GSP+ Project Internship – Programme Unit

Duration: Three months, May through July 2019

Location: Berlin, Germany

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI is currently recruiting an intern for its Berlin headquarters to support its GSP+ Global Human and Labour Rights project with a specific focus on the financial and budgetary aspects of the project.

Your tasks:

Finance:

  • Assist in preparation of internal and external financial reports;
  • Assist in checking project expenses and justification documents;
  • Support the reconciliation of bookkeeping records;
  • Assist in maintaining finance files and other related resources;
  • Contribute to the preparation of the Interim Report;

 Project management/administration:

  • Assist in maintaining project files, databases and other resources;
  • Support in drafting and scheduling content for social media channels;
  • Other relevant duties as required.

Qualifications required:

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in a relevant field;
  • Previous office experience;
  • Excellent oral and written English;
  • Proficiency in key computer applications, such as Microsoft Excel and Word;
  • Experience working with Content Management Systems (WordPress) is preferred;
  • Experience in project cycle management and research is an asset;
  • Spanish and/or Portuguese skills are an asset;
  • Student status; must be enrolled in university throughout the duration of the internship;
  • Working permit for Germany (if you are a foreign student).

The internship is full time (i.e. 40 hours/week), for a duration of three months. A monthly internship allowance of 400 € will be provided, unless you already receive outside internship funding, such as from Erasmus.

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Moreover, DRI offers you an internship with flexible working hours and working in a multicultural team in the heart of Berlin.

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “GSP+ Project Intern- [your name]” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity.

The deadline for applications is 19 April 2019 23:59. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you are shortlisted, Skype interviews will take place soon after the deadline has ended.

 

This project is funded by the European Union.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

For Interpretation & Translation Services (EN<> SP) – Paraguay

Position Title: Interpreter/Translator (EN<>SP)

Form of Employment: Consecutive Interpretation & Translation services

Service Timeframe: 7 months from the date of signature

Location: Paraguay

Payment Currency: Euro

Payment Method: Bank Transfer

 

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI is implementing the EU-funded project ‘Promoting Human and Labour Rights through GSP+’ in the following countries: Armenia, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines and Sri Lanka. The general objective of this EIDHR project is that civil society and social partners become effective advocates and drivers of change ensuring that EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) beneficiary countries meet their commitments to effectively implement core international conventions.

DRI is currently recruiting a services of a consecutive interpreter/translator who will assist in communication between DRI’s HQ project staff and the Paraguay partner, Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguaya (CADEP). Main purpose of the communications will be to assess progress in the implementation of project activities and to receive feedback. A detailed description of the project will be made available to the interpreter before the calls, to allow him/her to get familiar with the content and the lexicon.

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • To be available for calls, which will last around 45 to 60 minutes, and be available for an additional 15 minutes beforehand to prepare the phone call with the relevant partner in person (expected need: at least one phone call per month). Calls will be arranged in advance and a calendar will be made available with indicative dates;
  • There might be a possible arrangement for providing services of translation/interpretation for our the Bolivian partner, Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Laboral y Agrario – CEDLA via joining the call from any suitable location;
  • Translation of some communication materials from English to Spanish and vice versa, and of some activity reports from Spanish to English (expected need: 20 pages every 10 months) ;
  • To maintain a professional and diplomatic demeanour at all times while acting as a representative of DRI.

Location and duration of the assignment:

  • Must be based in Paraguay and must be physically present at CADEP office in Asunción for all instances of interpretation;
  • Consecutive interpretation may be required in Asunción, Paraguay (depending on where the interpreter/translator is based) during conferences, meetings or other project-related events.

Qualifications required:

  • Fluency in English and Spanish (mother-tongue SP speakers strongly preferred);
  • Demonstrated experience working as a professional interpreter and translator;
  • Experience (academic or professional) with the topics of human & labour rights, EU trade policy, UN agencies, and/or civil society participation desirable.

Application to tender:

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer.

For interested applicants, please send your tender, including the following documents to [email protected]

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Financial remuneration proposal, listing:
  • hourly and daily rates for interpretation;
  • and rates per word/page for translation.

