International Expert on Human Rights Monitoring and Evaluation


Location : Yerevan, ARMENIA
Application Deadline :14-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
25-Feb-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :20 working days (February – December 2018)

Background

To support the Government of Armenia in advancing its Human Rights national agenda and meeting the commitments vis-à-vis European and international Human Rights instruments, UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA with funding from the European Union implement a Project focusing on a number of priority areas under the framework of the National Strategy on Protection of Human Rights and the Action Plan, Human Rights Budget Support of the EU as well as the recommendations issued by International and Regional HR Mechanisms (including UPR, UN ICCPR, UN CEDAW, UN CRPD, UN CRC, UN CAT and SPT).  

  • Establishment of effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems for human rights sector;
  • Protection from torture and ill-treatment;
  • Support adoption and enforcement of anti-discrimination law;
  • Prevention of gender-based violence;
  • Improved child protection systems.

The Government of Armenia has reconfirmed its commitment to promote and protect democratic values and make human rights part of its national agenda by adopting the National Human Rights Strategy in 2012 and the HR Action Plan for 2014-16, with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) responsible for the overall coordination and implementation process. In the course of implementation of the 2014-16 HR Action Plan, the MoJ identified the need for comprehensive coordination, monitoring and evaluation system as well as for enhanced reporting capacity of the relevant stakeholders.

Next, the Government developed a new HR Action Plan for 2017-19, and formed a Coordination Council under the MoJ responsible for its implementation. The activities under 2017-19 HR Action Plan include indicators and time-lines, however, to allow the MoJ to measure and to report on the progress of implementation in a systematic way, the HR Action Plan still needs to envisage mechanisms for monitoring the progress and evaluation of the results based on best international practice. The M&E mechanisms should (i) serve the purpose of systematic gathering and analysis of data, (ii) offer feedback tools, (iii) be used for coordination and reporting purposes and (iv) serve as a basis for future planning. Last but not least, the monitoring process should encourage broader civil society participation for public acceptance of the results.

To address these needs, the Project will support the MoJ to develop and apply effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and to conduct annual revision of targets and performance indicators based on the best international practices. The Project will also strengthen the capacity of the Coordination Council, including reporting and coordination with the responsible agencies.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall coordination of UNDP Democratic Governance Portfolio and direct supervision of the HR Project Coordinator, the International Expert will work together with a National Expert to  support the MoJ in (i)  assessing the results framework of the HRAP 2017-19 with consideration of achievements and lessons learned of 2014-16 HRAP (ii) developing monitoring and evaluation tools for HRAP implementation and preparing corresponding reports, (iii) training of the representatives of the Coordination Council and respective state agencies on the results-based framework for effective systematic assessment and feedback.

  • Assessment of the results framework of the HRAP 2017-19, implementation of the HRAP 2014-16 and other related policy documents
  • Design a HRAP results-based monitoring framework, based on indicators, means of verification, data sources, etc. To that end,
  • In consultation with stakeholders, develop and validate guidelines for HRAP monitoring and reporting of the Coordination Council and for HRAP reporting of the Government agencies;
  • Train designated staff of the Coordination Council and other Government agencies, as well as of respective National Assembly Committees on international human rights standards, corresponding SDG framework and the synergy with the national HR framework for efficient reporting purposes;
  • Train the Coordination Council on mechanisms and tools (including gender sensitization and HRBA) for effective and regular monitoring, assessment of progress and feedback mechanisms;
  • Train designated staff of the Coordination Council and other Government agencies for implementation of the M&E framework;
  • Provide recommendations for inclusive representation and engagement of civil society in the oversight processes vis-à-vis implementation of the HRAP and International HR recommendations in line with OHCHR requirements and guidelines.

Expected outputs:   

  • Assess the results framework of the current HRAP 2017-19, with consideration of lessons learned of the HRAP 2014-16 and other related policy documents to develop a monitoring system for implementation of the NHRS and the HRAP.
  • Design HRAP results-based monitoring framework with relevant indicators, means of verification, data sources, etc.
  • Develop and validate guidelines for the HRAP monitoring and reporting of the Coordination Council and other Government agencies and for HRAP reporting of the Government agencies.
  • Train designated staff of the Coordination Council Coordination and other Government agencies, as well as of respective National Assembly Committees on international human rights standards, corresponding SDG framework and the synergy with the national HR framework for efficient reporting purposes.
  • Train the Coordination Council on mechanisms and tools (including gender sensitization and HRBA) for effective and regular monitoring, assessment of progress and feedback mechanism.
  • Train designated staff of the Coordination Council and other Government agencies for implementation of the M&E framework.
  • Provide package of recommendations for inclusive representation and engagement of civil society in the oversight processes vis-à-vis implementation for the HRAP and international HR recommendations in line with the OHCHR requirements and guidelines.
  • Conduct seminar/workshop with civil society representatives on their role and efficient engagement techniques in the oversight processes vis-à-vis implementation of the HRAP.
  • Prepare an all-inclusive final assignment report for submission to UNDP.

 

Terms and Conditions for provision of services:

The UNDP and the national expert will be responsible for assisting the International Expert in acquiring relevant documentation, data and evidence, organisation of meetings, as well as support in identification of training participants

 


Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Sensitivity and adaptability to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.
  • Strong analytical aptitude and effective interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills;
  • Facilitation and training skills;
  • Strong ability to set priorities and manage time effectively;


Required Skills and Experience

  Education: 

  • Master’s degree in Law, Social Sciences or other related field, with solid experience in results- based management, monitoring and evaluation

Experience:

  • At least 7 years of proven experience in conducting monitoring, evaluation and results-based management in human rights field;
  • At least 5 years of experience in research and analysis;
  • At least 5 years of experience in reporting on European and/or UN human rights instruments and national human rights strategies;
  • Experience in drafting guidelines and policy documents;
  • At least 5 years of experience in provision of expertise to the Government;
  • Working experience in the ECIS region is a strong asset.

Languages: 

  • Excellent knowledge of English (knowledge of Russian is an asset).   

     

NDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS WILL BE EVALUATED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING METHODOLOGY:

Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants' technical qualifications,  experience and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as technically responsive/compliant/acceptable to the requirements of the ToR and received the highest cumulative (technical and financial) score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation - max. 70 points

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation - max. 30 points.

 

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.

General Conditions of Contract is available here: http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/documents/procurement/documents/IC%20-%20General%20Conditions.pdf.

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