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Individual Consultant (National Or International) to roll out training programmes on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and broader Business and Human Rights Issues – Reference No. IC/BHR/2021/63
|Location :||Home based, SRI LANKA|
|Application Deadline :||30-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 months|
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.
In recent years, a rich dialogue has emerged around the role that businesses play in shaping our environment, well-being and security. On one hand businesses are celebrated for their contributions to sustainable development through various initiatives and on the other, there are instances where businesses have been criticized for promoting harmful behaviour, contributing to environmental degradation and putting profits before human dignity.
In recent months, this split-screen view of businesses has intensified as the COVID-19 crisis raises new questions about the role of business in times of crisis, and the conditions within which large corporations are responding under stress, through their business decisions.
Even before the COVID-19 virus grew into a pandemic, the regulatory landscape was rapidly changing. Governments had been passing legislation requiring large corporations to report on their human rights risk profile. Stock exchanges and securities regulators were already demanding greater transparency on non-financial risks. Litigation in some jurisdictions was already leading to greater levels of liability for companies operating in third world countries.
In this context, there has been a rejuvenated campaign to clean business operations and global supply chains of irresponsible behaviour. Consumers, shareholders, and investors are demanding that enterprises do more to minimize harms and maximize social dividends not only in times of economic expansion, but also as a response to present and future crisis. For this reason, there has been a significant push to make human rights due diligence practice mandatory for all businesses.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the socio-economic fallout that has followed in its wake, there are increased calls for a renewed commitment to decent work, environmental protections, rights to land and livelihood, and the rights of migrants, women, and indigenous peoples, under the framework provided by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
Widely recognized as the world’s most authoritative, normative framework guiding responsible business practice, the UNGPs outline the roles and responsibilities of government and business to prevent and address human rights abuses in business operations. Among other things, the UNGPs provide that both government and business should ensure access to remedy to those individuals and groups that have suffered adverse impacts on their human rights in the context of business operations. Under the third pillar of the UNGPs, access to remedy can involve a range of remedies and processes, including judicial and non-judicial processes.
The EU-supported, Business and Human Rights in Asia: Enhancing Sustainable Economic Development under the Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework (B+HR Asia) project facilitates the implementation of the UNGPs in 7 countries in Asia including, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
For responsible business practices to truly gain traction in Sri Lanka as elsewhere, the state and business must play their respective roles. Thankfully, the roles and responsibilities of the state and businesses have been clearly articulated by the UNGPs. Ensuring the UNGPs are understood more widely by people in policy circles and with decision making authority is a matter of first instance.
Scope and Objectives
Against this backdrop, UNDP Sri Lanka would like to roll out 02 training programmes on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to:
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will undertake the following tasks:
*If the candidate is an international, they would be required to partner with an individual / local organization to ensure local language requirements are met and trainings are contextualized.
The consultant will directly work with the Business & Human Rights Specialist UNDP while reporting to the Programme Manager UNDP.
Duration of Contract
The assignment duration would be 03 months: September 2021 – December 2021.
Technical, partnership and behavioural competencies
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree in Human Rights, Economics, Political Science, or other Social Sciences, or closely related fields.
Evaluation Method and Criteria
The award of the contract shall 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 set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 700 points)
Overall technical evaluation criteria:
Details of evaluation criteria and marking scheme:
Part 1: Relevance of Education:
Part 2: Relevance of experience in area of specialization
Part 3: Special skills
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 490 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
How to Apply
To apply please access UNDP Jobs site http://jobs.undp.org.
The application should contain:
All Inclusive Lump Sum amount: LKR (_____________________________________)
Amount in words: (Rs._______________________________________________________________)
Please refer the below link to access the template
Note: Payments will be based on invoices on achievement of agreed milestones i.e., upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification of acceptance by UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee” including his/her consultancy and professional fee, travel, board and lodging, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant. UNDP will only pay for any unplanned travel outside of this TOR and Duty Station on actual basis and on submission of original bills/invoices and on prior agreement with UNDP officials. Daily per diem and costs for accommodation/meals/incidental expenses for such travel shall not exceed established local UNDP DSA rates.
For an Individual Contractor who is 65 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for the purpose of arriving at the duty station or as an integral duty required travel under the TOR, a full medical examination and statement of fitness to work must be provided. Such medical examination costs must be factored into the financial proposal above. Medical examination is not a requirement for individuals on RLA contracts.
PAYMENT FOR SERVICES
Payments will be based on work completed/ progress certified by the Business & Human Rights Specialist / Programme Manager UNDP. The consultant would need to attach a progress report / field travel costs (receipts) if applicable, when requesting payment.
UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workplace, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and Qualified women are encouraged to apply.