Knowledge Management Specialist on Methodology of Specialisation of Prosecutors and Cases Assignment – retainer position

General background:

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) helps the United Nations (UN) and its partners provide peace and security, humanitarian, and development solutions. UNOPS services cover infrastructure, project management, procurement, financial management and human resources.
In response to the request of the Government of Ukraine, UNOPS opened an office in Ukraine in 2017, which provides a broad spectrum of services to the Government and the people of Ukraine.
The Support for Rule of Law Reforms in Ukraine (PRAVO-Police) is a project funded by the European Union that has the overall objective of supporting the strengthening of the policing, prosecution and civilian governance in Ukraine, aligning them with the best European and international practices. On matters of substance, the project relies on the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) to Ukraine.
The Project is partnered with the following national agencies: the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, National Police of Ukraine (NPU), the Office of the Prosecutor General (OPG), the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). Activities include providing technical support tailored to the needs of each individual agency, while some interventions address larger scale and cross-cutting issues, including enhancement of human resources management systems and specific skills.
One of the Project’s actions is aimed at supporting the Office of the Prosecutor General, developing methodology, guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for prosecutors. This activity should create a foundation for enhanced business processes for Prosecutors in the field of domestic violence.
The aim of the activity is to create a practical tool for all Prosecutors to use when investigating crimes of domestic violence.
The Consultant will be involved in implementation of the activity aimed at developing the methodology, guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for prosecutors. This activity should create foundations for enhanced business processes at the OPG and for Prosecutors in the field of domestic violence and will be closely connected to the activities on development of methodology of specialisation of prosecutors and cases assignment.
The selected Consultant will be responsible for the analysis of the relevant definitions, laws and regulations and best European practices in the field of domestic violence, and the analysis of the business processes of prosecutors, police officers and other actors in Ukraine. He or she will be responsible for the coordination of workgroups (WGs) and interaction with other relevant authorities and key stakeholders in the development of the methodology and processes that will allow the different actors in the criminal justice system to operate in a coordinated and effective manner.

Functional Responsibilities

The Knowledge Management Specialist on Methodology of Specialisation of Prosecutors and Cases Assignment (hereinafter – Consultant) will work under the supervision and guidance of the Project Manager of the PRAVO-Police Project and regular coordination of the EUAM experts. While performing the assigned duties, the Consultant will interact with the key stakeholders, primarily the OPG and EUAM. The Consultant will provide subject-matter guidance and practical solutions in the form of a report with recommendations within the scope of the interventions listed above.

At the first Stage, the Consultant will engage in consultation with representatives of the OPG, 1-2 regional and 2-3 local PPOs to identify how case assignment is being performed now, and will draft a short report with a summary covering the following:

  • Normative regulations and internal instructions which relate to: (a) the procedure for case assignment for prosecutors, (b) specialisation of prosecutors, (c) case distribution between structural units of the OPG, regional and local PPOs.
  • Feedback from the OPG, regional and local PPOs on the benefits and gaps in the current model.
  • Categories of crime which are most frequent or most significant/complex thus requiring being singled out as an area for specialisation.
  • Examples of solutions or similar issues in the EU Member States, relevant for the context of Ukraine; EU experience using the eCMS to assign cases and monitor the workload.
  • Proposed recommendations to the OPG on Methodology of case assignment and specialisation of prosecutors.

The Consultant will proceed to the second Stage upon receiving approval of the report by the Project Manager of the PRAVO-Police, who will seek advice from EUAM on its quality.

At the second Stage, the Consultant will engage in discussion on this draft report with the OPG, regional and local PPOs and EUAM and will further elaborate the report based on feedback received. As an outcome to this Stage, the Consultant will develop a Final Report with recommendations which will include:

  • Specific actionable solutions to operationalise those recommendations at the institution.
  • Legal or internal regulations which need to be amended.
  • The concept of a procedure for case assignment, specialisation of prosecutors and tools to support it (possibly, draft Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and practical guidelines.
  • Areas for which specialised prosecutors’ positions need to be established in the OPG, regional and local PPOs.
  • The need to introduce professional training and the best approach and institution to train these prosecutors in the identified specialization.

The Final Report will be approved by the Deputy Programme Manager of the PRAVO-Police Project, who will seek the opinion of EUAM experts on its quality.

The services are expected to be delivered according to the schedule, which will be agreed with the national partners. Specifically, the following outputs will be expected from the Consultant:

First Stage (up to 20 working days):

  • The relevant Ukrainian legal and regulatory framework is analysed.
  • Meetings with the representatives of the OPG, regional and local PPOs are organised in agreement with and with support from PRAVO-Police.
  • Following meetings with national partners and EUAM, the tailored practical advice is provided in the draft report.
  • The Consultant presents the draft report to the OPG, EUAM and PRAVO-Police.

Second Stage (up to 20 working days):

The Consultant will address the comments to the draft report and comments obtained from the consultations in the Final Report. The report should capture all aspects listed in section 2 above. Acceptance of the report will be confirmed by the Project Manager of the PRAVO-Police Project, who will seek the opinion of the EUAM experts on the quality of the report and whether it fits the purpose of the assignment.

The consultations, discussions and meetings can take place either through personal meetings or through internet-based meetings.

All planned outputs will be delivered in English. PRAVO-Police will support with interpretation/translation into Ukrainian.

  • Required selection criteria:


  • Master’s degree preferably in the Law, Criminal Justice or other related disciplines is required.
  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree in combination with additional two years of relevant professional experience would be accepted in lieu of Master degree


  • With a Master’s Degree a minimum of five years, or with a Bachelor’s Degree a minimum of seven years of experience in drafting documents in the field of prosecution, justice, investigation, or rule of law is required.
  • Experience in applying relevant EU standards on specialisation of prosecutors and case assignment is required.
  • Knowledge of specifics of Ukrainian prosecution and experience of relevant projects in Ukraine or EU countries will be an asset.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required
  • Working knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian will be considered as an asset

Core Competencies

  • Strategic Perspective – Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization. (for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
  • Integrity & Inclusion – Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
  • Leading Self and Others – Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only:** Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.**
  • Partnering – Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
  • Results Orientation – Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
  • Agility – Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behaviour. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
  • Solution Focused – Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
  • Effective Communication – Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA) Retainer*

Contract level: I-ICA 2 (ICS10)
Contract duration: Up to 40 work days within 6 months

*If the selected candidate is based in a duty station where there is a national scale, s/he may be offered the local equivalent position.

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

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How to apply

Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter to UNOPS via UNOPS Jobs at following link.