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Business and Human Rights Research Assistant (Kyiv)

Administrative arrangements:

UNDP expects that the Business and Human Rights Consultant/Research Consultant(s) (a 1-2 person team, hereinafter referred to as consultant(s)) will be mostly involved in off-site consultancy work, online key informant and focus group discussion with a possibility of a field mission. UNDP will provide no dedicated office space or technical equipment for the consultant. The consultant shall work under the direct supervision of the Senior Democracy and Human Rights Advisor and the Project Manager of the Business and Human Rights (BHR) in Ukraine Project, and in liaison with the Programme Specialist, Democratic Governance (Team Leader). The deliverables will be peer-reviewed by the Senior Democracy and Human Rights Advisor, the PM and the International Regional Hub and their designated Business and Human  Rights (B+HR) expert.  

  1. 1.       BACKGROUND

Through its Democratic Governance Programme, UNDP Ukraine assists the Government of Ukraine, civil society and people of Ukraine in advancing democratic policies and practices needed to accelerate progress on sustainable human development and human rights promotion. This includes advocating for human rights and gender equality, supporting anti-corruption efforts, ensuring that all Ukrainian citizens can protect their rights, strengthening parliament, and empowering civil society and youth activists.

In addition to that, since the very beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, UNDP Ukraine has been providing support to the Government to prepare, respond and recover from the pandemic. This support focuses mainly on strengthening capacities of the crisis management governance structure, supporting key government institutions to transition to working online, strengthening the crisis communications and outreach capacities of the government institutions by using UNDP’s broad-based partner network in the country, both at the national and regional/local level. UNDP is also providing technical expertise to the Office of the President on the alignment of national government strategies and programmes with the Agenda 2030 with gender equality as critical to delivering on all the SDGs.

UNDP Ukraine is also involved in economic recovery, private sector development and climate change adaption through other portfolio and through various projects. It is key that the B+HR interventions ensure linkages to these projects and explore synergies.

The lack of decent and well-paid job opportunities is one of the biggest challenges in Ukraine resulting in out-migration, and Ukrainians being “forced” to take up jobs that are better paid in the massive informal sector without any social protection instead of working in their field of expertise. There is a significant risk of wasted talents and skills that can hamper the sustainable development of Ukraine. According to official statistics in Ukraine, in 2019 3,46 million people in Ukraine were employed in the informal sector which equals 20,87 per cent of the total number of population in employment, 16,6 million. The State Statistics Service reported that the level of the “shadow” economy in Ukraine in recent years is in the range of 16-19 per cent of the GDP. Persons who are employed in the informal sector are particularly vulnerable to forced labour and human rights exploitation. Many Ukrainians decide to migrate for various reasons including lack of decent job opportunities. Ukraine thus continues to face a significant depopulation as millions of citizens migrate in search of decent jobs and improved living conditions. Because of these dynamics, the population of Ukraine is projected to drop from 43.7 million in 2020 to 35.2 million in 2050, a 19.5 per cent decline.

As the EU legislators, EU investors and clients are furthering the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and moving towards mandatory human rights due diligence procedures in 2021, it is of utmost important for Ukraine to be in step with this effort. Stepping up the UNGPs implementation and “responsible business conduct” could bring massive benefits for Ukraine in the form of decent job creation, addressing outward-migration, economic sustainable and equitable growth, improved livelihoods, women’s economic empowerment and reduced inequalities and progress in all SDG indicators. Ignoring this opportunity which will change the EU foreign investment climate and trade significantly could produce the opposite effects, and further worsening the situation for Ukraine and Ukrainians. 

