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National Consultant

Job Category:
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
UNRC’s Office, through UNDP
Posted On:
11 October, 2004
Last Date to apply:
19 October, 2004
Experience in years
2 to 4

Over 10 years


Terms of Reference

National Consultant for the Analysis of the UN Systems Approach to Human Rights

Background:   The UN System in Pakistan is currently engaged in a number of activities that directly and indirectly impact the state of Human Rights in Pakistan. The nature of these activities vary due to the complexity of the issues relating to Human Rights as well as due to the varying interests and mandates of the UN Agencies that are executing these initiatives. Areas such as childrens rights, womens rights, labour rights and governance are just some of the areas in which UN Agencies in Pakistan are presently implementing Human Rights initiatives. However, to make Human Rights a specific and explicit focus of the UN Systems programme in Pakistan, one must be very careful of the repercussions that this may have vis-à-vis the National Government. Such a programme must take into consideration the political sensitivities of the National Government and the volatile state of Pakistans political climate.

After considerable debate and discussion it was agreed that as the issue of Human Rights is so important in Pakistans context, and as the promotion of Human Rights is a clear and definite mandate of the UN under numerous conventions and charters, and also because Pakistan is a signatory to most of these UN conventions; therefore the UN System in Pakistan has a duty to promote Human Rights. It was therefore decided that the UN agencies in Pakistan should pursue a coordinated Human Rights approach so that their joint efforts may have greater impact. A similar request was also made to the UNCT during the visit to Pakistan by the late Sergio Vieira de Mello, in his capacity as the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, for assistance in launching a Human Rights Programme in Pakistan.

Objective: To assist the UN System in the development of a coordinated approach towards its Human Rights Activities in Pakistan.

Tasks : Under the direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinators Office, the Consultant will undertake the following tasks 

  1. An analysis of the current initiatives in the area of Human Rights in Pakistan including Government programmes, Donor projects and Civil Society interventions.
  2. An analysis of those UN Agencies that are operating in the area of Human Rights. The analysis should include references to the relevant International and National Agreements that provide these agencies with the framework within which they operate.
  3. Historical literature review of the activities of these UN Agencies in the field of Human Rights in Pakistan.
  4. Compilation of an overview of UN Agencys current activities relating to Human Rights in Pakistan.
  5. An assessment of any significant strengths and/or weaknesses of the UN Agencys current approach to promoting and protecting Human Rights in Pakistan.
  6. An analysis of the possible approach and framework through which the UN System could develop a Joint Human Rights programme, given the volatile political climate in Pakistan.

 Duration: The consultant will complete the assignment during a period of two months beginning from the 1st of November 2004 and ending on the 31st of December 2004.

Reporting: The consultant will be required to submit the following reports to the UNRCs office

  1. A detailed Plan of Action describing the process through which the objective will be achieved (1 week). The Plan should not be more than 5 pages long and should include a tabular representation of activities, timeframe, extra resources necessary.
  2. A Draft Report that highlights the main findings under tasks 1, 2, 3 and 4 (one month in to implementation). The Draft report should not be more than 15 pages long (excluding any annexes) and should include an executive summary.
  3. A Workshop Report, after the Final Draft of the Report is shared with participating UN Agencies for their comments and review (one and a half months). The Workshop report should be no longer than 10 pages (excluding any annexes)
  4. A Final Report should be submitted upon completion of the assignment with a formal debriefing to the UNRCs office and representatives of the concerned UN Agencies. The report should be no longer than 30 pages (excluding any annexes) and should include an executive summary and Plan of Action for the UN System on the possibilities and modalities of facilitating the development of a joint UN Programme on Human Rights.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMasters and above.Masters Degree