Vacancy announcement

Consultant - Learning Specialist Rule of Law and Justice Sector (French Speaking)

Vacancy type Consultant/Individual Contractor
Duration of the contract
2 months
Deadline for submission of applications
05 December 2021
Organizational Unit
Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit (PTPU)
Programme description:

UNITAR’s Division for Peace is looking for a French-speaking learning specialist to collaborate with its Learning Solutions team, the hub of learning and innovation in the Division, on a project aiming to strengthen the capacity of the judicial system and promote the Rule of Law in Mali.

Within the framework of UNITAR, the Division for Peace supports the establishment of peaceful, just and inclusive societies through enabling individuals, institutions and organisations to contribute meaningfully to sustainable peace. The Division provides a range of capacity-building solutions, including but not limited to training and facilitation; coaching and mentoring; e-learning; online courses and academic programmes, advocacy, and advisory. The Division's thematic portfolio includes such areas as peace operations; peacemaking and conflict prevention; counter-terrorism and preventing/countering violent extremism; disarmament, demobilization and reintegration; weapons and ammunition management; youth, peace and security; women, peace and security; rule of law and others.

Learning Solutions is a team of learning specialists, trainers, instructional designers and innovators supporting the implementation of training and capacity building projects of UNITAR's Division for Peace. The Learning Solutions team focuses on creating high quality, needs-based, creative and innovative learning solutions for our beneficiaries, including military, police officers, justice sector professionals, young changemakers, humanitarian workers, senior-level peacebuilders and local community leaders.

General objectives of the contract:

UNITAR’s Division for Peace is seeking qualified learning specialist candidates to support the design of trainings related to strengthening the Malian judicial system and to Rule of Law capacity-building. The programme consists of fourteen training events in total for various actors ranging from police officers, prosecutors, and judges to lawyers and media representatives on different themes related to capacity building of the Malian judicial system. The programme is designed in French and runs until July 2023.

Additionally, application to this vacancy will offer the opportunity for selected profiles to become part of the Division for Peace roster. Applications will be filtered through further steps and as opportunities arise selected candidates can be contacted by the team on an ongoing basis. The acceptance on the roster does not guarantee actual employment, rather it will function as a pool whereby suitable candidates will be chosen from the roster based on their experience and expertise according to the demands of any future projects.

Responsibilities/Description of professional services:

In collaboration with the Learning Solutions team, the team managing the project and the team of Malian trainers, the learning specialist will be involved in the adaptation of existing training curricula, the design of face-to-face trainings and methodological support provided to the team of Malian trainers.

Measurable outputs/Deliverables:
  • Design and develop up to three curricula of the training programme by reviewing existing syllabi and learning materials, designing session plans and developing extra learning materials according to UNITAR's methodology;
  • Liaise with the project team and the local trainers in Mali to ensure collaboration and effective delivery of the training;
  • Provide methodological support to the team of Malian trainers.
Performance indicators for evaluation of results

Timely and quality submission of deliverables; activities implemented with a high degree of effectiveness and efficiency; and good to very good results on adaptation and design of training curricula, demonstrating a high degree of professionalism of the consultant and contributing to an increase in the professional image of the Institute.


Professionalism:  Ability to follow up on project work-plan. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Technical Competencies:  Has an excellent understanding of how adults learn; is able to apply a thorough design methodology from needs assessments to evaluation; has an excellent understanding on how to change behaviour / improve performance; is able to design face-to-face trainings that are tailored to the learners’ needs;

Situational competencies: is able to provide culture-specific deliverables that take into account the Malian context and culture; demonstrates flexibility and adaptability; demonstrate creativity and orientation towards solutions.

Interpersonal competencies: can communicate and interact effectively with all stakeholders; is able to work both independently and as part of a team; is able to work under pressure and with limited resources; demonstrates high level of discipline.

Reflective competencies: has awareness of his/her strengths and weaknesses as a learning specialist and is accustomed to self-reflection on his/her practice; has a strong motivation to develop as a learning specialist who can quickly learn and apply the approach of the Division on training and capacity-building for current and future projects; values continuous learning and professional growth.

Minimum requirements

Education: University Degree in one of the following fields:

  • adult learning, instructional design, learning management, or any other relevant field;
  • rule of law, justice sector reform or any other relevant field.

Experience: At least 3 years of experience in the field of adult training, capacity-building; work experience with UN or other international/donor agencies is an asset; work experience in the Africa continent is an asset; knowledge of the Malian culture is an asset.

Languages Requirement: Fluency in oral and written French is mandatory and working level of English.

Other: Knowledge of basic gender concepts; Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite) are required. Proficiency in writing, editing and presentation skills.

Desired requirements

Has a good to excellent understanding of the judiciary system as well as of approaches to promoting the Rule of Law; has a good understanding of

  • criminal procedure and of cooperation along the criminal justice chain;
  • judicial proceedings and approaches to increase efficiency, i.a. by computerization;
  • judicial independence and anti-corruption;
  • institutional aspects of access to justice;
  • the interplay between Rule of Law and Democracy;
  • capacity-building in the African continent.
Special Notice

UNITAR shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).  Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR

How to apply

Please submit your application along with a letter of motivation as soon as possible.

Due to the high number of expected applications, UNITAR will only contact shortlisted applicants.

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