Please include “Interpreter & Translator (EN<>SP)” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity.

Closing date for applications: 23:59 (CEST) 10 March 2019. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Tenders will be evaluated on a best value for money basis, according to the below criteria:

S# Description of Technical/ Financial Evaluation Max Marks Obtained
Expert Profile EVALUATION PART (60 Marks):
1. Years of relevant experience in the field (1 mark per year, max marks for 7 years or more of experience) 7
2. Education (formal qualifications as interpreter or translator are not required, but represent an added value) 3
3. Specialist knowledge (academic or professional experience with the topics of human & labour rights, EU trade policy, UN agencies, and/or civil society represent an added value) 5
  FINANCIAL EVALUATION PART (40 Marks):    
4. Marks Obtained on Price Quoted in Section:

Marks Allocation Formula:

Lowest Financial Proposal/ Proposal Under Review x 100 =The lowest will get full 20 marks and the rest will get proportionate marks as per their financial offer in relation to the lowest bid submitted

20  
  Total Marks: 35  

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

For Interpretation & Translation Services (EN<> SP) – Bolivia

Position Title: Interpreter/Translator (EN<>SP)

Form of Employment: Consecutive Interpretation & Translation services

Service Timeframe: 11 months from the date of signature

Location: Bolivia

Payment Currency: Euro

Payment Method: Bank Transfer

 

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI is implementing the EU-funded project ‘Promoting Human and Labour Rights through GSP+’ in the following countries: Armenia, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines and Sri Lanka. The general objective of this EIDHR project is that civil society and social partners become effective advocates and drivers of change ensuring that EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) beneficiary countries meet their commitments to effectively implement core international conventions.

DRI is currently recruiting a services of a consecutive interpreter/translator who will assist in communication between DRI’s HQ project staff and the Bolivian partner, Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Laboral y Agrario (CEDLA). Main purpose of the communications will be to assess progress in the implementation of project activities and to receive feedback. A detailed description of the project will be made available to the interpreter before the calls, to allow him/her to get familiar with the content and the lexicon.

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • To be available for calls, which will last around 45 to 60 minutes, and be available for an additional 15 minutes beforehand to prepare the phone call with the relevant partner in person (expected need: at least one phone call per month). Calls will be arranged in advance and a calendar will be made available with indicative dates;
  • There might be a possible arrangement for providing services of translation/interpretation for our Paraguay partner, Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguaya – CADEP via joining the call from any suitable location;
  • Translation of some communication materials from English to Spanish and vice versa, and of some activity reports from Spanish to English (expected need: 20 pages every 10 months);
  • To maintain a professional and diplomatic demeanour at all times while acting as a representative of DRI.

Location and duration of the assignment:

  • Must be based in Bolivia and must be physically present at CEDLA office in La Paz for all instances of interpretation;
  • Consecutive interpretation may be required in La Paz, Bolivia (depending on where the interpreter/translator is based) during conferences, meetings or other project-related events.

Qualifications required:

  • Fluency in English and Spanish (mother-tongue SP speakers strongly preferred);
  • Demonstrated experience working as a professional interpreter and translator;
  • Experience (academic or professional) with the topics of human & labour rights, EU trade policy, UN agencies, and/or civil society participation is desirable.

Application to tender:

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer.

For interested applicants, please send your tender, including the following documents to [email protected]

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Financial remuneration proposal, listing:
  • hourly and daily rates for interpretation;
  • and rates per word/page for translation.

Please include “Interpreter & Translator (EN<>SP)” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity.

