Special Advisor to the Attorney General (NPSA11)

Position: Special Advisor to the Attorney General (NPSA11)

Closing date: Friday, 3 February 2023

Job Description

Background and Organizational Context 

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.

Office/Unit/Project Description

In December 2017, the Gambia Government through an Act of the National Assembly, established the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC). This Commission was mandated to investigate and establish an impartial historical record of the nature, causes and extent of violation and abuse of human rights committed during the period 1994 to January 2017 and to consider the granting of reparations to victims.

On 25 November 2021 the TRRC submitted its final report comprising seventeen volumes to the President. On 24 December 2021, The Gambian Government through the Ministry of Justice distributed copies of the report to stakeholders as stipulated under the Act and published the report simultaneously online.

The Government through the Ministry of Justice made a call for position papers from the general public on the report of the TRRC. The Ministry of Justice also implemented other innovative forms of consultation such as reaching out directly to certain traditionally marginalized groups through its outreach team as well as one on one informal consultations with key victim-led organizations. These informal consultations paved the way for genuine and unfiltered consultation which not only provided deep insights into the public expectation but also helped provide context for the implementation. These reports, feedback as well as the position papers received from members of the public, civil society organizations, victims, educational institutions and international partners were an important resource in preparation of this White Paper.

The White Paper therefore reflects very wide and diverse views of all stakeholders in this important process and represents the government’s position on the recommendations of the TRRC as well as its proposed plan.

Scope of Work

The Special Advisor to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice (AG) will provide advisory services towards designing and implementing strategies for the the successful implementation of the post TRRC recommendations by justice institutions. S/he will provide advice on reparations, justice and reconciliation related concepts, principles and international standards governing the implementation of the White Paper’s recommendations.

While working in close collaboration with the Head of Governance of UNDP Gambia, the Special Advisor will report directly to the Minister of Justice and shall carry out tasks as may be assigned including the following:

  1. Provide technical and advisory support for the design of tools and mechanisms enabling efficient implementation of the Post TRRC recommendation by the Ministry of Justice
  • Developa post TRRC roll out plan highlighting policy, legal, strategic and actions as well as the needed capacities required to operationalize the smooth implementation of the white paper;
  • Support the Attorney General in designing the institutional capacities required to deliver on   the post TRRC processes;
  • Draft monthly reports on the status of implementation of the Ministry of Justice’s action plan for the implementation of the post TRRC recommendations;
  • Act as the focal point for the implementation of the post-TRRC recommendations and reform activities of the Ministry of Justice;
  • Participate in the management of the Ministry of Justice at the support, operational and advisory levels.
  1. Provision of quality upstream advisory services for the strategic positioning of the Ministry of Justice in the post TRRC processes.
  • Review all post TRRC related policy positions under consideration and devise strategies for consistency of approach;
  • Analyze and review all documentation, letters and requests for information on the status of the transitional justice and reform activities of the Ministry of Justice for timely and quality actions;
  • Provide advice and submit recommendations to the AG on the implementation of the White Paper’s recommendations;
  • Review the results of any policy implementation with respect to its administrative and operational impact on the Ministry of Justice and advise accordingly;
  • Advocate and provide timely policy advice.
  1. Facilitate strategic partnerships and contribute to resource mobilization
  • Establish contact and facilitate collaboration with senior level officials of the government and other relevant partners;
  • Develop technical and policy notes as well as briefings for the Attorney General strategic engagement with senior Government officials, development partners and relevant stakeholders;
  • Conduct a mapping of all relevant stakeholders and potential partners for effective collaboration and partnership;
  • Prepare and facilitate meetings between the Ministry of Justice and relevant stakeholders on the roll out of the post TRRC processes

Institutional Arrangement

The Special Advisor will report directly to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice and will maintain close collaboration with the Head of Governance in UNDP Gambia. The Special Advisor will be based at the Ministry of Justice and expected to work closely with the Solicitor General and Legal Secretary, as well as the Ministry and UNDP’s post-TRRC teams.

Required skills and competencies

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

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

  • Ethics Advice and Guidance:  Ability to quickly analyze complex fact patterns and provide comprehensive, sensitive, and confidential ethics advice and guidance
  • Advocacy strategy and implementation: Ability to create and implement advocacy strategies which lead to impactful change
  • Relationship Management: Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding
  • Resource Mobilization: Ability to identify funding sources, match funding needs (programmes/projects/initiatives) with funding opportunities, and establish a plan to meet funding requirements
  • Strategic engagement: Ability to capture and sustain attention, interest and agreement of high-level, influential policy and decision makers and secure their buy-in of high-level vision and objectives
  • Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Law, criminal justice, human rights public policy and management, political science, conflict management, peace-building or related field.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant  fields with additional years of qualifying experience may ne accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree.


  • Minimum 7 years (Master’s degree) or 9 years (Bachelor’s degree) of working experience in the field of law, human rights, justice or peace-building;
  • At least 3 years of experience working in a transitional justice context, during which the candidate has effectively designed strategies and worked in a multi-stakeholder environment composed of national and international counterparts is desirable;
  • At least 5 years of experience in providing technical and advisory services;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, managing, advising and implementing programmes related to rule of law, transitional justice and reconciliation processes;
  • Experience in women participation, and victim/survivor-centered approach in transitional justice would be an asset;
  • Proven experience in working with policy making organs particularly ministries within The Gambia context.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • Proven drafting and analytical capacities
  • Strong partnership capacities


Fluency in English language.


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