  1. 2.       DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES / SCOPE OF WORK

With this pre-inception phase UNDP wants to properly inform the design and implementation of a new 3-5-year project aimed at  stepping-up the implementation of the UNGPs. The research will provide the necessary evidence-based qualitative baselines, key findings, recommendations and options to consider, to tailor the design and intervention logic of a long-term business and human rights project. Data will be gathered through desk review, stakeholder consultations, key-informant interviews and focus group discussions. Desk research of legislation, policies and practices, as well as capacity assessments, sector and market analyses will be carried out, thus establishing up-to-date baselines for monitoring and evaluation. UNDP will apply a multi-stakeholder approach to ensure a strong local ownership, relevance and sustainability of future interventions leaving no one behind.

The study will bring evidence on why different categories of right holders may opt to work in the informal sector instead of pursuing a decent and well paid job in Ukraine. The consultants analyze if some sectors and possible some areas of Ukraine (e.g. conflict affected area) are at more heightened risks and prone to exploitation of workers rights.

The following tentative outline presents an indicative workplan and deliverables of the consultant(s):

a)     Inception phase (August 2021)

Following a kick-off meeting with UNDP, where UNDP and the consultant(s) will discuss and agree and the approach and methods, the consultants will conduct a background desk research, map and analyse already existing studies/research undertaken by e.g. academia, ILO, think tanks, academia or key experts in Ukraine. It will be key that the consultant(s) seek to explore how s/he / they can provide up-to-date accurate data and complement the National Baseline Assessment on B+HR of 2019 (NBA).

The background / desk research and possible first round of key informant interviews will help the consultant(s) in their further planning, draft a key informant interview workplan, incl. a possible field trip, further develop the  approach and methods. This will be discussed with UNDP under the supervision of the Senior Democracy and Human Rights Advisor and the PM. The IRH may also provide peer review to the suggested methods.  

This output deliverable will be an inception report (of maximum 15 pages, excluding annexes).

b)    Data collection and analyses phase (September 2021):

Based on the initial desk research, the consultants will continue gathering qualititave data from key informant interviews and focus group discussion. It will be key that the consultant(s) reach out to the various categories of rights holders representatives (women, men, youth, skilled, unskilled, marginalised etc.) working in various sectors (e.g. agriculture, textile, mining, construction, energy, ICT, food and restaurant etc.) ensuring that no one are left behind. If possible, and the consultant(s) are vaccinated against covid or have anti-bodies, the consultant(s) will field a mission to meet with rightsholders and stakeholders in and outside Kyiv in different communities of Ukraine.  

In addition to ensuring the voice of the different right holders, incl. women, the consultants will interview all relevant stakeholder including government, trade unions, CSOs, academia, private sector and/or private sector associations, and international organisations and key experts, such as the ILO.

The data collection and analyses phase will qualify the National Baseline Assessment (NBA) of 2019 to gather accurate and up-to-date data on the rights holders’ barriers to obtain a decent job where their human rights and labour rights are respected and/or the reasons why different categories of workers in Ukraine across different sectors opt to work in the informal sector or “grey” sector or for a private company that does not adhere to international labour standards and human rights that Ukraine is bound of.

This observations of the data collection phase will be presented by the consultant(s) at an online valididation workshop before the UNDP Ukraine team and the IRH. This may also include possible other stakeholders, representing the rights holders, businesses and government of Ukraine.

The oral feedback to the observations or preliminary findings and possible recommendations presented at the validation workshop together with peer reviews of the Senior Democracy and Human Rights Advisor, the PM and the IRH will feed into the reporting phase of the consultant(s).

This output deliverable will be a presentation of the preliminary findings and recommendations at the validation workshop.

c)     Reporting phase: Write up of draft report, final report and presentention of key findings and recommendations at multi-stakeholder event (October and primo November 2021)

The phase will be devoted to the further write-up of the analyses and reporting on the key findings and recommendations into a draft and final report. It is als expected that the team will debrief UNDP Ukraine and present the key findings and recommendations of the study at a multistakeholder meeting, which is likely to be online.

The final report should include no more than 10-15 recommendations, which should be operational for future interventions. The draft and final report will be subject to peer review and approval by UNDP Ukraine and the IRH.

