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Individual Consultancy – Ref UNDP/IC/2016/031 Individual Consultant - Human rights due diligence
Consultant: Human rights due diligence
Description of the assignment:
This position requires a procurement specialist with a proven track record in human rights policy and in-depth knowledge on UN operations. The successful candidate must have the ability to assess the compliance of UN internal processes with the human rights based approach, perform desktop reviews on relevant policies and develop implementation strategies and country-level human rights protocols compliant with global UN standards. This requires familiarity UN procurement and human rights standards and the ability to adapt them to the specificities of the country in question.
Project name: UN RC Office
Period of assignment/services (if applicable): 30 working days (with effect from the date of signing of the contract)
Duty Station: Islamabad
Please submit your Technical and Financial proposals to the following address or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 24, 2016 at 1200 hrs. Hand Delivery is not acceptable.
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Tel: 051-8355600 Fax: 051-2600254-5
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Human rights serve as an overarching principal framework to guide all of the policy and programmatic engagement of the UN. This relates to the internal programming practice as well as in relation to partners – their selection and conduct vis-à-vis the human rights standards.
The policy to apply human rights-based approach (HRBA) or to ‘mainstream’ human rights in the UN programming stems from the Secretary General’s reform agenda. It directs programming objectives towards the advancement of human development and human rights. The HRBA stipulates that the development process promoted by the UN ought to be equitable, participatory, aligned with the principles of transparency, accountability and the rule of law. The overarching human rights law principle of do no harm is contained in the UN Human Rights due Diligence Policy, which regulates the UN’s engagement with the security sector vis-à-vis their human rights record.
The operational side of the UN’s work is significantly less regulated. The UN needs to ensure that none of its resources (payments, salaries, financial transfers based on short or long-term agreements) are directed at those, who violate human rights. The link between the UN’s human rights-based approach and the “UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”, relies on the UN procedures and operations compliant with the human rights principles in amongst other: vetting of contractors, selection of vendors and recruitment of staff.
To support Office of the Resident Coordinator and the UN Pakistan Operations Management Team with devising of human rights due diligence policy towards vetting of vendors and long-term partners, the Consultant will work closely with the RCO and the UNCT on the implementation of UN Pakistan’s human rights strategy.
- MAIN OBJECTIVES, RESPONSABILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED WORK.
- Developing human rights due diligence protocols for vetting of LTA partners;
- To coordinate the development of a strategy towards human rights based operations in UN Pakistan;
- SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED WORK
The Consultant will be required to perform the following duties:
Desktop review of the current procedures for vetting of the potential partners for LTAs across UN entities in Pakistan;
Development of country-level Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for assessing and vetting of the potential partners with view at assessing their human rights records; establishing benchmarking and assessment criteria on human rights;
Development of protocols on making recommendations for change based on the human rights assessment and for the appropriate follow-up.
Developing education modules for procurement trainers (train-the-trainer) working with both UN administrative officers as well as with vendors on human rights issues;
Establishment of a database of assessment data local private sector partners;
Advisory services with regards to legal arrangements on the retention of non-violations of partners in the LTAs for the period of collaboration with the UN and beyond;
Develop a presentation for the UNCT and other partners on the human rights due diligence initiatives.
Design the outline of and contribute to the organization of the conference on the UN human rights vetting protocols, corporate social responsibility and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;
- REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
I. Academic Qualifications:
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, human rights, international law or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
II. Experience and competencies:
A minimum of 7 years work experience in UN operations or programming;
In-depth knowledge of procurement operations, including procurement policies on human rights;
Prior experience with UN procurement units and operations; experience in human rights assessment and programming desirable;
Knowledge of UN human rights policies, including the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy desirable;
Prior experience collaborating with UN human rights institutions and employing UN human rights programming methodologies and tools including human-rights based needs assessments and programming, Special Procedures et cetera is desirable;
Prior UN and understanding of UN reform process, procedures and instruments is desirable;
Excellent organization and inter-personal skills to effectively cooperate with different individuals at varying professional levels;
Excellent writing and oral presentation skills in English;
Ability to react fast, meet deadlines and work under pressure.
Qualified female candidates, representatives of minority groups and persons with disabilities are specifically encouraged to apply.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
1. Technical Proposal:
(i) Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work
(ii) Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work
2. Financial proposal: including proposed fee and any other associated costs (as desired in the section 6. below).
3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references as well as P11 form duly filled-in and singed.
- FINANCIAL PROPOSAL
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments of Fees will be made upon satisfactory approval of each deliverable at a percentage assigned in the detailed TORs in Annex-I.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis. The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
a. Technical Criteria weight: 70%
b. Financial Criteria weight: 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 out of 70 points would be considered for