Re-advertisement: International Consultant to conduct technical consultations and a roundtable for the Ombudsperson’s Office of Turkmenistan on applying for GAHNRI accreditation


Location : Home-based, TURKMENISTAN
Application Deadline :05-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
19-Aug-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :August 2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :10 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.


Background

The new edition of the Constitution of Turkmenistan (September 4, 2016) introduced to create an independent national human rights institution the post of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Turkmenistan and established the procedure for his/her election in accordance with the Paris Principles. In November of the same year, Turkmenistan adopted the Law "On the Ombudsman", which defines the rights, duties, main directions and guarantees of the Ombudsperson's activities and his/her mandate. In March 2017, the Parliament of Turkmenistan elected the Ombudsperson. According to the Law, the Ombudsperson considers complaints about decisions or actions (inactions) of state authorities, local authorities and their officials that relate to the rights, freedoms, and legitimate interests of citizens of Turkmenistan and foreign citizens and stateless persons in the territory of Turkmenistan.

The Law provides a legal basis for the immunity and independence of the Ombudsperson. The main directions of the Ombudsperson’s Office activities are to promote the development of international cooperation in the field of human rights, study, and implementation of international standards, as well as the implementation of Turkmenistan's international obligations to protect human rights and freedoms and raise awareness of the population in the field of human rights.

The Ombudsperson annually submits to the Government of Turkmenistan for consideration a report on his/her activities and the situation in the field of human rights in the country and delivers this report to the Parliament of Turkmenistan. The Ombudsperson has already presented three annual reports, which were published online.

In 2021 the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a joint two-year project with the Ombudsperson’s Office “Strengthening the institutional capacity of the Ombudsperson’s Office of Turkmenistan”. The project is focused on strengthening the capacity of the Ombudsperson’s Office to improve the system of protection, promotion, and implementation of human rights in Turkmenistan by bringing national legislation in line with the UN human rights conventions, as well as developing the institutional capacity of the Ombudsperson’s Office in accordance with the Paris Principles to provide support to the Office in obtaining accreditation by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI). The project includes the following components:

  • Component 1: Strengthening the institutional capacity of the Ombudsperson’s Office in accordance with the Paris Principles;
  • Component 2: Strengthening cooperation between the Ombudsperson’s Office and law enforcement agencies by raising the awareness of law enforcement officials, especially authorities and judges carrying out investigative and enforcement functions, lawyers, about international human rights law;
  • Component 3: Raising the level of knowledge and awareness of the general population about human rights, functions, and activities of the Ombudsperson’s Office;

Following Component 1 of the project, UNDP seeks international expertise to provide advisory support for capacity building of the Ombudsperson’s Office in the GAHNRI accreditation process.


Duties and Responsibilities

The present Terms of Reference sets out the objectives and tasks assigned to the international consultant, who in close consultation with the Ombudsperson’s Office and under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and Programme Analyst will:

  1. Conduct an in-depth review of the “Law on Ombudsman” (2017), Annual Reports of the Ombudsperson’s Office of Turkmenistan for the period 2018-2020 and develop a Roadmap for the Ombudsperson`s Office on obtaining accreditation to GANHRI, in collaboration with the national consultant;
  2. Conduct technical consultations and based on the developed Roadmap;
  3. Facilitate a debriefing session with the UNCT Team on the results of the technical consultations and a roundtable;
  4. Provide UNDP with a Roadmap for the Ombudsperson`s Office on obtaining accreditation to GANHRI, and a report that will cover the results of the assignment with recommendations/suggestions for UNDP on further assistance to the Ombudsperson’s Office in the process of gaining accreditation to GAHNRI.

Results and Timing:

  • A Roadmap for the Ombudsperson`s Office on applying for accreditation to GAHNRI developed (5 days);
  • Technical consultations and a roundtable for the Ombudsperson’s Office (including drafting of an agenda, related hand-out materials, and PPP) conducted (3,5 days);
  • A debriefing session for the UNCT in Turkmenistan on results of the training organized and conducted (0,5 day);
  • A Roadmap for the Ombudsperson`s Office on obtaining accreditation to GANHRI, and a report that will cover the results of the assignment with recommendations/suggestions for UNDP on further assistance to the Ombudsperson’s Office in the process of gaining accreditation to GAHNRI provided (1 day).

Location: Home-based. Number of days: 10 days, August 2021.

Payment Conditions:

This is a lump sum contract that should include all costs required to produce the above deliverables. The payment shall be released via a bank transfer in one installment. 100% upon submission and UNDP formal acceptance of the deliverable mentioned above


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment;

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge of and extensive experience working with National Human Rights Institutions;
  • Excellent presentation, facilitation, and communication skills;
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations, in a clear style tailored to match the audience;
  • Proven interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  • Diplomatic skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree, or an equivalent in international law, human rights, or political science.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of working experience with or in National Human Rights Institutions, global or regional networks such as Global Alliance of NHRIs, Asian Pacific Forum of NHRIs (APF), European Network of NHRIs (ENNHRI);
  • Experience in capacity and institution building in functions of NHRIs in promotion and protection of human rights, monitoring and reporting standards in line with Paris Principles and Belgrade Principles.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Russian.

Submission of applications:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

All experts applying for this position are required to provide:

  • A proposed methodology for the assignment with description of approaches for capacity building technical consultations and a roundtable for the Ombudsperson’s Office in the GAHNRI accreditation process;
  • Cover Letter which contains a brief description of approach to work/technical proposal of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • Financial Proposal with the references to (1) the daily rate for the assignment and within the timing scale indicated in the present TOR, and (2) any other expenses (including transportation costs, accommodation costs, the possibility of vaccination etc.). Template of the form can be found at   http://www.tm.undp.org/content/turkmenistan/en/home/procurement.html. The UNDP will enter an Individual Contract based on a lump sum amount. The financial proposal shall represent a detailed, justified and “all inclusive” amount.  In order to assist UNDP in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount, including: a daily fee for the tasks and an estimated duration as specified in this announcement, travel (to and from the missions), per diems, any other possible costs (including vaccinations, dwelling, communication etc.).
  • Personal CV form including experience in similar projects and contact details of referees.

Evaluation of proposals:

Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on the combined scoring methodology. When using this method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant and having received the highest score – out of 100 points.

Out of the maximum score, the score for technical criteria equals 70% - maximum 70 points, and for financial criteria 30%.

The technical evaluation will consider the following as per the scoring provided:

  • Master’s degree in international law or human rights – 20 pts;
  • At least 10 years of working experience with or in National Human Rights Institutions, global or regional networks such as Global Alliance of NHRIs, Asian Pacific Forum of NHRIs (APF), European Network of NHRIs (ENNHRI)– 20 pts;
  • Experience in capacity and institution building in functions of NHRIs in promotion and protection of human rights, monitoring and reporting standards in line with Paris Principles and Belgrade Principles – 10 pts;
  • Methodology – 20 pts;
  • Knowledge of the UN human rights system and its method of operations – 10 pts;
  • Fluency in English – 10 pts;
  • Fluency in Russian – 10 pts.

Financial proposal – 30% of total evaluation.

Additional requirements for recommended contractor:

Recommended contractors aged 65 and older, and if the travel is required, shall undergo a full medical examination including x-ray, and obtain medical clearance from the UN-approved doctor prior to taking up their assignment. The medical examination is to be cleared by the UN physicians, and shall be paid by the consultant.



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