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National Consultant

Job Category:
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Posted On:
29 August, 2008
Last Date to apply:
12 September, 2008
Experience in years
2 to 4

• High proficiency and ability to speak, read and write in English
• Proven experience in joint programme/project development
• Strong experience in managing and conducting assessment missions
• Strong experience working with government entities, NGOs and donors
• Proven resource mobilization capacities
• Very strong knowledge of local, regional and global human trafficking issues and developments
• Very good knowledge of the region and its political context
• Ability to problem solve, work independently and meet deadlines
• Good communication skills at all levels and particularly on the ground


Background and Justification:
With the aim to improve UN coordination, effectiveness and efficiency in supporting the realisation of national goals and outcomes, a number of reforms have been introduced to simplify and harmonise programming at the country level. These measures are intended to reduce transaction costs for governments, donors, and the UN, and strengthen UN organizations programme jointly with Governments. The Secretary-General’s 2002 agenda for further UN reform calls for increased joint programming and pooling of resources to further enhance the effectiveness of the United Nations system in developing countries, and to ensure the system’s combined resources are put to best use. Increasingly, national governments are requesting more efficient and effective work processes from the UN and partners, in order to rationalise the use of national resources and enhance development impact for the benefit of stakeholders. UN agencies have developed the Guidance Note on Joint Programming to facilitate the development of joint programmes, finalised in December 2003 and issued in 2004.
The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) was launched in March 2007 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with a grant made by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. It is managed in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
UN.GIFT was conceived to join forces and coordinate the global fight against human trafficking on the basis of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its supplementing Protocol on Trafficking in Persons and other related international instruments. One of the main goals of UN.GIFT is to step up technical assistance efforts. It has been decided among the above participating agencies (comprising the Steering Committee) that technical cooperation under the UN.GIFT is be to provided in the form of joint programmes between two or more agencies.
Aims and Objectives of the Consultancy:
  1. To carry out a desk review of country specific documents and other key documents, such as the UNDG guidelines for the development of joint UN programmes, Pakistan National Action Plan for Combating Human Trafficking, national assessments, project documents, project progress and evaluation reports.
  2. To develop a 1 to 2 week mission schedule in-country for stakeholder consultation in cooperation with Government agencies, international organizations, NGOs, donors and other relevant stakeholders.
  3. To design a joint programme general outline based on the UNDG Guidelines before the actual mission.
  4. To take part in and carry out a 1 to 2 week programming mission in-country meeting all relevant stakeholders, including bilateral and multilateral donors (also for resource mobilization purposes).
  5. To formulate the draft joint programme document for submission to Steering Committee members taking part in the joint programme.
  6. To revise the joint programme based on comments received by relevant agencies.
  7. To present a full-fledged joint programme document to relevant agencies.
  8. In coordination with the participating SC members, fundraise for the joint programme throughout the consultancy period to secure at least 50 percent funding pledge at the end of the consultancy.
  9. In coordination with the participating SC members, obtain official Government’s agreement to launch the joint programme early 2009. 
Key Deliverables:  
  • A full-fledged joint programme document in English, including budget, log-frame, TORs for staffing and supported by inter-agency MOUs on financial arrangements.
  • Secured Government’s approval to launch implementation phase early 2009.
  • Secured 50 percent of total joint programme budget.

(below in English)
Desk review conducted
13 October
Presentation of mission programme schedule
15 October
Presentation of joint programme skeleton
24 October
Presentation of a resource mobilization paper
24 October
1 to 2 week mission
27 October
Presentation of draft joint programme
17 November
Presentation of revised joint programme
24 November
Presentation of final fully-fledged programme document
28 November
Presentation of Government agreements
28 November
Presentation of funding pledges
05 December
Presentation of follow-up hand-over paper
05 December

The Consultant will monitor implementation progress according to above table.
The Consultant
The Consultant will:
- Provide key deliverables in a timely manner
- Ensure that the relevant Steering Committee members are kept abreast of evolving activities at the country level
- Organise and manage logistic and administrative arrangements for the mission, with the support of Steering Committee members based in-country
- Ensure high quality of joint programme document 
Relevant Steering Committee Members will:
- Contact their field offices and regional offices to assist the consultant with logistical arrangements
- UNODC Pakistan to provide working space for consultants
- UNODC Pakistan to provide translation services for consultants if needed
- UNODC Pakistan to provide access to telephone, email and fax as necessary
- Oversee logistical and coordination arrangements with consultants
- Participate in (selected parts) of the mission
- Provide comments on joint programme document (first draft)
- Provide comments on joint programme document (revised draft).
The consultant will be posted in Islamabad, Pakistan. The assignment is for a period of 2 months (with a possible extension of up to 1 month), and the incumbent will be contracted by UNODC under UN.GIFT. Remuneration will be consistent with the candidate’s level of experience, education and training.