Transitional Justice Specialist At UNDP

UNDP has been in Nigeria since the country became independent in 1960 providing capacity building and policy development support to the Federal Government of Nigeria in areas of Governance & Peace Building, Inclusive growth and Sustainable Development.

  • Experience 7 years
  • Location Borno


The insurgency driven conflict in the Lake Chad Basin, including Northeast of Nigeria has been longstanding and has caused undesirable consequences in terms of loss of lives, created multi-tiered intergenerational grievances, destroyed socio-cultural and socio-economic systems, and remains a threat to immediate, medium and long-term transformation of the affected territories in Nigeria, including Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States. Borno has seen a significantly higher impact and the insurgency there has gone through a variety of phases and is marked by cycles that are connected with several factors.

By 2021 and into 2022, the insurgency in Northeast of Nigeria had taken an unprecedented turn leading to large number of individuals exiting the conflict and presenting themselves to security authorities, largely in Borno State, but also in neighboring countries. Moreover, sustaining this momentum of exits presents challenges to effective process of their handling and in treatment of the individuals as is led by government authorities and in ensuring their reintegration into communities amidst an ongoing conflict, an internal displacement situation and significant intergenerational grievances stemming from the longstanding conflict.

As a response to the mass exits, in November 2021, the State Government of Borno, passed a “Policy on Community-Based Reconciliation and Reintegration” premised on the Vision for long term transformation of the State to contribute to peace and stability. Additionally, the Borno State Government has developed and is implementing the ‘Borno Model’. This is a state-led programme for integrated management of those that have exited the insurgency and includes key community level interventions aligned with the CBRR approach on a community-oriented reintegration process while at the same time incorporating targeted reconciliation, healing, and long-term transformation perspectives. It is also aligned with the regional priorities under the Regional Stabilization Strategy for the Lake Chad Basin.

UNDP is supporting the Federal and State Government to make operational these approaches as aligned with implementation of the Regional Stabilisation Facility – Nigeria window, which is operating in some of the locations that have been identified for reintegration. This at the same time supporting alignment with the national/international principles and UNDP policy orientations for effective implementation of community-based reconciliation and reintegration.

Position Purpose:

Against the above background, UNDP seeks to recruit a Transitional Justice Specialist to provide technical advisory services and capacity building, regular and integrated analysis on transitional justice and human rights mechanisms and issues that informs the reintegration and reconciliation agenda.


Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist and Chief Technical Advisor Rule of Law and Human Rights, the Transitional Justice Specialist provides advice and technical support:

  • Advise the stakeholders in establishing sustainable mechanisms for transitional justice mechanisms and processes;
  • Advise the stakeholders on policies, strategies, systems, methods of management and training needs of human rights actors and stakeholders in the transitional justice area;
  • Liaise with the programme specialist and other members of the team to provide overall technical guidance on matters of government policy on transitional justice and coordinate with Rule of Law Specialists to implement these issues with the states;
  • Put in place strategies and systems for effective human rights promotion and protection, and inclusive transitional justice;
  • Collect and issue updates on activities on transitional justice including changes in legislation and national or regional strategies or action plans.

The Transitional Justice Specialist will provide Capacity building of state level stakeholders:

  • Support national institutions to develop and implement strategies, systems and action plans for the establishment of effective and representative transitional justice mechanisms;
  • Support the development and practice of promoting a focus on vulnerable groups, communities and victims in transitional justice processes and mechanisms;
  • Develop and implement capacity building strategies to meet the capacity and training needs of the state institutions involved in transitional justice and transitional justice mechanisms themselves;
  • Support community-based organizations and groups, state government, traditional authorities and vulnerable groups to participate, engage in and benefit from transitional justice processes and mechanisms;
  • Promote skills for mainstreaming gender, applying a human rights-based approach and support to vulnerable groups into reform priorities of and services provided by transitional justice mechanisms;
  • Coordinate and manage implementation of capacity building support to transitional justice;
  • Identify and support initiatives for victim support to advise, empower and facilitate victims groups to participate and benefit from transitional justice processes and mechanisms;
  • Organize and/or conduct transitional justice trainings and public information activities.

