International Expert in Judicial Ethics

Ref.2019-019_International Expert in Judicial EthicsLocation:home based

Type of Contract:Individual Contract

Post Level:International Consultant

Languages Required:English

Duration of Initial Contract:August – September 2019

Expected Duration of Assignment:15 working days


Important notice to the Applicants!

Only those applications would be considered that have been submitted to the following e-mail address: [email protected] with the indication of IC-Ref.2019-019 in the subject line.

For detailed information on the position, required documents to be sent and evaluation procedure please refer to the Terms of Reference. Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the following e-mail: [email protected] copying [email protected]

Project description

The development strategy – “Kazakhstan’s Way to 2050: Common Goals, Common Interests, Common Future” – lays out the strategy of the country becoming one of the 30 most developed countries in the world by 2050. This strategy is focused on economic diversification, innovation, investment in human capital and international trade integration. It also seeks to strengthen governance, enhance the quality of public services and improve the business climate in the country.

Notwithstanding the progress made to date in many development areas, significant institutional and governance challenges remain, constraining the state’s ability to effectively formulate and implement its development policies.

Kazakhstan’s aspiration to enter the ranks of the 30 most competitive economies in the world is not possible without an independent, effectively functioning and free from corruption judiciary. This objective cannot be attained without the engagement of highly skilled people, capable of working in accordance with the envisioned new requirements.

The project “Modernization of the judicial system and access to justice in Kazakhstan” (hereinafter – Project) is implemented within the framework of the Justice Sector Institutional Strengthening Project under the loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. As part of this project, UNDP promotes the development of the justice sector in Kazakhstan by providing institutional support to selected government bodies (beneficiaries) that provide a wide range of justice services, including registration services, the provision of legal aid, broadening access to justice, and the execution of judicial acts. The key beneficiaries of the Project are the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter – the SC, the Beneficiary) and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which also acts as the project administrator.

The overall objective of the Project is to increase the capacity of the Supreme Court to manage and support the judicial system in its efforts to increase public trust in courts, by: (i) the preparing and conducting institutional assessments, analyses and reviews of the judicial system; (ii) strengthening the institutional capacity of the SC to perform administrative and management functions with regards to local courts.

Duties and Responsibilities

One of the key objectives of this Project is to assist in modernization of the Code of Judicial Ethics in line with good international practices and its implementation. In connection with this, UNDP is going to engage an international expert on judicial ethics (International expert) who is expected to prepare a set of measures to improve the system of compliance with judicial ethics in Kazakhstan.

As part of this scope of work, the International expert will:

  • analyze the current procedures and practices of assessment of judges’ observance of the Code of Judicial Ethics;
  • develop recommendations for improvement of the Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Commission work;
  • provide expert review of the Commentary to the Code of Judicial Ethics.

The International expert will contribute to the quality implementation of the tasks as set out in this TOR under the guidance of the Project’s Chief Technical Advisor and the UNDP Governance Unit.

Deliverables details in the TOR.


  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure meeting tight deadlines, and prepare accurate and clear reports at short notice for policy makers;
  • Capability of listening to the Beneficiary, and ability to convert the Beneficiary’s vision into concrete result.

Required Skills and Experience

Education & language requirements:

  • University degree in law, academic degree is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of the English language is mandatory, knowledge of Russian language is considered an advantage.


  • at least 3 years of professional work experience in the judicial system;
  • at least 5 years of experience in evaluation of professional activity of judges;
  • knowledge of good international practices in judicial ethics and independence of judges;
  • work experience in former Soviet Union countries is preferable.


The following documents only in PDF should be attached to the application (proposal) and sent by e-mail to the following address: [email protected] indicating Ref. 2019-019 in the subject of the letter:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP; Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided;
  • Detailed personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) and other supporting information confirming that the Candidate meets the qualification requirements;
  • Copies of higher education diplomas and other relevant documents.

Due to the technical features of e-mail, the size of the file should not exceed 9 Mb per message. There could be maximum of 3 e-mail transmissions. Please indicate ICRef.2019-019 in the e-mail subject and the e-mail order.

ONLY fully submitted applications with all required above documents would be considered by UNDP!!!

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.

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