Programme Liaison Officer – Rule of Law (UNODC), Islamabad, Pakistan At UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

Closing date: Tuesday, 13 June 2023

Job Identification : 11069

Locations : Islamabad, Pakistan

Posting Date : 05/30/2023, 10:27 PM

Apply Before : 06/13/2023, 10:27 PM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UN Office on Drugs & Crime

Grade : SB4

Vacancy Type : Service Contract Holders

Practice Area : Crisis and Fragility Policy and Engagement

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree

Other Criteria : Social or Political Science, Sociology, Business Administration, Law or another relevant academic field.

Required Languages : Fluency in English and Urdu

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Job Description


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Country Office for Pakistan (COPAK) is tasked with assisting Pakistan through its recently approved Country Programme (CP) III, 2022 – 25 with a focus on illicit trafficking and border management, criminal justice, legal reforms, drug demand reduction, HIV/AIDS and countering terrorism. As part of the CPIII, there is a significant need for showcasing the activities implemented by UNODC’s Sub-Programme 2 (Criminal Justice and Legal Reforms) in partnership with the Government of Pakistan and the provincial governments. The Criminal Justice and Legal Reforms Programme works as a strategic partner and advisor to the Government of Pakistan, supporting implementation of reforms across the entire chain of criminal justice institutions. The objective is to promote evidence-based programming to enhance the effectiveness, coordination and capacity of the criminal justice institutions towards administering fair, efficient and transparent access to justice and rule of law for the citizens. The Programme has supported implementation of Rule of Law Roadmaps in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan through setting up individual Delivery Units and Technical Working Groups. A gender-sensitive approach cuts across the criminal justice reforms led by SP-II to empower the vulnerable and the less privileged groups through awareness of legal rights and access to justice.

The Programme is implementing a large scale ‘Promoting the Rule of Law and Enhancing the Criminal Justice System in Balochistan and at the Federal Level’ with the support of the European Union effective from January 2021 to 2025. The program has specific objectives that aim to: 1. support reform processes to ensure delivery of people-centred justice; 2. enhance access to justice for all, particularly women and less privileged groups; and 3. improve service delivery of the security sector in line with constitutional safeguards and international standards.

The Government of Balochistan approved ‘the Rule of Law Roadmap (RoLR) of Balochistan’ in 2018 for four years after a series of consultations with all the relevant criminal justice institutions, CSOs and academia. An overarching aim of the RoLR is to plan, develop, and implement institutional reforms in an integrated and collaborative manner to enable justice sector institutions to perform their functions and duties in a professional manner. The plan also focuses on institutional development of Rule of Law institutions and Citizens’ Access to Justice. The RoLR is a demand driven, needs-based, and a holistic document which envisages closer coordination for the robust implementation of reforms, risk control, and adaptive management of sectoral initiatives designed to strengthen the rule of law in the Province. The RoLR was approved for five years and expired in 2022, however the Government of Balochistan approved the revalidation process of the RoLR which is underway through evaluation of the first phase and development of second phase. The revised ‘Rule of Law Roadmap (RoLR) 2023-2026’ is intended to serve as a guiding strategic document and measurable plan of action for the Government of Balochistan to introduce qualitative and high-impact sustainable reforms in the justice sector of the Province. The revalidated RoLR also aims to strengthen the institutional capacities of the Rule of Law (RoL) institutions through collaborative, financial, and legislative support as well as leadership and management initiatives across these key institutions to enhance institutional response and consequently citizens’ trust in the justice system. The roadmap shall be overseen, managed and administered through three-tiered institutional arrangements. A dedicated ‘Steering Committee’ shall sit at the top of these arrangements supported by a ‘Panel of Experts’ to technical assist the committee to periodically take stock of the progress monitored and reported against the KPIs. The 2nd tier mainly comprises ‘Technical Support Arrangements’ consisting of Lead and Sub Technical Working Groups who shall act as nodal points for data collection and main feedback loop between implementation arrangements and their respective institutions.

To ensure coordinated implementation and administration of RoL reform initiatives, the RoL Delivery Unit housed at the Home and Tribal Affairs Department shall provide overall management and advisory support through a team of specialists and subject experts in order to drive the reform process on a day-to-day basis. This mechanism shall be headed by the Secretary, Home and Tribal Affairs with a mandate to ensure the overall strategic management of the Roadmap. In order to further build on the results achieved through the 1st generation of the Roadmap and strongly embark into the implementation of the new RoL Roadmap, UNODC Pakistan requires the services of a Programme Liaison Officer – Rule of Law to be based in Islamabad, Pakistan to support the implementation of the new Roadmap and to enshrine sustainability of efforts.

