UNDP along with UN Women is working with Supreme Court of Nepal, Government Agencies, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), and civil society organizations to implement the ‘Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights Protection System in Nepal’ Programme (the Programme). The Programme aims to ensure that women and other vulnerable groups are able to benefit from a protective legal framework and many recent improvements in the field of administration of justice and will do so through a ‘three pronged’ approach. First, the Programme will develop the capacity of vulnerable groups to access rule of law institutions and assert and enjoy their rights and entitlements. Second, it will support rule of law institutions to be more responsive to increased demands for justice service delivery, including in a fluctuating political context. Third, it will support civil society as well as human rights actors, institutions, and media to work together to ensure accountability for justice service delivery in Nepal.
To strengthen the administration of justice, the Programme will support the development of a justice sector reform process, through which rule of law institutions will define their own priorities and identify measures to effectively address them.
The Programme will also support the revision of laws in line with constitution and human rights standards and development of the human resource capacities needed to implement penal legislation and laws related to anti-gender based violence, caste based discrimination, and corruption; an ‘affirmative action’ law degree scholarship and internship scheme through which vulnerable groups currently not well represented in the legal profession can obtain a law degree and practical work experience; and the development of a relevant, accessible and integrated socio-legal aid scheme, which will provide support to enable vulnerable groups to assert and enjoy their rights in civil and criminal cases, including poverty-reducing entitlements such as inheritance, pensions, education allowances, health and legal services.
The entire Programme is designed to take a human rights based approach to capacity building of the justice sector institution in Nepal.
The Communications and Reporting Officer will be responsible in designing and implementing the communications and reporting plan of the project. In addition, the incumbent will also be involved in the programme team to streamlining the media and communications activities and producing the periodic reports.
Additionally, the incumbent will be responsible for the partner institutions in their communications needs particularly in identifying the strategic options for augmenting their visibility, media relations, and managing their knowledge products.