Consultant to conduct a Gap Assessment on Victim and Witness Protection and Available Services , Reference No.: IC/UNODCROSA/2210/61- SRI LANKAN NATIONALS Only


Location : Home Based, SRI LANKA
Application Deadline :24-Nov-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Dec-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :2 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

1.         Introduction:

UNODC is currently implementing a project on promoting access to justice and protecting the rights space in Sri Lanka as there is a need for protection and resilience building of the civil society in Sri Lanka within a rapidly shrinking operating space. The project targets especially women grassroots organisations and human rights defenders at the forefront of conflict prevention with the help of government allies. It intends to do so through an integrated support programme platform contributing to address their protection, financial, legal, skills and creative concerns to increase their capacity to pursue their work by improving their coping and resilience mechanisms by providing increased knowledge and capacities among women to take leadership and protect rights of vulnerable and marginalized; increased CBOs involvement within their communities to understand access to justice opportunities to protect rights of women and marginalized communities; and improving the capacity of state authority, legal aid providers and CBOs to provide assistance to vulnerable and marginalized victims and witnesses.

 

2.         Background:

The key problem is identified as lack of capacity of actors working at grass root level to support and provide legal aid and access to justice and protection for various rights violations and conflict escalation. Through the planned activities, UNODC is directly addressing (1) issues related to access to justice by grass root level organizations specially women led organizations and (2) various protection aspects of victims and witnesses of crime and how they should be provided with rights based approach to voice their status in addition to providing them necessary protection space.

 

This project aims to take an innovative integrated approach to conflict mitigation by addressing the civil society's capacity, performance and compliance as a vehicle to enable their sustainability and self-resilience, which will contribute to their protection and sustainability during challenging times. This initiative is developed at a critical time when Sri Lanka is experiencing a drastic shift in its political context due to a change of Government  further compounded by the socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, both contributing to reverse major gains made through the recent peacebuilding efforts. It aspires to contribute to address the resumption of fear among civil society actors by establishing an innovative UN led dedicated support platform implementing and providing services for civil society actors.

 

The project is implemented by UNODC Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) under its Subprogramme 5- Justice of its Regional Programme for South Asia (2018-2022). UNODC ROSA covers Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka and has been working closely with Governments of South Asia to counter drugs, crime and terrorism in all its manifestations. Over the years, the Government of Sri Lanka has been UNODC’s active partner in the planning and implementation of its Regional Programme for South Asia 2018-2022 and local projects. UNODC's integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to criminal justice reform is reflected in this project.


Duties and Responsibilities

Specific Tasks

 

Under direct supervision of the National Programme Officer of the UNODC Programme Office in Sri Lanka and Criminal Justice Expert in India, the consultant will undertake the following activities:

  1. Conduct a Gap Assessment related to victim and witness protection and available services;
  2. Conduct trainings for state authorities on victim and witness protection;
  3. Develop materials needed for trainings; and
  4. Perform other related duties as required.

 

Dates and details of deliverables/payments:

 

Deliverable

Output

Working Days

Percentage Payment

Deadline

Assessment Design

Document that describes (i) how the research will be carried out, primary and secondary sources and timeline and plan of action and (ii) how workshops will be conducted, topics to be included and annotated agenda

 

06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Dec 22

Conduct Analysis & present findings

Review all available sources of information.

Conduct interviews with key informants across the sectors to complete the desk review.

Submit detailed draft.

 

15

Complete detail research

Complete the draft report as defined in the research design with accompanying presentations

 

04

Revise and Finalize the research

Complete the final report as defined in the research design

 

03

Workshop materials for training

Workshop material with power point presentations and finalized agenda

 

04

 

40%

 

31 Jan 23

Delivery of workshops

Delivery of workshops and awareness sessions

 

08

 

Note:

  • Any kind of miscellaneous charges i.e. internet, phone etc. would not be reimbursed.
  • Please note proposals without the financial proposal will not be considered.

 

Timeframe:

The Consultant is expected to dedicate 40 working days for this assignment starting from 01 December 2022 to January 31 of 2023. The Consultant will receive payment upon the satisfactory completion of all the deliverables.

Reporting and communication:

The consultant will report to National Programme Coordinator of the UNODC Programme Office in Sri Lanka and Criminal Justice Expert in UNODC ROSA

 


Competencies

•     Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UNs values and ethical standards;

•     Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN;

•     Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

•     Strategic vision and strong research and analytical skills;

•     Excellent organizational and management skills;

•     High level of self-management capacity and proactive self-drive under very low supervision

•     Ability to handle effectively multiple tasks without compromising quality, team spirit and positive working relationships;

•     Strong written, interpersonal and oral communication skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Expertise sought (required educational background, years of relevant work experience, other special skills or knowledge required):

(a) Education

A masters’ degree in law, criminal justice or any other related field in combination with relevant working experience. A first-level degree or equivalent, with two additional years of working experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

 

(b) Work Experience

•     At least 15 years of experience in the field of criminal justice, human/ fundamental rights, social justice and victim and witness protection and some experience in South Asian context.

•     Excellent understanding of the emerging issues related victim and witness protection.

•     Experience of having worked within the justice or social service sector.

•     Knowledge of and practical experience in conducting assessments and baseline assessment and analysis;

•     Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, PowerPoint, Teams, etc.).

•     Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English.

 

Award of the contract:

The contract shall be awarded to the individual whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive to the criterion outlined in the TOR.
  • Having received the highest score of a predetermined set of technical and financial criterion specific to the solicitation and based on cumulative criterion.

 

1. Technical Criteria weight - 70 marks

  • Educational Qualification - 10 points
  • Experience in criminal justice, human/ fundamental rights, social justice and victim and witness protection field - 20 points
  • Experience in research/assessments - 20 points
  • Experience of South Asian development context and working with the government and development partners in the region (in particular within Sri Lanka) - 20 points.

 

2. Financial Criteria weight - 30 marks

Technical and Financial Proposals to be submitted separately.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 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.

 

Documentation required

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:

 

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in Annex II.
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
  • Technical proposal, including a) a brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment; and b) a methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.
  • Financial proposal, as per template provided in Annex II. Note: National consultants must quote prices in Sri Lankan Rupees. Please send the Financial Proposal separately to the e-mail address:  consultants.lk@undp.org stating the vacancy number/position in the subject line 

 

Incomplete proposals may not be considered.

 

Annexes

 

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, travel (economy class flights is required to and from the Duty Station) honorarium, 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 perdiums 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.

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

 

Contact information for queries related to the Request for Proposals:

For any clarification please contact: anusha.munasinghe@un.org



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