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Human Rights Consultant (Universal Periodic Review) - Reference no. IC/SEI/2022/39
|Location :||Colombo, SRI LANKA|
|Application Deadline :||15-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||3d 15h 20m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 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.
UNDP Sri Lanka’s Flagship Portfolio on SDG16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions brings together inclusive governance and peacebuilding work under one umbrella. The Portfolio is implemented by UNDP as part of its Country Programme and the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework and enables the provision of cohesive and integrated support to the Government of Sri Lanka.
This includes improving the effectiveness, responsiveness, and accountability of key institutions to deliver people-centered services; promoting inclusive, and participatory decision-making processes; and strengthening peace and reconciliation. Specifically, the portfolio contributes to the achievement of SDG 16+ targets, thus also enabling achievement of all SDGs. The portfolio intervenes across four inter-related thematic pillars: Voice and Representation, Rights and Justice, Strong and Efficient Institutions, and Social Cohesion.
Background to the initiative
The Sri Lankan Government has an obligation to take all possible steps to promote and protect human rights and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues its efforts to promote compliance with Sri Lanka's treaty body obligations through legislative and policy reform.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has requested UNDP to provide the Ministry with required technical support, further to the support provided in 2016 (also upon the request of the Ministry), to prepare Sri Lanka’s National Report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), and advisory support to fulfil other priority reporting obligations in compliance with human rights treaty obligations.
SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES
Against the above background, UNDP is looking to recruit a Human Rights consultant to support the MFA. The Human Rights Consultant will work in coordination and partnership with an independent Legal Consultant also recruited by UNDP supporting the Ministry on the implementation of the human rights action plan.
He/she will be responsible for the below:
a) To provide technical expertise to relevant officials of the UN& HR Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to draft the National Report under the 4th Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This includes assisting the UN & HR Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in undertaking consultations with relevant stakeholders in the drafting of the National Report for UPR.
These consultative meetings need to be organized with the relevant Government institutions and officials of as well as the wider human rights community including civil society and other vulnerable groups on human rights concerns and priorities. As part of the consultative process, he/she must carry out field visits targeting institutions and communities to have a firsthand understanding of the human rights situation and in recommending how the plan will factor the human rights concern of different locations and interests.
b) Assist in undertaking a review of the implementation of the UPR recommendations received by Sri Lanka at the previous UPR sessions and propose recommendations for follow-up on the unimplemented/pending recommendations.
c) The final draft report will be subjected to technical reviews and stakeholder’s consideration in a validation workshop. The consultant is responsible for incorporating comments emerging for the reviews and stakeholder’s consultations and finalize assessment report.
d) Develop mechanism to support and monitor the implementation of the UPR recommendations by outlining clear results and outcomes milestones, targets and specific interventions that will be carried out.
e) To develop a comprehensive costing plan and budget for the UPR cycle indicating anticipated sources of funding from government and development partners as well as highlight funding the deficit gap that requires that mobilization of resources.
f) Regularly update Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP on progress in the drafting process
Duties and Responsibilities
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES
The consultant is expected to effectively coordinate amongst all the relevant stakeholders in the UPR process. He/she also needs to provide logistical support in organizing activities/meetings, ensuring that the consultations are organized according to UN standards and procedures.
The assignment should be completed within one year of the assumption of duties.
The prospective consultant should have the following competencies and qualifications.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree in Law, social science or other related fields of study with a strong link with human rights
A Bachelor’s Degree in Law, social science or other related fields of study coupled with 5 years relevant experience.
F. Selection of an Individual Consultant
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.
The application should contain:
All Inclusive Lump Sum amount: LKR (_____________________________________)
Amount in words: (Rs._______________________________________________________________)
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 the UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee” including his/her consultancy and professional fee, 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 to 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.
PAYMENT FOR SERVICES
Payments will be based on work completed/ progress certified by the Senior Technical Specialist, of the JURE Project. The consultant would need to attach a progress report when requesting payment.
Payments will be based on the submission of written reports specifying the tasks accomplished towards achieving the deliverables outlined above.
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.