IC/UNDP/B+HR/032/2021 - Research Specialist for Policy Review


Location : Home-Based, INDONESIA
Application Deadline :26-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :2d 11h 31m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :35 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months


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Background

Interest candidate has to access procurement notice Ref.: IC/UNDP/B+HR/032/2021 - Research Specialist for Policy Review at the following link: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=75302

We encourage you to submit your application through this website and send the complete application to bids.id@undp.org (only application with complete supporting document received in bids.id@undp.org before or at the closing date will be proceed).

 

The Program

Asia has long been synonymous with economic dynamism. Over the last several decades, hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty, health and educational provision has been enhanced, and new industries have taken root. Still, rapid economic growth has not been without steep social and environmental costs, with long-term implications for the well-being and prosperity of states, communities, and individuals in the region.

The objective of the Business and Human Rights in Asia (B+HR Asia) program is to promote the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) as a means to address business-related risks and adverse impacts while levelling the playing field to allow responsible businesses to remain competitive. Supported by the European Union (EU), B+HR Asia is programming in six countries including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka. The programme also produces guidance to address COVID-19 related human rights risks in Asian value chains.

B+HR Asia research and communications activities target a wide range of audiences including consumers, state officials, members of the business sector, civil society organizations,

National Human Rights Institutions, international organizations, and influencers in the area of business, human rights and economic policy. Audiences also include consumers and the general public in both Asia and Europe.

 The Topic

Omnibus Law

In his inauguration speech in October 2019, President Joko Widodo, elaborated on his strategy, “Vision of Indonesia 2045.” This strategy aimed to place Indonesia in the top five world economies, with an extreme poverty rate to nearly zero percent, highly skilled workforce and a GDP per capita per month of Rp. 27 million. Indonesia’s economic growth is targeted to reach 6% per year and to be able to accommodate year, the introduction of two million new workers. Admittedly, this requires new investment of Rp. 4.800 trillion (1% of economic growth is estimated to require Rp. 800 trillion investment).

 

To realize this long-term vision, Indonesia needs to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), essential for economic growth. However, the country’s performance in getting FDI has been hampered by confusing regulations and a sometimes-hostile bureaucracy that put off foreign investors, especially in the manufacturing sector. Business leaders and investors claim that Indonesia is over-regulated with a total of 43,511 central government regulations as well as ministerial, agency and regional-level rules.

 

To overcome this problem, President Joko Widodo proposed the Omnibus Bill on Job Creation to improve the ease of doing business in Indonesia and attract investment, thereby boosting job opportunities and economic growth.

 

The Omnibus Bill on Job Creation amends 73 laws and consists of 15 chapters and 174 articles, of which 163 are substantive. On 5th October 2020, the Omnibus Bill on Job Creation was passed by  the government and the House of Representatives into law.

 

The discussion on the Bill has sparked considerable controversy as it focused primarily on the needs of employers and reportedly has the potential to marginalize workers, threaten the sovereignty of indigenous peoples, and accelerate environmental damage.  International investors particularly interested in ESG, have shared their concerns.  Some argue that the bill runs contrary to the concept of sustainable trade on environmental and labour standards.

B+HR in Indonesia

Indonesia has embarked on work to develop a National Strategy on Business and Human Rights
(NS-BHR),
as a part of a wider effort to reduce its risk profile and address systemic rights abuses present in some value chains.

 The development of NS-BHR is led by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights (MOLHR) as the National Focal Point for Business and Human Rights since September 2020, replacing the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs. Under the coordination of the MOLHR, a Task Force has also been developed to support the finalization and implementation of the NS-BHR. The First Draft of the NS-BHR has been launched in November 2020 extending opportunities for feedbacks from wider opportunities. Public consultations with relevant ministries, academics, civil society organizations (CSOs) and businesses will also take place in 2021 to seek greater inputs for the NS-BHR.

 UNDP Indonesia has been supporting the government in formulating National Strategy on Business and Human Rights (NS-BHR), working closely with MOLHR as the National Focal Point for BHR and other NS-BHR Task Force members.

 Currently, there are 23 countries with NAPs on Business and Human Rights, including Japan and Thailand. India is very close to releasing a final draft, while the Malaysia NAPs are still in progress. In this context, the international community eagerly awaits the release of Indonesia’s NS-BHR, and its implementation.