Closing date for applications: 23:59 (CEST) 10 March 2019. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Tenders will be evaluated on a best value for money basis, according to the below criteria:

S# Description of Technical/ Financial Evaluation Max Marks Obtained
Expert Profile EVALUATION PART (60 Marks):
1. Years of relevant experience in the field (1 mark per year, max marks for 7 years or more of experience) 7
2. Education (formal qualifications as interpreter or translator are not required, but represent an added value) 3
3. Specialist knowledge (academic or professional experience with the topics of human & labour rights, EU trade policy, UN agencies, and/or civil society represent an added value) 5
  FINANCIAL EVALUATION PART (40 Marks):    
4. Marks Obtained on Price Quoted in Section:

Marks Allocation Formula:

Lowest Financial Proposal/ Proposal Under Review x 100 =The lowest will get full 20 marks and the rest will get proportionate marks as per their financial offer in relation to the lowest bid submitted

20  
  Total Marks: 35  

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Expert on International Trade and Human Rights

Position Title: Expert on International Trade and Human Rights

Form of Employment: Part-time, estimated 6 billable fee days

Starting Date: 01.03.2019

Duration: 6 months

Location: Home-based

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI is implementing the EU-funded project ‘Promoting Human and Labour Rights through GSP+’ in the following countries: Armenia, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines and Sri Lanka. The general objective of this EIDHR project is that civil society and social partners become effective advocates and drivers of change ensuring that EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) beneficiary countries meet their commitments to effectively implement core international conventions.

DRI is currently recruiting a part-time, home-based and Spanish-speaking Expert on International Trade and Human Rights. In collaboration with, and under supervision of, the Programme Manager GSP+ Global, you will provide technical feedback to draft case studies and analytical papers produced by our partner organisations in Bolivia and Paraguay, which will relate to any or all of the following topics: human and labour rights issues within each country; exports from these countries to the EU; the GSP+ scheme; human and labour rights as they relate to industries in these countries which export to the EU under GSP+ or otherwise.

Your duties and responsibilities:

As research-oriented organisations with a focus on labour issues and international economics and regional development respectively, our partners in the two above-mentioned GSP+ beneficiary countries, CEDLA and CADEP, are drafting papers this year to analyse and discuss the impact of GSP+ on their economies and related human and labour rights in their respective export sectors.

The consultant, working under the guidance of DRI’s team in Berlin, will perform the following tasks:

  • Review the draft versions of papers submitted by these organisations;
  • Provide technical input, feedback and guidance to local partner organisations on these draft versions;
  • If necessary, hold calls with the partner organisation and/or DRI to clarify any specific issue which is not clear from the written submissions.

Deliverables:

  • Written feedback, in Spanish, on partner organisations’ draft case studies and papers, including where possible: technical assessment and insight, questions for follow-up/clarification, and/or any additional information, guidance and advice
  • English-language summaries of the above for the Programme Manager GSP+ Global
  • Joint calls to clarify any specific points not clear from the submission of deliverables described above

Location and duration of the assignment:

  • Timeframe: 6 billable days, dispersed over a period of 6 months, but most likely during March, June and September 2019
  • Home-based: estimated 6 days
  • Field work: n/a

Qualifications required:

  • University degree in economics, international law, political science, social sciences, or other related fields;
  • Legal and technical knowledge of EU’s trade instruments, in particular the Generalised Scheme of Preferences;
  • In-depth knowledge of human and labour rights, preferably in Bolivia and Paraguay, including significant familiarity with some, if not all, of the UN and ILO conventions under GSP+;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish;
  • Writing samples/publications related to the targeted sector.

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will depend on qualifications and experience, in accordance with DRI’s Procurement Policy.

For interested applicants, please send your application (cover letter, CV, proof of Spanish language skills and one brief writing sample) to [email protected]. Please include “Expert on International Trade and Human Rights” in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is midnight (CET) 28 February 2019. The role may be filled before the end of the deadline, so early applications are encouraged.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Research Consultant Caretaker Governments (Pakistan)

Form of Employment: Short-term Consultancy

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Duration:Up to 7 working days within three weeks starting from beginning of February 2019

Location: Islamabad and home-based desk work

 

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

With support from the German-Federal Foreign Office, DRI’s Pakistan County Office is currently implementing the project “Supporting Human Rights, Good Governance, and Elections in Pakistan”. The project strengthens civil society, provincial and federal-level National Human Rights Institutions, and convenes political stakeholders to promote democratic stability through enhanced respect for human rights, stronger good governance, and credible elections.

