Junior Professional Officer

United Nations Development Programme, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th December, 2019

Job Description


The UNDP JPOProgramme equips outstanding young leaders with the skills and experience required to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and make a positive difference in the world. As a pathway into the world of development, the programme offers young professionals’ excellent exposure to multilateral cooperation and sustainable development while providing a valuable entry point into the UN system. During their assignments, JPOs benefit from the guidance of experienced UNDP staff members and are actively involved in supporting the design and implementation of UNDP’s programs within UNDP’s headquarters, regional or country offices.

Following the security and political crisis in 2012 in Mali, UNDP remained committed to accompanying the country in the restoration of state authority, improvement in rule of law, conflict transformation and sustained peace with emphasis on strengthening social cohesion and national reconciliation, improving resilience to economic and climatic shocks of vulnerable groups. Equally, UNDP contributes significantly in the implementation of the 2015 Peace and Reconciliation Agreement which provides the impetus to decentralised governance, strengthening local peace infrastructures and providing local community solutions to include emphasis on empowering youth and women.

The current UNDP Country Programme (CPD 2016-2019) for Mali ends in December 2019. The formulation of a new country programme (2020-2024) is underway which responds to the Government’s priorities as articulated in the new National Development Framework (CREDD 2019-2024). It provides strategic responses in the areas of (a) democratic governance and Conflict Transformation; (b) Inclusive economic growth and Private Sector Dynamism; and (c) Adaptation to climate change and sustainable development. The CPD via its programme approach, mobilisation of broad-based partnership, intends to catalyse integrated innovative solutions that respond to the priority needs of the country, deliver cross thematic outcomes across a range of SDGs and boost the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and the 2063 African Union Agenda.

Over the next five years, UNDP Mali intends to strongly support the Government of Mali during this critical and fragile period, accompanying the peacebuilding process and the operationalization of the “Humanitarian-Peace-Development” nexus to ensure durable recovery, sustainable development and the consolidation and peace. The new Programme aims to contribute to the emergence of a Malian society where citizens regain confidence in their institutions, exercise fundamental human and democratic rights; live in an environment of peace, are resilient to crises and climatic shocks and enjoy the fruits of inclusive economic growth.

The UNDP strategy in democratic governance is implemented through initiatives aimed at restoring the capacity and authority of the State including effective presence of the administration to the north and the Centre regions, strengthening capacity of relevant institutions to provide basic services, and reinforcing the rule of law and access to justice. The interventions will be carried out in partnership with the key national institutions, international partners to include the Netherlands. With the Global Focal Point (GFP) on rule of law, UNDP will play an integrative role in advancing human rights. The partnership with MINUSMA will facilitate joint initiatives particularly in the security and justice sectors.

Against this backdrop, Mali is seeking a suitable candidate for the position of Programme Analyst/ Rule of law, under the general supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative (Programme), direct supervision by Senior International Rule of Law Advisor and secondary supervision by Team Leader/ Democratic Governance Unit to contribute to effective programme implementation and strategic positioning of UNDP programme in this area.

The Programme Analyst will be specifically involved as member of the governance team in leading strategic orientation and positioning of the portfolio, design, effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation, delivery of UNDP governance and rule of law programmes.


Content and methodology of supervision

As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:

  • Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results (Performance Evaluation Report)
  • Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment
  • Easy access to the supervisor
  • Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness
  • Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
  • Completion of the yearly UNDP Performance Management Document (PMD)
  • If more than one supervisor; clear agreement of the roles and responsibilities between the relevant parties.

