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Rule of Law and Access to Justice Specialist (Kramatorsk)

Rule of Law and Access to Justice Specialist will provide advisory and technical support on rule of law, access to justice, and partially on conflict prevention workstreams. 

The Rule of Law and Access to Justice Specialist will be based in the Kramatorsk Office and work under the supervision of the Community Security and Social Cohesion Specialist and daily guidance by the Community Security and Social Cohesion Coordinator. Rule of Law and Access to Justice Specialist will provide advisory and technical support on rule of law, access to justice, and partially on conflict prevention workstreams of the Component’s portfolio. S/he will be responsible for the implementation of all access to justice related initiatives in Donetsk, Luhansk, Dnipropetrovsk, Zhytomyr and Zaporizhzhia oblasts under the United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme in close cooperation and coordination with the key specialists of the Programme.

Summary of key functions:

q   Delivering the specific activities envisaged in all the Projects under the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme umbrella in the area of Access to Justice in collaboration with the project’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist, Social Cohesion Specialist/Associate, Rule of Law and Community Security Specialist/Associate, Community Mobilization Specialist, Civil Society Development Specialist, Community Mobilization Officers;

q   Supporting the work performed under UN RPP’s Access to Justice workstream as well as other outputs, by developing and forging partnerships with project and national and regional sector stakeholders (civil society and government);

q   Implementing community-based conflict-sensitive and gender-responsive approaches for Access to Justice solution at the local level;

q   Ensuring the Project team to mainstream rule of law, access to justice and human rights issues into reform priorities, while providing support to project management and implementation.

Ensure provision of advisory services:

  • Collect information disaggregated by sex, age and other identifiers, conduct desk reviews and research on the best practices and successful pilots on women’s and men’s access to justice in Ukraine and abroad;
  • Prepare regular updates (written and verbal) on Project progress in meeting A2J targets, including challenges and lessons learned;
  • Prepare analytical papers on reforms in area of A2J implementation at local level;
  • Review and provide technical inputs on research commissioned by the Project on topics relevant to A2J, community security, social cohesion and rule of law.

Ensure project planning and implementation:

  • Provide substantial inputs to Project planning, implementation and monitoring, including drafting of relevant Project documents (memos, briefs, talking points, meeting debriefs, minutes), monitoring frameworks, analytical reports and other reporting requirements in the area of A2J.

Ensure capacity building of the stakeholders:

  • Strengthen the capacities of local, regional and national actors on the A2J focusing on the situation of women and men;
  • Support the capacity development in frames of the judicial mediation in close collaboration with Alternative Disputes Resolution Specialist;
  • Support national institutions to develop and implement action plans which strengthen women’s and men’s access to justice;
  • Pilot other forms of access to justice aside from the described ones in the national legislation;
  • Coordinate implementation of the Project small-grants facility by assessing proposals related to A2J;
  • Develop detailed Project activity plans provide inputs to development of Project Annual Work Plans regarding access to justice.

Ensure facilitation of the strategic partnerships:

  • Liaise with Project partners and facilitate communication on Project-related activities including organizing joint thematic learning and networking events on access to justice topics, focusing on the needs and experiences of women and men;
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with local Civil Society and community groups, including those working on the issues of gender equality, to facilitate project implementation, as well as identify issues, risks, priorities, and opportunities that support effective project monitoring and implement small grant activities;
  • Initiate, support and coordinate establishment of local and regional networks of civil society, security and justice service providers and local administrations representatives for regular exchange of the best practices and lessons learned in women’s and men’s access to justice;
  • Create and facilitate a strong connection and experience sharing on expert level and organizational level with national and foreign organizations and networks working on access to justice.

Knowledge management and communication of results:

  • Ensure the collection of project monitoring data disaggregated by sex, age and other identifiers on a regular basis and issue updates on activities in the A2J area (conduct research, make analysis, process statistical data, draft conclusions and recommendations) including changes in legislation and national or regional strategies or action plans;
  • Monitor the key interventions of the project on A2J particularly for women and men from vulnerable groups such as IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons), ex-combatants, girls and boys, the elderly, and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV);
  • Monitor and report on access to justice issues locally, and identify emerging trends using project mapping and other available data;
  • Prepare analytical papers on reforms in the area of access to justice, and decentralization and implementation at local level.

Recruitment Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Law, International Relations, Political Science, Social Science or a related field
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant practical experience in the field of access to justice, law enforcement, legal aid, or rule of law or related area is required;
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in community-based development or related area and / or experience with civil society organizations and governmental institutions would be a strong asset;
  • Minimum 2 years of experience with a multilateral or international technical assistance or development organization would be an asset;
  • Experience in preparing action plans, and conducting research is desirable.
  • Fluency in English, Ukrainian, and Russian


This is a locally recruited position and no expatriation benefits will apply.


If you wish to apply for this or other positions with UNDP, please visit UNDP in Ukraine website, section Jobs and apply online:

UNDP will use a transparent and competitive screening process, though will only contact those applicants in whom there is further interest. Applications may only be submitted for specific vacancy. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.


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