DRI has previously produced a Briefing Paper on Caretaker Governments and, under the current project, held a public exchange on caretaker governments around the July 25 Elections in Pakistan, which supported the incoming caretaker government at the time to heed the experiences and lessons learnt of the previous caretakers in light of the new legal framework according to the Election Act 2017.The new legal framework has helped set exact parameters of a caretaker government’s mandate, better define its limits, functioning, and impartiality requirements, overall providing a basis for greater accountability. As an outcome of this activity, DRI has gathered a set of recommendations, which it intends to use to update the Briefing Paper by including these recommendations and raise awareness on the paper’s key findings to contribute to the ongoing debate and advocate for electoral reforms and good governance in Pakistan.

Therefore, DRI is currently recruiting the services of a short-term Research Consultant for its Pakistan Country Office. In collaboration with, and under supervision of the DRI Pakistan Country Director, you will research and draft an updated version of DRI’s Briefing Paper on Caretaker Governments.

 

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Review DRI’s previous Briefing Paper on Caretaker Government and Elections in Pakistan with a view to updating it after Pakistan’s second cycle of caretaker government(s) set-up prior to the 2018 elections;
  • Draw on transcribed material from DRI’s event on caretakers’ set-ups, during which key ministers and experts had debated the idea of caretaker governments, and include the major new thoughts in the existing paper with a view to improving its policy relevance, also by formulating updated recommendations;
  • Provide updated evidence base capturing key new themes related to the election cycle and reflect them in the paper, where appropriate, again with a view to reflecting new election cycle related challenges in Pakistan in light of the 2017 Elections Reform Act;
  • Debate strategic questions and issues in the paper with a view to achieving greater relevance as per new data, events, and actors in the election landscape;
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

 

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in development studies, public policy, social sciences, law or any other relevant discipline;
  • At least 8 years of professional experience in applied research and/or political analysis;
  • In-depth understanding of democracy, elections, and governance issues in Pakistan;
  • Demonstrated experience of writing high quality research reports;
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to conceptualise policy formulation within the subject area;
  • Excellent English language skills (spoken and written) is a requirement.

 

If you are interested in this short-term consultancy, please send your application including a cover letter specifically explaining your suitability along with your CV and two examples of written work (papers, reports etc.) to [email protected]. Please include “Research Consultant Caretaker Governments” in the subject line and supporting documents in the following format: SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_CARETAKER GOVERMENTS. Please also refer to the source you have found this opportunity. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 01 February 2019. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

National Legal Expert (Sinhala) – Sri Lanka

Starting Date:        1st January 2019

Contract Period:  1st January 2019 – 31st December 2019

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide. DRI has been present in Sri Lanka since May 2016.

DRI is implementing the three-year project “Supporting Human and Labour Rights through GSP+” (the Project) funded by the European Union (Grant Giver) to support civil society and social partners to become effective advocates and drivers of change ensuring that the EU Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) beneficiary countries meet their commitments to effectively implement core international conventions. The specific objectives are supporting an empowering the civil society/ social partners in monitoring the relevant conventions under the GSP+ process and supporting the implementation and reforms necessary for scheme beneficiary countries to meet their commitments under the 15 human and labour rights conventions of GSP+.

Objectives and Role

Under the supervision of the Director of Programmes and his assigned representative the legal expert will undertake the following roles and responsibilities to prepare, conduct and follow up on multi-stakeholder awareness sessions as well as trainings on and engagement in the monitoring of human rights compliance related to GSP+ falling under the Project.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support DRI in designing awareness raising activities on human and labour rights at the nexus of GSP+ as well as CSO engagement in human rights compliance initiatives;
  • Conduct research, work closely with the DRI Sri Lanka Office and Headquarter teams to prepare and translate workshop materials and background information for stakeholders and project beneficiaries;
  • Deliver awareness and human rights compliance trainings on the GSP+ mechanism and international human rights instruments;
  • Contribute to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) activities as well as reporting on the success of each session including post-session follow ups;
  • Liaise with civil society activists/organizations for activity implementation;
  • Contribute to DRI global publications, expert briefings and trainings.

