The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was adopted in 1973. Many of the rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) – the core international human rights instruments, are protected in the Constitution, both under the “Fundamental rights” and the “Principles of Policy”.
Recently, a Human Rights Ministry has been formed to coordinate the human rights agenda in Pakistan. UNDP is partnering with the Ministry of Human Rights for a year long intervention to support the following two objectives;
- Capacity development of Ministry of Human Rights to play the envisage policy and coordinating role to promote compliance with national and international Human Rights related commitments and obligations;
- A draft national human rights Action Plan is developed with consensus that clearly identifies roles, responsibilities and actions of national stake holder including Ministry of Human Rights and proposed NCHR;
Historically, in Pakistan the problems are caused by a number of factors including insufficient system and coordination mechanism for national institutions dealing with protection and encouragement of human rights. Thus, as of now the culture and ideology of human rights has not become an important factor in behavior in public institutions and citizens despite the many constitutional provisions;
It is important to engage with the momentum created within the Government for human rights work, there are relevant reasons to have a rather detailed initiation stage before launching in to a full-fledge Programme.
Brief Project Description
Strengthening, Enabling and Coordinating Rights and Empowerment in Pakistan (SECURE-Pakistan) is in collaboration with Government of Pakistan and UNDP. This is an initiation plan for the Capacity development of newly established Ministry of Human Rights, to play the envisage policy and coordinating role to promote compliance with national and international HR related commitments and obligations, and to draft a national human rights action plans.
The consultant will be tasked to develop a medium term project framework for support to Human Rights in Pakistan and present it to donors, government and PRB. In this regard, the consultant will be responsible for coordinating the thematic content within the project and developing of capacity development needs of MoHR and the draft National Plan of Action. Specifically, he she will:
- In consultation with relevant stakeholders, develop a Strategic Human Rights Action Plan for the Ministry of Human Rights;
a) Provide a background paper and a draft National Human Rights Action Plan as a basis for consultation on draft plan with stakeholders;
b) Provide quality control and thematic coherence for the focus group discussions by reviewing/commenting on methodology, the individual FGD reports and the consolidated report.
c) Provide quality control and thematic coherence to the citizen audit by providing inputs to methodology and report.
- Based on the FGDs and the citizen audit develop a concept paper on ‘indigenous mechanism’ for HR protection in Pakistan.
- Based on capacity assessment, FGDs and citizen audit develop a discussion paper for developing and institutionalizing measures to review and harmonize national policies and legislation standards and commitments;
- Integrate and collate the materials developed by the project for a project document for Support to Human Rights in Pakistan as a multi partner project. to be presented to the PRB for endorsement.
Results and deliverables
- Background papers on:
- Indigenous Mechanism
- National Action Plan
- Strategic Action Plan for MoHR
- Project document, including results and resources framework, for Support to Human Rights project as per UNDP formats
The Human Rights Project Development consultant will visit the civil society organizations, government agencies, donors, UN agencies and engage in (consultations with the relevant personnel to generate programming ideas. Where necessary, s/he will conduct consultative forums with government agencies, conduct and participate in workshops and FGDs on human rights related issues at national and sub-national levels.
Payment and deliverables
The Consultant would be paid a lump sum against the following deliverables
30 % upon submission of background papers on National Action Plan
40% upon submission of Strategic Action Plan for Ministry of Human Rights
40% upon submission of final development of Project document as per UNDP formats.
The consultant would be responsible for his/her own travel/ accommodation during the consultancy.