UNDP Nepal is working with the Supreme Court, Ministry of Law and Justice and Parliamentary Affairs (MOLJPA), Office of Attorney General, other government agencies, national human rights institutions, and civil society organizations to implement the Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights Protection System in Nepal’ Programme (ROLHR). The ROLHR programme aims to propagate the principle of the rule of law in Nepal, as an essential foundation for sustainable peace, human rights, and human development. The Programme focuses on supporting systemic changes in national legislative, policy, and institutional structures, and delivering tangible results at the local level. As part of this process development of a more strategic and coordinated approach to justice reform, development of an integrated (‘one door’) socio-legal aid system, and an effective, cohesive, human rights protection and promotion system in Nepal are the key areas identified in the Programme, which contribute to achievement of SGD Goal 16.
There are three major components in the Programme related to justice sector coordination, legal aid and human rights. The justice sector reform process is being implemented through the Justice Sector Coordination Committee to support policy dialogue, strategic planning, research, monitoring and evaluation, and pilot activities to improve the administration of justice across the sector. The Programme has been supporting the Ministry of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs to lead reform in Nepal’s legal aid landscape towards the establishment of an integrated system which coordinates and regulates relevant, accessible socio-legal aid service provision throughout Nepal and the Supreme Court to facilitate the justice sector coordination initiatives in Nepal. Given the changed context and promulgation of new Constitution, the Programme needs to support the MoLJPA to lead revision of legislations to ensure that the laws introduced are aligned with the Constitution and international human rights instruments to which the Government of Nepal is a party.
Support to democratic interactions on access to justice, rule of law and human rights issues is mainstreamed throughout the Programme. This will enable vulnerable groups and their defenders to participate in reform processes; foster the development of responsive legal frameworks; and hold government institutions accountable for the implementation of protective legislations and protection and promotion of human rights in Nepal.
As per the Results and Resource Framework and Multi-year Work Plan of the Programme, the Mid-term Review (MTR) was conducted in 2015. The MTR has suggested numbers of strategic and programmatic recommendations. One of them is about the management (no. 5) which is says “It is recommended that the Programme structure be optimized in the shortest possible time. UNDP should establish a RoLHR Programme field office in Biratnagar, which would become a regional hub, to implement and monitor the field activities in the Eastern part of the country”. As per the discussion with the National Project Director (17 December, 2016) and the MTR way forward workshop (held in 22-23 January 2016), it was agreed to open a field office in Biratnagar and hire a Field Project Coordinator.
The Field Project Coordinator will report directly to the National Programme Manager and will assist the Manager to plan, implement, monitor and report on programme activities carried out in the field of Eastern Region. The incumbent will be expected to spend a significant proportion of time at activity sites. The incumbent will facilitate effective implementation of the programme and the timely achievement of its objectives. The incumbent will not only establish and operate on-going field activities and initiatives, but will coordinate field visits for key donor partners and UN officials and will generally be responsible for ensuring that local-level initiatives and activities are communicated to central level actors, both at UNDP and within the Government.