Consultant to Map Malaysia's Human Rights Recommendations to the SDGs

Location : Home-Based, MALAYSIA
Application Deadline :23-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :252 days over period of 1 year
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020


Human rights and development are inextricably linked and they both aim at promoting well-being and freedom, based on the inherent dignity and equality of all people. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its implementation framework the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a transformative and comprehensive framework for development that also gives priority to democratic governance, rule of law and access to justice, in addition to a whole range of social, economic and environmental objectives. The SDGs cover human rights issues related to both economic, social and cultural rights as well as civil and political rights. More than 90 % of the SDG targets are linked to international human rights and labour standards[1]. Malaysia has shown a high degree of commitment to achieving the 2030 Agenda and SDGs, as evidenced in the 11th Malaysia Plan (11 MP) and the Mid-term Review of the 11 MP.

The United Nations in Malaysia plans to embark on a project to map human rights related recommendations coming out of the various human rights mechanisms that Malaysia is engaged with - to SDG goals, targets and indicators and assist Government in developing a suitable and effective matrix for monitoring purposes. This is anticipated to create a more coordinated approach in the fulfilment of the Malaysia’s human rights obligations through a developmental lens. This developmental approach would make human rights more relatable to the different development-centric ministries and agencies that are also focal points for the implementation of the recommendations coming out of the various human rights mechanisms. 

The recommendations will be derived primarily for Malaysia’s 3rd Universal Periodic Review and where relevant it could also be derived from treaty bodies and special procedures mechanisms further to discussion with relevant Government ministries.

The main objective of this project is to support the government to put in place a structured mechanism that could more effectively and systematically manage and monitor the progress of implementation of the recommendations emerging from the Universal Periodic Review and where relevant from other human rights mechanisms in tandem with the SDGs and national priorities.

The project will see the involvement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (as the lead agency) in close cooperation with relevant ministries, UN agencies and other key stakeholders such as the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), civil society and private sector organisations.


[1] The Danish Institute for Human Rights, ‘Human Right and the SDGs’,

Duties and Responsibilities

The role and responsibilities of the consultant engaged will be as follows:







  1. To further develop a matrix (a preliminary draft template has already been developed)  containing recommendations from Malaysia’s 3rd Universal Periodic Review and other relevant human rights mechanisms and treaties – to be thematically clustered, and mapped in detail to SDG goals, targets and indicators as well as to other human rights related indicators (to be developed), with clear responsibilities linked to the agencies and stakeholders involved in the implementation of the recommendations in line with Government’s international commitments and national priorities as outlined in the Mid-term Review of the Eleventh Malaysia Plan: New Priorities and Emphases and Malaysia’s SDG Roadmap.
  2. To develop a clear workplan and timeline consisting of phases for the project in consultation with the RCO, UNCT and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) - that will constitute the Inception Report for this project.
  3. To consult relevant stakeholders and to obtain their inputs through a series of workshops, consultative sessions and/or questionnaires; and to present the concept and periodically update on the progress of the project to Government, the United Nations Country Team and other stakeholders as needed.
  4. To review relevant international best practices and to work together with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in developing suitable human rights indicators for a more effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting process.
  5. To prepare a Strategy Paper on Human Rights and Development (of not more than 20-pages) by 15 July 2019 for the 12th Malaysia Plan.
  6. To facilitate the development of action plans for the implementation of recommendations based on thematic human rights and development areas, with a clear timeline and corresponding human rights indicators.
  7. To develop an implementation, monitoring and evaluation/follow-up mechanism based on international best practices, including the establishment of a multi-stakeholder oversight team to promote inclusivity for an effective implementation of the recommendations.
  8. To work closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in undertaking the aforesaid tasks.