Duration and Location

The local expert shall be based in any part of Sri Lanka with the ability to travel to all districts and the DRI country office in Colombo. The duration of the assignment is maximum 12 months and shall commence on 1st January 2019 and end on 31st December 2019 during which the expert is expected to work for maximum of 35 days.

Qualifications

  • University degree in law and political science or other relevant fields;
  • At least three years of practical training delivery experience on human rights including relevant international conventions, human rights monitoring and reporting mechanisms;
  • Proven knowledge of the international human rights system, GSP+ and role of civil society in human rights compliance initiatives;
  • Fluency in English and Sinhala;
  • Proven report-writing, communication and presentation skills.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to [email protected] with “National Legal Expert (Sinhala) – Sri Lanka” in the subject line.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 26th of December 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

NGOs in Cabo Verde learn about submitting shadow reports to UN Treaty Bodies

Once a country has ratified international human rights conventions it is obliged to a set of commitments, one of which is to submit periodic reports on the status of treaty implementation to the relevant UN treaty bodies during the process known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Many governments struggle with this commitment however, due to a lack of capacity and/or political will. In order to complement, or in some cases contradict, the official state reports, civil society has the opportunity to submit alternative shadow reports to the UN treaty bodies too.

In the small archipelago nation of Cabo Verde (a signatory to almost all international human rights conventions) the government has created an Inter-ministerial Commission responsible for preparation and submission of official state reports, yet civil society lacks the training and skills to draft complementary shadow reports. To date, only one report submitted by a local NGO is registered with an international human rights convention.

Aiming to strengthen civil society’s capacity, within the framework of the DRI’s project Promoting Human and Labour Rights through GSP+, the Cabo Verdean National Commission for Human Rights and Citizenship (CNDHC), in partnership with the country’s NGO Platform, organised a two-day training from 5-6 September in the capital Praia. It targeted to equip NGOs with knowledge about how to prepare and submit reports, understand the functions of the treaty bodies and reporting cycles, and prepare plans of action for the submission of three reports identified as priorities by the end of 2019.

An unfulfilled potential – making use of party manifestos in Pakistan

Pakistan’s political parties used manifestos more than before in the 2018 general elections. They tried to galvanize their supporters with a mix of vision statements and specific policy commitments. To effectively use manifestos for holding parties accountable to their promises is however a long way to go. This was the main conclusion of DRI’s dialogue with parties and civil society in Lahore on 12 September 2018.

Senior representatives of civil society, members of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab and the leadership of political parties from across the provincial capitals attended the event. They agreed that manifestos offer a potential to move political discourse away from personal disagreements towards discussing policy issues. Indeed, manifestos provide a benchmark that parties set for their own performance. Pakistan’s first religious minority National Assembly Member, Mahesh Kumar Malani, said that it was only the inclusion of minority rights in the  manifesto of his party that had urged the members of his constituency to vote for him.

Bushra Khaliq, Executive Director of the Women In Struggle For Empowerment (WISE), added that the incorporation of human rights issues in the manifestos of the political parties is a positive sign. However, she also pointed out that merely mentioning the issues in the manifestos is not enough and policy action must follow.

Looking at the institutional dimension of human rights improvement, the Director General for Research and Parliamentary Affairs of the Punjab Assembly, Mr. Inayat Ullah Lakh, pointed out that putting manifesto commitments onto the parliamentary agenda faces its own obstacles. He explained how the Punjab Assembly’s previous committee on Human Rights could only meet when a matter was referred to it by the Speaker or the House, emphasizing the need for the Committees to set their own agenda and meetings like in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

 

This project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and the EU

Human Rights Expert (Pakistan)

Category:                           Short-term Consultant

Location:                           Home-based, with possible travel to the Federal and provincial capitals of Pakistan

Contract period:              October – November 2018

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

With support from the German-Federal Foreign Office, DRI’s Pakistan office is currently implementing the project entitled “Supporting Human Rights, Good Governance, and Elections in Pakistan”. Among other things, the project aims to strengthen the state’s Human Rights Institutions to promote human rights and enhance democratic stability in Pakistan.

