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International Consultant to support the Government of Turkmenistan in development of the second National Human Rights Action Plan of Turkmenistan (2021-2025)
|Location :||Ashgabat, TURKMENISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||12-Oct-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Russian|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||24 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||24 working days|
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.
Turkmenistan adopted the first National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) on January 15, 2016. The Plan is based on the recommendations Turkmenistan received from the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review held in 2013. Turkmenistan received 183 recommendations from the Human Rights Council, out of which 166 were accepted. NHRAP was developed based on the 166 accepted recommendations. The Action Plan is comprehensive five-year (2016-2020) document, which is owned by the Government of Turkmenistan.
The main objective the Plan is to protect, promote and enforce human rights and freedoms of people of Turkmenistan. The root principle of the Plan is to further improve mechanisms on promoting and protection of human rights. The Plan emphasizes the importance of Turkmenistan's commitment to international, regional and national standards in the area of human rights and serves as a specific guide to action.
The development of the NHRAP was led by the Interagency Commission (IC) on Turkmenistan’s international obligations on human rights and humanitarian law with technical support of the UNDP in Turkmenistan. The mandate of the IC, that includes the representatives of 20 national ministries and agencies, is to coordinate the Government’s efforts aimed at implementing international legal obligations of Turkmenistan in the area of human rights, including implementation, monitoring and reporting under any international human rights instrument signed by Turkmenistan. Institute of Law, State and Democracy is the coordinating agency for the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP). The Institute chairs the Working Group of the Interdepartmental Commission for Interagency Commission on International Obligations of Turkmenistan.
Since 2016, Institute of Law, State and Democracy and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are implementing joint project “Assistance in implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan for 2016-2020”. The project is focused on engaging the Government of Turkmenistan on its duty and capacity to comply with its international human rights obligations and implementing recommendations of human rights treaty bodies, including the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
In 2019, the Institute of Law, State and Democracy jointly with UNDP assessed the NHRAP to determine relevance, effectiveness of the actions taken for implementation of the UPR recommendations received during the second cycle. The Assessment represents a critical importance both showing evidence on achievements and obstacles and gaps in design and implantation of the first National Human Rights Action Plan.
One of the major accomplishments was that the Plan put a strong emphasis on improvements of national legislation for its further alignment with international standards of human rights. Improvement of legislation and its alignment with international human rights standards is indicative of a great potential to benefit the lives of people living in Turkmenistan. The NHRAP boosted a number of critical actions by the Government of Turkmenistan to advance the human rights policy including Constitution (2016), Law on Ombudsman of Turkmenistan (2016), Law on refugees (2017), Law on charity (2017), Law on legal acts (2017) and revision of the Social Protection Code (2018) and nationalization of the SDGs including the SDG16. One of the milestones of the NRHAP was setting up the Office of the Ombudsperson in 2017, though it is yet to be fully aligned with the Paris Principles.
The key recommendations and lessons-learned as a result of the assessment are that the new NHRAP should place the greatest priority on 1) improving the legal protection of individuals, 2) on building a culture of respect for human rights and 3) promoting the principles of national consent and reducing the risk of conflict-enabling environment; 4) expanding role of the civil society and of the public during the process of development and implementation of the Plan; 5) establishing a M&E framework to follow up and monitor the implementation of the Plan; 6) Resource mobilization and clear funding source for implementation of the Plan.
The Government of Turkmenistan initiated a process of the development of the second NHRAP for 2021-2022.
The Institute of Democracy has requested support for the development of a National Action Plan on human rights under the auspices of the joint UNDP Project. UNDP is to provide technical support to ensure consultative, inclusive and participatory process during the development of the second Action Plan in line with UN human-rights based approach.
A consultant is therefore required develop to facilitate the development of National Human Rights Action Plan for the implementation of UPR and treaty body recommendations based on thematic human rights and development areas, with a clear timeline and corresponding human rights indicators through a consultative, participatory and inclusive process.
Duties and Responsibilities
In accordance with the above-mentioned objective of the assignment and under the supervision of the Project Manager, the International Consultant (IC) will have the objective to produce the following:
II. Provide key recommendations to key stakeholders, particular UNDP to be involved in implementation of the NHRAP (2021-2025).
The IC is expected to work closely with the Institute of Law, State and Democracy and UNDP Human Rights Project Team.
Outputs and Deliverables:
Deliverables and timeframe:
Location: deskwork Number of days: 10 days.
Location: Home based.
Number of days: 7 days.
Location: Home based.
Number of days: 7 days.
This is an installment-based contract that should cover the costs of consultancy required to produce the above deliverables. The final schedule of payments will be agreed upon in the beginning of consultancy.
Payment will be released in two installments: 1st installment: 50% (for deliverable 1 and Deliverable 2), 2nd installment: 50% (for Deliverable 3) upon timely submission of respective deliverables and their acceptance by UNDP Turkmenistan.
Required Skills and Experience
Submission of applications:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
All experts applying for this position are required to provide:
Evaluation of proposals:
Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on the combined scoring methodology. When using this method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Responsive/compliant and having received the highest score – out of 100 points
Out of the maximum score, the score for technical criteria equals 70% - maximum 70 points, and for financial criteria 30%.
The technical evaluation will consider the following as per the scoring provided:
Financial proposal – 30% of total evaluation.
Additional requirements for recommended contractor:
Recommended contractors aged 65 and older, and if the travel is required, shall undergo a full medical examination including x-ray, and obtain medical clearance from the UN-approved doctor prior to taking up their assignment. The medical examination is to be cleared by the UN physicians, and shall be paid by the consultant.