Housing Land and Property (HLP) Rights Advisor


Background

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The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Travel

The assignment will be largely home-based but where travel to Myanmar is required and viable, UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.

Official travel within Myanmar is currently restricted, but where the need for official travel arises UNDP will make arrangements and cover the associated costs.

Office/Unit Description

UNDP Myanmar’s Rule of Law and Human Rights programme adopts a rights-based approach focusing on improving access to legal services and other remedies for underserved vulnerable groups and supporting rights-related documentation and reporting processes. UNDP together with other UN agencies is also developing and piloting durable solutions programming to ensure recognized humanitarian standards are applied during returns or resettlement of IDPs. It is seeking a HLP Rights Advisor to provide expert technical support, develop strategies, support research and deliver technical capacity building to CSOs and legal aid service providers with the aim of supporting IDPs and host communities in conflict-affected locations to secure their housing, land and property rights.

The position will be based within the newly established Civil Society Unit (CSU) as a long-term technical advisor.

Institutional Arrangement

Reporting line: the HLP Rights Advisor will be supervised by the CSU Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

Provide technical advice, strategic advice and coordination support for the CSU and its partners

  • Support effective implementation of HLP rights programming by UNDP:

    • Provide technical inputs to strengthen the impact of UNDP’s HLP initiatives in Rakhine, Kachin and Northern Shan
    • Provide technical advice and mentoring for CSU national officers including in the development of strategies and policies
    • Support integration of HLP issues into UNDP programming in these locations in the fields of local governance, livelihoods and social cohesion
    • Act as the technical liaison on HLP rights issues with stakeholders within and outside UNDP, including by providing analysis and technical advice as required
    • Propose, support the design of, or conduct research and analysis on HLP and displacement issues
  • Providing high quality technical assistance on HLP issues to counterparts:

    • Strengthen CSO implementing partners’ ability to work effectively on HLP issues, assist them to develop HLP training materials responsive to issues of IDPs and affected communities, and to integrate HLP rights issues into their awareness raising programmes and legal assistance at the community level.
    • Build capacity and strengthen coordination between national and subnational networks of HLP practitioners

Competencies

UN CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES

Professionalism: Shows pride in work and 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Required Skills and Experience

Min. academic education

  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, development studies or other related area.

Min. years of relevant work experience

  • Five years (with master’s degree) or Seven years (with bachelor’s degree) of professional experience working on HLP rights, access to justice, and involuntary displacement, including provision of legal assistance to IDPs, with at least three years’ experience in countries affected by conflict or in transition.

Required skills and competencies

  • Strong understanding of HLP issues in emergency, conflict-affected and transitional settings in Myanmar.
  • Experience of working directly with CSOs, INGOs, Ethnic Armed Organisation entities and UN agencies.
  • Experience in designing and implementing training and capacity-building in a developing country context.
  • Strong familiarity with international laws, standards and UN mechanisms addressing HLP rights.

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Experience leading coordination with civil society and development partners in Myanmar.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce good quality research and reports.

Required Language(s)

  • Very high standard of spoken and written English is required.

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