Rule of Law, Justice and Security – Research and Data Analysis Consultant


Location : NewYork, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :31-Jul-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
03-Aug-2015
Duration of Initial Contract :2 Months (43 working days)
Expected Duration of Assignment :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

 UNDP is the UN’s global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to development knowledge, experience and resources that can help them build a better life for their citizens. UNDP’s networks link and coordinate global and national efforts to help countries build and share solutions to the challenges in the areas of Governance and Peacebuilding, Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Growth, Environment and Energy, HIV/AIDS and Gender Equality.

UNDP’s Governance and Peacebuilding Division focuses on fostering inclusive participation, strengthening responsive governing institutions, and promoting rule of law, justice, security and human rights. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights are cornerstones of UNDP’s work to achieve sustainable human development and eradicate extreme poverty. Through the Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights Team (ROLJSHR), UNDP is involved in promoting the rule of law, access to justice, security sector reform and support for human rights mainstreaming in a full range of development contexts, including in crisis and conflict-affected settings.

The provision of legal aid and assistance is a concrete way in which the rule of law can contribute to more equitable development and improve access to justice. The ability of poor and vulnerable populations to exercise their rights, resolve disputes and remedy injustices through the world’s justice systems often depends on whether legal aid is readily available to them.

In 2014, UNDP, in partnership with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), initiated a study of legal aid systems around the world. The Global Study on Legal Aid (“GSLA”) aims to gather data on the availability and accessibility of legal aid services to better inform policy and programming on developing comprehensive legal aid systems that is accessible, effective, sustainable and credible.

The GSLA will contribute to a mapping of legal aid legislation, policies, systems and practices to help better understand how legal aid is delivered worldwide.

The study will draw on data collected through:

  • A survey for each UN member state;
  • A survey of national experts in each country;
  • Cases studies of several individual countries’ experiences;
  • A desk review of laws and reports on work in the field.

Under the overall supervision of the RoLJSHR Policy Advisor, the consultant will support research and data analysis to contribute to the Global Study on Legal Aid, including following up on the expert survey, developing country profiles for the report and supporting data analysis from the survey results.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights Policy Advisor, the day-to-day supervision of the ROLJSHR Programme Specialist and working closely with the Global Study on Legal Aid team, the consultant’s allocated functions will be as follows:

Supporting research and finalization of the Global Study on Legal Aid:

  • Assists with production of Global Study on Legal Aid (including but not limited to drafting, copyediting, design direction, photo search, obtaining relevant clearances, etc.);
  • Assists with the research requirements for the Global Study on Legal Aid (including but not limited to developing country profiles based on template, gathering demographic and other data to support the survey analysis, etc.)

Supporting implementation and analysis of the GSLA surveys:

  • Support the distribution of the GSLA Expert Survey (including but not limited to identifying experts where necessary, managing expert database, tracking responses and following up with experts, etc.);
  • Support the analysis of the data to inform the report (including but not limited to supporting the analysis through the use of statistical software, developing relevant tables and graphs for the detailed outline and the final report, uploading data into the appropriate platforms, etc.)

Expected Outputs, Deliverables and Deadlines:

Deliverable                                                                                         Dates due

Survey responses incorporated into the data analysis platform           15 August

Draft country profiles circulated for review and feedback                     30 August

Data analysis for the GSLA report completed                                     15 September

Finalized country profiles                                                                    31 September

Institutional Arrangement

The Consultant shall report to the Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights Policy Advisor, and work in close coordination with the Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights Team Specialists and the broader Global Study on Legal Aid team. The consultant shall provide a monthly update on progress made in terms of the above responsibilities.


Competencies

  • Proven research and data analysis knowledge;
  • Ability to write and communicate in a clear and concise manner;
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize tasks with minimal supervision;
  • Excellent communication;
  • Strong analytical and communication skills, including distilling complex information to communicate key messages in an engaging and succinct manner;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to work effectively as a member of a team;
  • Commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced university degree in statistics, sociology or other related social sciences.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in academia, research institutions, or international development organisations, particularly in developing and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data;
  • Familiarity with latest practices in survey development and data analysis, especially in the international development context;
  • Familiarity with human rights, access to justice and legal aid;
  • Advanced computer skills; familiarity with word-processing, excel, access and other statistics software.

Language:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, with proficiency in a second language a plus  (if a second language is necessary, please state specific language(s).

Recommended Presentation of Offer

The application is a two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applications:

Step 1:

Interested individual consultants must include the following documents when submitting the applications in UNDP job shop (Please note that only 1 (one) file can be uploaded therefore please include all docs in one file):

  • Personal History Form (P11), 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 (the template can be downloaded from this link: http://europeandcis.undp.org/files/hrforms/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc).
  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.

Step 2:

Submission of Financial Proposal

Applicants are instructed to submit their financial proposals indicating an all-inclusive daily fee in US Dollars for this consultancy to bpps.procurement@undp.org, using the financial proposal template available here: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=43528. The proposals should be sent via e-mail with the following subject heading: “Financial Proposal for GSLA Research and Data Analysis Consultant “by the deadline for this vacancy.

Proposals to be received after the deadline may be rejected. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal should be all-inclusive and include a breakdown. The term ‘all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, travel related expenses, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the financial proposal.

Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer

Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a maximum of 70 points and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30 points out of 100 points.

Method

Cumulative analysis method will be used to evaluate proposals.

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:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation;
  • Technical Criteria weight: 70%;
  • Financial Criteria weight: 30%.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points on technical part will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technical Proposal

Criteria to pass technical evaluation requires a minimum of 49 points out of 70 points.

Criteria 1:          

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in academia, research institutions, or international development organisations, particularly in developing and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data (20  Points).

Criteria 2:          

  • Familiarity with latest practices in survey development and data analysis, especially in the international development context (20 Points).

Criteria 3:          

  • Familiarity with human rights, access to justice and legal aid (10  Points);

Criteria 4:          

  • Advanced computer skills;
  • Familiarity with word-processing, excel, access and other statistics software  (15 Points);

Criteria 5:          

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, with proficiency in a second language a plus – which language? (5 points); if second language is not necessary it could only drive away potential applicants.

Criteria for financial evaluation (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.

Financial Proposal (30% weight of combined score)

Please submit an all-inclusive lump sum daily fee.

Financial proposals must be all inclusive and must be expressed on the basis of a daily fee.  The term ‘all inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, travel related expenses - i.e. return travel from home to duty station (Istanbul, Turkey) if required by applicant, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the daily fee.

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses will be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP will not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

Working arrangements

UNDP will provide office space, laptop and access to internet and a printer during the assignment (the cost of this facilities should not be included in the financial proposals).

Missions (Duty Travels)

The cost of the official missions should not be factored in the financial proposals of the applicants.

At this time, no missions are foreseen that will be undertaken by the contractor.

Contracts will be based on all - inclusive daily fee in US dollars:

Payments are made to the Individual Consultant based on the number of days worked, and certification of payments by the Team Leader (Supervisor).

More information

Existing literature and further information to get a better understanding of the work can be found from the UNDP website http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/ourwork/democratic-governance-and-peacebuilding/rule-of-law--justice-and-security/. For in-depth information about the work of the Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights team, please refer to the 2013 Annual Report on the Global Programme to Strengthen the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations.

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