Leading Strategic Advisor to the Ombudsperson’s Office of Ukraine 285 views

Location : Kyiv, UKRAINE
Application Deadline : 04-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 14d 6h 20m
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract : 6 months with possible extension
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.

Human Rights for Ukraine (HR4U) Project (2019 – 2023) funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by UNDP Ukraine is a nation-scale 5-year initiative. The project is an integral part of UNDP’s democratic governance portfolio that strengthens accountable and responsive public institutions and trust in state-society relations, respect of the rule of law and human rights. The Project’s overall goal is to promote human rights through strengthening capacities of the national actors and effectively integrate human rights-based approach (HRBA) into the national and local policies all over Ukraine.

HR4U is focused on further strengthening the Ombudsperson’s Office (OO) regional network and assistance to its cooperation with civil society to monitor human rights situation throughout Ukraine. One of the goals of the OO regional network is providing a rapid response to human rights challenges and monitoring information from the field.

The human rights situation in Ukraine remains challenging due to numerous interlinked reasons. Since the ‘Revolution of Dignity’ in 2014, many reforms were initiated in nearly every sphere including through the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. However, political instability, weak political will, and the need to run reforms in parallel with an ongoing armed conflict in the east has slowed or halted the implementation of such reforms. In this realm national human rights institution proved to be one of the accelerators of human rights reform agenda through implementation of its wide and extensive mandate.

In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic increased human rights challenges in the country. The lockdown measures introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic seriously affected economic and social rights. These measures were imposed without any assessment of proportionality and prior identification of consequences. The Ukrainian authorities appeared not to have been ready to address a national-level emergency. As a result, the lockdown restrictions exacerbated all existing inequalities and made the challenges to human rights, tolerance, and non-discrimination even more visible.

In such circumstances the OO faces the need for development of clear strategic vision with identification of the priorities of work to be more effective in long term perspective rather focusing on emergency challenges.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the direct supervision of the HR4U Project Coordinator/Human Rights Team Lead and in close cooperation with appointed officials of the OO the incumbent will perform the following functions:

  1. Design, manage, coordinate and lead Strategic Advisory Office (SAO) to the OO on strategic level as well as on the day-to-day basis, including the following functions:
  • Ensure development and implementation of the SAO work plan activities within the agreed timescale;
  • Define and develop key responsibilities and scope of work for the SAO experts;
  • Ensure the effective coordination of the SAO team;

2. Strengthening strategic planning of the OO:

  • Support to development of the strategic vision and identification of the priorities of the OO activities;
  • Based on the results of the 2018 Assessment of the OO regional network provide advice regarding the further enhancing of the Ombudsperson’s regional network under Ombudsman Plus Model;
  • Provide expertise regarding development of the monitoring and evaluation framework of the OO activities, including revision of the existing system of data collection with further recommendations regarding strengthening the existing system based on the best practices of data accumulation, analysis and desegregation.

3. Providing expert and analytical support to the OO aimed on enhancing its input to the human rights agenda:

  • Review the draft human rights progress study 2020 and provide comments and advice on behalf of the OO to the final report; use it to inform the communications and awareness raising campaigns of the OO on promoting the human rights in Ukraine. Relevant report provided;
  • Provide advice and expertise regarding implementation of important relevant reforms in line with international commitments of Ukraine inter alia recommendations of UPR, CEDAW and other UN treaty bodies. Relevant report provided;
  • Advise on a building, consolidating and nurturing partnerships with governments and other stakeholders that will advance the realization of the National Human Rights Strategy and recommendation of the UN treaty bodies;
  • Assist the OO in enhancing gender expertise, reporting and monitoring of the human rights challenges with relevant focus on gender equality. Relevant report with recommendations provided.
  • Provide sectoral advice and report to UNDP, whenever requested.

Measurable outputs of the work assignment/deliverables:

  • Information materials, papers, protocols, data modelling developed in cooperation with the representatives of the OO – monthly.
  • Advisory service on the above-mentioned issues provided – monthly.
  • Progress reports are provided to UNDP – monthly.

Performance Indicators for the evaluation of results:

  • Number of information materials, papers, protocols, data modelling developed in cooperation with the representatives of the OO.
  • Timely submission of the regular performance reports.

MONITORING / REPORTING REQUIREMENTS:

Work-progress reporting/monitoring meetings will be held with the consultant on a weekly basis. UNDP will be the final authority to control the quality and evaluate the work. No reports or documents should be published or distributed to third parties without an approval of UNDP.

