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Organization: UN Development Programme
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 27 Jun 2017


In August 2015, the two warring parties, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the SPLM-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) signed the Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS), bringing to an end the two-year civil war. The then first Vice President and leader of the SPLM/A-IO Dr. Riek Machar returned to South Sudan on 26 April 2016, and the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) was established on 28 April, with the appointment of a new cabinet. The TGoNU was struggling to resolve and agree on the many outstanding issues of the agreement and was unable to move the peace agreement forward as it was paralyzed by political calculus and ethnic animosity. On 8 July 2016, heavy fighting started between SPLA and SPLM/A-IO around the State House in Juba. At least 300 people have been reported killed, and 42,000 have fled the city.President Salva Kiir and the then first Vice-President Riek Machar announced a ceasefire on 11 July.Since then, the government appears to be in control of Juba. However, sporadic, fighting has been reported.

The development impact of this crisis includes erosion of social cohesion; erosion of credibility of the TGoNU; a possible slowdown in the completion of the transitional milestones, including transitional security and transitional justice arrangements. In particular, the Agreement for Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (August 2015) instituted a Joint Integrated Police (JIP) as transitional security arrangement for Juba, Bor, Malakal and Bentiu. Key issues affecting the population include limited access to justice and law enforcement services, an increased vulnerability of women and girls to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and heightened protection risks for children. In order to respond to the crisis and the needs of vulnerable groups, UNDP supported the police service in strengthening its case management system; personnel registration process of police; establishment and operationalization of Emergency Call Center; renovation and functionality of Special Protection Units and community policing mechanisms; and legal aid for SGBV survivors. Similarly, UNDP supported the prisons service in strengthening its case management system; personnel registration process of prisons, rehabilitation of inmates through the renovation and equipping of a vocational training center including improvement in prison facilities.

Within this context, the UNDP Access to Justice and Rule of Law Project contributes to the United Nations Interim Cooperation Framework (ICF) Outcome 3: “Peace and governance strengthened,” and the UNDP Country Programme Document (CPD) Output 3.1: “Rule of law institutions provide high-quality services to an increasing number of people in South Sudan.” In support of these objectives, the Access to Justice and Rule of Law Project (2017-2019) has adopted a three-pronged approach to improve the rule of law in South Sudan: (i) strengthening of duty bearers through support to the priorities of the rule of law institutions (Judiciary, Ministry of Justice, Police and Prisons) as articulated in their institutional strategic and/or action plans; (ii) informing rights holders by promoting access to justice and linking the rule of law institutions with community and civil society initiatives; and (iii) improving human rights and transitional justice processes (including transitory security and transitional arrangements as mandated in the Peace Agreement) to increase oversight and monitoring of the delivery of rule of law.

The Access to Justice and Rule of Law Project provides capacity building support for rule of law institutions through the co-location of a Chief Technical Advisor, national and international Rule of Law Officers and Law Enforcement Advisors to the Judiciary of South Sudan, Ministry of Justice, South Sudan National Police Service, National Prions Service of South Sudan to enable these institutions increase the availability, affordability, adaptability and acceptability of justice services in South Sudan. The strategic objectives of the Access to Justice and Rule of Law project are: (i) Rule of law institutions are enabled to deliver accountable, effective and equitable justice services; (ii) An increasing number of conflict-affected and vulnerable people access justice services; and (iii) Human rights and transitional justice mechanisms strengthened to monitor and respond to the promotion and protection of citizen's rights.

The limited capacity of police to deal with law and order issues and protect vulnerable groups, women and children, and the prisons to provide inmate care was further adversely affected as a result of ongoing conflict, and, in turn, resulted in casualties, defections and destruction of rule of law infrastructure. The July 2016 crisis impacted the establishment and operationalization the Joint Integrated Police as envisioned in the peace agreement. At present, the Transitional Government of National Unity is making an effort establish the JIP and its management structure.

The Police and Corrections Technical Specialist will work under the supervision of the Rule of Law Project Manager and under the strategic guidance of the Rule of Law CTA. He/she will also work in coordination with the Inspector General of Police, Director General of Prisons, Joint Integrated Police Management Team, and UNMISS Police leadership. The incumbent will be responsible for providing technical support and advisory services to the police and prison leaderships, and implementing activities under the project’s police and prisons component.