  • A matrix containing recommendations of human rights mechanisms based on clusters, the agencies and stakeholders involved in the implementation of the recommendations and mapping of the recommendations vis-à-vis the SDG goals, targets and indicators and relevant national efforts and/or programmes.
  • A Strategy Paper for the 12th Malaysia Plan, based on the matrix developed above (no more than 20-pages)
  • Indicators to benchmark the implementation of respective human rights recommendations.
  • A proposed implementation, monitoring and evaluation/foolow-up mechanism for the implementation of the human rights recommendations.
  • Organisation of a series of workshops/briefings as deemed necessary by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia and UNCT involving the participation of government agencies and relevant civil society organisations (CSOs).
  • Communications materials, including taking points to disseminate information about the project to the public.



The assignment is expected to be carried out from 1 July 2019 to  30 June 2020.


Terms Of Payment:

A Sum of Malaysia Ringgit as professional fees upon satisfactory completion of the following tasks:


Anticipated date


Upon signing of contract and submission of inception report (i.e. workplan and timeline)


1 July 2019


Policy Brief on Human Rights and Development for the 12th Malaysia Plan


15 July 2019


Upon submission of the finalized matrix with suitable human rights indicators


30 August 2019


Upon finalization of the draft action plans; implementation, monitoring and evaluation mechanism.


30 November 2019


Finalisation of Action Plan and recommendations and presentation to UN Country Team and Human Rights and Development Results Group


31 May 2020


Upon successful organization of the workshops and delivery of the Summary Report on the Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation /Follow-up Mechanism for human rights recommendations of Malaysia’s UPR and other relevant human rights mechanisms


30 June 2020


Total Man-days: 252 man-days




Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables. The financial proposal should include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including all related costs such as travel costs, per diem etc.).   Payments are subject to submission of deliverables duly approved by the Head of the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.

Note: The Consultant will not be responsible for the cost of workshops as it relates to venue and refreshments and therefore, need not be added in the financial proposal.


  • High-level of written and oral communications skills in English and Malay.
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and professional skills in interacting with government and development partners.
  • Skills in facilitation of stakeholder engagement.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to promote collaboration and consensus building.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates high moral integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Demonstrates capacity of team-orientation work, excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Sensitivity and respect for human rights and gender equality.

Required Skills and Experience

  • At least a master’s degree and/or a minimum of 7 years’ experience in a relevant field(s) such as in the area of public policy, advocacy, development studies, international law, human rights, development or other related fields.


Documentation during submission of proposals:

A qualified candidate must submit the following document/ information to demonstrate their interest, qualifications, required resources and past experiences:

  • Proposal/ Letter of Interest explaining why the candidate is the most suitable for the work;
  • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work (if applicable) with emphasis on the proposal on scope of work, deliverable(s) and knowledge transfer;
  • Financial proposal;
  • Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references; and
  • Completed UN Personal History Form (P11) 


How to Apply:

  • Kindly download the Letter of Confirmation of interest and availability and  General Terms and Conditions;
  • Complete the Letter of interest attached financial proposal (as per the requirements mentioned above);
  • Read and agree to the General Terms & Conditions;
  • Click the ‘apply’ icon and complete what is required;
  • Scan all documents into 1 pdf folder and then upload;
  • For clarification question, please email to The clarification question deadline is three (3) days before the closing. When emailing for clarification questions, please put "MyIC/2019/020" as the subject matter.


Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:

  • The UN Personal History Form (P11) is available at:
  • The Letter of Confirmation of Interest at:
  • The General Terms & Conditions for Individual contract is available at: 
  • The General Terms & Conditions for Reimbursement Loan Agreement is available at: 


Important Note:

All the documents above must be attached and uploaded as one document when you are asked to upload your CV/resume on the application website. The contract for the successful bidder will be issued by UNDP.  UNDP Malaysia, in consultation with UN Country Team, reserves the right to disqualify any incomplete submission. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.  The study will be funded by UN Country Team.



Individuals will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individuals whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) 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%]

UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.


Confidentiality and Intellectual Property:

  • All data provided in the project will be used only for the purpose of the research. The Consultant will treat in strictest confidence all of the reports, data and any material or any part of this project and shall not use any document, material and/or data provided for purposes other than the   identified scope of work above.
  • The Consultant is not be allowed to share with any external party or produce any publications relating to the work undertaken above.

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.

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