The consultant will work under the daily supervision of the HR4U Project Coordinator/ Human Right Team Lead will interact with UNDP to receive any clarifications and guidance that may be needed.

The satisfactory completion of each of the deliverables shall be subject to the endorsement of the HR4U Project Coordinator/ Human Right Team Lead.

The Consultant will duly inform UNDP of any problems, issues or delays arising in the course of implementation of assignment and take necessary steps to address them.

All reports and results are to be submitted to the UNDP in electronic form (*.docx, *.xlsx, *.pptx, and *.pdf or other formats accepted by UNDP).

 

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
Education

  • Advanced University degree (Specialist) or equivalent in Public Administration, Economy, Management, Political Science, Law, Social Science or a related field;

Experience

  • A minimum of five years of professional work experience on issues of democratic governance and human rights at the national and/or international level, or related area;
  • A minimum of three years of leading /coordinating a team of experts and / or project management;
  • Experience in cooperation with government officials, international donors and organisations and non-state actors will be a strong asset;
  • At least three years of practical experience with M&E frameworks and reporting for international organisations;
  • Proven experience of social research and reporting as evidenced by relevant writing sample(s) written by the candidate.

Languages

  • Fluency in English and Ukrainian languages is required.

Skills to be evaluated during validation interview stage with technically compliant candidates:

  • Strong managerial and leadership skills, notably planning, organizing, coordinating and controlling, problem-solving and decision-making;
  • Mature judgment combined with a proactive, energetic approach to problem-solving; excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Excellent writing, proficient communication and organization skills.
2. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the direct supervision of the HR4U Project Coordinator/Human Rights Team Lead and in close cooperation with appointed officials of the OO the incumbent will perform the following functions:

  • Design, manage, coordinate and lead Strategic Advisory Office (SAO) to the OO on strategic level as well as on the day-to-day basis, including the following functions:
  • Ensure development and implementation of the SAO work plan activities within the agreed timescale;
  • Define and develop key responsibilities and scope of work for the SAO experts;
  • Ensure the effective coordination of the SAO team;
  • Strengthening strategic planning of the OO:
  • Support to development of the strategic vision and identification of the priorities of the OO activities;
  • Based on the results of the 2018 Assessment of the OO regional network provide advice regarding the further enhancing of the Ombudsperson’s regional network under Ombudsman Plus Model;
  • Provide expertise regarding development of the monitoring and evaluation framework of the OO activities, including revision of the existing system of data collection with further recommendations regarding strengthening the existing system based on the best practices of data accumulation, analysis and desegregation.
  • Providing expert and analytical support to the OO aimed on enhancing its input to the human rights agenda:
  • Review the draft human rights progress study 2020 and provide comments and advice on behalf of the OO to the final report; use it to inform the communications and awareness raising campaigns of the OO on promoting the human rights in Ukraine. Relevant report provided;
  • Provide advice and expertise regarding implementation of important relevant reforms in line with international commitments of Ukraine inter alia recommendations of UPR, CEDAW and other UN treaty bodies. Relevant report provided;
  • Advise on a building, consolidating and nurturing partnerships with governments and other stakeholders that will advance the realization of the National Human Rights Strategy and recommendation of the UN treaty bodies;
  • Assist the OO in enhancing gender expertise, reporting and monitoring of the human rights challenges with relevant focus on gender equality. Relevant report with recommendations provided.
  • Provide sectoral advice and report to UNDP, whenever requested.

Measurable outputs of the work assignment/deliverables:

  • Information materials, papers, protocols, data modelling developed in cooperation with the representatives of the OO – monthly.
  • Advisory service on the above-mentioned issues provided – monthly.
  • Progress reports are provided to UNDP – monthly.

 

Performance Indicators for the evaluation of results:

  • Number of information materials, papers, protocols, data modelling developed in cooperation with the representatives of the OO.
  • Timely submission of the regular performance reports.

 

3. MONITORING / REPORTING REQUIREMENTS:

Work-progress reporting/monitoring meetings will be held with the consultant on a weekly basis. UNDP will be the final authority to control the quality and evaluate the work. No reports or documents should be published or distributed to third parties without an approval of UNDP.

The consultant will work under the daily supervision of the HR4U Project Coordinator/ Human Right Team Lead will interact with UNDP to receive any clarifications and guidance that may be needed.

