The Norwegian Rule of Law Advisers Probation Project



NORLAU is a Norwegian Rule of Law Advisory Team to Ukraine since 2018 operating under the supervision of the Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service (KDI). It is a technical assistance and cooperation project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

An agreement is signed between the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and Ministry of Justice and Security of the Kingdom of Norway on cooperation to support the implementation of a Full-Scale Probation Service and alternative sanctions in Ukraine.

In its work, NORLAU supports the Public Institution “Center of Probation” in Ukraine to be developed in line with international standards and best practice in the field of probation. In order to make this institution a key player in the criminal justice system, it is important to provide professional intervention throughout the whole criminal justice system.

The central office is located in Kyiv with two pilot projects in Kharkiv and Bila Tserkva. As part of the NORLAU team in the central office in Kyiv, for the project period 2020-2022, we are looking for:

                                         PROBATION AND PRISON EXPERTS

  • Two experts to be allocated at our pilot office in Bila Tserkva
  • Two experts to be allocated at our pilot office in Kharkiv


  • Provide the Project team with knowledge of reforms in the field of criminal justice
  • Assist in giving proposals and advice to Ukrainian authorities in the field of probation and prison
  • Arrange and participate in training activities, seminars and conferences
  • Closely cooperate and support local institutions, municipalities and NGOs in activities regarding NORLAU project goals
  • In cooperation with the Project team in Kyiv, local probation and prison service and abovementioned actors develop and implement programs, strategic documents, training manuals, monitoring framework, reports and other project activities as assigned by the Project Head of Mission
  • Ensure that all activities are implemented in a professional way and a timely manner

Some domestic and international travel will be required


  • University Degree in Law or equivalent degree in relevant field that suits the position applied.


  • Preferable at least 3 years of experience at a senior level in the field of penitentiary service – Prison and Probation.
  • Preferable previous experience with international technical assistance projects.


  • English – fluent in speaking, reading and writing including extensive knowledge of legal terminology.
  • Ukrainian – fluent in speaking, reading and writing.


  • Extensive knowledge of national and international standards and developments in the probation sector.
  • Basic knowledge of international human rights standards.
  • Broad knowledge of key governmental and law enforcement institutions of Ukraine.


  • Strong legal analytical skills as well as problem solving and planning abilities.
  • Good interpersonal skills to interact effectively with NORLAU team, governmental and non-governmental institutions and international partners.
  • Good judgement and organizational skills to prioritize and manage multiple projects and tasks.
  • Flexibility and openness.
  • Demonstrated professionalism, integrity, fairness and impartiality.


  • The applicants must be the citizens of Ukraine.


Full time: Monday – Friday

Working hours: 09.00 – 16.30

Type of contract: Service Contract

Duration of contract: one year with possible prolongation

Foreseen start of work: 14.09.2020.

Competitive salary based on an agreement with the project management team.

Work location
Kharkiv pilot office / Bila Tserkva pilot office


  • Application must be prepared in English and sent electronically by e-mail to: [email protected] with copy to: [email protected]. In the subject line, it should be mentioned: “Application _Your First Name and Surname”
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your e-mail & letter of interest where ( you saw this job posting. 

All submissions must include:

  1. Applicant`s CV
  2. Applicant`s letter of interest
  3. At least two reference letters with contact information

Application deadline:  1 August 2020

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In October 2016, an Agreement was signed between the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security in the Kingdom of Norway on cooperation to support the implementation of a Full-Scale Probation Service in Ukraine. According to the Agreement, the overall objective of the cooperation is to ensure respect for human rights and rule of law in the functioning of the criminal justice system in Ukraine. The principle aim is to support the development an effective and professional probation organisation and support the implementation of alternative sanctions.

The Norwegian Rule of Law Advisers to Ukraine (NORLAU) Probation Project is a technical assistance and cooperation project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway and implemented by the Directorate of the Norwegian Correctional Service. The beneficiary of the project is the Ministry of Justice in Ukraine.

У жовтні 2016 року була підписана Угода між Міністерством юстиції України та Міністерством юстиції та громадської безпеки Королівства Норвегія про співробітництво і надання підтримки у процесі впровадження повномасштабної служби пробації в Україні. Відповідно до Угоди, загальною метою співпраці є забезпечення поваги до прав людини та принципу верховенства права у функціонуванні системи кримінального правосуддя в Україні. Основне завдання полягає в підтримці розвитку ефективної та професійної системи пробації, а також впровадження альтернативних санкцій.

Норвезькі Радники з Питань Верховенства Права в Україні (NORLAU) Проект Пробації є проектом надання технічної підтримки та співпраці, що фінансується Міністерством іноземних справ Норвегії та здійснюється Директоратом Виправної служби Норвегії.  Бенефіціаром Проекту є Міністерство юстиції України.

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