Expert/Coordinator on Human Rights Policy Development

United Nations Development Programme, Tbilisi, Georgia

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th January, 2021

Job Description

The overall objective of the project - Citizens of Georgia, and primarily those in vulnerable situations, enjoy better protection of their human rights – complies with the national priorities of Georgia enshrined in the Constitution and major policy documents of the country, as well as with the international obligations of Georgia, including EU-Georgia Association Agreement, Sustainable Development Goals and UN human rights treaties.

UNDP and OHCHR will work in close coordination to achieve the overall objective of the JP, inter alia, through the support to the implementation and monitoring of national human rights policy and related frameworks, improvement of the independent investigation of crimes committed by law-enforcement officials, combatting torture and other forms of ill-treatment, protection of personal data, addressing challenges to the protection of human rights in the regions of Georgia and human rights of minority groups and persons in vulnerable situations, including LGBTQI+ and persons with disabilities, and increasing awareness of human rights among rights-holders.

The Action has five specific objectives:

  • Relevant public bodies (duty-bearers) develop, implement and monitor national human rights policy and related frameworks;
  • Law-enforcement and human rights protection bodies effectively implement their duties related to policymaking and enforcement with due oversight and transparency;
  • The human rights of minority groups and persons in vulnerable situations are recognised in law and protected in practice;
  • Local authorities more effectively protect human rights of all citizens, primarily those in vulnerable situations and minority groups;
  • Citizens are informed on, favourable to and supportive of human rights for all and efforts to protect them.
  • To accomplish this, the JP will partner with the following institutions: Administration of the Government of Georgia, Inter-Agency Human Rights Council (IACHR) and its Secretariat (HRS), Public Defender’s Office of Georgia, the State Inspector’s Service (SIS), Ministry of Internal Affairs and its Human Rights Protection and Investigation Quality Monitoring Department, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs, Interagency Coordination Council for Measures against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Judiciary through the High School of Justice, Supreme Court of Justice, Local Self-Governments, academia and media.
  • Expert/Coordinator of Human Rights Policy Development under guidance of the Project Manager will work on above outlined results/outputs in compliance with the Annual Work Plan.


Under direct supervision of the Project Manager, the incumbent will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Contribute to planning and effective implementation of the Programme activities;
  • Monitor the quality and impact of the project activities and report to the Project Manager on a regular basis;
  • Provide legal/human rights expertise to the development of National Human Rights Strategy Action Plan (NHRSAP) and other relevant documents;
  • Prepare expert analysis on pieces of draft laws and existing legislation provided by NHRSAP, affecting functioning of the system of personal data protection, rights of persons with disabilities, etc.;
  • Provide analysis and expertise to the institutional development of the IACHR, HRS and SIS;
  • Contribute to planning and effective implementation of the project activities at Local Self-Government bodies;
  • Serve as a resource person and expert on human rights issues for Government counterparts and UNDP management when required;
  • Analyse recommendations issued to Georgia by UN human rights treaty bodies related to project outputs and suggest measures on their implementation;
  • Contribute to raising public awareness human rights and personal data protection in Georgia;
  • Support preparation of awareness raising materials on human rights;
  • Participate in the roundtable meetings with civil society organizations, governmental institutions, mass media and other national and international stakeholders;
  • Monitor the quality and impact of the project activities and report to the Project Manager on a regular basis;
  • Contribute to the design of a narrative reports for the project;
  • Ensure the maintenance of the related documentation (reports, correspondence, etc.);
  • Act as a trainer as required;
  • Perform other duties as required.


Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional competencies:

  • Excellent analytical and drafting skills;
  • Excellent intercultural, moderation, facilitation and negotiation skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with stakeholders, focuses on impact and result and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Demonstrates strong oral communication skills;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Proven networking, team building, organizational and communication skills;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.



  • Master's Degree or equivalent in Law, Public International Law or International Human Rights Law


  • At least 3 years of work experience on human rights issues as a legal expert/legal practitioner is a must; over 5 years of human rights related work experience will be an asset;
  • Experience in drafting reports on human rights;
  • Strong knowledge of international human rights law standards, including UN human rights instruments and personal data protection;
  • Experience in organization of workshops, seminars and conferences would be an asset;
  • Computer proficient

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent spoken and written Georgian and English language skills.


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