The satisfactory completion of each of the deliverables shall be subject to the endorsement of the HR4U Project Coordinator/ Human Right Team Lead.

The Consultant will duly inform UNDP of any problems, issues or delays arising in the course of implementation of assignment and take necessary steps to address them.

All reports and results are to be submitted to the UNDP in electronic form (*.docx, *.xlsx, *.pptx, and *.pdf or other formats accepted by UNDP).

 

4. EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Education

  • Advanced University degree (Specialist) or equivalent in Public Administration, Economy, Management, Political Science, Law, Social Science or a related field;

Experience

  • A minimum of five years of professional work experience on issues of democratic governance and human rights at the national and/or international level, or related area;
  • A minimum of three years of leading /coordinating a team of experts and / or project management;
  • Experience in cooperation with government officials, international donors and organisations and non-state actors will be a strong asset;
  • At least three years of practical experience with M&E frameworks and reporting for international organisations;
  • Proven experience of social research and reporting as evidenced by relevant writing sample(s) written by the candidate.

Languages

  • Fluency in English and Ukrainian languages is required.

 

Skills to be evaluated during validation interview stage with technically compliant candidates:

  • Strong managerial and leadership skills, notably planning, organizing, coordinating and controlling, problem-solving and decision-making;
  • Mature judgment combined with a proactive, energetic approach to problem-solving; excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Excellent writing, proficient communication and organization skills.

 

Corporate competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS

Applicants shall submit the following documents:

  • Letter of interest/proposal, explaining why the applicant considers him- or herself the most suitable for the position; description of specific professional experience in project management; description of specific professional experience in cooperation with the state institutions at the national level;
  • Personal CV or P11, including information about past experience in similar projects / assignments and contact details for referees, including clearly stated information about previous projects;
  • Financial proposal;
  • Two policy analysis and/or legal documents developed or co-authored by the incumbent.

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL

Contracts based on a daily fee

The financial proposal will specify the daily fee and payments will be made to the Individual Consultant based on the number of days worked.

Travel costs

Should any travel be necessary in connection to this TOR, UNDP will reimburse the expenses based on the duly authorized travel details, including travel and per diems.  In general, UNDP should 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.

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Criteria AEducation – 4 points max

At least Specialist/Master’s degree in political science, public administration, law, international relations, social sciences or related field

{4 pts – PhD degree in the relevant field or higher; 3 pts – Specialist/Master’s degree in the relevant field};

Criteria B: Work Experience – 46 points max

  • At least five (5) years of professional work experience on issues of democratic governance and human rights at the national and/or international level, or related area – 14 points max

{up to 14 pts – 10 years and more; 12 pts – 9-6 years; 10 pts – 5 years);

  • A minimum of three  (3) years of leading /coordinating a team of experts and / or project management – 13 points max

{up to 13 pts – 7 years and more; 11 pts – 3-7 years; 9 pts –3 years};

  • Experience with a multilateral or international organization/foundation – 2 points max

{2 pts – existing proven experience, 0 pts – no experience};

  • A minimum of five (3) years of practical experience with M&E frameworks and reporting for international organisations – 12 points max

{up to 12 pts – 8 years and more; 10 pts – 5-7 years; 8 pts –3 years};

  • Professional expertise of social/human rights analysis and reporting up to 5 points max based on the analysis of the samples developed or co-authored by the incumbent

{up to 5 pts}

Criteria CLanguage Skills – 5 points max:

Fluency in Ukrainian and English

{5 pts – Fluency in English and Ukrainian}

Criteria D: Interview – 15 points max (only those obtaining minimum 40 points for Criteria A-C will be invited to the interview. The applicant should provide relevant practical and well-elaborated examples to prove the following:

{5 pts – relevant experience in cooperation with the state institution on policy development;

5 pts – professional expertise in policy analysis and/or drafting legal documents;

5 pts – experience with a multilateral or international organization/foundation.

Maximum available technical score – 70 points.

EVALUATION METHOD

Cumulative analysis

Contract award shall be made to the incumbent whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) having received the cumulative 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 candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% from the maximum available technical score (52 points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal and will equal to 30. All other price proposals will be evaluated and assigned points, as per below formula:

30 points [max points available for financial part] x [lowest of all evaluated offered prices among responsive offers] / [evaluated price].

The proposal obtaining the overall cumulatively highest score after adding the score of the technical proposal and the financial proposal will be considered as the most compliant offer.

Application process

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