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Consultancy – Research on Customary and Informal Justice and SDG16+ROLSHR/CB/UNDP
|Application Deadline :||29-Nov-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||2d 3h 31m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 working days over a period of 3.5 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 working days over a period of 3.5 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.
More than five billion people lack meaningful access to justice. As a result, they are often denied their rights, marginalized, displaced from land, and subjected to violence without remedy. Experience of injustice is acknowledged as a key conflict driver. To tackle this global justice gap, the 2030 Agenda commits UN Member States to ensure equal access to justice for all, articulated in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 on peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, and specific targets associated with other SDGs (collectively, SDG16+).
To fulfil the promise of SDG16+, it is imperative that the global justice community engages with the empirical reality of customary and informal justice and factors this into justice delivery and programming. In a wide variety of contexts, people utilize a broad spectrum of what are variously called alternative, community-based, customary, grassroots, hybrid, indigenous, informal, local, non-state, religious, and other systems to resolve disputes and seek redress for crimes or grievances. While CIJ providers may be the only option available to many people, they are also often accepted, or even preferred, by the people who use them as having legitimacy and capability to dispense justice or resolve disputes. CIJ systems are often more grounded in the communities they serve, more accessible, affordable, and proximate than formal systems; they tend to emphasize restorative justice, flexible rules and procedures, and consent-based negotiated solutions that are culturally resonant. However, CIJ systems often also reflect unequal power dynamics and may reproduce the status quo and conservative social norms, with particularly adverse effects for women, the poor and other marginalized groups who tend to be disproportionately reliant on CIJ.
Despite these challenges (which also characterize many formal justice systems), the case for greater recognition of CIJ systems is straightforward: the majority of people resolve their problems and claim their rights outside of formal justice systems, and their first resort is overwhelmingly to CIJ systems. For many people, CIJ systems regulate access to land, water and other natural resources, and their family relations. While CIJ systems coexist and intersect to varying degrees with formal or statutory law in almost every country, the global justice community remains overwhelmingly focused on formal justice, mostly replicating solution-driven assumptions about how access to justice is best achieved. A sharper understanding of the importance, diversity, and complexities of CIJ systems is needed, as are tools or frameworks to facilitate politically astute engagement with all justice actors, including CIJ where appropriate, to help realize equal access to justice for all.
In 2020 a Working Group On Customary and Informal Justice and SDG16+ was established to pursue a common agenda that advocates for the centrality of CIJ systems. In 2021, the Working Group developed a Joint Action Plan that sets out a strategy for accelerating action on the global commitment to achieve access to justice for all by 2030 (SDG16.3). The intended outcome of this Joint Action Plan is an enabling policy environment, at national and global levels, for governments, development partners, and civil society to engage effectively with CIJ in efforts to build more inclusive justice systems that contribute to achieving equal justice for all, and evidence-based tools supporting them to do so. The main deliverable of the Joint Action Plan will be a final report of the Working Group to be presented at the 2nd SDG Summit in Sept 2023.
The Working Group’s Joint Action Plan was recognized by the Justice Action Coalition, a major group of justice stakeholders coordinating actions in support of SDG16.3. The Justice Action Coalition is a network of countries and partners who are allies in championing equal access to justice of for all. The guiding ambition of the Justice Action Coalition is to close the global justice gap and the goal is to achieve measurable progress in justice outcomes for people and communities by the second SDG Summit in 2023. The Justice Action Coalition integrated the Working Group’s final report into its own strategy, as one of the coalition’s 10 Joint Deliverables to be presented in advance of the 2nd SDG Summit.
In order to prepare for the final report of the Working Group in 2023, UNDP will secure the services of a research consultant in 2022 to prepare in-depth background material illustrating the state of knowledge and engagement vis-à-vis CIJ, identify interesting trends or new developments support “the case for CIJ” and explore a set of key questions representing significant gaps in the CIJ evidence base. The research consultant will rely on members of the Working Group and its networks to develop a report that will be validated through a series of online consultations in late 2022 and early 2023.
For UNDP ROLSHR PROGRAMME and the JUSTICE FUTURES COLAB please click the following links
Rule of Law and Human Rights | United Nations Development Programme (undp.org)UNDP_Justice Futures CoLab Explainer.pdf ABOUT THE WORKING GROUP ON CIJ AND SDG16+ please click the following link.: Working Group on Customary and Informal Justice and SDG16+ | ODI: Think change
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK
Under the overall supervision of the ROLSHR Team Leader and the ROLSHR Justice Specialist, the Consultant’s expected outputs and deliverables will be as follows:
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Scope of work
The research consultant will focus on two main elements:
The methodology indicated in this section is indicative. The research consultant will be expected to propose a final detailed methodological framework in the inception report. The research consultant should adopt both quantitative and qualitative approaches and will be responsible for producing an appropriate theory-based methodology including designing tools and developing questionnaire and other instruments for data collection. The research consultant should use, but not be limited to, the following methods for data collection:
Within this framework, the research consultant will be responsible to undertake the following main tasks within the timeline indicated below:
Develop and submit a final report for review by Working Group members
Expected outputs and deliverables:
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in a relevant field of study (anthropology, development studies, human rights, law, management, political science, public administration) or other relevant field from a recognized university is required
Minimum 10 years’ relevant professional experience in the areas of access to justice and rule of law, human rights, peacebuilding, and conflict prevention, and / or women’s equality and empowerment;
Demonstrated experience working specifically on issues related to customary and informal justice (CIJ) is required
Track record of conducting research and writing for diverse stakeholders, including high-level policy or academic publications is required.
Previous experience (5-10 years) in field qualitative research and previous studies or publications on customary and informal justice practices, hybrid justice mechanisms (customary/formal), and/or links between customary and formal justice mechanisms are a big asset.
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
p = y (µ/z), where
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Rule of Law, Security, and Human Rights Justice Specialist and the Head or ROLSHR CB and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified above and deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form for ICs
Annex 2 - IC Contract Template
Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex 4 – RLA Template
Any request for clarification must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.