Job Opening

Posting Title: Local consultant to undertake coordination of the anti-corruptions programmes for the project titled “Strengthening the Administration of Justice and Operationalizing Alternatives to Imprisonment in K
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 22 July 2022 - 01 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-186743-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will provide in-depth and detailed monthly reports of the activities undertaken under part 3 of the terms of reference. Payments will be made upon satisfactory completion and/or submission of reports of the outputs/deliverables.

Work Location

Nairobi, Kenya with travels within PLEAD focal counties

Expected duration

90 Working Days between August and December 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Background of the assignment
UNODC is the custodian of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) which is the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument. UNODC provides tailored technical assistance activities to Eastern African Member States in support of the implementation of the Convention and of mandates related to economic fraud and identity-related crime. This technical assistance covers a number of thematic areas and takes different forms, including legislative assistance, assistance in the development of national policies and strategies, capacity building activities and support for various national groups in implementing anti-corruption projects and proposals. Through the regional office, UNODC has developed garnered knowledge and developed expertise in anti-corruption work in the region. UNODC continues to support member states in the region through the implementation of various anti-corruption projects.

In addition, as the global guardian of the United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice, UNODC is mandated to support Member States in upholding the rule of law, promoting crime prevention and effective, fair, humane and accountable criminal justice systems. Within the framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for Eastern Africa (2016-2021), and in close cooperation with the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East at UNODC headquarters, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme of ROEA seeks to implement these objectives through support to major justice reforms processes undertaken by East African States.
In line with this mandate the UNODC project ‘Strengthening the Administration of Justice and operationalising alternatives to imprisonment in Kenya’ aims to support the Government of the Republic of Kenya to strengthen efficiency in delivery of judicial services, enhance coordination within the criminal justice sector and widen the use and application of alternatives to imprisonment. The project is designed to implement a part of the Programme for Legal Aid and Empowerment in Kenya (PLEAD). The Programme is funded by the European Union and targets the counties with the five largest urban centres of the country (Kisumu, Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru and Uasin Gishu) and seven counties of the most marginalised area within the country (Garissa, Isiolo, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, Tana River and Wajir).

The PLEAD component implemented by UNODC targets support to the following institutions in the justice chain (national partners):
1. The Judiciary;
2. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP);
3. The Kenyan Probation and Aftercare Service (KPAS);
4. The Witness Protection Agency (WPA);
5. The National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ).

While there is a consensus that great strives have been made in terms of justice reforms since the enactment of the 2010 Constitution, the justice system continues to be plagued by incidences of corruption and perceived corruption and lack of access to justice for the citizens. Addressing this challenge requires a comprehensive approach and it is crucial that the criminal justice system is supported to deliver the necessary reforms.
The fight against corruption is one of the areas where coordination is of fundamental importance. For effective programming, anti-corruption approaches must be multi-stakeholder addressing the supply (private sector) and demand (public sector) sides of corruption. Such programmes must also be encompassing of preventive & punitive measures, focus on awareness raising and detection measures. In the recent years, UNODC has implemented and continues to support various anti-corruption projects addressing the aforementioned dimensions ranging from supporting EA member states in Fast-Tracking the implementation of UNCAC, supporting global integrity education in tertiary institutions in Kenya, supporting the development of Whistle-blower protection Laws and Mechanism, Promoting digital anti-corruption solutions through the East African and pan-African Anti-corruption Hackathons and working with the East African Private sector to promote clean business through the Blue Company Project.
Under the auspices of the NCAJ, the Anti-Corruption Working Group was gazetted in February 2022to address bottlenecks in the handling of corruption cases in the criminal justice sector in Kenya. As part of these efforts it is mandated to suggest mechanisms to facilitate the efficient and effective investigations, prosecution and adjudication of corruption cases as well as to engage in capacity building and joint specialized training programs for criminal justice practitioners. The Committee will undertake a review of previous reports on anti-corruption in
the criminal justice sector and make recommendations as appropriate, identify the bottlenecks and challenges in the fight against corruption; make recommendations on how to address the challenges and bottlenecks in the fight against corruption; propose mechanisms to facilitate the efficient and effective investigations, prosecution and adjudication of corruption cases; and recommend prioritized thematic approaches in the fight against corruption.

2. Purpose of the assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to provide technical support at the policy and activity level on anti-corruption. This will focus on activities supported by PLEAD and coordination with other relevant actors, including NCAJ committees, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, and Parliamentarians among others while ensuring mutual complementary of the activities of the actors to align implementation of the objectives of the PLEAD project and the Regional Programme for Eastern Africa. In addition, the consultant will provide substantive contribution in the area of programme management and implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation for the implementation of the PLEAD project. The consultant shall also provide technical support for other relevant anti-corruption projects as needed.

3. Specific Tasks to be performed by the Consultant

Under the overall supervision of the Regional Representative and direct supervision of the Head of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme UNODC ROEA, and within the framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for Eastern Africa (2016-2021) the consultant will perform the following tasks:

• Work with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) a member of the National Council on Administration of Justice (NCAJ) and other relevant actors to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitor and analyze specific aspects of programme/project development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions under the PLEAD project.
• Provide continuous technical support at policy and activity level to the NCAJ Anti-Corruption Working Group/Taskforce. This shall include the development of different strategic documents and reform initiatives, background research and analysis
• Continuously review the status of ongoing activities and advise on necessary follow ups or corrective actions. As well as monitoring developments that impact the justice sector and provide regular briefs where such developments are analysed and links to relevant NCAJ activities are highlighted.
• Contribute to the development of technical reports relevant to the work of the committee support, this shall, inter alia, include ensuring quality, robustness, clarity, adherence to applicable normative framework and the integration and mainstreaming of human rights and gender equality. - Cooperate, consult and coordinate with the different committees and taskforces of the NCAJ and other criminal justice actors.
• Continuously review status of ongoing anti-corruption initiatives and advise on necessary follow ups and/or corrective action.
• Provide continuous support at policy and activity level to EACC and other anti-corruption actors. This includes the development of different strategic documents and reform initiatives, background research and analysis on proposed activities as well as organizing meetings, workshops, trainings and visibility events
• Provide technical support in preparing, planning and facilitating workshops of the NCAJ Anti-Corruption Working group & EACC in developing action plans. Provide administrative and substantive consultative support to and other meetings, conferences, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposed participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics.
• Assist in finding ways and means to mobilize and further engage anti-corruption actors in Kenya and support in resource mobilization for anti-corruption programmes
• Assist in reporting of PLEAD I interventions and the development of the second Phase of the project. This will include offering technical support in project development and coordinating counterpart consultations of anti-corruption outcomes in PLEAD
• Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications for anti-corruption projects.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology or another related field, is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

• A minimum of five years’ experience, including experience in managing programme/project activities is required. Work experience in project management including management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation with strong project reporting skills of development assistance projects is required.
• Experience working within the United Nations system is desirable
• Experience working on anti-corruption work in Eastern Africa within the United Nations including work on the United Nations Convention on Drugs and Crime (UNCAC) implementation is desirable
• Experience working within Eastern Africa region is desirable.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations Secretariat language is an advantage.

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