CONSULTANT - INDIGENOUS PEOPLES REPORT AND STRATEGY WRITER

Location : Home Based
Application Deadline :10-Nov-12
Additional CategoryDemocratic Governance
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
19-Nov-2012
Duration of Initial Contract :72 working days

Background

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 people, 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, indigenous peoples and minorities.
 
As part of the UN family, UNDP is mandated to respect, promote, and protect human rights in its activities. While this mandate existed from the beginning, it was actively articulated and systematically implemented only after the adoption of a specific human rights policy in 1998 – “Integrating Human Rights with Sustainable Human Development”. In its human rights work UNDP builds upon three strategic areas of interventions:
  • Supporting the Strengthening of National Human Rights Systems.
  • Mainstreaming human rights in policy and programme development, particularly for Indigenous peoples and minorities
  • Greater Engagement with the International Human Rights System.
In 2001, UNDP developed the ‘UNDP Policy of Engagement with Indigenous Peoples’. This has guided the organization is work and activities regarding indigenous people’s issues. However, since 2001 international standards, policies, programs and legislation in support of indigenous peoples’ rights have proliferated with the 2007 adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) being the universal endorsement of these rights. In addition to clearly stipulating the rights of indigenous peoples, UNDRIP specifically requires the UN-system to contribute to the full realization of its provisions, making those provisions an obligation for the UN system to adhere to. is work and activities regarding indigenous people’s issues. However, since 2001 international standards, policies, programs and legislation in support of indigenous peoples’ rights have proliferated with the 2007 adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) being the universal endorsement of these rights. In addition to clearly stipulating the rights of indigenous peoples, UNDRIP specifically requires the UN-system to contribute to the full realization of its provisions, making those provisions an obligation for the UN system to adhere to.
 
UNDP has established the Indigenous Peoples Liaison Committee (IPLC), an internal mechanism, to coordinate the work of Indigenous issues within the organization. The IPLC gathers UNDP staff members from different bureaus. In the framework of the promotion of indigenous peoples issues UNDP works specifically on issues of Free, Prior and Informed consent, extractive industries, small grants and political participation for indigenous peoples as well as other initiatives that aims to strengthen Indigenous Peoples rights. The IPLC is coordinating UNDPs participation and engagement with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
 
The twelfth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will take place in New York in May 2013. UNDP is required to report back to the forum on its activities and work UNDP has undertaken during the last year. This will require the elaboration of a substantive annual report reflecting UNDPs achievement on Indigenous Peoples issues during the year.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Policy Adviser on Human Rights (Democratic Governance Group/ Bureau for Development Policy), the consultant will:
  • Coordinate and update the current draft of the UNDP’s annual report on Indigenous Issues by, among others, conducting research, soliciting input and collect data from relevant UNDP HQ bureaus, regional service centers, and country offices.
  • Purpose of the annual report: Awareness raising of UNDPs work on Indigenous Issues and communicating results
  • Target audience of the annual report: indigenous peoples, participants and members of the Permanent Forum, UNDP staff and other stakeholder involved in the promotion of indigenous peoples
  • Update UNDP’s current Policy of Engagement on indigenous peoples to an updated UNDP Strategy Note and align it to other programmes and policies within the organization
  • Review relevant documents, such as the UNDG Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples, Environmental and Social Screening procedures for UNDP and other relevant documents.
  • Engage, as necessary, with the members of the Indigenous Peoples Liaison Committee.
Scope of work Expected results/Deliverables/deadlines
  • Update UNDPs 2012 Indigenous People’s report, its outline, methodology and content
  • Where necessary solicit relevant information by conducting consultations/inquiries and conducting research and data-collection as required with key IP focal points and UN(DP) staff (HQ bureaus, regional service centers country offices);
  • Follow the annotated outline, and ensure synergies and coherence;
  • Update the draft the annual report
  • Incorporate any comments provided to the report
  • Update UNDP’s current Policy of Engagement on Indigenous Peoples to a UNDP Strategy Note on Indigenous Peoples and align it to other programmes and policies within the organization
  • Provide an inception report clarifying the methodology and approach to updating the Policy to a strategy note
  • Submission of a first draft of the UNDP strategy note and relevant background documentation.
  • Review of first draft of the strategy note by UNDP and provision of comments
  • Incorporation of comments and submission of second draft of the UNDP strategy note and relevant background documents.
The consultant is expected to produce the following outputs;
  • First updated draft of annual report – 18 December 2012
  • Final draft of annual report – 25 January 2013
  • First draft of updated policy of engagement in the form of a UNDP Strategy Note – 22 February 2013
  • Final draft of UNDP Strategy Note on Indigenous Peoples - 25 March 2013
Payments of the proposed fees to the consultant are based upon delivery of the services and products specified in the TOR. Draft products should be submitted providing ample time for discussion, feedback, and any required revisions before the final paper is approved. Peer review / validation periods will are factored into the timeframes as part of the quality assurance process. This period is tentatively scheduled to take 3 weeks for the updated Annual Report and 12 days for the Strategy Note. The report and Strategy Note should be completed in compliance with the UNDP Style Manual and knowledge management requirements.
 

Competencies

  • Excellent working knowledge of Indigenous peoples rights related to UN trends and processes;
  • Excellent knowledge and prior experience of writing annual reports or other substantive reports
  • Working knowledge with the UN human rights machinery;
  • Prior experience with UNDP would be an asset.
  • Experience in writing UN-related meeting notes and reports would be an asset.  
  • Networking skills to engage with different stakeholders at both HQ and country level
Corporate competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN and UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Communication Skills:
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Master’s degree in human rights, governance, or other relevant discipline, preferably with a component on IP issues.
Experience:
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience in the field of indigenous rights, human rights and governance.
  • Proven research, analytical and data-collection skills;
  • Knowledge of UNDP rules and procedures preferred;
  • Excellent computer/information systems skills;
  • Able to work with minimum amount of supervision
  • Knowledge and understanding of (UN)DP work in human rights and democratic governance at large;
Language:
  • Excellent oral, written and editing skills in English. Knowledge of Spanish would be an asset.
Application Submission Process:
Proposal - Please submit the following to demonstrate your interest and qualifications:
  • Explaining why you are the most suitable for the work
Price Proposal - Please submit an all inclusive consultancy fee which may be made up as follows:
  • Daily fees
  • All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. UNDP will not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket.
  • Any other financial claims to accomplish this task, e.g living expenses if outside of home country, visa, travel insurance.
Personal CV and/or UNDP Personal History Form
Interested individuals must submit their applications online through UNDP Online Recruitment System. Correspondence (either in hard or soft format) will not be considered until the advance stage of the selection process. Applicants are encouraged to fill and sign a P11 Form and submit it on the online application, although regular CVs are also acceptable. The P11 Form can be obtained at http://sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.doc

Technical [70 %]
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the Cumulative Analysis methodology [weighted scoring method], where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Responsive/compliant/acceptable
Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Criteria:
Financial   [30 %] 

Technical
  • Proven knowledge and prior experience of writing annual reports or other substantive reports (25 points)
  • Prior knowledge of Indigenous peoples rights related to UN trends and processes (20 points)
  • Proven research, analytical and data collection skills (20 points)
  • Proven experience in communicating with wide range of stakeholders (15 points)
  • Prior experience with UN and UNDP (10 points)
  • Proficiency in English, oral and in writing  (10 points)
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 70 points of the obtainable points of 100 points in technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
 
Please provide your P11 and financial proposal stating total consultancy fee.
 

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.