IC-UNDP-22-021-Consultant on Hate Speech and Disinformation


Location : Tripoli, LIBYA
Application Deadline :07-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Aug-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :120 workdays
Expected Duration of Assignment :5 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.


Background

The central role of the United Nations to facilitate an inclusive intra-Libyan political and reconciliation process is based on the Libyan Political Agreement in 2015 and its institutions, UN Security Council Resolution 2259 (2015), other relevant UNSC Resolutions and the principles agreed in Paris, Palermo and Abu Dhabi, as well as the important roles of the African Union and its High-Level Committee of Heads of State and Government in Libya, the League of Arab States, the European Union and the neighboring countries in Libya’s stabilization with particular regard to intra-Libyan national reconciliation, peace and security and political dialogue. Have fully supported the good offices and mediation efforts of the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) as per the project document of the Political Dialogue Project, UNDP Libya stressed that a durable solution in Libya requires a comprehensive approach that addresses simultaneously the different aspects. At the start of 2020, UNDP supported UNSMIL and international partners with the Berlin Conference on Libya. Prior to the Berlin Conference, UNMSIL and UNDP worked on six baskets to enhance a comprehensive peace process in Libya. The six baskets are: a) political; b) economic and financial; c) security; d) arms embargo; e) humanitarian law; and f) international human rights law matters. In preparation for the Berlin Summit, UNSMIL, consonant with its UNSC mandate and with the full authority of the UN Secretary General, operationalized each of the six thematic baskets and conducted a comprehensive planning exercise that lays out an action plan to be implemented before, during, and after the Berlin process. Supported by the Action, the outcome of the Berlin Conference of January 2020 enabled the three tracks (security, political, economic). Through support of the Project to the UNSMIL-led facilitation process, by the end of 2020 major achievements were recorded, most notably: the cease-fire agreement of October 2020, and the Political Roadmap developed and by consensus endorsed by the LPDF meeting in Tunis in November 2020, which portrays the establishment of an interim national unity government, the holding of the parliamentary and presidential elections and the unification of the institutions.


Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations in Libya seeks to address Hate Speech and Disinformation in Libya, looking to address its impact on various political and societal issues in order to support Libyans access to a reliable and safe online information ecosystem. This activity shall engage various parts of the UN system in Libya, in particular UNSMIL and UNDP.

Under the supervision of  the UNDP Project Manager for the Political Dialogue (PD) Project and under the Pillar of Governance Pillar of UNDP Libya, the Consultant on Hate Speech and Disinformation will support the United Nations in Libya in its work to design and establish projects related to countering online hate speech and disinformation in Libya. The Consultant will work towards the goal of successfully initiating various counter-hate speech and disinformation activities, working with the relevant UN parties from the design stage through to the initiation.

Assess information landscape and map ongoing initiatives to counter and address hate speech and disinformation in Libya

Provide a proposal for the establishment of a multi-stakeholder system to address disinformation and hate speech in Libya underpinned, including making use of systems available in UNDP/BPPS

Engage with relevant international stakeholders (UN in Libya, UNDP/BPPS, partners and donors) and enhance coordination addressing misinformation and hate speech in Libya,

Review and advise on the design of the initiatives designed in the UN Action Plan to Address Hate Speech in Libya and UNDP’s Strategy on Information Integrity; and coordinate relevant implementation

Engage with UNDP/BPPS and other actors on existing initiatives and best practices within UNDP

At each stage, the Consultant shall be expected to provide reporting as per the deliverable, draft ad-hoc reports, and advice.

At each stage, the Consultant shall coordinate with the relevant UNDP and Mission focal points and ensure approvals and buy-in of the activities described.

The Consultant shall build relationships with prospective local and international actors, and liaise to design and establish successful operational partnerships.

Scope of Work

Outputs are to be delivered according to the following timeline, unless otherwise agreed by the Consultant and UNDP:

Specific Deliverables:

Deliverables/Outputs

Estimated Duration to complete

Target Due dates

Deliverable No. 1: Information landscape and mapping ongoing initiatives and actors involved in efforts to counter hate speech and disinformation developed and submitted. Report must contain:

Information landscape assessment.

Focus, activities, methodology, resources and duration of relevant initiatives. Provide an assessment of the efficacy of each activity.

