29 May 2013

OPPORTUNITY: ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center - Liberia

The ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has received a request from UNDP/Liberia for one (1) expert to advice and support the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) as it launches its civic education campaign and undertakes other efforts relating to design and implementation of the constitutional review. In Liberia, the United Nations is represented by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), as well as 16 specialized agencies, funds, programs, and the World Bank. All UN programs in Liberia are aligned with the Agenda for Transformation. Initiatives are underway in each of the Government’s four pillars: enhancing national security; revitalizing the economy; strengthening governance and rule of law; and rehabilitating infrastructure and basic social services.

After decades of military rule, political instability, and civil war, Liberians have entered a new era of peace and democracy and are ready to come together and agree on a new revised charter that will define who they are as a nation and how they want to be governed. The social, political, and economic landscape of Liberia has evolved significantly since the 1986 Constitution was adopted. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2003 adjusted parts of the 1986 Constitution to enable the holding of the first post-conflict democratic elections. Having successfully conducted a second set of peaceful and democratic elections in 2011, Liberia is now ready to review the 1986 Constitution and consider amending the Constitution to reflect current post-conflict democratic realities and aspirations.

The President of Liberia appointed the CRC in August 2012 to lead the review process, and, for that purpose, to engage with the public and key stakeholders. The CRC intends to conduct an extensive civic education campaign and broad and inclusive public consultations on provisions of the Constitution in order to propose consensus-based recommendations for constitutional reform. The process is expected to be completed in 2015. The United Nations in Liberia will support the constitutional review process through its “Support to Constitutional Reform Project” (the “UN project”), to be administrated by UNDP Liberia and expected to be initiated in the coming months. In the meantime, UNMIL is helping to expedite the process by supporting the CRC in the design and implementation of this review, in line with the objectives and planned activities of the UN project. 
An expert is needed to advise and support to the CRC as it launches its civic education campaign and undertakes other efforts relating to design and implementation of the constitutional review. Working closely with the Senior Management of UNMIL, and reporting to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Rule of Law (DSRSG RoL), the expert will be responsible for the following activities:

  • In accordance with prevailing best practices and UN policies and procedures, provide technical support and advice to the mission and the CRC and its secretariat in the review of the 1986 constitution;
  • Assist the CRC in completing its strategic and civic education work plans;
  • Assist the CRC with mapping and identifying appropriate civic education partners;
  • Support the CRC with the development of civic education materials and tools and assist in the management of the CRC civic education team;
  • Oversee the development of a civic education training plan and coordination and training of CSO organizations and others to partner with the CRC in conducting civic education;
  • Work with the national consultant on developing a methodology for reporting on and the monitoring and evaluation of civic education activities; and
  • Undertake assignments related to civic education, as appropriate.

The project is currently scheduled for 17 June - 31 August 2013—a duration of 11 weeks in Liberia. At the end of the contract, the expert will be expected to submit a Close-Out Report on progress and achievements by the CRC during the consultancy, challenges, priorities and next steps for the next six months of the constitutional review.

S/he must have:

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in law or related field; a first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in civic education, constitutional reform, political analysis and governance (or a combination thereof) are required;
  • Proven understanding of constitutional review processes in post conflict or peacebuilding settings;
  • Professional competence and mastery of constitutional reform and the political dynamics;
  • Experience with designing and conducting civic education campaigns
  • Ability to conduct independent research and analysis in constitutional law, identify issues, formulate options, arrive at conclusions, and make sound recommendations;
  • Previous experience working in Africa and knowledge of the context of the Liberian political landscape
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, analytical, and drafting skills;
  • Experience with UNDP or another a UN agency and familiarity with UN/UNDP field operations; and
  • Fluency in written and oral English.
Please find as an attachment [Not Included Here - SPD], a more in-depth summary of each request. We would be most appreciative if you would review the Terms of Reference (TOR) and determine whether you, anyone you know or any organization with which you are affiliated may have any knowledge of experts who might be good candidates for the position. If you or members of your organization are interested in working on this project, please email, updated CV, short relevant writing sample and cover letter* (attached as word or PDF documents) by Tuesday, June 4th at 5PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time. As always, we appreciate your assistance and please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or if you have any questions.

Completed applications must be sent to Jacqueline.Gichinga@americanbar.org.

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