Objective of the assignment

Pakistan formulated its first Action Plan for Human Rights in February 2016 which was approved by the Prime Minister. The Action Plan broadly aims to improve the human rights situation in Pakistan, and specifically covers six thematic areas including policy and legal reforms, implementation of key human rights priorities for the country, cross cutting interventions for human rights promotion and protection, UN treaty implementation, interventions related to national human rights institutions and mechanisms to monitor implementation of human rights.

Pakistan’s civil society has an essential role to play in monitoring the implementation of the Action Plan and advocating for effective compliance with its stated objectives and international human rights standards. DRI aims to develop a comprehensive report analysing the implementation of the Action Plan, which will form the key output of the assignment. The report will review and analyse the progress towards implementation of the Government’s Action Plan on Human Rights and contribute towards sustained advocacy with the Government to strengthen areas where implementation may be weak or lacking.

For the assignment, DRI requires the short-term services of a Pakistan-based Human Rights Expert to develop the report.

Scope of the assignment

The assignment involves research as follows:

  • Assess the progress made in achieving the proposed actions related to each thematic area against the time frame provided;
  • The key areas of the proposed action where implementation must be improved;
  • In-depth gap analysis of some of the key areas of the Action Plan;
  • Implementation of the Action Plan in accordance with international standards and best practices;
  • Recommendations for strengthening implementation of the National Action Plan in accordance with the country context and international standards, which should include:
  • Clear and practical measures for addressing any implementation gaps identified in the report;
  • Identify which stakeholder is responsible for delivering each recommendation for improving implementation.

Tasks and deliverables

The Human Rights Expert will work under the overall supervision of DRI’s Country Representative in Pakistan and in coordination with the project team to deliver the following:

  • Design and develop a clear and detailed outline for the report based on the scope of the research and identify additional areas for research where needed;
  • Conduct research, including a desk review and analysis of existing qualitative and quantitative information, including international standards, on all areas relevant for the report;
  • Conduct consultative sessions with civil society and key stakeholders at provincial and national level as part of the research if required;
  • Design reporting format, including how to present the results in a condensed fashion, e.g. infographics;
  • Draft the report addressing all points identified in the scope of research;
  • Adhere to DRI’s Style and Formatting Guidelines in writing and formatting the document;
  • Be available for in person meetings or Skype calls with DRI team during planning and drafting of the paper;
  • Perform any additional task assigned relevant to the assignment.

Qualifications

  • University degree in human rights, development studies, social sciences, social work, international relation, master’s in law or a relevant discipline;
  • At least 15 years of professional experience in human rights or relevant field;
  • Sound understanding of and experience in planning, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to conceptualise policy formulation within the subject area;
  • Excellent report writing, communication and presentation skills;
  • Excellent English and Urdu language skills (spoken and written);
  • Ability and willingness to travel to all four provinces and Federal Capital of Pakistan.

Closing date for applications: 28 September 2018

Applicants are requested to submit a brief expert methodology, no longer than three pages, explaining how they will address the points identified in the scope of research, which should include a short outline of the paper. Methodologies should be submitted along with applications (CV and Cover Letter) to [email protected] with “Human Rights Expert” as the subject heading and supporting documents in the following format: SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_DOCUMENTNAME.

DRI values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

This position may be filled before the end of the deadline, so early applications are encouraged.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

DRI reserves the right to re-advertise for or cancel the recruitment of this position at any time, or to offer appointment at a position lower than the one advertised or offer the position with a modified job description or period of engagement. This is a locally recruited position. DRI offers a competitive remuneration according to donor regulations and incumbent experience.

Expert on Human Rights in EU Trade Instruments

Assignment: Prepare a briefing paper on Human Rights in EU Trade Instruments.