Assignment Objective The RoLR of Balochistan was developed for the period of 2018 – 2022, as a four-year citizen-centric, result-oriented, and evidence-informed rule of law reform document. The RoLR was developed by applying a participatory and inclusive approach including all of the Criminal Justice System Institutions (CJIs) of Balochistan province in addition to CSOs, Academia, and Parliamentarians. After the expiry of RoLR, an evaluation was conducted which represented an independent research-based detailed study to assess the impact, relevance, and sustainability of a wide range of targeted interventions. The main purpose of this evaluation was to determine as to what extent the progress has been made in relation to the goals and objectives of the RoLR including identification of main bottlenecks, challenges, and lessons learned during the implementation phase. This evaluation also served the purpose of laying the base for the revision of the existing RoLR so that a new document can be crafted to build on reform trajectory for another four years (2023 – 2026) in order to consolidate, sustain, scale up, institutionalize good practices and data-informed approaches in the justice sector of Balochistan.

Based on the detailed evaluation and consultations with all the relevant stakeholders, the revised RoLR was developed. The revised ‘Rule of Law Roadmap (RoLR) 2023-2026’ is intended to serve as a guiding strategic document and measurable plan of action for the Government of Balochistan to introduce qualitative and high-impact sustainable reforms in the justice sector of the Province. The objective of this assignment is to coordinate the implementation of activities under the revised RoLR at the federal and provincial levels and also provide support in the implementation of the different components related to criminal justice and legal reforms in Balochistan and at federal level in line with UNDOC’s COPAK CPIII, SPII mandate and stakeholder’s priorities specifically in relation to the Rule of Law Roadmap of Balochistan. This will also include the support to the Governance Structure of new RoLR and sustain the efforts accordingly.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the UNODC Criminal Justice Advisor based at CoPAK in Islamabad, the Programme Liaison Officer – Rule of Law will render all the necessary assistance in the planning, implementation, and delivery of federal and provincial level programme activities related to Rule of Law and criminal justice. The incumbent will work in close coordination and collaboration with SPII Programme Officers (Police, Prosecution and Judiciary and Prisons), the Governance Structure in Balochistan, Criminal Justice Actors, Parliamentarians, civil society, and other stakeholders in Pakistan to successfully implement the UNODC led projects and programmes as follows: Ensure successful and timely project implementation of Rule of Law initiatives in Pakistan specifically at the federal and provincial levels: 1. Support the implementation of the new RoL Roadmap in Pakistan (2023-2026). 2. Ensure synergies between the concept and business plans of the Roadmap and implemented projects under the Roadmap in Balochistan; 3. Support UNODC project “Rule of Law Roadmap of Balochistan” and including planning and conceptualizing the activities of the project both at the federal and provincial levels; 4. Manage the resources and develop appropriate linkages with other actors involved in supporting access to justice and judicial reform across Pakistan; 5. Ensure regular monitoring and evaluation, including but not limited to, regular field visits; 6. Prepare the project Annual Work Plan for approval of the Project Board in alignment with internal, national and regional priorities and contributes to periodic reports and the preparation of other project documentation as required; 7. Liaise with implementing partners on a regular basis and provide technical guidance as needed; 8. Liaise closely with the federal entities like Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP) and LAJA to ensure smooth implementation of project activities; 9. Ensure regular meetings with counterparts in both provinces to ensure timely and effective program delivery; 10. Assist the UNODC country team in the development, negotiation and implementation of any additional initiatives elaborated in Rule of Law area of intervention, including mobilization strategies, proposal development and budgetary requirements; 11. Ensures overall accountability of the use of project funds as well as the strict and consistent application of UNODC rules and regulations in all project operations; 12. Oversee the effective provision of services to counterparts including fair and transparent procurement, efficient logistics and sound financial management; 13. Ensure the integrity of financial systems and directly oversees the administrative, financial, and budgetary aspects of the project; 14. Liaises with field staff, reviews project requests for direct payment, monitors payment requests from the field and ensure timely and regular payments of monies. Ensures the empowerment of field officers on professional matters; 15. Apply regular risk analysis and maintain projects Project Risk Logs updated.

