Programme Manager UN Joint Programme on Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights – UNDP


Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations Development Programme
Job Identification6093
LocationsKhartoum, Sudan
Posting Date09/26/2022, 04:33 PM
Apply Before10/17/2022, 05:59 AM
Job ScheduleFull time
Vacancy TypeTemporary
Practice AreaRule of Law, Security and Human Rights
BureauRegional Bureau for Arab States
Contract Duration364 days
Education & Work ExperienceMaster’s Degree – 10 year(s) experience
Required LanguagesProficiency in oral and written English
Desired LanguagesWorking knowledge of Arabic will be an asset
Vacancy Timeline3 Weeks
Mobility required/no mobilityno mobility required

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Sudan continues to experience challenges and setbacks to its transition to democratic governance, stability, and economic prosperity which includes consolidating rule of law and protection of human rights and building democratic and accountable governance where institutions function according to democratic processes and norms, both internally and in their interaction with other institutions on application of laws and policies, equal protections of freedoms and liberties, and access to fair and affordable justice .In the 2019 revolution, Sudan’s citizens ended decades of authoritarian rule in an outcry for “freedom, peace and justice” claiming their right to democratic governance. The ensuing set-up of transitional authorities based on power sharing between the military and civilians was defined in the Political Agreement signed on 17 July 2019 and the Constitutional Charter for the Transitional period signed on 4 August 2019. Lack of consensus between the military and civilian elements of the transitional government impeded reforms and delayed implementation of the Constitutional Charter which set a constitutional benchmark for the transition period.

A key goal of the transition was to reach peace agreements with armed movements in Sudan’s peripheries and to define new constitutional order. In October 2020, the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA) was brokered by South Sudan and signed by the transitional government with some armed groups and political movements. Two main groups from Southern Kordofan and Darfur remained outside the agreement. The Juba Peace Agreement’s (JPA) various protocols affirm that the imperative of institutional, legal, justice sector and security reforms will be undertaken to uphold the rule of law. The JPA acknowledges that Rule of Law is necessary to protect civilians and is the basis of a democratic state. Its implementation continues to be delayed.

The military coup of 25 October 2021 derailed the already fragile transition and its constitutional foundation.   Recurring mass protests resulted in violence and have already led to the killing of more than 100 protesters by security forces. Political dissidents have been repeatedly arrested and detained incommunicado with no clear legal basis. 

Unresolved rule of law, security, protection of civilians, governance, economic reform, the legacy of decades of conflict and environmental mismanagement remain at the heart of the political crisis. This is particularly felt at the local level where many communities face recurring cycles of violence across the country in Darfur, the East and in Kordofan States. Structural issues include displacement due to conflict, uncertain land tenure, the role of security institutions, and gender inequality. On 3 June 2020, the UNSC established the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) in UNSCR 2524 to assist Sudan’s transition, working in and integrated manner with the UN Country Team (UNCT) to support efforts in Sudan towards durable peace and a democratic state based on the rule of law informed by peacebuilding and stabilization objectives. In response to the political crisis and within its mandate, UNITAMS collaborates with the African Union and IGAD in a tripartite mechanism in supporting authorities to reach a durable political settlement for the transition in Sudan. The political transition requires – responsive and accountable governance institutions as interlinked to peacebuilding, peace-making and the economic recovery agenda for Sudan. In addition to the medium term to long-term reforms envisaged, establishing the legislative frameworks and catalytic enablers such as capacity building to strengthening independent judiciary and justice sector institutions including criminal chain actors such as prosecutors, continued community-based approaches to strengthening rule of law, and protecting access to justice are a priority. In this context, UNITAMS through its rule of law component is mandated to provide political rule of law analysis and analysis with respect to protection of civilians to inform UN integrated programming.

Position Purpose:

UNDP is seeking to recruit a Programme Manager of the UN Joint Programme on Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights in Sudan who will lead UNDP’s work in this area in Sudan and manage a joint rule of law programme with 10 UN entities. The Advisor will provide technical advisory support to various rule of law initiatives in Sudan in close collaboration with authorities, UNITAMS and UNCT entities, and donors to; inter alia, strengthen the provision of rule of law assistance to address and prevent violent conflict, protect human rights, and restore justice and security for conflict-affected people; and serve as a key focal point on rule of law with UNITAMS and UNCT in pursuit of shared objectives and collective outcomes.

The Programme Manger will be embedded in the UNDP Country Office in Sudan to provide high quality technical advisory support to UNDP’s engagement with UNITAMS, and on the rule of law agenda. The Advisor will strengthen the provision of rule of law assistance to address and prevent violent conflict, protect human rights, and restore justice and security for conflict-affected people including mainstream human rights and gender. 


