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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)
|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.
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:
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:
Results and Timing:
Location: Home-based. Number of days: 10 days, August 2021.
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
Required Skills and Experience
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:
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:
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:
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.