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Consultant - Human Rights/Rights of Indigenous Peoples
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||26-Oct-10 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||11 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||11 months|
UNDP’s Democratic Governance Practice Area focuses on fostering inclusive participation, strengthening responsive governing institutions, and promoting democratic principles. Inclusive participation expands equal opportunities for engagement by the poor, women, youth, indigenous peoples, and other marginalized groups who are excluded from power. Strengthening responsive governing institutions entails promoting the core channels of representation and accountability in the state at the national, regional and local levels. Responsive institutions mean that the state reflects and serves the needs, priorities, and interests of all people, including women, the poor, youth, and minorities. Supporting national partners to strengthen democratic practices grounded in human rights, anti-corruption and gender equality require UNDP leadership in promoting integration, coordination and information-sharing of policies, practices, and strategies strengthening democratic governance within and outside of the UN family.
UNDP is committed to creating space at the local, regional, national and international level to ensure that local and indigenous voices are heard, that they inform policy making, and that they are acted upon. With its access to Govenments – its principal partners – UNDP has an important role to play in facilitating dialogue with and advancing the concerns of indigenous peoples, who are often the most marginalized populations in society. UNDP believes that ensuring the engagement of indigenous peoples and their organizations is critical in preventing and resolving conflict, enhancing democratic governance, reducing poverty and sustainably managing the environment.
UNDP issued its policy of “Integrating Human Rights with Human Development” in January 1998. Since then human rights have emerged as a key area of the organisations’ development activities. In 2008, more than 94 COs reported activities in supporting national human rights institutions, 69 COs reported activities that explicitly supported the rights of discriminated, vulnerable and/or marginalized groups, and 51 COs reported activities in support of the harmonization of national legislation with internationally ratified human rights law.
UNDP efforts to operationalise human rights in its programming were notably enhanced through the implementation of the joint UNDP/OHCHR global Human Rights Strengthening Programme (HURIST; 1999-2006), in line with the 1998 MoU between UNDP and OHCHR. Based on this experience and lessons learned, UNDP, in 2005, adopted a new Practice Note - Human Rights in UNDP, which in turn has identified three strategic areas of interventions for UNDP in the future.
In 2001, UNDP adopted the UNDP and Indigenous Peoples Policy of Engagement. UNDP engagement with indigenous peoples has received fresh impetus with the historic adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on 13 September 2007. The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) then developed the UNDG Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues in 2008 with the purpose to assist the UN system to mainstream and integrate indigenous peoples’ issues in processes and activities.
UNDP has established an internal mechanism, the UNDP Liaison Committee on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues (IPLC) in UNDP Headquarters to ensure corporate direction and coordination in our engagement with indigenous peoples across all practice areas and regions and this will be led by the Democratic Governance Group in the Bureau for Development Policy.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under direct guidance and supervision of the Policy Advisor on Human Rights (Democratic Governance Group/Bureau for Development Policy DGG/BDP) the incumbent will:
Required Selection Criteria Competencies
Leadership and Teamwork
Communications and Advocacy:
Required Skills and Experience
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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.