Policy Specialist, Transitional Justice

UN Women
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jan 11

Position description

Under the supervision of the Policy Advisor, Rule of Law, Justice and Security (P5), the Policy Specialist on transitional justice is responsible for coordinating UN Women’s global work on transitional justice, including in particular managing the EU and Canada funded multi-year global programmes on gender and transitional justice and rapid deployments of gender expertise to international and national justice mechanisms such as courts, commissions of inquiry and truth-seeking bodies as prioritized in UN Women’s 2018 to 2021 Strategic Plan; providing technical advice and strategic guidance for UN Women at the global, regional and country levels; making strategic interventions in contemporary transitional justice processes to support their capacity to address crimes against women, and providing hands-on technical support to UN Women country offices.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical assistance and programme support in the area of Transitional Justice:

  • Lead UN Women’s programming on transitional justice, including by managing implementation of UN Women’s EU-funded programme on gender-sensitive transitional justice;
  • Oversee the development, maintenance and deployment from a roster of international criminal justice investigators with a focus on sexual and gender-based crimes who can be rapidly deployed to national and international accountability mechanisms, including by managing implementation of UN Women’s Canada-funded programme on rapid deployments;
  • Provide programmatic and technical support to UN Women country offices on gender-sensitive transitional justice;
  • Provide technical inputs to national capacity building and implementation of measures to support gender-sensitive transitional justice;
  • Provide technical support in global programme development and resource mobilization for policy development on transitional justice.

Provide coordination and policy development support:

  • Represent UN Women in relevant interagency coordination meetings, including working closely with and liaising with the Global Focal Point arrangement on Justice, Police and Corrections in Fragile and Conflict-affected settings, and in relevant country-specific interagency task forces;
  • Review and provide technical inputs to improve the UN’s approaches to transitional justice and ensuring incorporation of gender perspectives, including in any programming/advocacy, as necessary;
  • Provide technical guidance for UN Women country offices and partners in the field of transitional justice.
  • Provide technical inputs to civil society and intergovernmental forums, as well as the on-going work of international criminal tribunals and their legacy efforts;
  • Organize expert preparatory meetings, panels and other interactive events on gender justice in relation to transitions, post-conflict situations, and political instability.

Provide representation, partnerships and advocacy support:

  • Develop partnerships with appropriate international civil society, governmental and intergovernmental institutions to advance common goals in this area;
  • Establish and nurture relationships with academia, research institutes, civil society and experts in women and recovery and peacebuilding to expand and share knowledge, exchange views on latest findings, incorporate cutting-edge thinking in UN work on gender-sensitive transitional justice.

Provide learning and knowledge management support:

  • Identify and develop UN Women’s research agenda on rule of law and transitional justice, including by creating and disseminating knowledge products to support gender-sensitive transitional justice programming;
  • With UN partners, identify cross-regional needs and provide (where available) capacity-building support for gender justice interventions, training or programming;
  • Provide analytical support to collating, analyzing and consolidating lessons learnt/best practice linked to UN Women’s in-country programming on transitional justice;
  • Provide technical support the development of policy and knowledge on women, peace and security.

Provide any other functions as requested by the Supervisor.

Impact of Results:

  • Implementation of UN Women’s EU-funded programme on gender-sensitive transitional justice is on time, on scope and on budget;
  • Timely maintenance of roster;
  • Timely and accurate technical support to country offices and partners;
  • Relationship with stakeholders is maintained and further strengthened;
  • Quality of knowledge products.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Functional Competencies:

  • Good knowledge of gender related issues including in recovery, public safety, peacebuilding, state-building and transitions;
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities;
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work under time constraints;
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships with clients, demonstrating understanding of client’s perspective;
  • Strong communications skills, with proven expertise in writing cogent and convincing policy and programme documents for development practitioners;
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills, including skills in marshaling evidence, including quantitative data, to support programming and policy;
  • Ability to use information technology, executive information systems, statistical data, management techniques and tools for optimal office performance;
  • Ability to work in a team and manage subordinates to deliver timely and high-quality work;
  • Ability to develop and maintain roster of experts, and a databank of research institutes, academics, civil society experts, etc. of direct relevance to gender issues in transitional justice and protection systems;
  • Maturity, ability to take decisions under pressure and ability to deal with matters that are politically or culturally sensitive;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced University degree (Masters Level) in law, social sciences, political science/international affairs (i.e. international development studies, gender/women’s studies), transitional justice, or a related technical field.


  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the one of these fields: rule of law/human rights, peacebuilding, transitional justice, gender and development;
  • Experience in project management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, preferably in the areas of transitional justice, women’s rights or women, peace and security;
  • Strong knowledge of the UN’s women, peace and security mandate, and particularly as it relates to transitional justice and the rule of law;
  • Knowledge of United Nations and intergovernmental organizations mechanisms on the rule of law, access to justice, and transitional justice, including, but not limited to CEDAW Committee, human rights mechanisms and special procedures, the Global Focal Point on Police, Justice and Corrections, and transitional justice processes and frameworks;
  • Experience conceptualizing and executing research projects in the area of women, peace and security and transitional justice in particular;
  • Familiarity with the UN system’s rules and procedures is an asset; and
  • Experience and knowledge of UN Women desirable.


  • Fluency in English is required.

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