Form of Employment: Policy Analysis Consultancy

Starting Date: 17 September 2018

Duration: Three months

Background

Democracy Reporting International is implementing the EU-funded project Promoting Human and Labour Rights through GSP+ in the following countries: Armenia, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Paraguay, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

The general objective of this EIDHR project is that civil society and social partners become effective advocates and drivers of change ensuring that EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) beneficiary countries meet their commitments to effectively implement core international conventions. The specific objectives are supporting and empowering civil society/social partners in monitoring the relevant conventions under the GSP+ process; and supporting the implementation and reforms necessary for scheme beneficiary countries to meet their commitments under the 15 human and labour rights conventions of GSP+.

Objective of the Assignment

Drawing from the results of the abovementioned programme, the experiences of other trade schemes and from the preliminary recommendations produced during the mid-term evaluation of the GSP, DRI is organising a conference to discuss and propose ways of enhancing the effectiveness of the GSP+ and other trade instruments to improve human and labour rights in the beneficiary countries.

In preparation to this conference, DRI is currently recruiting an expert to prepare a draft paper to be presented and discussed during the conference, which will be held in November in Brussels. The draft paper will be finalised thereafter.

Specific Tasks

We seek an Expert Consultant who is specialised in the topic of Human Rights in EU Trade Instruments, with a proven track record in policy analysis and writing. Under the direct supervision of DRI’s team, you will conduct a desk review of existing literature, provide a select bibliography on the topic, and draft a Briefing Paper. The subject of the Briefing Paper is:

Growing challenges and threats to the open-trading system risk undermining the EU commitment to
respect and promote human rights and sustainable development around the world through trade
policy. What are the roles for (i) Member States, (ii) civil society, (iii) businesses and (iv) beneficiary countries in ensuring that the GSP+ scheme serves its purpose? Specifically, fostering the sustainable economic, social and environmental development of beneficiary countries, with the primary aim of eradicating poverty; and helping vulnerable countries to assume the special burdens and responsibilities resulting from the ratification of core international conventions as well as from the effective implementation thereof.

Deliverables

  • Conduct a desk review of existing literature and provide a select bibliography on the topic;
  • Prepare an annotated Table of Contents for the Draft Paper, with consequent revisions based on DRI’s input. The main message will be subject to DRI’s approval;
  • Identify relevant specialists and conduct consultation interviews on the abovementioned subject;
  • Attend coordination meetings with DRI’s team during the drafting period (conference call can be arranged);
  • Draft the Briefing Paper in English (around 2000 words), including a crisp and highly readable Executive Summary (first draft by 30 September 2018, final draft by 28 October 2018)
  • Finalise the paper based on joint discussions with DRI and input collected during the conference.

Location and duration of the assignment

  • Mostly home-based, one travel to Brussels is expected to present the draft paper during the conference organised by DRI
  • Timeframe: 3 months from the date of signature
  • Estimated 15 billable fee days

Qualifications

  • Degree in law, political science, social sciences, or other related fields;
  • Legal and technical knowledge of EU’s trade instruments, in particular the Generalised Scheme of Preferences;
  • Writing samples/publications related to the targeted sector;
  • Knowledge of the fundamental UN and ILO conventions;
  • Excellent spoken and written English is required;
  • Previous publications or policy analysis experiences on some of the GSP+ beneficiary countries will be considered an asset;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Cultural and gender sensitivity;
  • Ability to travel to Brussels in November to present the draft paper during the conference organised by DRI.

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunity employer.

Remuneration Package

Remuneration will depend on qualifications and experience, in accordance with DRI’s Procurement Policy. In addition, DRI will cover all the travel costs for the expert to participate in the conference in Brussels in November.

How to apply

For interested applicants, please send your application, consisting of (1) a cover letter, (2) your CV, (3) two relevant work samples, and (4) a draft outline of the Draft Paper to [email protected].

Please include in the subject line: “<Your name> – Expert on HR in EU’s trade instruments”

The closing date for applications is 18:00 (CEST) 10 September 2018. The role may be filled before the end of the deadline, so early applications are encouraged. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

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