Ensure that the ‘deliverology’ model of the RoL Roadmap in Balochistan is properly applied and integrated at all levels of administrative and operational work of Governance Structure 1. Work closely with the Governance Structure of RoL in Balochistan and extend the relevant support; 2. Support the Delivery Unit and the Technical Working Groups in Balochistan in developing the relevant business processes, provincial targets, workplans, and the relevant policies, and strategies in line with the deliverology concept under the RoL Roadmap; 3. Support the Steering Committee in Balochistan in leveraging their leadership role in taking informed decisions including the full preparation of the relevant documentation for the SC; 4. Coordinate with the communication experts and the Communication focal point at the DU to develop and apply an advocacy and communication plan including the regular update of the RoL Roadmap Website and the promotion of the RoL Work in Balochistan; 5. Work closely with national and international consultants support the Roadmap and ensure that the relevant support is provided; 6. Develop a training plan with a regular update for the governance structure in consultation with them. 7. Develop a repository of lessons learned and good practices for the RoL Roadmap; 8. Supports knowledge building and the dissemination of lessons learned in access to justice and judicial reform with a focus on vulnerable people including women and children; 9. Promote justice and rule of law results, ensuring appropriate levels of visibility and public awareness on results to have maximum public reach out.

Maintain partnerships for project implementation with implementing partners focusing on the achievement of the following results: 1. Position UNODC’s mandate and identify opportunities for new engagements in all the provinces especially Balochistan; 2. Initiate and maintain partnerships with government institutions, private sector, political leaders/parliamentarians, civil society and other stakeholders in Balochistan and at federal level to contribute to the achievement of Programme results; 3. Carry out extensive liaison with all stakeholders’ agencies for the identification, planning and timely delivery of activities under the Rule of Law Roadmap of Balochistan, meeting the needs of Balochistan partner agencies and ensuring maximum impact in Rule of Law and criminal justice; 4. Encourages stakeholder buy-in and ownership in the implementation of Programme activities; 5. Organize and provide necessary training as requested.

Participate in effective results-based project management focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of projects in Balochistan, Sindh and Federal level, achieving the following results: 1. Contributes and prepares the relevant project Annual Work Plan for approval of the Project Board in alignment with internal, national and regional priorities and contributes to periodic reports and the preparation of other project documentation as required; 2. Effective support to various planning instruments such as internal work plans; assistance on reporting requirements, guidelines, rules and procedures and ensuring completeness and accuracy of data submitted; 3. Develop, compile, and maintain data on project implementation such as details of participants, gender segregation, and agencies represented for all trainings, meetings, and workshops; 4. Compile and prepare necessary documentation of project activities including outcome documents, strategic documentation, and other supporting documents; 5. Assist in the effective monitoring of projects performance and timely production of results oriented draft progress reports in line with UNODC’s regulations and donor agreements; 6. Support the management of Database Management Information System (DBMIS) to register statistics and data related to capacity building of the different portfolio components; 7. Document good practices and lessons learned related to the different components under SPII; 8. Document success stories related to the different components under SPII; 9. Perform other duties as required by the Advisor, Criminal Justice

Methodology Generating tasks will require the Programme Liaison Officer – Rule of Law and will report to the Criminal Justice Sub-Programme Advisor based in Islamabad. The incumbent will interact with the relevant stakeholders, agencies and partners as and when required. Planning and Implementation Arrangements The Programme Liaison Officer – Rule of Law will be based in Islamabad and work closely with the Sub-Programme II Programme Officers, support staff, and the relevant COPAK units. Frequent travel to the different districts of Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh for the overseeing support to the implementation of Programme.

Payment Schedule and Rate The Programme Liaison Officer – Rule of Law will be issued an SC contract in accordance with United Nations rules and procedures. Payment scale will be determined by UNDP recommended rates for service contract holders. Travel costs including transportation and DSA for domestic and international travel will be paid by UNODC in accordance with United Nations rules and procedures

Competencies a. Planning and organizing b. Budgetary and Costed Workplans c. Team work d. Accountability e. Communication f. Client orientation

Required Skills and Experience


  •  A professional, holding a master’s degree in Business Administration, Law, Social or Political Science or other relevant academic fields, plus a minimum of 1 years of relevant professional work experience with the criminal justice system or affiliated Government ministries and agencies as well as Programme management and budgetary allocations


  •  Proven experience in project management and very good knowledge of the project management tools;
  •  Detailed knowledge of development processes, particularly in the reactivation and development of accountable rule of law institutions in a challenged rule of law environment;
  •  Professional experiences in most of these areas: justice sector reform, access to justice, gender justice, capacity building, security sector reform and related issues;
  •  Experience in security sector governance, institutional development and oversight;
  •  Experience in ensuring gender-sensitive security sector reform;
  •  Capacity to devise, set-up and manage training programmes
  •  Ability to produce concise reports and presentations
  •  Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, Urdu & local languages of the province i-e Sindhi and Siraki will be an added advantage
  •  Strong coordination & networking skills
  •  Ability to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines
  •  Experience working with United Nations preferred.
  •  Solid knowledge of MS office tools (Word, Excel) with advanced knowledge of Power point.


UNODC provides equal opportunity to all qualified female & male including the physically challenged candidates.

UN 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.

UN does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference and background checks.

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