Project Manager- Fiji Police Force Project, Suva, Fiji

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Fiji

City: Suva, Fiji

Office: UNDP Suva, Fiji

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Friday, 27 November 2020

Job ID: 33720

Practice Area - Job Family: Democratic Governance

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 27/11/2020

Duty Station: Suva, Fiji

Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree - 7 year(s) experience

Languages: English

Grade: P4

Vacancy Type: FTA International (SDP)

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Asia & the Pacific

Contract Duration: 12 Months


UNDP is the UN’s global development organisation that supports countries around the world in their efforts to successfully address diverse development challenges, framed around three broad settings which require different forms of support: eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions; accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development; and building resilience to crises and shocks. In Fiji, UNDP is supporting the government and national partners in finding innovative solutions to these challenges.

Strengthening access to justice, rule of law and promoting human rights are cornerstones of UNDP’s work to achieve sustainable human development and eradicate extreme poverty. The UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji is implementing projects as part of an overall programme in these areas including the Fiji Access to Justice Project, the Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion for rural and urban Fijians (REACH), and the Fiji Police Force Project.

Guided by SDG 16 (promoting peaceful, just, and inclusive societies) and in line with the planned outcomes of the United Nations Pacific Strategy and the UNDP Sub-Regional Project Document, the Effective Governance Portfolio is commencing the implementation of a new project for the Fiji Police. The Fiji Police Force Project is focused on providing support to the Fiji Police to enhance its capacities in key identified areas. The Fiji Police is an important justice institution which is an entry point for early access to justice, along with links to other institutions. The project seeks to provide support to the Fiji Police Force to become more effective through strengthening early access to justice processes in criminal proceedings and strengthening the victim-centred approach to investigations. The project is guided by the strategic vision and mission of the Fiji Police Force and the Fiji Five-Year & Twenty-Year National Development Plan: Transforming Fiji (2017). To achieve the aims of an effective police force, the project will focus on capacity development of police officers and will involve training, procurement of equipment, development of curricula, learning tools and manuals and standard operating procedures. In addition, the project will involve ongoing collaboration with key justice stakeholders and CSOs, and citizen engagement. The specific outputs for the project are: Output 1: Support national and sub-national capacities for planning, coordination and crisis management (Police COVID-19); Output 2: Enhanced access to justice and implementation of the UNCAT in Fiji; Output 3: Enhanced capacity of justice institutions to apply an inclusive and human-rights based approach in empowering women and girls.

The project will run for a period of four years. This allows for the continuity of progress made under the UNDP supported Pilot project of the First-Hour Procedure and Video-Recorded interviews and the smooth transition of the initiatives under the Pilot from pilot level to mainstream practice within the Fiji Police Force.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

Effective results-based project management

Strategic partnerships and alliances

Resource mobilization

Technical advisory support and policy development

Effective results-based project management

Ensures the achievement of outputs and project results in line with the approved work plan through the day-to-day planning, management coordination and implementation of activities.

Manages the human and financial resources to achieve quality results as outlined in the project document, on time and on budget.

Analyses and monitors progress and advises on timely corrective actions for proper delivery.

Leads the preparation and implementation of annual work plans.

Coordinates project activities with related and parallel activities both within UNDP and with external agencies.

Develops, oversees and maintains the monitoring, evaluation and communication frameworks.

Undertakes monitoring visits to project sites and report on project progress and constraints.

Ensures timely preparation of quarterly and annual reports for UNDP, and donor progress and impact reports as required.

Represents the project in Project Board and UNDP project review and project management meetings.

Ensures identification of risks and timely updating of risk logs in ATLAS and to the Project Board

Ensures project quality assurance activities and undertaken in a timely manner

Building strategic partnerships and resource mobilisation

Ensures project stakeholders are continuously engaged and facilitate coordination and synergies in line with the project document.

Maintains continuous dialogue with the government and other key partners to provide knowledge-based advisory services and to ensure proper integration and co-ordination of other related development efforts.

Advocates and promotes awareness, clarity and understanding of issues and responses related to the role UNDP plays in strengthening the rule of law sector in general, and police capacity development in particular.

Provides professional opinions in areas of expertise to promote networking and teamwork between counterparts and the general donor community.

Supports the development and implementation of UNDP’s strategy in relation to policing issues.

Liaises with other UN agencies and with donors to promote partnership and collaboration for the effective management of law enforcement in the Pacific.

Ensures adequate information flow, discussions and feedback among the various stakeholders of the project.

Identifies synergies with other partners and projects to maximize impact and results.

Resource mobilization

Develops partnerships to ensure wide participation and sharing of development of best practices, and positions UNDP as a leader in the field of law enforcement and gender and human rights approach to policing.

Builds and maintains credible relationships between national police forces and donors and promotes sector-wide approaches to new donors.

Contributes to resource mobilization efforts of the project and Country Office to secure additional cost-sharing resources from the government, donors and regional partners.

Represents UNDP in sector coordination forums to position UNDP as a critical actor in the law enforcement and security sector reform sector.

Technical advisory support and policy development

Leads in the creation and dissemination of knowledge products related to national and international know-how in the subject area. In this context, partner with practitioners and members of the UNDP global networks, leadership of the practice and sub-practice teams in BDP, BCPR, Regional Centers and other related Bureaux;
Ensures close and integrated collaboration with key stakeholders identified in the project document and by the board in the development and delivery of high-quality technical advice and support

Promotes the substantive quality of all knowledge products, reports and services, and ensures effective integration and compatibility with other practice areas.

Contributes to the production of strategic papers, think pieces, reports and publications, and serves as a peer reviewer.

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Assists the project in implementation of activities at national and sub-national level through the provision of technical and operational expertise.

Ensure all activities under the project are well linked to the access to justice, rule of law and human rights portfolio and are complementary to other UNDP interventions across the effective governance portfolio and with strengthened partnerships with community service organisations and non-governmental organisations.




Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 6: Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division


Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 6: Accepts accountability for the outcomes of programme delivery and facilitates improvement and innovation in the delivery of products and services


Managing Relationships

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Managing Complexity

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Knowledge Management and Learning

Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise


Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s Degree or equivalent in Political Science, Human Rights, Public Policy, Law, or related field


Minimum 7 years‘ of project management experience in the field of rule of law and development is required, with particular focus on law enforcement/ policing.

Proven professional experience in working with national institutions in the areas in the area of access to justice, rule of law, human rights policing and law enforcement

Proven project management experience, preferably within UNDP or another UN agency, with sound knowledge and experience in all aspects of project cycle (design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation);
Experience managing projects using UNDP’s systems an asset.

Experience of implementing project activities and providing high quality technical advice within government institutions in the area of law enforcement.

Proven experience in partnership building, coordination and networking.

Strong analytical ability and written and oral communication skills is a requirement.

Experience in implementing projects in the Pacific Region an asset.

Language Requirements: Excellent command of written and spoken English essential.


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