Rule of Law & Human Rights Officer (Only for Myanmar National)

Yangoon, Myanmar
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International Public Sector
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Rule of Law & Human Rights Officer (Only for Myanmar National)

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The Strengthening Accountability and Rule of Law (SARL) Project supports the Government of Myanmar to address low public trust in state institutions at a critical time in Myanmar’s transition. Building on the clear initiative of all three branches of the Government of Myanmar to promote transparency and accountability, the project helps to strengthen institutional frameworks and capacities for good governance. SARL is organized into three thematic intervention areas: (1) Anti-Corruption, (2) Parliament, and (3) Rule of Law and Human Rights.

Within the Rule of Law and Human Rights (ROLHR) component, SARL supports institutional capacity of formal justice sector institutions to provide higher quality, more accessible and responsive legal services to the public and to other government entities, as well as institutional justice sector efforts to coordinate among themselves and development partners in order to address the urgent needs identified at the local and national level, and to leverage resources to provide a cohesive justice sector reform strategy.

The Project Officer works under the direct supervision of the SARL Project Manager and supports all aspects of the ROLHR component of SARL. This includes providing quality control over implementing partners of UNDP who deliver rights awareness programs, to ensure that UNDP observes its “Do No Harm” guiding mandate and that the messages of the implementing partners are aligned to UN standards. The Project Officer also acts as a key liaison with the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) as it works towards creating regional offices, strengthens its capacity to increase adherence by government officials to human rights norms, and their efforts to educate the public about their rights.

The Project Officer works in close collaboration with the Country Office Programme Unit, Programme Support Unit and other project teams, government officials, technical advisors and experts, implementing partners, beneficiaries and civil society to support successful implementation of the project.

The Project Officer will be based in Yangon with frequent travel required to the States and Regions, particularly to Rakhine, Shan and Kachin States where Rule of Law implementing partners are operational.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

  1. Coordination and implementation of project activities in field of Rule of Law and Human Rights (ROLHR)
  2. Support to day to day management activities of the ROLHR component and provision of high quality technical assistance and training to government counterparts
  3. Facilitation of strategic partnerships in the field of ROLHR
  4. Provision of top quality advisory services to government counterparts and facilitation of knowledge building and management

Ensures coordination and implementation of the activities relating to rule of law and human rights, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Support delivery of the project activities relating to rule of law and human rights including monitoring, and reporting on the project interventions, and contributing to all routine quarterly and annual results reporting
  • Coordinates with government counterparts to implement technical activities including, for example, drafting correspondence, identifying timelines, and designing concept notes, terms of reference, approaches, methodologies, etc.
  • Provides implementation support to ensure timely and high-quality delivery of technical assistance, by leading planning and organization of agreed activities.
  • Support facilitation and delivery of workshops, seminars, capacity building training, local policy advocacy initiatives with stakeholders as necessary
  • Monitors issues and risks related to project implementation, identifies mitigation measures, and implements agreed actions.
  • Provide advice on the Myanmar context to the Chief Technical Advisor and Project Manager

Provides high quality technical assistance to counterparts focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Provide technical assistance to the MNHRC, Union Coordinating Body for the Rule of Law Centre and Justice Sector Affairs, and Coordinating Bodies established in States and Regions.
  • Liaise with counterparts to support the implementation of technical activities including, for example, drafting correspondence, identifying timelines, and designing concept notes, terms of reference, approaches, methodologies, etc.
  • Advise on national human rights issues and provide contextual information in support of the development of analysis briefs and contribute to design and implementation of project activities.
  • Co-facilitate training/workshops for justice and MNHRC officials on gender equality, HLP, SGBV, rule of law, fair trial, etc.

Supports creation of strategic partnerships focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Acts as the technical liaison with counterparts and stakeholders in the field of ROLHR including development partners, academia/think tanks, civil society, I/NGOs, parliament, etc., and provides technical inputs, as required.
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, counterparts and implementing partners, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new project activities, active contribution to the overall project effort to mobilize resources.
  • Organizes key events such as consultation meetings, trainings, committee meetings, etc. as needed for the implementation of UNDP’s technical assistance.

Leads knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Documents the processes taken during the provision of technical assistance and lessons learned so that the know-how can remain within government institutions.
  • Participates in design of monitoring tools and analysis of monitoring results to ensure achieving successful results of technical assistance.
  • Keep abreast of good practices in other countries and identifies learning points for Myanmar.
  • Identifies opportunities for government counterparts to share their experience with other countries and facilitates South-South cooperation.

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s or Bachelors Degree in Human Rights, Law, Public Administration, Development Studies, International Studies, or other relevant discipline.


  • Masters degree with 2 years professional experience (or 4 years with a Bachelors degree) in the implementation of democratic governance programmes and projects.
  • Solid knowledge of democratic governance issues in relation to ROLHR, and a good understanding of the functions, processes and role of the human rights and justice sector institutions in Myanmar.
  • Experience of interacting with, and providing technical assistance to, high level government counterparts.
  • Experience in coordinating with wide range of stakeholders, including government, development partners, academia/think tank, civil society, I/NGO, parliament, etc.
  • Solid knowledge of project management principles and best practices.
  • Computer literacy – MS office applications, web-based management information systems.
  • Demonstrated strength in interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Fluency in Myanmar.

Application closing date: 18 July 2019

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