Re-Advertizement SLE/IC/2016/016 International Consultancy – Constitutional Report Writer - Constitutional Review Project


Location : Freetown, SIERRA LEONE
Application Deadline :25-Nov-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Dec-2016
Duration of Initial Contract :120 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :120 days

Background

Sierra Leone has made notable progress in consolidation of peace and democratic governance since the end of the 11-year civil war in 2002. This includes the successful administration of three elections, including a peaceful transfer of power in 2007 and peaceful presidential, parliamentary, and local council elections in 2012, with significantly less international involvement than the previous elections. However, a lot more remains to be done to address the underlying challenges in the country as well as to solidify democratic norms. The 2012 elections while hailed as a milestone in country’s consolidation of democratic governance also demonstrated deep seated ethno-regional political divisions – that need to be addressed. Despite major progress, young people – who constituted the majority of combatants during the civil conflict and now comprise almost 70% of the population – face a very high unemployment rate, which in turn poses a key challenge to the consolidation of peace.

In early 2013, the Government of Sierra Leone indicated its intention to initiate a major review of the 1991 Constitution. This will be done through an appointed Constitutional Review Committee, comprised of 80 members representing political parties, independent bodies, CSOs, the judiciary and the legislature. The CRC composition and TOR are currently being finalized and the constitutional review process has been formally launched in July 2013.

The overall project objective is to ensure that the constitution is prepared in an inclusive participatory manner involving all sectors of the population and adopted by popular referendum.

The UNDP Constitutional Support Programme now seeks the services of an international consultant who will work under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Adviser to provide high level analytic, technical report writing expertise to the government of Sierra Leone and the Attorney General’s Office in writing the Government’s White Paper/Response to the CRC’s final Report, developing the final amendment bill in line with white paper, support the Parliament if required and develop a concise and reader friendly summarized version of CRC’s 700+ page report for general public and stakeholders.


Duties and Responsibilities

Working in partnership with the Constitutional Review Commission/ Office of the Attorney General, specifically with CTA, the Consultant is expected to:

  • Develop a concise and reader friendly summarized version of CRC’s 700+ page report for general public and stakeholders
  • Assist in writing and produce final version of Government’s White paper.
  • Produce final version of the Constitutional Amendment Bill (Act) for the AG’s office.
  • Provide technical support when required

See TOR in http://procurement-notices.undp.org/.


Competencies

  • High degree of integrity, professionalism, personal initiative and willingness to accept wide responsibilities;
  • Ability to take ownership, and work independently without supervision under established procedures;
  • Ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations;
  •  Effective organizational, planning and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to manage large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner;
  • Ability to establish priorities; plan, coordinate and monitor work;
  • Ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;
  • Ability to operate effectively in a team across organizational boundaries;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
  • Proven interpersonal and organizational communication skills; good spoken and written expression.


Required Skills and Experience

 Education:

  • An advanced degree (Masters) in Arts/Administration/Development or any relevant discipline;
  • Master degree in the field of law, political science, public administration, international relations, strategic   planning, and organizational design.

Experience:

  •  At least 5 years Experience working for Constitutional Review Processes;
  • Work experience in report writing and developing legal acts and bills.

Language:

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English.


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