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Employment Opportunity: UNDP Thailand Policy Advisor – Governance, Access to Justice, Human Rights

Location : Bangkok, Thailand
Application Deadline : June 30, 2012
Type of Contract : FTA International
Post Level : P-5
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : August 31, 2012
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 year


Background

UNDP’s democratic governance practice focuses on fostering inclusive participation, strengthening responsive governing institutions, and promoting democratic principles. Inclusive participation expands equal opportunities for engagement by the poor, women, youth, indigenous people, and other marginalized groups who are excluded from power. Efforts in this area aim to strengthen opportunities for civic engagement in the core channels linking people and the state, at the national, regional and local levels.

Work on governing institutions has traditionally emphasized the design and functions of the core pillars of the state, including the legislative, executive and judicial branches, at national, regional and local levels. Strengthening responsive governing institutions entails promoting the core channels of representation and accountability in the state at the national, regional and local levels. Responsive institutions mean that the state reflects and serves the needs, priorities, and interests of all people, including women, the poor, youth, and minorities.

Supporting national partners to strengthen democratic practices grounded in human rights, anti-corruption and gender equality require UNDP leadership in promoting integration, coordination and information-sharing of policies, practices, and strategies strengthening democratic governance within and outside of the UN family.

In the Asia-Pacific region, justice and human rights related programme initiatives are particularly important. There are many countries which are transitioning to more democratic forms of governance. Conflict prevention and more durable peace hinge upon the ability of the state to provide access to justice, so that people can believe that justice is done. In countries where justice systems have been long-established, there remain the challenges of overcoming several negative aspects of colonial legacies, and connecting state and non-state justice systems. Moreover, with reference to economic and social rights of people, equity and justice (more than prosperity, growth or wealth) is the opposite of poverty.

The policy advisor is expected to encourage the inclusion of principles of gender equality and non-discrimination in the policy and legal frameworks of countries supported by the APRC. Working with other practices to enhance capacity to promote these principles, the policy advisor is expected to focus on promoting the human rights based approach to access to justice to vulnerable groups, and on policies and actions that can empower women by enhancing their participation and representation in all public institutions, including the executive, legislature and judiciary.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Governance, Justice and Human Rights Adviser leads the provision of technical assistance to UNDP Country Offices and development of justice and human rights initiatives in the Asia region. Under the supervision of the Democratic Governance Practice Team Leader at the UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre, the Adviser will assume responsibility for the following functions and expected key results:

  1. Policy Advisory Services
  2. Knowledge Management, Research and Content Development;
  3. Policy Development;
  4. ractice Management/Co-ordination; and
  5. Partnerships, Advocacy and Resource Mobilization

Policy Advisory Services:

Knowledge Management, Research and Content Development:

Policy Development:

Practice Management/Co-ordination:

Partnerships, Advocacy and Resource Mobilization:


Competencies

Technical Competencies:

Substantive and technical expertise in one or more of the following areas:

Managerial competencies:

Behavioural competencies:


Required Skills and Experience

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Experience:

Language requirements:

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June 19, 2012 | Namati


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