This output deliverables will be a draft and final report and a PPt presentation of the key findings and recommendations at a multi-stakeholder meeting.

  1. 3.       Deliverables AND IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE

The deliverables are expected within a period of August to December, 2021.

Deliverable #

Task description

Deadline

Deliverable 1

  • Conduct a kick-off meeting with UNDP todiscuss and agree on the approach and methods of desk-research;
  • Conduct a background desk research, map and analyse already existing studies/research undertaken by e.g. academia, ILO, think tanks, academia or key experts in Ukraine;
  • Present all observations and data collected at an online valididation workshop before the UNDP Ukraine team and the IRH;
  • Detailed inception report (of maximum 15 pages, excluding annexes).

31 August, 2021

Deliverable 2

  • Based on the inception report continue gathering qualititave data from key informant interviews and focus group discussion (reach out to the various categories of rights holders representatives (women, men, youth, skilled, unskilled, marginalised etc.) working in various sectors (e.g. agriculture, textile, mining, construction, energy, ICT, food and restaurant etc.) ensuring that no one is left behind);
  • Presentation of the preliminary findings and recommendations at the validation workshop.

30 September, 2021

 

Deliverable 3

  • Write up a draft of final report, get it approved and accepted by UNDP.

10 November, 2021

Deliverable 4

  • Presentent key findings and recommendations at multi-stakeholder event .

30 November, 2021

 

  1. 4.       monitoring/REPORTING requirements

The consultant(s) will be responsible for the entire work. The consultant(s) shall present written monthly 1-2 pages summaries on the status of the work to the Senior Democracy and Human Rights Advisor and the Project Manager of the Business and Human Rights (BHR) in Ukraine Project.

The payments shall be arranged upon completion, presentation and acceptance ofwritten reports by UNDP as listed in the table above.

All documents should be transmitted to UNDP electronically (formats of * .docx, * .xlsx, * .pptx, * .pdf or other commonly used formats) in the English language. UNDP will provide payments upon provision of deliverables duly certified by UNDP per the table above.

The payment shall be arranged in stages in accordance with the proposed payment scheme below and upon acceptance of the deliverables based on quality control and acceptance of recommendations. The Contractor shall comply with the quality assurance system of UNDP, and provide the necessary information, reports and statistics according to a preliminary determined schedule or as soon as possible (within a reasonable period of time).

In particular, the payment schedule will be as follows:

  • Deliverable 1 – 25%
  • Deliverable 2 – 25%
  • Deliverable 3 – 25%
  • Deliverable 4 – 25%
  1. 5.       EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS
  • An advanced university degree in Law, Human Rights, Political science, Sociology or relevant social sciences field;
  • 5-10 years of experience in human rights, social protection and preferably have some knowledge of business and human rights in Ukraine;
  • Experience in working with civil society in Ukraine and with different categories of rights holders;

Good understanding of human rights based approaches and gender equality;5-10 years of experience with conducting relevant research, analysing and presenting data and providing writeups and/or research studies for international organizations, INGOs, or other relevant entities;Knowledge of business and human right and private sector environmental protection will be an asset;

  • Knowledge and experience working with the international community, the UN and the EU in Ukraine will be an asset.
    • Proven track record of analytical capacity, as evidenced by at least 2 relevant examples including reports, analytical memos, background notes and other knowledge products (Ukrainian or English);
    • Fluency in English and Ukrainian at native language proficiency.

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical  standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, ethnic, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

 

  1. 6.       EVALUATION

 

Cumulative analysis

Contract award shall be made to the incumbent whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) having received the cumulative highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

* Technical Criteria weight: 70%

* Financial Criteria weight: 30%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum 70% from the maximum available technical score (49 points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation

The proposal obtaining the overall cumulatively highest score after adding the score of the technical proposal and the financial proposal will be considered as the most compliant offer and will be awarded a contract.

