Legal / Electoral Dispute Resolution Specialist

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Legal / Electoral Dispute Resolution Specialist

  • Post Date:July 16, 2022
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  • Experience 5 Years
    Gender Both
    Industry Development
  • Qualification Master’s Degree
    Number of Opportunities  
    Location Monrovia, Liberia
Job Description
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

UNDP through its Governance Portfolio seeks to support the Government of Liberia to improve democratic governance through strengthened national institutions that can perform their statutory mandate. This is done by supporting the government to set the appropriate legal and policy frameworks, systems strengthening institution and capacity development, as well as the delivery of essential services to the population, and enhancing participation in public life through CSOs and the media. Within this framework and the Sustainable Development Goal 16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, UNDP supports the National Elections Commission (NEC) in the implementation of its constitutional mandate to plan, manage and organize elections in compliance with the national legal framework, international standards, and best practices.

Election dispute resolution (EDR) plays a critical role in ensuring credibility and integrity of the electoral process. EDR mechanisms enable electoral participants to resolve their disputes in a peaceful manner thereby minimizing the risk of electoral violence and social disorder. In many countries, the successful resolution of disputes by the electoral commission and the courts, particularly those that concern election outcomes, leads to peaceful transfer of power and a stable democracy.

The last electoral cycles have highlighted several key challenges, including weak institutional capacity of NEC Magistrates and Hearing Officers to hear and resolve election disputes in an efficient, timely and effective manner; limited opportunities for private lawyers to enhance their knowledge and skills on election dispute resolution; and gaps in the legal electoral framework governing the electoral process, including conflicting or unclear timelines.

Thus, UNDP seeks to support the effective adjudication and resolution of election-related disputes through the enhancement of the NEC capacity; strengthening of ability of the political parties, candidates through their lawyers to present and argue their complaints and petitions in accordance with the law and procedures. This with a specific focus on a comprehensive, well-designed and long-term capacity development to address the recurring challenges. To ensure sustainability and national ownership, UNDP aims to enable access to continuous education programs on EDR.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall strategic guidance of the Deputy Resident Representative for Programme and direct supervision of the Chief Technical – Electoral Advisor (CTA) and in close collaboration with the NEC, the specialist will support the implementation of the capacity strengthening plan on EDR, as initially developed by the Project following the 2020 Special Senatorial Elections and Referendum. S/he will provide support towards following outcomes by performing the below-mentioned duties:

Capacity of the NEC and relevant electoral stakeholders to resolve and manage election related disputes strengthened

  • Support lessons learned workshop with NEC and external stakeholders / national consultation on EDR;
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment the capacity of NEC to receive, hear and resolve election cases is conducted;
  • Assess the systems and procedures in place to manage electoral complaints for the elections;
  • Support  a comprehensive and participatory assessment of a legal and regulatory framework, through the public consultation support, towards the proposal of amendments to the elections law;
  • Support NEC in developing a full compendium of EDR cases during 2020 Special Senatorial Elections and by-elections and update the compiled opinions from the Supreme Court;
  • Provide expert guidance and support trainings for NEC staff members involved in the handling of electoral complaints;
  • Support development and implementation of a comprehensive training plan and curriculum to enhance the knowledge and  skills of Hearing Officers, clerks, and the NEC staff,  on effective, efficient and timely disposition of post-election complaints;
  • Lead the develop or adapt a case management and document tracking system for election cases to be made ready for implementation by NEC;
  • Support NEC and electoral stakeholders in legal research;
  • Develop and implement a strategic information and education plan on EDR targeting political parties and other stakeholders;
  • Work with NEC to enhance pre-trial conference mechanism.

Knowledge and skills of the bar on election laws and EDR are enhanced

  • Support the establishment of the formal partnership with the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) and Judicial Institute;
  • Work with NEC and LNBA to ensure periodic training/lecture on election laws and EDR is conducted as part of LNBA’s continuing legal education program;
  • Support the development, implementation, and administration of a certification program on election law and EDR;
  • Work with UN Women and other stakeholders in support of a legal aid program for marginalized candidates (including  women, PWDs,  and youth, etc.).

Legal framework is fully aligned with international standards

  • Ensure assessment of legal and regulatory framework is updated and completed;
  • Provide support to the NEC in formulating a proposal on amendments to specific provisions of the Election law;
  • Assess and propose revisions to NEC rules and regulations.

UNDP technical support on EDR and legal issues is strengthened and sustained

  • Provide continuous advice to the NEC, electoral stakeholders, and UNDP on issues at hand, including on electoral reform process;
  • Engage in a long-term support to electoral reform initiatives and provide legal support to NEC as it prepares for 2023 elections;
  • Perform any other duties in the area of responsibility as directed by the Chief Technical Adviser.

Institutional Arrangement:
The Specialist will work under the overall supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative for Programme and report to the Chief Technical Advisor of the Elections Project.


Core Competencies

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact.
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems.
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences.
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands.
  • Act with Determination:  LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results.
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration.
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity.

Technical/Cross-functional Competencies

Business management: Project Management: 

  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

Business Direction and Strategy: Strategic Thinking: 

Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work.

Business Management: Results Based Management

  • Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions;
  • Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP.

Business Development: Human centered Design:

Ability to develop solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process.

Business Development: knowledge Facilitation: 

Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally.

Audit & Investigation: Technology tools and applications for investigations:

Ability to understand key application and system software, IT infrastructure, IT Control frameworks and the use of forensic investigation software.

Digital & Innovation: Technical Competencies:

Ability to design, lead digital product development including testing, ongoing product iteration, product strategy and delivery.

Legal: Legal writing skills: 

The ability to analyze fact patterns and present argumentation in written form. This includes the ability to draft memoranda, legal briefs and other submissions to external parties, in both an advocacy and objective format, and legal opinions. It also includes the ability to convey legal analysis and recommendations to internal parties in written form, with a particular view towards communicating for the particular audience who may not be a lawyer or have legal background.


Required Skills and Experience
  • A Master’s degree in Law.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Law with additional 2 years of relevant experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree.
  • Minimum of five years (with Master’s degree) or seven years’ (with Bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible legal experience with at least 3 years of experience with electoral administration;
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment for managing electoral complaints processes and working effectively with national counterparts;
  • Experience in drafting or reviewing laws and regulations;
  • Excellent IT skills, including knowledge of Microsoft tools (Word, Excel, Power Point) and experience with case management systems;
  • Experience in working on electoral assistance in Western African  or in a post-conflict context is an asset;
  • United Nations experience or positions in similar international organization / international experience is desirable;
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate formal and informal training programs will be strongly considered;
  • Experience in implementing capacity development strategies is an asset;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong report writing and information organization skills.


  • Written and oral proficiency in English is required.

Professional certificate

License to practice law in Liberia will be highly considered.