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Justice Research Analyst at Bangkok, Thailand

Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :13-Apr-11
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Up to 6 months


A number of countries in the Asia Pacific region have made a concerted push towards economic growth leading to unprecedented achievements in the reduction of poverty. However, while overall statistics have improved, much of that growth is characterised by increasing inequality. In many areas of the region, instances of hunger have actually risen.

One of the most catalytic and sustainable responses to inequality, hunger, and poverty is to ensure that poor people have decent jobs and income to buy the food and services they need, and are empowered to demand accountability from institutions that hold a duty towards them. Empowering the poor and marginalised to claim and access social and economic rights, and extending the protections and opportunities of the rule of law to their efforts, can greatly affect an individual or a family’s economic and human development.

In 2011, the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre will support UNDP’s commitment to accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The APRC Democratic Governance team will develop a detailed ‘ways and means’ document elaborating pathways for protection and realisation of economic and social rights in order to accelerate MDG achievement in the region.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of the Assignment 

1. Coordinate research and publication processes for the UNDP APRC ‘Ways and Means’ document focusing on the realization of economic and social rights to accelerate MDG achievement in the region: The ‘Ways and Means’ document and research project will examine certain legal ‘strategies’ for claiming economic and social rights, in the context of MDG acceleration. These will include public interest litigation, legal aid services, remedy for grievance, community organisation, and others. The consultant will identify collaborative partners, within and external to UNDP APRC. The Consultant will develop concept notes and TORs and coordinate contracting for background papers and assist with the background and synthesis of research. Where possible, components (modules) of the paper should be shared at or shall contribute to regional events and other relevant initiatives, such as MDG regional reports, regional forums, or other.

2. Implement knowledge management processes for the justice and human rights team: UNDP APRC’s justice and human rights team is developing a number of publications and knowledge products as well as managing the ap-a2j email network and related COP and a web portal. The consultant will oversee the KM processes including knowledge management review committee approval, design and layout, as well as procurement processes with publishers for the publications in the pipeline. The Consultant will provide support to the ap-a2j community of practice by maintain the Asia-Pacific Access to Justice Network as well as finalizing the A2J portal and will identify opportunities for interface with teamworks.

3. Develop justice and human rights team response to the Access to Justice Consortium General Assembly and LEAP Regional Meeting, hosted in Chiang Mai early August 2011 as well the LEAP Regional Meeting which will take place in Mongolia. This will include developing concept note and inputs from UNDP, coordinating civil society participation with the organizers, preparing UNDP substantive inputs to the meeting.
Scope of Work
1. Coordinate research and publication processes for the ‘Ways and Means’ publication:
  • Draft the TORs for writers and experts and any other professional support to the development of the research project;
  • Coordinate the contributions from writers and experts to the project;
  • Identify opportunities for research components to be presented at regional events and other fora as appropriate;
  • Substantively monitor and support contributors with their research and substantive needs either directly or by referring them to other network members, experts etc;
  • Support the development of a ‘synthesis’ piece based on research;
2. Implement knowledge management processes for the justice and human rights team:
  • Maintain the AP-A2J COP and network;
  • Finalize and populate the 2J Portal, the justice and human rights webportal of UNDP APRC;
  • Incorporation of regional developments into LEAP network;
  • Oversee publication processes including knowledge review processes, procurement, design and layout inline with UNDP corporate guidelines for the following APRC governance publications:
    - Laos Case Study and International Human Rights Machinery Paper
    - A2J Week publication
    - A2J Assessments publication
    - NHRI CA Manual
    - ‘Ways and Means’ publication
3. Develop justice and human rights team response to the Access to Justice Consortium General Assembly and LEAP regional meeting:
  • Coordinate UNDP’s response to the Access to Justice Consortium General Assembly, including development of concept note, selection of participants, inputs to the agenda and programme and UNDP presentations;
  • Develop concept note for the LEAP regional meeting and help identify regional participants and contributors;
  • Provide representation for justice, human rights, and legal empowerment of the poor at other appropriate fora as required.


Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity and professionalism by modeling 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.
Functional Competencies:
Technical and substantive capacity:
  • Knowledge in the area of human rights, particularly economic and social rights, access to justice, legal empowerment and rule of law at national and community level.
  • Practical experience with knowledge management and the production of knowledge products.
  • Strong understanding of the relationship between poverty reduction and justice issues.
  • Practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues.
Coordination and implementation capacities
  • Ability to manage project budgets and procurement procedures.
  • Ability to coordinate research.
  • Ability to interact with policy makers and articulate concepts and activities related to legal empowerment of the poor, economic and social rights, and access to justice.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with counterparts, focusing on impact and result for the target group and ability to respond positively to feedback.
  • Consistent capacity to approach work with energy and positive attitude.
  • Ability and consistent effort to work across thematic ‘silos’ to support UNDP’s governance programme as a whole.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Openness to change and ability to manage complexities and stressful situations, respecting deadlines and requests.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in law ( preferable), political science, international studies, development studies, public administration or any other related field.
  • Four to seven years experience with growing responsibilities with development related programmes, preferably in Asia.
  • Knowledge on and experience with working in access to justice and legal empowerment.
  • Demonstrated experience in the organization of international workshops involving high-level participation from governments and CSOs.
  • Experience with Knowledge Management, preferably within the UN system.
  • Experience with the United Nations system and/or familiarity with UNDP programmes/projects.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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