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International Consultant (Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) Advisor) ROLHS-UNDP
|Location :||Kabul, AFGHANISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||29-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3 months (maximum 66 working days)|
UNDP Global Mission Statement:
UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
UNDP in Afghanistan: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is committed to strengthening the capacity of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s (GIROA) to administer rule of law and improve the safety and security for all Afghan citizens. As the lead rule of law institution in the country, improving the ability of the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoIA) to fulfil its mandate remains critical to the overall stability of Afghanistan and its people. As the UN’s primary development agency, and a longstanding development partner to GIROA’s rule of law and security sector, UNDP Afghanistan plays a leading role in facilitating extensive reform and development of MOIA as well as the Afghan National Police (ANP) to better serve the people of Afghanistan.
OHCHR in Afghanistan: The Office of the High Commission on Human Rights is represented in Afghanistan by the Director of the UNAMA Human Rights Unit. The mandate of UNAMA Human Rights Unit under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2096 (2013) is to "monitor the situation of civilians, to coordinate efforts to ensure their protection, to promote accountability, and to assist in the full implementation of the fundamental freedoms and human rights provisions of the Afghan Constitution and international treaties to which Afghanistan is a State party, in particular those regarding the full enjoyment by women of their human rights." Its mandate was extended most recently by UN SC resolution 2460 (2019). To this end, the UNAMA Human Rights Unit monitors, analyzes and reports on the human rights situation in Afghanistan and engages in protection, advocacy, and technical cooperation. Through regular updates and thematic reports, UNAMA Human Rights Unit provides stakeholders, including the Government, the Afghan people, the international community, civil society and media with a substantive analysis of the human rights situation, raises issues of concern and proposes and advocates for measures to improve promotion and protection of human rights throughout Afghanistan.
The Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP):
Background: On 13 July 2011, the United Nations Secretary-General endorsed the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy on UN support to non-UN security forces (HRDDP). The policy has been increasingly applied to a wide range of support across all peacekeeping missions and operations across the world. In non-missions settings, within the UN, examples of where the policy has been applied include UNDP’s support to the Witness Protection Authority in Sri Lanka, the national police in Bangladesh and the Office of National Security in Sierra Leone and UNODC’s support to the Anti-Narcotics Force in Pakistan. Specifically in the past five years, a considerable number and variety of processes, procedures and tools for implementation have been developed across the organisation. DPKO, DFS, UNDP and UNODC, globally, often with extensive support from OHCHR, have led the UN system in ensuring that there are appropriate frameworks and guidance in place to ensure application as directed by the policy.
HRDDP in Afghanistan: Owing to the extensive support provided to non – UN security forces in Afghanistan, with UNDP being in forefront of this support through its work undertaken under the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) for the ANP; UNDP in collaboration with the OHCHR in 2015 conducted a risk assessment on UNDP support to the ANP. With regards to ANP human rights conduct, the risk assessment considered reports on violations related to the protection of civilians in armed conflict, torture and ill treatment of conflict-related detainees, human rights violations of non-conflict related detainees, recruitment of children into the ANP, sexual abuse of children by ANP, sexual harassment and abuse of female police officers, human rights violations in the context of violence against women attributable to the ANP, excessive use of force to control demonstrations and corruption. The assessment recommended, inter alia, that LOTFA funding must be used to increase ANP’s compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law standards and LOTFA must explicitly condition the provision of financial assistance to the ANP, it’s directorates and if possible at an individual level to benchmark the improvements in its accountability mechanisms and accountability records. Accordingly in 2016, an international consultant conducted a comprehensive mapping and assessment of the activities implemented under UNDP’s former MoIA and Police Development (MPD) project, examining its compliance with constitutional, legislative and international human rights and humanitarian law obligations while ensuring that any support provided by LOTFA to the ANP complies with the provisions of the HRDDP risk assessment. As a result of the international consultant’s work, the operational framework for Afghanistan was developed, i.e. a risk assessment and mitigation measures strategy, inclusive of all Afghanistan-based UN entities supporting the national security forces.