Duties and Responsibilities

Interest candidate has to access procurement notice Ref.: IC/UNDP/B+HR/032/2021 - Research Specialist for Policy Review at the following link: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=75302

We encourage you to submit your application through this website and send the complete application to bids.id@undp.org (only application with complete supporting document received in bids.id@undp.org before or at the closing date will be proceed).

 

Scope of Work

To further enhancing common understanding and policy convergence with implementation of
the UNGPs on Business and Human Rights, UNDP Indonesia through B+HR Asia program
will conduct policy review and advocacy on Omnibus Bill on Job Creation within the context of BHR and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Job Creation Bill is very relevant to business and human rights issues; therefore, it is important to advance a common understanding of the Bill and its potential consequences. The policy review on Job Creation Bill aims to help provide proper analysis to inform and to initiate further discussions among the NS-BHR Task Force to further identify gaps and opportunities to strengthen the NS-BHR before the National Strategy gets launched in 2021.

 

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Business and Human Rights Specialist,
the consultant is responsible to conduct a research and policy review on Omnibus Bill on Job Creation within the context of business BHR and SDGs.

 

Within the background above, the consultancy assignment of the policy review is to be structured around the following objectives:

 

Scope of Work

To further enhancing common understanding and policy convergence with implementation of
the UNGPs on Business and Human Rights, UNDP Indonesia through B+HR Asia program
will conduct policy review and advocacy on Omnibus Bill on Job Creation within the context of BHR and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Job Creation Bill is very relevant to business and human rights issues; therefore, it is important to advance a common understanding of the Bill and its potential consequences. The policy review on Job Creation Bill aims to help provide proper analysis to inform and to initiate further discussions among the NS-BHR Task Force to further identify gaps and opportunities to strengthen the NS-BHR before the National Strategy gets launched in 2021.

 

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Business and Human Rights Specialist,
the consultant is responsible to conduct a research and policy review on Omnibus Bill on Job Creation within the context of business BHR and SDGs.

 

Within the background above, the consultancy assignment of the policy review is to be structured around the following objectives:

 

  1. Identify elements on Omnibus Bill on Job Creation that promote and mainstream respect for human rights with specific reference to:
    • Pillar 1 (state role), pillar 2 (business role) and pillar 3 (access to remedy by state and business) of UNGPs.
    • Vulnerable group of children, women, person with disabilities and indigenous people.
  2. Identify the gaps on Omnibus Bill on Job Creation that may hinder efforts or initiatives in promoting and mainstreaming businesses respect for human rights in business operations and supply chains within the aforementioned specific references on point No. 1.
  3. In light of any gaps or areas requiring more clarity, recommend a set of actions for policy makers to consider that might be added to the National Strategy on Business and Human Rights.
  4. Indicate how the recommendations can advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  5. Develop the policy review into an Issue Brief.


Competencies

Interest candidate has to access procurement notice Ref.: IC/UNDP/B+HR/032/2021 - Research Specialist for Policy Review at the following link: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=75302

We encourage you to submit your application through this website and send the complete application to bids.id@undp.org (only application with complete supporting document received in bids.id@undp.org before or at the closing date will be proceed).

 

Language Requirements:

Proficient in English and Bahasa Indonesia, spoken and written, as demonstrated in the CV.

Competencies and Special Skills Requirement:

·       Excellent communication skills

·       Strong analytical skills

·       Ability to design and conduct interviews

·       Demonstrated accuracy and attention to details

·       Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure

·       Ability to be flexible and respond to changes as part of the review and feedback

·       Excellent interpersonal skills

·       Excellent organizational skills

·       Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability


Required Skills and Experience

Interest candidate has to access procurement notice Ref.: IC/UNDP/B+HR/032/2021 - Research Specialist for Policy Review at the following link: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=75302

We encourage you to submit your application through this website and send the complete application to bids.id@undp.org (only application with complete supporting document received in bids.id@undp.org before or at the closing date will be proceed).

Academic Qualifications:

Master’s in law, political science, social science, economic, investment policy, development studies or other relevant disciplines.

Minimum Experience Requirement:

  • Minimum 10 years relevant experience working in law reforms, good governance, human rights, policy analysis, responsible business, trade and investment, and/or other relevant developmental issues;
  • Experience in having undertaken similar assignment of a research/study/analysis on law reforms, good governance, policy analysis, responsible business, trade and investment, and/or other relevant developmental issues;
  • Experience in producing policy-based analytical reports



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