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Location: Home-based with mission to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Application Deadline: 12-May-13
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: International Consultant
Languages Required: English; Russian
Starting Date: (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 26-May-2013
Duration of Initial Contract: 20 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment: 20 working days in May-June 2013

The European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Turkmenistan and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are currently implementing a joint project entitled “Strengthening the national capacity of Turkmenistan to promote and protect human rights”. This project started in September 2009 with duration of 46 months.

The overall objective of the project is to engage the Government of Turkmenistan on its duty and capacity to comply with its international human rights standards and to improve the knowledge and capacity of rights holders to claim their rights. The main implementing partner is the Turkmen National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan.

One of the activities foreseen under the project entails the provision of support to the preparation of dialogues with UN human rights treaty bodies and follow up to their recommendations. This activity targets in particular the members of the Interdepartmental Commission for monitoring the implementation of international human rights instruments (IC) and its Working Group (WG).

In June 2012 the project organized training for the members of the IC/WG on the development and use of indicators framework and benchmarks for human rights implementation and reporting. The purpose of the workshop was to train the members of the Government of Turkmenistan in gaining better understanding of the indicators available to the country in order to improve planning, compliance, reporting and implementation of the human rights standards and treaty obligations. During the workshop further follow-up work was agreed with the national partners.
This work includes consultations and training to provide direct assistance to one or more specific ministries in their planning processes. This would entail work with one ministry at a time – as a pilot ministry – in helping staff of the ministry to design indicators around their programs or new programs under consideration in order to facilitate benchmarking around human rights implementation.
This can assist development of a human rights indicator framework that is tailored directly to ministry needs, and help their reporting back to NIDHR for treaty-body reporting. Such a pilot-framework could serve as a basis for development of similar instruments for other ministries. It would help to ensure that the ministries responsible can help target programs or adjust them to ensure more effective data collection and monitoring of human rights implementation in all areas relevant to their work. The Ministry of Education was identified by the national partner as the pilot ministry.

> Required Skills and Experience
1. Education:
Advanced university degree in a relevant field, such as law, political science, international relations or a related field with a particular focus on human rights;
2. Experience:
Experience in capacity and institution building in the area of human rights, in particular in relation to human rights data collection, monitoring and reporting;
At least 7 years of relevant working experience
Knowledge and experience of work in the CIS or Central Asia is an advantage;
3. Language Requirements:
Excellent written and spoken English; fluent Russian an advantage.

> Submission of applications
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Cover letter explaining why they are the most suitable candidate for the assignment;
Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from ); please upload the P11 instead of your CV;
A brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work;
Financial proposal: All applicants shall submit a detailed, carefully considered and justified financial statement based on a lump sum specifying (1) a daily fee for the tasks and an estimated duration as specified in this announcement and (2) any other possible costs (including vaccinations, travel to and from the mission, dwelling, etc.).



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