Procurement Notice - Legal Expert


Details / requirements:


Road Safety Management in Nepal (RSMN) (Project ID 01001286)


I. Position Information

Title: National Consultant (Legal Expert)

Department/Unit: Road Safety Management in Nepal, UNDP, Rule of Law, and Governance Portfolio

Assignment: Comprehensive review of existing road safety regulations, guidelines, standards, documents, manuals, and codes of conduct in line with United Nations (UN) conventions.

Reports to: Team Leader, National Road Safety Council (NRSC) and Portfolio Manager, Governance and Rule of Law, UNDP

Duty Station: Kathmandu (Intermittent – for specialized skills, cost efficiency, and flexibility)

Duration of Assignment: 20 working days spread over the period of 90 days from the date of agreement (Mid-June to Mid-September)

II. Background

The Government of Nepal (GoN) has formulated a comprehensive policy for the transport sector, aimed at fostering a sustainable, reliable, cost-effective, and safe transport system contributing to environmental, social, and economic objectives. Despite the effort initiated by the government, road crash has caused huge loss of lives and hampered economic growth and sustainable development in Nepal. Each day eight people lose their life in road crashes. 2,376 people lost their life to road related crashes in the F/Y 2022/23. In 2017 alone, economic loss due to road crashes was estimated to be 122.88 million USD, around 1.5% of Country’s GDP, which underscore the urgent need to enhance road safety standards and elevate road safety to a national priority.

Nepal faces specific challenges in road safety due to its unique geographical features. However, the fundamental requirements for effective road safety management remain consistent globally: strong governance, safe infrastructure, responsible road user behavior, safer vehicles, and effective post crash care. Alignment with UN Conventions on road safety is not merely a strategic move but also a commitment to contributing to global efforts to reduce road crashes, injuries, and fatalities. This commitment emphasizes that road safety is a shared responsibility requiring collaborative efforts and a unified approach. By aligning with international conventions, Nepal aims not only to enhance its road safety standards but also to actively contribute to fostering safer road environments. Through this alignment, Nepal aims to create a robust and adaptable regulatory framework prioritizing citizen wellbeing and contributing to the broader global objective of building safer and resilient transport systems.

Comprehensive road safety regulations are essential for ensuring the safety of road users and facilitating effective road safety management. These regulations encompass various aspects, including infrastructure standards, vehicle safety requirements, driver behavior guidelines, and post-crash response protocols. In Nepal's context, updating and harmonizing road safety regulations in line with UN conventions has become essential. While conducting this activity it is equally important to look into issues of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) to foster a safer and more inclusive road environment.

Accordingly, the Road Safety Management in Nepal (RSMN) Project, UNDP, seeks the services of a qualified national consultants (Team Leader and Team Members) to conduct a comprehensive review of existing road safety regulations, guidelines, standards, documents, manuals, and codes of conduct in line with UN conventions, recommending needful adjustments to prepare revised and updated version of the following:

  • Road Safety Infrastructure Regulations and Guidelines
  • Vehicle Safety Regulations and Guidelines
  • Behavioral change Regulations and Guidelines.
  • Regulations and Guidelines in consideration of gender-differentiated needs.

Recruitment Qualifications

Legal Expert


Master’s degree in law, Legal Studies, or related field.


  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience working on legal issues, preferably related to transport, road safety, or governance.
  • In-depth knowledge of Nepalese legal system and legislative processes, road safety frameworks, policies, and regulations, preferably in the context of Nepal.
  • Familiarity with international legal frameworks and conventions related to road safety.
  • Strong analytical and research skills, with the ability to conduct thorough reviews and provide actionable recommendations.
  • Advocating as a Public Interest Litigation Lawyer in the context of transport system of Nepal is highly preferable.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience in project management with team collaboration is highly desirable.
  • Understanding, knowledge and prior experience of integrating Gender and inclusion sensitivity in the road safety legal frameworks, conventions and methodology will be added value.


Excellent written and oral communication skills (in English and Nepali)

Click on the link below to download detailed TOR:

Terms of Reference- Legal Expert

Deadline: 24 June, 2024, 5:00 PM (Nepal Time)

For additional information and documents and for further application procedures, click on the link below:

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Category Legal, Development and Project, Law
Openings 1
Position Type Contract
Experience 7+ years
Education Masters in Law
Posted Date 14 Jun, 2024
Apply Before 24 Jun, 2024
City Kathmandu