Renewed Effort for HRDDP in Afghanistan, 2018 : As a result of the “HUMAN RIGHTS DUE DILIGENCE POLICYO N UN SUPPORT TO NON-UN SECURITY FORCES (HRDDP) – REVIEW OF IMPLEMENTATION” it has been identified that a UN Afghanistan Country Team based HRDDP Working Group will be established alongwith a confidential database of incidents of grave violations of human rights committed by units or individuals in the police, which will comprise information from UNAMA/OHCHR, other UN entities, the national human rights commission and NGOs. This HRDDP Working Group In Afghanistan will be responsible to review the human rights compliance, risks and mitigation strategies through the work undertaken by UN entities in support of the Afghanistan Security Forces. At present several UN entities stationed in Afghanistan support the Afghan National Security Forces, including, but not limited to the UNDP, UNAMA, IOM, UNODC, UN Women, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Habitat and UNOPS. Thus, through a broadly defined scope of the HRDDP working group, all UN support to the Afghanistan Security Forces will be brought under the monitoring and reporting framework for HRDDP in Afghanistan.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, UNDP RoLHS and overall supervision of the Chief of UNDP, RoLHS, and in daily coordination with the relevant focal point from UNAMA Human Rights Unit overseeing the support and implementation of the HRDDP in Afghanistan. The HRDDP advisor is responsible for liaising extensively with the HRDDP Working Group to support the implementation of the policy in Afghanistan. S/he identifies and ensures synergies within the HRDDP Working Group and all respective UN agencies/entities within the working group to ensure that the HRDDP is fully implemented, monitored along with regular reporting arrangements from all relevant UN entities to the HRDDP working group and further to the UNCT in Afghanistan. This consultant will renew the work on HRDDP in Afghanistan, specifically by renewing the work of the HRDDP Working Group within the UNCT (inclusive of UNAMA) in addition to review and updating of the relevant documents for the full implementation, monitoring and reporting on the HRDDP in Afghanistan.
Objective of the assignment:
The Individual Consultant (HRDDP Advisor) will provide technical assistance focusing on the following areas:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables; Estimated duration to complete and Payment percentage:
First Deliverable: 22 working days; 33%
Second Deliverable: 22 Working days; 33%
Third Deliverable: 22 Working Days; 34%
Payments under the contract shall be delivery-based and be made on receipt of the specific milestone reports indicated above, including a timesheet per UNDP procurement formats for individual contractors. These shall be as indicated above, and shall be deemed delivered upon the approval of the Programme Coordinator, UNDP RoLHS.
This International Consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Programme Coordinator, UNDP RoLHS
and the Chief, ROLHS Unit. This International Consultant will liaise very closely with the focal point and Chief of the UNAMA Human Rights Unit and will receive extensive advisory support and guidance from them. This consultant shall work in close collaboration with the HRDDP Working Group and with focal points from all UN entities in Afghanistan who are represented at the HRDDP Working Group as well as relevant line ministries and departments of the GIRoA.
The ROLHS Unit as well as the UNAMA Human Rights unit in Afghanistan will provide an office space and internet facility, logistical and other support service including transport and security applicable to UNDP international personnel. The consultant however is expected to bring his/her own laptop and mobile phone and meet local communications costs (ROLHS Unit will provide a local pre-paid SIM card). Costs to arrange meetings, workshops, travel costs to and DSA during field visits (if any), etc. shall be covered by the ROLHS Unit.
Duration of the Work:
The performance under the extended contract shall take place over total contract duration of 3 months (66 working days). The target date for the start of the contract will be September 15, 2019 depending on the availability of the selected consultant.
The duty station for the contractor is Kabul, Afghanistan. Some field visits outside Kabul are envisioned under the contract. The Contractor will be required to report regularly and be present at ROLHS Unit (UNOCA) or the UNAMA Human Rights Unit in UN Alpha compound during the working hours, security conditions permitting. The contractor will follow the working hours and weekends as applicable to all UN staff in Afghanistan. The contractor’s movement for meetings and consultations shall be coordinated by the ROLHS Unit or the UNAMA Human Rights Unit. The contractor is at all times required to observe UN security rules and regulations in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Functional Competencies: Special skills requirements:
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
The Consultant shall submit a price proposal as below:
Evaluation Method and Criteria:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as follows:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
TECHNICAL CRITERIA 70 POINTS
General Qualifications and Experience relevant to the assignment (20 marks)
Technical Proposal (20 marks)
Technical Approach & Methodology (10 marks) - This explain the understanding of the objectives of the assignment, approach to the services, methodology for carrying out the activities and obtaining the expected output, and the degree of detail of such output. The Applicant should also explain the methodologies proposed to adopt and highlight the compatibility of those methodologies with the proposed approach;
Work Plan (10 marks) - The Applicant should propose the main activities of the assignment, their content and duration, phasing and interrelations, milestones (including interim approvals by the Client), and delivery dates. The proposed work plan should be consistent with the technical approach and methodology, showing understanding of the TOR and ability to translate them into a feasible working plan.
Interview (30 marks)
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document
Duly accomplished Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal Template using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II);
Personal CV or 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.
Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment and work plan as indicated above.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Incomplete application will not be considered, it will be disqualified automatically.
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.