National Consultant to analyse gap existing laws, policies and rules in adressing Rights (including Land Rights) of the ethnic and religious minorities in BD) Human Rights Programme (HRP), UNDP


Location : Dhaka, BANGLADESH
Application Deadline :30-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :20 Working days over a period of 02 months

Background

Human Rights Programme (HRP) is an initiative of UNDP that aims to strengthen capacity of state institutions (including NHRC), Civil Society Organizations, national stakeholders and community-based groups for better promotion and protection of Human Rights in Bangladesh. HRP has five components and off them component-5 is designed to support national stakeholders to better protect and promote the rights of ethnic and religious minorities in Bangladesh. During implementation, HRP revealed that a section of ethnic and religious minority people is facing multiple problems and challenges to enjoy their rights as human being as well as citizen of Bangladesh. Though Bangladesh has shown its commitment as UN member state to promote and protect the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, the existing national laws, policies and rules not yet yielded visible results for advancing rights and protection of ethnic and religious minorities. There may have some gaps in the legislations and ground challenges that undermines the rights of ethnic and religious minorities.???

Thus, a National Consultant is required to provide technical support in analyzing the gaps in the existing national laws, policies and rules, which are linked with the rights of the ethnic and religious minorities. Based on the analytical findings, the consultant will develop a comprehensive research report with the recommendations for advancing rights of the ethnic and religious minorities in context of Bangladesh

Engagement of a competent National Consultant to analyse the gaps in the existing national Laws/Act, Policies, Rules relevant to rights of minorities (including land rights) of the ethnic and religious minorities in Bangladesh and defines way forward for advancing rights and protection for the ethnic and religious minorities.

 


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The Consultant, within the timeline, prepare a comprehensive research report, which will:

  1. Examine the relevant national laws, policies and rules and identify the gaps and challenges relevant to rights of minorities in Bangladesh; ?

  2. Compare the existing national laws, policies and rules with the regional (South Asian) and international Human Rights instruments relevant to rights of minorities in Bangladesh;

  3. Define recommendations for better promotion and protection of rights of the ethnic and religious minorities in Bangladesh.

    The research report may be presented to the national institutions and key stakeholders (including ethnic and religious minorities) to seek their opinion trough a consultative process. The final research report will be produced through incorporating opinions of the National institutions and stakeholders, which will be used as a knowledge document for National policy advocacy in advancing rights and protection for the ethnic and religious minorities in Bangladesh.?

Deliverables

Based on the requirements, the Consultant shall deliver the following actions:

  • A Desk study on the existing national laws, policies and rules and the provisions in the regional and international human rights instruments (as UN member states or state party) in addressing rights of the ethnic and religious minorities in Bangladesh.
  • Organise a consultation workshop with national institutions and related stakeholders (at Dhaka) and incorporate opinion of experts, where necessary in the report.

  • Prepare and submit the Final Research Report (in line with scope of work).

Deliverables with Timeline:

The Consultant will deliver the following deliver tasks:

Deliverables

 

Payment schedule

Duration and Tentative Completion Date

  1. Submission of detail work Plan on the overall assignment

30%

2 days

(17th June 2019)

  1. A Desk study on the existing national laws, policies and rules and the provisions in the regional and international human rights instruments (as UN member states or state party) in addressing rights of the ethnic and religious minorities in Bangladesh

40%

10 days

(10th July 2019)

 

  1. Organise a consultation workshop with national institutions and related stakeholders (at Dhaka) and incorporate opinion of experts, where necessary in the report.
  2. Prepare and submit the Final Research Report

30%

3 days

22nd July 2019)

 

5 days

(1st August 2019)

The consultant should produce all deliverables by the dates. HRP-UNDP will take max. 2-7 working days to review the draft document and share feedback with the consultant.?

Supervision and Performance Evaluation:

The National Consultant will closely work with Communities and Minorities Expert, and overall guidance of the National Programme Coordinator. HRP will provide all necessary logistic support, if required. The Consultant will directly report to Chief Technical Advisor of HRP and copy to National Programme Coordinator, and Communities and Minorities Expert of HRP-UNDP.

Duration of the Work and Duty Station

The duration of the assignment will be 20 working days over a period of 02 months expected to start from 10th June 2019.

Duty station: Dhaka.

Expected place of travel: Need Based


Competencies

Professional Competencies

  • Strong background of work in promotion and protection of human rights in the society of Bangladesh;
  • Excellent writing, IT and communication skills.

Behavioral Competencies

  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to take initiative and promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;

  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships to facilitate work goals;

  • Demonstrable capacity to build knowledge through using various sources;

  • Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work;

  • Positive, constructive attitude to work, effective problem solving, self-improvement, analysis and synthesis;

  • Openness to change and ability to responds positively to feedback and differing points of view and integrates & updates accordingly; adaptability, creativity;

  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills;

  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;

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

  • Exhibit strong teamwork skills in a complex environment.

  • Confident in demonstration of work;

  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure.

Note: The national consultant, who does not meet the above eligibility criteria shall not be considered for further evaluation. Necessary documentation must be submitted to substantiate the above eligibility criteria.

Lump sum contracts

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in instalments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon deliverables i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. To assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals. In case of travel, the consultant will receive Daily Subsistence Allowance as per UNDP’s rules. Payment of the consultant as per deliverables

Travel

All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel to a higher class, he/she should do so using their own resources. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs, including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

 


Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualification:

  • Minimum Master’s Degree in Law/International Law/Human Rights Law or any other related field for the assignment.

Experiences:

  • Minimum 10 years of relevant working experience on analysis of gaps in the existing national laws, policies and rules;
  • Experience and undersetting on the rights of the ethnic and religious minorities in Bangladesh.
  • Experience of work with UNDP/UN agencies or development agencies in Bangladesh. ??

Language:

  • Excellent reporting in English

Good understanding on national, regional and international Human Rights instruments related to the rights of the ethnic and religious minorities will

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • Detail CV?(including experience in similar projects and at least 3 references)

  • A Sample document of any previous report (please attached a sample report/document in the application on relevant issues)
  • Financial Proposal: Financial Proposal has to be submitted through a standard interest and availability template which

can be downloaded from the link below:

http://www.bd.undp.org/content/dam/bangladesh/docs/Jobs/Interest%20and%20Submission%20of%20Financial%

20Proposal-Template%20for%20Confirmation.docx

Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one

document.

EVALUATION

Cumulative analysis:

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant 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]

Only individual obtaining a minimum of 70% (i.e. 49 points out of 70 points) in the technical analysis would be considered for financial appraisal.

Criteria

Max. Point

QUALIFICATION - Technical

 

Educational qualification?in Law/International Law/Human Rights Law or any other related field for the assignment.

20

Number of years of relevant working experience on analysis of gaps in the existing national laws, policies and rules.

15

Level of undersetting on the rights of the ethnic and religious minorities in Bangladesh

15

Excellent reporting in English (need to check the sample attached report on relevant work)

10

Working experiences with UNDP or other international development agencies

10

Financial

30

Total

100


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