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  • Posted on: 23 January, 2016 Deadline: 5 February, 2016
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    Intern (Support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan)


    Additional Category: Management
    Type of Contract: Internship
    Post Level: Intern
    Languages Required: English   French 
    Duration of Initial Contract: 6 months
    Expected Duration of Assignment: 6 months


    • Under the overall supervision of the Project Coordinator and the substantive guidance of UNODC ECOWAS Project Regional the Forensic Expert, the intern will work closely with project team members located in Abuja and Dakar, as well as national and sub-regional counterparts to ensure the effectiveness of the project.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    The Intern will carry out the following activities:

    • Draft, edit, design and facilitate the publication of a West African forensic capacity evaluation directory based on available internally generated and open source materials;
    • Coordinate the creation, collection and formatting of training and conference presentation materials;
    • Draft official communications, press releases, speeches and articles for project team members and ROSEN management personnel;
    • Maintain and update the project internet and social media pages;
    • Facilitate the production and dissemination of public information material through website, brochures, posters, letters, e-mails, and broadcasts in various languages as required reaching a wide public audience;
    • Facilitate the implementation of official travel missions and associated project activities throughout the region;
    • Providing administrative and general organisational assistance; and perform other duties as assigned.


    • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively in French and in English;
    • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
    • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
    • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience;
    • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


    • Works collaboratively with Research Officer and colleagues to achieve organisational goals;
    • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
    • Places team agenda before personal agenda;
    • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
    • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

    Client Orientation:

    • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and is able to perceive scenarios from clients’ point of view;
    • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
    • Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
    • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
    • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

    Required Skills and Experience

    • A first-level university Degree in Communication, Economics, Political Science, or related field;
    • Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher); or if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree;
    • Undergraduates who have not completed at least three years of full-time studies and those graduates with a higher degree who have already completed all of their studies are not eligible to participate in the internship programme.

    Work Experience:

    • No professional work experience required.


    • English or French are the working languages of the United Nations;
    • For the position advertised full professional fluency in French, with proven drafting and communication skills, is required. The ability to speak English with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most conversations on practical, social, and professional topics, is also required.

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    Consultancy for Facilitators for UNODC Policy and Legislation Activities


    Type of Contract: Individual Contract
    Post Level: National Consultant

    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the United Nations Agency entrusted with the mandate to assist Member States in their efforts against corruption, illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. As part of its mandate, UNODC has been providing technical assistance in the area of justice sector reform globally and in Nigeria specifically for several years and has built up a knowledge base of successful practices in all the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice reform, including with a strong focus on sectoral approaches to such reforms.

    UNODC also has strong relationships with national and international counterparts in the region and the capacity to mobilize its global network for efficient delivery of its mandate.  It is therefore well placed to assist the Government of Nigeria (GoN) to improve its justice system as a necessary means of enhancing good governance, respect for human rights and the rule of law.

     The European Union (EU) and the GoN have entrusted to UNODC the responsibility to implement Project NGAV18 – “Support to the Justice Sector in Nigeria”. The project is currently being implemented at the Federal level and in nine (9) pilot States namely Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Imo, Osun, Katsina, Lagos and Yobe.

    The project’s expected outcomes include supporting the efforts of the Nigerian Government to improve justice delivery through  the effective coordination and cooperation among justice sector institutions, with improved legal and policy framework, enhanced operational structures and capabilities of officials in the sector and Increased access to justice and respect for human rights and the rule of law, especially for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.

    It will also improve mechanisms for accountability and engagement of civil society with justice institutions, thereby enhancing respect for human rights and public trust in the justice system.

    The consultancy is designed to assist the states in finalising/rolling out their state action plans, achieve better coordination and implementation of the project at the state level as well as dissemination of information on the project in line with the midterm evaluation recommendation, thus increasing the capacities of the reform teams, justice sector institutions and the European Union funded interventions in the States’ justice sector to achieve its objectives.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Under the supervision of the Project coordinator and National Project Officer Coordination and in direct consultation with the project team, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

    • Act as a contact point  and facilitate the communication between UNODC and its national partners in the state;
    • Support the States to finalize and formally adopt their State action plan for implementation;
    • Facilitate the smooth implementation of Justice project activities in the state;
    • Provide expert advice and guidance to beneficiary institutions with respect to legislative reform, institutions building, inter-agency operational and institutional collaboration, and policy formulation in relation to the justice sector;
    • Facilitate quarterly reform team meetings and advocate for allocation of budget in support of the implementation of activities in the action plan in the concerned State institutions;
    • Support the committee to advocate and pursue the state level adoption and implementation of laws and policies passed at national level such as the ACJA, VAPP Act, the Prosecutors Policy, Guidelines and Code of Conduct as well as Sentencing Guidelines;
    • Represent UNODC at UNDAP and other reform related events where UNODC’s inputs are required;
    • Develop, maintain, and intensify contacts with Government institutions and authorities, local representatives of other United Nations organizations, NGOs, civil society organizations, resource persons and the media regarding project activities and advocate for inclusion of activities in the State Budget;
    • Organize  and facilitate regular meetings (at least quarterly) to review action plan implementation and coordination.

    The consultant will be expected to undertake and submit reports on the following:

    • Support the States to finalize and formally adopt their State action plan for submission to the State government and relevant bodies (Budget office, Attorney General, House of Assembly etc) for implementation;
    • Organize and facilitate regular meetings of the reform team (at least quarterly) to review action plan implementation and coordination;
    • Support the development and adoption of a revised State action plan for justice sector reform indicating the priorities of the State with budget, time lines and expected outcome;
    • Submit report of five advocacy activities relating to the passing of legislation and policies on justice sector reform in the state;
    • Organize and facilitate five activities for the adoption and implementation of the prosecutor’s policy, guidelines and codes of conduct and sentencing guidelines at the State level.repare and submit quarterly reports and a final report containing all the activities implemented as well as the support given by the State government and the judiciary to reform the justice sector.

    Functional Competencies:

    • Excellent communication, facilitation and presentation skills in English;
    • Strong organizational awareness, client orientation and government advisory skills;
    • Excellent experience in issues affecting human rights especially in developing nations;
    • Strong awareness in the latest in the admisistration of criminal justice law and reforms;
    • Strong drafting and reporting skills in English.

    Required Skills and Experience

    • A post graduate degree in Law, Criminology, Political or Social Science, Criminal Justice, International Relations, Public Administration or related field
    • A first level-University degree in related fields in combination with additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced University degree.


    • At least 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the Justice Sector especially familiarity with reforms;
    • Proven experience and knowledge of the Nigerian criminal justice system and residence in the State of the assignment;
    • Good drafting and report writing skills;
    • Previous experience with the United Nations System, European Union funded projects or other international organizations would be an asset;
    • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages;
    • Have Good drafting and reporting skills.


    • Strong skills in communication in English (both oral and written) is required

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