Justice and Security Dialogues (JSD) Project Officer - PROJE01673-00001

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Burkina Faso
Organization: US Institute of Peace
Closing date: 9 Apr 2021


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If you have a passion for making the world a better place and want to have a front-row seat on the world stage, USIP is the place for you.


The Project Officer, under the supervision of USIP’s National Coordinator in Burkina Faso, will be responsible for the implementation of the objectives and activities under the project Improving performance and trust in Burkina Faso’s judicial system through systems thinking; this includes ensuring the quality of implementation while maintaining systematic monitoring and evaluation of activities. The position requires ongoing development of relationships with national decision-makers and stakeholders, networking, consulting, developing national strategies, guiding, and supporting justice system partners and stakeholders in validating the project, as well as analysis and support to problem diagnosis, while ensuring two-way communication.

It is a local position in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This position reports to the National Coordinator, who is responsible for the overall strategic direction of activities and for strengthening partnerships with relevant stakeholders, training, as well as training, and mentoring of national project officers as needed. The position also requires ongoing coordination and communication with project stakeholders and USIP partner organizations. The position requires an ability to provide project management support throughout the implementation of project activities and/or technical training in the pilot site of Manga, Burkina Faso. The Project Officer will also work closely with USIP staff based in Washington DC.

This is a Personal Services Contractor based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.


* Successfully complete all project activities in a timely and efficient manner: The Project Officer will ensure that all activities and deliverables are completed within the specified time and financial deadlines, meeting the project objectives and in accordance with the principles of complex adaptive systems thinking and “do no harm" principles. He/she will supervise the organization of meetings, training, and other activities in line with the process’s needs. Specific tasks will include coordination of tasks and roles, implementation of activities, supervision of financial resources, as well as monitoring and evaluation.

* Build and maintain strong relationships and two-way communication channels with justice sector partners and stakeholders to ensure their active engagement: In close consultation with the National Coordinator, the Project Officer will continuously develop relationships with relevant institutional and national stakeholders, ensuring that they are consulted, informed and regularly involved, to garner their support and validation of the project. The Project Officer will ensure that partners move forward in the process of analysis and diagnosis, as well as lessons learned from local reform implementation in the project pilot site while promoting honest and equitable partnerships.

* Contribute to data collection, systems mapping and research and diagnosis of the problems identified and addressed by the process: The Project Officer will contribute to system mapping, data collection, and empirical research on the justice sector to inform the management and implementation of the project’s local action plan for judicial reform in the pilot site. He/she will assist the National Coordinator in developing reports, strategic directions, or analysis of social, political, and conflict dynamics as required and provide regular and detailed updates on activities to the DC team, as well as briefings to national authorities as needed. He/she will oversee the organization of preparatory or consultative meetings, in-depth interviews, focus groups or surveys, as well as other activities according to the process’s needs.

* Mentoring, coaching and capacity building in systems thinking, facilitation, and project management: In close collaboration with the National Coordinator and the Washington-based team, the Project Officer will organize preliminary and then in-depth training on complex adaptive systems thinking, USIP’s approach to facilitation, and different aspects of program and resource management. He/she will guide implementing partners in developing technical and financial reports at the desired level of quality and timeliness. The Project Officer will support partners and stakeholders in the process of identifying performance challenges as well as mistrust in the justice sector. Additionally, the Project Officer will support the stakeholders to address these problems through the implementation of a local action plan developed by project stakeholders in Manga, Burkina Faso.

Performs other duties as assigned.


* B / BA in law with proven experience in criminal law, criminal procedures, human rights issues, and judicial organization in Burkina Faso. LL.M or JD preferred.

* Professional experience and knowledge in the fields of governance, justice, peacebuilding or a similar field in Burkina Faso.

* Previous work with and knowledge of judicial sector actors and civil society in Burkina Faso is preferred.

* Highly developed interpersonal and general skills, ability to forge alliances, communicate effectively, and represent the project.

* Proven experience coordinating with government officials and working with local partner organizations.

* Strong interest and experience in innovative and adaptive programming.

* Ability to think strategically, plan, and take initiatives.

* Demonstrated skills in project design, implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation.

* Proficiency in French and Moore is required.

* Skills in supervision and capacity building of others - with support from a distance.

* Excellent research and analytical skills, experience in writing reports and guidance documents.

* Proven ability to work independently and effectively, with minimal support, and to work well as a team.

* Ability and willingness to travel regularly within Burkina Faso, as needed.

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.


To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:

  1. Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire and salary requirements.

  2. Cover letter

  3. Resume

For questions about this position please email recruitment@usip.org. Do not send resumes or attachments to this email address.

Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only.

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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