Duties and Responsibilities

Programme Management and Implementation

  • Assist the RoL Senior adviser to oversee and manage governance, rule of law and access to justice programmes including contributing to its strategic orientation;
  • Assist the RoL Senior adviser to coordinate and establish effective working relations with the Government of Mali, Civil Society organizations, academic institutions, UN agencies and entities and donors/development partners;
  • Support rule of law programming under the Global Focal Point for justice, police and corrections arrangements, including advancement of joint delivery of rule of law assistance among UN partners as well as with national and international partners;
  • Support results-based management of the portfolio (annual and quarterly workplans, monitoring and evaluation, human resources and procurement plans, financial reports and budget tracking and donor reporting);
  • Support and assist the RoL Senior adviser in resource mobilization efforts including by contributing to the development of a strategy in this area and as needed targeted funding proposals;
  • Ensure strict adherence to UNDP procedures, rules and regulations;
  • Support the RoL Senior adviser in conducting regular programmatic reviews including strategic guidance on activity planning, implementation strategies and future programme orientation.
  • Provide support in advancing thematic coordination including by identifying programmatic entry points any by ensuring consistency and complementary in relation of other UNDP programmes.
  • Ensure the integration of cross-cutting issues into the design, implementation and monition and evaluation of all programme activities.
  • Provide expert technical advice on programme related issues.

Policy Advice and Technical Assistance

  • Provide policy advice and technical assistance to justice and law enforcement institutions on an ongoing and demand driven basis.
  • Help strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Justice to coordinate and lead the process of justice sector reform and development, including strengthening the capacities of the Ministry to carry-out consultations with different actors and stakeholders and to conduct public awareness campaigns regarding rule of law and justice reform.
  • Facilitate change management processes, including by providing high-quality advice based on international best practices and lessons learned.
  • Train and support relevant justice sector personnel in organizational development methods and tools.
  • Assist the ministry of justice with policy options based on the models presented by the body of work established by the United Nations in general and United Nations Development Programme in Specific and that is related to rule of law assistance and human rights due diligence.
  • Support the establishment of stronger working relations between justice sector institutions to ensure create coordination and cooperation across the justice sector.
  • Ensure proper information’s sharing, coordination and cooperation with other development and humanitarian actors including, UN agencies, MINUSMA, EU, DFID (UK), USAID (USA), the Netherlands and CIDA (Canada) among others.
  • Support the development of a comprehensive M&E framework to measure the performance of judicial institution, the Ministry of Justice.
  • Perform any other duties and required by the RoL Senior adviser and/or UNDP senior management.


Core Key Competencies

Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Leadership - Ability to persuade others to follow
Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management - Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Models independent thinking and action

Communication - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Delivery - Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Technical Key Competencies

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
Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Justice Sector Development

Justice sector development including access to justice and human rights institutions
Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Human rights

Knowledge of international Human Rights standards and principles and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise


Knowledge of anti-corruption concepts, principles and policies and the ability to apply in strategic and/or practical situations
Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Professional Competencies

  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and programmes;
  • Promotes a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office;
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of development issues;
  • Background in justice, law and applied working knowledge of rule of law a strong advantage
  • Ability to provide and advocate for policy advise;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more UNDP practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
  • Sound knowledge of UNDP/UN policies and programmes in crises and post-crises situations.

Management and Leadership

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
  • Ability to work under pressure and strict deadlines;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Communicates effectively with staff at all levels of the organization;
  • Demonstrate excellent political/conflict analysis;
  • Acts with tact and diplomacy and to be able to convey difficult issues and positions to senior counter parts and officials.

Reporting structure and partners

Ensure proper information’s sharing, coordination and cooperation with other development and humanitarian actors including, UN agencies, MINUSMA, EU, the Netherlands among others.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Advanced University degree at Master’s level in Law, Political Science, or related fields.

Working experience

  • A minimum of 2 years (with maximum of 4 years) of progressive experience in programme management
  • A minimum of 2 years (with maximum of 4 years) of progressive experience in rule of law, human rights and justice sector reform or related issues.
  • Experience of working in conflict/post conflict settings constitutes a major advantage.
  • Legal background a strong asset
  • Good planning, facilitation, communication skills with an ability to transfer knowledge and skills in complex institutional environment
  • Proven ability to work effectively with people at all levels of an organization, maximizing coordination and cooperation.
  • Sound analytical skills in political, legal, social, cultural and other relevant issues.
  • Full-time consulting experience and formal volunteer work through the United Nations Volunteer Programme may be counted at a rate of 100% of the time service, provided it is relevant to the position.

Languages:Fluency in spoken and written French and English, with excellent drafting skills in both languages necessary.


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