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International Consultancy Service to support the development of a strategic plan for the South Sudan Human Rights Commission
|Location :||Juba, SOUTH SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||15-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 working days|
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The South Sudan Human Rights Commission (SSHRC) was established as an independent body by an Act in 2009 just before the country achieved its independence in 2011. The commission performs functions such as monitoring the application and enforcement of human rights and freedoms, receiving and investigating complaints against violations of human rights, offering advice to government organs on issues relating to human rights, and formulating, implementing and overseeing programmes of research, education and awareness of citizens’ media rights and obligations to enhance respect for human rights. Consisting of several departments, the Commission is centralized in Juba, Central Equatorial State with nationwide functions.
Since the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) in February 2020, the President of the Republic of South Sudan has appointed state governors and deputy governors completing the formation of the transitional government as stipulated in the Revitalized Peace Agreement. In turn, state ministers have been appointed while some states have established state level human rights commission that aim to better serve the population in close collaboration with the SSHRC. Other structural reforms in the Revitalized Peace Agreement are slowly moving forward. The permanent constitution making was launched at the end of May. A technical committee to facilitate the development of the law on the Commission on Truth Reconciliation and Healing was established by Ministerial Order in April 2021. The Commission can play an important role in shaping such reforms and ensuring respect for human rights and their protection in post-conflict South Sudan. situations.
To enhance its capacities to act in these situations, the Commission now seeks to develop its three-year Strategic Plan for 2022-2024. The Strategic Plan will constitute a robust blueprint to enhance the Commission’s leadership implementation on human rights goals including the ratified regional and international human rights instruments over the three years. The plan will help to further advance the Commission’s mandate and strategic themes of monitoring human rights, investigating human rights violations, increasing human rights awareness, provision of advice, as well as increasing the capacity of the Commission to discharge its role during the transitional period in which structural reforms will be undertaken under the R-ARCSS and influence national policy to promote human rights respect and accountability.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of the consultancy is to support the South Sudan Human Rights Commission to develop its strategic plan for the period 2022 to 2024 in line with the South Sudan Human Rights Commission Act and the Paris Principles which provide the international minimum standards for effective, credible National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and outline institutional arrangements, specific activities, proposed programmes, timelines, targets and a detailed costing – through a technically grounded, consultative and participatory planning process, to include extensive consultations with national and state government actors, civil society organizations, the media and international community.
The consultant will work with the Commission under the guidance of the Ag. Chairperson. The Commission has already undertaken considerable groundwork through the carrying out of an assessment. The consultant will lead and guide the process of developing the full three-year strategic plan. This will include:
The Consultant will:
Inception Report within 1 month of contract signature: This report should include:
Draft Strategic Plan within 3 months of contract signature: The draft Plan should be at an advanced stage of completion including all relevant sections outlined in Section 3 of this ToR. It will be availed to reviewers for feedback and additional consultations to address the gaps identified during the review.
Final Draft Strategic Plan within 4 months of contract signature: The final product of the process will be a final draft of the 2022-2024 strategic plan for the Commission. Features of the final draft will include, among other things:
The consultant shall use an evidence-based approach and ensure the highest standard of work and timely deliverables at every stage of this assignment. In particular, the consultant shall ensure clarity of objectives and process during the wider consultations; countercheck all facts and figures cited; ensure that the content and format of the Draft Strategic Plan meets the highest standard for such documents; and ensure proper editing and clarity.
Qualifications and experience
The following qualifications and experience are required:
This assignment is for a total of 30 working days with effect from 30 July 2021 and must be completed by 30 October 2021 or before.
Required Skills and Experience
Offers received will be evaluated using a Combined Scoring method, where the qualifications and Required Skills and Experience will be weighted 70%, and combined with the price offer, which will be weighted 30%.
Technical evaluation criteria
NOTE: Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the Technical Evaluation will be requested to submit financial proposals and considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Financial evaluation (total 30 points)
The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals receive points according to the following formula: p = y (x/z)
x = Cost of the lowest priced proposal
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.
Annex 1 - IC Contract Template
Annex 2 - IC General Terms and Conditions