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International Consultant to support Turkmenistan Government in development of the Roadmap for UPR recommendations (2018)
|Location :||Home-based with 1 mission to ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||01-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|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 :||10.03.2019-29.03.2019|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 working days|
In 2018 the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a joint project with the Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan entitled “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). Turkmen National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan (TNIDHR) is the main implementing partner of the project and coordinating agency for the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP).
TNIDHR chairs the work of the Interdepartmental Commission for Treaty Bodies and International Humanitarian Law (IC) that was established on the basis of a Presidential Decree in 2007. The mandate of the Interdepartmental Commission (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.
The country is a State Party to thirteen core human rights treaties and their optional protocols and is yet to ratify several other important UN treaties and optional protocols.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism of the United Nations which started in April 2008 and consisting of the review of the human rights practices of all States in the world, once every four years. However, the follow-up of the UPR recommendations is the most critical and important phase of the whole UPR process as it is the one leading to the realization of the UPR objectives to bring about positive changes, both in law and in practice, that strengthen the national protection system and benefit people, especially the most vulnerable groups.
Turkmenistan underwent its second review in 2013 and accepted 183 recommendations. Government of Turkmenistan took serious initiatives on effective implementation of received recommendations of the second UPR cycle, adopting a National Action Plan on the Protection of Human Rights in Turkmenistan for the period of 2016-2020. The National Plan of Action is the result of collaboration between the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
In May 2018, Turkmenistan participated in the UPR of the third cycle. As a result of the constructive dialogue that was held, Turkmenistan received 191 recommendations, out of which accepted 172 of the recommendations and rejected 19. The main areas of accepted recommendations are:
UNDP is planning to provide methodological support to the Government of Turkmenistan in preparation of Roadmap for effective implementation of the recently received UPR recommendations of the third cycle. Therefore, UNDP is looking for a consultant with the hands-on experience on UPR reporting and implementation process. An international expert shall design a Roadmap of actions for UPR recommendations 2018 and carry out a three-day mission to Turkmenistan to facilitate a two-day workshop to provide methodological support and advise to the national counterparts on effective participatory process of the UPR implementation and follow up procedure.
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 conduct a two-day workshop and develop a Roadmap for implementation of the UPR recommendations. To achieve the objective, he or she will work to produce the following:
Prepare and submit to UNDP the final consultancy report that will cover the results of the mission and the recommendations/suggestions for strengthening capacity of Turkmen national counterparts on UPR implementation process.
Deliverables and timeframe:
Location: Home based, 3-day mission to Turkmenistan. Number of days: 8 days.
Location: homebased. Number of days: 4 day.
This is a lump sum contract that should include all costs required to produce the above deliverables. The payment shall be released via a bank transfer in one installment. 100% upon submission and UNDP formal acceptance of the deliverables 1 and 2 mentioned above.
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:
Out of the maximum score, the score for technical criteria equals 70% - maximum 70 points, and for financial criteria 30%.
The technical evaluation will take into account 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.
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.