively:LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking
Learn Continuously:LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning
Adapt with Agility:LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process
Act with Determination:LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously
Engage and Partner:LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
Enable Diversity and Inclusion:       LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making
RBM standards and practices for programming                                                                                                                                 Ability to promote effective application of RBM tools in programme and project cycle management; establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of results
Results-based managementAbility to manage programmes and projects with a focus on improved performance and demonstrable results
System thinkingAbility to use objective problem analysis and judgment to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact other parts of the system.
Build capacityIdentify and develop talent in individuals, providing positive support to enable them to achieve their potential. Foster learning or development of others by giving feedback, guidance, and support; support career development of others. Have willingness and ability to delegate to help people learn, including from failure. 

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in law, Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field


  • 2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring, and evaluation of development projects or 4 years of relevant work experience for B.Sc holders
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
Required  skillsPractitioner knowledge and proven practical experience in developing and implementing strategies supporting access to justice and the rule of law, as well as in capacity building of Human Rights institutions is required.
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies sectionExcellent spoken and written communication skills.Organizational skills demonstrated capacities to perform multiple taks, in multi-cultural environment and dealt with confidential matters.Reviewing and reporting ability to review and edit documents, ability to produce meeting report identifying key actions.
Required Language(s)        Fluency in English and Arabic.


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Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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