Knowledge management: Planning and management, assuring quality delivery of UNDP Sudan rule of law programming:

  • Assess the current status of rule of law programming in Sudan together with relevant Global Focal Point for the Rule of Law (GFP) partners and UNITAMS to identify gaps, challenges and lessons learned through consultations with key stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development of a politically informed rule of law strategy under the lead of UNITAMS, and corresponding implementation strategies ensuring adequate coordination among GFP partners and the programme’s implementation within a broader programmatic framework, including stabilization, peacebuilding, and local governance, and informed by the political context in the country.
  • Co-chair the UN ROL WG with UNITAMS and in this role support the further development of joint UN programming in Sudan, ensuring that activities are framed within achievable timeframe and costs and that the articulated results meet required standards. 
  • Manage the rule of law programme, including by setting priorities, tracking performance and implementation against the work plan, adjusting the work plan where necessary, manage the budget, procurement, and other expenditures in accordance with UN rules.
  • Establish an effective monitoring and evaluation system; coordinate joint reporting on programmes, including narrative and financial reports. Coordinate with   UNITAMS ROL Officer by contributing to ROL aspects of UNITAMS periodic reporting. 

Provide general rule of law advisory support and expertise for (joint) programme implementation:

  • Provide Rule of Law expertise to ensure that technical work undertaken across the programme is in keeping with UNDP and UN wide policy and good practice and adapted to the local context, thus resulting in strong output and outcome results. 
  • Under the leadership of UNITAMS, contribute to building a strong understanding of the political dimension of the rule of law with GFP partners to identify drivers of and challenges to change and then develop strategies to ensure that the programme has desired impact.
  • In consultation with the ROL WG lead the selection of implementing partners such as government institutions, service providers and NGOs.
  • Ensure that cross-cutting issues, such as gender and SGBV and human rights, are integrated into rule of law programme/s design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Contribute to UNDP’s conflict, context, and political economy analysis, ensuring that gendered and human rights dimensions are reflected in both analysis and programming; and inform early warning and response mechanisms.
  • Coordinate GFP programming in Sudan, coordinating meetings, progress updates, reports, and strategic priorities.

Lead knowledge management and knowledge sharing within the UN system on rule of law:

  • Lead joint communication efforts to raise visibility of GFP; facilitate flow of information between rule of law stakeholders in particular GFP partners and the GFP in NY.
  • Support to knowledge management and knowledge sharing within the UN system on rule of law.
  • Document best practice and innovative rule of law approaches, including information relating to the coordination with UNITAMS and UNCT.

Promote strategic partnerships and lead resource mobilization:

  • Lead UNDP/UNITAMS/UNCT efforts in mobilizing resources for a joint programme.
  • Ensure high-quality and timely reporting.
  • Develop synergies with UN programmes, agencies, and entities as well as other developmental stakeholders.
  • Develop functional partnerships between rule of law stakeholders and non-governmental organizations, local media, and the public.

Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities:

  • The Programme Manager will work under the overall supervision of the UNDP Resident Representative and direct guidance and supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative Programme and in close coordination with UNITAMS Senior Rule of Law Officer, UNDP’s rule of law Portfolio Coordinator and other Agencies, Funds and Programmes rule of law teams.


Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 4: Prioritize team workflow, mobilize resources, drive scalable results/strategic impact

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 4: Easily navigate complexity, encourage/enable radical innovation, has foresight

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 4: Create systems and processes that enable learning and development for all

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 4: Proactively initiate/lead organizational change, champion new systems/processes

Act with Determination: LEVEL 4: Able to make difficult decisions in challenging situations, inspire confidence

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 4: Construct strategic multi-partner alliances in high stake situations, foster co-creation

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 4: Create ethical culture, identify/address barriers to inclusion

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Business direction and strategy – Strategic thinking: Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions. Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP.

Business direction and strategy – Effective Decision Making: Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources.

Business management – Integration within the UN: Ability to identify, and integrate capacity and assets of the UN system, and engage in joint work; knowledge of the UN System and ability to apply this knowledge to strategic and/or practical situations.

Business management – Results-based management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results.

Business management – Building strategic partnerships: Makes effective use of UNDP’s, Global Focal Point (GFP) and UNITAMS resources and comparative advantage to strengthen partnerships.

Creates networks and promotes initiatives with partner organizations.

Legal – Rule of law, justice, and security: Knowledge of Rule of Law, Justice and Security concepts and principles and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Legal – Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights: Understanding of protocol and processes related to cultural norms of driving change processes with judges, lawyers, police and prison officials and/or practical application of rule of law assistance in a crisis context.



  • Master’s degree, preferably in law, human rights, international development or a related field, or else compensating experience in rule of law, security and/or human rights. Professional law degree is preferred.


  • Minimum 10 years of relevant experience dealing with issues related to rule of law, including justice, security and human rights in conflict and post-conflict or transitional contexts, with a preference for a broad range of experience across sub-thematic areas; 
  • Experience building, coordinating, and implementing joint rule of law programmes will be an asset;
  • Previous experience with a multilateral or international organization will be an asset.
  • Previous experience in Arab States and/or Africa and in conflict/post conflict contexts preferably with the UN / UNDP will be an asset.
  • Experience in Developing synergies with UN programmes, agencies, and entities as well as other developmental stakeholders will be an asset.
  • Experience in provision of advice on development and coordination of partnership and resource mobilization will be an asset.

Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in oral and written English.
  • Working knowledge of Arabic will be an asset.


Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.

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