Providing Support to programme planning and implementation:

  • Provide substantial inputs to programme planning, implementation and monitoring, including drafting of relevant documents such as memos, briefs, talking points, meeting debriefs, minutes;
  • Develop detailed Annual Work Plans for the transitional justice initiatives together with the Specialists deployed at state level, and provide inputs to develop the consolidated Program Annual Work Plans;
  • Support development of ToRs for Small Grants, oversee the work of beneficiaries of Small Grants Facility, and ensure quality of outputs in keeping with grants applications;
  • Ensure programme work plans in the state are implemented and supervise UNDP supported work undertaken in the state as required;
  • Submit quarterly analytical reports and provide inputs into other reporting requirements to the donor and M&E activities in the transitional justice area to the Programme Manager on work done and further prospects as decided by the program;
  • Support the programme management to develop necessary documentation (concept notes, briefs, and fundraising notes) to operationalize and steer programmatic initiatives and activities.

The Transitional Justice Specialist will provide Facilitation of the strategic partnerships that promotes UNDP mandate and corporate policy and provides senior high level policy advice to government and other partners:

  • Develop strong working relationships with national and state stakeholders, traditional justice institutions, CSOs and international partners;
  • Liaise with partners and facilitate communication on Program-related activities including organizing joint thematic learning and networking events on transitional justice topics;
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with civil society and community groups to facilitate project implementation, as well as identify issues, risks, priorities, and opportunities that support effective programme implementation;
  • Liaise with and establish strong working relationships with other UN agencies and international organizations to promote a coordinated approach to the development and implementation of transitional justice activities.

The Transitional Justice Specialist ensures knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Collect monitoring data on a regular basis and issue updates on activities in the transitional justice area including changes in legislation and national or regional strategies or action plans;
  • Monitor the key interventions of the Programme on transitional justice particularly for vulnerable groups such as victims of past abuses, IDPs, children, the elderly, and survivors of SGBV;
  • Monitor and report on transitional justice issues locally, and identify emerging trends using program mapping and other available data;
  • Communicate results based on corporate principles of gender-responsive communications and non-discriminatory language.
  • Promote cross-network initiatives and support collaboration of cross-regional programming priorities within knowledge networks and communities of practice

Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities:

  • The Transitional Justice Specialist supervises project staff determined under the component’s programme portfolio. People Management is required competency for this assignment. The incumbent should aspire to create an enabling workplace, manage performance and ensure accountability, building capability of the team, motivating and directing the team to work towards a common vision and goal that is shared by the Country office and other related components of the sub office work.


Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management competencies:

Motivate and Direct

Create and communicate a compelling vision and purpose

Align people and resources with organisational vision, strategy, objectives

Understand and proactively build the team/organisation culture

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Legal – Legal Analysis Skills: The ability to digest a large amount of information and facts in order to frame and understand an issue, apply the Skills legal framework to the particular set of facts and present a coherent and comprehensive analysis of the situation presented in order to deliver practical and meaningful advice. This skill includes the ability to provide an objective assessment of the case, the organization’s best arguments for proceeding and a recommended course of action. It also includes the capacity to think creatively and flexibly, within the applicable legal framework

Legal – Legal Advocacy and Presentation Skills: The ability to articulate and present legal analysis orally, both in a persuasive and objective format and for a variety of different audiences (e.g. the governments, administrative tribunals, arbitrators, management, donors, and other partners). This skill requires an ability to identify lines of argument, anticipate counter-arguments, interact in a dynamic and engaging way about legal issues, as well as the ability to think on one’s feet and strategically, in a solution-oriented manner, when confronted with new facts or issues within the context of a discussion or presentation.

Ethics – Ethical Implications of Policy Development: Consult on the ethical implications within all policy development and standard setting.

Business Direction & Strategy – Effective Decision Making: Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources

Business Development – Integration within the UN: Ability to identity, and integrate capacity and assets of the UN system, and engage in joint work; knowledge of the UN System and ability to apply this knowledge to strategic and/or practical situations

Business Management – Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience

Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Business Management – Working with Evidence and Data: Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making.



  • Master’s Degree or equivalent preferably in Law, International Law, International Human Rights Law, Governance, Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention, or related discipline.
  • Bachelors degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the Masters degree.


  • Minimum 7 years (Master’s degree) or 9 years (Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience working on transitional justice;
  • Demonstrable experience in UN’s work in terms of transitional justice and/or human rights practices in fragile environments;
  • Preferred experience working in rule of law, human rights and transitional justice within the region;
  • Excellent analytical and drafting skills is required;
  • Demonstrable experience working on / with community-based reconciliation and reintegration processes;
  • Experience in mainstreaming gender into programme and project implementation is an asset.
  • Experience managing grants for CSO’s, or other relevant stakeholders is an asset;

Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in oral and written English.

Method of Application

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