Name, location, description, and contacts of actors involved in countering hate speech and disinformation.

12 working days

Within the period of 15 August 2022 to 30 August 2022

Deliverable No. 2: Provide a proposal for the establishment of a multi-stakeholder system to counter disinformation and hate speech in Libya

Operational structure: Partnerships, actors, and members.

IT infrastructure: Means of transmission, fact-checking, publishing and response coordination.

12 working days

Within the period of 15 August 2022 to 15 September 2022

Deliverable No. 3: Review of UN Action Plan on Hate Speech in Libya:

Draft initial feedback of the report for review and discussion with the various stakeholders and incorporate changes into the action plan.

10 working days

Within the period of 15 August 2022 to 25 September 2022

Deliverable No. 4: Detailed Implementation Plans for the UN Action Plan on Hate Speech in Libya

Draft implementation plans for the operationalisation of the several activities designated within the Action Plan, including identifying partners, drafting procurement documents, supporting evaluations etc.

Ensure review of the documents by the relevant stakeholders/teams – including procurement teams and substantive UN teams

Liase and design agreements with identified implementation Partners in line with substantive direction.

To be provided sequentially to allow activities to commence at the earliest possible opportunity.

50 working days

Within the period of 15 August 2022 to 15 November 2022

Deliverable No. 5: Coordinate the Operationalisation of the UN Action Plan on Hate Speech in Libya

As appropriate support with the coordination and operationalisation of the designed activities, as possible.

Provide handover notes for project leads

Provide a report with final findings and issues to be resolved

36 working days

Within the period of 15 August 2022 to 15 January 2023

Total

120 Working days

 


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

Integrity, professionalism, and respect for diversity.

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated the ability to build trust;
  • Excellent organisational, team building and planning skill;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in the team, delivering through and with others

Technical Competencies

  • Finalize the research design and questions based on the feedback and complete inception report
  • Develop data collection tools and conduct of data gathering activities: desk review, Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), focus group discussions etc.
  • Data analysis, draft and final report preparation, consolidation and submission, and presenting the findings
  • Provide UNDP with data collection tools in advance for UNDP feedback to ensure realistic application in the field. 
  • Submit draft evaluation report
  • Ensure UNDP feedback on inception and draft evaluation reports is considered in final versions, always under the basis of an independent evaluation.
  • Finalize the whole evaluation report and engage in debriefing with UNDP.
  • Submit final evaluation report revised
  • Have/bring their laptops, and other relevant software/equipment


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualification:

Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a relevant field of study

Experience:

  • At least 7 years of experience in project design and coordination
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the implementation of hate speech or information integrity issues, preferably within a political process environment.
  • At least 2 years of the implementation of hate speech or information integrity projects
  • At least 2 years’ experience in conflict and emergency contexts/environments. Experience in MENA, and especially Libya, is desirable
  • Excellent analytical, writing and communications skills and Previous UN experience is desirable

Languages:

  • Fluency in English is required, and knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Documents to be included when submitting the proposal:

Applications without i) financial offer, ii) P11 form, and iii) Documents mentioned under Technical Proposal will NOT be considered for evaluation.

The financial proposal should be in the provided format (i.e Annex 3- OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP);

Firms are not eligible for this consultancy assignment (open only for national individual consultants).

An incomplete application will not be considered, it will be disqualified automatically.

Please complete the Statement of Health form and submit it along with the proposal

Please complete the Vendor form and submit it with the proposal

Note: While submitting your proposal via email please put the reference no. IC-UNDP-22-021, without reference no. proposal shall not be accepted.

ANNEX

ANNEX 1- TERMS OF REFERENCES (TOR)

ANNEX 2 - INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

ANNEX 3- FINANCIAL PROPOSAL TEMPLATE

Annex 4- Health Statement form

Annex 5- Vendor registration form

Detail Terms of Reference, P11 Form, Financial Proposal Form, and other relevant documentation can be found in the following link: 

https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=93765

An application through this website is not acceptable and the advertisement on this website is for circulation purposes only.

The proposal must be submitted by email to tenders.ly@undp.org  no later than August 07, 2022, at 15:00 hours in Tripoli, Libyan time ref. www.greenwichmeantime.com.



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