Duties and Responsibilities

Capacity building of SSNPS and NPSSS personnel to improve institutional and individual professionalism;

  • Provide guidance and Support to SSNPS personnel in the collection, compilation and analysis of crime statistics;
  • Provide guidance and Support to NPSSS personnel for collection, compilation and analysis of inmates’ statistics;
  • Ensures the development of a unified case management system among rule of law institutions;
  • Support functionality and expansion of Emergency Call Center;
  • Assist SSNPS in the expansion and continued operationalization of Police Community Relations Committees and Special Protection Units;
  • Guide SSNPS and NPSSS on completion of personnel registration and ID process;
  • Guide SSNPS and NPSSS in the coordination and standardization of national and state-level training programmes;
  • Assist SSNPS and NPSSS in establishing and operationalizing asset management systems;
  • Advise NPSSS in the implementation of the prisoner rehabilitation programme;
  • Provide training on SGBV, community policing, police professionalism and procedures, women's rights, trauma management and psychosocial support, and transitional security arrangements in and outside of PoC sites;
  • Facilitate the establishment of community-based entry points to referral pathways through the engagement and training of female community leaders as community paralegals;
  • Provide guidance in strengthening the forensic and investigation capacity of police to handle incidences of SGBV;
  • Provide technical guidance to the leadership of the Ministry of Interior, including the Minister of Interior, Inspector General of Police, Joint Integrated Police Management Team, and Director General of Prisons;
  • Lead and support police and correction activities undertaken by Rule of Law Officers and Law Enforcement Advisors at state level, including national and sub national coordination.
  • Advise UNDP on matters relating to police and prisons services.

Build strategic partnerships and alliances with government counterparts, civil society, and the international community;

  • Maintain continuous dialogue with the government and other key partners to provide knowledge-based advisory services and to ensure proper integration and co-ordination of other related development efforts;
  • Advocate and promote awareness, clarity and understanding of issues and responses related to the role UNDP plays in strengthening the rule of law sector in general, and police and prisons capacity development in particular;
  • Provide professional opinions in areas of expertise to promote networking and teamwork between counterparts and the general donor community.
  • Support the development and implementation of UNDP’s strategy in relation to policing and corrections issues;
  • Liaise with UNMISS, UNMISS-UNPOL, UN agencies and with donors to promote partnership and collaboration for the effective management of law enforcement and corrections in South Sudan;
  • Ensure adequate information flow, discussions and feedback among the various stakeholders of the project.

Support donor coordination, liaison and resource mobilization for the justice sector;

  • Develop partnerships with other individuals and organizations to ensure wide participation and sharing on development best practices;
  • Build and maintain credible relationships between the Ministry of Interior, police and prisons services and donors and promote rule of law sector development to new donors;
  • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts of the project and Country Office to secure additional cost-sharing resources from the government, donors and regional partners;
  • Represent UNDP in all sector coordination forums – Police Development Committee, Prison Coordination Committee, JMT/JIP meetings, Protection Cluster and sub-clusters to position UNDP as a critical actor in rule of law sector

Contribute to the development of knowledge products, and project reporting, monitoring and evaluation activities;

  • Lead the process of knowledge creation and dissemination related to national and international know-how in the subject area. In this context, partner with practitioners and members of the UNDP global networks, leadership of the practice and sub-practice teams in RBAS, BDP, BCPR, Regional Centers and other related Bureaux;
  • Promote the substantive quality of all knowledge products, reports and services, and ensures effective integration and compatibility with other practice areas;
  • Contribute to the production of strategic papers, think pieces, reports and publications, and serve as a peer reviewer;
  • Assist the project in implementation of activities at national and state level;
  • Coordinate monitoring and evaluation of project activities;
  • Assist project in measurement of progress, identification of gaps and implementation of corrective measures.


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;

Ability to work with a multi-cultural and diverse team

Functional Competencies;

Substantial previous experience working with senior government officials in th rule of law sector

Sound understanding of issues related to the rule of law in particular law enforcement and corrections;

Substantial previous experience in a (post-)conflict setting, including experience with transitional security and justice arrangements

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;

Results oriented, flexible and problem solving skills;Ability to work under pressure, analyzing large amounts of sensitive information and supporting crucial decision making at the highest levels of government;

Proved computer skills particularly excel having expertise in critical data analysis;

Demonstrated experience in implementation of project activities;

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to initiate discussions about complex security subjects;

Ability to work in an environment which is evolving from a military into one protective of the rights of civilians, by leading from behind.

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s Degree or equivalent in Political Science, Public Policy, Law, Law Enforcement or related field.


Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience in law enforcement/ policing/prisons; experience in working in the field of rule of law and development is required;

Experience of implementation of project activities and providing high quality technical advice within Government institutions in the area of law enforcement;

Proven understanding of policing and prison administration;

Proven experience in partnership building and networking;

Strong analytical ability and written and oral communication skills is a requirement;

Computer skills and strong knowledge of various software including word, PowerPoint and particularly specialized expertise in Excel with data analysis

How to apply:

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