Technical Criteria

  • Education5 pts max:

ü   5 pts – At least Master’s / Specialist degree in Law, human rights, sociologyor other relevant social sciences field. Specialisation in human rights and business, or social protection and labour markets/rights;

ü   3 pts – At least Master’s / Specialist’s degree in Law, human rights, public policy, public administration or other relevant social sciences field;

  • Experience20 pts max:

ü 20 pts – 9 or more years of relevant experience in human rights and/or  social protection and preferably some experience with business and human rights in Ukraine;

ü 17 pts – from 8 to 10 years of relevant experience human rights and/or  social protection and preferably some experience with business and human rightsi;

ü 15 pts – at least 7 years of experience in  human rights and/or  social protection and preferably some experience with business and human rights ;

•     Experience – 20 pts max:

ü  20 pts - 9 or more years of relevant experience with conducting research, analysing and presenting data and providing writeups and/or research studies for international organizations, INGOs, or other relevant entities;

ü  17 pts – from 6 to 8 years of relevant experience with conducting research, analysing and presenting data and providing writeups and/or research studies for international organizations, INGOs, or other relevant entities;

ü  15 pts – at least 5 years of relevant experience with conducting research, analysing and presenting data and providing writeups and/or research studies for international organizations, INGOs, or other relevant entities;

 

  • Proven track record of analytical capacity, as evidenced by at least 2 relevant examples including reports, analytical memos, background notes and other knowledge products (Ukrainian or English) – 25 pts max;

ü  25 pts – the writing sample is extremely well structured, the style is concise and to the point, and the text explains complex issues in a structured manner. There are few if any at allgrammatical errors, and the sample demonstrates expert-level awareness of the subject that is being reported/analysed.

ü   20 pts – the writing sample has a structure, the style may be wordy or somewhat unclear, with minor repetitions and may be harder to follow. There are some grammatical errors or misprints, but they do not, in general, spoil the impression of the analytical piece. The sample, otherwise, demonstrates significant awareness of the subject that is being reported/analysed.

ü  11 pts – the writing sample’s text is not very well structured. The style is wordy and repetitive. The narrative is not easy to follow. The text has grammatical and stylistic errors that make it hard to comprehend or that make an otherwise professional in contents text look amateurish and substandard. All these factors lead the readers to doubt the expertise of the author.

  • Language skills – 5 pts max

ü  5 pts – Native / fluent Ukrainian combined with fluent English (writing/orally);

Financial Criteria

The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal and will equal to 30. All other price proposals will be evaluated and assigned points, as per below formula:

30 points [max points available for financial part] x [lowest of all evaluated offered prices among responsive offers] / [evaluated price].

 

  1. 7.       FINANCIAL PROPOSAL

The financial proposal shall specify the cost of professional services for the assignment – the total amount as well as line-item breakdown. Payments will be made in tranches as described in the section “Requirements for monitoring/reporting”.

In the case of travel, payment of travel costs such as tickets and lodging will be provided by UNDP.

  1. 8.       APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants shall submit the following documents:

       i.         Cover letter and proposal including a clear indication of alignment with experience and qualifications requirements;

     ii.         Completed and signed UNDP template for Confirmation of Interest and submission of financial proposal (The financial proposal must specify a daily fee);

   iii.         Completed Personal History Form (P-11), including names of 3 referees.

UNDP documents templates can be downloaded from the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/297e72t7i3v2969/AADDRyUo2uoNrYjuD8NLmdl0a?dl=0 

Please combine your CV, financial proposal and other necessary information in one PDF file and upload the document when submitting the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Additional requirements for recommended contractor:

Recommended contractors aged 62 and older shall undergo a full medical examination, including x-ray, and obtain medical clearance from the UN-approved doctor prior to taking up their assignment. The medical examination shall be paid by the consultant.

The Basic Security in the Field II and Advanced Security in the Field courses must be successfully completed prior to commencement of contract

Application Deadline : 19-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)

For applying please follow the  link: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=100969

 

 

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