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National Consultant- Reporting to UN Treaty Bodies (Re-advertisement)

Dhaka

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dhaka
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-27

Background

The Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh provides for the protection of human rights of all citizens. The rights to life, to liberty, to be treated in accordance with law, and to equality and non-discrimination are the fundamental human rights principles set out in the constitution, as are a range of civil and political rights. Key economic, social and cultural rights are also provided for as matters of state policy. In addition, to these national guarantees, Bangladesh is a party to the core international human rights treaties.

In this backdrop, important gains for human rights have been made in recent years. A number of statutory bodies are functioning as effective human rights watchdog mechanisms with much greater authority and independence than before. Social protection schemes have been extended to the majority of extreme poor. Legislations have been promulgated by the parliament to tackle domestic violence and sexual harassment as well as prevention of torture in custody and ensured access to legal aid for the poor and vulnerable justice seekers. New legislation to improve the protection of the rights of children and person with disabilities have also been enacted in line with the provisions of the relevant human rights instruments.

Bangladesh is a State party to all major international human rights instruments, including the Convention against Elimination of the Racial Discrimination, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR); the Convention against Torture (CAT); and two of its optional protocols; the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its optional protocol; the International Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination; the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT); and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Encouragingly, Bangladesh has also ratified the Rome Statute (International Criminal Court) on 22 March 2010 and the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (ICRMW) on 24 August 2011.

Duties and Responsibilities

Engagement with treaty bodies is an integral component of ensuring the realization of human rights at the national level. The Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has sought the assistance of UNDP to build the capacity of MoFA to improve capacity for treaty body reporting based on the international conventions being ratified and signed by Bangladesh.

Scope of works: the scope of work would be focused on relevant reporting and review of Bangladesh’s initial state party report under several international conventions and treaty where the state part initial and next reporting is due. Until now Bangladesh has submitted its state party reports on most of the core human rights treaties and protocols. Bangladesh ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in September 2000. In 2014 UNDP supported MoFA to conduct the initial state party reporting on ICCPR. In this course, UNDP to provide support to MoFA in conducting follow-up to the periodic state party reporting of the HRC on ICCPR in 2022

  • The main scope of work is to conduct technical facilitation towards preparing responses and state party review reporting on International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
  • The consultant will conduct the literature review and prepare questionnaire for the state party reporting, facilitate to conduct inter-ministerial meetings and civil society consultations and based on that will draft periodic report.
  • The consultant will present the draft report to MoFa and UNDP. Based on the feedback provided by MoFA and UNDP on the draft report the consultant will finalize the report and submit.

In this course, Bangladesh will submit its state party reporting for ICCPR accordingly to the treaty bodies.

Competencies

Language:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and ability to writing report is required.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Familiar with and shares the vision of human development as laid out in the flagship HDR series.

Functional Competencies:

  • Encourages Knowledge Sharing and Learning.
  • Disseminates specialized knowledge and experience.
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Leadership and Self-Management:

  • Focuses on result for the client;
  • Has demonstrable leadership skill;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view.
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure.

Note: The individual consultant who does not meet the above eligibility criteria shall not be considered for further evaluation. Necessary documentation must be submitted to substantiate the above eligibility criteria.

Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualification:

  • Minimum Master’s Degree in International Law/ Human Rights or related field.

Experiences:

  • At least 10 years of overall relevant working experience particularly in international law/human rights/treaty body reporting/ international dispute resolution, peace and conflict.
  • Prior experiences of working with UN agencies or international agencies and GoB.

Supervision and Performance Evaluation:

The Consultant will closely work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and upon the satisfactory performance agreement by MOFA, UNDP will release payments. MOFA will assist to get appointments, participate in meetings with stakeholders and also provide support to organize consultation workshop with facilities. UNDP will also provide necessary logistic supports if required. The Consultant will report to the Cluster Head, Democratic Governance cluster of UNDP Bangladesh.

Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages-

In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. Lodging, meals and transport cost for field visit related to this assignment will be paid by the project as per UN standard.

In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

Technical Evaluation

Cumulative analysis: When using this weighted scoring method, 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.

* Technical Criteria weight; [70]

* Financial Criteria weight; [30]

Only individual obtaining a minimum of 70% (i.e. 49 points out of 70 points) in the technical analysis would be considered for financial appraisal.

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Evaluation Criteria Details

Max Score

Max weight

1

Educational qualifications

10

10%

2

Proven experiences in international law/human rights/treaty body reporting/ international dispute resolution, peace, and conflict.

25

25%

3

Relevant working experience on the international human rights standards/concepts of gender mainstreaming/ civil and political rights/economic, cultural, and legal rights of Bangladesh/Developing Countries.

25

25%

4

Prior experiences of working with UN agencies or international agencies and GoB

10

10%

 

Financial Evaluation

30

30%

Total

100 points

100%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duration of the Work and Duty Station:

The assignment is for a total of 40 working days from its commencement, between October and December 2022. However, considering the current covid-19 global pandemic the timelines may be adjusted. The workstation would be based at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and if required at UNDP Country Office, Bangladesh.

Expected outputs/ deliverables:

Deliverables

Working Days Required

Preparing inception report

1 Day

Conduct Literature Review and prepare questionnaire for the state party reporting on ICCPR

10 Days

Facilitate to conduct Inter-ministerial Meetings and Civil society consultations

4 Days

Drafting the Perioding Report

15 Days

Editing, revisions on the feedback received from MoFA

5 Days

Submission of the first draft of the report

5 days

Total working days

40 days

The consultant should produce all deliverables by the dates. MoFA in collaboration with UNDP will take 2-3 working days to review the draft document and share feedback with the consultant. 

Travel and DSA:

No DSA will be paid at the duty station. If unforeseen travel outside the duty station not required by the Terms of Reference is requested by UNDP, and upon prior agreement/approval, such travel shall be regulated by UNDP’s rules and regulations and the individual contractor shall receive a per-diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other location(s).

Payment Milestone linked with deliverables: 

Deliverables

 

Working Days

Percentage of Total Contract Amount

    Payment due date

1. Preparing inception report

1 Day

20% of the total contract amount shall be paid upon completion of Deliverables-01

 

First week of October 2022

2. Literature Review

5 Days

30% of the total contract amount shall be paid upon completion of Deliverables-02 & 03

 

 

 

 Third week of October 2022

3. Preparing the Questionnaire

5 Days

4. First Inter-ministerial Meeting

1 Day

50 % of the total contract amount shall be paid upon completion of Deliverables-04, 05,

06, 07, 08, 08, 09, 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By 15 December 2022

5. First Civil Society Consultation

1 Day

6. Drafting the Perioding Report

15 Days

7. Second Inter-ministerial Meeting

1 Day

8. Second Civil Society Consultation

1 Day

9. Editing, revisions on the feedback received from MoFA

5 Days

10. Submission of the first draft of the report

5 days

Total

40 days

 

 

All technical qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals received points according to the following formula:

p = y (µ/z)

where:

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal

  • = price of the lowest priced proposal z = price of the proposal being evaluated

Recommended Presentation of Offer:

Interested individuals must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.

Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment/Methodlogy.
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided

BGD_ Individual Contract_Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability.docx (live.com)

Suppose an organization/company/institution employs an Offeror and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA). In this case, the Offeror must indicate this at this point and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated into the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. 

Note: The individual consultant who does not submit the above documents/requirements(which applicable) shall not be considered for further evaluation.

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