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 established 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.
- Conduct a communication needs assessment of the MoHR, building on the findings of the capacity assessment report.
- Develop a communication strategy and implementation plan for MoHR, including but not limited to Facilitation of internal and external knowledge building and knowledge sharing and outreach to provide information for multiple audiences;
- Develop guidelines for designing knowledge products and documenting cases; proper management of all relevant key knowledge documents; Organizing and/or sponsor public events/activities; development of an Corporate Identity Kit for the Ministry of Human Rights ; allocation of budget for communication hardware and skills.
- Develop guidelines for complaint mechanism and accessibility to the Ministry of Human Rights.
- Guide and work with the research team of the project to develop material for printing on Human Rights in Pakistan as samples of good communication materials which can eb disseminated within the current pahse of the project.
Results and deliverables
- A work plan for developing Communication Strategy and the material for printing
- Provide material for printing and dissemination (laws, conventions) etc
- A CNA report and a communication strategy and implementation plan
- The set of guidelines developed for MoHR
The Communication Strategy consultant will conduct needs assessment for the communication strategy for Ministry of Human Rights. S/he will provide a report on the bases of need assessment.
Payment and deliverables
The Consultant would be paid a lump sum against the following deliverables
30% upon submission of Communication Needs Assessment (CAN) report and a communication strategy and implementation plan
30% upon submission of material for printing and dissemination (laws, conventions) etc
40% upon submission set of guidelines developed for MoHR
The consultant would be responsible for his/her own travel/ accommodation during the consultancy