INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT: COMMUNICATIONS AND ADVOCACY
|Fecha límite de postulación||09-Apr-12|
|Tipo de contrato||Individual Contract|
|Nivel de puesto||International Consultant|
|Duración del contrato inicial||154 days between May to December'12|
Access to justice remains a major issue in Bangladesh. The formal justice system is burdened by a huge backlog of around 1.8 million cases, limiting public access, especially for the poor and vulnerable, to access timely, affordable and fair justice. The case backlogs are symptomatic of a number of issues, however, that go far beyond the judiciary. In supporting the Government of Bangladesh, UNDP is implementing projects with Village Courts, Police and the National Human Rights Commission. New projects on sector programming and judicial strengthening will begin in early-mid 2012.
Working closely with the Justice and Human Rights team in the Democratic Governance Cluster, the Consultant will report to the Assistant Country Director (Governance) and provide communications and advocacy support primarily on key documents related to the justice and human rights project portfolio as they relate to results reporting, internal and external communications, policy advocacy and public awareness raising activities.
Objectives of the Assignment:
The Consultant will provide short-term surge capacity to the justice and human rights team to ensure timely high quality communication, publication and reporting outcomes.
Deberes y responsabilidades
The Consultant will undertake a range of tasks on a flexible basis. These will include:
- Design and follow-up of the implementation of NHRC's campaign on violence against women and gender-based discrimination, culminating in supporting the Commission’s activities around the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (November 25 – December 10) and International Human Rights Day (December 10).
- Support the drafting of the SOPs on the NHRC's communication and public relations policy;
- Supporting strategic planning for the justice and human rights team, including recommendations on communications strategies and best practices;
- Communications and Results Reporting;
- Drafting and finalization of high quality results-orientated reporting and publication materials for various internal and external stakeholders, including donor reporting, annual reports, conference and workshop reports;
- Producing press releases, media advisories and press packs, as required for conferences and workshops;
- Support to briefing and speech writing;
- Drafting of policy briefs for the NHRC (on the basis of research reports, submitted by consultants, on Bangladesh’s legal compliance with human rights conventions) and village courts on emphasizing the policy agenda;
- Drafting of thematic articles and awareness raising materials on human rights issues (i.e : child rights, women's rights, minorities, indigenous rights);
- Support to the realization of the BNHRC-CDP project website.
- Undertake on-demand research to feed into public information publications, briefings etc;
- Conducting media monitoring for projects on a needs basis (ie. following a conference);
- Coordination and Partnership building;
- Facilitating the Democratic Governance Cluster and associated projects in implementing SOPs and best practice in communications and public information;
- At the Country Office (CO) level, assisting the CO gender specialist in coordinating an integrated project approach to violence prevention programming and in coordinating communications/public awareness raising activities of the gender focal points around the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
Impact of Results:
The Consultant’s work will contribute to high quality communications outputs in the area of access to justice and human rights.
Duration of Assignment, Duty Station and Expected Places of Travel:
The duration of the assignment is between 1 May 2012 and 31 December 2012. The Consultant will be based in Dhaka.
Progress Controls and Payment Installments:
The Consultant will be paid a daily rate. Payments will be made monthly based on number of days worked and deliverables produced. The Assistant Country Director (Governance) will monitor and certify progress and quality of work.
- Design and follow-up of the implementation of NHRC's campaign on violence against women and gender-based discrimination : 15 days
- Support the drafting of the SOPs on the NHRC's and AVCB’s communication and public relations policy:19 days
- Drafting of policy briefs and talking points/speech writing: 10 days
- A number of thematic articles, campaign materials and awareness raising materials (i.e. factsheets) on human rights issues: 15 days
- Support to the realization of the BNHRC-CDP project website:15 days
- Produce press releases, media advisories and press packs, as required (both NHRC-CPD and Village Courts project): 15 days
- Design and finalize high quality results-orientated quarterly and annual results reporting and publication materials for various internal and external stakeholders, including donor reporting, newsletters, conference and workshop reports: 15 days
- Development of a Cluster communication strategy: 20 days
- Drafting speeches/talking points for National Media Consultation and Village Courts Conference: 5 days
- Reporting on Village Courts Conference: 5 days
- Review of Annual Report 2011 and Success Stories of Village Courts Project: 10 Days
- Any other work assigned by the Assistant Country Director, Governance: 10 days
The weighted average basis will be applied to evaluate the applicant and the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% in technical analysis would be considered for the financial selection.
- At least 5 years prior experience working in communications, preferably including experience developing communications materials on a range of issues related to human rights and access to justice: 20 Points
- Strong analytical ability and written communication skills. Demonstrated expertise in donor reporting, results reporting and the creation of public information materials (press releases, factsheets etc.) in a development environment is a requirement: 20 Points
- Experience in working on justice sector and human rights issues in South Asia is required and a strong understanding of the political and human rights situation in the country is needed:20 Points
- Previous working experience with UNDP in South Asia in Country Office and project level is required:10 Points
Financial Evaluation:30 Points
- Strong analytical ability and written communication skills;
- Cross-cultural skills, including demonstrated experience working in hybrid teams;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Proficiency in English.
Habilidades y experiencia requeridas
- Masters degree in Communications, journalism, development studies or Media Studies;
- Some formal education in development sector preferred.
- At least 5 years prior experience working in communications roles, preferably with experience on a range of issues related to human rights and access to justice;
- Demonstrated expertise in donor reporting, results reporting and the creation of public information materials (press releases, factsheets etc.) in a development environment is a requirement;
- Experience in working on justice sector and human rights issues in South Asia is required and a strong understanding of the political and human rights situation in the country is needed;
- Prior experience working on public information campaigns is preferred;
- Previous experience with UN in South Asia, working at both the country office and project level is required.
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